This “musician’s musician” is a stellar keyboardist who specializes in the swirling, soulful sounds of the Hammond organ. Known to many jazzbos as one of the leading artists on the small but visionary Black Jazz label in the ‘70s, his profile has dimmed a bit since then, but he remains a potent improviser who occasionally gigs at well-known rooms in NYC as well as abroad. Carn made his home in Savannah for many years, and his infrequent local shows since relocating to Fla. are always worth catching not only for his own musical (and sometimes vocal) talents, but for the high caliber of players he can be counted on to enlist in backing him up. $10 cover at the door.Fri. - Sat., 8 pm, 9:30 pm, 11 pm.
The Dropkick Murphys
Formed in 1996 in the basement of a Boston barbershop, this Celtic-tinged hardcore band quickly found a large following and has gone on to release two handfuls of albums EPs and singles — becoming a major international touring act along the way. They’ve mellowed a bit over time, but still appeal strongly to those who follow hardcore, ska, and —specifically— Irish-themed punk. For this show, they’ll be joined by support acts The Aggrolites (an L.A.-based retro/nouveau ska/reggae act that plays down their punk roots in favor of revisiting the soulful dance vibes of early Bluebeat) and The Krays (a highly respected ultra-indie NYC oi! punk trio affiliated with Roger Miret & The Disasters). Advance tickets on sale now at the venue. Mon., 8 pm, Malone’s.
This last-minute booking deserved more of a mention, but notification came too close to our press time. Suffice it to say that this Athens-based avant-dance-rock act is one of the more challenging acts to emerge from that fabled music scene in years. Their distorted, noisy approach and vocals echo the darker and more chaotic moments of Joy Division, while the insistent, pounding poly-rhythms remind me of Shriekback. Moresight and locals Kiterunner open the show. Wed., 9 pm, Guitar Bar.
One of the most sought-after singer/songwriter/storytellers on the road today, this S.C. native has dazzled audiences at many of the most prestigious listening rooms and folk festivals for over 4 decades with his expert musicianship and finely-honed skills as an entertainer. Opting to tour “under the radar” as he calls it, he can be found in small venues, house concerts and large outdoor gigs year-round. The respected alt.country mag No Depression pegged him accurately as combining the folk tradition with the meticulous, sparse song craft of Tin Pan Alley and the passionate delivery of the great old bluesmen. Seemingly, this eclectic journeyman has done it all: from playing classical lute in a Renaissance ensemble, to pedal steel in a country band, to electric guitar with everyone from John Lee Hooker to Big Joe Turner. He even recorded a duo LP in ‘73 with the late Harry Nilsson (which remains largely unheard due to record company difficulties. Often compared to Ry Cooder in his breadth and approach, Mickey Newbury called Jack and his songs “American treasures,” and Peter Yarrow (of Peter Paul & Mary) branded him “the best guitar player I ever heard.” Call 748-1930 for $20 advance tickets to this intimate 100-seat performance. Sat., 8 pm, Randy Wood’s Concert Hall (1304 E. Hwy 80, Bloomingdale) - ALL-AGES.
It’s gratifying to see some decent regional acts getting back into the old-school building blocks of modern hip-hop. This area R & B/rock cover act has come into their own, and if you dig rollicking, indulgent, greasy funk of the George Clinton and Ohio Players variety, you’ll dig Jon Doe’s sinewy lead guitarwork and vocal interplay. The added bonus of lowdown slap bass and both a trap drummer and a percussionist means they have most of the required instrumentation covered. Now, if they could just conjure up a “horny” horn section, they’d be all set... Sat. & Tues., 9 pm, Fiddler’s (River St.).