With September upon us, local live music lovers will find many more options than they could find at the height of summer. In recent columns, I have written about some big shows and festivals coming up this fall, but it's the smaller shows - the gigs by local and touring musicians that dot the calendar each week - that determine the strength of the local scene.

I'm thinking of shows like Lulu the Giant on Aug. 31 at Welmont Venues. The trio led by singer, songwriter and bass player Rachael Shaner will perform songs from their beautiful debut album "Kingdoms Fall" and some music planned for a 2018 album. There will also be new merch available.

Lulu the Giant will be on the road and even off to Europe for much of the fall, so this might be your only chance to catch the band in Savannah through the end of the year. Tickets ($10) are available through Eventbrite and might also be available ($15) at the door. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. Aug. 31. Check out the Facebook event page for more information.

On Sept. 1, El-Rocko Lounge will certainly be rocking with a high-energy lineup of local and out-of-town talent. The show will be headlined by Shoplifters, a Savannah-based band fronted by the inimitable and dynamic Keith Kozel, whom many of you know from his long history as the lead singer for GAM and Superhorse.

I've seen Shoplifters just one time, but there is no doubt the band's mix of garage rock and punk will find lots of fans if the group decides to do more public performances.

Also on the bill are the Orlando punk band Tight Genes and Knoxville's Burning Itch, who will be making their Savannah debut. As usual, there will be no cover charge for this show at El-Rocko.

On Sept. 4, The Sentient Bean will host an interesting Labor Day lineup that mixes a variety of genres. The night will be headlined by Winded, a project of Tallahassee singer-songwriter Catherine Vianale that is slated to appear at The Fest in Gainseville, Fla., in October.

Joining Winded at The Bean will be Savannah-based Lakin Crawford and Lady Valore. Shows at The Sentient Bean typically ask for donations and start early enough to be finished by 10 p.m. Check out the Facebook event page for additional details.

And that's just three of the many gigs happening this weekend. I'm sure I'll see some of you out and about.

Bill Dawers writes City Talk in Savannah Morning News and blogs at Savannah Unplugged (www.billdawers.com) and hissing lawns (www.hissinglawns.com). Email billdawers@comcast.net.