All-Ages Punk/Metal Show
This showcase of modern hardcore acts (some of the Christian persuasion) seems to be a screaming, brittle, metallic overload. Headlined by Victory Records’ A Day To Remember, the show also features sets by A Heartwell Ending, Crestfallen Presence, and local newbies Practically Athens. The venue is a massive, alcohol and smoke-free club about 45 minutes from downtown that offers on-site security for parental peace-of-mind. The first 15 people through the door receive a free T-Shirt. For more info, or directions, call (912) 237-3735 or check out www.myspace.com/studiobga. Wed., November 29th, 7 pm, Studio B (Glennville).
Southern Ga. Symphony’s Holiday Concert
This recently-formed orchestra made up of both professional players and students from Statesboro’s Georgia Southern University’s orchestra program aims to bring classical music to a broad spectrum of the region’s citizenry, and this year, both of their holiday concerts (they’re also playing the night before in Statesboro at the school’s performing arts center) are being sponsored by BankSouth. The programs themselves are under the direction of conductor Cheung Chau, and include holiday favorites —such as “Let It Snow,” “Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer,” “Festive Sounds of Hanukkah,” “Frosty The Snowman,” and Mozart’s “Magic Flute Overture,” among others — plus an audience sing-along of 9 classic carols at the close of each show. Tickets can be purchased at the SCAD Box Office (216 E. Broughton St.) or by calling 525-5050 or online at www.scadboxoffice.com. Children 18 and under will be admitted free with an accompanying paid adult. Tues., 8 pm, Lucas Theatre.
This up-and-coming local guitar/bass/drums trio plays loud and aggressive original rock that’s not quite metal, but definitely more ballsy than standard-issue indie fare. There’s much to like about their no-frills approach to image and arrangements, and the fact they clearly have an interest in getting across melodies and vocal hooks as well as power chords sets them apart from many of the —relatively— sound-alike metal and post-hardcore groups tin our immediate area. Fans of Dinosaur Jr. and The Meat Puppets may get a kick out of this promising act with the pun-ishing handle. Sat., 10 pm, The Jinx.
The Noel Friedline Quintet
This singing pianist’s combo’s latest 2-CD set of straight-ahead jazz spent 10 weeks on the U.S. Top 50 Radio Charts. His current group includes a drummer, saxman, bassist and female vocalist. They’ve gigged everywhere form the famous Montreaux Jazz Fest to Julia Roberts’ surprise 35th birthday party, and now they’re tracking a live CD at this, one of their favorite rooms. Fri. - Sat., 8 pm, The Jazz Corner (Hilton Head).
The Alex Nyuen Quintet
One of the hottest young musicians to ever emerge from Savannah, Nyuen quickly rose through the ranks of promising local high school music students to win the International Trumpet Guild Jazz Competition (!) and place second in the National Trumpet Competition. He now attends the University of North Florida in Jacksonville (one of the top jazz schools in the USA), where he’s pursuing a degree from legendary musician and educator Bunky Green. Those outside our area may have caught him at the Monterey Jazz Fest or the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, but from time to time, Alex lines up a hometown gig. If you haven’t yet enjoyed the evolving talent of this 21-year-old, now’s as good a time as ever. Admission is only $5 to this brand-new listening room and dessert bar. Fri. - Sat., 9 pm, Kokopelli’s Jazz Club.
This powerhouse singer/songwriter has been such a mainstay on the local music scene for years now that it’s easy to forget just how good he truly is at writing and performing memorable, poetic rock, blues and contemporary folk songs. One of the few local artists who’s able to get away with playing virtually all his own material at bars and restaurants whose patrons are more accustomed to hearing shopworn soft-rock warhorses than vibrant, unfamiliar new music, he gets away with it on the sheer worth of his material. The combination of his facile fretwork on the guitar a vocal range and control that’s so spot-on it’s almost eerie have taken him far. He’s toured nationally, and released a handful of highly acclaimed indie CDs. Don’t let the regularity with which he plays in this area fool you. He’d be a shining star in any town. Fri., 10 pm, Jen’s & Friends + Sat., 10 pm, Molly MacPherson’s Scottish Pub.