Pop and rock covers (Eagles, etc...) played on keyboard and acoustic guitar. Fri., Huc-a-Poos (Tybee) + Sun., 9 pm, Benny's (Tybee).
Up-and-coming acoustic duo (guitar/piano) that revels in off-kilter changes and good-natured naiveté. Both sing and cite Damien Rice as an influence, though I hear echoes of Tears for Fears in their melancholia. They're just starting out, and should probably reign in a few of their busier tendencies, but their ambitious approach shows great potential. Tues., 7 pm, Bits, Bytes & Coffee.
CD release party weekend for this local blues trio (see Music Interview).Fri. (party) -Sat., Savannah Blues.
Chiefly known as lead singer and principal songwriter for regional modern rock act Hazel Virtue, Britt's involved in a number of side projects as well, and brings this diversity to his solo shows, as well as bit of Southern twang and grit. Wed. (hosts Open Mic), O'Connell's Irish Pub + Sat., 12 midnight, Malone's.
Jimmy Bruno & Howard Paul
Two fantastically talented seven-string guitarists ; one local (Paul), one not (Bruno). Together, they're one of the most musically formidable combinations for miles around. Bruno's a legend for his stunning albums (many consider
him one of the finest jazz guitarists alive) and Paul holds his own next to this master. Sat., The Jazz Corner (Hilton Head).
Bucky & Barry
Acoustic covers of rock, country and pop hits with great vocal harmonies and sequenced backing. Sun., 1 pm, City Market Courtyard.
Solo set from the frontman of jam band Perpetual Groove. Mon. - Tues., Fiddler's Crab House.
Doug Carn & Friends
Rare local gig by this intense and talented keyboardist (and one of the founders of the radical Black Jazz movement of the 1970s). Now based in Florida, Carn used to lead the house band at the now-defunct Adagio Jazz Club on Congress Street. Expect great players with killer chops and an all-business show. Sat., 9 pm, Jazz'd Tapas Bar.
The Courtenay Brothers
Actual siblings who play popular country and rock covers on acoustic guitars with sequenced backing. Thurs. Sunset Party, Tubby's (Thunderbolt) + Sat., 12:30 pm & Sun., 5:30 pm, City Market Courtyard.
Eric Culberson Blues Band
Savannah's best-known electric blues guitarist and frontman, whose style owes a great debt to both Freddie and Albert King. Tues. (Open Mic Jam)
- Wed., Mercury Lounge + Thurs., JJ Cagney's.
One of the biggest names on the international Drum & Bass scene, here for one night only (see Connect Recommends). Sat., Aprés Nightclub (above Il Pasticcio).
The Dynamic Duo
Two singing guitarists, playing a wide range of classic rock covers, with a smattering of country and blues thrown in as well. Thurs., 7 pm, Driftaway Café (Wilmington Island) + Sat., 4:30 pm City Market Courtyard + Sat., The Magnolia Grill (Richmond Hill).
A refreshingly versatile funk quintet that knows when to lay back and groove, avoiding much of the overplaying that plagues others. Incorporating modern hip-hop beats and breaks into more traditional James Brown and Don Julian-type workouts, they have recently added vocals to their instrumental show, and while that threatens to diminish their power and make them less unique, this Athens/Atlanta collective is still very good at what they do. Fri., Locos Deli & Pub.
The Hall Monitor
Intense alternative "creep rock" trio (bass, guitar and drums) that's gaining a sizable hometown following. Their lineup features members of Superhorse and Splitfinger. Sat., The Jinx.
i am not a little bus
Intriguing and inventive local trio playing tricky, instrumental "math rock," along the lines of Brokeback, Mogwai or Tortoise. Sat., The Jinx.
High-profile Southern pop and jam band (see Connect Recommends). Fri., 9 pm, City Market Courtyard.
Slick, stylized modern pop with female vocals and lush production (think No Doubt or the"new" Liz Phair). Fri., 9 pm, The Oyster Bar (Wilmington Island).
Acoustic singer/songwriter from Fort Worth, texas who writes inspirational songs from a Christian perspective. Completely clean and sober for five years, he cites his music as a healing force in his life. His work has been compared to that of James Taylor and John Denver. This is his first large-scale national tour. Sun., 8 pm, The Sentient Bean.
This keyboardist/singer is something of a local legend for his beautiful voice and passionate take on a wide variety of popular covers. A "piano man" of distinction. Fri., 7 pm, Tubby's (Thunderbolt).
Award-winning bluegrass supergroup (see Connect Recommends). Thurs., 7:30 pm, Randy Woods' Concert Hall (Bloomingdale).
Retro British metal (see Connect Recommends). Tues., 9 pm, The Jinx.
Strident-voiced singer/songwriter from Charleston who also fronts the alt.rock group Little Pieces. Passionate and personal material enhanced with acoustic guitar. Fri., 8 pm, The Sentient Bean.
Locals playing well-constructed reggae-inspired rock music that flirts with a jam-band aesthetic. Mon., JJ Cagney's.
The Permanent Tourists
Tight party band playing funk, soul and rock favorites. Sat., 9 pm, The Oyster Bar (Wilmington Island).
Formerly known as Dream Weapon, this regional act mixes modern rock covers with their own like-minded originals. Dig that electronic drumset! Fri., 9 pm, The Magnolia Grill (Richmond Hill).
Rollin' In The Hay
Touring jamgrass group with a fanatical following of "Hayheads." Not only do they write their own material, but they moonlight on the side by recording tribute albums of bluegrass arrangements of rock and alternative rock hits. A truly impressive act. Wed.,8 pm, The Oyster Bar (Wilmington Island).
The Bobby Ryder Quartet
Jazz, standards and swing, including what's said to be a great way with Sinatra. Thurs., The Jazz Corner (Hilton Head).
Camilla & Kevin Sanders Duo
New York-based jazz act that's making their Savannah debut while in the area for an appearance at the famed Jacksonville Jazz Festival. Fri., 9 pm, Jazz'd Tapas Bar.
Oldies, shag and Elvis favorites. Fri. - Sat., Bogey's.
Sex & Candy Flesh Fair
Well, it's the 4th year of debauchery in a row for this Chris Cook-helmed theme party. Prizes are offered in a variety of ribald competitions designed to titillate, or merely amuse. Revealing costumes are expected. Sat., 9 pm, Velouria.
The Chris Talley Band
This multi-instrumentalist (guitar, bass, banjo, mandolin, harmonica, percussion, piano and trumpet) from Brunswick cites Tom Petty, Otis Redding and Ryan Adams as key influences. Since 1999, he's been based in Athens, building a regional following for his folk and country-influenced ballads. Fri. - Sat., O'Connell's Irish Pub.
Local trio of ace harp player Daniel Valentino, guitarist/percussionist Jeff Beasley, and bassist Nate Saraceno. They play uptempo standards and a healthy does of soulful originals. Thurs., Savannah Blues + Fri., 5 pm, City Market Courtyard.
Loose and funky jam unit with a killer rhythm section. They're not afraid to experiment with new tunes or arrangements live onstage. Wed., JJ Cagney's.
The Greg Williams Band
Original roots-rock plus an unusual selection of covers from one of the area's most accomplished singer/songwriters (who's released a handful of well-received indie CDs). Thurs., 9:30 pm, Malone's + Sat., JJ Cagney's. w