Larry Jack’s Magical Music Tour – 11/15/18 – 11/21/18

Thursday 11/15
CC & The Cuban Cowboys – Rancho Allegre (6:30-9p)
Sister Ivy – Sentient Bean (7-9p)
Eric Culberson Band – Bayou Cafe
Nancy Druid, Jason Bible, smalltalk- Wormhole
The Venus, Rude Dude & The Creek Freaks, Deep South Trap House – El-Rocko

Friday 11/16
City Hotel – Service Brewing (5:30)
Gina Rene, Laiken Williams, Priscilla M. Albergottie-Williams (Aretha Franklin Tribute) – Good Times Jazz Bar & Restaurant (8p)
Sassy Cats & The Toms – Jazz’d (9p)
Susana Dyar (4p), Gen Patton & The Heads Of State (9p) – Molly MacPherson’s
Opposite Box – Barrelhouse South
Church – El-Rocko
Red Mouth – Jinx ($7)

Saturday 11/17
Damon & The Shitkickers – Jinx Happy Hour
Bottles & Cans- Jazz’d (9p)
The Ramages, Pinky Doodle Poodle – Jinx
Travers Brothership – Barrelhouse South
Renshaw Davies, McLeod – El-Rocko
Magic Rocks – Molly MacPherson’s

Sunday 11/18
Voodoo Soup – Congress Street Social Club

Monday 11/19
Citizen Cope Acoustic – Barrelhouse South ($40)
Open Mic – Abe’s On Lincoln

Tuesday 11/20
Ben Keiser Band – Bay Street Blues
Eric Culberson Open Jam – Bayou Cafe
Open Mic – Molly MacPherson’s

Wednesday 11/21
Jubal Kane – Warehouse (8p)
Ben Keiser Band – Boomy’s

Savannah Stopover announces first wave of 30+ bands for 2019

Savannah Stopover announced the first wave of bands for the 2019 festival, which will take place in a variety of downtown venues from March 7 to 9.

We know a fair number of the acts announced so far, but there are more that are new to us. Since the festival’s founding, Kayne Lanahan and her team have worked year-round to find promising up-and-coming bands that haven’t played the Savannah market, so for regular attendees the festival has become a heady mix of discovering acts that are new to us and revisiting others that we already love.

Deerhunter had already been announced as a festival headliner, and I’m thrilled by the other familiar names here, like Lucy Dacus, The Joy Formidable, Andrew Combs, Susto, The Bright Light Social Hour, and The Minks (who played a great set to open for Aaron Lee Tasjan a few nights ago at El-Rocko). And in the coming weeks I’ll be digging more deeply into the playlist and exploring other acts from there.

With this first wave, Stopover has announceda Kanine Records showcase on Saturday, March 9. Kayne tells us that Lio Cerezo, Kanine’s founder, was an early supporter of Stopover and that the festival has included 11 of the label’s bands over the years. The 2019 Kanine showcase will feature three acts from outside the U.S.: Honey Lung from London, Living Hour from Winnipeg, and Tallies from Toronto.

If you want to start learning more about the bands, check out the playlist on Spotify, but Stopover attendees would likely have a great time without any planning at all. The venues are within walking distance, and sometimes our favorite bands weren’t even on our radar before the festival. Tickets are now on sale.

Larry Jack’s Magical Music Tour – 11/9/18 – 11/14/18

Friday 11/9
City Hotel – Service Brewing (5:30)
Jason Bible (4p), Squash (9p) – Molly MacPherson’s
Anders Thomsen Trio – Rail Pub (6p)
William Bell, Jontavious Willis (Savannah Music Festival Kickoff) – Lucas Theatre (7:30, $30)
Willie Jackson & The Tybee Blues Band – Blue Door (8p)
Magic Rocks – Jazz’d (9p)
Babe Club, Airpark, Hypnotics, Helixglow – El-Rocko
Soul Rebels – Congress Street Social Club
Lyn Avenue – Barrelhouse South

Saturday 11/10
Damon & The Shitkickers – Jinx Happy Hour
Rolling Stones Tribute Show – Southbound Brewery
Willie Jackson & The Tybee Blues Band – Jazz’d (9p)
Wood & Steel – Molly MacPherson’s
Aaron Lee Tasjan, The Minks – El-Rocko ($15, Savannah Stopover Kickoff)
Heavy Books – Wormhole
Nick Dittmeier & The Sawdusters – Congress Street Social Club
Tribute: A Celebration Of The Allman Brothers Band – Barrelhouse South
Lee Bains III & The Glory Fires, Brandon Nelson McCoy – Jinx

Sunday 11/11
Voodoo Soup – Congress Street Social Club

Monday 11/12
Open Mic – Abe’s On Lincoln

Tuesday 11/13
Ray Lundy – Jazz’d (7p)
Ray Lamontagne – Johnny Mercer Theater (7:30p)
Ben Keiser Band – Bay Street Blues
Eric Culberson Open Jam – Bayou Cafe
Open Mic – Molly MacPherson’s

Wednesday 11/14
Jubal Kane – Warehouse
Ben Keiser Band – Boomy’s

Larry Jack’s Magical Music Tour – 11/1/2018 – 11/7/2018

Thursday 11/1
Gypsy Jazz – Rancho Allegre (7-9p)
Eric Culberson Band – Bayou Cafe
Black Pussy, Little Vicious, Hot Plate – Jinx
Similar Prisoners, Deep South, Trap House – El-Rocko

Friday 11/2
City Hotel – Service Brewing (5:30)
Christy Alan Band – Rail Pub (6p)
Shane Secor – Foxy Loxy Cafe (7p)
Danielle Hicks, Ember City – Rousakis Plaza
Midnight Milk, Jeff Zagers, House of Earth, The Partials, Nancy Druid – Starland Dairies ($5)
Vicious Committee – El-Rocko
Tropidelic, Bumpin Uglies, Raynbird – Barrelhouse South
Isaac Smith, Time Sawyer – Jinx
Little Stranger – Congress Street Social Club
Amar – Molly MacPherson’s

Saturday 11/3
Damon & The Shitkickers – Jinx Happy Hour
Andrew Gill, Josh Johansson, Lyn Avenue, Willie Jackson & The Tybee Blues Band, Emerald Empire Band – Rousakis Plaza
The Hypnotics – Congress Street Social Club
Free Spirits – Jazz’d
Migorang – El-Rocko
McLeod, Early Branch, Faucet Talk – Jinx
Trae Pierce & The T-Stones, The Get Right Band – Barrelhouse South
Liquid Ginger – Boomy’s

Sunday 11/4
Savannah Songwriters Series – Sentient Bean (7p)
Voodoo Soup – Congress Street Social Club

Monday 11/5
Open Mic – Abe’s On Lincoln

Tuesday 11/6
Lottie & The Lady – Foxy Loxy Cafe (7p)
Valore, Will Wood – Sentient Bean
Bob Dylan & His Band – Johnny Mercer Theater
Ben Keiser Band – Bay Street Blues
Eric Culberson Open Jam – Bayou Cafe
Open Mic – Molly MacPherson’s

Wednesday 11/7
Ben Keiser Band – Boomy’s
Yashira, Gillian Carter, Sins of Godless Men, Negative Graves – El-Rocko

Porchfest – Dallas, Texas 2018

It’s been a hot minute since I made a post or photo-gallery. A big part of that is due to moving from the lowcountry out to Dallas, Texas. That being said, Texas has always been a state of of incredible performers & I look forward to giving our followers a spicy taste of The Lone Star State now that I’ve settled in. I lived in Austin & San Anotnio some fifteen years ago, and have missed the sound of boots shuffling across the dance-floor, long-neck bottles of Lone Star brew, and real-deal county music as opposed to “new country”. Imagine my surprise to find that things have changed, a variety of of style has taken over, and the doors have opened to much more than what I remember.

Dallas Porchfest 2018

I first became aware of Porchfest through Atlanta’s version in Oakhurst, but in speaking with an organizer they are are related (the original started in New York), but all have their own style & sound. Unfortunately I only managed to catch the last hour, but talent abounds here, just as much as any other of the same name.

Peace Cowboy & The Electric Campfire Jam Band

Peace Cowboy & The Electric Campfire Jam Band

Peace Cowboy & The Electric Campfire Jam Band

Larry Jack’s Magical Music Tour – 10/19/18 – 10/25/18

Friday 10/19
City Hotel – Service Brewing (5:30)
Willie Jackson & The Tybee Blues Band – Rail Pub (6p)
Train Wrecks – Roasting Room, Bluffton
Bottles & Cans – Jazz’d (9p)
Billy Moon – El-Rocko
Megan Jean & The KFB, Britt Scott, Cory Chambers – Jinx
Roxy Roca – Barrelhouse South

Saturday 10/20
Damon & The Shitkickers – Jinx Happy Hour
Swamp Rabbit Railroad – Sentient Bean (7p)
Machine Kid, The Brown Goose – Barrelhouse South
Bonnie Blue – Congress Street Social Club

Sunday 10/21
Voodoo Soup – Congress Street Social Club

Monday 10/22
Open Mic – Abe’s On Lincoln
Torche – Jinx

Tuesday 10/23
Clouds & Satellites – Foxy Loxy Cafe (7p)
Jukebox Romantics, Sewer Rats, Jeff 2-Names & The Born Agains, Basically Nancy – Sulfur Studios (8p, $5)
Whitehall, Traverse, Goddamnit – El-Rocko
Ben Keiser Band – Bay Street Blues
Eric Culberson Open Jam – Bayou Cafe
Open Mic – Molly MacPherson’s

Wednesday 10/24
Ben Keiser Band – Boomy’s
Young Valley, Caravella, Winded – El-Rocko

Thursday 10/25
Gypsy Jazz – Rancho Allegre (7-9p)
Eric Culberson Band – Bayou Cafe
Ghouls, Riskee & The Ridicule, Tigers and Monkeys, BullMoose, Basically Nancy – El-Rocko

Larry Jack’s Magical Music Tour – 10/4/18 – 10/10/18

Thursday 10/4
Danielle Hicks & The Resistance – Tubby’s Thunderbolt (6-10p)
Gypsy Jazz – Rancho Allegre (7-9p)
Eric Culberson Band – Bayou Cafe
Animal Years – Barrelhouse South

Friday 10/5
City Hotel – Service Brewing (5:30)
Caleb Kopta – Foxy Loxy Cafe (7p)
JEFF The Brotherhood, Skippy Spiral – Starland Dairy (8p, $15)
Groove Town Assault – Barrelhouse South
Phillip Wise, Just Ford – Molly MacPherson’s
ASG, Telekinetic Yeti – Jinx

Saturday 10/6
Damon & The Shitkickers – Jinx Happy Hour
Phase, Andy Dale Petty, Devinci the Great – El-Rocko
Liquid Ginger – Boomy’s
Captured! By Robots – Jinx
Train Wrecks – Congress Street Social Club
Magic Rocks – Molly MacPherson’s
Half-Seas Over, Ivan Pulley Band – Barrelhouse South

Sunday 10/7
Danielle Hicks & The Resistance –
River Street Oktoberfest (3-6p)
Savannah Songwriters Series –
Sentient Bean (7p)
Voodoo Soup –
Congress Street Social Club

Monday 10/8
Open Mic – Abe’s On Lincoln

Tuesday 10/9
Ben Keiser Band – Bay Street Blues
Eric Culberson Open Jam – Bayou Cafe
Open Mic – Molly MacPherson’s

Wednesday 10/10
Ben Keiser Band – Boomy’s

Larry Jack’s Magical Music Tour – 9/20/18 – 9/26/18

Thursday 9/20
Gypsy Jazz – Rancho Allegre (7-9p)
Tom Cooler, Ashesh Dangol – River Bar (7p)
Eric Culberson Band – Bayou Cafe
Midnight Milk – El-Rocko

Friday 9/21
City Hotel – Service Brewing (5:30)
Willie Jackson & The Tybee Blues Band – Tubby’s Thunderbolt (6p)
Christy Alan Band – Rail Pub (6p)
Super Bob – Racheal’s 1190
Sam Pace & The Gilded Grit – Congress Street Social Club
Valley Queen, Squarist – El-Rocko ($8-$10)
Train Wrecks – Jazz’d (9p)
Vintage Pistol, AFTM – Barrelhouse South

Saturday 9/22
Damon & The Shitkickers – Jinx Happy Hour
Toxic Oscar – Coach’s Corner
FreeSpirits – Jazz’d (9p)
Come Back Alice, South Hill Banks – Barrelhouse South
Grace Joyner, She Returns From War, The Beatkeeper – El-Rocko
Black Tusk, Cloak, Lies in Stone – Jinx

Sunday 9/23
Josephine Johnson Album Release – Unitarian Universalist Church of Savannah (2:30p)
Pohgoh, Jeff Two-Names, Birdperson – Starland Dairy (6p)
Voodoo Soup – Congress Street Social Club

Monday 9/24
Jason Bible – Wild Wing Cafe (6p)
Open Mic – Abe’s On Lincoln

Tuesday 9/25
Ray Lundy – Jazz’d (7p)
Clouds & Satellites – Foxy Loxy Cafe (7p)
Twen, Bero Bero, Faucet Talk – El-Rocko
Ben Keiser Band – Bay Street Blues
Eric Culberson Open Jam – Bayou Cafe
Open Mic – Molly MacPherson’s

Wednesday 9/26
Ben Keiser Band – Boomy’s

Athens Popfest – photos

Athens Popfest has become a staple of the Athens music scene after a several year hiatus. It marks summer’s end (or, if you prefer, football season’s beginning), the end of no college students, no traffic. The lineup this year was good as always–I was bummed that I had other engagements and was not able to make many of the acts, but I enjoyed many that I saw! I miss when 40 Watt was one of the venues–I feel like its dive bar atmosphere perfectly complements the less-polished-than-Athfest vibe that Popfest goes for.

The first act I caught was Buxton, a twangy alt-rock group from Texas. I loved their sound–they were actually one of my favorite artists I’ve ever seen at a Popfest and I’ll definitely check them out in the future.

Larry Jack’s Magical Music Tour – 9/14/18 – 9/19/18

Friday 9/14
City Hotel – Service Brewing (5:30)
An Evening with Velvet Caravan with Annie Sellick and Mercury Orkestar – Lucas Theater (7:30, $45-25)
All The Locals – Congress Street Social Club
Supersuckers – Jinx ($20)
Groove Fetish, Trey Lewis – Barrelhouse South
Whiskey & Wine – Molly MacPherson’s
Pajahm, CLVLND – El-Rocko

Saturday 9/15
Matt Eckstine, Cyril Durant & Kana Kiehm, Train Wrecks, In For A Penny – Southbound Brewing’s Cheers for Beers (2p)
Damon & The Shitkickers – Jinx Happy Hour
The Reality – Congress Street Social Club
The Groove Orient, Formula 5 – Barrelhouse South
Charlie Fog – El Rocko
Wood & Steel – Molly MacPherson’s
Rocket 77, The Good Good Grief – Jinx (CANCELLED)

Sunday 9/16
Ray LundyJazz’d (7p)
Voodoo Soup – Congress Street Social Club

Monday 9/17
Open Mic – Abe’s On Lincoln

Tuesday 9/18
Georgia KyleJazz’d (7p)
City Hotel SessionsFoxy Loxy Cafe (7p)
Ben Keiser Band – Bay Street Blues
Eric Culberson Open Jam – Bayou Cafe
Open Mic – Molly MacPherson’s
Lovelorn, HotplateJinx

Wednesday 9/19
Ben Keiser Band – Boomy’s

Bragg Jam 2018 in Macon – photos

I decided almost at the last minute to head to Macon for the Saturday of Bragg Jam, but still snagged a downtown hotel room for just little over $100 and had a typically great time wandering the festival, which takes over the downtown at the end of July each year.

This year’s Bragg Jam was different, though, largely because the festival expanded the concert crawl to Friday night in addition to the usual Saturday. As a result, I missed some of the bands I would most like to have seen — including Family & Friends and Blackfoot Gypsies — and it seemed to me that Saturday’s crowd was a little thinner than usual. It will be interesting to see what the organizers do next year.

Downtown Macon is simply an awesome location for a festival like this. Grant’s Lounge, the Library Ballroom, Fresh Produce Records, Hargray Capitol Theatre, The Hummingbird State and Taproom — everywhere you turn, there’s an interesting venue that seems just right for the city and this festival. And this year’s weather was surprisingly mild — we barely even worked up a sweat wandering the wide blocked off streets.

I took only my FujiFilm x100t, which limited my shots a little, but it’s a great camera to carry for a long day of great music. Lots more photos with bands labeled after the jump:

Bragg Jam: photos + review

Headed down to Macon last month for Bragg Jam–this is always one of my favorite festivals of the year. Great combination of stellar music, fantastic venues, & good local restaurants.

Lakota John | Library Ballroom

This was my first time attending on a Friday. The first act I caught was the wonderful Lakota John, a ragtime duo. The pair performed by the slogan “blues doesn’t have to be sad,” and their music was a combination of upbeat rhythms and ragtimey vocals. The singer was accompanied by a buddy who shook an Altoids can to provide a beat.

Juna | Library Ballroom

Next up was Juna, an Athens-based punk pop five piece. The slightly screamy vocals were impressive in the confines of the Library Ballroom. They reminded me a lot of Mayday Parade.

 Family & Friends | The Capitol