A Nickel Bag of Funk
Upbeat soul, funk and R & B cover group, fronted by the sultry Leslie Gadson. Fri., 6 pm, “Cupcake Happy Hour” at Back In The Day Bakery (2403 Bull St.) + Sat., 9 pm, Mansion on Forsyth Park.
The Christy Alan Band
Rock, pop and soul covers from a group of island-area veterans. Fri. - Sat., 9 pm, Fannie’s On The Beach (Tybee).
Annie Allman & Friends
Seasoned local jazz and blues players led by a talented multi-instrumentalist related to the famed Allman Brothers. Wed. - Fri., 5 pm, Cobblestone Conch House.
The Beer Parlor Ramblers
Old-school Dixieland jazz at a landmark burger joint and seafood restaurant. Fri. - Sat., 7:30 pm, Crystal Beer Parlor.
Local trio of Samuel Adams, Brian “Ragman” Dingess and Lea Adams, playing Latin-influenced rock, blues and more, with plenty of nimble guitarwork. Wed., 9 pm, Bernie’s On River St.
Bottles & Cans
Using raw, electric Delta blues and trashy ‘60s garage rock as their jumping-off point, this local quartet swings hard on vaguely psychotic surf-punk-jazz rave-ups. Wed., 10 pm, Savannah Blues + Thurs., 8 pm, Mansion on Forsyth Park.
Intense acoustic guitarist/singer offering classic and modern rock covers and plenty of originals off his forthcoming debut CD. Wed. & Sun., 5 pm, The Warehouse + Fri. - Sat., 9 pm, Bayou Café.
Eric Culberson Blues Band
Internationally-known Chicago and Memphis-style electric blues band led by a stunning guitarist. Tues. (hosts Open Jam Night) - Wed. 10 pm, Mercury Lounge.
Modern rock and pop cover trio. Sat., 9 pm, The Britannia (Wilmington Isl.).
Deep Blue 3
Versatile, well-oiled quartet offering both classic and contemporary electric blues covers. Sat., 9 pm, Jazz’d Tapas Bar.
Two talented keyboardists with a wide-ranging repertoire of pop, rock, soul and showtunes interact with audience members who try to stump the duo with oddball requests. It’s one part music, one part standup comedy, and one part audience participation. Tues. - Sat., Savannah Smiles.
1st Friday For Folk Music
Monthly, coffeehouse-style concert series featuring local, regional and national acoustic acts. This installment includes local Celtic troubadour Harry O’Donoghue (host of GPB’s The Green Island radios show), locally-based 6 and 12-string guitarist Chris Desa, and Marcus G, a SCAD professor originally from Canada, who recently released an album of his own, spiritually-themed folk and pop. This family-friendly show is smoke and alcohol free. Fri., 7:30 pm, Wesley Monumental United Methodist Church (429 Abercorn St.) - FREE TO ALL-AGES WITH A SUGGESTED $2 DONATION.
Frantic Rabbit Poetry Slam
Popular spoken-word showcase and competition open to both novice and experienced wordsmiths. Thurs., 8 pm, The Sentient Bean,
Trae Gurley’s Swoonatra
Local thespian and vocalist celebrating the legacy of Frank Sinatra’s Golden Age of big band albums with a heartfelt tribute. Thurs., 7 pm, Jazz’d Tapas Bar.
The pride of St. Simons Island, this unusual jam group mixes heavy alternative rock grooves with acoustic folk and Celtic influences, and incorporates repertoire from an earlier band, Tone Deaf Radio. Fri., 10 pm, Savannah Blues.
Tybee-based original metal power trio, featuring Brian “Ragman” Dingess, formerly of local hard rock band Rehab. Thurs., 10 pm, Wind Rose Café (Tybee).
Newish local original rock act (that should appeal to jam band fans as well) with a strong rhythm section and two horns. Fri., 10 pm, Locos Deli & Pub (Downtown).
The Roger Moss Quintet
Jazz standards, cabaret tunes and material from the Great American Songbook make up the repertoire of this classically-trained vocalist and actor and his band. Fri., 9 pm, Mansion on Forsyth Park.
Regionally based hard rock combo, mixing originals with popular covers from a wide variety of classic and modern bands. Fri., 9 pm, Jukebox Bar & Grill (Richmond Hill).
The Oscar Perez Trio
A child piano prodigy weaned on his father’s Cuban folk music and schooled at NYC’s “Fame” high school for the performing arts, this jazz composer has played and/or toured with Bunky Green, Phoebe Snow and the great Wycliffe Gordon. He’s in great demand as a sideman. Fri. - Sat., 8 pm, The Jazz Corner (Hilton Head).
G.E. Perry & Strange Brew
Roadhouse band led by a celebrated local electric guitarist, playing blues-rock. Sat., 9 pm, Fiddler’s Crab House.
Southern rock-tinged jams (a la the Allmans, Panic), featuring the soulful lead vocals of guitarist Tyler Roe. Sat., 8 pm, The Warehouse.
The Polk & Keller Jazz Duo
Brendan Polk is a young piano prodigy and David Keller is an experienced bassist. Together they offer their own takes on jazz standards. Sun., 7 pm, Jazz’d Tapas Bar.
Kim Polote w/David & Alisha Duckworth
A beloved and critically-acclaimed local vocalist, backed by two standout instrumentalists on jazz and showtunes. Sat., 7 pm, 514 West (514 MLK, Jr. Blvd.).
Guitarist and singer from Chicago, who’s toured the USA for half a decade and sold thousands of DIY CDs. He describes his easygoing, percussive approach to 1st-person songwriting as “acousticrockjazzfunk.” Sat., 8 pm, The Sentient Bean.
Red Eye Jedi
Refreshingly groovy organic jam band that recently returned to the area after some time away. They feature a small horn section. Thurs. (hosts Open Mic Night), 10 pm, Locos Deli & Pub (Downtown).
Jeremy & Stephen Riddle
Acoustic duo (covers and originals) featuring two brothers best known for their roles in local indie-rock/reggae/ska act Argyle. Thurs., 9 pm, Fiddler’s Crab House.
Well-known local party band playing oldies and shag music. Sat., 9 pm, Dolphin Reef Lounge (Tybee).
Savannah Blues Fest
Not to be confused with the Roundhouse’s upcoming Battlefield Blues & BBQ Fest, this is more of a raunchy R & B revue featuring a bevy of established artists from the past 4 decades, including Shirley Brown, Theodis Ealy, Mel Waiters, Floyd Taylor and Roy C. The headliner, however, is X-Rated S.C. soul brother Marvin “Candy Licker” Sease, whose latest CD, Women Would Rather Be Licked, needs no explanation. Sat., 8 pm, Civic Center.
“Georgia Kyle” Shiver
Talented guitarist/singer well-versed in the genres of blues, folk and Americana. Wed., 9 pm, Fiddler’s Crab House + Thurs., 10 pm, Shamrock’s Pub (Wilmington Isl.) + Fri., 7 pm, AJ’s Dockside (Tybee) + Sun., 10 pm, Café Loco (Tybee).
Shrimp City Slim
Charleston’s “Coastal Blues” band, mixing R & B, boogie and beach music. Fri., 9 pm, Jazz’d Tapas Bar.
Happenin’ jazz trio (featuring singing bassist Maggie Evans, guitarist Jackson Evans and drummer Mark Cordray). Sat., 3:30 pm, Telfair Square & 8 pm, Moon River Brewing Co.
Randy “Hatman” Smith
Beach, boogie and blues covers played by a longtime guitarist and singer who employs sequenced backing for a “full band sound.” Fri. - Sat., 7 pm, Stingray’s (Tybee).
Kitchen sink beat-blues with off-kilter percussion and an affected sense of swampy melodrama (straight from the Frank’s Wild Years school) from a Fl. artist. Fri., 8 pm, The Sentient Bean.
Solo acoustic guitarist who’s working on a CD of atmospheric, modern rock and folk-tinged originals. Sat., The Caledonian.
Prolific, locally-based guitarist/songwriter playing hard-rock, delta blues, and lush, contemporary folk-pop. Fri. - Sat., 10 pm, Café Loco (Tybee) + Sun., 9 pm, Fiddler’s Crab House.
Wise & Wolling
Noteworthy duo of a banjo wiz (Jimmy Wolling) and a longtime fixture on the local acoustic songwriting scene (guitarist and vocalist Darryl Wise), banding together for an evening of traditional tunes and blue and folk-based originals. Fri., 9 pm, Fiddler’s Crab House.