Futurebirds brings their 10-year anniversary tour to El-Rocko Lounge on Oct. 26.
Since their founding, Futurebirds has been a major player in the Athens scene, which remains impressively strong and diverse decades after the city’s musicians first attracted international attention.
Futurebirds has performed with Widespread Panic, Drive-By Truckers and The Whigs, but the band shouldn’t be defined by traditional measures like that. The high-energy shows, the melding of rock and Americana sensibilities and the consistently artful, often beautiful songwriting have established Futurebirds as one of the region’s finest acts.
Futurebirds has played some thrilling shows in Savannah in recent years, including a sold-out performance in June to kick off B&D Burgers’ ambitious summer series.
The band headlined the Savannah Stopover announcement party in 2013 at The Jinx and headlined Revival Fest (a sorely missed event) in 2014 at the Georgia State Railroad Museum.
Futurebirds also played to packed houses in 2016 at Southbound Brewing Co. and at Ships of the Sea Maritime Museum during Stopover.
If you are unfamiliar with Futurebirds’ music, you should probably start with the 2015 album “Hotel Parties” and then dig deeper from there.
The 10th anniversary tour continues Oct. 31 with a show at Charleston’s Music Farm, a great venue much larger than El-Rocko.
El-Rocko’s lack of a large stage creates problems for some shows, but Futurebirds seems like the perfect act for the club. The band will still dominate the room, and they will be able to interact with the audience at eye level.
It should be an exhilarating show.
Futurebirds’ bass player Brannen Miles grew up in Savannah, and the band has other deep ties here as well, which suggest that the El-Rocko show is likely to sell out. Savannah has a reputation as “walk up town” since so many shows don’t sell out, if at all, until the last minute, but all of us slackers should get tickets in advance for this gig.
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.