I went to Macon last weekend for Bragg Jam. As usual, the crowd was dotted with live music lovers who had also made the trip from Savannah.
Of course, we haven’t had to travel to find a steady stream of good music at home this summer. The city’s venues have hosted all kinds of compelling performances by local and touring acts. We have had early shows, late shows and offbeat shows.
And this weekend brings another eclectic lineup to the city’s stages.
On both Aug. 3 and 4, The Jason Marsalis Quartet will be performing at Good Times Jazz Bar & Restaurant, 107 W. Broughton St.
Best known as a drummer, Jason Marsalis is of course part of the famed family of musicians from New Orleans. A multi-instrumentalist, Marsalis played vibes on his acclaimed 2013 album “In a World of Mallets” and has performed alongside countless jazz greats.
Savannah has a rich legacy of jazz, so it was great to see a top-notch spot like Good Times open in 2017. The cover for The Jason Marsalis Quartet is just $20, so you might want to show up before the 8:30 p.m. start.
In a completely different vein, The Dollyrots will play Aug. 9 at The Jinx, 127 W. Congress St.
Founded almost 20 years ago, the Los Angeles-based pop-punk band comprised of Kelly Ogden and Luis Cabezas will be stopping in Savannah as part of "The Rah Rah Radical Tour" in support of their new 7-inch “Get Radical.”
The Dollyrots might be a new name to many Savannahians, but the band has released six studio albums, played more than 1,000 live shows and accumulated 26,000 Facebook followers. With tickets just $10 in advance and $12 at the door, this show is another bargain.
According to Ticketfly, the doors will open at 9 p.m., but it might be worth checking the band’s or venue’s Facebook pages for the actual start time.
Those are just two of the promising shows this week. You can read about many more elsewhere in this edition of Do.
Bill Dawers writes City Talk in Savannah Morning News and blogs at Savannah Unplugged (www.billdawers.com) and hissing lawns (www.hissinglawns.com). Email firstname.lastname@example.org.