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Unplugged: CUSSES at The Grey, Hotplate at El-Rocko among standout weekend shows


Unplugged: CUSSES at The Grey, Hotplate at El-Rocko among standout weekend shows

09 Oct 2017

Most of the local performances by Savannah-based rockers CUSSES happen late at night at The Jinx, with the packed house caught up in the sound and the intense visuals of the band’s mesmerizing stage show.

So this weekend’s show by CUSSES is quite a departure. The band will play a special acoustic set at the fall’s first Stopover in the Yard in the outdoor area at The Grey. The event runs from noon to 3 p.m. Oct. 14.

Lead singer Angel Bond delivers intense rock vocals on stage — she typically needs that power to match the work of Bryan Harder on guitar and Brian Lackey on drums — but Bond explores the lyrics in different, more subtle ways during the band’s rare acoustic performances.

Booked by MusicFile Productions, the parent company of Savannah Stopover and Revival Fest, Stopover in the Yard benefits area nonprofit groups. The Oct. 14 show by CUSSES will raise funds for the Coastal Heritage Society’s Cooking Matters program, which offers free cooking courses for underserved families.

Chef Mashama Bailey’s menu includes arugula and pasta salad, grilled barbecue shrimp, grilled chicken thighs, baked peas and garlic bread. Tickets ($25, $15 for children under 10) are available at the door on a first-come, first-served basis. Admission includes one drink: beer, wine or Chatham artillery punch. The Grey is located at 109 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.

Beyond the exciting Stopover in the Yard, this weekend offers a variety of club gigs that are worth checking out. Fall is a busy season in Savannah, with heavy foot traffic near the clubs in the West Congress Street corridor and many bands stopping here on their fall tours.

Of special note is a heavy show on Oct. 13 at El-Rocko Lounge, 117 Whitaker St., headlined by Charleston-based foursome Florida Man, who are making their first trip to Savannah. Florida Man released their self-titled debut EP in May.

Hotplate — arguably one of the most talented acts in Savannah — is also on the bill. The band’s complex instrumental metal is unlike anything else in town. If you’re unfamiliar with Hotplate, you should hop over to Bandcamp and listen to the 22-minute song “Any Surface Can Be Your Death Bed,” which was released in May.

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