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Mike Lowry Band at Loco's




Although he’s just in his mid 20s, guitarist Mike Lowry has what veteran blues guys call an “old soul.” Said one reviewer: “His playing is very natural and fluid; much more blues mainstream, reminding me of a younger Eric Clapton with his phrasing.” Lowry, who recently left Tinsley Ellis’ band after a two-year stint, moved to Savannah last December from his native Atlanta. “If you want to make a name for yourself, you have to spend some time on the road,” he explains. “And Savannah’s a pretty good spot to travel from – you got Jacksonville two hours away, then all the cities up the Carolina coast.” At first, Lowry hoped to keep his popular Hot ‘lanta trio intact – logistically, however, it turned out to be a nightmare. This week’s show at Locos will introduce the all-new Mike Lowry Band, with Savannah drummer Jason Ussery and bass player Ryan Donald. “We’ve been in rehearsals for a little while now, and I’m really happy with the results,” Lowry explains. “They learned my stuff from the CDs, but I kept saying ‘Make it your own. Put your own stamp on it.’ And they did. I’m excited about it; I’m really looking forward to playing out with them.” Lowry, whose mother was in show business back in the day, started acting and modeling as a tot. “I’d say it tapered off when I got into music,” he says. “I started playing guitar when I was 11. “And as soon as I started making some headway in making the guitar sound cool, the idea of acting just went out the window.” Listen & Learn: 10 p.m. Friday, May 22 at Locos Grill, 321 E. Broughton. Call (912) 236-8711.


Ow! If James Brown were still with us, it’s a good bet he’d feel right at home with the Orlando-based Legendary JC’s standing behind him on a stage. This eight-member soul/blues revue (the name stands for “joint chiefs,” by the way) pays sweat-soaked tribute to the Godfather of Soul, Wilson Pickett, Otis Redding and the other forefathers of funk with a chest-rattling rhythm section, full horns and the lead vocals, stage gymnastics and gutbucket charisma of Eugene Snowden. These guys have been tearing from one side of Florida to the other for seven years now. It’s old-school rhythm ‘n’ blues that has cross-cultural appeal: The JC’s have opened for everyone from Al Green and B.B. King to JJ Grey’s Mofro and Galactic. Listen & Learn: 10 p.m. Saturday, May 23, Live Wire Music Hall, 207 W. River St. Tickets are $10 advance at (912) 233-1192, $12 day of show.


This high-energy, Georgia-based acoustic honky tonk and rockabilly trio has nothing to do with Bill Monroe’s dead-child bluegrass classic “The Little Girl and the Dreadful Snake” – apparently Moore and company just liked the chorus (“Hurry Daddy, there’s an awful dreadful snake”) and who could blame them? Even if they didn’t have such a cool name, the trio would stand out in a crowd, because their music veers between straight-ahead, Sun-style rockabilly, heartbreak-country balladeering and a thoroughly right-sounding kind of redneck tomfoolery that suggests Waylon Jennings and Lynyrd Skynyrd together on an episode of “MTV Unplugged.” Did we mention that Moore, bassist Bryan “Crunk Bones” Jones and drummer Mad Dog Matt Callahan all perform sitting down? Leave your expectations at the door. Listen & Learn: 11 p.m. Friday, May 22 at the Jinx, 127 W. Congress St. Call (912) 236-2281.


The artist formerly known as Gravy, runner-up in this year’s Best of Savannah poll in the punk/hardcore/metal band category, plays the Wormhole with Mog Rocket and Dust Congress. Sinister Moustache is a primarily instrumental, highly experimental musical aggregate that doesn’t seem to pay much attention to boundaries – the tunes are Zappa-esque, electronic noise, prog-rock, nightmare fusion, space metal, weird, eerie … and unbelievably cool. “Think King Crimson playing Nintendo with Slayer in Herbie Hancock’s basement,” suggest the ‘Stache boys, and that’s as good a description as any we could come up with. Listen & Learn: 10 p.m. Saturday. May 23 at the Wormhole, 2307 Bull St.,


One of the Athens area’s most popular singer-songwriters, Smith taught high school social studies before embarking on a full-time career in music in 2003; today he might well be that city’s most successful independent recording artist (he’s released three CDs of mostly original music, and proudly boasts of more than 28,000 paid downloads, including 10,000 from iTunes alone). Without a hit, or any national media exposure, he manages to sell out shows at prestigious venues all over the region (including the Roxy in Atlanta and four nights at the Georgia Theatre in Athens). Listen & Learn: 8 p.m. Sunday at Shoreline Ballroom, 40 Folly Field Road, Hilton Head. Call (843) 842-0358. Tickets $20 advance, $25 day of show.


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