After being bowled over by Bill Monroe at age 11, this mandolinist from the outskirts of Kingsport, Tn. (home of the 70-ft blue flame, Dillard Clark and Mr. Buzzard) wound up touring the world as a member of bluegrass superstars The Country Gentlemen. Since '79, he's led this group — which has been one of the most popular traditional bluegrass acts to play and record both secular and born-again gospel music. Membership in his band changes often, with being a cog in Lawson's wheel serving as a rite of passage for many up-and-coming pickers. That also helps to keep his shows fresh (and probably stops folks from getting too big for their britches). Truth is, they just don't make 'em like Doyle anymore. I'm told that as of our print deadline there were only a dozen $30 seats left for this intimate, smoke and alcohol free family-oriented show, so call 748-1930 immediately if you want to try and snag one of the few that remain! Fri., 8 pm, Randy Wood's Concert Hall (1304 E. Hwy 80, Bloomingdale) - ALL-AGES.
Now that warmer weather is upon us, this funky and laid-back Caribbean eatery in the shadow of Tybee's Lighthouse is once more hosting live local and regional bands on a weekly basis. The groups play in the open air on the restaurant's back deck, which means the shows are subject to clear skies, but even with a strong breeze, it's a flat-out great place to catch feel-good sets by the better rock, bluegrass, soul and jazz combos around. This tight Richmond Hill-based group owes a stylistic debt to the works of Albert Collins, SRV and Tab Benoit, and features former members of the ever popular Bluesonics. Once folks grab a good seat, they tend to hold onto them and sip the night away, so get there early for the best view of the band. Sat., 6 pm, North Beach Grill (Tybee) - ALL-AGES.
This high-priced reggae show band spends most of the year entertaining folks in one of the massive clubs at the Universal Studios resort in Orlando. However, occasionally they venture out for one-off road dates. This is the first major live music booking for this new multi-level dance club located in the old Congress St. Station/Savannah Down Under building a few doors down from The Jinx. While they belt out a dancehall vibe on the main floor, the venue's second floor offers DJ Solo spinning Top 40 tracks, while DJ Kos plays Electro/House/Breaks in the penthouse. Sat., 9 pm, Club 51 Degrees.
Now that this hard-to-define cult figure on the soul, world music and jazz scenes has relocated to a small town near Savannah (after years in L.A.) he's become a repeat headliner at this, our only dedicated jazz club and restaurant. He's toured and recorded with scores of major artists (most notably Sting), and you've likely heard his percussive, vaguely exotic compositions peppered throughout many TV shows and films over the years without ever realizing it. His solo sets feature just his incredibly expressive voice (and his equally notable percussive talents), but they are anything but boring. Despite a harrowing stage name, Tubby Love is a young, very promising local singer/songwriter with a funky, syncopated acoustic/electric guitar style. He augments his tunes with digitally looped backing, and his contemporary organic soul-pop reeks of a Kingston fixation. He's a perfect support act for Vinx. Fri. - Sat., 8 pm, $10 cover.