A Nickel Bag of Funk
Local, female-fronted R & B/funk/soul cover act. Sat., 9 pm, Tantra Lounge.
Free show by an a capella vocal ensemble from St. Petersburg, Russia which performs sacred and folk music, including works by Tchesnokov, Rachmaninoff and Tchaikovsky. Sat., 7 pm, St. Francis of the Island Episcopal (Wilmington Isl.).
Ashes of An Empire
Recently reformed and rejuvenated local Christian metal power trio. Sat., 7 pm, Lion’s Club (Rincon) - ALL-AGES.
Black Oaks Savannah’s “Arabian Nights Party”
Theme costume event featuring DJ Analog Kid and special musical guests Bella Morte and Citation: Obsolete. There will also be a fire show, a hookah lounge, belly dancers, a henna artist and tarot and rune readers. All black dress is required, and attendees are encouraged to get wear vampyre, goth or Victorian fetish outfits. Fri., 10 pm, Savannah Down Under Invasion Level 3.
Bottles & Cans
Tom Waits, Bob Dylan and Hound Dog Taylor are the obvious touchstones for this mesmerizing blooze-rawk swing combo fronted by guitarist and vocalist Ray Lundy. Thurs., 9 pm, Fiddler’s Crab House (River St.) + Fri., 8 pm, The Warehouse + Sat., 9 pm, Jazz’d Tapas Bar.
The Bryan Clees Band
This young C & W songwriter from Sylvania has opened as a solo act for Kenny Chesney, JoDee Messina, Tracy Byrd and many more. Fri., 9 pm, Dingus Magee’s (Statesboro).
CJA All-Stars w/Kevin Bales
The Coastal Jazz Association’s Annual Meeting & Concert features such well-known straight-ahead jazz players as Ben Tucker, Teddy Adams, Huxsie Scott and Herbie King, plus their special guest, pianist Kevin Bales. Admission is free to CJA members, and $10 for non-members. If you join the association at this show, your ticket price will be refunded, and you’ll be allowed to vote on officers for the upcoming year. Sat., 5 pm, Cobblestone Conch House (River St.).
The Courtenay Bros. Band
Country, honky-tonk and Southern-fried rock covers from a seasoned group of players, and fronted by two real-life singing, guitar-playing siblings. Thurs., 10 pm, Wild Wing Café + Sun., 1 pm, City Market Ctyd (acoustic duo show).
The Chuck Courtenay Band
This group shares a few members with the previous listing, but brother Jason Courtenay is nowhere to be found... Fri. - Sat., 9 pm, Tubby’s (Thunderbolt).
Eric Culberson Blues Band
Fiery Chicago and Memphis-style electric blues trio led by one of the finer guitarists and frontman to emerge from this city’s music scene in the past few decades. Tues. (hosts Open Jam Night) - Wed., 10 pm, Mercury Lounge + Thurs., 9 pm, Fiddler’s Crab House (River St.).
Deep Blue 3
Polished, varied contemporary electric blues covers and originals, delivered with style and prowess. Fri. - Sat., 10 pm, Mercury Lounge.
Eat Mo’ Music
Local instrumental soul-jazz quartet (think trumpet and funky wah guitar), featuring bassist Doug Povie and horn man John Tisbert. Fri., 9 pm, Jazz’d Tapas Bar + Sat., 9 pm, Mansion on Forsyth Park.
The Ebony Fashion Fair
The 49th annual installment of “the longest-running touring fashion show in the world.” Thurs., 8 pm, Savannah State University’s Tiger Arena.
Talented jazz vocalist who recently relocated here from the West Coast. Thurs., 8 pm, Mansion on Forsyth Park.
“Georgia Kyle” Shiver & The Marshgrass Boys
A variety of acoustic folk, country, bluegrass and roots-rock styles, featuring guitarist and singer Shiver, and (usually) Fiddlin’ Scott Holton and Dennis “Lorax” Goldbaugh. Wed. & Sat., 9 pm, Fiddler’s Crab House (River St.).
Guitar Hero Tournament
Here’s an interesting twist on Open Mic Nights - audience members try their hand at playing this rock-oriented videogame on this nightclub’s stage in front of a giant projection TV screen. Wed., 10 pm, The Jinx.
Reformed lineup of a hip regional alt.rock act led by songwriter Eric Britt. Fri., 9 pm, Fiddler’s Crab House (River St.) + Sat., 10 pm, Murphy’s Law Irish Pub + Sun., 9 pm, malone’s (309 W. River St.).
Experienced, hard-hitting Southern, classic rock and modern country cover band with a setlist of over 150 songs. Wed., Fri.& Sat., 9 pm, Gilley’s (Hinesville).
The Jeff Beasley Band
Blues-tinged boogie-woogie and old-time rock & roll covers and originals from a singing multi-instrumentalist and his combo. Thurs., 10 pm, Mercury Lounge + Sat., 9 pm, Mansion on Forsyth Park + Sun., 7 pm, Jazz’d Tapas Bar.
Raucous funk and soul covers. Tues., 9 pm, Fiddler’s Crab House (River St.).
Listen 2 Three
Up-and-coming local John Mayer-esque guitar pop with sunny vocal harmonies. Sat., 10 pm, Tubby’s (Thunderbolt).
If memory serves, “machado” means hatchet user. This touring Machado (and his Guitar Show) offers up hooky, electric, full-band power-pop/rock with more than a dash of snark. Local acoustic singer/songwriter Jason Z opens. Fri., 9 pm, Metro Coffee House.
Soulful Charlotte-based acoustic guitarist and singer whose original material smacks of Donovan-esque wistfulness as well as vaguely funky contemporary “folk-hop.” Thurs., 9 pm, Metro Coffee House.
Polk & Keller Jazz Duo
Young local piano prodigy (Brendan Polk) and bassist David Keller. Sun., 7 pm, Jazz’d Tapas Bar.
Well-known rock, soul and pop covers. Sat., 9 pm, Malone’s (309 W. River St.).
Brunswick/Savannah cover band that’s recently added plenty of kitschy ‘80s and ‘90s tunes to their set by folks like Tone Loc, Young MC and The Beastie Boys. Thurs., 9 pm, Malone’s (309 W. River St.).
Roy & The Circuit Breakers
Popular blues, boogie, pop, rock and country hits from a versatile and well-established local player and singer. Thurs. - Sat., Doc’s Bar (Tybee).
The Savannah Soul Project
Open Jam Night hosted by a local funk-fusion combo with a small horn section. Sat., 10 pm, Locos (downtown).
Laid-back local jazz trio (guitar, bass, drums) whose excellent debut CD is turning heads around town. Fri., 9 pm, Tantra Lounge (see also Connect Recommends).
Street Circus Symphony & Special Guests
Bold new local rock outfit whose members are near the forefront of the burgeoning organic hip-hop and funk scene here in town, which is closely aligned with the spoken word and rap crowds. This will be the first show to utilize this venue’s new dual staging system. Fri., 10 pm, Locos (downtown).
The Swanee’s Quintet’s Tribute to James Brown
Organized by local radio personality (and omnipresent champion of black youth) Lester Lec’k White, this show in honor of Black History Month benefits Savannah High’s Gents’ HBO Club. It features the legendary gospel group that inspired the late Godfather of Soul (they toured with him in his heyday), as well as impersonators who’ll dance and sing tributes to JB. Fri., 7 pm, Savannah High School’s Gymnasium.
Rollicking “confessional Americana” group from Philly that’s one part The Band, and one part The Dream Syndicate’s Steve Wynn. Yet another example of the strides this venue is making to attract top-quality indie-rock as well as sensitive acoustic singer/songwriters. Openers The Good Problems exude an androgynous take on Ryan Adams’ studied cool that seems even more affected than his, but their seemingly sincere material balances things out nicely. Thurs., 8 pm, The Sentient Bean - ALL-AGES.
Toward The Son
Regional Christian-oriented hard alterna-rock act that recently cut some tracks in Nashville and are quietly making a name for themselves as one of the better (and more polished) original bands in the area. Sat., 10:30 pm, B & D Burgers (Southside).
The Train Wrecks
Hard-hitting bar band led by songwriter Jason Bible that mixes alt.country, heartland rock and kitchen-sink blues. Thurs. - Fri., 10 pm, Murphy’s Law Irish Pub .