Progressive Groove Rock act from Atlanta. Expect lots of improvisation, with a 6-string bassist and classically-trained keyboardist. Sat., JJ Cagneys.
Justin Beckler, Melanie Mirande
Becklers a great Orlando-based songwriter whose self-recorded debut is one of the most lush and dreamy indie efforts Ive yet come across. His production and delivery inhabit a space somewhere near Peter Gabriel and Kurt Ralske. Mirande is a local singer and acoustic guitarist whos appeared at some Folk Music Society events. Shes said to be heavily influenced by the dulcet tones of Joan Baez and the sincere vision of protest icon Pete Seeger. Thurs., 8 pm, The Sentient Bean.
Michael F. Blair
Associate of local jam-band heroes Perpetual Groove, who specializes in solo acoustic guitar renditions of alternative rock hits. Fri., 6 pm, Felipés Mexican Restaurant.
One of the areas longest-running party bands, Bluesonics have gone through a handful of different lineups over the years, but their commitment to offering unpretentious, straight-up electric blues remains. This bass, drums and guitar trio can always be counted on for a solid and captivating live show that doesnt let up. Fri., 9 pm, Jukebox Bar & Grill (Richmond Hill).
Bottles & Cans
Raw, gut-bucket blues unit in the Fat Possum vein. If you dig the loose, emotional delivery of Hound Dog Taylor or R.L. Burnside, you may appreciate this local quartet. Thurs., Savannah Blues + Fri., 10 pm, Mercury Lounge.
Rare solo set form the frontman/guitarist of Perpetual Groove. Expect lots of psychedelic and classic rock covers (as well as arrangements of P-Groove numbers) augmented with a variety of electronic effects. Thurs., 6 pm, Felipés Mexican Restaurant.
Solo acoustic versions of classic and modern rock hits, played and sung with gusto. Wed., 7 pm, Pogys Bar & Grill + Thurs. - Sat., 9 pm, The Bayou Café + Fri. 5:30 pm, The Warehouse.
Cosmic Charlie (Grateful Dead Tribute)
Athens band thats spent the past few years earning a rep as one of the more enthralling Dead tribute acts on the circuit. Rather than slavishly recreate precise moments from any number of historical bootlegs, they prefer to try and channel the improvisatory spirit that made the noodle kings famous. Their sets regularly change and theyre known to dig deep for odd arrangements and rare tracks from the groups long career. Sat., Locos Deli & Pub.
The Courtenay Brothers
Well-known acoustic duo of actual siblings who sing and play pop, country and soft rock hits on guitar with sequenced backing. Thurs., 7 pm, Tubbys (Thunderbolt).
Eric Culberson Blues Band
Savannahs best-known blues guitarist. His style owes much to Freddie King and Albert Collins (except Ive rarely seen him play a Tele). Tues. (hosts Open Mic) - Wed., Mercury Lounge + Thurs., JJ Cagneys.
Diverse musician who draws on both jazz and blues genres in his work. Hes particularly known for his strong and expressive saxophone work. Sun., 7 pm, Jazzd Tapas Bar.
The Robbie Ducey Blues Band
Based in South Georgia near the Florida line, this fiery blues guitarist in the tradition of Jimmy Thackery plays a soulful brand of keyboard-heavy blues (think Curtis Mayfield), and is becoming something of a regular attraction at this subterranean venue in City Market. Sat., Savannah Blues.
Eat Mo' Music
Funky instrumental dance grooves and soul jazz from a local quintet of trumpet, bass, drums, guitar and trombone. Fri. - Sat., 6 pm, North Beach Grill (Tybee).
The Hazzard County Band
Electric band mixing country and rock covers and originals featuring locals Jason Courtenay, Jesse Jordan, Tim Burke, Chuck Courtenay, and G.E. Perry. Fri., The Island Grill (Pt. Wentworth).
Southern and classic rock covers and originals played with vim and vigor by a group of seasoned pros. Fri. - Sat., 9 pm, Silver Dollar Bar & Grill (Hwy 204).
Hardworking local electric blues unit led by guitarist and singer Brett Hitman Bernard. Tues. (hosts Open Mic), + Thurs. - Fri., Savannah Blues.
Excellent new regional blues group with a top-notch rhythm section (the drummer logged plenty of road time with Mr. Achy-Breaky Heart himself, Billy Ray Cyrus). Fri., 10 pm, Fiddlers Crab House.
One of the most popular bar bands in the immediate area, offering well-known, dance-oriented classic and modern rock covers, along with impressive and catchy crunch-pop originals from their two major-label-quality indie CDs. Fri. - Sat., 9:30 pm, The Oyster Bar (Wilmington island).
The Dee Lucas Trio
Contemporary jazz unit from Tampa Bay, Florida that prominently features the alto sax. Fri., 9 pm, Jazzd Tapas Bar.
Acoustic balladeer playing traditional and contemporary Celtic tunes on guitar. He also hosts GPBs acclaimed radio show The Green Island. Wed. - Sun., Kevin Barrys.
Old-Time Music Jam Session
Part music lesson, part open hoot, this free weekly get-together is run by Joe Nelson, who plays a variety of stringed instruments (uke, banjo, mandolin), and lives to keep the flame of old, weird American music alive. Novices and old hands alike are welcome to sit in and pick a bit. Mon., 7 pm, The Sentient Bean.
Patty Hurst Shifter
Ace North Carolina roots-rock band with the emphasis on rock. Imagine late 80s Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers crossed with early 90s Paul Westerberg. Then imagine some L.A. metal cat sitting in on lead. One of the best such groups to hit town in a long while, these guys truly get what theyre doing, and they make the most of it. Fri., The Jinx.
The Howard Paul Trio
No cover to get in to see this mainstream jazz act centered around the agile and ever-so-tasteful 7-string guitarwork of Paul a major talent who often gigs with genre heavyweights like Jimmy Bruno and Bucky Pizzarelli. Fri., 9 pm, The Mansion on Forsyth Park.
Rick & Ginger of Liquid Ginger
Acoustic duo (known for their roles in one of the areas more popular bar bands) playing modern and classic rock covers and originals. Thurs., 10 pm, Fiddlers Crab House.
Ride The Lightning (Metallica Tribute)
North Carolina outfit devoted to recreating classic tunes by these onetime kings of extreme rock music. Their repertoire is said to consist solely of the reputation-making material released before the groups breakthrough black album. This show is open to anyone 18+. Fri., 10 pm, The Gold Club (Hwy 17 near Hardeeville).
Female-fronted party band (featuring members of The Positions and The Sapphire Bullets), playing popular dance-oriented favorites. Fri. - Sat., 9:30 pm, Scandals (Tybee).
Intriguing, nascent alt.country trio (guitar, bass, drums) from Athens, led by native Texan Nic Goodson. At times, their plaintive dirges and acoustic ballads laced with atmospheric guitar skronk suggest an agrarian Wilco. Fri., The Jinx.
Randy "Hatman" Smith
Solo singer/guitarist playing beach, boogie and blues tunes with electronic sequenced backing, to simulate that full band sound. Thurs., Stingrays (Tybee).
Multi-instrumentalist songwriter from Athens who cites Ryan Adams and Tom Petty as key influences on his organic rock. Sat., Finnegans Wake.
Greasy, swamp-rock combo (featuring members of The Permanent Tourists and The Greg Williams Band) that takes great delight in jamming long and hard on a seemingly endless number of rock, blues and soul covers. Wed., JJ Cagneys.
Poetic singer/songwriter heavily influenced by Dylan, Hendrix, Bowie, and Jeff Calder of The Swimming Pool Qs . Wed., 9 pm, Fiddlers Crab House.
Young yallternative rockers patterned after the Drive-By Truckers, Widespread Panic, and Jupiter Coyote. They play covers and like-minded originals. Sat., 10 pm, Fiddlers Crab House.