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

Larry Jack’s Magical Music Tour – 8/31/18 – 9/5/18

Thursday 8/30
Danielle Hicks Duo – Jazz’d (7p)
Gypsy Jazz – Rancho Allegre (7-9p)
Eric Culberson Band – Bayou Cafe
Georgia Dish Boys, Fugitive Soul, Ghost Moths – El-Rocko

Friday 8/31
City Hotel – Service Brewing (5:30)
Christy Allan Band – Rail Pub (7p)
Matt Eckstine – Edgar’s Proof & Provision
Rude Dude and the Creek Freaks Album Release Party, Faucet Talk, Dakota O, Shaken Nature, Greta O. & The Toxic Shock – Starland Dairy (6p)
Free Spirits – Jazz’d (9p)
Whiskey & Wine – Molly MacPherson’s
The Hypnotics, The Minks, The Mercers – El-Rocko
Bencoolen, Kenny George Band – Barrelhouse South
Toke, Hotplate, Ape Vermin – Jinx

Saturday 9/1
Damon & The Shitkickers – Jinx Happy Hour
Satisfaction (Rolling Stones tribute band) – Tybee Post Theater (8p, $25)
Bottles & Cans – Jazz’d (9p)
Liquid Ginger – Boomy’s
Charlie Fog Band – Congress Street Social Club
Balkun Brothers, Carly Burruss – Barrelhouse South
Waits & Co., Alex Culbreth, Dead Oak – Jinx

Sunday 9/2
Josephine Johnson – Jazz’d (7p)
Voodoo Soup – Congress Street Social Club

Monday 9/3
Open Mic – Abe’s On Lincoln
Santoros – El-Rocko
Skippy Spiral, Butts – Jinx

Tuesday 9/4
Ben Keiser Band – Bay Street Blues
Eric Culberson Open Jam – Bayou Cafe
Open Mic – Molly MacPherson’s

Wednesday 9/5
Ben Keiser Band – Boomy’s

Larry Jack’s Magical Music Tour – 8/17/18 – 8/21/18

Friday 8/17
City Hotel – Service Brewing (5:30)
Anders Thomsen Trio – El-Rocko (6p)
Anders Thomsen Trio – Rail Pub (7:30-10:30)
The Lousekateers – Sentient Bean (8p)
Waits & Co. – Tybee Island Social Club
Bottles & Cans – Jazz’d (9p)
Josh Roberts & The Hinges – Congress Street Social Club
Train Wrecks – Prohibition
The Mercers – Molly MacPherson’s
Cedric Burnside – Jinx (9:30p)
Anders Thomsen Trio, Zigtebra, Bero Bero, 1 1 0 1 – El-Rocko
Roots of a Rebellion, Aaron Kamm & The One Drops – Barrelhouse South

Saturday 8/18
Hitman – Jinx Happy Hour
Big Mama & The Shakes – Congress Street Social Club
Voodoo Soup – Prohibition
Missionary Blues – Molly MacPherson’s
Stone Cold Band – Jazz’d (9p)

Sunday 8/18
Voodoo Soup Congress Street Social Club

Monday 8/19
Open Mic – Abe’s On Lincoln

Tuesday 8/20
Ben Keiser Band – Bay Street Blues
Eric Culberson Open Jam – Bayou Cafe
Open Mic – Molly MacPherson’s

Wednesday 8/21
Ben Keiser Band – Boomy’s

Every Time I Die, Vatican and Sins of Godless Men at The Jinx – photos

Damn, Savannah (and it would appear a good number of people willing to travel)! On a Monday night?? A sold out, packed out, sweltering, loud as hell, stage-diving, guitar-playing-on-the-bar metalcore explosion of energy on a Monday night?? Did that just happen??

Seriously, there’s not a lot I can say that pictures won’t say better. It pretty much sounded like the pictures. Here’s a handful, with a ton more after clicking through. Maybe I caught you in the middle of your super rad stage dive, only one way to find out.

Athfest Day 2-3: photos

Athfest weekend in downtown Athens was a blast! Unfortunately, my best lens for low light shooting has been in the shop all summer, so I wasn’t able to get as good of indoor shots as I would’ve liked. Here are some highlights:

Dangfly!

Athfest Day 1: photos

Friday shots from June’s Athfest in downtown Athens. The day was hindered by heavy rains that moved several headliners from the main stage into the tiny beer garden tent. Even with the deluge, the day was a blast and the music was great. Athfest is always a highlight of the summer for me and I really enjoyed all the acts I saw.

Velveteen Pink:

Larry Jack’s Magical Music Tour – 8/9/18 – 8/16/18

Thursday 8/9
Danielle Hicks & The Resistance – Tubby’s Thunderbolt (6-10p)
Gypsy Jazz – Rancho Allegre (7-9p)
Laikin Love – Jazz’d (7p)
Gin Blossoms – Stage On Bay (CANCELLED TODAY [surprising, right?])
Eric Culberson Band – Bayou Cafe
Dollyrots, Jeff Two Names, Hale Bopp Astronauts – Jinx

Friday 8/10
City Hotel – Service Brewing (5:30)
Keith Aherne – Rail Pub (7p)
Haunted Ballads & Music w/ Chase Anderson – Sentient Bean (8p)
The Pinkerton Raid, She Returns From War, Isaac Smith – El-Rocko
Tribute: A Celebration of the Allman Brothers Band – Barrelhouse South
AMAR (James Lee Smith)Molly MacPherson’s
Danielle Hicks & The Resistance – Prohibition

Saturday 8/11
Damon & The Shitkickers – Jinx Happy Hour
Madam Company: Bad Company, Free & Paul Rodgers Tribute – Coach’s Corner (7p)
Greg Williams, Hitman – Bayou Cafe
Train Wrecks – Jazz’d (9p)
JerryDay with Charlie Fog – Barrelhouse South
Whitehall – El-Rocko
Jon Lee’s Apparitions – Molly MacPherson’s
Cave Of Swimmers, Hollow Leg, Eskizo – Jinx

Sunday 8/12
Voodoo Soup – Congress Street Social Club

Monday 8/13
Open Mic – Abe’s On Lincoln

Tuesday 8/13
Joe Nelson – Foxy Loxy Cafe (7p)
Open Mic – Molly MacPherson’s (9p)
Ben Keiser Band – Bay Street Blues
Eric Culberson Open Jam – Bayou Cafe
Ben Lewis – Barrelhouse South

Wednesday 8/14
Ben Keiser Band – Boomy’s

Larry Jack’s Magical Music Tour – 8/2/18 – 8/9/18

Thursday 8/2
Gypsy Jazz – Rancho Allegre (7-9p)
Brown Kid – Sentient Bean (8p)
Danielle Hicks DuoJazz’d (7-10:30)
Tail Light Rebellion – Jinx ($5)
Eric Culberson Band – Bayou Cafe
Open Mic (In For A Penny 10:30-11:30) Molly MacPherson’s

Friday 8/3
City Hotel – Service Brewing (5:30)
Waits & Co – Wyld Dock Bar (7p)
Resinated, Blu Vudu – Barrelhouse South
MYFEVER, Dustin Price, God Bless Relative – El-Rocko
Xulu Prophet – Molly MacPherson’s

Saturday 8/4
Damon & The Shitkickers – Jinx Happy Hour
Scott Danger Bravo – Sentient Bean (7p)
Randall Bramblett – Tybee Post Theater (8p)
Liquid Ginger – Boomy’s
The Mercers – Molly MacPherson’s
Train Wrecks, Salt & Pine – Jinx
Microwave, Can’t Swim, Drug Church, King of Summer – El-Rocko
Roshambeaux, Trail Diver – Barrelhouse South

Sunday 8/5
Savannah Songwriters Series – Sentient Bean (7p)
Honey Moonshine – Jazz’d (7p)
Voodoo Soup – Congress Street Social Club

Monday 8/6
Open Mic – Abe’s On Lincoln
John Bias, Rude Dude, Pageant Wave – El-Rocko
Every Time I Die, Vatican, Sins of Godless Men – Jinx

Tuesday 8/7
Ben Keiser Band – Bay Street Blues
Eric Culberson Open Jam – Bayou Cafe
Open Mic – Molly MacPherson’s

Wednesday 8/8
Ben Keiser Band – Boomy’s
VuDu Shakedown – Barrelhouse South

Thursday 8/9
Gypsy Jazz – Rancho Allegre (7-9p)
Gin Blossoms – Stage On Bay
Eric Culberson Band – Bayou Cafe