- RL Johnson
A Nickel Bag of Funk
It’s hard to believe this well-liked local funk and soul party band —fronted by the sultry vocalist Leslie Adele— has been around for 2 years, but sure enough, this gig marks their anniversary. Wed., North Beach Grill (Tybee) - ALL-AGES.
This powerhouse Albany/Atlanta quartet offers soulful, gritty blues-influenced vocals and slippery, electric guitar-and-Rhodes piano-anchored grooves that hint at both vintage Robin Trower and middle-period Widespread Panic. Sat., 10 pm, Loco’s (downtown).
This gig from one of Savannah’s most popular original bands (they blend reggae, rock, punk, jam and ska into a rather unique sound) marks the return of live music to this large restaurant/bar on Bay St. across from the Hyatt. Sat., 10:30 pm, Churchill’s British Pub.
Bottles & Cans
Ostensibly a blues band, this wickedly fun local outfit draws heavily on garage-rock, Tom Waits’ fractured fairy tales and Dylan’s “old, weird America.” Wed., 6 pm, Dewey’s Dockside (Tybee) + Thurs. & Sat., 10 pm, Savannah Blues + Fri., 9 pm, Mansion on Forsyth Park + Sun., 10 pm, Mercury Lounge + Mon., 9 pm, Fiddler’s Crab House (River St.).
Newly-minted side-project featuring members of local reggae/rock band Passafire and local organic hip-hop act Street Circus Symphony. They cover tunes by artists as diverse as Beck, Cake, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Bob Marley and Jane’s Addiction. Wed., 10 pm, Loco’s (downtown).
Eric Culberson Blues Band
An internationally-known blues guitarist and singer in the Freddy King vein who’s based right here in Savannah. Fri. - Sat., Mercury Lounge + Mon., 6 pm, The Boathouse (Hilton Head) + Tues. (hosts Open Jam) - Wed., 10 pm, Mercury Lounge.
Jeremy Davis & Equinox Jazz
Danceable, hard-bop combo led by a transplanted Louisiana saxman. Sat., 9 pm, Mansion on Forsyth Park.
Mary Davis @ Co.
Pleasant, laid-back acoustic cover trio (soul, pop and shag hits). Thurs., 7 pm, Baja Cantina (The Landings) + Sat., 8 pm, Marlin Monroe’s (Tybee).
Discover America, State Bird
Another outstanding indie/low-fi rock booking at this counterculture coffeehouse. Seattle songwriter Chris Staple’s DA is a chiming, VU-tinged exercise in guitar/drums/synth jangle pop. The dreamy, ethereal mantra-like paeans of SB should appeal to fans of Sufjan Stevens, The Polyphonic Spree or Wes Anderson’s soundtracks. Wed., 8 pm, The Sentient Bean - ALL-AGES.
Heavy local alt.rock band with both shoegazer and metal tendencies. Sat., 8 pm, Metro Coffee House - ALL-AGES.
Fire & Rayne
Duo of singing guitarists who tour from Atlanta to Key West, playing classic and modern rock covers (James Taylor, Buffett, Incubus, etc...) and originals. They cite ‘80s hair metal as an influence — of their own free will! Fri. - Sat., 10 pm, Molly MacPherson’s Scottish Pub.
First Friday for Folk Music
This marks the start of the 12th year of monthly acoustic “coffeehouse-style” shows put on by the Savannah Folk Music Society. The headliner is The Mayhaws, a Fla. group known for a “sweet and thorny” blend of folk, honky-tonk, soul and old-time country. Also on the bill: a return visit from “flatpicking professor” David Leinweber (this time joined by Johnny Roquemore) for a set of guitar-based rock, blues, folk and gospel — and the well-liked local singing guitarist Kathy Waters, whose repertoire varies from introspective to fanciful. Admission to this smoke and alcohol-free event is free with a suggested $2 donation to the SFMS. Soft drinks and homemade desserts available. Fri., 7:30 pm, Wesley Mon. United Methodist Church (429 Abercorn St.) - ALL-AGES.
Claire Frazier/Pete Tavalin
Jazz duo featuring an experienced vocalist and a talented keyboardist/composer. Fri. - Sat., 7 pm, Vic’s On The River.
Jess C. Henderson Benefit
Known to some as “Dr. Heehaw,” Jess Henderson has been a familiar figure downtown for longer than most can remember. The poet and spoken word artist is suffering from a number of health problems (including pneumonia exacerbated by an extensive mold problem which has rendered his home uninhabitable. Several of his friends in the local music community are donating their time and talent to help him, and this hastily arranged show will feature the internationally-acclaimed avant-jazz guitarist Richard Leo Johnson, Superhorse members Keith Kozel, Bob Holmen and Seb Edwards, The Viguba Trio’s Ricardo Ochoa, Redneck Troubadour Doug “Swamp Chicken” Boykin and Sapphire Bullet Tim Love, among others. Mon., 9 pm, The Jinx.
Knee Deep and Drowning
A rare live show from one of the finer original metalcore bands in the area. Also on the bill: Five Nine (melodic post-punk from Al.); N.J.’s The Command Radio (hard rock) and Ire & Sentiment (heavy rock); and Athens’ Celerity (grunge-influenced punk). Sat., 9 pm, Guitar Bar.
Not to be confused with the Saddle Creek recording artist Ladyfinger (NE), this is swampy and fractured (but whip-tight in all the right spots) psycho-billy with loads of yelps, yodels, plucky banjo and trashcanny drums and percussion. Live, NYC-based frontman and songwriter Adam Weiss tours as a solo act under the same name, bashing his guitar with more of a punk edge, and kicking an electrified “stompbox” in lieu of a rhythm section. Sat., 10 pm, The Jinx.
Latin Jazz Motion
Funky, danceable Latin jazz combo led by percussionist David Lugo. Sat., North Beach Grill (Tybee) - ALL-AGES.
Roger Moss & Eric Jones
Classically-trained vocalist and a jazz pianist playing standards and showtunes. Thurs., 8 pm, Mansion on Forsyth Park.
G.E. Perry & Strange Brew
Hard-hitting blues-rock (covers and originals) led by a longtime area guitarist and singer. Sat., 8 pm, The Warehouse.
Excellent, guitar-based Southern boogie and jam band centered around the fiery lead guitarwork of Tyler Roe and Shane Baldwin, soon to release their second CD. Sat., 9 pm, Fiddler’s Crab House (River St.).
Pirates of Savannah Luau
Chris Cook-helmed theme costume party featuring DJ Angel spinning disco, ‘80s dance music and old-school hip-hop. Fri., 9 pm, Savannah Down Under Level 1.
Shrimp City Slim
Charleston-based “coastal blues” artist playing boogie, blues and shag-type R & B. Fri. - Sat., 9 pm, Jazz’d Tapas Bar.
This 28-year-old singer/songwriter from just outside Athens has built up a large and loyal fanbase through grass-roots promotion and nonstop touring. He played a show here not long ago at the Armstrong Fine Arts Auditorium, but this is his first time in a downtown theater setting. Over the past decade, Smith honed his folksy, unpretentious Southern rock and country-tinged folk-pop through countless cover gigs in college-oriented bars, nightclubs and frat parties, and it shows in both his material, and the makeup of his following. Fans of Hootie frontman Darius Rucker, Todd Snider and Pat Green will take to this artist like Hasselhoff to a hamburger. $16 in advance (at the SCAD Box Office, by phone at 525-5050 or at www.lucastheatre.com) or $20 at the door. Fri., 9 pm, Lucas Theatre - ALL-AGES.
Melodramatic metal band from Daytona Beach with a rather unique approach to vocal pitch. Fla. bands also appearing on this bill include Aghora, Morionor and the very serious-sounding Neural Implosion. Thurs., 9 pm, Guitar Bar.
Local sextet covering Motown, Stax, shag and beach music hits. Sun., 7 pm, North Beach Grill (Tybee) - ALL-AGES.
The Train Wrecks
For the past year or so, this rootsy, high-energy Americana bar band has been working on their debut album, and from the sneak previews it may go down as one of the better albums made yet by a local band. That said, this weekend’s Tybee shows are being billed as their CD Release Party. But I’ve heard that one before, and I have no official confirmation of this from the band. Thurs., 10 pm, Murphy’s Law Irish Pub + Fri. - Sat., 6 pm, Dewey’s Dockside (Tybee).
Organic, jam-oriented combo that was recently named Best Local Rock Band in Savannah by our readers. Fri., 10 pm, Loco’s (downtown).
The Winter Sounds
One of the most promising Athens bands touring today — this group’s brand-new album showcases an evolving and invigorated sound that is already quite different from that in evidence on their DIY debut. They veer from The Good Earth-era Feelies drones to their latest single “Windy City Nights,” which sounds an awful lot like The Smiths slap-fighting Franz Ferdinand and is already making a run up the college charts. Local indie-rockers Kiterunner open the show. Tues., 9 pm, Guitar Bar.