At 10 p.m. Aug. 21
Live Wire Music Hall, 307 W. River St. Free.
There's a song I can't get out of my head this week. It's called "Signs," and it was written (and performed in an utterly captivating YouTube video) by Tubby Love and Emily Elbert, a couple of students at the Berklee School of Music in Boston.
Anyone familiar with Tubby Love - a.k.a. Savannah native Andrew Terrett - will recognize the joyful "Signs" as indicative of his m.o., which is a gently rolling sort of pop/reggae with positive lyrics. This tune has a gorgeous melody, and a sweet vibe, and the video (shot in Tubby Love's Boston music room) is crude but ah, so cool.
Elbert is a 21-year-old singing, songwriting wunderkind, considered one of Beantown's most promising, but Tubby Love, he's a veteran. He graduated from Berklee last spring with plans to continue the writing, gigging and recording career he began as a Chatham County teen.
He's on a short southern swing this week, before heading to California to cut some new tracks, which will be followed by a jaunt to Hawaii and an extended stay in the mountains of Peru (he's just that kind of guy). Around next March, Tubby plans to relocate, permanently, to New York City.
A five-man band (called Tubby Love) will play several shows here this week, including Saturday's big one on the Live Wire Music Hall stage (unfortunately, Elbert isn't part of this tour).
The band includes bass, drums, keyboards, T.L. on guitar, and trombone player Scott Flynn, who's a member of the semi-legendary roots/reggae band John Brown's Body.
Gray Bashew (a.k.a. Graynation), the drummer, is an Atlanta native who met Terrett at Georgia State University. They attended Berklee at the same time (Gray is the third person you'll see in the "Signs" video).
They set up this mini-tour together. "We're still at the point where we're booking our own gigs and doing everything guerilla-style," says Mr. Love. "Which is really cool, because we don't have to pay anyone to do that for us. And we have the connections, and the ability, and we're gotten the word out about our music enough to have a draw."
After Savannah, the ensemble will play the famous Five Spot club in Atlanta. "They're really excited to see us in Atlanta. We haven't been there for two years. We're gonna have a massive crowd come out."
There is, Tubby Love admits, another reason for the southern trek. "We're going to have a lot of down time, so we're going to set up this musical lair in my home in Savannah. We're not going to spend our down time chasing ladies, like we have in the past. We're going to try and use that time to make new music."
Listen & learn: www.myspace.com/tu33ylove (yes, those 3’s are correct).
Tubby Love also plays a 6 p.m. set Aug. 21 at North Beach Bar & Grill. On Aug. 22 and 24, catch the band at the Top Sail Tavern on Tybee Island.
UNNAMMED, AMMON, IFF
At 11 p.m. Aug. 21
The Jinx, 127 W. Congress St.
Dave Williams (pictured) is the bassman for the uber-loud, take-no-prisoners Savannah trio Unnamed, a self-proclaimed "stoner rock" band that models itself on early Black Sabbath. It all began with Chris Autry (guitar) and Jay Lane (drums) using samples and backing tracks - with the addition of Williams, says drummer Lane, "the sound became complete. While the songs are arranged, we oftentimes go off on little tangents if the mood strikes, extending bridges and jamming a little." Unnamed cut a full-length CD in '09 at Elevated Basement. As for the rest of this monster triple-bill, Ammon and Iff are pile-driving metal bands from Savannah and Statesboro, respectively - although Iff insists on being described as "aggressive stoner rock." So there you are. (You can also catch Unnamed Friday night at Rock House Tybee, with Not Tonight Josephine.)
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Back for the first time since January, Appetite for Destruction plays Wild Wing Cafe Thursday, Aug. 19. The Guns N Roses tribute band features Atlanta resident Chad Allen applying the Axl grease on lead vocals ... Sean Bolden, one of Savannah’s premier jazz musicians (he’s both a drummer and a pianist), brings his swingin’ new group to the Westin Harbor Resort Sunday, Aug. 22. Admission is $10 for the public and free for Coastal Jazz Association members (this is the group’s “Jazz Across the River” show for August)... Experimental guitar wonder Brock Butler, of Perpetual Groove, has two solo gigs this week at Top Sail Tavern on Tybee Island. Brock “and friends” will platy the newly-remodeled Loco’s Aug. 25 ...