Filligar's 8,000-mile summer tour began last weekend, and we're lucky that one of their stops is in Savannah.

The Chicago-based foursome will be playing at The Jinx on Aug. 3 in a gig arranged by MusicFile Productions, the parent company of Savannah Stopover.

I didn't know what to expect last March when I went to hear Filligar play a daytime set on the outdoor patio at B & D Burgers during the 2013 Stopover, but I was quickly drawn into the music by the skill and the passion.

Filligar's second Stopover gig was late at night inside the Congress Street Social Club - a great setting for the band's garage rock edge.

Filligar's members are still pretty young, but they've been playing together since 2000, when they were in middle school.

The band consists of three brothers - Johnny (guitars, vocals), Teddy (bass) and Pete (drums) Mathias - and keyboardist Casey Gibson.

It's worth noting that few rock bands that come through Savannah these days have keyboard players - and that's too bad.

Filligar's long summer tour is in support of its new album "Hexagon," which was released in late July to strong reviews.

A Paste reviewer notes the influence of Wilco and says the album reflects "that echo-driven, up-to-date guitar sound built and bred in the fragmented and confused U.S. of today.


What: Filligar, Mikaela Davis

Where: The Jinx, 127 W. Congress St.

Cost: $8


Each song sounds like a fun-loving plea scratched up occasionally by melancholy."

"Hexagon" has been performing well in its first weeks on the alternative album charts.

It's unclear if this tight new album will prove a breakout one for the band, but Filligar does seem to be right on the edge. The previous album, "The Nerve," was nominated for Best Rock Album at the 2012 Independent Music Awards.

Listening to "Hexagon," I can't help being drawn in by some of band's choices, like the keys venturing out on their own on the opening track "New Local" and the laconic bluesy rock of "Ozona."

Singer-songwriter and harpist Mikaela Davis will open the show at The Jinx. Tickets are $8 and can be purchased in advance at

Bill Dawers writes City Talk in the Savannah Morning News and blogs at Savannah Unplugged ( He can be reached via