Two nights of Ear Candy

Our own Liquid Ginger is co-producing a special event this weekend at the Boiler Room.

It's partially a fundraiser for AMBUCS of Savannah, a non-profit service organization dedicated to creating mobility and independence for people with disabilities.

Taking place Oct. 4 and 5 on two stages at the Boiler Room, "Ear Candy" features performances from a cross-section of winners and nominated bands from the Atlanta-based Georgia Music Awards.

It's quite a lineup: Friday's hip hop/R&B schedule includes Sevon, Toon & The Real Laww, D'Ambra Renee, BB London, Metropolis, Tia Michelle, Final Draft, Doski Wo, Janis Mara, Chi Chi Diva.

Saturday includes rock/pop and country/Americana and bluegrass bands: Nalee, Byron Hatcher, James Ethan Clark & The Renegades, Liquid Ginger, A Nickel Bag of Funk, Unbreakable Bloodline, Kelly Ballard, Kris Youmans, Swamp Da Amp.

(The Savannah-based Nickel Bag, I've been hearing, is getting ready to put out its long-gestating first CD.

Admission: $15 for one night, or $20 for both. Showtimes are 8 p.m. both days

Pooler Chuck

The Chuck Courtenay Band, Lyn Avenue and the Pace Brothers will play at 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 5 at Oglethorpe Speedway Park, 200 Jesup Road in Pooler. Tickets for the show, benefitting the Wounded Warrior Project, are $15 through

VIP tickets (meet Mr. Courtenay and get a copy of his latest CD, Good Side of This Bar) are $50.

Gates open at 4. See

Passafire again

@ Reason for celebrating: Savannah's reggae/rocking Passafire has a band new one coming Nov. 11. The Vines download is available via pre-order on iTunes; order a physical copy at

Wait, there's more: Passafire plays the Jinx — for the first time ever! — Oct. 11, with Bear Fight! and Ballyhoo.

Half notes

• One of our favorite touring guitarist/songwriters, Eric Sommer, is back on Friday, Oct. 4 for a show at Abe's on Lincoln.

And the super-funky horn 'n' show band Sapphire Bullets of Pure Love throws one of its infrequent soul dance parties Saturday (Oct. 5) at the Alee Shriners' Temple. This is always a fun show.

Other noteworthy shows this week: Blackrune opens for the wintry Brooklyn duo Graph Rabbit Oct. 4 at the Sparetime; Tybee folkie Thomas Oliver headlines the October Savannah Folk Music Society First Friday show (Oct. 4 at First Presbyterian Church); the Rosies (you really need to check them out) provides the Foxy Loxy music during the Oct. 4 First Friday Art March (Joe Nelson plays the FL courtyard Tuesday, Oct. 8).

You'll read more about it in Jessica Leigh Lebos' story elsewhere in this issue, but it bears repeating that City Hotel, the Accomplices, KidSyc and the Lovely Locks are all performing Sunday (Oct. 6) at Southern Pine Co.'s greenhouse grand opening. Tickets for the 3-8 p.m. event ($20 advance) are at; they'll be $25 at the door.

• Next week: Celebrating our bud Jason Statts.