The Eric Alexander Quartet
Described as a “young colossus on the rise,” this tenor sax man has studied with some of the greats — such as Joe Lovano and Rufus Reid. His main bag is bebop, but he’s capable of much more. This is the first time an artist of his repute has played this cozy new club on Broughton, and the unusually high cover charge ($18) reflects the fact that cats of this caliber rarely play such small venues. Fri., 8 pm, 9:30 pm, 11 pm, Kokopelli’s Jazz Club.
“The Bootlegger’s Soapbox”
This ongoing concert series spotlights local and touring acoustic Americana acts, with proceeds going to a regional pet rescue charity. Acts include The Night Crawlers, Extended Play, Brian Mitchell and The Rainy Day Collective. For more info and music, check out www.sofro.com. Sat., 7 pm, The Sentient Bean - ALL-AGES.
Drum ‘n’ Bass Party
Billed as a 26th birthday party for organizer Chris Weathersby of Symbiotek Productions, this over-the-top summit meeting of nationally, regionally and locally-known DnB live acts and DJs should satisfy just about any fan’s jones for some throbbing, relentless, organic electronica. Rochester, N.Y.’s Ewun (Barcode, Evol Intent) and Charlotte’s trio Tetradin headline the bill, with hometown support from Knux & Epiphany, Lunatek & Culprit and Cloak & Dagger. This one’s gonna go all night. Fri., 9 pm, Savannah Down Under Invasion Level 3.
The Fray, Mute Math
Couldn’t get tickets for what might be the commercial modern rock show of the year? Don’t feel bad. They sold out in less then 30 minutes. Still, extras usually change hands a few feet from the front door, so it’s worth showing up anyway... Sat., 8 pm, Trustees Theater - ALL-AGES.
The Get Up Johns
Terrific touring acoustic guitar/mandolin duo (from St. Paul, Mn.) in the raucous vocal harmony tradition of The Louvin, Stanley and Everly Brothers. Old-Time fans will dig this intently. Mon., 8 pm, The Sentient Bean - ALL-AGES.
This Fl.-based bass and drums hardcore duo (featuring native Savannahian Adam Safer on thunderbroom) put on truly breathtaking live shows that revel in politically incorrect subject matter. It’s like watching The Minutemen with Tourette’s and a fuzzbox. Local satirical punks Armadildo open, along with Fl.’s Super Swamper, who lay down bludgeoning chicken-fried Cult boogie with a side of hair metal. Sat., 10 pm, The Jinx.
The Last Waltz Ensemble
They don’t really try to sound just like The Band (which is good, because no one ever does), but this Athens-based group does a pleasant enough job of saluting that pioneering Americana group’s Thanksgiving ‘76 “farewell” show, forever immortalized in Martin DiBergi’s (ahem, Scorsese’s) classic rock-doc. This fairly reverent tribute keeps the setlist intact and is not nearly as good as it could be, but nowhere near as bad as it should be. Sat., 9 pm, French Quarter Café (Statesboro).
Longtime NYC hardcore legends gracing the tiny stage at an Irish-themed venue which shares their name. Local roots-rock combo The Train Wrecks open with a set of barnburners and twangy rave-ups. Advance tix on sale at the bar. Thurs., 10 pm, Murphy’s Law Irish Pub.
The Nein, Lando
The Nein are gloriously neo/retro, wading hip-deep in both angular Talking Heads agit-prop and vintage Auer/Stringfellow Seattle sour power. Openers Lando quietly established themselves as serious players on the local scene with only a handful of shows. Their lush, piano-fueled pop/rock has much in common with some of their avowed influences (like Arcade Fire), and they seem to be taking their image very seriously. This has the potential to be one of the most intriguing shows in recent memory. Fri., 10 pm, The Jinx.
Schmidt & Lapointe
Austin, Tx.’s Danny Schmidt is a phenomenal acoustic guitarist/songwriter who draws comparisons to Neil Young and Leonard Cohen (!). Lauren Lapointe is a local guitarist/songstress known for a calming presence and ethereal first-person balladry. They co-headline this bill. Fri., 8 pm, The Sentient Bean - ALL-AGES.
The Track Record
This normally sedate coffee house gets all lip ring on us with a triple bill of catchy power-pop, emo and experimental rock featuring this excellent melodic angst-rock quartet from Md., plus the saccharine modern punk of you, me, and everyone we know. Local standouts The Flight Out bring a decidedly arty edge to this evening of louder-than-usual indie noise. Tues., 8 pm, The Sentient Bean - ALL-AGES.