Only a few short years ago, when SCAD would let out for the summer, Savannah would dip into a live music and entertainment recession for a couple of months.
Those days are long gone as the tourist season now extends year around, and clubs and venues are testing whether the density is available during the summer to draw people into their business with live music. Last week, Jeezy played Elan Savannah and this week, the brand new Victory North will bring in the popular indie-experimental pop band Man Man.
Elsewhere around town, there is a little bit of something for everyone. So what’s your kick? You like reggae? Sad boy indie-rock? How about some deathcore, or jazz, or Southern folk? It’s all happening, man.
Man Man is the Philadelphia-based pop-driven piano workings of Honus Honus (Ryan Kattner) with a mix-mash of horns, and rhythm creating a kaleidoscope of sounds. With a solid American roots foundation, Man Man is as folk as it is pop, but most of it is danceable and upbeat. Man Man has played with Modest Mouse, Tom Waits, Outkast and Spaceship Aloha, to give you some kind of comparison.
Man Man has five studio albums, and has garnered attention from national media outlets. Of their second album, Pitchfork said, “Man Man are full of contradictions: They make great studio records that can’t compare to the intensity of their physically demanding live show.”
They stop in Savannah on a 20-plus date national tour that spans through October. Victory North’s booking is being handled by Zero Mile. This Man Man show is one of the first examples for Savannahians on the how the booking agency will package tours through Savannah. Man Man plays Terminal West in Atlanta and then the Georgia Theatre in Athens, two venues that are booked by Zero Mile, right after the Victory North show.
Savannah is now on a much larger regional booking circuit, thanks to Victory North. Thank them for keeping our summer interesting by buying a ticket.
Rebecca Black is opening up for Man Man. Yes, the “Friday” Rebecca Black. One of the early YouTube viral sensations, Black was the butt of internet jokes in 2011. But, the joke was probably on the internet, as Black’s “Friday” ended up on the Billboard Hot 100 and charted around the world. Since her surprise stardom, Black’s continued to release music and last year appeared on the Fox reality TV show “The Four: Battle for Stardom.” She was voted off in the second round.
If Man Man and Rebecca Black isn’t your thing, here are some other things that might be your thing. El-Rocko has three killer Deathcore bands on July 11 and a great lineup indie-rock on July 15. Legendary reggae icon King Yellowman plays The Wormhole on July 12.
On that same night, Sam Burchfield will fill The Roasting Room with some warm folk and The Jinx will host a lineup of garage rock/power-pop with Athens Hunger Anthem and locals Garbage Dog opening. In rare form, The Jinx show will not have a cover. So buy drinks because nothing in life is free, cheap or easy. If none of that appeals to you, Detroit’s Gino Fanelli will bring his New Orleans style jazz to Jazz’d Tapas Bar on July 15.
Welcome to the new year-around Savannah. No more sleepy summers here.
Joshua Peacock is the Do Savannah editor. You can reach him with comments or complaints at email@example.com.
IF YOU GO
What: Depressor, Heirless, Down Under
Style: Deathcore (Heavy and loud)
When: 9 p.m. July 11
Where: El-Rocko Lounge, 117 Whitaker St.
What: King Yellowman
Style: Reggae (Sexy dancing)
When: 10:15 p.m. July 12
Where: The Wormhole, 2307 Bull St.
What: Sam Burchfield
Style: Folk (Chill and thoughtful)
When: 8 p.m. July 12
Where: The Roasting Room, 1297 May River Rd.. Bluffton, S.C.
What: Hunger Anthem, Mean Queen, Garbage Dog
Style: Rock (Made in a garage)
When: 9 p.m. July 12
Where: The Jinx, 127 W. Congress St.
What: Honna, Dustin Price, Small Talk, Ford Music
Style: Indie-rock mix (Sad but sometimes upbeat)
When: 9 p.m. July 15
Where: El-Rocko Lounge, 117 Whitaker St.
What: Gino Fanelli
Style: Jazz (Yankee boy does Southern Jazz)
When: 7 p.m. July 16
Where: Jazz’d Tapas Bar, 52 Barnard St.
What: Man Man, Rebecca Black
Style: Indie-pop (Danceable and interesting)
When: 8 p.m. July 17
Where: Victory North, 2602 Whitaker St.