American Aquarium made a triumphant return to Savannah a couple of months back for The Jinx's 10th anniversary party. And they're headed this way for another gig at the Congress Street club on Dec. 14.
The talented and hardworking band from Raleigh seems constantly on the move - touring the country (and Europe), interacting with fans, developing new material and most importantly, relishing life's possibilities.
Over the last year or so, as the band began selling out bigger venues in bigger cities, Savannah seemed to slip off American Aquarium's regular Southeast tour. And that was bad news for fans here, including me.
I first caught American Aquarium at The Jinx almost five years ago and have tried to get to every one of their gigs since. I'm obviously not living the hard life of a touring young rocker, but it's hard not to be swept along when there is so much passion in the lyrics, in the live shows and in the grittiness of B.J. Barham's vocals.
The band has mastered an Americana rock style that is both earthy and penetrating, dead serious and deeply ironic.
Throw the stellar musicianship into the mix, and I'm hooked.
On top of all that, American Aquarium has in their repertoire one of the best newish songs about Savannah out there, "Savannah Almost Killed Me."
It begins: "Savannah almost killed me with cheap beer and Irish whiskey."
The Savannah Sweet Tease Burlesque Revue will be joining American Aquarium for the show. The act sold out The Jinx for the debut performance earlier this fall and also returned for the club's 10th anniversary party.
The Sweet Tease took their old school burlesque to Asheville last weekend, and the troupe has racked up a huge fan base. They have more than 1,000 fans on Facebook in just a few short months.
The Facebook invitation for the performances says things get rolling at 10 p.m., but that seems pretty optimistic, especially since the club is bound to get some late arrivals from attendees of the third annual Homegrown Holiday Hoedown, which you can read about elsewhere here in DO.
The Jinx is at 127 W. Congress St. The cover charge had not been announced as of press time.
Bill Dawers writes City Talk in the Savannah Morning News and blogs at Savannah Unplugged. He can be reached via firstname.lastname@example.org.