With the return of Savannah College of Art and Design students for the fall quarter, the downtown scene will be in full swing this weekend, even if many tourists have canceled their trips here because of the threats posed by Hurricane Florence.

Maybe it will be even more fun if many tourists have canceled.


First, remember that Velvet Caravan will be joined by jazz singer Annie Sellick for a special show Sept. 14 at the Lucas Theatre for the Arts. Joshua Peacock previewed that performance in last week’s Do, so let this be your reminder. Advance tickets ($25-$45) are available through the Savannah Box Office.


On Sept. 13, Jordan Esker & The Hundred Percent will hit The Jinx, 127 W. Congress St. The exciting Tampa-based rock foursome is touring in support of their new album "Fail to Learn.” They will be joined on the bill by the high energy, Savannah-based Street Clothes, who played a great opening set for Houndmouth at B&D Burgers recently.


Tickets will be $7 and music generally starts at The Jinx sometime after 10 p.m.

The music lineup at El-Rocko Lounge has recently been peppered with eclectic indie rock acts, but there will be a different sort of party when The Charlie Fog Band takes over the club on Sept. 15. The local Grateful Dead tribute band was formed in 2011 and has played countless gigs in the years since then.

Live music lovers might also want to buy tickets ($8) now for Valley Queen — yes, they are from Los Angeles — on Sept. 21 at El-Rocko. We will have more on that show in next week’s Do.

Barrelhouse South, 125 W. Congress St., has a typically packed weekend lineup that kicks off Sept. 13 with a special free show billed as “Savannah is for Lovers: Emo, Pop Punk, Throwback.”

The DJ-driven sing-along will feature Sadsongs from Jacksonville. Attendees are encouraged to post requests on the Facebook event page.

Barrelhouse will be jamming through the weekend, too, with performances by Groove Fetish and Trey Lewis on Sept. 14 and The Groove Orient and Formula 5 on Sept. 15.

It looks like another great weekend to enjoy the music and the energy in downtown Savannah.

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.