Seeing the diversity of people wandering in the door and feeling the energy of the space, I was reminded again just how vital the Whitaker Street bar and club has been to the Savannah music scene.
It was a really quiet night downtown, but the bar was jumping — sometimes literally — for a free show with local acts Curbdogs and Breakers plus The Hernies from Athens, who kicked the night off with a strong set of what I’ll call garage rock for want of a better term.
I’m super excited about the new Savannah band Breakers (who were profiled last week here at hissing lawns), and I can’t wait to hear the results of their recent recording sessions at Dollhouse Productions. So far, the sound reminds me of new wave-y stuff circa 1990, but there’s a sharp edge live — you get the feeling that lead singer Samford Justice might lose his mind at any moment.
Curbdogs finished off the show by ripping as usual through a high-energy set. Curbdogs has a loyal following at Hang Fire and on the house show circuit, but I’m betting they’ll have a much higher profile around town in 2016.
The lighting is always a struggle for photographers at Hang Fire, so I just resorted completely to flash for this show, with slightly better results than usual.