Young, experimental alt.rock act utilizing synths, samplers, percussion and even a saw. Sat., The Jinx.
In-your-face alt.rock that incorporates jam-band improvisation, punk energy and reggae and dub grooves plus exultant vocal harmonies. Sat., JJ Cagneys.
The Back River Ramblers
Regional acoustic trio of Dobby Simmons, Daryl Wise, and Georgia Kyle Shiver offering country, folk and blues-inspired tunes. Thurs., 7:30 pm, Fannies On The Beach (Tybee) + Sat., 10 pm, Fiddlers Crab House.
Terrific and talented Atlanta rocker, whose self-produced debut is a minor DIY masterpiece of lush and brainy indie pop, recalling everyone from Daniel Lanois to The The. Fri., 8 pm, The Sentient Bean.
Bottles & Cans
Local, raw-boned electric blues combo featuring a hard-hitting rhythm section, and occasionally abetted by a mouth-harpist. Thurs., Savannah Blues + Fri. - Sat., Sundown (Hilton Head).
High-energy acoustic guitarist and singer known for larger-than-life takes on classic and modern rock covers. Wed., 6:30 pm, Pogys (Richmond Hill) + Thurs., 7 pm, Bernies On River Street + Mon., 10 pm, Daiquiri Depot (Pooler).
Chris Cook's Pimp & Ho Ball
This bawdy annual costume party has been denounced as offensive and playing to ugly stereotypes. While thats a somewhat fair cop, such an appraisal seems to ignore the fact that above and beyond all that, its just plain silly. Lots of honkies duded up in Huggy Bear threads patting each other on the back for being risqué, while DJ Analog Kid spins funk, disco and nasty dance tunes. Thurs., Fusion/The Monkey Bar.
Chuck Courtenay & Bucky Bryant
One half of The Courtenay Brothers joins with his old friend (and mentor) Bryant, a mainstay on the Low Country cover scene for decades. Together, they make a powerful duo, with accomplished vocal harmonies and a good sense of dynamics. Wed., 7 pm, The Island Grill (Pt. Wentworth) + Sat., Marys Seafood & Steaks (Chuck solo).
The Courtenay Brothers
Real-life siblings from a musical family who boast a large and varied repertoire of laid-back country, rock and pop hits. They switch between acoustic and electric formats, and often use sequenced backing to flesh out their arrangements. Thurs., 7 pm, Tubbys Tankhouse (Thunderbolt).
Eric Culberson Blues Band
Savannahs bes t-known electric bluesman fronts this tight unit, drawing on songs from his two acclaimed indie CDs, plus innumerable Uptown blues standards in the style of such gunslingers as Albert Collins, Freddie King and Buddy Guy. Tues. (hosts Open Mic) - Wed., Mercury Lounge + Thurs., JJ Cagneys
Eat Mo Music
Funky, dance-oriented instrumental jazz quintet (trumpet, electric bass and guitar, drums, and trombone) whose members all have day jobs as music educators. Fri. - Sat., Il Pasticcio.
Eclectic local cover band made up of moonlighting members of several high-profile original rock groups such as GAM, Superhorse and Hot Pink Interior. They offer rarely-heard country, rock and soul tunes from the 50s to the present. Fri. - Sat., 10 pm, Mercury Lounge.
Beloved acoustic troubadour whos been playing Celtic and contemporary favorites at this River Street pub for years. Sun. - Tues., Kevin Barrys.
Athens-based quintet that cites Wire, Silver Apple, Liars and Gang of Four as influences. Their twin lead guitars slightly recall the interlocking mayhem of Television, but their meandering passages and declamatory vocals reek of spacey, mid-80s art-rock. Intriguing. Sat., The Jinx.
Gods of Mars
Hellacious stoner-metal band that throws down some serious Black Sabbath riffing and syncopated breakdowns (complete with overdriven guitar squeals that sound like Leslie Wests stomach grumbling. Theres also a hint of Southern twang and sly, knowing humor in their tunes that lets you know theyre serious about not being too awfully serious. Good stuff, and oh so loud. Sat., The Jinx.
Hard-working Southern rock group made up of veteran area players, some of whom will be recognized for their time in the now-defunct Bounty Hunter. Fri. - Sat., 9 pm, Silver Dollar Bar & Grill (Hwy 204).
See Connect Recommends. Fri., The Jinx.
Local acoustic guitarist and songstress known for breathy vocals, and passionate, first-person ballads. Her set acts as a closer for the release party of local author Rigel Crocketts new book Fair Wind and Plenty of It A Modern-Day Tall-Ship Adventure. Wed., 8 pm, Ships Of The Sea Museum (41 MLK, Jr., Blvd.).
Well-liked female-fronted modern rock (think No Doubt or Avril Lavigne) whose members live in Savannah and Atlanta. They play both covers and originals from their two indie CDs. Fri. - Sat., 9:30 pm, The Oyster Bar (Wilmington Island).
Parking For Sparrows
New jazz/funk fusion act with playing originals informed by both rock and blues. They utilize alto sax, dual guitars, piano, bass and drums. This is a benefit for the Flannery OConnor House. With opening act The David Keller & Jackson Evans Duo. Wed., 7 pm, The Sentient Bean.
Return engagement for this young songwriter and guitarist whos often likened to Sarah McLachlan. She won the Rocky Mountain Folks Festival Songwriter Showcase, and has had her music featured nationwide on a Starbucks compilation disc. Fri., 8 pm, The Sentient Bean.
Bucky Pizzarelli & Howard Paul
See Connect Recommends. Fri. - Sat., 7 pm, The Jazz Corner (Hilton Head).
When it comes to innovative hip-hop and rap venues in Savannah, you can forget the traditionally black-oriented clubs. While they bring in a handful of big-name artists each year for word-of-mouth concerts and meet-and-greets, they mostly stick to proven radio success stories or thugs-of-the-month. For some reason, this punk and alternative rock room is increasingly becoming known as the place to catch edgy, experimental rap thats big in the file sharing world, but virtually unknown to folks who let Savannah radio dictate their taste. This Atlanta trio (2 DJs and a mouthpiece) are blurring the line between the underground and commercial genres. Theyve opened for Talib Kweli and Nappy Roots. Tues., The Jinx.
Rock The Cure Festival
See Connect Recommends. Wed., 5 pm - 9 pm, City Market Courtyard + 9 pm - until, various Downtown venues.
Light and jazzy takes on piano standards, show tunes and torch songs. Gails a beloved Savannah fixture whos been playing this cozy basement lounge for over a decade. Tues. - Sat., The Planters Tavern (beneath The Olde Pink House Restaurant).
Newly-reformed electric blues act featuring guitarist and singer Jeff Beasley. They recently lost a dynamic harp-playing vocalist, but gained second guitarist and singer Ray Lundy (also of Bottles & Cans). Fri. - Sat., Sundown (Hilton Head).
The Greg Williams Band
Excellent original roadhouse rock, blues and soul combo boasting a powerfully talented songwriting frontman. Theyre fluid enough to stretch out and jam if need be, yet still mindful of song structure. Fri., JJ Cagneys.