A Nickel Bag of Funk
Local funk and soul combo known for crisp-yet-limber grooves and powerhouse female vocals. Fri., 9:30 pm, Tantra Lounge + Sat., The Rail Pub.
The Christy Alan Band
Popular rock, soul and pop covers. Fri. - Sat., 9 pm, Fannie’s on The Beach (Tybee).
This well-liked local quartet plays a hard-hitting mix of originals and covers — influenced by ska, punk, reggae and alt.rock. This free outdoor gig will likely focus more on their laid-back acoustic side... Fri., 7 pm, North Beach Grill (Tybee).
Band In The Park
Regional quintet covering rock, soul, beach and pop favorites from the past several decades. Featuring vocalist Mary Davis. This event benefits the Diabetes Association through auctions, raffles and donations made to Rex Templeton’s Kiss-A-Pig Campaign. Sat., 7 pm, Baja Cantina (The Landings).
The Jeff Beasley Band
Local guitarist and singer (who also has been known to accompany himself on percussion) playing blues and early rock and roll standards as well as original tunes that mesh well with those genres. Wed., 7 pm, Jazz’d Tapas Bar (solo) + Thurs., 8 pm (solo), The Warehouse + Sat., 9 pm, Jazz Tapas Bar + Tues., 7 pm, Jen’s & Friends (solo).
Bottles & Cans
Fat Possum-esque Delta garage rock with lots of mouth harp and attitude. This band is just as apt to throw down a trashy version of an old track off of John Wesley Harding as they are a John Lee Hooker tune. Fri., 9 pm, Mansion on Forsyth Park + Sat., 8 pm, The Warehouse.
Courtenay Brothers Band
This full, electric honky-tonk, country and Southern rock act plays well-known hits from several decades and a handful of original tunes in the same vein by the real-life sibling frontmen who also make up an established area acoustic duo act. Thurs., 10 pm, Wild Wing Café.
Eric Culberson Blues Band
Top-notch local electric Chicago-style combo that tours the East Coast and has released 3 solid independent CDs of fiery, guitar-based roadhouse blues. Mon., 6 pm, The Boathouse (Hilton Head) + Tues. (host Open Jam Night) - Wed., Mercury Lounge.
De Gullah Roots
S.C.-based roots-reggae outfit (boasting a veteran frontman) that tours regularly, and lays down uplifting, positive message music with a solid, relentless dance groove. Fri., 10 pm, Wild Wing Café.
Eat Mo’ Music
Instrumental, dance-oriented soul-jazz quartet based around trumpet and funky electric guitar. Fri., 9 pm, Jazz’d Tapas Bar.
“Savannah Idol” Stephanie Edwards
Free show by this youthful hometown vocalist who made a national name for herself through her TV appearances on Showtime At The Apollo, and —most notably— Season 6 of American Idol. This is part of the Telfair’s May Week Celebration. Sat., 11 am, Telfair Museum of Art.
Eclectic rock, country and soul cover quartet (playing obscure and popular tunes by everyone from The Byrds to The Pixies to the Drive-By Truckers) featuring members of Superhorse. Fri. -Sat., 9:30 pm, Scandals (Tybee).
Free show by a local pre-grunge power trio with a serious Meat Puppets/Dinosaur, jr fetish. They’ll play original tunes in between bouts at this Roller Derby match between hometown heroes and Athens-based challengers. Fri., 8 pm, Supergoose Sports Center - ALL-AGES.
Solo acoustic guitarist/singer offering classic and soft rock hits. Wed., 7 pm, Driftaway Café (Sandfly).
Young, regional singer/songwriter playing a mix of rock and alt.rock covers and originals. Fri., 10 pm, Molly MacPherson’s Scottish Pub.
Local thespian and singer who’s meticulously crafted a heartfelt tribute to the late Frank Sinatra that manges to celebrate the singer’s mystique and stage presence while stopping just short of outright mimicry. Thurs., 7 pm, Jazz’d Tapas Bar.
Popular area Southern and classic rock and modern country cover band, with a vast repertoire. Fri. - Sat., 9 pm, Tubby’s (Thunderbolt).
This local acid-funk combo turns squealing wah-wah guitar and cacophonous percussion loose on self-indulgent romps through well-known material by Hendrix, Parliament and more. Fri. - Sat., 9 pm, Fiddler’s Crab House (River St.) + Mon., 11 pm, Riders Lounge (Hilton Head).
Exceedingly popular local female-fronted modern rock band mixing cover tunes and originals from their indie CDs. They plan to include new material at this show from their forthcoming 3rd album (set for release in late summer or early fall). Sat., 10 pm, Wild Wing Café.
Listen 2 Three
Young, tight and engaging groove-oriented guitar pop trio (covers/originals), with elements of blues and alt.rock. Thurs., 7 pm, Tubby’s (Thunderbolt).
The Magic Rocks
Rarely-heard rock, country, alternative and soul cover tunes make up the setlist of this local power trio, which features members of The 8-Tracks and GAM. This outdoor show (and Pirate Party!) features food, drinks and dancing and benefits the Diabetes Association through donations to William Bogan’s Kiss-A-Pig Campaign. Thurs., 6 pm, Johnson Square.
Acoustic country and Americana from a local guitarist and luthier. Wed., 7:30 pm, Guitar Bar.
Motor City Josh
Roadhouse blues and blues-rock band fronted by an Atlanta-based R & B guitarist and singer who cut his musical teeth in his hometown of Detroit. Wed., 9 pm, Bay Street Blues.
Local funk and soul cover band with a wide repertoire. Sat., 9:30 pm, Tantra Lounge + Sun., 9 pm, Fiddler’s Crab House.
The Prodigal Sunz
Cover band featuring members of both Hazel Virtue and The Train Wrecks. Sat., 6 pm, Dewey’s Dockside (Tybee).
Well-known classic, Southern rock and country sing-along songs. Fri., 8 pm, The Warehouse.
Kitschy rock, pop and campy hip-hop covers, running the gamut from ‘80s and ‘90s dross like Young MC to classic material like Pink Floyd. Fri., 10 pm, Jukebox Bar & Grill (Richmond Hill).
Randy “Hatman” Smith
Acoustic guitar-based “Tybee Island” music (namely, beach, boogie and blues hits), that should appeal to Parrotheads. Fri., 6 pm, Dewey’s Dockside (Tybee).
Organic rock and soul combo, featuring members of Macon, Ga.’s acclaimed improv-heavy road band Moonshine Still. Fri. - Sat., 10 pm, Loco’s (downtown).
Exceedingly talented jazz pianist who recently relocated to our community. Thurs., 6 pm, Kokopelli’s Jazz Club + Sat., 5 pm, Mansion on Forsyth Park + Sun., 7 pm, Jazz’d Tapas Bar.
The Train Wrecks
Gutsy local roots-rock and Americana band fronted by songwriter/guitarist Jason Bible. They’re soon to release an impressive debut CD. Thurs. & Sat., 10 pm, Murphy’s Law + Fri., 10 pm, Mercury Lounge.
This group’s nostalgic repertoire draws on the styles popular in Cuba during the ‘40s and ‘50s, plus other forms of Latin jazz and dance music. Sat., 9 pm, Mansion on Forsyth Park.
The Weary Boys
Hard-touring, critically-praised neo-traditional Americana/roots-rock act that formed in Humboldt County, Ca., and now calls Austin, Tx. home. Expect fiddle, yodels and bittersweet harmonies. Local Old-Time singer and picker Joe Nelson opens. Fri., 10 pm, The Jinx.
Whiskey Dick is both a man and a band. The stage name of one of this punk, metal and alternative rock club’s more imposing bartenders, it also encompasses a handful of other local musicians (most of whom moonlight in other bands as well). They back WD on a series of slow, ribald, politically incorrect dirges that straddle the line between raw-boned outlaw country and the type of crude humor found in a backwoods holler drunk tank at 4 am on a Sunday morning. Sat., 10 pm, The Jinx.