Band In The Park
Female-fronted Wilmington Island-based cover act offering mature rock, soul and pop hits (think Bonnie Raitt). Fri. - Sat., 9:30 pm, Scandals (Tybee).
Popular local electric blues combo playing uptempo shuffles and ballads. Sat., 9 pm, Jazzd Tapas Bar.
Rome, Ga. world music-influenced jam band thats really picking up speed, with significant satellite radio play. They recently lost a member to the reformed Blueground Undergrass, but are truckin right along. Fri., Savannah Blues.
Tight, Athens-based funk act rooted in old-school James Brown grooves, as well as modern-day hip-hop and Jamaican riddims. Sat., Locos Deli & Pub.
One of the top-selling indie artists on CDBaby.com, this acoustic singer/songwriter has a sparse, melancholy, guitar-driven style reminiscent of Tim Buckley or middle-period Cat Stevens. His music has been prominently featured on many MTV reality shows. A star on the rise? Fri., 8 pm, The Sentient Bean.
The Speaking Bean Slam
Monthly spoken word showcase led by noted Atlanta troubadour Kodac Harrison. This installment features Basic, a local poet who was recently named as a semi-finalist for Atlantas Slam Team, which will compete in a national spoken word contest in August. After his set, theyll be a judged slam (sign up at 7 pm). Thurs., 8 pm, The Sentient Bean - ALL AGES.
Polished regional modern rock band thats streamlining a radio-friendly sound. Fri., Riders Lounge (Hilton Head) + Sat., Finnegans Wake.
Southern rock group made up of veteran area players, some from the now-defunct Bounty Hunter. Fri. - Sat., 9 pm, Silver Dollar Bar & Grill (Hwy 204).
Give these driven SoCal EMO Kiddies 5 points for having André The Giant sticker master Shepard Fairey design their album art. Then throw in another 2 for their focused and rock solid delivery. Now deduct 2 for that guy who wears his cap to the side, and 2 for the cat who stole Mark McGraths frosted faux-bedhead. Whoops! Lose 3 more for that Mexican fast-food coupon thats comes with each of their CDs... Fri., The Jinx.
This clever and fresh Atlanta rap trio (pronounced em-cees) boasts minimalist backing and a clipped, direct lyrical flow. Tues., The Jinx.
Old-Time Country Dance
Take a trip back in time with this Americana tradition featuring an acoustic group (The Glow In The Dark String Band) and a caller leading both novices and old hands through a variety of mountain moves. Sat., 8 pm, AASU Fine Arts Auditorium - ALL AGES.
The Permanent Tourists
Terrific funk, soul and classic rock party band (playing hits from Lionel Richie to The Rolling Stones). Fri. - Sat., 9 pm, The Oyster Bar (Wilmington Island).
Newly-minted local cover band (popular hits in a variety of styles) featuring keyboardist Skip Graham and other established area players. Fri., Pogys Bar & Grill (Richmond Hill).
Shrimp City Slim
Charleston band blending shag, beach and boogie elements into a traditional electric delta blues format. Thurs., 7 pm, The Jazz Corner (Hilton Head) + Fri., 9 pm, Jazzd Tapas Bar.
Starland Punk Show
The fledgling design district is now regularly utilizing its outdoor courtyard space for punk shows geared toward high school kids and extreme music fans of ALL-AGES. This show features Ashes Of An Empire (metalcore), Arcasia Red (melodic hardcore), and Ride The Pink Horse (breakdown-driven punk). Fri., 7 pm, Starland CCA (2424 Bull St.) - ALL AGES.
This Florida duo follow in the tradition of the classic male and female folk duos. Lee Hunters high, wispy vocals and Arvid Smiths captivating dobro and guitarwork reference early Richard & Linda Thompson as much as they recall Ian & Sylvia. Still, theyre no nostalgia act. This is eclectic, well-schooled traditional music thats forward-thinking and quietly innovative. Sat., 8 pm, The Sentient Bean.