A Nickel Bag of Funk
Increasingly popular female-fronted local combo playing funk, soul and groove. Sun., 7 pm, North Beach Grill (Tybee).
Local quartet playing a hard-hitting mix of originals and covers — influenced by ska, punk, reggae and alt.rock. Fri., 9 pm, Fiddler’s Crab House (River St.).
Acoustic guitar-driven emo/alt.rock quartet from Mass. that may appeal to fans of Guster and Jeff Buckley. Thurs., 9 pm, Metro Coffee House - ALL-AGES.
Bottles & Cans
Hopped-up Delta blooze-rawk with plenty of swing. They’re known for inventive arrangements and plenty of energy. Wed., 9 pm, Bay Street Blues + Fri., 8 pm, The Warehouse + Mon., 9 pm, Fiddler’s Crab House (River St.).
The Ray Callender Quintet
Touring jazz combo led by a young, Fla.-educated trumpeter whose style has been likened to that of Freddie Hubbard, Lee Morgan and Woody Shaw. Fri. - Sat., 8 pm, 9:15 pm, 10:30 pm, Kokopelli’s.
Hard rock/post-grunge trio from Columbia, S.C., who’s earned a substantial following in the Southeast, and is currently touring behind their 2nd Columbia Records release. With Eve To Adam and Everything After. Wed., 8 pm, Monkey Business (Hilton Head).
Local trio playing modern pop and rock covers/originals. Thurs., 10 pm, Sorry Charlie’s - ALL-AGES.
Deep Blue 3
Excellent local electric blues combo with a diverse setlist of well-known standards and rarely-heard gems. Tues., 9 pm, Fiddler’s Crab House (River St.).
Eat Mo’ Music
Instrumental, dance-oriented soul-jazz. Sat., 8:30 pm, Isaac’s on Drayton.
This eclectic quartet features members of well-known local original acts as Superhorse and Hot Pink Interior. They play rarely-heard rock, country and soul tunes from the past 5 decades. Fri. - Sat., 9:30 pm, Scandals (Tybee).
This local hard, modern rock band has recently gone through some serious lineup changes, and is now trying to re-establish itself with a new sound and direction, which they liken to that of both Chevelle and Incubus. Sat., midnight, Guitar Bar.
1st Friday for Folk Music
This monthly alcohol and smoke-free family-oriented acoustic concert series matches up local artists with touring regional and national acts. This time out, the bill includes: Nashville’s Joni Bishop, who won the prestigious New Folk award at the Kerrville Folk Fest, and has had major artists such as Crystal Gayle record her tunes; the “Leon Redbone-esque” vibe of the Statesboro trio Midlife Crisis; and Roll On Rodney, a new local trio featuring well-known Savannah acoustic musician John Powers (Bound & Determined) his son Zach, and Mary Jo Adams (FOCOROPO). Free with a suggested $2 donation to the Savannah Folk Music Society. Homemade baked goods and soft drinks will be available. Fri., 7:30 pm, Wesley monumental united Methodist Church (429 Abercorn St.) - ALL-AGES.
Solo acoustic guitar covers and originals. Fri. - Sat., 9 pm, Molly MacPherson’s Scottish Pub.
Prolific regional singer/songwriter playing popular rock and soul tunes and originals. Fri. - Sat., 9 pm, Bayou Café.
Kick-ass Southern and classic rock covers, plus some modern C & W hits. Wed., Fri. -Sat., 9 pm, Gilly’s (Hinesville).
The Hot Rods, The Liabilities
I know this Atlanta band didn’t agree with me when I recently described their sound as sounding a bit like hair metal, but I can’t lie — some of the stuff on their MySpace page sounds like old Poison outtakes to me. That said, they see themselves as firmly in a psycho-billy/metal head, and there’s certainly plenty of that in there as well. Maybe it’s the studio production that smells like Aqua-Net to me. Anyhow, they’re back, and don’t let the Poison reference scare you off. All stylistic quibbles aside, they’re a tight, powerful band that has their shit together. The other band on the bill is Macon’s Liabilities, and if you dig ass-kicking roots-rock a la The Bottle Rockets or The Supersuckers, you may find a lot to like about this promising 4-piece. Sat., 11 pm, The Jinx.
Solo show from the Tom Waits-ian lead singer and guitarist of local blues band Bottles & Cans. Sun., 7 pm, Jazz’d Tapas Bar.
Matthew & Tim
Experienced acoustic duo of two guitarists who only recently began to perform together. In addition to original material, they also cover Neil Young, Pearl Jam, Verve Pipe and The Doors. They proudly proclaim, “No Buffet, Eagles or beach crap.” Hell, yeah. I heard that. Wed., Robin’s Nest (101 S. Godley Station Blvd., Pooler).
Roger Moss & Eric Jones
Duo of a classically-trained jazz vocalist and a talented pianist. Thurs., 8 pm, The Mansion on Forsyth Park.
An acoustic balladeer and local legend of sorts, who hosts the popular Green Island radio Show on GPB, and has played in this area (and in Ireland) for years. He offers both traditional and contemporary Celtic folk on guitar and bodhran. Wed. - Sun., Kevin Barry’s + Mon., 7 pm, French Quarter Café (Statesboro).
Deep fried Southern boogie and jam music that’s often compared to a stripped-down, lean-and-mean version of The Allmans or Widespread Panic. Featuring Tyler Roe and Shane Baldwin on guitars. Wed., 9 pm, Fiddler’s Crab House (River St.).
Michael “B-Flat” Sears & Tony Royster, Sr.
Local guitar and keyboard duo featuring the father of an internationally-known percussion prodigy. Fri. - Sat., 7 pm, Mardis Gras on Bay.
Excellent singer/songwriter who’s played many times at The Bean on her national touring schedule, and will perform a few quick songs as part of this local non-profit theaters PBR Show (a tribute to old-time radio that’s actually saved as downloadable podcasts) and at a public show in a private home. Only $2 admission to the “radio show”. Call 232-6080 or go to www.savannahactorstheatre.org for more info. Only $10 admission for the intimate, two-set home concert. Please RSVP to email@example.com for reservations, info and directions. Mon., 8 pm, Savannah Actors Theatre (703-D Louisvile Rd.) - ALL-AGES + Tues., 7:30 pm, “Sue’s House” - ALL-AGES.
“Shock your soul rock & roll” from a longstanding N.C. punk/metal band that’s been likened to Atreyu and 18 Visions. Fri., 11 pm, Guitar Bar.
Excellent local jazz trio (featuring female vocals) that recently released an impressive debut CD of original, often Latin-tinged compositions. Fri., 9 pm, Mansion on Forsyth Park + Sun., 1 pm, Morgan Santander’s Studio (601 E. 40th St.).
Local duo playing acoustic country blues. Fri., 7 pm, Guitar Bar.
Formerly known as Deep Cuts, this regional rock cover band prides itself on looking beyond the standard classic rock hits to find more interesting and diverse material to draw from. Expect to hear their versions of songs by The Supersuckers, Weezer, The Allman Brothers, Pink Floyd and more. Fri., 9 pm, The Jukebox (Richmond Hill).
After 14 years of playing 6 nights a week in the basement bar of The Olde Pink House, this jazz pianist and singer has moved a few blocks away to this new restaurant (in the old Churchill’s location), and cut 4 nights a week off her schedule. Hopefully the faithful will make the move with her...Thurs. & Fri., 7 pm, Isaac’s on Drayton.
Local organic, improv-oriented group that our readers recently named Best Rock Band in Savannah. Fri., 10 pm, Loco’s (downtown).
Under The Porch
Recently reformed jam-band featuring former Savannahian Michael Blair on guitar and lead vocals. Sat., 10 pm, Loco’s (downtown).
Jason “Lefty” Williams Band
Touring blues-rock and jam act that is notable for being led by the expressive and impressive lead guitarist “Lefty” Williams, who, believe it or not, has only one hand. Fri., 10 pm, Mercury Lounge.
Up-and-coming “Y’all-ternative” band playing Southern-fried roots-rock and boogie, a la Jupiter Coyote. Wed., 7 pm, Dawg House Grill.