Hang Fire, the funky bar at 37 Whitaker St., began hosting live bands again a few months ago when it served as a key venue for the 2013 Savannah Stopover.
In recent weeks, Hang Fire has picked up the pace of booking. And that's good news for a variety of local and traveling acts looking for small rock clubs.
It's also good news for live music fans who want Savannah to have a diversity of thriving venues.
On July 2, Hang Fire is hosting a Sock Hop. Call it a pre-pre-Fourth of July party with three bands likely to have an appeal that crosses generational lines.
The show is headlined by Charleston's Boring Portals, a garage rock band that seems to draw from punk and surf influences.
Boring Portals will be joined by two promising Savannah-based acts that have come very far very fast.
Started as a side project of Triathalon's stellar guitarist Hunter Jayne, Wet Socks has been honing its sound and tightening the energetic live sets. Jayne and drummer John Zimmerman played the 2013 Savannah Stopover in March and have been busy ever since, including a supporting gig a few weeks ago at Hang Fire.
Started by former Triathalon bass player Michael Younker, Sauna Heat relishes in a lo-fi rock sound that occasionally conjures early soul and surf but mostly just rocks straight ahead.
London's Fuzzbook recently released a Sauna Heat cassette (how's that for retro?), and the band will be hitting the road in a few weeks for a gig at The Royal American in Charleston.
Sauna Heat and Wet Socks both came out of the student culture at SCAD, which in recent years seems to have developed a special affinity for live music, house shows and a throwback vibe.
College culture changes fast, of course, so it's hard to know if these bands are anomalies or part of some larger trend. Let's hope for the latter.
Younker of Sauna Heat and Jayne of Wet Socks also both just graduated, so they could in theory pick up and move at any time. But it's good to see that, at least for now, they're going to stick around town and make some music.
Bill Dawers writes City Talk in the Savannah Morning News and blogs at Savannah Unplugged (www.billdawers.com). He can be reached via email@example.com.