The Savannah Music Festival (SMF) will be dominating the cultural calendar for the next couple of weeks, but the city’s clubs will continue to present the high-quality acts that we have come to expect.
And, since club shows in Savannah start so much later than in many other cities, music lovers can typically go to an SMF performance and still have ample chances to hear more live music that same night.
The Hills and the Rivers, a self-described “street folk family band” from Pittsburgh, will headline on March 29 at The Wormhole, 2307 Bull St. The band, which formed in 2013 and is fronted by four siblings from the Hill family, has roots in busking and has played on bills with Rusted Root, The Godd**n Gallows and Birds of Chicago.
In a review of the “The Fool & the Magician,” The Indie Source wrote that the 2018 album “adds an almost noir-like texture to a band that is arguably among the most surreal in the postmodern community.”
Also on the bill are Perpetual Care, one of Savannah’s most talented up-and-coming acts, and Lady Valore, an artist who explores a variety of genres in her upbeat live shows.
In a totally different vein, Bootlegger Boogie Productions has a big party planned for March 30 at El-Rocko Lounge, 117 Whitaker St.
“Bootlegger’s Boogie” is a Prohibition-era-themed dance party and performance featuring the Savannah-based Bee's Knees Performance Troupe. DJs OB-1 Benobi and Jose Ray will be spinning jazz and blues tunes that evoke the era.
The night will include a dance and a costume contest with prizes from the vintage store House of Strut.
And there will be a very different sort of party when Hotplate headlines an especially exciting show on April 4 at The Jinx, 127 W. Congress St.
If you haven’t experienced the immersive complexity of Hotplate’s rock, you should check out the newish 10-minute single “1,000 Things (I Touched Today)” and read Do editor Joshua Peacock’s piece about the band..
The Florida rock band Gillian Carter will be on the bill with Hotplate, as will To Forget from Charleston, S.C. It’s going to be a night of dense, demanding music.
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.