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Eric Culberson   Blues Band

One of the finest exemplars of straight-up Chicago and Memphis-style electric blues for miles around, this power trio tours the East Coast frequently and has made a sizable name for themselves. Led by guitarist and frontman Culberson’s rock-solid, fiery fretwork and appropriately vintage gear and tone, the band is tight as a drum, and the fluid, well-oiled rhythm section of percussionist Stuart Lusk and bassist Nate Saraceno are perhaps the most sympathetic and versatile sidemen Eric’s ever had backing him up.

Lately the band is riding high on the heels of their third indie CD, a blistering live set cut in one of Florida’s nicest listening rooms. It’s easily the equal of most any live blues album you’ll find these days by any artist, regardless of marquee value, and for the first time showcases Culberson’s talents the way they were meant to be witnessed — firsthand and in your face.

Tues. (hosts Open Jam) - Wed., 10 pm, Mercury Lounge + Thurs., 7 pm, The Warehouse + Sun., 9 pm, Fiddler’s Crab House. 

Blues Traveler

For the past few years, SCAD has sponsored a huge free concert in Forsyth Park as a capper to their graduation ceremonies. Ostensibly designed to appeal to both their senior class, their parents and the general Savannah populace, the first 2 installments could generally be termed great successes.

By booking both George Clinton’s P-Funk All-Stars and The Legendary Godfather of Soul Himself, James Brown, this large private art college deftly selected acts that spoke to an unusually wide swath of local residents and tourists — from teenagers to septuagenarians. At first blush, the choice of this once massively popular jam-band turned Top 40 sensation turned relentless club act seems a misstep. Cynical logic dictates that at this rate, next year’s headliner will be The Spin Doctors.

And yet, while I find it hard to believe that Blues Traveler will resonate with the majority of SCAD’s student body —or, for that matter, most of the demographic groups which flocked to previous graduation day gigs -- I’d be happy to be proven wrong. Despite their decline in visibility and drawing power, the group is still undeniably one of the most vital and impressive in their genre by leaps and bounds, and frontman John Popper’s breathtaking (pun intended) athletic displays on the mouth harp are the stuff of legend. No opening act this time. These boys are gonna play a long, long time.

Fri., 7:30 pm, Forsyth Park. 

1st Friday For Folk Music

This is the 10th Anniversary of the Savannah Folk Music Society’s monthly acoustic showcase — and the 20th Anniversary of the society itself. Never been? You owe it to yourself to check out what many folks look forward to with relish 12 times a year. Each show features one local, one regional, and one nationally-known act, plus a few tunes from SFMS President Hank Weisman, who acts as MC.

This time around, performers include: the Canadian-born (and Nashville-based) Tia McGraff, who’s been likened to a young Linda Ronstadt, and has written and recorded with the likes of Andrew Gold and Dan Hill; Eventide Song Competition & Festival Winner Peter Donnelly, whose folk-rock has been influenced by Leonard Cohen, Greg Brown and Shawn Colvin; and David Dirlam’s Savannah Irish Session, which finds several local musicians singing and playing traditional Irish dance tunes on fiddles, flutes, whistles, guitars, harps, duclimer and bodhran.

Admission to this smoke and alcohol free event is free as well (with a suggested $2 donation which goes to fund the society’s efforts). Beverages and homemade baked goods will be available. Fri., 7:30 pm, Wesley Monumental United Methodist Church (429 Abercorn St.).   

Valient Thorr

Over-the-top furious, sweaty, MC5 and JB-inspired agit-prop cock rock that’s blowing everybody’s minds with their touring schedule (300 days a year) and manic impression. Oh yeah, and they claim to be from “Burlatia, inside the planet Venus.”

Fri., 10 pm, The Jinx.

Deke Weaver

Who is Deke Weaver, and why is he saying those terrible things about me?*

This performance artist, storyteller, monologist, video artist, and all-around provocateur has won great critical acclaim for his one-man works of solo, guerilla theater. Alternately viewed as a post-post-post-modern Spalding Gray or Eric Bogosian (pre-Under Siege 2, one assumes), Weaver takes an omnivorous approach to blending satire, pathos, fury, rage, and the moribund into captivating tales and filmed vignettes. Hard to understand what I’m getting at? Well, it’s hard for me to describe. See it or don’t. Just be aware that it’s probably well worth your time to show up and decide for yourself what this character’s up to.

*Not an actual query.

Sat., 8 pm, The Sentient Bean.