DJ Friction/Alix Perez/MC SP
Local club music promoters Symbiotek Productions present this amazing bill that finds some of the biggest names in the world of Drum & Bass converging on Broughton St. for a jam the likes of which we rarely —if ever— see. Hailing from London, these dance and trance superstars are only playing Seattle, Los Angeles, Toronto and Savannah this time out! Symbiotek feels this may just be the high-profile gig to finally solidify a strong, continuous local D & B scene. If you dig this kind of stuff, show up and support them taking such a huge financial risk to make it happen. $20 at the door, 21+ only. For more info, check out www.myspace.com/symbiotek. Fri., 9 pm, Tropicana Nightclub.
This talented guitarist/flutist/vocalist has recently relocated here and has already begun recording an acoustic jazz CD with celebrated bassist Ben Tucker, mandolinist Tony Williamson and famed bluegrass guitarist Jeff Autry. For this gig, she’ll be joined by the facile team of standup bassist Peter Berquist and pianist Eric Jones. Thurs., 8 pm, Mansion on Forsyth Park.
Michelle Nixon & Drive
Here’s another noteworthy bluegrass gig at luthier Randy Wood’s intimate 100-seat, ALL-AGES listening room. Named Traditional Female Vocalist of The Year by The Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music of America, she and her band bring together a love of purist mountain music and old-fashioned gospel hymns, and then wrap that up in what they term a “vivacious” and high-energy live show — complete with mandolin, fiddle, banjo, bass and guitar. $20 advance tickets are on sale now. Call Randy Wood Guitars at 748-1930 to reserve yours. Sat., 7:30 pm, Randy Wood’s Concert Hall (1304 E. Hwy 80, Bloomingdale).
When this young, NYC-based sax phenom’s not out leading his own jazz combos, he’s recording or touring with the likes of pop stars John Mayer and Nellie McKay. As if that weren’t enough, no less than Joshua Redman sings his praises, and Reynolds’ CD Can’t Wait For Perfect was named Best Debut of 2006 in last year’s influential Village Voice Jazz Poll. Only $15 per set at the door. Fri. - Sat., 9 pm, 10:30 pm, midnight, Kokopelli’s Jazz Club.
Young Athens/Atlanta combo making impressively arranged brainiac indie-pop. Their relatively unpredictable (yet comfortingly familiar) alt.rock barn-burners and dreamscapes reach back to the glory daze of the new-wave movement (and further), but their overdriven guitar tones and melodic basslines betray a refreshing and inspiring understanding of the post-rock era. Sat., 3:30 pm, Guitar Bar.
This Canadian group of hopped-up, punk-tinged Irish rockers has become a favorite at this Congress St. pub. Fans of The Pogues and The Mahones will get their fix of manic, beer and whiskey-fueled jigs and reels. Fri., 10 pm, Murphy’s Law Irish Pub.
River St.’s St. Pat’s Festival
For a full schedule of the Waterfront’s free live shows, check out this issue’s Week At A Glance — but here’s 2 acts worth braving the crazies for: the hard-hitting Southern rock of locals High Velocity (10 pm Fri.); and Atlanta’s Gurufish, who twist the groovy, psychedelic funk of vintage Sly Stone, Prince and Steely Dan into their own trick bag (4 pm Sat.).
The Tennessee Rounders
Shit-kickin’, hell-raisin’ bare-knuckled honky-tonk and outlaw C & W. ‘Nuff said. Sat. (afternoon and evening sets), The Jinx.
The Winter Sounds
The last time this criminally unknown Athens indie-rock band came through town, no one showed up to see them. Seriously. They’re giving this area another try and you should do the same for them. Lush, dreamy and toe-tappingly infectious all at once, they’ve recently inked a deal with a respected regional label and seem like they’re about to get some sort of decent push on an international level. Gainesville, Fla.’s Alphabet City opens the Bean show with a set of moody, angular post-punk. Thurs., 9 pm, Rosie O’Grady’s (Beaufort) + Fri., 9 pm, French Quarter Café (Statesboro) + Sat., 8 pm, The Sentient Bean (ALL-AGES).