The new year is off to a fast start for the local music scene, especially across the viaduct from downtown at The Stage on Bay at 1200 W. Bay St.

On Jan. 11, two excellent rock acts - Hannah Wicklund & The Steppin Stones and The High Divers - will play The Stage on Bay.

The charismatic Wicklund, a Hilton Head native now based in Nashville, propels her band with a powerful guitar-driven Southern rock. This is just the third date of an extended American tour.

The High Divers from Charleston plays a brand of Southern rock as well, but the sound is more influenced by Americana traditions. General admission tickets ($15) are available through The Stage on Bay website,

Country star Cole Swindell performs at The Stage on Bay on Jan. 12, but that performance is sold out.

For the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday on Jan. 15, The Stage on Bay hosts the local premiere of the documentary "Whose Streets?" You can read about that screening elsewhere here in Do.

And a reminder that The Stage on Bay will host P.O.D. with DED on Jan. 18. That show was postponed because of Hurricane Irma and has been rescheduled twice, but all tickets will be honored. Additional tickets are available through the venue's website starting at $29.

There will also be plenty of music this weekend in the heart of downtown, especially at Barrelhouse South, 125 W. Congress St.

On Jan. 11, Barrelhouse will host a night of unpredictable soul and funk with the Joe Marcinek Band featuring members of Voodoo Visionary.

On Jan. 12, Riverbend Reunion from Nashville and Jacksonville-based Tom Bennett Band will take over the Barrelhouse stage. And on Jan. 13, the bar will host Andy Frasco and The U.N. from Los Angeles, plus the up-and-coming duo Roshambeaux from Atlanta.

With the holidays behind us, many touring acts will be stopping in Savannah over the next couple of months, a busy stretch for the city that culminates with Savannah Stopover in March.

Of course, while this column often focuses on touring bands, you can find excellent Savannah musicians from a variety of genres performing regularly at venues across the area. This might be a good weekend to get out and support your favorites.

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