This Philly-based funk/fusion 4-piece formed in a Tampa junior high school, and over the past decade has evolved into an award-winning unit known for their experimentation with electronica and their penchant for intense freeform improvisation. This venue is branching out lately, and bringing in more touring bands. This one’s a great step in the right direction. Sat., 10 pm, Mercury Lounge.
Kyler England, Sam Shaber
This double-whammy of award-winning contemporary female folk/pop/rock balladeers has all the makings of a standout night at this intimate venue. Both dedicated indie artists not only bust their ass on the coffeehouse/listening room circuit, but craft and self-release meticulously arranged albums based around the slick-yet-earthy style pioneered by the Suzanne Vega and Tracy Chapman and buffed to a beatific shine by Sarah MacLachlan, Shawn Colvin and Patty Griffin. For most of us, a little of this sort of thing goes a long way, so this might be a good night to get your fix. Sat., 8 pm, The Sentient Bean - ALL-AGES.
The Flight Out, Lion Versus
One of the most exciting local bands to come along in years. Their dense, multi-textured guitar rock is bright and challenging. Dynamically savvy and keenly aware of how noise and melody (should best) interact, they’ve got the goods, and —if they play their cards right— could easily find favor with rock nerds as well as chain-smoking adolescents. Plus, they’re devout Christians, but unlike some, they don’t let that intrude on their material in an off-putting or jingoistic way. Local acoustic openers Lion Versus give great strum and bow, mixing crepuscular old-time vibes with a morose and mellowed-out feel that screams po-mo disaffection. Thurs., 9 pm, Metro Coffee House - ALL-AGES.
Doyle Lawson’s Quicksilver
After being bowled over by Bill Monroe at age 11, this mandolinist wound up touring the world as a member of bluegrass superstars The Country Gentlemen. Since ‘79, this group has been one of the most popular traditional bluegrass acts to play and record both secular and born-again gospel music. Get a $30 advance ticket to this 100-seat gig fast (before they’re gone) by calling 748-1930. Thurs., 7:30 pm, Randy Wood’s Concert Hall (1304 E. Hwy 80, Bloomingdale) - ALL-AGES.
Wow! An absolute must-see. This amazing acoustic quartet (whose members hail from the Netherlands and NYC) seamlessly blends gypsy jazz and traditional European klezmer music into something altogether unique, yet wondrously familiar. No horns or drums to be found here — just female vocals, violin, guitar and double bass. They sell out major concert halls in the Old World, but you can see them here in a tiny coffeehouse. Seriously, whether or not you usually listen to Jewish folk music, don’t miss this one. Acoustic guitarist/chanteuse Adrianne opens. Fri., 8 pm, The Sentient Bean - ALL-AGES.
This indie reggae/rock quartet has quietly become one of Savannah’s best bands, through intense woodshedding, frequent touring, and a no-bullshit, business-minded approach that other local groups could learn a thing or two from. Tight as a drum, their dreamy, patois-drenched dance grooves (think Matisyahu) can —at times— seem like a shtick, but their sheer drive and their obvious and sincere love of this genre keeps such negative vibes at bay. New locals Street Circus Symphony open with a set of playful, organic hip-hop that owes a stylistic debt to Sublime and G-Love. Sat., 10 pm, Wild Wing Café.
Only in the past year or so has this veteran standup comic made the move from nightclubs to theaters, but he’s done it without the benefit of his own TV show. Never too blue, yet far from milquetoast, he’s safe without being lame, and just edgy enough to have jaded bastards like myself chuckling more than we’d likely care to admit. Fri., 8 pm, Lucas Theatre.
Vintage ‘80s thrash metal done up right: furious, overly technical and stop-on-a-dime. Local heroes Blacktusk open with a set of ominous, doom-laden sludge rock. Also on the bill: Athens’ over-the-top Southern-metal feedback merchants The Dumps. Fri., 11 pm, The Jinx.
A rare local appearance by this famed contemporary Christian singer/songwriter who’s racked up almost 20 #1 hits, and co-wrote the bestselling Falling in Love With Jesus series. In 2003, she was named one of the Most Influential Christian Women in America. Fri. - Sat., 6 pm, First Baptist Church (Rincon).