Black Tusk, one of the most important bands to come out of Savannah's legendary metal scene, will play a rare hometown show on Dec. 1 at The Jinx.

Since Black Tusk began regular national and international tours several years ago, the trio has typically performed only a few times per year here in Savannah, and the shows always feel special, even sentimental - if that word can apply to the group's punk-influenced swamp metal sound and electric stage presence.

The Savannah gig is part of a busy weekend for Black Tusk that includes shows at WVRM Fest 5 in Jacksonville, Fla., and Will's Pub in Orlando.

Also on the bill with Black Tusk at The Jinx are CRUD from Miami and two singer songwriters: Abe Partridge from Mobile, Ala., and A.M. Rodriguez, whose dark, finely crafted songs made him a staple of the Savannah scene. Rodriguez recently moved out of town, so I don't know how many more chances you'll get to hear him.

The cover is just $10 for all four bands at The Jinx on Dec. 1. The music will begin sometime after 10 p.m.

There are several other notable shows this weekend for live music lovers.

On Dec. 2, El-Rocko Lounge hosts Secret Guest and Faline from Charleston and Savannah's Rude Dude and the Creek Freaks, who sounded fantastic at a recent performance during a block party at Graveface Records & Curiosities.

On Dec. 3, the Philly punk band Dark Thoughts headlines an 8 p.m. all-ages show at Sulfur Studios at 2301 Bull St.

Dark Thoughts will be joined by Poison Boys of Chicago and Savannah-based hardcore band Negative Graves. It's also the debut of The Ramages, which features several familiar faces on the local scene.

The cover is just $7 for the show at Sulfur.

As Joshua Peacock recently noted in his column here in Do, the local scene has rebounded in recent months after a lengthy lull, but fans need to get out and show their support if we want to maintain the current momentum.

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