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SOUNDBOARD: On Savannah stages

Updated April 18, 2023 at 3:14 p.m.

MIPSO @ DISTRICT LIVE

If strings and vocal harmonies are your thing, you may already know about this one. The Chapel Hill, NC, quartet puts a modern sheen on the sound. Some call the results indie folk, and that seems to fit. They made their name connecting the UNC campus crowd with the state’s overall music scene. Since then they’ve toured Japan, released four albums, and continued to hone their sound. The result is they’re better than ever.

THUR APR 20 | 8 PM

THE ATLANTA BAROQUE ORCHESTRA @ BACH ASCENDING

Atlanta violinist, ABO Assistant Concertmaster, and Guest Director Evan Few (pictured) leads a triple play of concertos by, who else, J.S. Bach, with an assist by Antonio Vivaldi. Bassoon soloist Anna Marsh and harpsichordist Adam Jaffee round out the trio, promising to deliver the goods. The list of worse things to do on a Sunday evening is 10,000 miles long.

SUN APR 23 | 6 PM

BAD BUNNY X RAUW ALEJANDRO FIESTA @ ELAN SAVANNAH

BB blew the F up in 2018 after collaborations with Cardi B (“I Like It”) and Drake (“Mia”) charted. He took advantage of the hype, releasing his debut album “X 100pre” on Christmas Eve of that year. Former music magazine Rolling Stone called it the 447th Greatest Album of All Time. He’s involved in charity work in his native Puerto Rico, was nominated as the Humanitarian of the Year by Telemundo, and has also held a pro wrestling championship. What else does he have to do to win your eternal loyalty?

FRI APR 28 | 10 PM

 

BASTARDANE + FURY IN A FEW
@ EL ROCKO LOUNGE

Among the city’s most popular heavy metal/hard rock bands, Bastardane (pictured) is polished, tight, and rarely has an off night. Crowds show up because they know they’re getting what they expect. Fury in a Few takes the Local H/White Stripes approach to rock, stripped down to the base essentials: guitar and drums. Two members, but what a wonderful racket they make, and it’s clear they’re enjoying themselves.

FRI APR 28 | 8 PM

SCOTT GIDDENS QUARTET
@ THE WORMHOLE

The Jacksonville pianist grew up in a musical family absorbing a multitude of styles including Grand Ole Opry, gospel, jazz, classical, soul and rock. He picked a favorite and earned a master’s degree in Jazz performance. Since then, he’s performed with a slew of greats on stages across the world, from Russia and Australia to Europe and the Kennedy Center. When not performing, he’s a professor of jazz piano.

FRI & SAT APR 21 & 22 | 8 PM


MODEL CITY @ THE WORMHOLE

The east Tennessee indie rockers lean into their nerdiness, making no apologies. They are reminiscent of the late great 90s Seattle band Harvey Danger, replete with bespectacled singer taller than the rest. There may be less emotion than HD, but the songwriting chops are there and they even manage to cram a bridge that sounds like Eminem in their single “Fake It.” Power pop and upbeat punk fans will not be disappointed.

SAT APR 22 | 10 PM

 

OPEN MIC COMEDY @ STAFFORD’S PUBLIC HOUSE

Try your luck making people laugh for five minutes, egg on a friend to give it a whirl, or just sit back and watch others kill it or crash and burn. Either way, there’s a good chance you’ll get the laughs you came for. Increase the odds with the friendly pours Stafford’s is known for.

TUESDAYS | 8:30 PM

 

MARKUS KUHLMANN
@ FOXY LOXY CAFE

The busy local singer/songwriter/guitarist has been a member of roots rockers Clouds & Satellites for years, he launched side project Mike Kilo during the pandemic, and he’s a huge Donna Savage fan. Still, he’s somehow managed to find the time for a solo set. Do be appreciative.

FRI APR 28 | 6 PM

Published April 18, 2023 at 4:00 a.m.

     

Frank Ricci

Frank Ricci is a freelance writer living in Savannah, Georgia. In his career, he's contributed to many Las Vegas megaresort brands owned by Mandalay Resort Group and Mirage Resorts. He’s also worked with Dell, Root Sports Network, Savannah College of Art and Design, ad agencies in Las Vegas and New York, and a...
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