Spotlighted gigs and recommended shows 

Tracy Grammer

A respected name on today’s contemporary folk scene, this singing guitarist/songwriter came to prominence in a duo with the late, great Dave Carter, recording and touring with him from 1997 till his untimely death in 2002. Considered the premier interpreter of Carter’s back catalog, Grammer has earned raves for her subsequent solo work.


Here's a clip from last year of Grammer performing with Jim Henry and Guy DeVito:


A past performer at the Savannah Folk Music Fest, her CD Flower of Avalon (feat. Mary Chapin Carpenter) was the most-played folk album of 2006. Tix: $10, or $8 for SFMS members and $5 for children/students. Listen & Learn: savannahfolk.org, tracygrammer.com. Sat., 8 pm, New Day Fellowship Church (6500 Habersham St.) - ALL-AGES.

Izzy Cox, Bo Hatchet

This “anarchist crooner” from rural Texas terms her brand of dark and menacing Americana string-band music “Voodoobilly Jazz”. Hard to believe that for years, she was part of the Montreal music scene that birthed indie sensations Rufus & Martha Wainwright and Arcade Fire. When not opening for the likes of Jack White and Junior Brown, she goes straight for the (rot)gut, touring relentlessly, delivering melodramatic murder ballads at all manner of small venues. Regional Old-Time fetishists Bo Hatchet are an ultra-indie acoustic duo steeped in the same kind of wizened Appalachian roots/creepazoid front porch backwash. Listen & Learn: myspace.com/izzycox, myspace.com/bohatchet. Thurs., 8 pm, Guitar Bar.

Jupiter String Quartet

This internationally beloved quartet of three violins and one cello has won handfuls of major classical competitions — including a 2008 Avery Fischer Career Grant. Each player holds a Masters in chamber music from the prestigious New England Conservatory, and this concert (presented by the Savannah Concert Ass'n) should be one of the finest of its kind taking place in town this year independent of the Savannah Music Fest. Tix: $35 - $12.50, at lucastheatre.com or 525-5050. Listen & Learn: jupiterquartet.com. Sat., 8 pm, Lucas Theatre - ALL-AGES.

Alex Nguyen Quintet

Now based in NYC, where he’s studying with famed trumpeter Jon Faddis, this 23-year-old former Savannahian returns to kick-start a season of live jazz events in Hilton Head. Things keep looking up for Nguyen, who recently earned a standing ovation at the legendary Iridium Jazz Club and saw an original composition included on the latest album by iconic pianist Kenny Barron.


Here's a clip of The Jazz Conceptions Orchestra at the Iridium, featuring a solo by Alex Nguyen:


For this major area reappearance, he’ll be joined by some of the finest regional jazz players. Tix: $20 at jazzloversclub.com5. Listen & Learn: alexnguyenmusic.com. Sun., 7 pm, Coligny Theater (Hilton Head).


Another rare hometown gig, this time from an original reggae-rock hybrid that formed in Savannah, but is steadily blowing up on the national scene.


Here's a great clip of Passafire playing live in a radio studio a few months back:


They were recently chosen by Diamond David Lee Roth himself to open for Van Halen in Reno, and are preparing for two back-to-back cross-country tours with label mates Pepper and The Supervillains. Local hip-hop and funk collective Dope Sandwich opens. Tix: $7 adv. / $10 at door, livewiremusichall.com. Listen & Learn: myspace.com/passafire, myspace.com/dopesandwichmusic. Thurs., 9 pm, Live Wire

Toubab Krewe

The Village Voice calls this Asheville-based instrumental combo “a futuristic, psychedelic, neo-griot frenzy.” Blending regional roots music with the ethnic influence of Mali-centric West African pop (their instrumentation includes kora and kamelengoni lutes, horsehair fiddle and indigenous percussion), these world music stars-in-waiting have come up with an entrancing and captivating sound that is danceable, hypnotic and imminently joyous. They’ve wowed Bonnaroo as well as the JFK Center for Performing Arts.


Here's alive clip and interview with the band at Bonnaroo 2006:


Tix: $7 adv. / $10 at door, livewiremusichall.com. Listen & Learn: myspace.com/toubabkrewe.
Sat., 10 pm, Live Wire Music Hall. cs


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