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Acoustic Singer/Songwriter Showcase

This new monthly event (hosted by local tunesmith and chanteuse Lauren Lapointe) aims to create a community of singer/songwriters and attract more high-quality touring artists to our area.

Lapointe will play a set, along with locals Jason Bible (whose faux-hoary blues and folkie shtick owes a great deal to both Dylan and Springsteen’s Guthrie fixations) and Melanie Mirande, a familiar face at Savannah Folk Music Society gatherings. This singing guitarist is said to be an acolyte of both the great Joan Baez and the even greater Pete Seeger.

Arkansas’ Bill Justice headlines. Last year, he was nominated for Singer/Songwriter of The Year by the Northwest Arkansas Music Awards (NAMA). A specialty carpenter whose work took him around the country for decades, including a stint in Nashville. He’s been playing music since his teens, and gained a strong following in St. Simons Island during a late-90s stint in that funky beach community. This show is open to ALL-AGES, and is free with a suggested donation for the performers. Thurs., 7:30 pm, The Sentient Bean.

The Kickass

We don’t have too much space this week, so here’s the deal: This band’s name is a classic example of truth in advertising. Just back from a successful Japanese tour, this jaw-droppingly empathetic power trio (with the emphasis on power), they’re one of the finest examples of over-the-top, high-endurance instrumental prog-rock I’ve ever come across. Imagine a leaner, meaner version of mid-’70s King Crimson (on a crystal meth binge) playing a winner-takes all game of “top that!” with Primus. That comes pretty close. Oh yeah, their debut CD is called Death Metal Is For Pussies. Run, don’t walk to this gig. Fri., The Jinx.

Pizzarelli & Paul

The list of big bands and vocalists with whom Bucky Pizzarelli has performed and recorded reads like a veritable “who's who” of jazz. A towering presence in the studio and on the touring circuit since the 1950’s, many know him through his extended stint as a member of Doc Severinsen’s Tonight Show Orchestra.

A phenomenal electric rhythm guitarist who plays a custom-made 7-string model (allowing him to play a bass line to his own solos), he’s worked with Benny Goodman, led his own trio and cut duos with Zoot Sims and Stephane Grappelli – as well as earning respect as a solid classical guitarist along the way.

For this rare supper club engagement, he’ll be joined by Howard Paul, who’s one of the finest jazz guitarists in our part of the country. He plays a 7-string instrument as well, and regularly accompanies A-list players such as Bucky and Jimmy Bruno. This should be a wonderful display of virtuosity. Fri. - Sat., 7 pm, The Jazz Corner (Hilton Head).

Rock The Cure Festival

Last week’s cover story explained the impetus behind Rock The Cure 2005, but in case you missed it – this ambitious effort finds 7 different Downtown venues (all within easy walking distance of City Market) joining forces to raise money for the American Diabetes Association.

The idea is simple – after 4 hours of free, ALL-AGES entertainment in City Market’s Courtyard, the party heads into the clubs, where – for the unbelievably low cost of only $5, one can purchase a wristband providing unlimited access to all the nightspots for that night. Each club has a wide variety of local and regional artists scheduled, with all door proceeds (as well as a small portion of drink sales) going to the ADA.

A complete listing of participating acts and advance ticket outlets can be found at, but here are a few of the more notable gigs to consider:

Savannah Blues features 2 of their favorite blues and R & B-oriented bands, locals The Hitmen (led by guitarist Brett “Hitman” Bernard) and Athens’ hard-hitting jam act, The Park Bench Trio.

Finnegan’s Wake (formerly known as O’Connell’s Irish Pub) welcomes Atlanta’s popular retro rockabilly combo Cigar Store Indians, and a solo set of gritty Americana by native son Dodd Ferrelle.

Ibiza Nightlife is offering 2 local tribute bands – one celebrating Led Zeppelin (Red Head) and the other The Rolling Stones (Monkey Man), plus original modern rockers Hazel Virtue.

JJ Cagney’s on River Street has a double whammy of Argyle and Phantom Wingo (formerly The No Exit Band), while their kindred spirits at Locos showcase the organic hip-hop of Passafire and P-Groove frontman Brock Butler.

Finally, The Jinx holds down the alt.rock fort with a triple bill of The 8-Tracks, Hot Pink Interior and Savannah’s All-star garage band Superhorse, in their first gig since playing in the St. Pat’s Parade. Let’s make this one a smashing success! Wed., 5 pm - 9 pm, City Market Courtyard + 9 pm - until, various Downtown venues.