Following a hot, successful January gig at the Wormhole, this Ohio-based "livetronica" jam band returns this week to boil ‘n' brew at the Live Wire.
"Sound-wise," says synth and piano player and lead singer Billy Brouse, "we're a mix between electronica, rock ‘n' roll and improvisation. We're all influenced by Radiohead and Sound Tribe Sector 9, bands that mix electronics with organic instruments like guitar, bass and drums. There aren't too many of those bands, but it's starting to get more popular."
Seamlessly welding funk, jazz, dub and spacey electronica, Papadosio Brouse, Tony Thogmartin (guitar, samples, synthesizer, vocals), Michael Healy (drums) and Rob McConnell (bass, vocals) met on the University of Ohio campus in Athens (the OTHER Athens).
On its website, the positive-energy band raved about the January tour that last brought them to Savannah: "There's nothing like going south for the winter," they wrote, "especially in a tour van with the most charismatic individuals the world could conjure."
Next stop for Papadosio is the All Good Fest in West Virginia, July 8-11, where they'll share the stage with Further (featuring the fabulously Un-Dead Phil Lesh and Bob Weir), Umphrey's McGee, Widespread Panic, Dark Star Orchestra, Savannah's own Perpetual Groove and others of similar talents.
The band's latest album is Observations. Listen & learn: www.papadosio.com.
At 10 p.m. Saturday, May 15 at Live Wire Music Hall, 307 W. River St. With Wilmington's Sci-Fi. $8.
Don Erdman plays clarinet and saxophone in this Dixieland quintet from - you guessed it - Atlanta. The group also includes cornet, trombone, banjo/vocals and tuba, and sometimes there's a drummer. The tunes are from the Bourbon Street songbook - Fats Waller, Louis Armstrong, Jelly Roll Morton and the gang - and they've been known to toot out that old standby, "Hard-Hearted Hannah (the Vamp of Savannah)." Hotlanta is in Hilton Head for weekend-evening shows; Sunday's gig in Savannah is part of our Coastal Jazz Association's "Jazz Across the River" concert series. Listen & learn: www.hotlantajazz.com.
At 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, May 14 and 15 at the Jazz Corner, Hilton Head. See www.thejazzcorner.com. At 5 p.m. Sunday, May 16 at the Westin Harbor Resort, Hutchinson Island (Savannah). $10; free for Coastal Jazz Association members.
Seattle singer/songwriter and pianist who won the 2007 Billboard Song Contest (jazz) for her tune "Stood For Stand For." She's quirky in a pop/light jazz sort of way, and her voice is reminiscent of Regina Spektor (all right!) and a slightly less-pouty Fiona Apple. Best of all, she writes catchy, upbeat songs that don't tax the brain or overdo the quirk factor. She'll perform this gig with bassist Juke Wyatt and drummer Cody Rahn. Listen & learn: www.alyseblack.com.
8 p.m. Tuesday, May 18 at the Sentient Bean, 13 E. Park Ave. With Ashley Brooke Toussant.
DICK DELICIOUS & THE TASTY TESTACLES
This Atlanta metal trio was praised six years ago by Howard Stern, who honored the band with the first "Howard Stern Award For Excellence in Music." Knowing Stern, that might also have been for the name alone. Anyway ... the song lyrics are lewd, the music hard and fast. Y'know. And that's not all: Dick and the guys are actually opening this show for the punk/metal aggregate the Spo-Its, from Bluffton, once featured on a Jerry Springer Show about "rock music that is scary, violent, scary and even perverse" (big Jer's words, not mine). Listen & learn: www.dickdelicious.com, www.myspace.com/thespoits.
At 10 p.m. Saturday, May 15 at the Wormhole Bar, 2307 Bull St.