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The Total Guide to Statts Pre-Game 2017

Rock and shop for a good cause

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Black Tusk
  • Black Tusk

SAVANNAH'S favorite fundraisers for one of its favorite creatives.

Before Statts Fest Goes Bananas, the annual family-friendly benefit for artist and musician Jason Statts on September 23, grown folks get a whole day of fun and fundraising at The Jinx.

All funds raised will go directly to support medical bills and a better quality of life for Statts, who was shot in a violent crime in 2008 and suffered irreparable damage to his spinal column.

At Statts Pre-Game and Punk Rock Garage Sale, The Jinx will be alive with rock ‘n’ roll on the stage and local makers on the floor peddling their wares and sharing their unique skills.

Royal Thunder
  • Royal Thunder

THE MUSIC

Royal Thunder

Atlanta rock gods Royal Thunder headline this year’s Statts Pre-Game. The four-piece released their fourth album, WICK, on April 7. Through a cathartic recording experience, the band came out strong with a maturation of their hazy stoner rock driven by killer riffs and the toweringly epic vocals of Mlny Parsonz.

Black Tusk

Any chance to catch a hometown show from Savannah’s own metal kings Black Tusk is worth the while. It’s a particularly noteworthy gig while we wait on that new record from Andrew, James, and Corey.

Shroud Eater

The stage gets a little darker when Shroud Eater takes it. The three-piece’s wickedly dark and primal sludge metal is an all-encompassing experience live. The Miami band arrives in Savannah fresh off a new release: Strike The Sun, the anticipated follow-up to 2011’s ThunderNoise. The power trio’s latest arrived in July.

Reconciler

Reconciler may be a new project, but the faces in it are certainly familiar: That’s scene vet Joseph Lazzari on vocal/guitar duties, Derron Nuhfer of Less Than Jake and Gunmoll on bass, Kelsey Wilson of All Night Drug Prowling Wolves and Anchor Bends on drums, and Kyle Bryant on guitar. If you’re a fan of anthemic, punk-hearted rock ‘n’ roll, Reconciler will earn a new place in your music collection.

Resident One
  • Resident One

Resident One

Atlanta punk trio Resident One takes inspiration from the likes of Alkaline Trio, AFI, and blink-182. Featuring members of Jinx favorites Burns Like Fire, the band released a debut LP, Stay Inside, in March on Atlanta’s 59 X Records.

Sins of Godless Men

Savannah’s own Sins of Godless Men is close to completing its new album—no release date yet, but look for more shows from the band for the rest of the year.

Jeff Two-Names and the Born Agains

The SAV dad punks bring their timeless, humor-laden pop-punk to the stage.

The Gumps

Matt Hewitt, Tucker Weston, and Patrick Caviness deliver a high-energy performance with laugh-out-loud lyricism and aggressive ukulele rhythms.

Nate Hall

Singer-songwriter Nate Hall (of the band U.S. Christmas) has recorded a new song, “24 Hours.” All profits from song sales will directly benefit Statts himself.

THE GOODS

Cherrybox Studios

Savannah designer Jessica Knapp is our resident queen of gory-cute. The Savannah Sweet Tease Artistic Director and leading creative behind The Jinx’s big Halloween décor brings an assortment of goods to the Garage Sale, all of which have become coveted collectors’ items among those with darlingly demented taste.

Monk Comics

Caroline Smith creates zines and comics about “the absurd and the mundane in the everyday life of a 20-something.”

Worser Beings

Small press Worser Beings, based in Saint Louis, Missouri, specializes in printmaking and unique products.

Undead Speed Equipment

Up your pin and patch game with creepy goods from Greenville, South Carolina’s Undead Speed Equipment.

Space Waste

Atlanta-based Space Waste offers plenty of pop culture-parodying enamel pins, patches, and more.

Monstieur

Scott Hensel creates comics, zines, a daily comic strip, and more.

Greta O. Embroidery

When she’s not onstage with a mic in Greta O. & The Toxic Shock, Greta Odrezin is a wiz with a needle and thread, making custom creations and unique patches.

Pine Box Designs

Cutting boards shaped like coffins and bats? Yes, please! Upstate South Carolina’s Pine Box Designs creates one-of-a-kind works for your kitchen.

Graveface Records & Curiosities

Your local purveyor of vinyl records, horror ephemera, and oddball taxidermy will have a small selection of goods at Pre-Statts Fest.

Melissa Harrison

Savannah’s Melissa Harrison creates organically lovely handcrafted jewelry using stones, wire, and more.

Stephen James Wood

Stephen James Wood is a local sculpture artist with a penchant for horror.

Ranty Kissy Collectibles

Rebecca Jane creates illustrations and collages with a darker yet playful edge.

GVVL Graphics

Expect Halloween and ‘80s nostalgia-inspired goods from GVVL Graphics.

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