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Arcasia Red

Local post-hardcore quintet incorporating influences from modern and classic metal, and melodic rock. Fri., The Jinx.


Noteworthy local rock act whose original material shows the influence of reggae, psychedelia, jam-band grooves and ska. Fri., 12 midnight, Malone’s.

The Back River Ramblers

Local acoustic trio featuring Daryl Wise, “Georgia” Kyle Shiver and Dobie Simmons mixing up country, bluegrass and R & B into something they call “Marsh Grass” music. Thurs., 7 pm, Fannie’s On The Beach (Tybee).

The Beer Parlor Ramblers

Tight house band at this landmark burger joint, playing Dixieland jazz. Fri. - Sat., 7:30 pm, The Crystal Beer Parlor.

Bradley Bell

Newly-transplanted cover artist playing popular tunes on keyboards, acoustic guitar and harmonica. Thurs., & Tues., Fusion/The Monkey Bar.

Big Collapse

See Connect Recommends. Fri., The Jinx.

Eric Britt

Solo acoustic show from the guitarist and frontman for regional alt.rock sensation Hazel Virtue. Wed. (hosts Open Mic), O’Connell’s Irish Pub + Thurs., 6 pm, B & D Burgers (Southside location).

17homas Claxton

Classic and modern-rock covers rendered on acoustic guitar. Thurs., 10 pm, B & D Burgers (Southside location) + Mon., 10 pm, Daiquiri Depot (Pooler).

Sterling Colvin & Improv

Hilton Head party band who many Savannahians may remember for backing up Kim Polote when she opened for Al Green last year at Trustees Theatre. Fri., Fusion/The Monkey Bar.

Chris Cook’s 2nd Annual Matrix Party

Theme party based around the futuristic Keanu Reeves/Laurence Fishburne epic, complete with DJ Shrapnel spinning industrial, techno and electronica. Whoah. Sat., O’Connell’s Irish Pub.

Eric Culberson Blues Band

Savannah’s best-known blues guitarist, who’s released two well-received CDs, and opened for such legends as Buddy Guy. Tues. (hosts Open Mic) - Wed., Mercury Lounge + Thurs., JJ Cagney’s.

The D & D Band

Soul, funk and rock hits from this cover duo (who also play in The Permanent Tourists). Wed., Fusion/The Monkey Bar.

DJ Lord & DJ Kos

Lord is well known on the international turntable competition circuit, playing Australia, the U.K., Japan, Brazil, Spain, Russia, Italy, Greece and Belgrade. He also replaced Terminator X on a world tour with Public Enemy. Kos gained recognition as one half of the duo Kos & Xavier. He’s now solo again, and spins Funky Disco House. Fri., 10 pm, Club Oz (formerly Equinox).

The Robbie Ducey Band

Fiery electric blues group led by South Georgia native guitarist Ducey. one of the better regional touring acts to frequent this venue. Sat., Savannah Blues.

The 8-Tracks

Possibly the most eclectic cover band in town, this quartet plays a wide variety of popular and obscure rock, soul and country tunes from Charlie Rich and NRBQ to The Cure and Lucinda Williams. Featuring members of Superhorse, GAM and Redneck Greece Delux. Sat., 9 pm, The Oyster Bar (Wilmington island).

First Friday For Folk Music

See Connect Recommends. Fri., 7:30 pm, Wesleyan Monumental United Methodist Church (429 Abercorn St. on Calhoun Square).

Friction Farm

West Palm Beach, Florida duo who’ve shifted away from full band pop-rock to atmospheric acoustic balladry similar to early Indigo Girls. Aidan Quinn’s spot-on guitar technique, and drives the songs, plus his backing harmonies at times sound eerily like Lindsay Buckingham. Still, for such hopeful, earnest lyrics, the songs often seem rather dour. Opening act Rachel Pardiek usually fronts the Charleston folk-rock band Little Pieces. Sat., 8 pm, The Sentient Bean.

The Hitmen

Local electric blues combo whose guitarist is an acolyte of Eric Clapton (but who isn’t, really?). Tues. (hosts Open Mic) - Wed., + Fri., Savannah Blues.


Waycross, Georgia rock group mixing covers (i.e., Led Zeppelin, Johnny Cash) with their own original material. Fri., 10 pm, The Mercury Lounge.

Liars Academy

Baltimore post-punk outfit. Their debut was produced by Drew Mazurek, who’s worked with Jawbox and Texas Is The Reason. Fri., The Jinx.

Magic Zorillo

Brooklyn-based electronic duo playing experimental, trancelike music with sampled vocals and burbling synth sounds. They’re also known for a dark and bizarre visuals. Featuring artist Robert Pepper, who spent time in Savannah a while back. Fri., 7 pm, Starland CCA (Bull & 41st St.) + Sun., 8 pm, The Sentient Bean.

Eric Nelson & David Starnes

Unlike most local spoken word shows which tend to take the form of slams or multi-artist showcases, this reading features only two writers. Eric Nelson is known for “tough and touching, funny” works. he has published four of his own books, and won the 2003 X.J. Kennedy Poetry Prize. David Starnes used to write for the Savannah Morning News well over a decade ago, and in the mid-’90s was a member of Receding Wave, a jazzy, local trio which merged poetry and improv music. His work draws from”a love of nature and the nature of love.” Both artists teach writing at Georgia Southern University. Fri., 10 pm, The Sentient Bean.

Harry O'Donoghue

Savannah’s most prominent Celtic balladeer, who also plays acoustic guitar. Wed. - Sun., Kevin Barry’s.

Old-Time Music Jam Session

Led by musicologist and picker Joe Nelson, this jam allows newbies to learn the ropes of 1920s and 1930s mountain music, and to join in on stringed instruments like fiddle, guitar, dobro and banjo. Mon., 7:30 pm, The Sentient Bean.

The Permanent Tourists

Hilton Head-based party band known for a killer, funky rhythm section (their bassist recently gigged with the legendary Steve Cropper of Stax Records fame), and a huge setlist of pop, rock and soul hits. Sat., Fusion/The Monkey Bar.

Phantom Wingo

Sometimes known as Phantom Wingo’s Electric Capsule, these locals play greasy, jam-friendly blues-rock workouts with soulful vocals and facile drumming. Thurs., 9:30 pm, Malone’s.


The Bobby Ryder Quartet

Seasoned jazz and lounge vocalist with decades of experience, now breaking into the Savannah club scene. Thurs., The Jazz Corner (Hilton Head) + Fri. - Sat., 9 pm, Jazz’d Tapas Bar.

Scatter The Ashes

Epitaph rawk act from Nashville that plays everywhere from coffeeshops to skate parks to punk dives. They have a keener sense of negative space than many of their peers. Fri., The Jinx.

The Six Million Dollar Band

Well-known local party band covering classic and modern rock, and ‘80s pop with a hard, twin-guitar attack. Fri., 9 pm, The Oyster Bar (Wilmington island).

Randy "Hatman" Smith

Longtime local cover act playing beach, boogie and blues music on guitar, with sequenced backing for “that full band sound.” Fri. - Sat., Scandals (Tybee) + Sun., 3 pm, Fannie’s On The Beach.


The audience is encouraged to join into this improvisational “Soul Movement Dance Performance,” and “dance like there is no one watching!” Thurs., 8 pm, The Sentient Bean.

Sun Domingo

Here’s a pleasantly surprising trio from Atlanta whose demo sounds rather unlike anything else coming out of that market. Based around the hypnotic acoustic guitar lines of Forrest Burtnette and the Jeff Buckley-esque vocal flights of bassist Jason Pomar, you’ll find hints of Crowded House, Coldplay and even Maroon5 in their approach as well. Fri., 8:30 pm, City Market Courtyard.

Gail Thurmond

Downtown fixture at this cozy, basement bar, playing torch songs and jazz standards on piano. Wed.- Mon., Planter’s Tavern (beneath The Olde Pink House Restaurant).

Voodoo Soup

Energetic, funky, hard-jamming cover act featuring members of The Greg Williams Band, The Permanent Tourists and The Six Million Dollar Band. Wed., JJ Cagney’s.

The Greg Williams Band

Original blues and folk-influenced rock tunes – as well as a few choice covers – from one of the area’s premier songwriters. Sat., JJ Cagney’s.

Daryl Wise

This Tybee-based guitarist and songwriter just returned from playing Nashville’s famed Bluebird Café, and is soon to release his long-awaited debut album. Wed., 7 pm, Fannie’s On The Beach (Tybee).