A Nickel Bag of Funk
Local, female-fronted R & B/funk/soul cover act. Fri., 9 pm, Mansion on Forsyth Park + Sat., 9 pm, Tantra Lounge.
The Kevin Bales Quartet
One of the hottest young pianists in the Southeast, this award-winning artist and bandleader’s played everywhere from Russia to Lincoln Center and is a regular headliner at this chic supper club. Fri. - Sat., 8 pm, the Jazz Corner (Hilton Head).
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.).
Popular rock covers and originals enthusiastically sung and played on acoustic guitar. Wed., & Sun., 7 pm, The Warehouse + Thurs., 10 pm, Wasabi’s + Fri. - sat., 9 pm, Bayou Café.
Mary Davis & Co.
Acoustic trio made up of members from well-liked Wilmington Island AOR cover outfit Band In The Park. Expect plenty of soulful rock, soul and pop covers from John Prine to Fleetwood Mac. Sat., 7 pm, Baja Cantina (The Landings).
1st Friday for Folk Music
New England finger-picking guitarist and storyteller Michael Troy makes his local debut, alongside the Fla. acoustic duo Tammerlin and local Piedmont blues musicologist/guitarist/singer Michael Maddox at this monthly, coffeehouse-style family-oriented (no smoke or alcohol) concert that’s free with a suggested $2 donation to the Savannah Folk Music Society. Fri., 7:30 pm, Wesley Monumental United Methodist (429 Abercorn St.) - ALL-AGES.
“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. Sat., 9 pm, Fiddler’s Crab House (River St.).
Guitar Hero II Videogame Tournament Finals
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. I’m told this weeks’ installment will determine who will reign supreme, and that the contenders must duke it out on the ever-popular Southern wank-fest “Freebird.” The winner will be ceremonially crowned and walk away with a $300 Best Buy gift card and a bottle of champagne. Wed., 11 pm, The Jinx.
Trae Gurley’s Swoonatra
Local thespian and vocalist who puts his personal touch on tunes made famous by Ol’ Blue Eyes during his big band years. Thurs., 7 pm, Jazz’d Tapas Bar.
“Heifer Foundation” Benefit
Indie-rock, punk and metal showcase featuring young regional bands Emotron, Mean Girls, Greasy G, For China, Sam McDuffy and Against The Sky. The $10 cover goes to provide food for the homeless through a national distribution organization. Sat., noon, The Apex (Statesboro).
The Mace Hibbard Quartet
Billed as one of the most exciting and versatile young horn players on the scene today, this sax man (and son of Texas trumpeter Dave Hibbard) follows in the path of Charlie Parker, Stan Getz and Branford Marsalis. He recently moved to Atlanta, and this show serves as a CD release party for his brand-new album When We Last Met. He’ll be backed by some of the top regional talents. Fri. - Sat., 9 pm, 10:30 pm, midnight, KoKopelli’s Jazz Bar.
This hard-hitting Southern, classic rock and modern country cover band is providing the evening entertainment for ABATE’s Run For The Sun, an annual motorcycle enthusiast fund-raising benefit for local charities. Fri. - Sat., 6 pm, Coastal Empire Fairgrounds - ALL-AGES.
The Hilton Head Symphony
Guest artists Janet Witman and David Kim join this respected orchestra for an evening of works by Weber, Mendelssohn, Bruch and others. Sponsored by the Savannah Concert Association. Tickets range from $12.50 to $35. Call 525-5050 or go to www.lucastheatre.com. Sat., 8 pm, Lucas Theatre.
Brash electric blues trio led by local guitarist Brett “Hitman” Bernard. Thurs., 9 pm, Augie’s Pub (Richmond Hill) + Fri., 10 pm, Mercury Lounge.
24-voice local choral ensemble (now in its 16th season), paying tribute to AASU leader Robert Burnett, with an original composition, and other pieces written specifically for them by internationally-known composer Zdenek Lukas. Tickets are $15 for adults/$10 for students at the door. Fri., 7:30 pm, St. John’s Episcopal Church (Madison Square).
Raucous funk and soul covers with plenty of screaming electric guitar. Fri., 9 pm, Fiddler’s Crab House (River St.) + Mon., 10 pm, Riders Lounge (Hilton Head).
Listen 2 Three
Up-and-coming local John Mayer-esque guitar pop with sunny vocal harmonies. Fri., 9 pm Turtle’s (Statesboro).
Hard-rocking modern metal power trio based on the island, and featuring a member of the Christy Alan Band. Thurs., 10 pm, Wind Rose Café (Tybee).
Machine Funk: a Tribute to Widespread Panic
This is fairly self-explanatory, right? It’s their first time in Savannah, and this show should be packed. Sat., 10 pm, Locos (downtown).
The Magic Rocks
Eclectic local power trio spun off from The 8-Tracks. They play obscure rock, soul and country tunes, and feature members of Superhorse and Hot Pink Interior. Fri. - Sat., 8 pm, The Warehouse.
Showcase of 9 regional hard rock bands (including Souls Harbor and Habitual Offender) held at one of the last remaining drive-in theaters in the area. Sat., noon, Highway 21 Drive-in Movie Theater (Beaufort).
G.E. Perry & Strange Brew
Soulful blues and blues-oriented rock band led by a veteran guitarist known for his slide work. Wed., 9 pm, Fiddler’s Crab House (Southside).
Soul, funk and R & B covers. Fri., 9 pm, Tantra Lounge + Sat., 10 pm, Molly MacPherson’s Scottish Pub.
Will Rast & Friends
Awesome jazz pianist who —when not leading his own combo— plays keys in R & B songstress Mya’s road band. Fri. - Sat., 9 pm & Sun., 7 pm, Jazz’d Tapas Bar.
Worldwide sensation of Celtic tradition in music and hoofing. Will it ruin it for you if I tell you the sound of their tap shoes is pre-recorded and that they’re actually “foot-synching?” I didn’t think so. Tues., 7:30 pm, Johnny Mercer Theater.
The Savannah Soul Project
Excellent and diverse local funk-fusion combo with a small horn section, previously known as Red Eye Jedi. Fri., 10 pm, Guitar Bar.
Savannah Winds in Concert
This recital includes works by von Suppe, European concert marches by Grundman, Sousa’s With Pleasure, and —in anticipation of St. Pat’s— Ireland: Of Legend and Lore. $12 tickets benefit the AASU Music Scholarship Fund, and can be had at the AASU Box Office weekdays from 11 am to 3 pm. Tues., 7:30 pm, AASU Fine Arts Auditorium.
Charismatic touring singer/songwriter with a soaring voice that will appeal to emo fans as well as folks who dig neo-jazz-folk like Norah Jones. He logged time in a few promising bands, but now he’s doing the solo bit. Wed., 9 pm, Guitar Bar.
Silver Lining w/Eric Nelson
Laid-back female-fronted local jazz trio (guitar, bass, drums). They’ll be joined by Nelson, a noted Utah-based clarinetist and tenor saxophonist. Thurs., 8 pm, Mansion on Forsyth Park + Fri., 6 pm, Moon River Brewing Co. (upstairs).
Exceptionally talented solo pianist who recently relocated to Savannah. Wed. - Thurs., 6 pm, Kokopelli’s Jazz Club.