One of my favorite things about the music scene downtown is the amount of positive energy that pervades the entire area. This weekend has one of the best examples of the kindred spirit of these musicians.
As far as I am concerned, the Statts Fest is one of the more important events of the year. I hope that all of you reading this will consider going to this show at the Jinx on Saturday. It is a benefit for one of Savannah’s most-loved artists, Jason Statts. I assume that most of you know the story of Jason Statts, if you don’t, be sure to read Jim Morekis’ interview with Jason in this week’s Connect. Jason was the victim of a street robbery that left him paralyzed. I have only met Jason a few times, but he is one of the nicest guys I know.
This will be the fifth annual Statts Fest, and the fact that this benefit has continued for so long and bands are anxious (one stated “honored”) to play at this festival shows how much his friends care for him. And the line-up is exciting, with some of Savannah’s best bands playing. The show starts at 4pm. I haven’t seen a schedule announced yet, but I bet you can go early, leave before midnight, and still see five or more good bands. I can really see no reason that everyone shouldn’t go to this show.
There are plenty of other shows this weekend, here is some more music I would recommend. In keeping with the Savannah spirit, all of these recommendations this week are Savannah bands.
Jon Lee’s Apparitions (guitar rock) – Warehouse
2Tone Fish (guitar rock) – Barrelhouse South
Stephen Baumgardner (acoustic music from one of Savannah’s most talented artists) – Blowin’ Smoke (7p)
Rosies (female harmony duo) – Ampersand ($5)
Hypnotics (60’s garage rock) – Molly MacPherson’s
Kota Mundi (rock-reggae) – Congress Street Social Club
5th Annual Stats Fest – Bottles & Cans, City Hotel, Devil At My Side, Hot Pink Interior, Crazy Bag Lady, Cusses, Conquer/Devour, Black Tusk, Savannah Sweet Tease Burlesque Review – Jinx ($20, 4p)
Jon Lee’s Apparitions – Boomy’s
Voodoo Soup (classic rock covers) – Congress Street Social Club
Hitman (electric blues) – Warehouse
Jubal Kane (juke-box blues) – Bay Street Blues
Eric Culberson Open Jam – Bayou Cafe