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Unplugged: Promising shows at Space Station, El-Rocko over holiday weekend

  • The Anxiety Junkies (Photo by Adriana Iris Boatwright)

Unplugged: Promising shows at Space Station, El-Rocko over holiday weekend

28 Jun 2017

The Fourth of July falls on a Tuesday, so the holiday weekend might feel extra long.

Depending on your stamina and your tolerance for crowds, that might be a good thing, or a really bad one.

In some ways, though, this looks like a typical Savannah weekend, with excellent bands from a variety of genres playing at downtown venues.

For this column, I have been especially interested of late in the ongoing changes to the local scene, including the slow rise of all-ages venues and the departure of some of the region’s busiest young musicians. We see examples of both those trends over this long holiday weekend.

Once again this week, the all-ages Starlandia Concert Series at the Space Station, 2436 Bull St., features a promising mix of touring and local talent.

On June 30, the Space Station will feature touring acts Plan Z, a self-described “electro-pop-punk” act from New Orleans, and DONKNG, a young rock trio from Gainesville, Fla. They will join local performers Orthodox and Josh Taft.

Orthodox has been posting moody, ambient songs to Bandcamp for more than two years, and Taft has been an important presence on the scene through his work with Generation Pill and with The Hippie and The Punk. The music will start at 8 p.m., and the cover is just $5.

On July 3, El-Rocko Lounge will host a show headlined by King Of Summer, a rock foursome from Atlanta who just released their debut EP “Rock N Rollers From Hell.”

That Independence Day eve show at El-Rocko also includes two Savannah-based punk bands that might be playing their last local shows ever — The Anxiety Junkies and Feeding Tube.

The Anxiety Junkies arose from Savannah’s vibrant DIY scene and turned out the excellent album “Gentrified Homicide” in 2016. Feeding Tube, whose live shows feel like performance art, has an especially aggressive sound.

El-Rocko, which doesn’t charge a cover fee, typically starts shows earlier than some other venues — this one is scheduled for 9 p.m.

Even though July 3 is a Monday, downtown should be hopping with folks getting an early start on the holiday, so be careful out there.

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