Mesmerizing instrumental space-rock trio (think Hawkwind, Helios Creed, CAN, etc...), featuring members of ARTillery Punch and The Jazz & Tango Kings. Noted local rock guitarist Kevin F. Rose (GAM, Shitrocket) also sits in on an extended set of Go-Go Music, as part of a Fashion Show and Grand Opening Party for this indie clothing and accessory store. DJ KZL spins eclectica as well. ALL-AGES. Sat., 7:30 pm, Civvies New & Recycled Clothing (114 Montgomery St.).
Rock and roll outfit featuring members of Athens Grateful Dead and Beatles Tributes Cosmic Charlie and Abbey Road Live, plus Savannahs own Americana stalwarts Stewart & Winfield. Fri., 10 pm, Locos Deli & Pub.
Long-running local Chicago-style blues known for a tight, upbeat show. Sat., 9 pm, Jazzd Tapas Bar.
Bottles & Cans
Enthralling Delta-blues-influenced quartet (bass, drums, guitar and harp) that blurs the lines between roadhouse rock, Americana and garage music. Wed., 10 pm, Savannah Blues.
Solo acoustic set from the frontman and songwriter of brainy, regional alt.rock faves Hazel Virtue. Fri., 10 pm, Jens & Friends.
Popular Rome, Ga. jam-band influenced by funk, rock and Latin music. They boast strong ties to the Athens scene (and famed banjoist Rev. Jeff Mosier). Sat., 10 pm, Savannah Blues.
Balls-out solo acoustic guitarist who peppers his intense sets of classic and modern rock covers with original material. Hes soon to release a debut CD of his own songs. Wed., 7 pm, Pogys Bar & Grill (Richmond Hill) + Fri. - Sat., 9 pm, The Bayou Café + Sun., 5:30 pm, The Warehouse.
Refined and sublime jazz vocalist from Jacksonville, Fl., dealing in early swing, blues, and 50s standards, as well as bop from the 60s through today. Shell be backed by pianist Josh Bowles, bassist Paul Sikivie, and trumpeter Alex Nguyen. Sat., 9 pm, The Mansion on Forsyth Park.
Chuck Courtenay & The Georgia Rhythm Band
Classic C & W hits, plus some modern cowboy hat-pop and a smattering of Southern rock and crowd-pleasing party classics. Fri., 8:30 pm, Pogys Bar & Grill (Richmond Hill).
Eric Culberson Blues Band
The areas best-known electric R & B guitarist and vocalist (think Albert King) who just released a live album thats easily the best of his career. Tues. (hosts Open Jam) - Wed., Mercury Lounge + Thurs., JJ Cagneys + Fri. - Sun., 10 pm, Fiddlers Crab House.
Mary Davis & Co.
Acoustic pop, rock and soul covers from key members of Wilmington Islands Band In The Park. Fri., 7 pm, Uncle Bubbas Oyster House + Sat., 10:30 pm, The Underground @ Churchills Pub.
Talented pianist, whose indie CD of unique arrangements of old Johnny Mercer tunes is one of the best local jazz albums of the past decade. Wed., 7 pm, The Mansion on Forsyth Park.
Eat Mo' Music
Hard-grooving instrumentals soul-jazz quintet (bass, trumpet, drums, trombone and guitar) of moonlighting local music educators that veers a bit into rock and funk territory. Fri., - Sat., 9:30 pm, Il Pasticcio.
Beloved local acoustic guitarist and singer, specializing in Celtic material. Wed. - Sun., Kevin Barrys.
The Hellblinki Sextet
The brainchild of former Savannah resident Andrew Benjamin, this Augusta-based collective plays dark and addled Vaudevillian blues strongly influenced by both old-timey gypsy flair and the European cabaret tradition. While their rotating lineup makes it impossible to guarantee this live show will live up to their way-cool indie CD, if space permitted, Id have made this a Recommended Show of the week on that basis alone. They employ everything from toy instruments to transistor radios and empty wine bottle-percussion, and as such, their songs aim squarely for fans of the creepy burlesque-and-sea chanty vibe of Swordfishtrombones-era Tom Waits. Sat., 10 pm, The Jinx.
The Scott Giddens Quartet
Nicknamed The Reverend, for his ability to take you to church with his spiritual take on the blues, this Florida pianist swings hard, with influences drawn from Herbie Hancock, Monk, and Ahmad Jamal, among others. Fri. - Sat., 7:30 pm, The Jazz Corner (Hilton Head).
The Alex Nguyen Trio
Young trumpet prodigy, backed by veterans Von Barlow (drums) whos worked with the late Lou Rawls, Roy Ayers and Etta James, among others and Paul
Sikivie (bass). They play Nguyens own tunes and standards. Fri., 9 pm, Jazzd Tapas Bar.
Singer and clarinetist born and raised in Savannah, but now based out of Asheville, N.C.., and offering jazz standards, blues and oldies. Fri., 9 pm, The Mansion on Forsyth Park.
Loose, fiery Southern blues-rock thats one part twang and two parts jam, much like Widespread Panic and The Allman Brothers Band, 2 groups whose influence practically drips off this talented quartet. Thurs., (10 pm), Fiddlers Crab House + Fri., 10 pm, Savannah Blues.
Paul Reeves & Justin Aiello
Earnest acoustic neo-folk with an obvious Christian theme similar in tone to Howie Air Rage Day. Thurs., 8 pm, Tubbys (Thunderbolt).
Seven Gates To Elsewhere
Young local rockers bewitched by the heady days of 70s British R & B (Free, Bad Company, Ten Years After). Covers and originals. Sat., 10 pm, JJ Cagneys.
"Georgia Kyle" Shiver w/Jimmy Wolling
Blues and folk-influenced guitarist and songwriter Shiver is joined by noted bluegrass phenom Wolling on banjo for a twist on each of their usual stage shows. Sat., 7 pm, Uncle Bubbas Oyster House.
One of the biggest underground sensations of the past few years, this openly Christian metalcore act formed in Savannah, but tour internationally. They combine wildly cathartic live shows and brutal, oppressive material with silly uniforms and self-effacing (?) syncopated dance moves. Also appearing, reconstituted local indie-rockers The Round Table, and hardcore acts A Gun A Girl A Ghost, and Waycross Oakstreet Thesis. ALL-AGES. Fri., 7 pm, Le Mort Rouge (103 W. Congress St.).
Randy "Hatman" Smith
Beach, boogie, blues and Parrothead Music, on acoustic guitar with sequenced backing. Thurs., 7 pm, Baja Cantina (The Landings).
Spitfire Kids Poetry Slam
A $10 registration fee gets you a shot in one of 3 categories: Elementary, Middle, and High School. Winner of each takes home $75 cash. Admission is whatever youd like to give, and the young funk and blues band Cubes will perform, too. Sat., 4 pm - 6 pm, The Sentient Bean.
7-piece original rock band made up of moonlighting members of such well-known local acts as Hot Pink Interior, City of Lindas, The Hall Monitor, The Judge & The Jury and The 8-Tracks. They play loud and raunchy pre-punk (think MC5, The VU, and The Stones), and noisy garage-pop (think Replacements, Sonic Youth). Atlantas Tiger! Tiger! opens. Fri., 10 pm, The Jinx.
A downtown fixture of sorts, this vibrant singing pianist plays jazzy standards and show tunes. Tues. - Sun., Planters Tavern (beneath The Olde Pink House Restaurant).
Electric blues and R & B duo of guitarists Jeff Beasley and Ray Lundy (of Bottles & Cans). Fri., 10 pm, Molly Macphersons Scottish Pub + Sat., 6 pm, The Warehouse.
The Train Wrecks
Roots-rock trio featuring guitarist Jason Bible and Hazel Virtue drummer Mark Kuhlmann. Covers and originals. Thurs., 10 pm, Fiddlers Crab House.