With excellent bands and great crowds spread out across 10 venues, Savannah Stopover electrified the local music scene last weekend.

And that was just the first weekend of the incredibly rich month of March.

Savannah Music Festival doesn't begin until March 20, but the weekend leading into St. Patrick's Day is always a busy one in the clubs.

Regrettably, it's also one of the most chaotic in terms of scheduling and promotion.

Of course, club owners and managers have faced an especially daunting booking problem this year. After weeks of uncertainty, Gov. Nathan Deal signed Senate Bill 318 into law Thursday afternoon, allowing local drinking establishments to operate on Sunday for the St. Patrick's Day festival.

For downtown bars that typically book bands, a late approval of Sunday hours will mean even more last-minute scrambling and scheduling. As far as I know right now, the weekend's club highlights will likely be at The Jinx.

That's no surprise since it's one of the few downtown venues that prioritizes the music programming.

On the night of March 14, Coon Doggin Outlaws from Okeechobee, Fla., bring their mix of punk and rockabilly back to The Jinx.

According to the club's schedule, Coon Doggin Outlaws will be joined by the stellar blues band Bottles & Cans, who will also be on the bill at Jazz'd Tapas Bar on March 15.

On March 15, The Jinx will feature two of my favorite Savannah-based acts playing pretty much all day and night.

City Hotel hits the stage from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m., followed by Damon and the Sh!tkickers from 6 to 9 p.m.

Then City Hotel comes back up for another set, and then Damon and the boys return to close out the night.

By the way, if you want to hear Bottles & Cans, City Hotel and Damon and the Sh!tkickers at other times over the long weekend, all three are among the dozens of bands performing on the outdoor stages downtown.

Check out our Big Calendar for times and locations.

Bill Dawers writes City Talk in Savannah Morning News and blogs at Savannah Unplugged (www.billdawers.com). Contact him at billdawers@comcast.net.