THE HEAVY PETS
From the unlikely musical hub of Fort Lauderdale, where Spring Breakers cruise the beach like predatory sharks and tourists snap pics of inflatable alligators and other tacky Floridian ephemera, comes one of the South's most precise and funky jam bands. Who'da thought?
There's reggae and dub grooves, stinging guitar, loose but harmony-rich vocalizing and a blissful sense of transcending the obvious - jammy nirvana, in other words.
This is a band comfortable enough in its own skin to release a two-CD debut (Whale), and good enough to share bills with the likes of Umphrey's McGee, Matisyahu and the Creative Coast's own Perpetual Groove.
The fab five have played Bonnaroo, moe.down, Gathering of the Vibes, Asheville's beloved Trinumeral Fest and Florida's trippy Langerado. The Pets are: Jeff Lloyd (lead guitar/lead vocals), Justin Carney (bass), Jim Wues (keyboards),
NONE (will default to "text")Delete - Merge Jamie Newitt (drums), and Mike Garulli (guitar/vocals). Listen & learn: www.myspace.com/theheavypets. At 10 p.m. Friday, Oct. 9 at Live Wire Music Hall, 307 W. River St. $8.
DIRK QUINN BAND
This smoking hot Philly fusion quartet tore the roof off the Jazz'd Tapas Bar in July, and people are still talking about it. Here's why: Dirk Quinn is a guitarist who might have sprung fully-formed from the head of Jeff Beck. The band - Mike Borowski on keyboards, Stephen Kurtz on bass and "Z" (Steve Zegray) on drums - lays down a heavy, funk-rich jazz groove for Quinn to boil in, over and around. It's acid jazz, it's R&B, it's as good as it gets. Listen & learn: www.darkquinn.com. At 10 p.m. Oct. 10 at the Wormhole, 2307 Bull St.
A NICKEL BAG OF FUNK
Vocalist Leslie Adelé fronts Savannah's dedicated R&B outfit, which crosses lines between serious funk and sweet soul music. A revolving band of players, many of whom double up on each other's instruments during one of ANBOF's energetic stage shows, pull out all the stops on Stevie Wonder, Chaka Khan and jazz/rock covers, along with material written by the talented Ms. Adelé. Horns, baby, horns! Listen & learn: www.myspace.com/anickbag. At 11 p.m. Friday, Oct. 9 at Rock House Tybee, 1518 Butler Ave., Tybee Island. At 10 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 10 at Tantra Lounge, 8 E. Broughton St.
Seriously funky jazz from San Francisco, this all-instrumental trio is fronted by hard-bopping saxman Gary Schwantes, who also plays bamboo flutes and keyboard samples, and is rounded out by North Carolina bassist Duston Hofsess (he plays the group's East Coast dates; they use a different guy out west) and drummer Robin Tolleson, who also has a jam band called Big Block Dodge. This band is all about deeply textured grooves and tight improve, on material from the likes of Miles Davis and John Coltrane. They also have a fair amount of cerebral original material, which can be tastily sampled on the Web site. Listen & learn: www.hipbones.net. At 9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 9 at Jazz'd Tapas Bar, 52 Barnard St.