Savannah's 2013 Earth Day Festival happens Saturday in Forsyth Park —in case you hadn't noticed already — and there's a small but potent musical element to the big green bash, which is really more about public education on the subjects of recycling and natural sustenance.
The Train Wrecks, our most reliable, hard-hitting Americana band, will play an hour's set at 12:30, followed by singer/songwriter Sincerely, Iris (better known as Todd Murray) from 2 to 3 p.m.
The tuneage begins at 11 a.m. with a performance from Asheville's The Moon and You. Ryan Furstenberg and Melissa Hyman combine guitar, cello and two voices in harmony to produce a sweet and sometimes swinging take on Americana-type folk music. It's a rich, full sound: Sometimes you'd swear there were more than two people onstage.
It's free. See you there.
(By the way, The Moon and You also booked a date April 19 at the Sentient Bean, and will play at night April 20 — Earth Day — at the Tybee Island Social Club.)
Records, records, records
Saturday also happens to be Record Store Day, a worldwide celebration of the independent record store —something that refuses to die in spite of the wholesale change in global music-buying habits (hello, Internet). All sorts of artists, independent and corporation-attached, issue special, limited-edition vinyl in honor of Record Store Day.
Check out the amazing list at www.recordstoreday.com.
Savannah, of course, now has several shops vending used vinyl — from the looks of, mostly ratty flea-market leftovers from the 1970s and '80s.
If you peer, however, some of them will have the special RSD stuff for sale, too.
Graveface Records & Curiosities, which is itself attached to a popular indie record label (that'd be Graveface Records), will have hundreds of these cool new things in stock by the 20th.
I've never had much luck at the Savannah Record Fair, which lately seems to consist of almost entirely $1 vinyl dealers. That, of course, doesn't mean the SCAD-sponsored event – Saturday and Sunday, April 20 and 21 in Mae Poetter Gallery's Poetter Hall — won't spring up and surprise me. Or you.
That's how record shows work (I've been going to them for three decades, and you never know what you'll find until you get there).
It's 10 a.m.-6 p.m. both days, and admission is free.
SCAD Radio has a free concert on the books, with Whaleboat and Electric Sons, from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday the 19th (a pre-Record Fair show) in Building D at the Hive Lounge. It's open to SCAD students, faculty and staff.
On Saturday, April 20, Atlanta's Sound Tribe Sector 9 (better known as STS9) plays a show at New York's legendary Roseland Ballroom. The big, hip Apple has always been partial to the Atlanta electronic rock 'n' roll band, and at press time it looked as if the concert was going to sell out.
By the time you read this, it probably did.
STS9 has a Trustees Theater date Wednesday, April 24, and while we're still waiting for an official announcement of SCAD's New Alumni concert (and it won't be Mumford and Sons) this is the biggest thing of the spring thus far.
The band — Hunter Brown, Jeffree Lerner, David Murphy, David Phipps and Zach Velner — plays synth-based dance-rock, with live bass and drums, creating a hypnotic hip hop pulse of techno/funk sound with a killer psych sheen. Their light 'n' laser show is also spectacular, and STS9 has been a big festival draw for most of its 10 years of existence (Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza, et cetera). Costumes and special effects sometimes round out the spectacular.
They've got two live DVDs out, to prove those points.
When The Dust Settles, the band's 2011 EP, debuted at No. 1 on the iTunes Electronic Chart and earned a spot on the Billboard album chart. There's reportedly a new full-length STS9 ready to drop at any moment.
One of the coolest things about STS9 is the band's willingness to improvise and shake things up. The fall 2012 tour included covers of Michael Jackson's "Thriller," the White Stripes' "Icky Thump" and the Rolling Stones' "Sympathy For the Devil."
Showtime April 24 is 7 p.m. Tickets are $32.50 at savannahboxoffice.com.
At the very last minute, word went out that Kylesa has a show Friday, April 19 at Dollhouse Studios, with Bear Fight!. Savannah's top metal export hasn't been home in a while. It's an all-ages show.