Whaleboat and Crazy Bag Lady are among the local bands that have signed on for "Eyelove the Savannah Music Scene," a July 11 concert at Dollhouse Productions.
The 7 p.m. show has been arranged to raise awareness among regional promoters in the wake of the June 21 controversy at Dollhouse, in which local promoter Floyd Lionel (aka Savannah Metal Punx) left eight bands unpaid.
Lionel has since paid the musicians, including headliner Eyehategod. A spokesman for the New Orleans rockers said they had been contacted by Lionel and were "working it out."
The incident generated negative national publicity.
“We do not want an isolated incident like this to tarnish the reputation of Savannah’s growing music scene," said Dollhouse co-owner Blake Mavrogeorgis. “Putting on this concert is our way of expressing that we do not stand for bad business practices when it comes to musicians, promoters, venues, and all those who make a living through music.”
Others confirmed for "Eyelove the Savannah Music Scene" include Broken Glow, the Gumps and Pridemeat. More are expected to be announced.
Dollhouse remains unpaid for its part in the June 21 Savannah Metal Punx event. Once the $3,000 bill (part for the headlining band and part for Dollhouse) is settled, any remaining funds will go to The Give Me 5 Foundation, a music education charity that provides music lessons, scholarships, performance opportunities and instruments for underprivileged children in the Savannah area.
Admission will be by donation.