A Nickel Bag of Funk
Noteworthy local R & B/funk/soul cover act playing sexy, danceable hits and obscurities from the ‘60s forward. Fri., 9 pm, Mansion on Forsyth Park.
BC & The Rock Mob
Rock, and blues covers and originals, fronted by local guitarist Buddy Corns. Thurs., The Island Grill (Pt. Wentworth) + Fri. - Sat., 10:30 pm, Bayou Café.
The Jeff Beasley Band
Swinging, laid-back arrangements of old-time rock & roll covers, blues standards, and originals from a local singer/guitarist backed by a cast of veteran local players. Thurs., 10 pm, Mercury Lounge + Mon., 7:30 pm, Murphy’s Law (solo).
Young Charleston-based pop-punk/emo quintet that contains 100% of the Recommended Daily Allowance of whiny pining, screaming blather and way-too-busy drumming. Sat., 10:30 pm, Guitar Bar.
Bottles & Cans
Energetic and unpredictable Delta-style electric blues and psychedelic garage-rock combo (with occasional detours into old-school country and the odd reggae number) led by singing guitarist Ray Lundy. Sat., 8 pm, The Warehouse + Sun., 8 pm, Mansion on Forsyth Park.
Chuck & Bucky
Acoustic guitar duo playing and singing country, rock and pop hits. Wed., 7 pm, Driftaway Café (Sandfly).
Intense singing acoustic guitarist offering classic and modern rock covers and originals from a forthcoming DIY CD. Wed. & Sun., 7 pm, The Warehouse + Fri. - Sat., 9 pm, Bayou Café.
This singer/songwriter boasts a Masters from Julliard, but paid her dues backing up such iconic artists as Joe Jackson, Cyndi Lauper, Pat Benatar, Tracy Chapman, Angelo Badalamenti and Shania Twain. Her own work veers from jazzy pop to contemporary folk, plus a healthy dose of sequenced, world music-inspired dance club electronica. She plays keyboard, guitar, viola and violin, and is a bewitching chanteuse. Tues., 8 pm, The Sentient Bean.
Courtenay Brothers Band
Modern and classic country, Southern rock and party tunes from a well-liked group led by singing, guitar-playing siblings from a musical family. Thurs., 10 pm, Wild Wing Café + Sun. 1 pm, City Market Ctyd. (duo show).
Deep Blue 3
Rock solid local electric blues trio. Sat., 10 pm, Mercury Lounge.
Eat Mo’ Music
Local, funky, guitar and trumpet-based instrumental soul-jazz quartet. Fri., 9:30 pm, Tantra Lounge.
1st Friday For Folk Music
Family oriented (smoke and alcohol free) acoustic coffeehouse-style showcase of national, regional and local talent. This month’s installment includes “Gainesville, Fl.’s Joni Mitchell,” Marce, a native of Colombia, who’s been composing and performing original material on keyboard and guitar from the age of 9. Also appearing: the duo of Rebecca Hall (guitar) and Ken Anderson (bass and harmonica), who’ve earned raves from Sing Out! Magazine and Byrds frontman Roger McGuinn for their uncannily retro-sounding originals and “eerie vocal perfection”; and local multi-instrumentalist duo Bob & Judy Williams, co-founders of the Savannah Folk Music Society, who now perform under the name Cynergy. Free to all ages, with a suggested donation to the SFMS of $2. Refreshments will be available. Fri., 7:30 pm, Wesley Mon. United Methodist (429 Abercorn St.) - ALL-AGES.
The Frantic Rabbit
Increasingly regular event combining both a spoken word Open Mic and Poetry Slam. Thurs., 8 pm, The Sentient Bean.
Classic and Southern rock, plus modern country covers, from a well-known group of seasoned local players. Fri. & Sat., 9 pm, The Red Leg Saloon (formerly The Silver Dollar Café, Hwy 204).
According to this Charleston 4-piece, their music is “a declaration of love, hate, forgiveness, closure, and rapture that cannot be ignored or labeled.” Indeed. Local melodic rockers The Land Of The Blind open. Fri., 9 pm, Guitar Bar.
Local funk cover band (think P-Funk, Rufus, etc...) that makes up for what they might lack in finesse with an over-the-top, energetic stage presence and infectious, hard-partying vibe. Sat., 9 pm, Fiddler’s Crab House (River St.).
David Lugo & Latin Jazz Motion
Led by a percussionist with 3 decades of professional experience, this up-and-coming regional combo (piano, bass, trumpet, percussion) plays Latin and jazz standards (think Tito Puenté, Antonio Carlos Jobim, etc...), plus originals. Lugo’s background includes work with everyone from Jaco Pastorious to Ruben Blades. Fri., 10 pm, Savannah Down under.
Currently one of the hottest original rock bands in Athens, this intriguing group relies on clever pop hooks and adventurous vocal arrangements rather than screaming guitars. Several major mags are heaping praise upon them, and they seem well on their way to serious national acclaim. Fri., 10 pm, Murphy’s Law.
Beloved acoustic Irish troubadour (and host of the popular GPB radio show The Green Island) who’s been a favorite at this longtime pub on River St. for 2 decades. Mon. -Tues., Kevin Barry’s.
The Dave Pfeiffer Quartet
“Erotic jazz” combo from Statesboro led by young drummer Pfeiffer, and featuring guitarist Andres Garcia. Fri., 9:30 pm, Luna Lounge @ Il Pasticcio.
The Prodigal Sunz
This spin-off from local club act The Train Wrecks finds that group’s rhythm section of bassist Eric Dunn and drummer/guitarist Markus Kuhlmann joined by The Savannah Soul Project’s guitarist Justin Boykin for an all-cover set featuring tunes by Jeff Buckley, Radiohead and Marvin Gaye, as well as soul grooves and diversions into acid jazz territory. Thurs., 10 pm, Murphy’s Law Irish Pub.
Impressive technical melodic metal/hard rock/rap hybrid that’s been based in this area for a while and seems to finally be coming into their own. With Eye To I. Sat., 8 pm, Riders Lounge (Hilton Head).
The Psycho Devilles
Atlanta rockabilly act that’s gigged with Unknown Hinson, Th’ Legendary Shack Shakers, Deke Dickerson and Big Sandy, among others. Not as nuts as The Rev. Horton Heat, but plenty hopped-up in their own way. Raleigh’s Hearts & Daggers open with a set of dusty, outlaw country that sounds like Social D playing cowboy songs through Fender Champs. Fri., 11 pm, The Jinx.
Seven Gates To Elsewhere
Hard-working local original act, drawing on psychedelic British blues and soul from the late ‘60s and early ‘70s, as well as adventurous, eclectic modern rock. At times, it seems they’re still trying to decide just what sort of band they’d like to be, but their devotion to pushing their own limitations is laudable. Fri., 9 pm, Fiddler’s Crab House (River St.).
Local jazz trio (originals & covers) with female vocals. Fri., 9 pm, Jazz’d Tapas Bar + Sat., 9 pm, Mansion on Forsyth Park.
Randy “Hatman” Smith
Acoustic guitarist playing beach, boogie and blues tunes to sequenced backing. Wed., 5 pm, Dolphin Reef Lounge (Tybee) + Fri. - Sat., Doc’s Bar (Tybee).
Traditional Irish Music Jam
A handful of talented pickers, fiddlers, whistlers, etc... kick back weekly and make acoustic Celtic music in this inviting pub near City Market. Amateurs and newcomers are welcome to join in, as well! Sun., 7:30 pm, Murphy’s Law Irish Pub.
Highly entertaining, jam-oriented (at times almost freeform) cover band that boats some of the most agile players around, and a propensity to flat out smoke through extended versions of well-known soul/funk/rock/R & B numbers from decades past. Sun., 10 pm, Mercury Lounge.
Solo acoustic rock, pop and country covers. Fri. - Sat., 7 pm, Stingray’s (Tybee).
Jimmy Wolling & Friends
Progressive bluegrass and traditional country outfit led by a famed local banjoist. Fri., 10 pm, Mercury Lounge.
Jason Z (Zeigler)
Local singer/songwriter (and former member of Bobcat Collins) influenced by the more pleading side of Green Day and Mxpx. Also appearing: Adam Glendye, a young Christian worship leader and songwriter who pens unambiguous acoustic guitar-driven praise music. Sat., 9 pm, Metro Coffee House - ALL-AGES.