Savannah is waking up from her long summer siesta.
Students at Georgia Southern University and Savannah State University started their fall semesters this week, and Savannah College of Art and Design students will soon be drifting back into town for the fall quarter, which begins in early September.
The additional residents and the seasonal increase in tourism usually give a boost to the downtown music scene, which is dotted with promising shows for the next few weeks.
You can read much more elsewhere in this edition of Do about Moon Taxi’s performance this week at Victory North, the large new venue at 2603 Whitaker St. that has already had a huge impact on the Savannah music scene.
Victory North has 13 nights of music booked in September and many other dates in October and November.
Savannah has a reputation as a last-minute, walk-up town, which complicates the jobs of promoters and bookers. Maybe Victory North will be able to change that reputation with high-profile gigs like Drive-By Truckers on Sept. 23 and Big Freedia on Oct. 25. You will be reading a lot more about those upcoming gigs here in Do, but you can see the full listings on the venue’s website victorynorthconcerts.com.
Local punk favorites Jeff Two-Names return on Aug. 23 to The Jinx, 127 W. Congress St. Also on the bill are the punk band Dial Drive from Orlando and Savannah-based metal band Forest Evil. The cover will be $5.
The Atlanta country band Evan Stepp & The Piners will headline The Jinx on Aug. 24, with support from The Pink Stones from Athens and Savannah-based singer-songwriter Brandon Nelson McCoy. The cover will be $8.
Combined with Damon and the Sh!tkickers’ usual Saturday happy hour set, The Jinx should be the perfect spot on Aug. 24 for fans of country, alt-country and Americana.
Jenu Six & The Old Souls bring their fusion of country, blues and other roots genres on Aug. 22 to El-Rocko Lounge, 117 Whitaker St. I have not seen the band live but have been really impressed this week by their recordings.
El-Rocko hosts three Charleston rock bands that are also all new to me on Aug. 23, but I have grown to trust the venue’s booking. Daddy’s Beemer, Cry Baby and Whitehall will be joined by Enen, one of the Savannah area’s most interesting and provocative acts.
This column obviously can’t cover all the club shows, so keep in mind that you are likely to find good music in the City Market area and along the West Congress Street corridor on just about any night of the week.
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.