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

Larry Jack’s Magical Music Tour – 7/26/18 – 8/1/18

Thursday 7/26
Kash’d Out, Vana Liya – Stafford’s (7p)
Gypsy Jazz – Rancho Allegre (7p)
Laikin Love – Jazz’d
Eric Culberson Band – Bayou Cafe
Towering Pines – El-Rocko

Friday 7/27
City Hotel – Service Brewing (5:30)
Sam Morrow – El-Rocko (6p, $5)
Jeremy J Riddle – Dub’s Pub (8-11)
Voodoo Visionary, Lady Love & The Losing Streak – Barrelhouse South
The Woofs, Squash – Wormhole
Bottles & Cans – Jazz’d (9p)
The Matters – Congress Street Social Club

Saturday 7/28
Damon & The Shitkickers – Jinx Happy Hour
The Sound Experiment – Tubby’s Tank House Thunderbolt (6p)
Drivin’ n’ Cryin’ – Coach’s Corner (7p)
Johnny Octane – B&D Burgers Congress St (8p)
Matthew Fowler – Sentient Bean (8p)
A Tribute To Legendary Songwriters – Tybee Post Theater (8p, $15)
Consider The Source, The Mercers – Wormhole
Totally Astronaut, Street Clothes – El-Rocko
Wild Adriatic, Jacob & The Good People – Barrelhouse South
Voodoo Fix – Congress Street Social Club
Cory Chambers Jazz Band – Prohibition

Sunday 7/29
Voodoo Soup – Congress Street Social Club

Monday 7/30
Stan Ray – Warehouse
Open Mic – Abe’s On Lincoln

Tuesday 7/31
Jason Bible – Foxy Loxy Cafe (7p)
Kevin Griffin (Better Than Ezra), Matt Hill, STACE – B&D Burgers Congress St (5-11p, $40)
Eric Culberson Open Jam – Bayou Cafe
Open Mic – Molly MacPherson’s

Wednesday 8/1
Acoustic Pickers 5th Anniversary Jam – bar-food (6p)
Ben Keiser BandBoomy’s

Willie Jackson Blues Band at El Rocko

The sun (and humidity) came out to El Rocko for the second of the Summer Series shows at El Rocko, starring the Willie Jackson Blues Band.

Singing a mix of originals and covers, Willie joked with the crowd and made sure everyone was having a great happy hour. His debut EP, released last year, features original songs that carry traditional blues into contemporary, everyday life.

A native of Savannah, Willie has always been a songwriter in his free time while working to support his family. After an accident ended his career working on the railroad, he was able to pursue his music full time. Willie has a passion for writing blues songs, playing bass and singing with various configurations of his Tybee Blues Band at venues across the Coastal Empire.

Catch the next show in the series this Friday with Sam Morrow at 6 p.m., and check out more photos after the jump!

Larry Jack’s Magical Music Tour 0 7/19/18 – 7/24/18

Thursday 7/19
Gypsy Jazz – Rancho Allegre (7-9p)
Up From Here – Sentient Bean (8p)
Eric Culberson Band – Bayou Cafe
Tanya Soloman: Truth Assassin, The Ramages – Jinx

Friday 7/20
City Hotel – Service Brewing (5:30)
Christie Allen Band – Rail Pub (7p)
9th Street Stompers, Caleb Warren & The Perfect Gentlemen – Jinx
Neighbor Lady, Laikin Crawford, Ryan Jones, DIP – El-Rocko
Hedonistas, Medicated Sunfish – Barrelhouse South
Squash – Molly MacPherson’s
Greg Williams, Jon Lee & The Hextones – Bayou Café

Saturday 7/21
CUSSES (8:30), Hypnotics (4:30), DJ Jose Ray (12n) – Service Brewing 4th Anniversary Party (12n-10p)
Damon & The Shitkickers – Jinx Happy Hour
Adam Nye – Foxy Loxy Cafe (7p)
Back City Woods, Row Jomah – Barrelhouse South
The Head – Congress Street Social Club
Prime Real Estate – Molly MacPherson’s
Hailshot – Jinx

Sunday 7/22
Voodoo Soup – Congress Street Social Club

Monday 7/23
Open Mic – Abe’s On Lincoln

Tuesday 7/24
Clouds & Satellites – Foxy Loxy Cafe (7-10p)
Eric Culberson Open Jam – Bayou Cafe
Open Mic – Molly MacPherson’s

New Music Monday – 7/6/18

Mudhoney
Seattle, WA
“Paranoid Core” from Digital Garbage out on Sub Pop Sept. 28.

25+ years later and here’s Mudhoney, still doing the Mudhoney thing. Yeah, it’s no “Touch Me I’m Sick”, but live it’ll sound great between “I’m Now” and a Dicks cover or something, I promise.
tom

Lucero
Memphis, TN
“Cover Me” from the new album Among the Ghosts out August 3rd.

Not too many bands do whiskey soaked Americana as well as Lucero. Hopefully this means Ben Nichols and Co. will make a stop fairly close on the inevitable marathon tour (a like 2 second Google search turns up a Pour House in Charleston date, and two nights in ATL). Great, great, great live.
tom

Beak>
UK
“Brean Down” taken from Beak’s forthcoming album 〉〉〉out September 21st on Invada Records & Temporary Residence Ltd.

Beak> is a project from Portishead mastermind Geoff Barrow, and treads in much the same neighborhood as his more famous ensemble, at least sonically. I prefer the theatrics and the fantastic Beth Gibbons vocals of Portishead, if I’m being honest, but that outfit is painfully slow on releasing new material (if it’s coming at all). Beak> is pretty damn satisfying to me, too, especially when they lock into a Krautrock groove, and hey, I’ll take what I can get.
tom

Guided By Voices
Dayton, OH
“You Own The Night” from You Own The Night/Your Cricket is Rather Unique 7″ on Rockathon Records.
Mega prolific Guided By Voices promised to dedicate 2018 to touring, so they’re not releasing the two(!!!) albums they’ve recorded since until 2019 and 2020. One of the two albums is a double album for the love of god! This 7″ is just to tide over fans who can keep up, with a song from each upcoming album on each side. It’s totally ridiculous that the songs remain catchy and anthemic at the pace that they are put out, but the proof is in the pudding (wtf does that mean, btw??), so here you go.
tom

more photos from Savannah Stopover 2018

I know this is four months late, but I figured better late than never!

Cicada Rhythm:

Gus Dapperton:

Honduras:

Lilly Hiatt:

Futurebirds pack B&D Burgers for 1st show in new concert series – photos

Futurebirds made the trip down from Athens recently for a sold out show in the first installment of B&D Burgers ‘inaugural concert series at the Congress Street location.

The organizers brought in the producton pros at Kaufman-Heinz and a big stage for the ambitious experiment. The surprisingly mild evening was kicked off by Mostly Goodspell and CONNELLIS, and the headliner started around dusk. Futurebirds’ bassist Brannen Miles is from Savannah and the band has long had a strong following here, so lots of spectators were singing along.

B&D’s patio has a really nice flow, especially with all the tables cleared out, and I never waited more than a few seconds for service at the bars. The success of this first big gig bodes well for the next shows with Kevin Griffin of Better Than Ezra on July 31 and Houndmouth on August 29. Some of you will want to get your tickets now.

I brought along my FujiFilm x100t, which limited my options a little compared to a larger DSLR, and the lighting was pretty strong, which probably looked much better in the official videos being shot than in my photos. A few here, with more after the jump.

Larry Jack’s Magical Music Tour – 7/12/18 – 7/18/18

Thursday 7/12
Jon Lee’s Apparitions – Warehouse
Eric Culberson Band – Bayou Café

Friday 7/13
City Hotel – Service Brewing (5:30)
Willie Jackson Blues Band – El-Rocko (6p)
Charlie Fog Band – Molly MacPherson’s
A Fragile Tomorrow, Finnegan Bell – El-Rocko
Appalachian Terror Unit, Lies In Stone – Wormhole ($5)
The Georgia Flood, Lyn Avenue – Barrelhouse South
Passafire, Polar Waves – Jinx

Saturday 7/14
Damon & The Shitkickers – Jinx Happy Hour
Liisa and the Angelenos – Sentient Bean (8p)
Chamomile and Whiskey, Kelly Klo – El-Rocko
Pine Box Dwellers – Jazz’d (9p)
Rod Hamdallah – Jinx
Wood & Steel – Molly MacPherson’s
Wrong Way (Sublime Tribute Band), Crane – Barrelhouse South

Sunday 7/15
Catch a Kidney Concert w/ Christy Alan Band, Roy and the Circuit Breakers, The Charlie Fog Band – Coach’s Corner (3p)
Voodoo Soup – Congress Street Social Club

Monday 7/16
Open Mic – Abe’s On Lincoln

Tuesday 7/17
Gino Fanelli – Jazz’d (7p)
Ben Keiser Band – Bay Street Blues
Eric Culberson Open Jam – Bayou Cafe
Open Mic – Molly MacPherson’s

Wednesday 7/18
Dear Blanca, Nancy Druid – El-Rocko

New Music Monday – 7/9/18

Thee Oh Sees
San Francisco, CA
“C” from Smote Reverser out on Castle Face Records, August, 17th

I think they’re back to the “Oh Sees” moniker? Who can keep up? One thing I do know is they pump out as much quality psych rock as any outfit going currently. Always changing, always staying the same. This is a bouncy number, less shredding, more organ, but really fun. If you’re into King Gizzard and the Wizard Lizard and not the Oh Sees, you’re not doing it right.
tom

Joe Strummer
U.K.
“London is Burning” from JOE STRUMMER 001 out Sept. 29.

Joe Strummer had some pretty amazing musical output outside the Clash, and soon it won’t be so hard to track it all down. JOE STRUMMER 101 is going to collect his early works, his post Clash stuff, soundtrack contributions, unreleased work and tons of other various ephemera. Count me in.
tom

Deafheaven
San Francisco, CA
“Honeycomb” from Ordinary Corrupt Human Love, a July 13, 2018 release on Anti- Records.

Tom, do you have a 12 minute long kinda black metal/post rock/post hardcore song that finishes with a pretty, spacey outro? Oh, and I don’t want to be able to understand a damn thing the “singer” says, okay? Sure, here you go, and if you like this the whole album is streaming on NPR currently.
tom

Crooked Fingers
NC, USA
Red Devil Dawn Demos

I’ve really grown to appreciate Eric Bachmann’s post Archers of Loaf work, it’s generally quieter and prettier and the lyrics make a hell of a lot more sense than AoL. It’s different but equally rad, it’s almost as if his (and mine) musical taste has matured over the years. This release the demos to the 2003 Crooked Fingers release Red Devil Dawn. Worth checking out if you like his stuff.
tom

Mitski, Katie Von Schleicher & She Returns From War at El-Rocko – photos

Mitski came through town a couple weeks ago on her “Solo Tour of Beautiful Places” and while she got to experience the beauty (and stifling humidity) of Savannah, we got a truly beautiful performance in return. Just the artist that Iggy Pop recently called “probably the most advanced American songwriter that I know,” a blue acoustic guitar, amazing songs and an incredibly respectful crowd. Seriously, you could have heard a pin drop at El-Rocko at times. Nice work Savannah.

Katie Von Schleicher and She Returns From War opened, but I missed She Returns…due to parking issues. Anyway, check out Mitski’s new video for “Nobody” from her upcoming album Be The Cowboy, and pics from the show below. I’m pretty sure “Nobody” is the at the time unreleased song she asked us not to put on the internet, right? If you like the video Mitski’s entire discography is highly recommended, particularly Puberty 2. Great stuff, just ask Iggy.