Local rock act mixing elements of ska, punk, reggae and jam music into an unusual and captivating sound of their own. Thurs., Savannah Blues + Fri., JJ Cagneys.
Band In The Park
One of the best cover bands around, this Wilmington Island-based project takes on everything from Rumours-era Fleetwood Mac to born-again Dylan with ease. Expect both male and female lead vocals and plenty of tasteful guitar and keyboard licks. Sat., 9 pm, The Oyster Bar (Wilmington Island).
The John Banks Trio
Led by the facile electric guitarist Banks (of The Sapphire Bullets of Pure Love), this small combo plays a wide variety of jazz and blues material. Fri., 9 pm, Jazzd Tapas Bar.
The Beer Parlor Ramblers
House band playing Dixieland jazz. Fri. - Sat., 7:30 pm, Crystal Beer Parlor.
Texas-bred acoustic guitarist and songwriter playing rootsy originals and Americana covers. Fri., 9 pm, B & D Burgers (Southside location).
Tight, seasoned electric R & B in a variety of genres, from swampy, Southern blues-rock to classic Texas swing and upbeat Chicago shuffles. Covers and originals. Fri. - Sat., Savannah Blues.
Local cover group playing Motown, shag and assorted soul and R & B hits. Fri., Fusion/The Monkey Bar.
The Chris Chandler Trio
Jazz from one of the areas best-known pianists. Fri. - Sat., Suzabelles.
The Alex Nguyen Quintet
Trumpeter Nguyen, plus saxman Akeem Marable, pianist Tom McEvoy, bassist Paul Sikivie and drummer Eric Vaughn, playing Alexs tunes and standards. Sponsored by the Coastal Jazz Association.Sun., 5 pm, The Hyatt Regency.
This young Richmond, Virginia band claims to be fiercely pursuing the perfect 3 1/2 minute rock anthem, and lists The Kinks, Iggy Pop, The Cars, Big Star, The Beach Boys and The Beatles as heroes. While they dont come anywhere near the mark, their latest EP sounds quite a bit like both Semisonic and Saturation-era Urge Overkill on a DIY budget. Fri., The Jinx.
The Courtenay Brothers
Sibling duo specializing in pop, rock and modern country hits played on acoustic guitars with sequenced backing. Thurs., 7 pm, Tubbys (Thunderbolt) + Fri., 9 pm, Fiddlers Crab House + Sat., 1 pm, The Grill Beachside (Tybee) + Sat., 8:30 pm, Pogys Bar & Grill (Richmond Hill) + Sun., 6 pm, City Market Courtyard.
Eric Culberson Blues Band
Electric, Albert King-style blues from a local artist whos known internationally. Tues. (hosts Open Mic) - Wed., Mercury Lounge + Thurs., JJ Cagneys.
Excellent Georgia jam group influenced by James Brown and Parliament, as well as hip-hop and worldbeat music. Fri., Locos Deli & Pub.
The Jacey Falk Quartet
Scatty and chatty jazz show from this local vocalist who spent time on the New York scene and sang a duet with the great Ruth Brown on his debut CD. Fri. - Sat., 9 pm, Mercury Lounge.
The Forever Endeavor
New Jersey alt.rock quartet that offers angular guitar lines, diffident vocals and moody, atmospheric arrangements. Crunchy enough to pass for standard-issue emo, but a bit more unique and novel. They should listen to lots of Velvet Crush if they dont already. Sat., The Jinx.
Dubbed The hottest new face on adult alternative radio, Foster crafts emotionally-charged openly gay pop-rock with a modern sheen. She has won several songwriting awards, and is earning a solid rep as a captivating stage act.Thurs., Riders Lounge (Hilton Head).
Trae Gurley's Sinatra
Local thespian putting his own live spin on Franks big band classics. Wed., 7 pm, Tango (Tybee) + Thurs., Jazzd Tapas Bar + Fri., 6 pm, Go Fish.
This Atlanta-based poet and songwriter is so well-loved in our neck of the woods, he calls Tybee Island his second home. Fans of Tom Waits and John Prine will appreciate his raspy, tales and blues rumination set to acoustic guitar. Fri., 10 pm, Loggerheads (Tybee Island).
Formerly known as Hitman & The Blues Boys, this local outfit plays electric blues and features former members of Eric Culbersons Blues Band.Tues. (hosts Open Mic Night) - Wed., Savannah Blues.
Richard Leo Johnson
See Connect Recommends.Fri., 8 pm, The Sentient Bean.
See Music Feature.Fri., Center Court at Harbor Town (Hilton Head).
Maurice & Doubleday
Long-running area cover act playing danceable hits from the past few decades. Wed., 7 pm, Go Fish.
Solo set from this indie-rock songwriter and guitarist who also fronts regional group The Vixen Red.Sat., 8 pm, The Sentient Bean.
The Howard Paul Trio
Top-notch regional jazz act led by the respected 7-string guitarist Paul. Sat., 9 pm, Jazzd Tapas Bar.
See Connect Recommends.Sat., OConnells Irish Pub.
Loud, versatile improv-rock with a bluesy edge. Fri., OConnells Irish Pub.
Energetic local cover group with a wide setlist of rock, pop and soul tunes from Tracy Chapman to Johnny Cougar. Sat., Fusion/The Monkey Bar.
Ras Bonghi Reggae Allstars
Popular touring act from Charleston, led by the veteran Ohio frontman Ras Bonghi. Sat., JJ Cagneys.
Solo acoustic show from a member of Argyle. Sat., 10 pm, B & D Burgers (Southside location).
Solo piano favorites. Wed. & Sun., Suzabelles.
Rollin' In The Hay
See Connect Recommends.Wed., 8 pm, The Oyster Bar (Wilmington Island).
Impressive touring group that plays their own mixture of uptempo feel-good rock they term Caribbean Americana.
Its heavy on percussion jams (with steel drums, no less). Thurs., Locos Deli & Pub.
Sapphire Bullets of Pure Love
See Connect Recommends.Sat., 9 pm, 912 (formerly known as Aprés - above Il Pasticcio).
The 7 Shot Screamers
St. Louis glam punkabilly group whos played with everyone from The Stray Cats to Hasil Adkins and Nashville Pussy. Thurs., 7 pm, The Jukebox (6613 Johnny Mercer Blvd.) - ALL AGES.
Danceable pop mixed with light jazz, reggae and calypso. Wed. - Sun., Docs Bar (Tybee).
The Six Million Dollar Band
Well-known party band playing high-intensity classic and modern rock, plus new wave hits of the 80s. Fri., 8:30 pm, Pogys Bar & Grill (Richmond Hill) + Sat., 8:30 pm, City Market Courtyard.
Speaking Bean Poetry Slam
Monthly poetry showcase with Kodac Harrison (named Atlantas Best Spoken Word Artist in Creative Loafings Readers Poll). Also featuring Sylvia McCorkle Cross, a painter, writer and performance artist. Thurs., 7 pm, The Sentient Bean.
Local singer/songwriter whos released two CDs of original soul and blues. Sun., 6 pm, Driftaway Café (Wilmington Island).
Light and jazzy takes on torch songs and cast-iron ballads from one of Savannahs most established pianists. Tues. - Sat., The Planters Tavern (beneath The Olde Pink House).
Poppish punk from New Orleans, with a definite 80s vibe. They recently tracked an album using Frank Blacks mobile studio. Sat., The Jinx.
Voice of Defiance
Newly-formed local street punk band that lists The Havoc and Rancid as influences. Thurs., 7 pm, The Jukebox (6613 Johnny Mercer Blvd.) - ALL AGES.
The Weary Boys
Great Austin, Texas-based Americana band that mixes equal parts Carter Family pathos and Paul Westerberg grit. Wed., The Jinx.
Local solo artist who writes and plays ribald, world-weary outlaw country a la Waylon Jennings or David Allan Coe. Wed., The Jinx.
Alt.rock band made up of folks closely connected to the fantabulous Homestar Runner website. Fri., The Jinx.