40 OZ. TO FREEDOM
“We do Sublime with a twist,” says Dane Scott of 40 oz. to Freedom, playing Friday at Loco’s. Scott is the lead singer for the San Diego-based quartet – his job is to channel Sublime’s poly-energetic vocalist Bradley Nowell. He’s also the tribute band’s guitarist.
“We play a lot of the specific guitar solos and bass lines the same, but we also like to improvise on top and add our own arrangements of some songs…we don’t try to look like Sublime, although the drummer and I have both been tattooed by one of Bradley’s longtime buddies.”
A powerhouse band that blended (well, super-collided) ska, reggae, punk and rock ‘n’ roll, Sublime’s was a short but sweet success story, from headlining the Vans Warped Tour (then getting kicked off, then getting re-instated) to placing their agro-skater rock into numerous film soundtracks and video games.
And it’s been a long road – Nowell died of a heroin overdose in 1996, thus ending the band. So what we have is 40 oz. to Freedom, named for the very first Sublime album.
“The hardest part about being in a Sublime tribute band,” Scott said, “is remembering all the lyrics. Sometimes Bradley rapped so fast, it’s hard to even tell what he’s saying.” Listen & learn: www.myspace.com/40ouncestofreedomband.com. Friday, Sept. 11 at Loco’s Grill & Pub, 301 W. Broughton St.
SMOKEY’S FARMLAND BAND
There won’t be a drum in sight when this five-man Atlanta band takes the stage during the Georgia Southern Center for Irish Studies’ two-day symposium. It’s part bluegrass, party gypsy jazz and part old-time acoustic mountain music – with an emphasis on the music’s Celtic origins, which fits in nicely with the event (focusing on Scots-Irish heritage). With dobro, upright bass, violin, guitar, mandolin and the occasional banjo, the band’s extremely enjoyable sound veers between Union Station-esque hippie bluegrass and the soundtrack to Ken Burns’ The Civil War. Listen & learn: www.myspace.com/farmlandband. At 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 11 at the Coastal Georgia Center, 305 Fahm St. Admission is $10 (free for symposium attendees – see http://class.georgiasouthern.edu/irish/frontiers/.
As documented in Connect two or three issues ago, Savannah’s nationally-known reggae rockers have a new CD coming out. Saturday’s show at the Live Wire is the band’s official release party for Everyone is Everynight, a melodically strong and wholly satisfying collection of locally-written originals. “We put a whole year and a half touring behind us before we started writing it,” singer/guitarist Ted Bowne told us, “so we all had a different perspective on all different kinds of things.” Listen & learn: www.passafiretheband.com. At 9 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 12 at Live Wire Music Hall, 307 W. River St. $10 advance, $12 day of show.
Soulful, sexy singer/songwriter Spillane (how’s that for alliteration?) has the soul of a hopeless romantic, the voice of a smoky jazz chanteuse and the tenacity of a hardworking blues diva. On the Tybee resident’s fourth independent CD, Thinking Out Loud, she’s joined by some of the area’s best musicians, including Sapphire Bullets’ Phil McDonald and John Banks, guitarist Kevin Rose, violinist Ricardo Ochoa, cellist Annelise Nelson and former Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist Jack Sherman. Listen & learn: www.janspillane.com. Friday, Sept. 11 at Coach’s Corner, 3016 E. Victory Dr.