THE CONNECT FIVE: Shows to see this week

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THE MAXINES + KICKLIGHTER + THE AL GORE RHYTHMS @ EL ROCKO
FRI DEC 29 | 8 PM

The Maxines sure do get around. No, not in that way, you perv. They are busy working as much as possible to promote their excellent new album “Skin Tight” and doing it via the old-fashioned organic method: playing shows. Lots and lots of shows. A TC5 favorite, the band gets better and better with each live performance. Woodbine, Georgia’s Kicklighter is comprised of three brothers playing alt-rock from the heart. A Jacksonville show with Paramore drummer Aaron Gillespie led to a friendship, and he produced their debut record. Opening the pre-NYE bash is Tybee Island’s No. 1 psychedelic prog-funk-math-rock trio, The Al Gore Rhythms. No calculator needed, just two ears and a heart.

LEVI MOORE @ OVER YONDER
SAT DEC 30 | 8 PM

Depending on your age, the day before New Year’s Eve this year is either the middle chapter of a three-night rampage that ends with “new year whut?” spoken over a furry tongue, or it’s the right time to chill before the big event. If you’re in the latter group and your years of wisdom tell you to pace yourself, enjoy a mellow country matinee with Savannah singer-songwriter Levi Moore. His old-school cowboy vibe has a moody sound, with strumming and singing that feels real. He won the 2021 Georgia Country Awards Male Artist of The Year honor, boosted by Gordon Lightfoot storytelling chops and a vocal tone that should remind you of Trace Adkins. Expect some Americana in the mix, with the chance of a customized cover song.


FREDO BANG @ ELAN SAVANNAH
SAT DEC 30 | 10 PM

The Baton Rouge native has legal troubles on par with his “Godfather” film character namesake. But unlike the skipped-over mobster’s sad laments, Fredo Bang isn’t whining that he’s smart and wants respect. He’s earning it. Bang’s 2020 single “Top” is a certified platinum hit, and his Moneybagg Yo-produced debut LP “Most Hated” charted. His four most popular videos total more than 20 million views. A survivor of his local rap scene that saw two contemporaries and friends die young in separate homicides, Bang is trying to keep their memory alive. Fresh off parole in 2023, he’s out earning again, and kicking it live.

APPARITIONS + BURN ABSOLUTE @ THE WORMHOLE
FRI DEC 29 | 9 PM

Metalcore loves to scream, and Apparitions is fronted by a screaming world champion. The least Southern element of the Huntsville, Alabama-based unit, Joey Psychs, hails from Duluth, MN, about as far north as you can get in the country unless it’s Alaska. The Phil Anselmo influence is strong, but the band is more melodic than groove, with all the breakdowns you expect and deserve. Burn Absolute is so dedicated to the southward direction they have a member from Bolivia, approximately 3500 miles south of Savannah. But to be clear, they are not a Savannah band. They are from all over the South and are metalcore ambassadors with an international dimension. Charleston metal newcomers Denounced Disgraced, who lean heavily into the hardcore punk side of metalcore, open the show.

FUNK YOU @ VICTORY NORTH
SUN DEC 31 | 9 PM

Augusta’s eight-piece veteran soul and funk outfit fills the stage with musicians, the venue with booty-movin’ sounds, and your New Year’s Eve with the party you’re looking for. There’s something about a big band killing it live on stage when it’s a momentous occasion. On the biggest party night of the year, Funk You delivers. Frontman Gavin Hamilton’s vocals and stage presence move the crowd. The band, with influences from Stevie Wonder, Phish, hometown God James Brown, and The Grateful Dead, blend their extended jams with a ton of soul and a dozen years of original music to draw from. Ring in the new year by saying Funk You to the old one.

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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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