The Back River Ramblers
Impressive trio of local songwriters (whove played Nashvilles Bluebird Café). They play marsh grass music: acoustic blues, bluegrass, and honky tonk. Thurs., 7 pm, Fannies On The Beach (Tybee) + Sat., 10 pm, Fiddlers Crab House.
Black Orchid Tattoo Party
To celebrate their first year in business this downtown skin art shop is sponsoring a massive metalcore show. The unbelievably heavy headliner Withered hails from Atlanta and features ex-members of Leechmilk. They play Swedish-influenced sludge/grind/death metal, and have opened for the likes of Mastodon and Exhumed. Locals Chronicle A/D feature former members of Karst and Antischism, and are known for a dark and metal-tinged take on brutal punk. The fast and frenzied Black Tusk includes members of the now-defunct Bricks and HammÜrd Shit, while 10 1/2 is a brand-new local tribute act to the legendary California punks Black Flag (!). Fri., The Jinx.
Long-running regional blues combo led by drummer and vocalist Ken Harrison. They specialize in uptempo, danceable tunes. Fri. - Sat., 10 pm, Mercury Lounge.
The Chris Chandler Trio
Mainstream jazz and standards led one of Savannahs most well-known pianists. Fri., 9 pm - 1 am, The Mansion on Forsyth Park.
Full-throttle acoustic guitarist and singer who plays high-energy covers of classic and modern rock both solo (as in this case) and as in a full-band context (as frontman for The Long Awaited). Wed., 7 pm, Pogys Bra & Grill (Richmond Hill) + Mon., 6 pm, The Sea Grill (Pt. Wentworth).
Chuck & Bucky
Two of the areas most popular acoustic cover artists (Courtenay and Bryant) join forces merging setlists and vocal harmonies in the process to offer a wide range of country, rock and pop hits.Wed., 7:30 pm, The Island Grill (Pt. Wentworth).
Eric Culberson Blues Band
A 3-night stand at one of River Streets most popular live music rooms caps a busy week for EROK. As Savannahs best-known electric blues guitarist and singer, his Chicago-style R & B never seems to go out of style. Tue., (hosts Open Mic) - Wed., Mercury Lounge + Thurs. - Sat., JJ Cagneys.
A high-energy show featuring wise-cracking tag-team pianists who one-up each other with off-the-cuff renditions of popular tunes all at the audiences request. Wed. - Sat., Savannah Smiles.
Eat Mo' Music
Hard-grooving instrumental funk-jazz quintet. Theyre becoming a regular attraction at this microbrewery and restaurant. Fri. - Sat., 8:30 pm, Moon River Brewing Company.
Solo acoustic show from this Athens-based roots-rock songwriter, just before a screening of the family film Because of Winn-Dixie. Dodd will play songs he wrote about growing up in this area. Sat., 7:30 pm, Tybee Island Lighthouse.
Moody and dreamy indie-pop quartet begun as a 1-man low-fi bedroom recording project by local Kevin Daiss, and now expanded to allow live gigs. Also on the bill: The Still, a young local trio that cites Savannahs Christian hardcore heroes Showbread and Californias Phantom Planet as key influences, and Bobcat Collins. Fri., 9 pm, Creole Red.
Veteran group of local players (including former members of Bounty Hunter) offering hard-driving Southern rock originals and covers. Wed. - Sat., 9 pm, Gilleys (Hinesville).
Impressive bass-and-drums hardcore duo from Florida (featuring the immensely talented Savannah native Adam Safer) that strips everything down to little more than rhythm and a hint of melody, and lets fly like Firehose with a broken tweeter. Also on this bill: Athens ultra-indie buzz punks Polemic (think Jucifer meets Dressy Bessy), whove just licensed a bunch of tracks to a new MTV series despite their anti-establishment posturing and Brass Castle, a flat-out great Atlanta drum and guitar act that burn through bluesy riff rampages like they couldnt care more about caring less about caring. Sat., The Jinx.
Keith Kozel & The Foxedos present: Dave Williams
This installment of GAM frontman Kozels monthly showcase of local outsider music and anti-folk features former HoboErotic leader Williams, whose drawling, self-referencing rock tunes acknowledge a stylistic debt to the inebriated jangle of the Glimmer Twins, as well as middle-period Paul Westerbergs caustic pisstakes on the rock canon. Hell be debuting some new, tongue-in-cheek material, backed by The Foxedos (featuring Ricardo Ochoa, Sebastian Edwards and Kozel). Free with a suggested $2 donation to the artists. Thurs., 8 pm, The Sentient Bean.
The Mayview Jazz Trio
Sandersville act with a female vocalist, offering older and contemporary standards. Sat., 9 pm, Jazzd Tapas Bar.
The Alex Nguyen Ensemble
Exciting new jazz combo led by a young, emerging trumpeter who shows much promise. Thurs., 8 pm, The Mansion on Forsyth Park.
This Dublin-born folklorist, singer and musician tours North America offering educational and historical concerts everywhere from pubs to libraries and festivals. He plays the guitar, the tin whistle and the bodhran drum, and is a favorite in our area. Wed. - Sun., Kevin Barrys.
Old-Time Jam Session
Part music lesson, part history lesson, and part Open Hoot, acoustic string musicians sit in and jam on mountain and country music from the early 1900s. Mon., 7 pm, The Sentient Bean - ALL AGES.
The Howard Paul Trio
Straight-ahead jazz from one of the most talented jazz guitarists in the area, who plays a custom-made 7-string. Sat., 9 pm - 1 am, The Mansion on Forsyth Park.
Sultry Northeastern songwriter whos won some major recognition and awards in her field, and has been featured on a Starbucks compilation disc. She tours in the U.K. and has made this coffeehouse a regular stop on her neverending tour. Shes joined by songwriter Pete Schmidt, whos gigged with Jason Mraz, Norah Jones, and David Gray, among others. Sat., 8 pm, The Sentient Bean.
The Permanent Tourists
Excellent regional party band playing a wide variety of dance-oriented rock, soul and funk hits (think The Stones, Prince, The Commodores, etc...). Fri., 9 pm, The Oyster Bar (Wilmington Island).
Rick & Ginger of Liquid Ginger
Acoustic duo of two key members of this popular regional pop-rock act. Their repertoire leans toward well-known covers, plus some originals. Thurs., 6 pm, The Sea Grill (Pt. Wentworth) + Sat., 12 pm, Tubbys (River St.).
The Bobby Ryder Quartet
Big-band style jazz. Thurs., 7:30 pm, The Jazz Corner (Hilton Head).
The Screaming Fedoras
A new hard rocking experimental band that says theyll soon be topping the charts. Fri., 10 pm, Boba Internet Café (City Market).
The 2005 Small World Festival w/The 8-Tracks
This 6th Annual outdoor event co-sponsored by the Liberty Co. Chamber of Commerce and Ft. Stewart is a 2-day family-oriented street party located in Downtown Hinesville, behind the courthouse. Friday night kicks off at 6 pm, and features a live concert by this eclectic local cover band (featuring members of Superhorse and Hot Pink Interior) that plays rock, Americana and Memphis soul gems. Saturday, the gates open at 10 am. Therell be food and crafts available throughout the duration of the festival. Fri., 7 pm - 11 pm (show time).
Starland Punk Show
This outdoor end-of-school blowout features regional punk, indie-rock and metal bands Ride The Pink Horse, The Round Table, Knee Deep & Drowning, plus Augustas refreshingly unique and poppy emo 4-piece Estrela, and Pennsylvanias Fighter Hayabusa (whove been likened to both Sleepytime Trio and Shotmaker. Tues., 7 pm, Starland Outdoor Stage (40th & Whitaker Sts.) - ALL AGES.
Local electric blues combo featuring Jeff Beasley and Ray Lundy (of Bottles & Cans). Fri., 9 pm, Jazzd Tapas Bar.
Established 6-piece cover band dealing in Motown, shag and beach music. A popular favorite for years. Sat., 9 pm, The Oyster Bar (Wilmington Island).
Loose and swinging rock act that likes to flex its muscles on uptempo rock, soul and blues covers. Expect fiery guitarwork and deep grooves... Wed., JJ Cagneys.
Polished acoustic guitarist with a handful of acclaimed indie CDs under his belt, and one of the best voices in town. Sat., The Warehouse + Mon., JJ Cagneys.