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Hellblinki Sextet, Frontier Ruckus, American Aquarium
The weirdness that is Hellblinki: At the Wormhole Jan. 21


At 10 p.m. Friday, Jan. 21

Wormhole Bar, 2307 Bull St.

With Megan Jean and the Klay Family Band, Sapphire Rebellion, and Sadirah Bellydance

It’s always a treat when Andrew Benjamin and his accomplices from Augusta come to town, because there’s nothing quite like a Hellblinki show, which is kind of like a vaudeville nightmare with a backbeat and catchy tunes; seated at a drum kit – and often playing guitar at the same time – Benjamin, with painted face, sinister goatee and bizarro Abe Lincoln top hat, acts as a demented master of ceremonies for a program of back–porch blues, off–kilter, Tom Waits–ian dervish romps and what he likes to call “psycho cabaret”: A three–ring American punk circus where something is going on in every dark corner, freaky and theatrical but unmistakably musical just the same. See


At 9 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 22

Live Wire Music Hall, 307 W. River St. $8.

This Midwestern Americana band was here in October, and their Live Wire set was so well-received that people are still talking about it. They’re back, and not a moment too soon. With Matthew Milia on lead vocals, with guitar, banjo, accordion and the odd horn – not to mention songs that mine a deep, rich vein of Americana – Frontier Ruckus is not unlike The Band in its Big Pink days. “The perfect recipe for Gothic Americana,” raved Rolling Stone. See


B.J. Barham and American Aquarium return for their semi–annual Jinx show Jan. 22 (with Crowfield); this anthemic Americana band has been one of Savannah’s faves for a good three years now – if you’re one of the few that haven’t caught an AA show, best grab those tickets quick (they’ll go fast) and get thee over there …. Hard–hitting Savannah trio Howler shares a Jinx bill Jan. 21, with Ricer and Indian Giver …It’s time once again for the Coastal Jazz Association’s monthly concert at the Westin Harbor Resort. This one (Jan. 23 at 5 p.m.) features Charleston pianist Mike Wolk and his trio … Dare Dukes, who’s been out on paternity leave since November, returns Feb. 4 for a show at the Wormhole with The Red River … The Lee Boys, one of the coolest R&B, blues and sacred steel gospel bands on the road today, have a Feb. 5 date – I’m not making this up – at Wild Wing Cafe  … On Feb. 12, Savannah’s always–beloved rockin’ Superhorse reunites for a Jinx show. The band includes Kevin Rose, Jim Reed, Gene Lyons, Bob Holman, Jason Anderson and Sebastian Edwar