There was plenty of good music around last weekend, something for every taste. I caught a punk show at Hang Fire last Wednesday (Downtown Boys, Crazy Bag Lady, also Wet Socks). There was reggae at Molly’s on Friday with Kota Mundi (enjoyed seeing Paxton Willis on drums again). And I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed seeing Major & The Monbacks, an eight-piece R&B soul band from Roanoke, VA, where I even bought a T-shirt! And the rock show at the Jinx on Wednesday (The Black Cadillacs, Thomas Wynn & The Believers) was excellent.
There are several good shows this week, as always. There are several tough choices on Friday, a big show at Ampersand, Bragg Jam participants Mantras at Congress Street Social, and American Aquarium at Jinx. I am not sure where I will end up. But I am sure where I will be on Saturday. There is a Stopover-sponsored bus going to the Bragg Jam Festival in Macon, GA. I have always said the Savannah Stopover was like Christmas for me, so I guess the Bragg Jam is like Christmas in July? This Festival will consist of 57 bands on 14 stages in Macon. This should be right up my alley, I hope it doesn’t kill me.
Here are some other recommendations for the week.
Waits & Co. – Blowin’ Smoke
American Aquarium (alt-country from Raleigh), Opossum Holler – Jinx
Quimby Mountain Band, Torch Runner, Morning Cloak, Broken Glow, Culture Vulture, Sara Clash – Ampersand ($5)
Winter Sounds, Grand Vapids, Fare The Gap – Hang Fire
Mantras – Congress Street Social Club
I Want Whiskey, City Hotel – Tybee Social Club
Bragg Jam – If you like reading this blog, you should be on the bus
Joe Nelson – Blowin’ Smoke
2Tone Fish – World of Beer
Jon Lee & The Apparitions – Boomy’s
Hitman – Molly MacPherson’s
New York Disco Villians, Seaboard Stompers – Jinx
Train Wrecks – Congress Street Social Club
Savannah Songwriters – Johnny Harris Restaurant – Anna Chandler, Isaac Smith, Rachel Shaner. Thomas Oliver (6p, all ages)
Voodoo Soup – Congress Street Social Club (10p)
Dr. Dan & The Looters – Barrelhouse (9:30p)
Casket Girls – Graveface Records (8p, RSVP only)
Holy Shadow, Koala Tea Time – Graveface Records (7p, all ages)
Ray Lundy – Foxy Loxy Cafe