Summer has (un)officially begun, so it’s time to add a number of big shows to your calendar.

Quiet Hollers, a powerful and even haunting rock band from Louisville, will perform after 9 p.m. June 15 at Barrelhouse South, 125 W. Congress St. The band floored some of us during their appearance at the 2016 Savannah Stopover.

On the Facebook event page, Quiet Hollers has called Savannah “one of the most beautiful cities to play rock and roll in.”


Futurebirds, the Athens rock band that has played any number of excellent shows in Savannah, will perform June 28 at B&D Burgers, 209 W. Congress St. B&D has one of the nicest outdoor areas for live music in the Historic District, and the Futurebirds show launches the venue’s first summer concert series.

Doors will open at 6 p.m., with local duo Connellis performing at 7 p.m. and Futurebirds at 9 p.m. Tickets ($24.78) are available via the Facebook event page and Eventbrite.


The Stage on Bay, 1200 W. Bay St., has a number of big-name acts this summer, including old-school metal with Anthrax and Testament on June 13. General admission tickets are $35.

The Stage on Bay’s other upcoming shows include the Marshall Tucker Band on June 15 ($29 and up), Keller Williams on June 23 ($19 and up), JJ Grey & Mofro on June 27 ($29 and up), Gin Blossoms on Aug. 9 ($29 and up) and Fuel with Soul Asylum on Aug. 21 ($39 and up).

Tickets for those and other performances can be purchased via

Lots of other performances by touring acts will be announced in the coming weeks, so be sure you pick up Do or check out for additional listings, as well as extended coverage of some shows mentioned here.

In closing, I should note that the city gets somewhat quieter in the summer, which can be a boon for lovers of live music.

Sure, tourism now remains strong throughout the year, but several factors — the heat, the lure of the beach and SCAD’s light summer schedule — leave more room on the streets and in the clubs. So summer often presents the best chances to check out the downtown scene and appreciate our many talented local bands.

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