The first few months of 2019 are bringing some exciting bands to the Savannah area. Readers of this column probably already know about Savannah Stopover from March 7-9 and the Savannah Music Festival from March 28 to April 13, but there are lots of promising gigs between now and then.

Read more about the Stopover lineup here and the SMF lineup here.

 

So it’s time to get out those calendars.

Drivin N Cryin, which has been rocking for more than 30 years, will perform on both Jan. 11 and Jan. 12 at the Tybee Post Theater, a great venue for a band of this caliber.

In addition to some of their older work, Drivin N Cryin will likely play songs from an upcoming album produced by Aaron Lee Tasjan, himself a stellar musician who we hope will return to Savannah soon. Tickets ($27 and up) are now available via the theater website.

 

Velvet Caravan, a stellar gypsy jazz ensemble based right here in Savannah, will headline the “Stroke of Good Fortune” gala benefiting historic Trinity United Methodist Church on Jan. 11.

This gala, which also includes a silent auction, seems like a great way to support Trinity, which has evolved into one of the most important spaces for cultural events in the Historic District. Advance tickets ($20) are now on sale via Eventbrite and Facebook.

Southern Culture On The Skids, which always brings a rollicking show that might or might not conclude with fried chicken flying through the air, will perform Jan. 16 at The Jinx. Tickets ($17) are now available via Ticketfly.

Savannah Stopover is still two months away, but the indie music festival is presenting three especially promising shows in the coming weeks at The Jinx, 127 W. Congress St.

The talented Martin Sexton, who blew me away the last time he played Savannah, will perform Feb. 8 at The Jinx. Tickets ($25) are available via Ticketfly.

Liz Cooper & The Stampede, an up-and-coming act that seems destined for great things in 2019, will take the stage Feb. 15 at The Jinx. Tickets ($12) are available via Ticketfly.

 

And, just a couple of weeks before the festival itself, on Feb. 23, Savannah Stopover brings JD McPherson to The Jinx. Advance tickets, again available via Ticketfly, are just $15 and likely to sell out.

AURA Fest is slated for Feb. 16 in the North Garden of Ships of the Sea Maritime Museum. The lineup for AURA (All Underground Rock All Day) includes Fit for an Autopsy, ZAO and Savannah-based Vatican. Tickets start at $28 and are available via Brown Paper Tickets.

Of course, that’s just a sampling of some of the upcoming gigs of special interest. Read Do each week for lots more listings and extended previews.

Bill Dawers writes City Talk in Savannah Morning News and blogs at Savannah Unplugged (billdawers.com) and hissing lawns (hissinglawns.com). Email billdawers@comcast.net.