Athens, to be sure, has been the portal from which so much great much has sprung (see the Dex Romweber story in this very issue for one notable example).
The Whigs, the Athens-based power trio that's been making international waves since blowing out of UGA-town in 2002, has a July 30 date at the Jinx.
The guys continue to tour behind their third full-length album, In the Dark (they recently wrapped a European leg as the opening act for Kings of Leon). In the Dark was produced by longtime Whigs advocate Ben H. Allen (Animal Collective, Gnarls Barkley).
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New York singer/songwriter Jay Brannan returns to Savannah June 29 for an intimate concert at The Bay Street Theatre at Club One. Tickets for the 10 p.m. performance are $15 in advance and $18 at the door. Brannan, of course, is best known for his role in John Cameron Mitchell's 2006 sexually adventurous drama/comedy film Shortbus. He has released several albums of original material, including Goddamned and In Living Cover.
The Times compared Brannan to Rufus Wainwright - high praise indeed. See for yourself at jaybrennan.com.
Hip hop innovator Kool Keith (co-founder of Ultramagnetic MCs, aka Black Elvis, aka Dr. Octagon) swings by the Wormhole Bar Friday, July 1. Keith is the self-proclaimed "inventor" of the rap sub-genres pornocore and horrorcore. Advance tickets are $20. The night before, the club brings in New York underground mc Louis Logic, and Cecshi (last name Ramos, of Dead By Wednesday, Toca and other poly-creative collaborative efforts).
Independence day stuff to get excited about: Armstrong Atlantic State University's annual Savannah Winds patriotic concert takes place at 3 p.m. July 3 in the Fine Arts Auditorium. On the 4th, Jeremy Davis and the Equinox Orchestra (including singers Huxsie Scott, Clay Johnson and Adam Jones) bring the annual "Patriotic Big Band Salute" concert to the Savannah Theatre.
The big holiday weekend on River Street starts with arts and crafts, live music, all that jazz et cetera on July 2 and 3. The fireworks over the river go off (when else?) on July 4 - which is, if you hadn't already noticed, on a Monday this year.