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Singer/Songwriter Night w/Lauren Lapointe, Dylan Kight, Noah, & Brock Scott

This monthly showcase for original acoustic artists is curated by local neo-folkie songstress Lapointe – who’s on the bill as well.

Other participants include 20-year-old Dylan Kight, who says he’s already written hundreds of songs and has at least 2 albums “in the pipeline.” Raised on a diet of folk, jazz, punk and soul, the Atlanta-area singer’s known for his world-weary lyrics.

St. Simons Island’s Noah started out digging on classic rock like Jethro Tull and Zeppelin but detoured into new wave icons like Duran Duran and metal masters like Queensryche before giving up hopes of a career as a performing artist. Now, after years of running sound for a variety of touring bands, he’s reinvigorated, and is trying his hand as a solo act on the coffeehouse scene. His approach and vocal style have been likened to those of John Mayer, Eddie Vedder and Edwin McCain.

Savannah’s Brock Scott lists such disparate artists as Nick Drake, Dashboard Confessional and Air as key influences. He’s been actively writing his own music for over half a decade, and is currently working on his first indie CD. Thurs., 7:30 pm, The Sentient Bean - ALL AGES.

First Friday For Folk Music

Another similarly-styled forum for acoustic artists, this event marks the 9th anniversary of the Savannah Folk Music Society’s family-oriented (no smoking or alcohol) monthly concerts – and features the local debuts of 3 talented acts.

Tim Harrison is one of Canada’s premier singer-storytellers, and while he previously devoted much of his time to organizing festivals in his own country, he’s now dedicated himself to being a full-time artist and travels throughout North America and the U.K. With 7 albums, he’s known for intricate guitarwork and poignant narratives.

Brennen Leigh is out promoting her first CD, Lonesome, Wild and Blue. She plays both guitar and mandolin, and mixes traditional Old-time bluegrass and Americana tunes with her own originals cut from the same cloth.

Headliners The Shiftless Rounders are a buzzworthy duo from the West Coast that one reviewer likened to the notion of a “West Virginian Kurt Cobain.” Playing captivating new tunes on clawhammer banjo and dobro, the band shows much reverence for traditional mountain music and vocal harmonies, but imbues their live shows with a sense of urgency and energy close tied to the early days of rock & roll.

As always, this show is free and the artists make money of selling their albums. A $2 donation is suggested. For further information, call Hank Weisman at (912) 786-6953. Fri., 7:30 pm, Wesley Monumental United Methodist Church - ALL AGES.

Accursed Dawn, The Knife Trade

You’ll want to bring earplugs to this modern metalfest at downtown’s premiere punk, hardcore and indie-rock room.

The last time I caught Accursed Dawn, this savage and pummelling Blacksburg, Va. speed metal quartet blew my mind (and my eardrums) with their melodic dueling guitar harmonies (reminiscent of Iron Maiden and early Metallica), syncopated headbanging and slate-cleaning drum noise. Their latest album is entitled Manifest Damnation (The Creation Affect), and it runs a gauntlet through the crushing blows of speed, thrash, black and death metal. Can you dig that?

The Knife Trade is a relatively new Athens-based metal band that’s already shared stages with Mastodon and The Classic Struggle. They’re set to release a split CD with Through The Eyes Of The Dead, which drops on July 12th courtesy of Lovelost Records – and they plan to cut a full-length debut by year’s end.

Also on this bill: the like-minded Burn The Blood... Sat., The Jinx.

Bluegrass Alliance

Here’s another all-killer and no-filler country string band show from famed promoter and luthier Randy Wood. This famed group disbanded in 1978, but in its first run, world-class talents like Vince Gill, Sam Bush, Tony Rice, and Curtis Burch did time in its ranks.

Re-formed in 1998, the current incarnation is said to be as solid as ever, and has gained a sterling rep of its own. They’ve played everywhere from festivals and fairs to The Grand Ole Opry.

Leaders rather than followers in their field, they represent some of the finest exponents of modern bluegrass anywhere. Tickets for this intimate show are $15, and can be reserved by credit card by calling Randy Wood Guitars at (912) 748-1930. Sat., 8 pm, Randy Wood’s Concert Hall (Bloomingdale).