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Bob Alberti & Ben Tucker

Alberti played piano with Les Brown’s Band of Renown. Tucker was a session bassist in the 1960s, who’s penned over 300 songs. They play vibrant jazz. Sun., 11:30 am, AquaSpace Restaurant at The Westin (Hutchinson Island).

Joey Allcorn & The Hillbilly Band

Retro country artist playing up the outlaw image with lazy drawls, baritone vocals, sleepy rhythms, undertaker duds and an obvious fixation on Luke The Drifter. His tunes are about murder, cheating, drinking and jail, in no particular order.

When a guy in his early 20’s wears Webb Pierce duds, publicly bemoans the proliferation of “candyass pop music” and gives his albums titles like 50 Years Too Late, it’s easy to see where he’s coming from. Sat., The Jinx.


Exhilarating local rock act known for shifting genres (punk, ska, reggae, jam) at the drop of a bong. Their forthcoming album should be one of the biggest and most pleasant surprises of the year on the local music scene, as it shows them at their best. Thurs., 10 pm, Fiddler’s Crab House + Fri., (unplugged acoustic show) Locos Deli & Grill + Sat., JJ Cagney’s.

Bottles & Cans

“Hard and primitive” blues from a local act that’s building a very strong following. They describes their sound as more T-Model Ford than T-Bone Walker... Thurs., Savannah Blues + Fri. - Sat., Mercury Lounge.

Eric Britt

Solo acoustic show from the charismatic and popular lead singer and songwriter for regional alt.rockers Hazel Virtue. Expect plenty of catchy, singalong-worthy originals and a handful of crowd-pleasing cover tunes. Wed. (hosts Open Mic Night), O’Connell’s Irish Pub + Tues., 10 pm, Fiddler’s Crab House.

Chuck Courtenay

Solo acoustic show from one member of The Courtenay Brothers, a local duo playing pop, rock and country hits. Wed., 7 pm, The Island Grill (Pt. Wentworth).

Jason Courtenay

Solo acoustic show from one member of The Courtenay Brothers, a local duo playing pop, rock and country hits. Wed., 7 pm, Driftaway Café (Wilmington Island).

The Courtenay Brothers

Wonder Twin powers activate! (Form of a tip jar...) Thurs., 7 pm, Tubby’s (Thunderbolt) + Fri., 9:30 pm, Fiddler’s Crab House + Sat., 7 pm, Baja Cantina (Skidaway Island Walk).

Eat Mo' Music

New local instrumental quintet (trumpet, bass, drums, trombone and guitar) offering jazz, blues and funk grooves all the way from Miles to The Average White Band. Fri. - Sat., 8:30 pm, Moon River Brewing Company.

First Friday for Folk Music

This time around, The Savannah Folk Music Society’s family-oriented coffeehouse-style show includes the Illinois husband-and-wife duo Small Potatoes, Athens’ Bob Hay & the Jolly Beggars, and Auburn, Alabama singer Dave Potts.

Both members of Small Potatoes have won awards for their songwriting. They bill themselves as “eclecto-maniacs,” who specialize in a wide-open mélange of Celtic tunes to cowboy ballads and most everything in between. Last time they appeared locally was for one of the SFMS’ Folk Music Festivals some years back, and this return engagement has been eagerly awaited.

The Jolly Beggars are making their Savannah debut, although they likely played the old Night Flight Café almost 20 years back when some of the members were known as The Squalls, a popular indie-rock band from Athens that achieved some level of notoriety in the heady days following Pylon and REM’s spearheading of the UGA music scene. This new quintet specializes in the relatively obscure songs of the late Scottish poet Robert Burns.

Potts, on the other hand, is a frequent guest at these monthly gigs. His 2004 CD, One Night in the South was nominated for New Folk Album of The Year. He’s known for a strong, clear voice and accomplished guitarwork. As always, this is a smoke and alcohol-free ALL-AGES vent, with a suggested donation of $2. Fri., 7:30 pm, Wesleyan Monumental United Methodist Church (429 Abercorn St.).


Fetish Night

Like to get whipped? Like for other people to watch? This toned-down showcase for exhibitionists and voyeurs gives average folks a chance to pretend they’re living inside an episode of HBO’s Real Sex. Endorsed by scenemaker Chris Cook, this resurrected weekly event features DJ Elgie spinning industrial, darkwave, synthpop and techno music. Thurs., Club One.

The David Keller and Jackson Evans Jazz Duo

Local act featuring a veteran bassist who’s worked with “Gatemouth” Brown, and an up-and-coming guitarist. Wed., 8 pm, The Sentient Bean.

The Lonesome Whistle Band

See Connect Recommends. Fri., JJ Cagney’s.

Misfortune 500

Columbus, Georgia 4-piece whose latest demo tracks sound about as much like Incesticide-era Nirvana as I can imagine anyone sounding in 2005. That’s not necessarily bad. In fact, they’re very good at it. There’s a bit of old L.A. hair metal in there, too... Sat., The Jinx.

Willie Nelson

See Connect Recommends. Sat., 8 pm, The Johnny Mercer Theatre.


Harry O’Donoghue

Irish tunes (both traditional and contemporary) from the host of the syndicated Celtic music show “The Green Island.” Mon. - Tues., Kevin Barry’s.

G.E. Perry & James Gay

Potent duo of bluesy guitarist Perry and the harmonica stylings of Gay. Wed., Fusion/The Monkey Bar.

Radio Dogs

Mix of original tunes and covers by bands like KISS, The Doobie Brothers, Barenaked Ladies and America. Sat., 9 pm, The Oyster Bar (Wilmington island).

The Second City 45th Anniversary Tour

See Performing Arts Interview. Fri., 8 pm, Trustees Theatre.


This South Carolina hard rock band was a popular draw her years ago, and was well-received at a few local Battles of The Bands. Though they show up infrequently these days, they’ve continued on with their career, and released 2 impressive DIY albums of in-your-face modern metal. They’ve also gigged with noteworthy bands like Corrosion of Conformity, Clutch, Machine Head, Suicidal Tendencies, Acid Bath, The Misfits, and GWAR to name a few. They were also given a favorable nod on Howard Stern’s syndicated radio show. Fri., The Jinx.


Greg Snyder

Jazz vocalist (and recent transplant from Illinois) who’s fluent in the styles of Dean Martin, Nat King Cole and Tony Bennett. Wed., Jazz’d Tapas Bar.


Gail Thurmond

Piano jazz and show tunes from a true downtown fixture. Tues. - Sun., Planters Tavern (below The Olde Pink House).


Local sextet playing old-school soul and R & B (think Motown, Stax and shag music). They’re a popular act on the private party circuit, and occasionally play club dates like this one. Fri., 9 pm, The Oyster Bar (Wilmington Island).

Tsunami Relief Comedy Show

See Connect Recommends. Thurs., 7:30 pm, Savannah Trade & Convention Center.

The Ben Tucker Trio

Ben’s one of the most well-known and experienced jazzmen in the area. This longtime session bassist has been one of the shining lights on our local jazz scene for decades now, and can usually be counted on to put together a hot little combo and swing hard when required to. Fri. - Sat., 9 pm, Jazz’d Tapas Bar.


Voodoo Soup

Killer hard rocking and soulful jam group featuring members of The Greg Williams Band and The Permanent Tourists. They give greasy funk and soul nuggets a workout. Wed., JJ Cagney’s.


Tim Warren

Solo acoustic guitarist and singer playing a variety of popular rock covers, i.e., Dylan, The Beatles, etc... Wed., 9 pm, Fiddler’s Crab House.