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Absylom Rising

Jam band incorporating bluegrass, funk, old-time country, delta blues, and rock & roll into their high-energy shows. Sat. - Sun. + Tues., Fiddler’s Crab House.

Arcasia Red

See Connect Recommends. Wed., 8 pm, Teaser’s Café (ALL AGES) + Sat., The Jinx.



Local act whose tight originals blur the line between rock, punk, reggae and jam-band music. Fri., Savannah Blues.


The Jeff Beasley Band

Local electric blues/rock trio. Sun., Mercury Lounge.

David Berkeley

This recent recipient of ASCAP’s Johnny Mercer Songwriting Award of late has played alongside Led Zep’s John Paul Jones and Nickel Creek on NPR’s Mountain Stage, as well as opened for John Hiatt, Rufus Wainwright, Ben Folds and Dido. He's regarded as an artist on the rise by Rolling Stone Magazine, and has been likened to the late Nick Drake for his hauntingly sparse vocal melodies and subdued, acoustic guitarwork. His first visit here was quite well received. Sat., 8 pm, The Sentient Bean.



Tight R & B (swampy, Southern blues-rock to Texas swing and upbeat Chicago shuffles). Fri. - Sat., Mercury Lounge.


Mark Carter

Local acoustic guitarist/songwriter playing originals and popular covers. Sat., 5 pm, City Market Courtyard.

Circle Takes The Square

See Connect Recommends. Wed., 8 pm, Teaser’s Café (ALL AGES) + Sat., The Jinx.

Thomas Claxton

Acoustic guitarist/vocalist (AKA The Music Daddy) offering impassioned takes on classic and modern rock hits. Thurs., 9 pm, B & D Burgers (Southside on Abercorn) + Mon., 7 pm, The Sea Grill (Hwy 21 @ I-95).


Sterling Colvin & Improv

Popular Hilton Head show band known for slick arrangements and danceable party sets. Fri., Fusion/The Monkey Bar.


Jason Courtenay & Tim Burke

Acoustic guitar duo playing modern and classic pop and country hits. Wed., 8 pm, The Oyster Bar (Wilmington island).


Cream Abdul Babar

Vaguely legendary Florida noise band (and pals of locals Damad and Kylesa) that’s touring behind a new 2-disc comp of their early, OOP material. Imagine Helmet or Unsane with some bloodcurdling vocal shredding and a trombone way back in the mix. Tues., The Jinx.


See Connect Recommends. Tues., 9:30 pm, Armstrong Atlantic University’s Fine Arts Auditorium.

Darkest Hour

See Connect Recommends. Wed., 8 pm, Teaser’s Café - ALL AGES.

The Les DeMerle Orchestra featuring Bonnie Eisle

The house group at Amelia Island, Florida’s Ritz-Carlton, they’ve also played Caesar’s in Atlantic City, the Westin in Singapore and the Breakers in Palm Beach, as well as co-headlined the Jacksonville Jazz Festival. Fri. - Sat., 7:30 pm, The Jazz Corner (Hilton Head).


Eldorado Deluxe

Electric blues band from the Augusta area. Sat., Savannah Blues. ****

First Friday For Folk Music

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

Flowers In The Attic

Female-fronted Baltimore punk throwbacks likened to Born Against, Spitboy and Page 99. Tues., The Jinx.

Gods Among Men

Vanguard Seattle crustpunk trio (guitar, drums, cello) playing heavy, multi-textured music (aided by loops and samples) that’s been likened to both Neurosis and Mr. Bungle. Fri., The Jinx.


Trae Gurley's Sinatra

Local thespian putting his own live spin on Frank’s big band classics. Thurs., Jazz’d Tapas Bar + Fri., 6 pm, Go Fish.

Leslie Helpert

This respected singer/songwriter has lived in Athens, Georgia, Boston, and Colorado. Now she lives on Skidaway Island, although she’s on the road most of the time. She has released two indie CDs which reek of the sort of jazzy, acoustic guitar and snare drum breeze that made Rickie Lee Jones a semi-star. Thurs., 8 pm, The Sentient Bean.

Don Henley

See Connect Recommends. Sun., Coastal Discovery Museum at Honey Horn Plantation (Hilton Head).

High Velocity

Fiery Southern rock hits and originals – featuring former members of local faves Bounty Hunter. Fri. - Sat., 9 pm, Silver Dollar Bar & Grill (Hwy 204).

The Hitmen

Local electric blues outfit playing standards and a few originals. Wed., Savannah Blues + Sat., 10 pm, Mercury Lounge.


The Billy Hoffman Quartet

Local jazz act led by one of the best trap drummers around. Thurs., Fusion/The Monkey Bar + Fri., 10 pm, Mercury Lounge.

In My Trunk

Distorted, atmospheric indie-rock from Columbia, South Carolina, that’s hookier than most. Sat., The Jinx.

Keith & Ross

Acoustic act playing jam-inspired versions of popular country and rock tunes. Thurs., Fiddler’s Crab House.

Lauren Lapointe

Local singer/guitarist/songwriter known for emotional, first-person ballads. Thurs., O’Connell’s Irish Pub.

Liquid Ginger

This female-fronted pop-rock act mixes like-minded covers (Meredith Brooks, No Doubt) into their original sets. Fri. - Sat., 9:30 pm, Scandal’s (Tybee).

Mamar Kassey

See Music Feature. Sun., 3 pm, Jewish Education Alliance (5111 Abercorn St.).


Maurice & Doubleday

Danceable hits from the past few decades. Wed., 7 pm, Go Fish.

Old-Time Music Jam Session

Organized by scenester Joe Nelson, this free traditional Americana picking party is open to anyone with an acoustic stringed instrument. Mon., 7:30 pm, The Sentient Bean.

G. E. Perry

A seasoned blues guitarist who has a solid local rep as a flashy, intense player. Sat., 9 pm, Jazz’d Tapas Bar.


The Denny Phillips Band

Popular, good-time party band known for a wide setlist of covers, and a killer tribute to Neil Diamond. Fri. - Sat., 9 pm, The Oyster Bar (Wilmington Island).



See Connect Recommends. Tues., 9:30 pm, Armstrong Atlantic University’s Fine Arts Auditorium.


Ras Bonghi Reggae Allstars

Popular groove and dance-oriented touring act from Charleston, led by the veteran Ohio frontman Ras Bonghi. Sat., JJ Cagney’s.

Yonrico Scott & Friends

You’re only two degrees away from The Allman Brothers Band with this top-notch Atlanta-based groove and jam project (Scott is Derek Trucks’ drummer, and Derek also plays slide with The Allmans). Fri., JJ Cagney’s.

Allison Tartalia

Singer/guitarist with a strong, high voice, and a staccato, jazzy delivery that owes much to Ani Difranco and Tori Amos. She’s considered an artist on the rise and is touring nationally. Thurs., 8 pm, The Sentient Bean.

Tracy & The Plastics

An electronic art/new media punk band that consists of lesbian performance artist Wynne Greenwood (playing the role of “Tracy”) rocking out with her band (which consists of projected video images of herself dressed as the other “members”). Both the music and the editing/synchronization/presentation are crude and confrontational, yet she’s recently played both NYC’s Knitting Factory and The Whitney Museum of American Art. This will likely either be amazing, or so shitty it’s unbelievable. Tues., The Jinx.

The Ben Tucker Trio

Straight-ahead jazz from a local celebrity (and respected session bassist and composer from the ‘60s and ‘70s). Fri., 9 pm, Jazz’d Tapas Bar.


Two Blue

Unique old-school blues act featuring a standout harpist/vocalist, and a guitarist who doubles on percussion. Sat., 10 pm, O’Connell’s Irish Pub.


The Veraflames

See Connect Recommends. Sat., 9 pm, 912 (formerly Aprés - above Il Pasticcio) .


The Greg Williams Band

Edgy blues and classic rock-inspired jams from one of the the area’s finest contemporary pop songwriters. Sat, 8 pm, City Market Courtyard.


Williams Eve

Indie-core quintet from near Philly balancing screams, grinding guitars, vocal harmony and “well-placed dissonance.” Sat., The Jinx.


The Jimmy Wolling Band

Local quartet (featuring banjo ace Wolling) playing traditional bluegrass and jam-inspired “hellgrass.” Fri., O’Connell’s Irish Pub.