Music Scene: The Whigs, Dirty Dozen Brass Band, The Delta Saints

The Whigs

There’s no doubt that Athens, Ga., has produced some great bands.

Of course there’s the inevitably mentioned R.E.M., along with Of Montreal, Drive-By Truckers and Widespread Panic, to name a few.

So it should be of no surprise when yet another great band surfaces from the Georgia rock mecca.

Garage-rock trio The Whigs have proven to be one of Athens’ most promising offspring in recent years.

After keeping itself busy early in its career opening for such popular acts as Franz Ferdinand, Maroon 5, the Killers, Barenaked Ladies and Jessica Simpson, The Whigs released its sophomore album in 2008 before setting out on a North American tour with rock juggernauts Kings of Leon.

The band recently released its latest album, “Enjoy the Company,” in September.

The Whigs will perform Saturday at The Pour House, 1977 Maybank Highway, with Ponderosa. Tickets are $13 in advance, $15 the day of the show, and are available at the door or online at Doors open at 9 p.m.

Go to or call 571-4343 for more about the show.

It’s been 35 years since the remarkable New Orleans funk/jazz group the Dirty Dozen Brass Band hit the scene, and perhaps one of the most fascinating facts about it is that four of its nine current members are original players.

Throughout its lifetime, DDBB has played with such acts as Elvis Costello, Widespread Panic and The Black Crowes.

The group has always remained slightly under the radar yet managed to maintain a cult-like status with hundreds of thousands of fans worldwide.

Having spent the majority of their lives in New Orleans, the members of the band were especially affected by the devastation of Hurricane Katrina.

In 2006, the band set out to re-record Marvin Gaye’s 1971 classic “What’s Going On,” not only to address the hurricane but also several other global and international tragedies, including 9/11, the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the tsunami disaster and more.

The band released its 11th studio album, “Twenty Dozen,” earlier this year.

The Dirty Dozen Brass Band will perform Friday at The Pour House, 1977 Maybank Highway. Tickets are $15 and are available online at Doors open at 9 p.m.

For more information on the show, go to or call 571-4343.

Nashville, Tenn.-based quintet The Delta Saints reins in its wide-ranging influences to weave a finely spun tapestry of genres that includes swampy blues, garage rock and “N’awlins” street funk. The final sound is loud, sweaty and as spiritual as a Bayou revival.

The band recently released a feisty six-song album titled “A Bird Called Angola,” a short but powerful EP that has helped ensure the relative newcomers’ message is heard.

The Delta Saints will perform Friday at The Windjammer, 1008 Ocean Blvd., on Isle of Palms. Tickets are $5 and are available at the door. Doors open at 9 p.m.

Go to or call 886-8596 for more information.