Its first major show features a set of metal covers by Mortal Coil (Sabbath, Maiden, Metallica and Priest) before a headlining, Residents-meets-John Zorn-esque set from local prog-rock/avant-surf legends Sinister Moustache (formerly known as Gravy). The stage is large but low (as are the ceilings) so get there early to stake out the best spot for eyeballing the show. $5 cover. Listen & Learn: sinistermoustache.com, myspace.com/wormholebar. Wed., Dec. 31, The Wormhole (2307 Bull St.).
Downtown hipster drinkery Hang Fire has always had a strong connection to the Atlanta indie-rock scene: co-owner Wes Daniel lived and worked in the ATL’s bar and restaurant world before returning to his hometown to launch his own place. So there’s been a steady (if occasional) stream of unusual live acts that he’s shoehorned in the corner of this small hardwood space on Whitaker. He’s ringing in 2009 with this buzzworthy combo that’s fronted by Brazilian vocalist Leticia Arioli, and features members of Merge Records’ The Rock-a-Teens and prog-poppers Elevado. They’ve played recent dates with Cordero, Grupo Fantasma and Magnapop. Free admission with a champagne toast at midnight, so dig it. Listen & Learn: myspace.com/batatadoce. Wed., 9 pm, Hang Fire.
Ever since the Coastal Jazz Association’s Teddy Adams made it his business to bring back the long-abandoned Savannah tradition of a Christmas Day jazz show, it’s been one of the non-profit organization’s biggest annual fund-raisers for their college scholarship fund. This year marks the 33rd anniversary of its resumption, and as always, the show will be followed with a head-cutting contest (now more of a jam session with some friendly nudging) featuring both professional and amateur players from all around. It’s the perfect way to relax after a morning of snarky in-laws and screaming kids tearing through the house. $15 adv. / $20 door for ALL-AGES (limited seating available). Info: 675-5419 or coastal-jazz.org. Thurs., 5 pm, Four Points by Sheraton (520 W. Bryan St.).
When they’re not touring North America with label mates Pepper or the Supervillains, these rising stars on the currently cool reggae-meets-modern rock scene make their home in Savannah (where the band formed a few years back). In addition to high-profile opening slots for folks like Van Halen and Badfish, this tight, road-schooled band steeped in dub, jam and even psychedelia headlines their own gigs at large nightclubs and small theaters up and down the East Coast. Expect plenty of syncopated grooves, danceable, anthemic message music and feel-good vibes at this low-dough New Year’s Eve show. Get there early as they’ll likely draw a crowd. Free party favors and champagne toast provided. $5 cover. Listen & Learn: passafiretheband.com. Wed., Dec. 31, 10 pm, Wild Wing Café.
This acoustic guitarist and singer is back after a busy year which saw him gigging everywhere from NYC to Tuscaloosa. He’ll be joined for this festive two-night stand at a laid-back island bar and eatery by Texas’s Jason and Amy Harrelson (on lead guitar and vocals, respectively), Kellee Kessler and assorted other musically inclined associates. Patrick says there’s a chance he’ll debut his new “Americana jam band” Tour of Hearts during these shows. Listen & Learn: myspace.com/sammypatrick. Fri. - Sat., 9 pm, Huc-A-Poos (Tybee).
One of the area’s favorite modern R&B/soul/funk outfits, this energetic combo led by the sultry vocalist Leslie Adele plays this increasingly popular Broughton St. nightspot frequently, and between their drive and groove and the general atmosphere of this dance-friendly venue, it should prove to be a boisterous party all night long. $25 cover includes buffet (till 11 pm), entertainment and midnight champagne toast. Listen & Learn: myspace.com/anickbag. Wed. Dec. 31, 10 pm, Tantra Lounge. cs