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All is calm; all is bright (if you know where to look)
River Water Tribe stops off at the Wormhole Dec. 23

ALL IS CALM, ALL IS BRIGHT (if you know where to look)

Savannahians don't put a premium on live music over the Christmas holidays. With most of the college students out of town, and everybody else concentrating on friends, family and a lazy not-going-out-to-see-bands kind of approach, things slow down considerably for this week.

That's not to say there isn't any great live music over the holiday stretch. Seek, and ye shall groove.

Miliwaukee's "gypsy folk" trio River Water Tribe is at the Wormhole Thursday, Dec. 23. The Wormhole's closed on the 24th and 25th, but will return wit hthe acoustic punk band Among Giants Monday the 27th.

The Eric Culberson Band (note that "Blues" is no longer part of the name) gigs at Fiddler's, on River Street, on Christmas night. At the Jinx, the 25th brings regular faves Damon Mailand and his old-time country band, the Shitkickers.

Chatham country balladeer Chuck Courtenay plays Driftaway Café (Dec. 22) and Wild Wing Café (Dec. 28). Soul's Harbor is at Wild Wing on the 23rd.

On the 25th (yep, Christmas night), the Live Wire Music Hall's got Thumbprint (Paxton Willis and Rick Riles), the local electronica unit that shared a bill with Athens' Sumalian a few weeks ago at the Wormhole; on the 27th, Live Wire welcomes back Savannah's Train Wrecks (we're still waiting on that new CD, guys).

Ray Lundy and Mike Walker, of Bottles & Cans fame, perform as Acoustica Dec. 26 and 28 at Jazz'd Tapas Bar. Crystina Parker is at Tantra Lounge Dec. 27.

Featured in last week's edition of Connect, minimalist musician Lady Lazarus has a Dec. 28 date at Lulu's Chocolate Bar.

On Tybee Island, catch the jazz band Savannah Avenue on Christmas Night, and Train Wreck Jason Bible the next afternoon at the Tybee Island Social Club.

And finally, if you happen to be out on Friday night (that's Christmas Eve), stop in to the Mansion at Forsyth Park and say hello to Jeff Beasley and his trio - they'll be playing from 9 p.m. until midnight.