THE CONNECT FIVE: Shows to see this week

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MARAUDA @ ELAN SAVANNAH
FRI DEC. 8 | 10 PM

The young Australian-based dubstep prodigy, born Hamish Prasad, started out using the moniker Mastodon. To avoid confusion with the big, bad Georgia metal band of the same name, he rebranded to Marauda. Thankfully, the sleeper hot-rod Mercury Marauder had been discontinued by then, so the name stuck. He’s become a leading dubstep and bass artist in Oz but tours the world regularly because the demand exists. His late 2020 release "Avoidable Cause" is an alien soundscape of post-human sounds and beats. He was also named a “Class of 2022 Star” by EDM.com. But the Nov. '23 release of the EP, "Crown of Torment," is Marauda’s darkest work yet. It’s an intense, high-tempo trip of only eight minutes, but it’ll hang out in your head much longer. Expect to hear all three tracks live. And remember, Elan Savannah shows are often 18 and over. Marauda is a young man, so this one is.

RHYAN SINCLAIR @ THE WORMHOLE
FRI DEC 8 | 9:30 PM

A rising star in country and Americana, Sinclair continues to impress with talent beyond her years. She wrote and co-produced her debut album "Barnstormer" at age 17, displaying emotional depth and honest, heartbreaking lyrics. You’ll hear echoes of Emmylou Harris in her voice, along with that Lexington, KY, twang. Sinclair can lean fully into classic country and effortlessly pull it back now and then. Her influences are Chris Isaak, Dolly Parton, The Beach Boys and Jason Isbell, and her work would likely make them all proud. In 2022, she released the follow-up LP, "Letters to Aliens." The record continues the journey with a more cosmic, 70s folk-rock sound, but the pop doesn’t overwhelm, and the country influences are inescapable. Since it’s December, you might hear songs from her unexpected Christmas EP, "Marshmallow World." Even if you don’t, this is an artist to watch. Singer-songwriter Danny Flanagan opens the show.

LAVON STEVENS QUARTET @ GOODTIMES JAZZ BAR
FRI-SAT, DEC 8-9 | 8 PM

The Savannah-born pianist started playing at age seven. He was working with regional touring bands by 13. Stevens also played violin but made the keys his thing when he studied voice and piano at Dekalb College in Atlanta. The scholastic approach was followed by a career that led to live performances across the country, from Aspen, Co. to Washington, DC, and points between. For decades, he’s been a musical ambassador of sorts on Hilton Head, producing the Native Island Gullah Celebration and serving on the board of directors of the Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra. Stevens is joined by saxman Stutz Wimmer, who has been arranging for the Gap Band and Ohio Players, and leading the 16-piece Rupert’s Orchestra Atlanta on his resume. Lowcountry drummer Ryan Burd keeps the beat.


PRINCESS GOES @ DISTRICT LIVE
SAT DEC 9 | 8 PM

Yes, that’s Dexter in the middle, but don’t be scared. Universally acclaimed actor Michael C. Hall of "Dexter," "Six Feet Under," and more film, TV and theatrical roles than you can shake a tambourine at, also finds time to be in a band. He’s the singer and lyricist (and plays some keys), but this isn’t a vanity project by any means. Hall's strong supporting cast includes NYC music scene veteran Matt Katz-Bohen, bass player for new wave legends Blondie, who also toured with over-pierced avant-garde experimental act Psychic TV. The third of the trio, Peter Yanowitz, started out in LA as a founding member of The Wallflowers before making his way to NY to work with Natalie Merchant’s solo band after she left 10,000 Maniacs. He then went on to form the tragically overlooked Morningwood. The three met on the Broadway production of "Hedwig and the Angry Inch," and in short order they realized the ad-hoc lyrical ideas Hall had about the synth-rock tracks Katz-Bohen and Yanowitz were creating might lead to something legit. They were right.

SIX TIME LOSERS + ANDREW SOVINE @ EL ROCKO
SAT DEC 9 | 8 PM

The Central Florida-based Americana band brings all the genres that fit, precisely or loosely. You’ll hear elements of bluegrass, country, blues, roots, folk, and rock and roll. All of them are featured on their 2021 album "Only First Names Die." It was recorded in Macon at the revitalized Capricorn Sound Studios. Specifically in historic Studio A, where legendary records by The Allman Bros., Charlie Daniels Band, and the Marshall Tucker Band were made during the Capricorn heyday. Did the Losers channel the ghosts of those who were there before them? Perhaps, but Savannah is a haunted city, so be on the lookout for specters and such while you groove.

About The Author

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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