One of the fastest rising bluegrass bands on the road today, this co-ed Anchorage, Alaska quintet was formed in 1999 by a diverse group of then-teenage music camp counselors. The band (mandolin, guitar, upright bass and two fiddles) incorporates traditional bluegrass as well as jazz. They took Best Band honors at the Telluride Bluegrass Fest (as have Nickel Creek and The Dixie Chicks). I’m told the last time they played this tiny listening room, they blew the place away. For $20 advance tickets, call 748-1930. Sun., 7 pm, Randy Wood’s Concert Hall (1304 E. Hwy 80, Bloomingdale)- ALL-AGES.
This annual event keeps getting bigger and bigger. With children’s rides, over 70 food and crafts vendors and a Car Show, it’s a great way to spend your weekend. Plus, it showcases a small S.C. town that’s so close by (and so low-key) most of us likely pay it no never mind. Friday’s entertainment includes southern jam band Phantom Wingo and the hard-rocking ska-punk and reggae of Argyle and cranks up at 7 pm. Saturday, starting at 3 pm, enjoy sets by roots-rockers The Jeff Beasley Band, explosive R & B trio The Eric Culberson Blues Band and the popular regional modern rock group Liquid Ginger. $10 admission Friday (tickets on sale at Annie’s Guitars & Drums and Silly Mad CDs), but Saturday is free. Fri. - Sat., 205 E. Main St. (behind City Hall), Hardeeville.
A rare hometown appearance by this internationally-respected experimental hardcore band known for frenzied drumming, tag-team male-female vocals and unexpected tempo and mood shifts. Also on the bill: the continually impressive melodic screaming punk of their label mates Two Days of Freedom (locals as well) and Columbia, S.C.’s Thank God, which recently completed a Japanese tour and features ex-members of Guyana Punchline and Antischism. Thurs., 8 pm, Sweet Melissa’s (103 W. Congress St.) - ALL-AGES.
Led by transplanted La. saxman Jeremy Davis, this local combo specializes in straight-ahead and hard-bop jazz, and features teenage piano prodigy Brendan Polk. The chic vibe of this swanky hotel’s lounge makes a perfect setting for this kind of introspective, freewheeling music. Fri., 9 pm, Mansion on Forsyth Park.
Though these infamous Savannah-based prog and freak-rock kings kinda split up ages ago, they regroup for special occasions like this — their traditional Halloween Bash at this Congress Street venue. Their current lineup is one of the most versatile they’ve ever had, and it shows in their ability to pull of complex, technically-demanding set pieces with only a few weeks’ rehearsal. Fans of The Jesus Lizard, Brainiac, The Flaming Lips and Gentle Giant won’t want to miss this costumed party (even the bar itself will be disguised). Local one-man “Death-Pop” band Pink Kodiak opens. Sat., 9 pm, The Jinx.
In conjunction with the annual Jewish Food Fest, here’s a special performance by rising Israeli recording star Shalom Zohar and his Desert Blossom Ensemble. They’ll play Klezmer as well as contemporary R & B influenced by Asian and Middle Eastern music. For more info: www.shalomzohar.com. Sun., 2 pm, Forsyth Park Fountain.
Although this buzzworthy local power trio is lacking a bit in the vocals department, musically, they’ve got the chops and the groove to pull of their brazen concept: a Tribute Band focusing solely on tunes made famous by guitar wizards Jimi Hendrix and Stevie Ray Vaughan. Tastefully done in their own style without resorting to mimicry, the setlist and the tones help make the whole thing work. Sat., 10 pm, The Britannia (Wilmington Isl.).
This A-List Cajun string band on Sugar Hill Records is the perfect soundtrack for libations and gyrations. I guar-an-tee. $10 at the door. Wed., 7:15 pm, American Legion Post 135 (1108 Bull St.).
Said to be the largest classical music production to take place in Savannah since our symphony folded years ago, this production of Mendelssohn’s Elijah utilizes a 125-voice chorus, 42-piece orchestra, two local children’s choirs and world-famed soloists from here and abroad. Organizers are expecting a sellout, so grab your $15 - $30 tickets early at www.savannahchoralsociety.org or by calling 236-8546. Sun., 4:30 pm, Cathedral of St. John The Baptist.