We have some tremendous gigs in Savannah this weekend, and we have some promising shows in the coming weeks that live music fans should have on their radar now.

El-Rocko Lounge, which has been killing it with their booking in recent months, hosts the talented indie rocker Grace Joyner from Charleston on May 15 and Savannah’s own Dope Knife on May 16. You can read more about the Dope KNife show in next week’s Do.

Street Clothes, a Savannah band that mixes genres in unpredictable ways, will play El-Rocko on May 18. The psych rock band CHEW from Atlanta will headline El-Rocko on May 23, and Teddy and The Rough Riders, a Nashville band that played an impressive set during Savannah Stopover, will headline on May 24.

We will have more information about those and other late May shows in the coming weeks.

Supporters of the local scene should be looking ahead at summer bookings too — and should probably buy tickets soon for at least two of them.

Graveface Records & Curiosities will present an impressive lineup at a Mini Graveface Fest on June 19 at The Jinx.


The Appleseed Cast from Kansas will be playing the band’s first ever Savannah show. They will be joined by Tennis System from Los Angeles and Dreamend — the latter band includes Ryan Graveface who owns the Graveface store and record label.

Brothers Griiin, a duo of Matt Duckworth and Nicholas Ley from Flaming Lips, will also be playing Mini Graveface Fest. Tickets ($15) are now on sale.

Leela James, whose funky new EP “Are You Ready” was released last month, will perform on July 10 at Victory North, a new venue at 2603 Whitaker St.

James’ high-energy soul and R&B seem fitting for a hot July night in Savannah, but I suspect that a lot of concertgoers will be lured by the chance to see the new venue in action.

Victory North will also be used for weddings and other events, but its potential for concerts has excited music fans throughout the region, especially because of the collaboration with Zero Mile Presents, which does booking and marketing for the Georgia Theatre in Athens and Terminal West and Variety Playhouse in Atlanta.

We have long needed a sustainable music venue with standing room capacity of 500 to 900, and many are hoping that Victory North fills that niche. Tickets ($21) for Leela James are now on sale.

The jam band Perpetual Groove will play Victory North on both Sept. 20 and Sept. 21. Reverend Horton Heat will perform at Victory North on Oct. 9. It will be interesting to see how many other shows are booked through the summer and into the fall.


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.