A rare musician who can whip ass on both percussion and stringed instruments, Allman certainly lives up to her celebrated family name. When not sitting in with a variety of talented local players, her solo shows offer nuanced jazzy blues on electric guitar — often to sequenced backing. Sun., 7 pm, Jazz'd Tapas Bar.
Formed in the East Village in '94, this group (originally called The Teenagers) has become one of the most influential Latin dance-oriented pop acts in the world, as evidenced by their smash hit, "Obsesión." They are credited with creating their own unique type of Bachata music, by combining hip-hop, R & B and Reggaeton. For $40 - $95 reserved-seat tickets go to www.savannahcivic.com or call 651-6556. Sat., 8 pm, Johnny Mercer Theater.
The Jeff Beasley Band
Electric blues and early rock & roll hits, plus funky R & B originals with a slight New Orleans feel. Wed., 7 pm (solo), Jazz'd Tapas Bar + Thurs., 8 pm, The Warehouse + Fri., Wild Wing Café.
Local neo-soul vocalist who's enjoying a growing downtown following through their increasingly regular live appearances where she is often joined by members of the local funk and positive hip-hop communities. Fri., 8 pm, Dimensions Gallery.
Bottles & Cans
Juke-joint blooze and psychedelic garage rock that's heavy on kook and swing — featuring bassist Mike Walker and drummer Jason Gecik. Wed., 9 pm, Bay Street Blues + Thurs., 9 pm, Savannah Blues + Fri., 9 pm, Jazz'd Tapas Bar + Sat., 9 pm, Mansion on Forsyth Park.
Established area country/honky-tonk/Southern rock singer and guitarist, playing mostly covers. Wed. (w/Bucky Bryant), 7 pm, Driftaway Café + Thurs., 7 pm, Stingray's (Tybee) + Fri., 9 pm, Augie's (Richmond Hill) + Sun., 1 pm & Tues., 7 pm, Wild Wing Café.
Eric Culberson Blues Band
This white-hot power trio of guitar, bass and drums is one of the finest electric blues combos on the East Coast. Expect lots of fiery lead work, playful vocals, and a rock-solid rhythm section that can easily lean into low-down funk. Tues. (hosts Open Jam Night) - Wed., 10 pm, Mercury Lounge + Thurs., 7 pm, Dawg House Grill + Fri. & Sun. 9 pm, Fiddler's (River St.) + Mon., 6 pm, The Boathouse (Hilton Head).
Mary Davis & Co.
Well-known rock, pop, soul and beach music covers (i.e., John Prine, Bonnie Raiit, Fleetwood Mac, etc...) featuring the titular female vocalist/guitarist. Thurs., 7 pm, Tubby's (Thunderbolt) + Sat., 8 pm, Marlin Monroe's Surfside Grill (Tybee).
Done For The Day
New, local hard rock and metal-influenced party band made up of longtime area players. Fri., 9 pm, Jukebox Bar & Grill (Richmond Hill).
Bludgeoning sludge-metal quartet that describes their style of music as "Dirty Southern Thunder." Sat., 11 pm, The Jinx.
Eat Mo' Music
Funky, wah-guitar/bass/drums/brass soul-jazz combo, featuring bassist Doug Povie. Fri., 9:30 pm, Tantra Lounge + Sat., 8:30 pm, Isaac's on Drayton.
Eclectic local cover band specializing in little-heard rock & roll, golden age C & W and vintage soul tunes. Sat., 7 pm, North Beach Grill (Tybee).
Frazier & Tavalin
Duo of two experienced jazz players — one a female vocalist and the other a male pianist. Fri., 7 pm, Vic's on The River.
Excellent technical and thrashy Atlanta prog-metal quintet with plenty of cascading, syncopated guitar lines and double kick-drumming. If their singer would ditch the gargling razor blades bit, they would sound quite a lot like Queensryche or Dream Theater (whom they admit to digging, along with Yes and Pink Floyd). Fri., 11 pm, The Jinx.
'Georgia Kyle' Shiver
Locally-based acoustic singer/songwriter drawing on country, Old-Time and blues. Wed., 9 pm, The Quarter (Tybee) + Thurs., 7 pm (w/Fiddlin' Scott Holton), Fannie's on The Beach (Tybee) + Fri., 9 pm, AJ's Dockside (Tybee) + Tues., 9 pm (w/The Marshgrass Boys), Fiddler's (River St.).
This full-time, Savannah-born songwriter has made a handful of indie CDs over the past decade, but his latest, Naked In The Rain, is heads and tails above the rest in terms of musicianship and execution. Call it funky folk-rock with a Southern twang. Fri. - Sat., 9 pm, Bayou Café.
Listen 2 Three
This young local trio is currently in Nashville working on their debut album. They're known for modern, pop-oriented guitar rock that may appeal to fans of John Mayer or Dave Matthews. With local emo-esque In The Picture, the heavy guitar rock of Greedy White Citizen, and the "Blues Hammer" of Atlanta's Hemp Street Rhythms. Fri., 9 pm, Guitar Bar.
Keith & Ross
Local acoustic cover duo (country/jam/rock) known for strong vocals. Thurs., 9 pm, Fiddler's (River St.).
Up-and-coming atmospheric indie-rock act (drums, guitars, bass, keys, cello) playing for the Chatham County Youth Commission — free to ALL-AGES. Sat., 4 pm, Rousaikis Plaza (River St.)
Latin Jazz Motion
Percussionist David Lugo leads this upbeat and buzzworthy area combo. Fri., 9 pm, Mansion on Forsyth Park.
The Lloyd Dobler Effect
This slick and polished mainstream pop-rock group from the Washington, D.C. area has played 39 states and 8 countries. They're actually very, very good at what they do. Now they just have to hire someone to murder all the members of Matchbox 20. Sat., 10 pm, Wild Wing Café.
The Magic Rocks
3-piece offshoot of local rock cover band The 8-Tracks, playing tunes by everyone from R.E.M. and Jerry Lee Lewis to Spinal Tap. Fri., 8 pm, The Warehouse.
Roger Moss & Eric Jones
Classically-trained vocalist singing cabaret tunes, plus American Songbook standards — backed by an ace pianist. Thurs., 8 pm, Mansion on Forsyth Park.
9 on Bali
Challenging, charming, Brazilian-influenced synth and guitar-based indie-pop, featuring a member of Sinister Moustache. Also appearing: Blufton's one-man ambient electronica act House of Knotty Effects, and Charleston's Yukari Yucca, an oddly captivating female pop artist who mixes traditional Japanese songs and multimedia in her avant-garde sets. Sat., 8 pm, Sentient Bean Coffeehouse - ALL-AGES.
The Oscar Perez Quartet
This outstanding Latin-tinged pianist tours often with trombonist Wycliffe Gordon and vibes sensation Christian Tamburr, and a lengthy association with vocalist Phoebe Snow. Fri. - Sat., 8 pm, 9:30 pm, 11 pm, Kokopelli's Jazz Club.
DJ Rick Preston
This veteran DJ is known for what has been called his "signature blend" of Latin, tribal and deep house dance music. Based in the California Bay Area, he's been spinning in clubs and releasing records for over 20 years. Thurs., 9 pm, Venus Di Milo.
Quirky, irrepressible local party band that has recently revamped their approach and setlist and is finding their profile increasing since adding a number of kitschy hip-hop and alt.rock tunes to their repertoire. Fri. - Sat., 9 pm, Tommy's (Pooler).
New local trad Celtic band featuring fiddle, guitar and bodhran. Sat., 10 pm, Murphy's Law Irish Pub.
Formerly known as Gravy, this area "post-metal fusion" band is one of the most consistently interesting experimental rock/surf/death metal/Elfman groups you'll come across. Criminally unknown (but that's mostly by design). Fri., 11 pm, The Jinx.
Prolific local singer/songwriter who's released several well-received indie CDs of blues and folk-influenced rock. Fri. - Sat., 6 pm, Dewey's Dockside (Tybee).
Local singing guitarist and songwriter who mixes covers of well-known pop and country tunes with his own Americana originals. Fri. - Sat., 7 pm & Tues., 6 pm, Stingray's (Tybee) + Sun., 7 pm, Dewey's Dockside (Tybee). w