Last week’s Do Savannah previewed Moon Taxi’s show on Aug. 29 at Victory North. That gig kicks off a busy fall season for the Savannah scene.
So get out your calendars or your phones or whatever you use these days, and mark some of the key dates. With so much good music headed our way during the next three months, you don’t want to miss out.
The Victory North fall schedule by itself could take up several columns, so you should check out the full listings online at victorynorthconcerts.com.
I am most excited for Liz Cooper and the Stampede on Sept. 9, Parker Millsap on Sept. 11, Drive-By Truckers on Sept. 23, Reverend Horton Heat on Oct. 9 and Big Freedia on Oct. 25.
Other upcoming concerts at Victory North include Perpetual Groove, Drivin ’N Cryin, Big Head Todd and the Monsters and Sister Hazel.
The 38th annual Savannah Jazz Festival takes over the city from Sept. 22 to 28. Highlights include the Savannah School Bands Celebration on Sept. 22 at the Lucas Theatre for the Arts and the Latin Dance Party with Gino Castillo & the Cuban Cowboys on Sept. 25 at Ships of the Sea Maritime Museum.
For the extended weekend in Forsyth Park, the Savannah Jazz Festival will host Anat Cohen, Big Sam’s Funky Nation, Savannah’s own Eric Culberson, Huntertones, Sugaray Rayford and many more.
The big fall shows at the Savannah Civic Center include Old Crow Medicine Show on Sept. 7, Alison Krauss on Oct. 16 and The Doobie Brothers on Nov. 16.
The Jinx at 127 W. Congress St. is putting together an impressive fall schedule that of course includes the funky club’s usual antics and cover bands for Halloween. Murder By Death will perform at The Jinx on Dec. 27 in a show that seems certain to sell out early.
El-Rocko Lounge has developed into a key home for touring indie rock bands. The up-and-coming act Twen will return to El-Rocko on Sept. 24. Charleston-based Heyrocco will play their first Savannah gig in ages on Oct. 7, and the critically praised Goon from Los Angeles will perform on Nov. 11.
Live music lovers who have never been to The Roasting Room in Bluffton have been missing out on one of the region’s highest quality small venues. The busy fall schedule includes The Accomplices’ reunion show on Sept. 13.
That is obviously just a sampling of some key dates that are already on the books, but many other shows will be announced in the coming weeks. It looks like an exciting season.
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.