THE CONNECT FIVE: Shows to see this week in Savannah

Dog Days Fest, country rockers, cover rockers and pretty music all in one week.

Dog Days Presents is a busy promoter of interesting music in Savannah, and operator Kyle Brown is never busier than when he’s cooking up the massive lineup for the three-day eponymous festival. Last year’s version was a wild success, so expect more of the same. Shows happen all weekend at Two Tides, Moodrights, Starland Yard, Front Porch Improv, Over Yonder, El Rocko and Starland Strange. See the schedule for all the bands, times and locations. Local acts to watch for include Chipper Bones, Calico MD, Measurement, Klept and the Holy Ghost Tabernacle Choir’s Saturday night headliner at El Rocko. Make the visitors feel welcome by not missing psychedelic rockers Frankie and the Witch Fingers (pictured) and Color Green, here all the way from California; Atlanta’s unpredictable klark tickles the Yard on Saturday; and Cincinnati’s The Serfs bend The Cure and Kraftwerk into their own thing late Friday at Moonrights. Your duckpin bowling league game has been cancelled. Celebrate with 12 or 13 Genesee Cream Ales and rock.

FRI JUN 7 | 7 PM
Ponte Vedra Beach native and current Jax Beach resident Brook Garwood learned piano at three and taught herself to play guitar in her teens. She grew up surrounded by music, and after attending school, she returned to the north Florida sand to start playing. Her one-woman project turned into the group Sun Child, releasing their debut in Spring 2023. Led by the hauntingly gorgeous single “Ghost,” the dreamy pop is subdued and very emotional. “Backseat” raises the tempo and showcases her vocal style. She’s inspired by Billie Eilish, the Lumineers, and loves Savannah favorites Trash Panda. As the permanent band coalesces behind her, expect more interesting takes on the ever-expanding dream pop style — a welcome calm in an era that too often gets unnecessarily loud and stupid.

FRI JUN 7 | 8 PM
The Kentucky-based band, now up to six members, does what you’d guess they do. They play Sothern rock with blues and folk, from hard and blistering to mellow and thoughtful. Think Drive-by Truckers, Allman Bros. and the like and you’ll know what to expect. Aside from strong songwriting and gobs of talent, their special sauce is the soulful harmonies that build up to a soaring chorus in many of their anthemic slow rockers. They also treat the audience to intriguing reinterpretations of cover songs, including “Hotel California” by the Eagles, “House of the Rising Sun” by the Animals, “The Weight” by The Band, and Dylan’s “All Along the Watchtower.” It’s not filler, they make those songs their own and fit them in with their original word perfectly. Acoustic singer/songwriter Rob Langdon opens.

SAT JUN 8 | 7 PM
The outdoor live show experience at the CC Sound Garden cannot be understated. For classic rock fans who have reached classic rock age, ice cold beer, expertly fried bar food, reliable table service, and your favorite hits from the rulers of the rock charts in the 70s, 80s and 90s is a singular experience. Foreigner has more hits than you think they do. Their 1977 debut and three subsequent albums each sold more than five million copies. Their fifth only sold a measly three million. To borrow a phrase from the era, That’s Incredible! Overall, they moved an astounding 80 million records worldwide and had nine Top 10 singles in the US. They knew how to mix it up, too, from uncompromising hard rockers “Hot Blooded” and “Urgent” to adult-oriented pop monsters “Double Vision” and the soaring “I Want to Know What Love Is.” Atlanta’s Head Games are veteran musicians who deliver those hits and a bunch more.

WED JUN 12 | 9 PM
TC5 hardly ever shuts up about Over Yonder Saturday matinees. And for a good reason: the killer Austin vibes, the cozy confines appropriately decorated, and the endless cold Lone Stars to wash down double stacks and vegan things offer an easy teleport to the Continental on S. Congress Street. The reverberated vibe extends this week to a solid mid-week showcase from Colt Wayne Keeny, straight from the capital of The Republic of Texas. The dry, western end of the Republic, to be specific. Keeny’s sound has strong dusty cowboy tones, and his 2021 “American Mutt” will put you right alongside Marty Robbins riding a horse from the latest lawman or angry boyfriend you done wronged. Colt has yet to amass Marty’s 17 No. 1 hits, but he’s on his way to, at the very least, reviving this style of outlaw country music, rooted in tradition and bold enough to keep it as weird as he can.

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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