At 9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 3
Live Wire Music Hall, 307 W. River St. $12 advance, $15 day of show.
Boulder, Colo.'s dynamic duo of Dominic Lalli (saxophone) and Jermy Salken (drums). Big Gigantic is an elecronica, hip hop and jazz fusion band that utilizes loops, samples, synths and sizzling creative beats, with the live drums and sax laid over the top. It's an exciting, trippy musical experience that doesn't seem as if it could be coming from just two guys. The band's second album, A Place Behind the Moon, is out this week.
Also on this Live Wire bill: The legendary DJ Logic, whose collaborations with famous rock, jam and jazz musicians is the stuff of legend, and the eccentric Memphis-based rap duo Lord T and Eloise.
A splendid time is guaranteed for all!
At 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 3
The Sentient Bean, 13 E. Park Ave. Free.
From the "Here's something you don't see every day" file: Australian performance artist Lucas Abela, a.k.a. Justice Yeldham, has attached a microphone pickup to a large, broken sheet of clear glass. He presses it up against his face and makes music with the glass and his mouth. That's pretty much it.
In the live videos I've seen, his face and fingers bleed - performance art, remember? - as he literally lips and takes bites out of the glass edge. For a finale, he smashes the pane over his head and stalks offstage.
The music is sort of a cross between industrial electronica and a lawnmower.
"All my musical career, I've made different instruments and done a couple of performances with them, then thrown them aside," Yeldham says. "At the moment, I think it's important to continue with the glass ... because I'm getting better and getting more techniques, and more control over it as a noise instrument. Having control over a noise instrument is a miraculous thing to begin with; most noise artists don't have any control at all. I'm really pleased with how it's going."
The Bean is tagging this show - with Solypsis - as "For Mature Audiences Only."
At the Tybee Island Beach Bash
7:30-11 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 5 at the Tybee Pier & Pavilion. Free.
Fins to the left, fins to the right: If it's fun you're after this Labor Day Weekend, then by God, Gary Roland intends to make sure you get ya some. The singer/guitarist fronts the Florida-based Landsharks, which prides itself on bringing that Parrothead feeling to the stage - that's right, it's all Buffett, pretty much all the time, celebratory and playful and as good-timey a band as you're likely to find on any sun-kissed beach this holiday. The group's set list sometimes ranges out of Jimmyland for a tune or three - the likes of "La Bamba" or "Your Mama Don't Dance." You get the picture. Buffett himself actually joined the band onstage once, at a fan-fest in Key West. You probably don't want to expect that here. But there will be fireworks nevertheless.
DUDE, WHERE'S MY FOLK?
North Carolina's Chance and Susette Shivers, who play old-timey Appalachian and country music, headline the Savannah Folk Music Society's First Friday concert Sept. 3 at First Presbyterian Church. Opening is D.C.-area acoustic balladeer Mark Elliott