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Ballyhoo Orchestra

“Progressive Groove Rock” act from Atlanta. Expect lots of improvisation, with a 6-string bassist and classically-trained keyboardist. Sat., JJ Cagney’s.

Justin Beckler, Melanie Mirande

Beckler’s a great Orlando-based songwriter whose self-recorded debut is one of the most lush and dreamy indie efforts I’ve yet come across. His production and delivery inhabit a space somewhere near Peter Gabriel and Kurt Ralske. Mirande is a local singer and acoustic guitarist who’s appeared at some Folk Music Society events. She’s said to be heavily influenced by the dulcet tones of Joan Baez and the sincere vision of protest icon Pete Seeger. Thurs., 8 pm, The Sentient Bean.

Michael F. Blair

Associate of local jam-band heroes Perpetual Groove, who specializes in solo acoustic guitar renditions of alternative rock hits. Fri., 6 pm, Felipé’s Mexican Restaurant.


One of the area’s longest-running party bands, Bluesonics have gone through a handful of different lineups over the years, but their commitment to offering unpretentious, straight-up electric blues remains. This bass, drums and guitar trio can always be counted on for a solid and captivating live show that doesn’t let up. Fri., 9 pm, Jukebox Bar & Grill (Richmond Hill).

Bottles & Cans

Raw, “gut-bucket” blues unit in the Fat Possum vein. If you dig the loose, emotional delivery of Hound Dog Taylor or R.L. Burnside, you may appreciate this local quartet. Thurs., Savannah Blues + Fri., 10 pm, Mercury Lounge.

Brock Butler

Rare solo set form the frontman/guitarist of Perpetual Groove. Expect lots of psychedelic and classic rock covers (as well as arrangements of P-Groove numbers) augmented with a variety of electronic effects. Thurs., 6 pm, Felipé’s Mexican Restaurant.

Thomas Claxton

Solo acoustic versions of classic and modern rock hits, played and sung with gusto. Wed., 7 pm, Pogy’s Bar & Grill + Thurs. - Sat., 9 pm, The Bayou Café + Fri. 5:30 pm, The Warehouse.

Cosmic Charlie (Grateful Dead Tribute)

Athens band that’s spent the past few years earning a rep as one of the more enthralling Dead tribute acts on the circuit. Rather than slavishly recreate precise moments from any number of historical bootlegs, they prefer to try and channel the improvisatory spirit that made the noodle kings famous. Their sets regularly change and they’re known to dig deep for odd arrangements and rare tracks from the group’s long career. Sat., Locos Deli & Pub.

The Courtenay Brothers

Well-known acoustic duo of actual siblings who sing and play pop, country and soft rock hits on guitar with sequenced backing. Thurs., 7 pm, Tubby’s (Thunderbolt).

Eric Culberson Blues Band

Savannah’s best-known blues guitarist. His style owes much to Freddie King and Albert Collins (except I’ve rarely seen him play a Tele). Tues. (hosts Open Mic) - Wed., Mercury Lounge + Thurs., JJ Cagney’s.


Ray Dodd

Diverse musician who draws on both jazz and blues genres in his work. He’s particularly known for his strong and expressive saxophone work. Sun., 7 pm, Jazz’d Tapas Bar.

The Robbie Ducey Blues Band

Based in South Georgia near the Florida line, this fiery blues guitarist in the tradition of Jimmy Thackery plays a soulful brand of keyboard-heavy blues (think Curtis Mayfield), and is becoming something of a regular attraction at this subterranean venue in City Market. Sat., Savannah Blues.


Eat Mo' Music

Funky instrumental dance grooves and soul jazz from a local quintet of trumpet, bass, drums, guitar and trombone. Fri. - Sat., 6 pm, North Beach Grill (Tybee).

The Hazzard County Band

Electric band mixing country and rock covers and originals – featuring locals Jason Courtenay, Jesse Jordan, Tim Burke, Chuck Courtenay, and G.E. Perry. Fri., The Island Grill (Pt. Wentworth).

High Velocity

Southern and classic rock covers and originals played with vim and vigor by a group of seasoned pros. Fri. - Sat., 9 pm, Silver Dollar Bar & Grill (Hwy 204).

The Hitmen

Hardworking local electric blues unit led by guitarist and singer Brett “Hitman” Bernard. Tues. (hosts Open Mic), + Thurs. - Fri., Savannah Blues.

The Ignitors

Excellent new regional blues group with a top-notch rhythm section (the drummer logged plenty of road time with Mr. “Achy-Breaky Heart” himself, Billy Ray Cyrus). Fri., 10 pm, Fiddler’s Crab House.

Liquid Ginger

One of the most popular bar bands in the immediate area, offering well-known, dance-oriented classic and modern rock covers, along with impressive and catchy crunch-pop originals from their two major-label-quality indie CDs. Fri. - Sat., 9:30 pm, The Oyster Bar (Wilmington island).

The Dee Lucas Trio

Contemporary jazz unit from Tampa Bay, Florida that prominently features the alto sax. Fri., 9 pm, Jazz’d Tapas Bar.

Harry O'Donoghue

Acoustic balladeer playing traditional and contemporary Celtic tunes on guitar. He also hosts GPB’s acclaimed radio show “The Green Island.” Wed. - Sun., Kevin Barry’s.

Old-Time Music Jam Session

Part music lesson, part open hoot, this free weekly get-together is run by Joe Nelson, who plays a variety of stringed instruments (uke, banjo, mandolin), and lives to keep the flame of “old, weird American music” alive. Novices and old hands alike are welcome to sit in and pick a bit. Mon., 7 pm, The Sentient Bean.

Patty Hurst Shifter

Ace North Carolina roots-rock band with the emphasis on rock. Imagine late ‘80s Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers crossed with early ‘90s Paul Westerberg. Then imagine some L.A. metal cat sitting in on lead. One of the best such groups to hit town in a long while, these guys truly get what they’re doing, and they make the most of it. Fri., The Jinx.

The Howard Paul Trio

No cover to get in to see this mainstream jazz act centered around the agile and ever-so-tasteful 7-string guitarwork of Paul – a major talent who often gigs with genre heavyweights like Jimmy Bruno and Bucky Pizzarelli. Fri., 9 pm, The Mansion on Forsyth Park.

Rick & Ginger of Liquid Ginger

Acoustic duo (known for their roles in one of the area’s more popular bar bands) playing modern and classic rock covers and originals. Thurs., 10 pm, Fiddler’s Crab House.

Ride The Lightning (Metallica Tribute)

North Carolina outfit devoted to recreating classic tunes by these onetime kings of extreme rock music. Their repertoire is said to consist solely of the reputation-making material released before the group’s breakthrough “black” album. This show is open to anyone 18+. Fri., 10 pm, The Gold Club (Hwy 17 near Hardeeville).

She Alice

Female-fronted party band (featuring members of The Positions and The Sapphire Bullets), playing popular dance-oriented favorites. Fri. - Sat., 9:30 pm, Scandals (Tybee).

Sleepy Horses

Intriguing, nascent trio (guitar, bass, drums) from Athens, led by native Texan Nic Goodson. At times, their plaintive dirges and acoustic ballads laced with atmospheric guitar skronk suggest an agrarian Wilco. Fri., The Jinx.

Randy "Hatman" Smith

Solo singer/guitarist playing beach, boogie and blues tunes with electronic sequenced backing, to simulate “that full band sound.” Thurs., Stingray’s (Tybee).

Chris Talley

Multi-instrumentalist songwriter from Athens who cites Ryan Adams and Tom Petty as key influences on his organic rock. Sat., Finnegan’s Wake.

Voodoo Soup

Greasy, swamp-rock combo (featuring members of The Permanent Tourists and The Greg Williams Band) that takes great delight in jamming long and hard on a seemingly endless number of rock, blues and soul covers. Wed., JJ Cagney’s.

Greg Williams

Poetic singer/songwriter heavily influenced by Dylan, Hendrix, Bowie, and Jeff Calder of The Swimming Pool Q’s . Wed., 9 pm, Fiddler’s Crab House.


Young “y’allternative” rockers patterned after the Drive-By Truckers, Widespread Panic, and Jupiter Coyote. They play covers and like-minded originals. Sat., 10 pm, Fiddler’s Crab House.