de Gullah Rootz
All the branches of this S.C.-based restaurant/venue chain are known for presenting live music, and now that a Savannah location has opened in City Market, they’re routing many of their more popular acts through town. This Charleston reggae band has been around for a few years, and offers no-frills roots riddims perfect for dancing or merely zoning out. Lead vocalist and percussionist General Top Rank’n Geecheeman has a long history behind him and his earlier bands have opened for the likes of Shabba Ranks, Steel Pulse, Burning Spear and Eek-A-Mouse. Thurs., Wild Wing Café (formerly Malone’s).
The Roger Moss Quintet
While this classically-trained vocalist is best-known to many for his past guest spots with the Picnic In The Park Symphony, he also has the cabaret market virtually sewn up in this town. He’s a sophisticated talent who knows his way around the show tunes and standards idiom. For this gig, he’ll be accompanied by some of the better jazz cats in the area, including pianist Peter Tavalin and standup bassist George Sheck. Fri., 9 pm, The Mansion on Forsyth Park.
For some time now, there’s been a thriving anti-folk and electronica scene in downtown Savannah centered around SCAD. Rather insular and youth-oriented, most shows have taken place at packed house parties and art openings. Now, a handful of acts at the forefront of this experimental, underground movement make the jump to a 21+ rock venue. Headliner Deacon is part of Baltimore’s Future Shock collective (which strives to make electronic composition more fun and club-oriented than stuffy and esoteric), his recent bizarre media hoax on WSAV’s Coastal Sunrise has already become something of a local legend. With: 2-man instrumental guitar duel Ecstatic Sunshine; throbbing avant-noise provocateur Werewolf Unit (Justin Barnes); and the low-fi electro-pop of DJ Salty Scumptious. Come see what all the fuss is about. Fri., 10 pm, The Jinx.
Wilmington Isl. Music Fest
All-day showcase headlined by Bowling Green, Ky.’s acoustic brother duo Kurtis & Kody and regional alt.rockers Hazel Virtue. Locals also featured includes Curbside’s organic college pop/rock, Seven Gates To Elsewhere’s vaguely psychedelic blues-rock, The Train Wrecks’ ragged-but-right roots-rock and nascent jam band Mr. Wiley. Sat., noon, The Britannia (Wilmington Isl.) - ALL-AGES until 9 pm.
The Lone Tones
This stripped-down lineup of a Knoxville-based quartet features guitarist Steph Gunnoe and guitarist-banjoist-mandolinist Sean McCollough. Their blended voices drip with Appalachian twang. Those bittersweet harmonies provide a lovely counterpart to their sparse acoustic instrumentation (think Gillian Welch & David Rawlings). Individually, they’ve spent time and paid their dues in the music meccas of Austin, Tx., and Portland, Or., and their background in traditional country and indie-rock finds them adding covers by everyone from Blondie and The Magnetic Fields along with traditional mountain numbers and originals from their acclaimed DIY CDs. Recommended for fans of Victoria Williams & Marc Olson. Sat., 8 pm, The Sentient Bean.
Kickass melodic death metal from Athens (Ohio, not Georgia) that mixes up seemingly incongruous influences (like the demonic rasp of At The Gates and early ‘80s straight-up San Francisco speed metal). Recommended if you appreciate Overkill, Sepultura and yes, even King Diamond. Local opener Blacktusk is a ferocious power-trio that seamlessly integrates stoner-rock and heavy doom riffage into a modern punk framework. Exponents of the so-called “Savannah sound” pioneered by Kylesa member and producer Phil Cope, they’ve just released their debut CD. Also on this bill: Wetnurse, a great NYC tech-metal juggernaut with spot-on syncopated drumming and creepy, unhinged vocals, plus melodies one can actually latch onto, similar to Swarm Of The Lotus. Sat., 10 pm, The Jinx.
The Frank & Joe Show
Featuring guitarist Frank Vignola and drummer Joe Ascione (both former child prodigies), this phenomenal fusion group is known for a hypnotic blend of gypsy swing, island grooves, the “high lonesome sound” of American acoustic roots music, and driving, soulful Latin rhythms akin to such pioneering rock groups as Santana and War. Their setlist is just as eclectic, and shows off these masterful musicians’ diverse tastes and considerable chops on everything from Hoagy Carmichael standards to Doobie Brothers hits. Free to Coastal Jazz Association members/$10 to the public. If you join the CJA at the show, your ticket price will be refunded! Sun., 5 pm, Cobblestone Conch House.