Local alt.rock group straddling the lines between punk, reggae, ska and classic rock. Sat., JJ Cagneys.
The Kevin Bales Quartet
Jazz project from the fertile jazz environs of North Florida led by one of the most celebrated young pianists in America. Fri. - Sat., 7:30 pm, The Jazz Corner (Hilton Head).
Texas-born singer/songwriter/acoustic guitarist whose live gigs lean heavily on roots-rock covers by Americana icons Cash, Dylan, Petty and Springsteen. Sat., 6 pm, The Warehouse.
Bottles & Cans
Well-received Savannah act featuring such music scene veterans as bassist Mike Walker (GAM), guitarist Ray Lundy, ace drummer Jason Gecik, and harpist Marty Lockjaw Ellis. Their enthusiastic take on raw, gut-bucket blues sets them apart from most of the slicker such local groups. Wed., Savannah Blues + Fri., JJ Cagneys + Sat., Mercury Lounge.
The Chris Chandler Trio
Piano jazz combo featuring Chandler, a talented keyboardist whos released several indie CDs, and who tours internationally. Fri., 9 pm, Jazzd Tapas Bar.
The Sarah Colvin Ensemble
Delightful, understated Jacksonville-based jazz vocalist backed by a sympathetic pianist and standup bassist who really know how to swing. Sat., 9 pm - 1 am, The Mansion on Forsyth Park.
Hopped-up and dedicated Seminole, Fl. punk-pop quintet thats made The Warped Tour, and played with The Used and Sum 41. Nothing special, but not half as cloying as most. Sat., The Jinx.
Eric Culberson Blues Band
Eric (or EROK as hes sometimes known) is a dynamic singing guitarist in the vein of Freddie King or Albert Collins. Tues. (hosts Open Mic) - Wed., Mercury Lounge + Thurs., JJ Cagneys. + Sat., Locos Deli & Pub.
Eat Mo' Music
Instrumental soul combo of trombone, trumpet, bass, guitar and drums bridges the gap nicely between funky dance grooves and standard-fare dinner music. Fri., 6 pm & Sun., 6 pm & Mon., 1 pm, North Beach Grill (Tybee) - ALL AGES + Sat., 9 pm, Jazzd Tapas Bar .
Local fixture playing traditional Celtic tunes and soft pop music on acoustic guitar. Wed. - Sun., Kevin Barrys.
First Friday For Folk Music
This show kicks off the 10th year of the Savannah Folk Music Societys monthly coffeehouse-style acoustic concert series. This time around, they feature Nashvilles Cindy Kalmenson, a one-time elementary school teacher that Music Row Magazine compares to both Lucinda Williams and Patty Griffin. She was a winner at the 2003 South Florida Folk Festival songwriting contest, and tours nationally.
Also appearing are the local swing blues duo of guitarist Michael Amburgey and harmonicat Bobby Hanson (of The JoJa Band), and the Calhoun, Ga. Old-Time and honky tonk duo known as The Little Country Giants (see also Connect Recommends). This no smoke and no alcohol show is free with a suggested donation of $2 which goes to the SFMS. Refreshments are available. Fri., 7:30 pm, Wesleyan Monumental united Methodist Church (429 Abercorn St.). - ALL AGES.
Trae Gurley's Sinatra Tribute
Local thespian whos devoted to recreating Franks lush, big-band arrangements from the golden age of his career. Thurs., 7 pm, Jazzd Tapas Bar.
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).
The Heavy Sandwich
South Carolina jam band thats more of a Light Noodle. Fri., Locos Deli & Pub.
Seemingly omnipresent local electric blues band led by Brett Hitman Bernard. Tues. (hosts Open Mic) + Thurs. & Sat., Savannah Blues .
Furious, frenetic and wry hardcore bass-and-drums duo (think Minutemen) from Florida, featuring a former member of Savannahs old-school punk legends Clownknife. Fri., The Jinx.
Keith & Ross
Acoustic duo (known for their vocals) offering loose, playful renditions of rock, country and jam favorites. Thurs., 10 pm, Fiddlers Crab House.
This time around, these SoCal punques nationwide tour (with kindred souls Normal Like You) is co-sponsored by a chain of gourmet burrito restaurants. Wow, thats really street.
The endless barrage of virtually indistinguishable, carefully-coiffed, post-hardcore scream-pop outfits like this seems to be irrefutable evidence that human cloning has already been ahem perfected. What kind of dirt do these guys have on André The Giant sticker mastermind Shepard Fairey to make him to do their graphics and proudly attach his name to this stuff? Sat., The Jinx.
The Long Awaited
Local hard rock cover band featuring former members of area faves Shut Up & Drive, Big Nasty, and The Dynamic Duo. Sat., The Island Grill (Pt. Wentworth).
Something of a homecoming gig for this acoustic guitarist and singer who used to play frequently in our area. Blessed with an expressive voice and a captivating stage presence, she plays well-known pop and rock covers. Try to stump her with Beatles requests... Fri., Finnegans Wake.
Park Bench Trio
Hard-rocking power-blues unit that takes its cues from freewheeling combos like Govt Mule and Cream. Though based in Athens, they tour nationwide and some members hail from our neck of the woods. Fri., Savannah Blues.
The Howard Paul Trio
Excellent, inventive jazz featuring the fretwork of 7-string guitarist Paul, one of the finest players in our area. Fri., 9 pm, The Mansion on Forsyth Park.
Excellent and highly entertaining Celtic punk group from Canada. Expect an over-the-top stage show, and plenty of hard-drinking, manic rave-ups, a la The Pogues or Seven Nations. Wed., The Jinx.
South Carolina jam with a strong reggae influence. Mon., JJ Cagneys.
Up-and-coming female-fronted local party band, playing popular dance-oriented favorites. Fri., Marys Seafood & Steaks + Sat. & Sun., Scandals (Tybee).
Stay At Home Mafia
Southwest Florida skunk rock trio whose members boast fake stage names. Power chords galore. Wed., The Jinx.
Strip City Sinners
Raunchy North Carolina rawk band thats patterned after Buckcherry and Velvet Revolver. Only a few months old, theyre already generating buzz, and while not breaking any new ground theyre tight and ripe for refinement and exploitation by the majors... Fri., The Jinx.
Multi-instrumentalist songwriter, who cites Ryan Adams and Otis Redding as influences. Sat., Finnegans Wake.
Wow. Tough as nails trash-rock from Wilmington, N.C. that doesnt take itself too seriously, but is most definitely not a joke. Their overloaded, riff-o-centric anthems inhabit a space somewhere between The Velvet Monkeys and The Darkness. Fri., The Jinx.
Electric duo of local singing blues guitarists Jeff Beasley and Ray Lundy (of Bottles & Cans). They play danceable blues, R & B and blues-rock. Thurs., 8 pm, The Mansion on Forsyth Park + Fri., 6 pm, The Warehouse + Sun., 7 pm, Jazzd Tapas Bar.
Classical group playing old favorites for this outdoor lunchtime gig. Fri., 11:30 am, Johnson Square (Bull & Congress Sts.) - FREE TO ALL AGES.
Drop-down funk and groove ensemble that evolved from a weekly jam session. Their muscular take on soul and rock covers allows them to flex their baddass rhythm section. Featuring members of The Permanent Tourists and The Greg Williams Band. Wed., JJ Cagneys.
Wendie's Words & The Wunderboys
Wendie Wells great-grandfather was Mayor of Savannah in the mid-50s. Those who enjoy the nexus where poetry meets music may enjoy her group. Based on the North Jersey Shore, this laid-back and supple septet provides jazzy backing to her laconic spoken word pieces. More Rod McKuen than Patti Smith, she gigs at established Jersey venues like The Stone Pony. Sun., 7 pm, The Sentient Bean.
The Greg Williams Band
Potent, swaggering rock act drawing on everything from hard-rock to lilting folk and blues. Sun., 8 pm, Mercury Lounge.
Solo acoustic renditions of country and pop hits. Thurs., Stingrays (Tybee).