Savannah’s entertainment scene often acts like the surrounding tidal waterways in its ebb and flow: one weekend there is very little going on and the next is jammed packed with too many options.
For such a small city, we sometimes have an embarrassment of riches and then a drought of fun.
Other than the great live music options we’ve offered up in other sections of this week’s issue, there is a particular log jam of shows on Saturday worthy of a special highlight.
First up, The Jinx has a grand evening of heavy metal planned as two Richmond, Virginia, bands, Humungus (classic thrash), Occultist (hardcore), bring the fury. Then J.D. Pinkus will get on stage, probably with a banjo, and blow your mind with some alternative bluegrass.
Pinkus is a legend in certain circles. He picked up bass duties in the cult-classic punk band Butthole Surfers in 1986, appearing on five albums, including “Locust Abortion Technician,” one of the albums that influenced the birth of grunge. He rejoined the band when they reunited in 2008. Pinkus has also collaborated with Daddy Longhead, Areola 51, Honky, and Pure Luck.
Total legend, doing his thing.
Moving south on Whitaker, El-Rocko Lounge will host a string of punk bands Saturday. Atlanta’s King of Summer (pop-punk) return to Savannah, with Jacksonville, Florida’s Teen Divorce (also pop-punk) with local support from new punk band Garbage Dog (probably pop-punk).
Moving even farther south on the grid, The Wormhole Bar will host two folk-punk singer/songwriters from different places. Pelican Johnny, hailing from Austin, Texas, and Danny Attack from Jacksonville will lay down some sweet tunes about living and life, and being a rock ’n' rollers.
If the downtown area is not your scene Saturday, the Tybee Post Theater has a swell show. Four Savannah songwriters will pay loving tribute to their heroes, featuring the music of Paul Simon, John Lennon, Steve Earle and Lyle Lovett.
John Cranford, of Hilton Head’s Cranford Hollow, will pay homage to Simon with hits like “Mrs. Robinson” and “Graceland.” Ty Thompson, of the recently birthed Reverend Bo Diddley and the Hips, formally of the The Hypnotics, will do what he does best and play the Lennon set. Robert Cooper will honor Earle and Ben Wells is set to deliver the goods from Lovett’s catalog.