"A Jazz Christmas"
The Luna Lounge (inside this swanky Italian restaurant) puts a live spin on the longstanding tradition of merging yuletide melodies and mirth with the jazz and R & B idioms. Fri., 9:30 pm, Il Pasticcio.
The Jeff Beasley Band
Well-known rock & roll from the 50s, electric blues, and boogie music. Fri., 9 pm, Jazzd Tapas Bar.
Bottles & Cans
Local outfit that straddles the line between Hellhound rock and gritty Delta blues. Fans of T-Model Ford, Hound Dog Taylor and late-period Tom Waits will find much to like about this stirring quartet. Fri. - Sat., 10 pm, Mercury Lounge.
Young local rock band playing (mostly) instrumental, vaguely psychedelic jams. Thurs., 10 pm, Savannah Blues.
The Courtenay Brothers
Real-life siblings duetting on soft rock, country and pop hits. They both play acoustic guitar and employ sequenced backing tracks. Thurs., 6:30 pm, Baja Cantina (The Landings).
The Alex Nguyen Quartet
Young, award-winning Savannah trumpet prodigy now studying music in Florida. Joined by vocalist Angela Roberts, guitarist Ryan Rosello, and bassist Paul Sikivie. Fri., 9 pm, The Mansion on Forsyth Park.
Longtime area guitarist known for his mastery of electric blues and jazz. Sometimes hes accompanied by a harmonica player. Thurs., 10 pm, Molly MacPhersons Scottish Pub.
Fiery, Southern rock with more of an emphasis on improvisation and jamming (think Widespread Panic, Allmans) than on whistling and whiskey (dont think Molly Hatchet, The Outlaws). Featuring guitarists Ronny Keel and Tyler Roe. Wed., 9 pm, Fiddlers Crab House.
The Round Table
Local, guitar-based indie-rockers who disbanded soon after releasing their debut CD, but now play occasional live gigs. If Not Winter opens. Tues., 7 pm, Le Mort Rouge (103 W. Congress St.) - ALL AGES.
Local trio playing jazz standards, fusion pieces and contemporary, funk-tinged pop (i.e., Diana Krall, Norah Jones). Sat., 9 pm, The Mansion on Forsyth Park.
Regional country quintet thatsall tore up with the honky tonk. The play popular covers by the likes of Tracy Byrd and Toby Keith. Fri., 9 pm, Tommys (Pooler).
Local songstress and guitarist whos released two albums of original, blues-and soul-influenced tunes. Fri., 10 pm, Molly MacPhersons Scottish Pub.
The Peter Tavalin Ensemble
Jazzy combo led by pianist Tavalin, whos a well-known composer and music educator. Thurs., 8 pm, The Mansion on Forsyth Park.
A downtown fixture of sorts, this vibrant singing pianist has been playing jazzy standards and show tunes in this cozy darkwood bar for over a decade. Tues. - Sun., Planters Tavern (beneath The Olde Pink House Restaurant).
Prolific, locally-based songwriter with a powerful voice and a handful of indie blues-rock and folk CDs to his name. recommended for fans of John Hiatt or Tom Petty. Thurs., 10 pm, Mercury Lounge + Fri., 10 pm, Jens & Friends.
Young roots-rock locals, mixing covers from the Drive-By Truckers, Skynyrd and The Band with originals in a similar vein. Fri., 9 pm, Fiddlers Crab House.