Invigorating local rock that draws on reggae, ska, punk and jam-band influences. Sat., 912 (above Il Pasticcio).
Tight R & B (swampy blues-rock to Texas swing and upbeat shuffles). Fri. - Sat., 10 pm, Mercury Lounge.
Dig Motown and the feel-good soul of the 60s and 70s? Check out this local cover act. Sat., Fusion/The Monkey Bar.
Bottles & Cans
Awhile back, this well-liked electric blues band went on hiatus, but with the return of their guitarist, theyre back in business. Thurs., Savannah Blues.
Eric Culberson Blues Band
Savannahs most recognized blues artist, EROK (as hes known to fans) serves up uptempo barn-burners and Chicago-style weepers in the vein of Albert and Freddie King. Tues. (hosts Open Mic) - Wed., Mercury Lounge + Thurs., JJ Cagneys.
Solo acoustic set from the frontman and songwriter of popular regional alt.rockers Hazel Virtue. Wed. (hosts Open Mic), OConnells Irish Pub.
Whenever rising jam-band stars Perpetual Groove have a break in their hectic nationwide touring schedule, their guitarist makes time for these relaxed hometown solo gigs featuring plenty of electronic processing and spacey effects. Tues., Fiddlers Crab House.
The Chris Chandler Trio
Jazzy combo led by one of Savannahs most versatile pianists. Chandler has released a few albums and recently toured Russia. Fri. - Sat., Suzabelles.
Female-fronted Nashville power trio that recalls stoner rockers Sleep and Melvins. Fri., The Jinx.
Classic and modern-rock covers rendered on acoustic guitar, with an intensity that sometimes borders on the bizarre, but betrays a drive and passion rarely seen in most of his peers. Thurs., B & D Burgers (Southside location) + Fri., Huc-a-Poos (Tybee) + Mon., 7 pm, The Sea Grill (HWY 21 @ I-95).
See Connect Recommends. Tues., The Jinx.
The Dead Hate The Living
Cincinnati-based modern metal act formed from the ashes of Youth Empowerment Project,Cobra Kai and Goat Semen Baptism. Yes, Goat Semen Baptism. Theyre touring nationally and will soon release a full-length CD on local label Hyperrealist. Thurs., The Jinx.
Charleston-based rockabilly act thats starting to earn a strong rep in the region for solid live shows. Sat., The Jinx.
Florida angry rockers who added a standup bassist and downshifted to rockabilly as a way to play feel-good music that appeals to a wider range of crowds. Still, theres much more rock than billy in these cats. Sat., The Jinx.
Expression Talent Showcase
Local hip-hop producer and promoter Skeet Mitchell offers local talent of all stripes a chance to be seen and heard, with each weeks winners going on to defend their title. By all accounts these events are drawing a large and diverse crowd. Sun., 9 pm, Creole Red.
Brunswick-based R & B band (led by the charismatic guitarist/vocalist Gitlo) that cranks out high-octane blues, Southern soul, and fiery, in-your-face, rock workouts. Sat., 12 midnight, Malones.
The Frank Gordon Quartet
See Connect Recommends. Tues., 8 pm, Suzabelles.
Trae Gurley's Sinatra
Local thespian putting his own live spin on Franks big band classics. Thurs., Jazzd Tapas Bar + Fri., 6 pm, Go Fish.
Kodac Harrison's Speaking Bean Poetry Slam
Respected Atlanta poet and songwriter Kodac Harrison hosts this monthly Spoken Word show. The featured artist will be Brunswicks Rachel Hicks. The following night he shifts into musical mode, for an evening of bluesy laments and ballads at a cozy Island bar. Thurs., 8 pm, The Sentient Bean + Fri., 10 pm, Loggerheads (Tybee).
Organized by two local DJs (The A-Team), this high-profile night of dance music finds them spinning sexy, progressive funk alongside visiting Atlanta aggressive breakbeat turntablists Serch & Escape and DJB. Sat., Velouria.
Slide-heavy Southern rock hits and originals featuring former members of local faves Bounty Hunter. Fri. - Sat., 9 pm, Silver Dollar Bar & Grill (Hwy 204).
i am not a little bus
One of Savannahs most interesting and (possibly) commercially-viable bands, this instrumental math-rock trio plays aggressive and thought-provoking melodic noise which can (and should) appeal to fans of metal, punk, hard jazz and mood music. Several lineup changes have set them back a bit, but they now seem poised to take this ball and run with it. Will they? Fri., The Jinx.
Charleston-based jam band(with a great hammond organ player) thats following a similar career path as our own Perpetual Groove, and starting to make headway nationally. Fri., Savannah Blues.
One of Savannahs most impressively brutal metalcore bands, this offshoot of the internationally-known Damad records for respected indie labels and tours the U.S. to great acclaim. Thurs., The Jinx.
Maurice & Doubleday
Versatile party band playing rock, pop and standards. Fri., 7 pm, Go Fish.
The Howard Paul Trio
Jazz from a respected seven-string guitarist. Fri., 9 pm, Jazzd Tapas Bar.
The Permanent Tourists
Expert funk, soul and rock cover band known for their killer rhythm section and massive setlist. Easily one of the best of their kind in the area. Fri., 9 pm, The Oyster Bar (Wilmington Island).
Chris Cooks Pirates of The Caribbean Party
Cooks worked for years to climb to the top of a certain portion of Savannahs seedy underbelly (the one with vaguely suburban lineage, discretionary income and a yen for halting exhibitionism). Now the impresario throws themed costume parties full time. DJ Shrapnel provides the sonic backdrop for this swashbuckle. Fri., 10 pm, OConnells Irish Pub.
Red Fish Blu Fish
Since losing their female vocalist, this folk-rock unit (named Macons Top Original Band a few years back) is now a trio with a more streamlined pop sound. Sat., OConnells Irish Pub.
High speed Atlanta rockabilly with a deep southern feel. True to the old-school greaser ethic of Eddie Cochran and Gene Vincent, but harder-edged than most revival combos. Sat., The Jinx.
Roy & The Circuit Breakers
Local duo playing pop covers with sequenced backing. Fri. - Sat., 9:30 pm, Scandals (Tybee).
The Savannah Jazz Orchestra
See Connect Recommends. Fri., 8 pm, Tybee Island Pier Pavillion.
The Six Million Dollar Band
Well-known local party band covering classic and modern rock, and 80s pop with a hard, twin-guitar attack. Fri., 8:30 pm, City Market Courtyard.
A rare appearance by a Swedish D-beat group (which means they openly emulate the style of hardcore heroes Discharge). Im told these guys are the real deal. I mean, theyre the real deal at sounding like someone else. You know what I mean? Thurs., The Jinx.
Born just outside Chicago, but raised in Florida and Tennessee, this guitar-playing 20-year-old songwriter cites everyone from U2 to Lightnin Hopkins as influences. She just returned from a tour of England and France, and is working on her debut CD for a division of Universal Music. Sat., 8 pm, The Sentient Bean.
Local sextet offering Motown, shag and pop music hits that are geared for dancing. Fri., Fusion/The Monkey Bar.
Stripped-down local blues trio (guitar/percussion, nuanced blues harp and electric bass), with a admirable knack for both phrasing and restraint. Thurs., The Jazz Corner (Hilton head) + Fri. - Sat., 9 pm, Jazzd Tapas Bar .
Two Path Road
Jam-oriented locals (featuring acoustic duo Keith & Ross) playing country and rock hits and a few originals. Sat., 9 pm, The Oyster Bar (Wilmington Island).
Stirring local group recalling the glory days of late-80s college rock ( a la The dbs and Concrete Blonde). Sat., 912 (above Il Pasticcio).
Top-notch jam group with an ever-changing setlist that draws on rock, soul and funk influences. featuring members of The Permanent Tourists and The Greg Williams Band. Wed., JJ Cagneys.
The Greg Williams Band
One of the areas best-known songwriters (who plays regularly in L.A. and Nashville), backed by a tight and seasoned band of locals. They play rough blues-infused rock and tender, folk-inspired ballads with equal ease. Fri., - Sat., JJ Cagneys.