THE CONNECT FIVE: Shows to see this week in Savannah

Make it a memorable Memorial Day Weekend. Now say that five times fast.

EASY HONEY + YOAX + BEN TJADEN BAND @ EL ROCKO
THU MAY 23 | 8 PM
Originally from the mountains of Tennessee, the Charleston-based Easy Honey plays the modern pop we usually import from Nashville when it isn’t domestic. It has clear nods to 90s alternative and 60s British pop, with some easy-breezy tracks balanced out by more frantic tunes. When performing live, however, it’s all high-energy, even when it’s quieter. This is their last show before heading to the Cavejam weekend fest back home in Tennessee with The String Cheese Incident, Dumpstaphunk and Keller Williams.

Yoax, from Missoula, Montana, is a strange noise duo that might remind you of early Modest Mouse and Broken Social Scene. The mysterious Ben Tjaden Band opens the show.

KAIVON @ ELAN SAVANNAH
FRI MAY 24 | 10 PM
While the online EDM community debate rages on whether future bass and melodic dubstep are the same thing, Kaivon is just chilling at Buc-ee’s in his beaver hoodie (sounds like a band name). If his taste in Texas-based humongous c-stores is any indication, he’ll figure out the answer or deliver a series of ass-quivering theories trying.

These sub-genre label debates can be as amusing in EDM as they are in metal (blackened doom glam or symphonic folkgrind, anyone?), but they don’t mean all that much once you’re on the floor, getting down and grinning from ear to ear in a sea of like-minded party people. Kaivon cites hip-hop acts Eminem, Kid Cudi and Childish Gambino, and fellow EDM favorites Seven Lions, Illenium and Flume as inspiration. The vibe is all positivity and one big lovefest, with his 2022 Bass Canyon festival appearance reaching near-legendary status.

A TRIBUTE TO THE 3 KINGS – ERIC CULBERSON BAND @ VICTORY NORTH
FRI MAY 24 | 8 PM
Savannah’s blues guitar king Eric Culberson’s third annual installment of the 3 Kings tribute pays homage by playing the best of Albert, B.B. and Freddie. The Hostess City’s most popular architect-slash-fisherman, Kevin Rose, joins on second guitar, and the city’s (un)Official Bassmaster General Eric “Big E” Moore brings the boomin’ bottom. Special guests from out of town sitting in are Bob Wilson, keyboardist for Freddie King and Bob Dylan, and BB’s drummer Tony Coleman. And if that weren’t enough, a Memphis three-piece horn section rounds out the band.

We are lucky to live in a town with a slew of great musicians who can perform at the skill level to take on the gods of the blues. Better yet, these people are willing to make the time to put on shows like these. If the recent sold-out Travelling Wilburys tribute and last year’s 3 Kings show also selling out are any indication, prepare yourself for another memorable Savannah-centric night at Victory North.

KIND HEARTED STRANGERS @ BARRELHOUSE SOUTH
FRI MAY 24 | 9 PM
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Somewhere in Colorado, an impromptu open mic sparked the formation of a band that didn’t intend to become one. Eventually, it led to a group of guys from all over the country coalescing into a successful touring act that bridges straight-up rock and roll with harmony-driven roots. Those killer harmonies are the hook, and the lighter, acoustic side of the band tempers the harder stuff. Their first release in 2021 put them on the road, and last year’s LP “Now.here” keeps them there. It’s a collaboration with visual artist Dylan Lynch and was put together in five days as a challenge the band set for themselves. It worked. The Savannah show is the second of a summer tour that extends into August. Catch them while they are as fresh and enthused as the Barrelhouse South crowd that keeps bringing them back.

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HIGH IMPACT DISTORTION @ THE WORMHOLE
SAT MAY 25 | 10 PM
The Charleston-based rockers roll into the Starland District for a guitar-forward show just a few months after releasing their debut EP, “Burning Daylight.” The five tracks are strong, well-structured, and have a high level of production quality that is becoming the norm for independent releases. Thank you, technology.

HID plays a compelling blend of classic and alternative rock that may not set the entire world on fire but would fit in just fine on the radio or a playlist between tracks by bands like Led Zeppelin, The Black Crowes and The Cure. Think a less-angry Uncle Tupelo and you might get the idea of where they fit on the rock-alt-Southern continuum. They’ve been playing and touring for five years, and it shows in the songwriting—a perfect example of how growth and improvement accelerate with hard work, consistency and volume.

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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