Congress Street Social Club is becoming a staple of live music in Savannah, and they're doing it at no extra cost to the patrons.
Coming up on its third year in the current setting, Social has benefited from its physical expanse and steady flow of customers. Booking agent/part-owner Harley Krinstey has made sure to take advantage of the space to be able to offer free, high-quality live shows.
"The only way that we're able to do what we do here is based on everything we do here," Krinstey said. "Where most people just have one room or a venue, we have three different rooms. We have the ability to go out on a limb. Really, I just love bringing in live music. I think Savannah has got a very big opportunity for its music scene to grow.
"It's always been here, but it seems we could be on the cusp of something bigger."
Lately, Social has been riddled with talented touring bands. Last month, The Peoples Blues of Richmond, Eric Culberson, The McLovins, The Orange Constant and others joined a lineup of free shows.
In February, Social brought in Stereo Reform and Basik Lee, and this week, The Mantras will be performing at no charge to music fans.
"There's been a ton of different music scenes in the country that we've tapped into," Krinstey said.
"There's an amazing music scene coming out of Richmond (Virginia). Once we tapped into one of them, all of their buddies started coming down. It's interesting to see it grow in that organic way."
Further accentuating the live show experience concept, jam band rockers The Mantras will play a free live show Feb. 21.
Accented by a lighting and projection rig they bring to each show, this Greensboro, N.C., band puts the focus on the live show.
"I think the live experience is the most important thing," frontman Keith Allen said.
"There are a lot of people that haven't seen a live concert before. Keeping that authenticity is really important to us. We want to put on the best show possible."
Their fourth studio album, "Jambands Ruined My Life" is loaded with jam tunes based in jazz and rock progressions. The album runs the gauntlet of influences, even taking notes from electronic and metal, but it always lands on the jazz-based improvisation of notables like Phish.
"We just never really committed to any certain style," Allen said.
"We left the writing open. There's the stuff that I am influenced by that I try and bring into it. Basically, we never put a limit on what we're going to write. We listen to pretty much everything and it kind of all comes out in the end."
Savannah's music scene is growing. Along with Social and other bars and clubs like it, Savannah Stopover's influence on the music scene is beginning to pay off not only for the businesses, but also for the patrons and socialites who enjoy live music.
"I think one of the things that Stopover did for us is that it opened up people's eyes to what can come through here and what does make sense," Krinsley said.
"All the bands that come through Savannah fall in love with it. What's not to love?"