"My lovely one-year-old daughter has been sucking the creative brain juice out of my skull!"
Dare Dukes laughs when he says this, perhaps in the spirit of pre-Halloween jocularity. But the truth is that the Savannah-based singer/songwriter has played nary a gig since his daughter arrived in August of 2012.
She has a big brother who's three. "Two kids is like five kids," Dukes says.
He's taking a few precious moments off from Daddyhood to play a short set at the Sentient Bean on Friday, Oct. 25, alongside Asheville's John Wilkes Booth and the Black Tooth, and Viking Progress.
"I wanted to write some new material before I played out," says Dukes, whose Thugs and China Dolls record came out way back in early 2012, "and I haven't done that yet. But these guys are friends, so I wanted to support them."
Never fear, Dare-devils. "I will be playing soon," he explains. "I'm not like, not playing or anything like that."
But the kids come first.
It looks like 98 Industry Drive on the westside is the place to be for eccentric live shows over the next couple of weeks.
That's the nondescript warehouse-turned club and studio they call Dollhouse Productions.
DJ ItSBANKS, Onixx and Relapse are among the music-makers Oct. 24 (this Thursday) at Dollhouse. It's a 21+, costumes-encouraged Halloween party (with psychic readings and other cool stuff) to raise funds for a proposed short film about 15th Century Hungarian serial killer Erzebet Bathory, aka "Countess Dracula."
Dollhouse's actual Halloween bash takes place Oct. 31 (natch) with the Brooklyn duo Azar Swan, Delphic Oracle, Dame Darcy and DJ Tameryn.
And the veteran Brazilian psych band Os Mutantes has a Dollhouse date Nov. 20. Opening will be the Mutantes' South American touring mates, the punk trio Capsula.
• It's Rivers Rock! time again — the Accomplices provide the music for the 6th annual Ogeechee River fundraiser at Moon River Brewing Co., 7-10 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 24. Food and drink, silent auction, good cause — it's the total package. Tickets are $35 advance, $45 day of.
• Look at this impressive local lineup: Velvet Caravan, the Eric Culberson Band, Doc & the Brawner Boys, Andrew Gill Band, the Christy Alan Band, Lauren Lapointe and the Train Wrecks play — one right after the other — Saturday, Oct. 26 at Paxton Park (Bluff Drive, Isle of Hope). It's the Isle of Hope Art and Music Festival, free from 1 to 10 p.m. The music's in the marina parking lot; the art show goes from 10 a.m. till 5 p.m. See iohha.com.
• Name-checking the bands performing Saturday, Oct. 26 at the Food Day Festival in Daffin Park: A Nickel Bag of Funk, the Accomplices, Eric Culberson Band, Basik Lee, AWOL, Cranford & Sons. The event is 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
• Public service announcement: Have you seen a really nice Ovation 12-string guitar around recently, a "Glen Campbell Signature Model"? It may be the one that belongs to our friend Chris Desa, of the Savannah Folk Music Society, and it disappeared from Grayson Stadium Oct. 13, during the Folk Festival finale concert. It's in a black hardshell case. Ovations are those distinctive guitars with the rounded black bodies. If you know anything about this, please call me at 721-4385 — or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
No hassles — we just want to help Chris get his favorite guitar back.
• You probably already know that the Futurebirds, a favorite band from Athens, will be at the Jinx Nov. 21. Good news, indeed. The $10 ticketed event will serve as the official announcement party for the 2014 Savannah Stopover Festival.
• Yes! The debut album from A Nickel Bag of Funk, Melodic Schizophrenic, will launch with a Dollhouse show Saturday, Nov. 23.