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Bob Alberti & Ben Tucker

Alberti played with Les Brown’s Band of Renown, and worked with Bob Hope. Tucker was an in-demand session bassist in the 1960s, who’s penned over 300 songs. They play vibrant jazz. Sun., 11:30 am, AquaSpace Restaurant at The Westin (Hutchinson Island).

Michael Amburgey

One half of the acclaimed local acoustic blues duo Amburgey & Hanson, this roots-oriented guitarist now enjoys a standing monthly gig at this venue, where he may be joined by unannounced guests. Thurs., 8 pm, The Sentient Bean.

Ballyhoo Orchestra

“Progressive Groove Rock” act from Atlanta that formed in 1996, but recently began touring in earnest. They lean heavily on improvisation based around classic and jam rock, and feature a 6-string bassist, and a classically-trained keyboardist. Sat., JJ Cagney’s.

Big Engine

This explosive Jacksonville, Florida cover band specializes in hard rock and Southern rock hits. They tend to pack this seafood restaurant and bar. Sat, 9:30 pm, The Oyster Bar (Wilmington Island).


Long-running and popular local trio offering tried-and-true, danceable electric blues shuffles and party tunes. Fri., 10 pm, Mercury Lounge.


Bottles & Cans

“Hard and primitive” blues from a local band featuring guitarist Ray Lundy, bassist Mike Walker, and harpman Marty “Lockjaw” Ellis. Drum duties are split between Jason Gecik and Jamie Gillespie. The group describes their sound as more T-Model Ford than T-Bone Walker... Thurs., Savannah Blues.

Brock Butler

Solo set from the guitarist/frontman of Perpetual Groove, a psychedelic jam band that is quickly gaining a foothold on the national touring scene. Wed. - Thurs., Locos Deli & Pub.

The Chris Chandler Trio

See Connect Recommends. Sat., 9 pm, Jazz’d Tapas Bar.

Chuck Courtenay

Solo acoustic show from one member of The Courtenay Brothers, a local duo playing pop, rock and country hits. Wed., 7 pm, The Island Grill (Pt. Wentworth).

Jason Courtenay

Solo acoustic show from one member of The Courtenay Brothers, a local duo playing pop, rock and country hits. Wed., 7 pm, Driftaway Café (Wilmington Island).

The Courtenay Brothers

The whole enchilada. Thurs., 7 pm, Tubby’s (Thunderbolt) + Fri., Fiddler’s Crab House + Sat., 7:30 pm, Go Fish.

Eric Culberson Blues Band

Fiery guitarwork, impassioned vocals, and a set of originals and classics from the likes of Buddy Guy and Freddie King. Tues (hosts Open Mic) - Wed., Mercury Lounge + Thurs., JJ Cagney’s.

Deas' Guys

R & B, jazz and Motown hits from some of the island’s best players. Sun., The Jazz Corner (Hilton Head).

The Robbie Ducey Blues Band

Solid guitarist and singer (with roots in Savannah) playing unpretentious modern blues that’s informed by the work of Curtis Mayfield and ace crossover acts like Robert Cray. Sat., Savannah Blues.

Frank Emerson

Popular acoustic covers and traditional Celtic tunes from an established guitarist and singer on the River Street nightlife scene. Wed. - Tues., Kevin Barry’s.


Excellent Southern jam group heavily influenced by vintage James Brown grooves, George Clinton’s P-Funk clan, and more modern hip-hop and worldbeat. They make a mighty, mighty ruckus, and they know how to land heavy on the one. Flagpole Magazine named them the “Best Soul/R & B/Funk Band in Athens” a few years back. Sat., Locos Deli & Pub.

The Bob Erickson Band

The latest blues/rock/calypso groove project from this guitarist and singer who’s previously been a featured member of both Souled Out and Bluesonics. Sat., 10 pm, Mercury Lounge.

Fetish Night

Like to get whipped? Like for other people to watch? This toned-down showcase for exhibitionists and voyeurs gives average folks a chance to pretend they’re living inside an episode of HBO’s Real Sex. Endorsed by scenemaker Chris Cook, this resurrected weekly event has even brought Savannah’s old-school goth figurehead DJ Elgie out of retirement to spin records associated with this scene. Thurs., Club One.

The Norm Gagne Quartet

Regional group, led by pianist Gagne, who specializes in mainstream, bop, hard bop and cool jazz. Fri. - Sat., 7 pm, The Jazz Corner (Hilton Head).

Kristin Gustafson

This classically-trained concert harpist breaks tradition by offering solo renditions of popular songs as well as her own compositions. Sat., 11 am, Café Mucha.

azel Virtue

Extremely popular regional alternative trio offering polished and atmospheric college rock with hints of Southern twang and Americana hidden amidst the radio-friendly fuzz. Sat., Fiddler’s Crab House.

The Hitmen

Electric blues and R & B (both covers and originals). Wed. & Fri., Savannah Blues + Thurs., Locos Deli & Pub.

Keith & Ross

Acoustic duo offering well-known country and rock tunes, in a jam-friendly format. Thurs., Fiddler’s Crab House.

The David Keller and Jackson Evans Jazz Duo

Local act featuring a veteran bassist who’s worked with “Gatemouth” Brown, and an up-and-coming guitarist. Wed., 8 pm, The Sentient Bean.

Lauren Lapointe CD Release

See Music Interview. Sat., 8 pm, The Sentient Bean.

Maurice & Doubleday

Long-running variety band playing pop, rock and dance tunes from the past several decades. Sat., 7 pm, Baja Cantina (Skidaway Village Walk).


The Paper Champions

Determined Atlanta indie-rockers who get high marks for their manic live shows, and graced one of Deep Elm’s prestigious comps. Sat., The Jinx. ***

The Permanent Tourists

Hilton Head-based cover band specializing in rambunctious funk, soul and rock hits. They’re a favorite on the private party and convention circuit. Fri. - Sat., Fusion/The Monkey Bar.

G.E. Perry & James Gay

Potent blues duo of Perry’s jazz and rock-influenced guitar and Gay’s soulful harmonica. Wed., Fusion/The Monkey Bar + Sun., 8 pm, Jazz’d Tapas Bar.

Rene Russell

This openly gay singer-songwriter from Columbia, South Carolina, has been a professional musician for the past 22 years. She’s lived in Atlanta, Nashville, Austin and San Diego, and has released two indie albums and opened for everyone from the Indigo Girls to Danielle Howle. She’s known for a formidable voice and a unique approach to the acoustic 12-string guitar. Thurs., 8 pm, The Sentient Bean.

"Georgia" Kyle Shiver

Part of local acoustic trio The Back River Ramblers, and a veteran of the Boston folk scene, Shiver’s blues and folk-based material is quite above average. Wed., Fiddler’s Crab House + Sat., 8 pm, The Sentient Bean.

Randy "Hatman" Smith

Solo artist playing beach, boogie and danceable blues hits with sequenced backing for what he calls “a full band sound.” Fri., 9 pm, The Oyster Bar (Wilmington Island).

The Soundmen

See Connect Recommends. Fri., JJ Cagney’s.


Solo cover artist whose setlist boasts over 200 popular songs from the ‘50s to now. Thurs., Fusion/ The Monkey Bar.


Gail Thurmond

Piano jazz and show tunes from a true downtown fixture. Tues. - Sun., Planters Tavern (below The Olde Pink House).

Voodoo Soup

Killer hard rocking and soulful jam group featuring members of The Greg Williams Band and The Permanent Tourists. They give greasy funk and soul nuggets a workout. Wed., JJ Cagney’s + Tues., Fiddler’s Crab House.

The Whole Fantastic World

See Connect Recommends. Thurs., The Jinx.


Young locals offering spirited takes on Widespread Panic, The Drive-By Truckers, Neil Young and Skynyrd, as well as originals heavily influenced by their heroes. Fri., O’Connell’s Irish Pub.

Yancy & The Breakneck Quartet

Local spoken word group. Fri., Locos Deli & Pub.