Talented multi-instrumentalist (guitar, bass, drums, percussion, who knows what else) who apprenticed with legendary jazz and blues players during a stint in Chicago, and has since relocated to Savannah. Thurs., 5 pm, Cobblestone Conch House.
z Longstanding local electric blues band specializes in uptown Chicago-style shuffles and tightly-constructed ballads. Fri., 10 pm, Mercury Lounge + Sat., Savannah Blues.
Bottles & Cans
See Connect Recommends.Thurs. & , Savannah Blues + Sun., 6 pm, American Legion Post #135 (1108 Bull St.).
Atlanta-based turntablist spinning in the basement of this downtown pizza joint. With regional and local DJs BetaSP, Carmine, Relaxed Action, Dsaga & Culprit. Wed., 10 pm, Rude Rudys (Whitaker & Broughton Sts.) - ALL AGES.
Jason Courtenay & Hazzard County
Full, electric country band featuring half of the popular acoustic duo The Courtenay Brothers.See also Music Interview.Thurs., 8 pm, The Island Grill (Pt. Wentworth) + Fri. - Sat., 9 pm, The Oyster Bar (Wilmington Island).
The Chuck Courtenay Band
Another electric band led by the other member of the The Courtenay Brothers. Fri. - Sat., Tubbys (Thunderbolt).
Eric Culberson Blues Band
Eric is likely the areas best-known electric blues guitarist. He plays in the brittle-but-fluid style of Freddie King and Albert Collins,Tues. (hosts Open Mic) - Wed., Mercury Lounge + Thurs., JJ Cagneys + Sun., Fiddlers Crab House.
The Keiran Daly Trio
Exciting jazz-grass combo led by the banjo-playing prodigy Daly, who cut his teeth as a young tee in the Lowcountry Boil Bluegrass Band. Bassist Delbert Felix has gigged with tons of big names including some of the Marsalis brothers. Sat., 8 pm, The Sentient Bean.
A recent transplant to our area, Deacon is an absurdist composer and performance artist who takes his cues from Mark Mothersbaugh and company. He constructs musical Rube Goldberg contraptions out of antiquated synths, waveform generators, pitch transposers and effects units (some archaic cast-offs, some of his own tinkering creation). Hes done his wiggly and disturbingly funny bit at various underground venues from here to NYC, and a few weeks back blew Lyndy Brannens mind on a fairly surreal installment of local TV morning show Coastal Sunrise. Well worth catching if this sounds like your bag. Also on this bill:
kindred souls Video Hippos, Jimmy Roche: Ghost Zane, and Werewolf Unit.Sat., 8 pm, Desoto Row Gallery.
Eat Mo' Music
Funky instrumental dance grooves and soul jazz from a local quintet of trumpet, bass, drums, guitar and trombone. Fri. - Sat., 9:30 pm, Il Pasticcio.
Trae Gurley's Sinatra Tribute
Local thespians interpretation of the big-band era of Ol Blue Eyes career (to pre-recorded backing tracks). Thurs., 7 pm, Jazzd Tapas Bar.
Electric blues combo led by local guitarist/singer Brett Hitman Bernard. Tues. (hosts Open Mic) & Wed., Savannah Blues + Thurs. (hosts Open Mic), Locos Deli & Pub +
The Elliot Holden Group
Terrific, fusion-based electric guitarist from the Augusta area, whos often played with some of James Browns sidemen. His groups instrumental musings are refreshingly low on mindless noodling and high on empathetic and melodic constructs. and engaging grooves. Its an approach more like Eric Johnsons or Jeff Becks than Trey Anastasios or even Joe Satrianis. Fri., JJ Cagneys.
Brand-new Augusta nÜ-metal act. Also appearing is Columbia, S.C.s Namedropper, who cite Pearl Jam, Jeff Buckly and hometown heroes Crossfade as influences. Fri., 10 pm, The Gold Club.
Keith Kozel & The Foxedos Present...
Monthly Anti-Folk showcase curated and run by local songwriter Kozel (frontman for both GAM and Superhorse). Backed by multi-instrumentalists RicardoOchoa and Sebastian Edwards, each installment features the work of a different local scenester, artist or composer. Thurs., 8 pm, The Sentient Bean.
Solo singer/guitarist offering popular rock, pop and country tunes. Thurs., 7 pm + Thurs., 3 pm, Stingrays (Tybee).
Roger Moss w/The Ricardo Ochoa Ensemble
A rare live gig by this award-winning vocalist (whom many may recognize from his past appearances in the Savannah Music Festival and at the symphonic Picnic In The Park celebrations. This show focuses on the great American songbook. Hell be singing standards from Mercer to Ellington as well as a bit of Etta James for good measure. Hes describing this cabaret-style evening as Sumptuous Songs, Luscious Lyrics. Sat., 9 pm, The Mansion on Forsyth Park.
The Alex Nguyen Trio
This award-winning young trumpeter is one of the most talked-about discoveries on the local jazz scene in years. Fri. - Sat., 9 pm, The Mansion on Forsyth Park.
The One Church Tour
Big-time modern gospel package featuring such heavyweights as Kurt Carr, Smokie Norful and Rizen. Fri., 8 pm, Savannah Civic Center.
Miss.-based jam-band thats been working with Memphis studio legend Jim Dickinson (father of and mentor to the cats from the North Mississippi Allstars). Wed., JJ cagneys.
Classic, Southern and hard rock covers (plus a few originals). Fri., 9 pm, Jukebox Bar & Grill (Richmond Hill).
Prick Magazine Tattoo Party w/Artimus Pyledriver, Qualone, The Hungwells
An evening of intense Southern doom/sludge rock and retro punk rock, sponsored by a well-known rag for fans of extreme skin art. Sat., 10 pm, The Jinx.
Rick & Ginger of Liquid Ginger
Two key members of popular local show band Liquid Ginger. Playing classic and modern rock covers (as well as stripped-down arrangements of their bands originals) on acoustic guitars. Thurs., 8 pm, Spankys (River St.).
Popular party band featuring members of The Positions and The Sapphire Bullets. They play uptempo, dance-oriented funk, soul, pop and beach music. Fri. - Sat., 9:30 pm, Scandals (Tybee).
The Society of Lyrical Contortionists
Newly-minted Open Mic Poetry Night primarily catering to high school and college kids. Open to ALL AGES. Tues., 7 pm, Coastal Coffee (2100 E. Victory Dr.).
Souls Harbor CD Release
Bluffton-based metal band thats generating quite a bit of industry buzz with their new material. Theyre not that well-known in Savannah, but they pack venues in Charleston, and fans of modern, radio-friendly hard rawk may want to cross the bridge for an earful. Thurs., Monkey Business (Hilton Head).
The Swinging Medallions
Free show by one of the Souths best-known and well-liked shag and pop bands. They long ago replaced most of the founding 60s members, and current gigs resemble any high-dollar corporate show band, but they still air out the oldies. Fri., 6 pm, Tubbys (Thunderbolt) - gates open at 3 pm.
Two Path Road
Jam-leaning country and rock band featuring the acoustic duo Keith & Ross. Sat., The Island Grill (Pt. Wentworth).
Bob & Judy Williams
Married acoustic duo whove become a regular attraction at traditional folk music-related shows in the area. Known for their beautiful vocals and beguiling repertoire. Fri., 8 pm, The Sentient Bean.
Prolific and accomplished singer/songwriter who plays major venues in Los Angeles and Nashville when not holding down the fort here at home.