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Unplugged: Top weekend picks include rock at El-Rocko, gypsy jazz at Ruth’s Chris


Unplugged: Top weekend picks include rock at El-Rocko, gypsy jazz at Ruth’s Chris

10 Jan 2017

The second weekend of 2017 includes a stacked bill on Jan. 14 at El-Rocko Lounge with Marytree from Charleston and two Savannah-based bands that put on great live shows: My Maiden Name and Broken Glow.

The trio Marytree describes their sound as “grunge metal,” which seems about right. The band’s new album “Chipper” will be released on Friday the 13th with a show at Monster Music & Movies in metro Charleston.

“Chipper” will be released in the usual digital formats, but Marytree will also have a limited run of 50 cassettes for sale at the Savannah show. Each cassette comes with a download code.

My Maiden Name has made a name for itself with an interesting mix of genres — from hip-hop to Brazilian pop.

Broken Glow has attracted a big following for their high-energy hard rock. Last year’s record release show at Southbound Brewing Co. was really impressive.

On top of all that, Ryan Koch from Rock 106.1 will emcee. El-Rocko is at 117 Whitaker St., a block south of Broughton Street.

This weekend also marks the return of Live Music Brunch at Ruth’s Chris Steak House at 111 W. Bay St.

On Jan. 15, the restaurant will present a Gypsy Jazz Brunch. The program will be a tribute to Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli with Ricardo Ochoa on violin, Eric Dunn on bass and Christopher Jenkins on guitar.

The music goes from 1-3 p.m., and Ruth’s Chris is offering seatings at 12:15, 12:30 and 12:45 p.m. That means everyone will be seated and most orders will be placed before the music starts. I haven’t attended any of the previous Live Music Brunch shows at Ruth’s Chris, but the schedule seems like it will honor the integrity of the music.

The menu ($37 before tax and tip) includes fruit, a choice of five entrees and cheesecake for dessert. Call 912-721-4800 for reservations.

Bill Dawers writes City Talk in Savannah Morning News and blogs at Savannah Unplugged ( and hissing lawns ( Email