THE LOCO'S ALL-STARS
At 10 p.m. Saturday, March 17
Loco's Grill & Pub, 301 W. Broughton St.
Efrem Townes, the lead singer and trumpet player for New Orleans' vaunted Dirty Dozen Brass Band, is in this part of the country this week doing a few shows with his pal Kris Gloer's Last Waltz Ensemble.
That band, which plays the rootsy, rollicking, lyrical tunes of Bob Dylan, The Band and their ilk, is based in Atlanta.
Gloer, who lives in Hilton Head, S.C. (it's a long story), accepted an offer from Loco's manager Mike Connor to bring Last Waltz to Savannah for the prestigious St. Patrick's Day nighttime slot.
"The Last Waltz Ensemble is normally seven or eight people, and we couldn't really bring everyone down," singer and lead guitarist Gloer reports. So he pulled together a "new" band, with three or four guys from Last Waltz, Savannah bassist Jonathan Zimmerman (another longtime bud) and, yes, Efrem Townes from Dirty Dozen.
This new group has been dubbed the Loco's All-Stars.
Explains Gloer: "We're gonna open up the set list. We'll do a bunch of Last Waltz stuff, in a little bit different of a way from what we normally do, and then we're gonna do like a bunch of cool party songs for the St. Patrick's Day type of thing. Some Allman Brothers Band, some Cake and lots of different crazy stuff."
In other words, this might be the coolest live music in town on this significant Saturday night.
"I love playing Savannah," Gloer says. "Savannah's one of my favorite cities of all time. It's in my Top Three."
BOB WAYNE & THE OUTLAW CARNIES
At 11 p.m. Saturday, March 17
The Jinx, 127 W. Congress St.
About as far removed from "St. Patrick's Day fun" as you can get. Wayne makes tough-ass country music, with guys from Hank III's road band, and like his tattooed pal Wayne has imbued his mouthy music with the urgency of punk and the ferocity of metal.
With banjos and fiddles. Yep, he's a hybrid son-of-a-gun.
"I've always known I wanted to be on the road, no matter what," Wayne told an interviewer. "Whether I was selling T-shirts for Zeke or guitar-teching for Hank III, I knew I wanted to be on the road. I don't care what I'm doing.
"I'm not against getting in front of a bigger audience, but whether I'm on CMT or MTV or not, I'm going to keep doing this, that's for sure."
Some of the tunes are funny, some are super-cool, and some are just plain stupid. But hey, it's all about the getting' there. Let's have some fun on Saturday night (just don't call it Irish).
Those of you from out of town looking for some post–parade musical nightclubbery: Here’s a quick guide to some of Savannah’s best bands, and where they’ll be playing Saturday night. The Eric Culberson Band, named for one of our city’s most accomplished electric guitarists, plays Cobblestone Conch House on River Street... The Train Wrecks (hardscrabble Americana) play Live Wire at 4 p.m., part of an all-day bill with our resident reggae–rockers Passafire, plus Jubal Kane and Kota Mundi ... the ‘Wrecks have a late-night gig at Huc–a–Poos on Tybee Island ... the always–enjoyable ‘80s–style power rock band Liquid Ginger is at Wild Wing Cafe starting at 11 p.m. The Wild Wing stage is at the east end of City Market, and there’ll be outdoor music there all day. At the Jefferson end of City Market (the west side), another stage will be up all day Friday AND Saturday (incredibly, the two don’t compete, I guess because there are so many people in between ’em). On this stage are High Velocity, Chuck Courtenay, 8–Mile Bend and Bounty Hunter . For more on local tuneage, see Jim Morekis' story Greener Pastures elsewhere in this issue ...