Breakneck Quartet w/S.O.L.
Pairing this young, local organic funk and hip-hop band with a trio of up-and-coming conscious rappers has struck a chord among clubgoers from a wide range of backgrounds. Breakneck vamps on rhythmic beds while S.O.L. (Sounds Of Life) adds sometimes extemporaneous rhymes and soliloquies of the “positive” persuasion. When it gels, it bridges the gap between rock and rap (without the preening metal posturing that’s so often in that equation). This is one of the first 18+ shows to be held at a downtown venue since the City’s controversial ordinance banning minors from live music establishments (which serve alcohol) was enacted Sat., 10 pm, Locos Deli & Pub (Downtown).
This Vermont native’s passionate, intimate pop/rock has drawn plenty of deserved comparisons to that of Tori Amos and Jeff Buckley, but I hear Kate Bush and Peter Gabriel lurking beneath the surface as well. At only 24, his live shows and self-released CDs regularly win high marks from critics, crowds, and industry pundits, and he’s toured with TMBG, and shared bills with everyone from Loudon Wainwright III and Michelle Branch to Jonny Lang and Tracy Chapman. Reportedly, at his prep school graduation, the headmaster quipped that in view of Douglass’ burgeoning talent, he’d actually encourage him not to go to college. Strong stuff. Sun., 8 pm, The Sentient Bean.
This local, female-fronted modern rock group enjoys one of the most devoted and fervent followings of any area band. They mix well-known mainstream pop covers with catchy, well-constructed cuts from both of their own indie CDs. If you’ve yet to avail yourself of their glitzy, polished stage show, this worthwhile event benefits The American Cancer Society. Fri., 8 pm, BC High School.
Blues & BBQ Party
This Mother’s Day show (co-sponsored by Connect Savannah) finds two of the area’s finest exponents of this idiom joining forces for an early evening filled with both acoustic and electric music. Opener Michael Maddox rarely plays in public, so any chance to catch his solo take on the rural, country blues of the ‘30s through the ‘60s is noteworthy. He’ll put a fresh —but reverent— spin on classics by Robert Johnson, Charley Patton and others of their esteemed ilk. Headliners Bottles & Cans pay tribute to the founding fathers of not only fiery Delta blues, but their amped-up lysergic descendants as well — with a fervor that draws on rockabilly, C & W, Texas swing, and first-wave psychedelic garage rock. Memphis-style pork (or vegetarian-friendly) dinners will be available from Angel’s BBQ, and best of all, proceeds benefit local charities. $5 cover, $8 to eat. 21+ only. Sun., 6 pm - 9:30 pm, American Legion Post #135 (1108 Bull St.).
Besides hosting XM Radio’s popular show The Village, this 5-time ASCAP Award-winning singer/songwriter is an internationally-known “full-service entertainer” who’ mixes in knitting circles (pre-show) and baton twirling exhibitions (a favorite finale) with witty and sardonic contemporary folk tunes. Lavin studied guitar at the feet of the late, great Dave Van Ronk, and came to prominence as a member of cult faves Four Bitchin’ Babes. Tickets for her Savannah debut are only $8 for Savannah Folk Music Society members or $10 for the general public, at the door. Sun., 7:30 pm, Wesley Monumental United Methodist (429 Abercorn St.).
A welcome return engagement from this East Village (NYC) songstress and visual artist who’s carved out an impressive niche for herself over the past several years. The self-taught pianist home-recorded hundreds of demos for years before graduating to real studios and ace backing musicians (who’ve worked with the likes of Ani DiFranco, Suzanne Vega and Norah Jones). She now plays over 150 dates a year, and is out now in support of her latest LP, The Blistering Sun, which is earning raves from music and lifestyle mags nationwide. Tues., 8 pm, The Sentient Bean. ç