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Abel, Rawls & Hayes

This Atlanta-based trio (of Ward Abel, Steve Rawls and Sloan Hayes) is working on their 3rd indie CD. They play tightly constructed pop based in both folk and rock traditions, and are known for their impressive three-part harmonies. Frontman and guitarist Abel’s vocal approach is reminiscent of the great James McMurtry’s – he’s unafraid to let his throaty drawl make an appearance – but there are also echoes of vintage Cat Stevens, Bee Gees, John Prine, and even Meatloaf (!) in their heartbreaking and succinct ruminations. Fri., 8 pm, The Sentient Bean.

The Allen Andrews Explosion

Andrews is a seasoned bassist and saxman who has played in our area for years with a variety of top cats, including Billy Hoffman. Adept at several different styles of jazz (especially the Latin and Brazilian varieties), it’s high time he led his own combo. Dig it. Fri., 10 pm, Mercury Lounge.

Bottles & Cans

Hard-rocking electric blues band. Thurs., Savannah Blues.

Tim Burke & Jason Courtenay

Acoustic cover duo offering popular rock, country and pop tunes with taste and restraint. Wed., The Oyster Bar

The Capitol Steps

Long-running political humor revue (whose 29 participants have all been Congressional Staffers). They blend biting satire drawn from the day’s headlines with showtune mirth. Sat., Trustees Theatre.

Vanessa Carlton

See Connect Recommends. Fri., 8 pm, Trustees Theatre.

The Crabettes

Since 1989, this kitschy group of (mostly) seniors has endeared itself to all levels of Savannah society. They play quaint pop tunes from times gone by, on accordion, washboard, and a variety of acoustic string instruments. Oh yeah, and they wear matching outfits emblazoned with plastic crabs. That’s true. Sun., 12 noon, Brighter Day


This internationally-known darkwave and gothic rock group from Florida was forced to cancel their Savannah date a few weeks back due to hurricane season. This show is completely free and open to all ages. Wed., Nov. 10th, 9:30 pm, AASU Fine Arts Auditorium. - FREE.

Embrace Today

Anthemic contemporary hardcore that is heavy on angst-filled rage and grass-roots political ethos.Thurs., Jinx.

1st Annual Music Fest

This outdoor show features artists affiliated with local producer Eric Winbush’s Dadd’s Productions - including funky world music dance diva Zan and Texas-bred singer/songwriter Jason Bible. Sun., 12 - 8 pm, Ryan’s Steakhouse - FREE TOALLAGES.

First Friday For Folk Music

Monthly alcohol and smoke-free coffeehouse-style concert series sponsored by the Savannah Folk Music Society. The

lineup includes North Carolina songwriter/poet Bruce Piephoff (a Kerrville Folk Fest finalist who – influenced by Elizabeth Cotten and Doc Watson – pens odes to the common man), Cincinnati-based duo Wild Carrot (offering spirited, jazzy tunes on guitar, mandolin, concertina and psaltery), and Statesboro’s balladeer Richard Flynn. Free to all ages, with a suggested donation of $2. Fri., 7:30 pm, Wesley Monumental United Methodist Church, (429 Abercorn St.) .Ê

The Forty-Fives

See Connect Recommends. Fri., Jinx.

Leslie Helpert

This contemporary acoustic songwriter is nationally-known for her rich voice, flair for metaphor, and precision guitarwork. Thurs., 8 pm, Sentient Bean.

Hot Pink Interior

One of the least pretentious and most appealing local indie-rock acts in years. Led by guitarist and singer Amy Ochoa, their mix of originals and covers sits somewhere between early “Girlysound” Liz Phair and middle-period Shonen Knife. Wed., The Jinx.

i am not a little bus

See Connect Recommends. Fri., The Jinx.

Ion Dissonance

Newish Canadian metalcore act touted as being one of the next big things. Their exhausting, relentless pummelling is closely related to Meshuggah and Gorguts. Thurs., The Jinx.

Jason Isbell(of The Drive-By Truckers)

See Connect Recommends. Fri., Café Loco (Tybee).

The David Keller andJackson Evans Jazz Duo

New local twosome of bassist Keller (who’s played with Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown!) and guitarist Evans (who’s been part of the Glen Miller Orchestra). Wed., 8 pm, The Sentient Bean.

Knee Deep & Drowning

Since Teaser’s shut down, there has been no reliable place to see ALL AGES punk and metal shows. Now, the Islands Community Center (AKA The Hole In The Wall) is again allowing young promoters to throw no-alcohol shows in their room. Their first offering features these regional faves, known for a grandiose mix of modern metal and emo attitudes. Also appearing are newly-reformed locals The Audio Drive (fast, driving pop-punk “nerd rock” with retro synths), Retard-O-Bot (a Tampa punk quartet known for a wild stage show) and Celerity (melodic garage trio w/former members of the K.I.d.S.) Fri., 6 pm, Hole In The Wall (160 Whitemarsh Island Rd.) - ALLAGES.

Keith Kozel

Solo show from the frontman of Superhorse, GAM and The Hall Monitor. Past solo sets have referenced both the Father Yod scronk of Sonic Youth’s Lee Ranaldo and the rotgut soul of Archie Bell. Tues., 8 pm, The Sentient Bean.


This excellent and established Florida jam group returns with an expanded rhythm section. Fri., JJCagney’s.

The LiL Blokes

Austin, Texas rockers. Sat., The Jinx.

Johnny Mercer’s95th Birthday Gala Bash

See Connect Recommends. Sun., 3 pm, Johnny Mercer Theatre - FREE.

Bill Mize

See Connect Recommends. Sat., 7:30 pm, Oatland Island Educational Center.

The Phil Morrison Trio

This Brunswick jazz quartet features a killer piano player, and a vocalist who does justice to tunes from such greats as Cole Porter, Stevie Wonder, Nat King Cole, and Antonio Carlos Jobim. Sat., 9 pm, Jazz’d Tapas Bar.

Murphy's Law

One of the pre-eminent NYC hardcore bands (since the early ‘80s), they continue to be one of the most sought-after groups in that realm. For many aggro-punk fans, catching this band live is something of a rite of passage. Wed., Nov. 10th, The Jinx.

The Muses

Touring duo that boasts great male/female vocal harmony and play a dozen different instruments (often switching on the fly). Their tunes are seen as inspirational and uplifting. Sun., 1 pm - 4 pm, The Sentient Bean.

G.E. Perry

Experienced local blues-oriented guitarist with chops to spare. Fri., 9 pm, Pepper’s Cantina.

The Denny Philips Band

Good-time party band offering dance-oriented hits from the ‘60s on up. Their frontman does a killer Neil Diamond. Fri. - Sat., The Oyster Bar (Wilmington Island).

Seven Nations

See Connect Recommends. Wed., Nov. 10th, 9 pm & 11 pm, O’Connell’s

The Six Parts Seven

See Music Interview. Wed., November 10th, 8:30 pm, SCAD’s Oglethorpe House Ballroom (201 W. Oglethorpe).

Stinking Lizaveta

Instrumental metal trio with a wicked female drummer and influences ranging from King Crimson to Black Sabbath. Something of a legend in the stoner & math-rock worlds. Wed., Jinx.


This Chicago songstress now tours nationwide full-time. Her nuanced, smooth voice and satire-laced lyrics have won her comparisons to Juliana Hatfield. Sat., 8 pm, Sentient Bean.


Florida multi-instrumentalist with a 200-song repertoire of pop tunes from the 1940’s to the present day. Tues. + Thurs., Fusion/The Monkey Bar.

Two Blue

Fun and versatile electric blues trio. Fri., 9 pm, Jazz’d Tapas Bar.


Despite innumerable lineup changes, this Swedish grindcore act has been in existence since 1990 but has never toured the U.S. They’re touring behind their 7th CD, and should smell good to fans of Discharge and Napalm Death. Tues., The Jinx.