Slightly subdued side-project of the infamously unhinged local blues combo Bottles & Cans. Fri., 10 pm, Molly MacPherson’s Scottish Pub.
Laid-back vocal pop covers and meditative, Latin-tinged instrumentals played on acoustic guitar. Fri., 7 pm, Dewey’s Dockside (Tybee).
The Jeff Beasley Band
‘50s rock and roll hits, electric blues standards, and cajun-flavored R & B. Fri., 9 pm, Jazz’d Tapas Bar + Sat., 7 pm, The Warehouse + Mon., 10 pm, (solo), Murphy’s Law.
Bottles & Cans
Raw, high-octane blues act that’s not afraid to let their freak flag fly, and drop some old-school trash-punk and psychedelic rock influences into their vamped-up arrangements of standards and obscurities. Sat., 10 pm, Savannah Blues.
At their best, this heavy-handed local acid-rock band’s self-indulgent jams evoke the sax and delay pedal bliss of Camambert Electrique-era Gong, which can be as exhilarating as it is mesmerizing and satisfying. At their worst, it sounds like a never ending, skunk weed-fueled rec room rehearsal. Thurs., 10 pm, Savannah Blues.
The Tony Clarke Project
Local combo (led by an expressive, veteran drummer) playing dance and groove-oriented funk, jazz, and R & B. Thurs., 7 pm, The Mansion on Forsyth Park.
Acoustic guitar-driven rock originals and covers from a local songwriter soon to release his debut CD. These are some of your last chances to catch his act before he tries to make it in the Big Apple. (Note: despite the well-publicized fire which recently damaged the Bayou Café, they’re open for business on their relatively unscathed upper level.) Wed., 7 pm, Pogy’s Bar & Grill (Richmond Hill) + Fri. - Sat., 9 pm, The Bayou Café + Sun., 5:30 pm, The Warehouse.
The Bryan Clees Band
Regional country songwriter leading veteran roadhouse players through covers and originals. Wed., Fri. & Sat., 9 pm, Gilley’s (Hinesville).
Deep Blue 3
Fun local guitar-based electric blues combo that used to be known as Mama’s Mojo. Expect stylish, flashy takes on well-known tunes by icons of the genre, i.e., Stevie Ray. Fri., 10 pm, Mercury Lounge.
Acoustic troubadour offering traditional and Celtic ballads, as well as pop faves. Wed. - Sun., Kevin Barry’s.
Eat Mo’ Music
Local instrumental soul-jazz quintet (drums, trombone, trumpet, bass, guitar), offering something slightly more rock and funk-oriented than most other area jazz acts. Fri., 7 pm, North Beach Grill (Tybee) + Sat., 9:30 pm, Il Pasticcio.
Fine Arts On The River
Recently re-tooled by the Savannah Waterfront Association, this updated free street festival is designed to offer a variety of cultural entertainment for all ages. In addition to food vendors, interactive games and arts and crafts people, there’s plenty of live music —rock, jazz, jam, classical, and Latin— including: The Duo, The Jeff Beasley Band, The Jon Dunn Project, the newly-minted Southern GA Symphony, and Jacey Falk & The Review (Fri., 10 am - 11 pm); The Richard Harris Trio, Mariachi Juvenil America, Sankofa Dance Theatre, The Jeff Beasley Band, and Dave’s True Story (Sat., 10 am - 10 pm); and The Jacey Falk Trio, Martha Bassett & The Camel City Swingers, and The Carter McMullen Trio (Sun.,10 am - 5 pm). Free to All-Ages. Various sites along River Street.
1st Friday For Folk Music
Monthly coffeehouse-style ALL-AGES acoustic music showcase, sponsored by The Savannah Folk Music Society. This installment features: Nashville’s Joni Bishop (a repeat guest), who cut her teeth on early rural blues like that of Odetta and Mississippi John Hurt, plus American folk of the ‘60s (think Peter, Paul & Mary). Since then, she has embraced everything from Southern gospel, to zydeco, to classical guitar during her travels around the country. She notably won the “New Folk” competition at the prestigious Kerrville Folk Festival.
Also: David Berkeley, a stunning, Harvard-educated guitarist and songwriter, whose previous stops in Savannah left many in the audience spellbound. Ironically, for the location of this show, in 2004, he was the very first recipient of ASCAP’s Johnny Mercer Songwriting Award; and local act Patchwork, playing traditional Celtic sea chanteys, Americana, bluegrass and country folk. Free with a suggested donation of $2 to the SFMS. Fri., 7:30 pm, Wesley Monumental United Methodist Church (429 Abercorn St.).
This brand-new local group concentrates on festive, Latin-influenced jazz, and American standards given a Latin twist through the addition of ethnic percussion. The unit is comprised of a handful of the more versatile and respected players in the region (including Peter Berquist on bass, Ricardo Ochoa on violin, Josh Safer on timbalés, Tony Clarke on congas, and Eric Jones on piano). The perfect musical accompaniment to Cinco de Mayo? Fri., 9 pm, The Mansion on Forsyth Park.
Popular local cover act with a massive repertoire of Southern rock, classic rock, and modern-day pop country hits. Fri. - Sat., 9 pm, VFW Club (Hinesville).
Singing guitarist known to many longtime clubgoers as the bass player in a number of well-liked local cover acts over the years, including The Tremors. His solo gigs find him offering unique arrangements of an unusually wide variety of rock, pop and soul hits from days gone by. Wed., 5 pm, Sorry Charlie’s.
After a long dry spell, there’s now more orchestral concerts around these parts than you can wave a baton at. This esteemed organization (led by conductor Fabio Mechetti) is offering Mussorgsky’s Pictures At An Exhibition, Respighi’s Three Botticelli Pictures, and Dvoràk’s Violin Concerto (featuring guest soloist Kyoko Takezawa). Sun., 7 pm, Lucas Theatre.
The Jazz & Tango Kings
A hybrid of classical music, improvisational jazz, and the intoxicating pull of the Argentinian tango, featuring ace guitarist Bruce Spradley. Sat., 8 pm, Gottlieb’s.
Americana covers and originals sung and played on acoustic guitar by a member of Athens-based road band Stewart & Winfield. Thurs., 10 pm, Murphy’s Law. *
Statesboro jam-band. Sat., 10 pm, Locos Deli & Pub (Downtown).
Full-band gig of blues and jazz-influenced rock, featuring noted area guitarist G.E. Perry, and mouth harpist James Gay. Sat., 10 pm, Fiddler’s Crab House.
‘80s-themed cover band. Fri., 10 pm, Locos Deli & Pub (Downtown).
Jeremy & Stephen Riddle
Brother duo (who are members of local alternative rockers Argyle), offering a stripped-down set of well-known rock, ska, and reggae covers, plus their own material. A “Pinko de Mayo” fundraiser for the American Diabetes Association’s Kiss A Pig Campaign. Fri., 10 pm, Murphy’s Law.
Clay Ross & Krystle Warren
Under the moniker Ruby Rosa, this NYC duo deal in what they term “modern torch songs,” originals, classic standards, and all manner of “emotionally intoxicating” tunes. Ross was recently named a U.S. Jazz Ambassador, and is a member of Cyro Baptista’s Beat the Donkey. Warren is one hell of a chanteuse, and at home tearing up Billie Holiday numbers as Beatles cuts. Sat., 9 pm, Jazz’d Tapas Bar.
Savannah Scottish Games
Plenty of live Celtic music on tap for this annual event, including: The Wyndbreakers — a Fl. trio playing fiddle, guitar, uileann pipes and whistles; kilted baritone singer and guitarist Alex Beaton; Savannah native (and vocalist, songwriter and fiddler) Moira Nelligan, and more. Sat., 9 am - 5 pm, Bethesda Home For Boys.
Beloved local vocalist, schooled in the jazz, gospel and soul idioms. Sun., 2 pm, Fannie’s On The Beach (Tybee).
The inaugural installment of a new, bi-weekly spoken word event sponsored by The Spitfire Poetry Group. Described as “a bunch of visual artists, poets and hip-hop purists” thrown into a room and served alcohol, it promises to be an unpredictable, festive happening. DJ Santiago spins music, and the world-famous, Tony Award-winning Def Poetry Jam star Tamika Harper (aka Georgia Me) will be on hand to offer uplifting, insightful (and intense) verbage. Sun., 8 pm, Vero 44 (44 Bull St.).
The Wandering Endorphin
Named one of the best indie artists in the entire Midwest by Billboard Magazine, this dynamic and intense guitarist has been compared to both Neil Young and Michael Hedges (!). he’s received praise and airplay on both NPR and Chicago’s famed WXRT. Thurs., 8 pm, the Sentient Bean.
Prolific and accomplished local singer/songwriter, who distills blues, folk, rock and pop into something very much his own. Covers and originals. Fri., 10 pm, Jen’s & Friends.