It’s going to be difficult for anyone in Savannah’s Historic District to not hear some sort of live music over St. Patrick’s Day weekend.
Whether you catch a drunken Irishman in a kilt outside of Pinkie’s wailing on his bagpipe at 2 a.m. (true story), or slip into The Jinx or The Rail Pub for some Irish punk music, you will hear something good while you celebrate Irish culture, drink your sorrows away, party like you like have kids and never get out, pretend it’s your last day on Earth, or just sit and people watch.
But if you are intentionally looking for live music to accent your debauchery, we have suggestions. There will be plenty of live music on River Street, and you can read about that in Bill Dawers' Unplugged column this week. Below is a focused look at the club scene, the down-and-dirty side of St. Patrick's in Savannah — or the best part, depending on your perspective.
The Jinx, 127 W. Congress St.
The Jinx has two straight days of mostly local bands for its St. Patrick’s celebration. On Friday, Savannah’s jazz-infused Lulu The Giant opens up the day at 12:30 p.m., followed by the amazing Joe Nelson and James Pittman at 2:30 p.m. Damon and the Sh!tkickers play at 4:30 p.m., followed by Bottles & Cans at 6:30 p.m. to round out the Savannah lineup. At 9 p.m., Atlanta’s Cold Heart Canyon and Blood on the Harp close out the night.
On Saturday, Lulu The Giant again kicks things off at The Jinx with a noon set. The F Bombs follow at 2 p.m. Then it’s a killer Savannah alt-country/roots lineup starting at 4 p.m. with The Train Wrecks, Damon and the Sh!kickers and Bottles & Cans. Savannah’s rockabilly kings Crazy Man Crazy play at 10:30 p.m.
Lust for Vomit, a Pogues cover band that shouldn’t be missed, plays at midnight, followed by the The Gang's All Here, a Dropkick Murphys cover band featuring local punks Jeff Two-Names and the Born Agains.
El-Rocko Lounge, 117 Whitaker St.
Up on Whitaker Street, Charleston indie-rock band Whitehall will play a kick-off party on Friday with Georgia-based Funk You at 10 p.m. On Saturday, Whitehall adds the words Groove Band to its name to evolve into El-Rocko’s house band, jamming on Motown, Van Morrison and more all day long. At 11:30 p.m. Saturday, El-Rocko goes into full disco mode with DJs Pajahm X Clvlnd.
Barrelhouse South, 125 W. Congress St.
The riff-driven classic hardrock of Greco hits Barrelhouse at 2 p.m. Saturday. If you want to really party, go party with Greco. You might have the best time of your life, if the stories are true. (The stories are true). Little Stranger gets groovy at 4:30 p.m. Saturday, followed by Athens’ dance pop The Norm at 6:45 p.m. Miami hip-hop group ¡Mayday! takes over at 9:15 p.m. Groove Town Assault closes the night with an 11:30 p.m. show.
The Rail Pub, 405 W. Congress St.
The Rail Pub’s St. Patrick’s Day house band, In For A Penny, will be jamming through Irish punk music all day long starting about 4 p.m. If you haven’t caught In For A Penny, do it. It’s a good time, every time.
Congress Street Social Club, 411 W. Congress St.
For something different, check out Atlanta’s instrumental psych-rock band CHEW at Congress Street Social Club at 10 p.m. Friday night.
Joshua Peacock is a writer and musician based in Savannah. He studied music theory, jazz and playwriting at the University of Iowa. Empire of Sound has won two Georgia Press Awards in the past two years. Email firstname.lastname@example.org.