The final Saturday of 2013 brings some excellent bands to the Congress Street corridor.
Given the quality and quantity of acts that have been coming to Savannah's downtown clubs this year, it's no surprise the final weekend is shaping up to be a big one.
With an impressive collection of shows throughout the year, The Jinx cemented its reputation as the city's most important live music club.
Fittingly, Niche will headline The Jinx on Dec. 28. The hard driving rock band combines the talents of four performers who are well known on the local scene: Justin Dick on guitar and vocals, Michael Redmond on bass and vocals, Lee Vallier on drums and Corey Barhorst on organ and other keys.
A couple of months ago, Niche's second album, "The Other Side of the End," was released to wide acclaim.
Niche will be supported by Tonto, one of the best local rock bands that you probably haven't heard of, and Rotten Blush, another local act.
Also on Dec. 28, No Control is throwing another party at Hang Fire, the funky bar on Whitaker Street just south of Congress Street.
Hang Fire started hosting bands again in 2013, which has proved a great development for the downtown scene.
The headliner is the local band Lovely Locks, which is led by three women - Britt Scott, Crystina Parker and Anna Chandler - who have distinguished themselves with previous projects.
Lovely Locks will be joined by the exceptionally talented Athens-based Powerkompany, a duo consisting of Marie Davon from Venice Is Sinking and Andrew Heaton from the Packway Handle Band.
Powerkompany released its first full-length album in 2013, "I Am More Than This."
It's common these days to say that a band mixes genres, but that's not just a platitude or a fuzzy excuse for something in Powerkompany's case. The band combines elements of electronica, folk and pop in endlessly interesting ways.
Given the proximity of the clubs, I suspect a fair number of us will be bouncing back and forth between The Jinx and Hang Fire this weekend. Expect a modest cover charge at both spots.
Bill Dawers writes City Talk in the Savannah Morning News and blogs at Savannah Unplugged (www.billdawers.com). He can be reached via firstname.lastname@example.org.