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Jason Bible

Acoustic guitarist/singer playing roots-rock covers and originals. Thurs., 10 pm, Fiddlers Crab House (River St.) + Fri., 6 pm, The Warehouse + Mon., JJ Cagney’s.

luesonics Longtime locals offering uptempo electric blues. Fri., 9 pm, Jazz’d Tapas Bar + Sat., 10 pm, Mercury Lounge.

Bottles & Cans

Raw, “gut-bucket” blues unit in the Fat Possum vein. See Music Interview. Wed., Savannah Blues + Fri., 10 pm, Mercury Lounge.

Carroll Brown

Acoustic guitarist/vocalist playing “Coastal Country” and Celtic tunes. Wed. - Sun., Kevin Barry’s.

The Tony Clark Project

New, mainstream jazz quartet (with vocals) that adds an R & B slant. Fri. - Sat., 9:30 pm, Il Pasticcio.

The Defilers

Rockabilly trio from Charleston that is “all tore up” with the greaser ethos. Increasingly a familiar site at this downtown punk and indie-rock bar, they’ll remind longtime habitués of the glory days of the venue’s previous incarnation The Velvet Elvis (known far and wide for helping to promulgate the Southeastern psychobilly revival). They’ve just released a self-titled EP that’s a little rough around the edges performance-wise, but which drips with conviction for a proudly cultish genre. Sat., The Jinx.

Eric Culberson Blues Band

Dynamic singing guitarist in the vein of Freddie King or Albert Collins. 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.

Eat Mo' Music

Instrumental soul combo bridges the gap nicely between funky dance grooves and standard-fare dinner music. Fri. - Sat., 6 pm, North Beach Grill (Tybee).

Trae Gurley's Sinatra Tribute

Local thespian who’s devoted to recreating Frank’s lush, big-band arrangements from the golden age of his career. Thurs., 7 pm, Jazz’d Tapas Bar.

Kristin Gustafson

Young, classically-trained harpist playing standards, originals, and cleverly-arranged contemporary tunes for this swanky hotel’s brunch crowd. Sun., 11 am - 2 pm, The Mansion on Forsyth Park.

Hazzard County

Electric band mixing country and rock covers and originals – featuring locals Jason Courtenay, Jesse Jordan, Tim Burke, Chuck Courtenay, and G.E. Perry. Sat., 9:30 pm, Tubby’s (Thunderbolt).

Alternative Hip Hop Night

Weekly underground rap showcase with late-night freestyle Open Mic and breakdancing battles. Tues., The Jinx.

The Hitmen

Local electric blues. Tues. (hosts Open Mic) + Fri., Locos Deli & Pub.

27he Billy Hoffman Trio Straight-ahead jazz led by one of the best trap drummers around. Thurs., 8 pm, The Mansion on Forsyth Park.

Hot Grits

Atlanta-based acoustic quartet featuring former Savannahians Kevin Powell and George Wallace. While still finding their voice, their unique instrumentation (including trumpet, keys, mandolin and banjo) help them hover between the stoner, catchall vibe of Lambchop and the low-fi, Old-Time revival – with a distinct Zevon influence. Wobbly, but encouraging. Sat., 8 pm, The Sentient Bean.


The Ignitors

Excellent new regional blues group with a top-notch rhythm section. Fri., Spanky’s (Tybee) + Sat., 9:30 pm, Fiddlers Crab House (River St.).


See Connect Recommends. Sun., Riders Lounge (Hilton Head). ****


Like your music loud? This Baxley metal band has enjoyed a strong following here for years, and is loud enough to melt your teeth. Wed., The Jinx.

Monthly Acoustic Singer/Songwriter Showcase

Featuring Lauren Lapointe, Arlington Priest, Sam Thacker, and Kathy Waters. See Connect Recommends. Thurs., 7:30 pm, The Sentient Bean.

Lea Nicks

Soulful acoustic blues and soft rock. Fri., - Sat., 9 pm, Daquiri Factory (Tybee).

Open Mic Poetry Night w/Spitfire, A.W.O.L. & W.O.R.D.

This weekly showcase for both professional and amateur spoken word artists is open to the public and is a coordinated effort between three of the area’s most established organizations devoted to supporting and promoting the art of performed literature. Wed., 8:30 pm, NV Night Club (Nevaeh/Top Floor).


Young, regional hard rock band that specializes in intense, modern and classic rock – plus some nÜ-metal. Their sets are skewed heavily toward popular cover tunes, but their smattering of originals fit in nicely. Sat., Steamer’s (Georgetown).

The Denny Phillips Band

Popular party band specializing in rock, soul and shag faves. Fri. - Sat., 9 pm, The Oyster Bar (Wilmington Island).

Liquid Ginger’s Rick & 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, Fiddlers Crab House (River St.) + Sat., 1 pm, Sea Dawgs (Tybee) + Sat., 9 pm, Mary’s Seafood & Steaks + Sun., 1 pm, Daquiri Factory (Tybee).

Rocket 350

When a band describes their sound as “a traffic accident inside your stereo,” you know they won’t be playing anything approaching easy listening. Formerly based in Athens, but now hailing from Atlanta, this punk-tinged retro rockabilly act has made 3 albums over the past 8 years, and draw as much inspiration from glam and punk groups like Motley CrÜe and The Clash as they do genre icons like Johnny Burnette. The trio’s gotten better as their lineup has evolved, and they’re now one of the better such combos in this part of the country. Sat., The Jinx.

20avannah Avenue

New, Statesboro-based jazz unit. They’re known for funky, contemporary material, and feature James Smith on lead guitar. Sat., 9 pm, Jazz’d Tapas Bar.


She Alice

Female-fronted party band, playing popular dance-oriented favorites. Fri., The Island Grill (Pt. Wentworth) .

Randy "Hatman" Smith

Solo singer/guitarist who plays a variety of danceable beach, boogie and blues tunes, and accompanies himself with electronic sequenced backing, to simulate “that full band sound.” He’s been a fixture on the Islands music scene for years, and is well-known around these parts. Thurs., Stingray’s (Tybee) + Sun., 3 pm, Fannie’s On The Beach (Tybee).

Gail Thurmond

For years now, this facile pianist (with a delicate and charming voice) has entertained patrons in this cozy hardwood bar underneath one of downtown’s nicer eateries. Occasionally accompanied by a standup bassist, she tackles hundreds of time-honored jazz standards, show tunes and pops pieces. Now that Emma Kelly’s no longer with us, catching Gail’s show while sipping a cool beverage is becoming something of a local rite of passage. Tues. - Sun., The Planter’s Tavern (below the Olde Pink House Restaurant).

The Variations

Beach, Motown and oldies covers. Fri. - Sat., 9:30 pm, Scandals (Tybee).

Greg Williams

Poetic singer/songwriter heavily influenced by Dylan, Hendrix, Bowie, and Jeff Calder of The Swimming Pool Q’s . Wed., 9 pm, Fiddlers Crab house (River St.).


Robert Willis

Solo renditions of country and pop hits, sung and played on the acoustic guitar. Fri. - Sat., Stingray’s (Tybee).


Young “y’allternative” rockers patterned after the Drive-By Truckers and Widespread Panic. Fri., Finnegan’s Wake.