Ever since its founding almost 18 years ago, The Sentient Bean has been an important stop for local and touring musicians, especially singer-songwriters who aren’t good fits for Savannah’s louder, later clubs.
And this week brings two promising acts to the Bean, which is one of the few venues in town that can offer patrons a listening room experience.
The Austin-based These Fine Moments will perform at 7 p.m. April 25 at the Bean, 13 E. Park Ave.
These Fine Moments is new to me, but I found myself immediately enchanted by pop-rock songs like “Heavy for a Sunday” and “Break It, Bought It.” The vocal harmonies, the subtle instrumentations, the sharp lyrics; there is a lot to love here.
A duo of Hilary Kaufmann and Robert Watts, These Fine Moments formed in 2011 and call their music “an honest blend of folk, pop and depression,” a darkly funny phrase that doesn’t reflect the joy and humor that work their way into so many of the songs.
Steve Nebraska from Atlanta will play the Bean at 7 p.m. April 27 in support of his recent seven-song EP “Heart.” The record mixes a variety of genres, including pop, folk and indie rock, and features unabashedly emotional songs with catchy choruses.
With the new record and recent gigs at Smith’s Olde Bar in Atlanta and Café Coco in Nashville, Nebraska seems poised to build a solid following in the Southeast.
The Sentient Bean typically asks for a $5 donation for the performers, but I should add that touring singer-songwriters like these also welcome tips and typically have records and other merch available. A few sales can go a long way.
You can read elsewhere here in Do about the performance of The Monks of Doom at The Jinx, but that’s not the only promising gig this weekend at the one-of-a-kind club.
McFarland, a rockabilly band from Hollywood, Calif., will hit The Jinx, 127 W. Congress St., on April 27.
McFarland was formed just two years ago, so have had limited time to build a following in faraway spots like Savannah, but the raw, energetic sound is a good fit for The Jinx.
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.