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Unplugged: The Wailers, Perpetual Groove, Dwarves among summer music highlights

  • Josh Barrett of The Wailers. (Photo by Simon J. Newbury)

Unplugged: The Wailers, Perpetual Groove, Dwarves among summer music highlights

07 Jun 2017

It’s time for live music fans to get out your summer calendars.

The Stage on Bay has several big shows booked for this summer, including The Wailers on June 28, JJ Grey & Mofro on July 20 and Donna the Buffalo on Aug. 18. Check out for tickets and additional info.

I’ve never seen Donna the Buffalo live, but I’m sure the band’s “herd” will show up. The Wailers and JJ Grey & Mofro have performed excellent Savannah concerts over the years.

If you prefer smaller clubs, you have plenty of options, too.

On June 22, Neurosound Booking presents the Seattle punk band Wimps at El-Rocko Lounge. The talented trio will be supported by the wildly entertaining The Gumps, based in Savannah. It’s a free show, and it’s sure to be a party.

Jonathan Brown, a rapper and poet with a fascinating backstory, will perform at The Wormhole on June 28. Brown will be joined by Savannah-based hip-hop artist Dope KNife and Gray Wolf. The show is $5 at the door.

On July 6, The Dwarves and Richie Ramone will be at The Jinx for a night of classic punk. The Dwarves have been pushing the limits since the 1980s, and Ramone played over 500 shows with, yes, the Ramones.

On July 15, The Jinx hosts the popular Seattle-based rock band Supersuckers. Advance tickets for The Dwarves and Richie Ramone ($15) and Supersuckers ($15) are available via Ticketfly. Both shows are potential sell-outs, so you might want to plan ahead.

On July 24, Perpetual Groove will play an acoustic set at Barrelhouse South. The Athens-based jam band was founded in Savannah 20 years ago, so this should be an extra-special show for local fans. This show also seems likely to sell out, so fans are advised to buy advance tickets ($12) via

Keep in mind that I don’t have space here to list every upcoming show worthy of attention.

Also, live music fans should remember that the city’s pace slows during the summer.

Many folks spend their leisure time at the beach, many college students are gone until August or September and tourism often dips in the heat.

And all those factors mean that many of Savannah’s music venues are quieter in the summer than during the rest of the year. That makes summertime especially good for checking out new venues and for supporting our homegrown talent.

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