Larry Jack’s Magical Music Tour – 1/18/19 – 1/23/19

Friday 1/18/19
City Hotel –
Service Brewing (5:30)
she/hers/hers, RENT STRIKE –
Sentient Bean (7p)
John Bias, Shaken Nature, Rude Dude & The Creek Freaks –
Totally Awesome Bar
Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver –
Randy Wood Guitars (8p)
Danielle Hicks Band –
Jazz’d (9p)
Makari, Softspoken, Any Otherwise, Coast Visions –
El-Rocko
Groove Fetish –
Barrelhouse South
Bonnie Blue –
Congress Street Social Club
The Mercers –
Molly MacPherson’s

Saturday 1/19/19
Damon & The Shitkickers –
Jinx (6-8p)
Train Wrecks –
Jazz’d (9p)
Paleface, Xuluprophet –
Wormhole
Aesthetic Sound –
El-Rocko
Obamabo –
Molly MacPherson’s
Neutral Snap – Barrelhouse South
Lazer/Wulf, Hot Plate, Double Ferrari, Umanita Nova –
Jinx ($8)

Sunday 1/20/19
Voodoo Soup –
Congress Street Social Club

Monday 1/21/19
Open Mic –
Abe’s On Lincoln
Curt Castle, Dustin Price –
El-Rocko

Tuesday 1/22/19
The Rightly So –
Foxy Loxy Cafe (7p)
Georgia Kyle –
Jazz’d (7p)
Ben Keiser Band –
Bay Street Blues
Eric Culberson Open Jam –
Bayou Cafe
Open Mic –
Molly MacPherson’s

Wednesday 1/23/19
Jason Bible –
Jazz’d (7p)
Jubal Kane –
Warehouse (8p)
Ben Keiser Band –
Boomy’s
VuDu Shakedown –
Barrelhouse South

Yo La Tengo with The Sun Ra Arkestra and Graham Nash at NYC’s Bowery Ballroom – photos

Yo La Tengo started their tradition of hosting charitable Hanukkah shows in 2001 at the legendary music venue Maxwell’s in Hoboken, NJ. The tradition continued through 2013, until Maxwell’s became a characterless bar with an emphasis on TV sports, putting an end to the music. Fast forward to 2017 – after a 3-year hiatus, YLT continues the eight night performances at the Bowery Ballroom in NYC.

Part of the magic of these shows are the surprise guest musicians and comics.  Nobody quite knows who’s going to show up on a given night. These photographs were taken on the first night of the eight show run, December 2, 2018. Special guests were Graham Nash and The Philly-based Sun Ra Arkestra .

Text and photos by Andy Young

Thursday 1/10/19
Gypsy Jazz – Rancho Allegre (7-9p)
Eric Culberson Band – Bayou Cafe
Three Dog Night – Savannah Civic Center (7:30p)
Migorang – El-Rocko

Friday 1/11/19
City Hotel – Service Brewing (5:30)
Drivin’ n Cryin’ – Tybee Post Theater (SOLD OUT)
Ben Keiser Band – Jazz’d (9p)
Early Branch, Shutterings, Faucet Talk – El-Rocko
Uncommon Legends – Barrelhouse South
The Head – Congress Street Social Club
The Mercers – Molly MacPherson’s
Alex Culbreath, Nathan Rodriguez – Jinx

Saturday 1/12/19
Damon & The Shitkickers – Jinx (6-8p)
The Return: A Beatles Tribute – Mars Theater (7p)
Drivin’ n Cryin’ – Tybee Post Theater (SOLD OUT)
Bottles & Cans – Jazz’d (9p)
Groundhog Gravy – Wormhole
Wood and Steel – Molly MacPherson’s
The Hypnotics – Congress Street Social Club
The Formula, Dan Francisco – El-Rocko

Sunday 1/13/19
Josephine Johnson – Jazz’d (7p)
Voodoo Soup – Congress Street Social Club

Monday 1/14/19
Dark Thoughts, The Smarthearts, Dumb Doctors, Valley Gals, Basically Nancy – Sulfur Studios (8p, $7)
Open Mic – Abe’s On Lincoln

Tuesday 1/15/19
City Hotel Solo Sessions – Foxy Loxy Cafe (7p)
Decisions, Valley Gals, Pointless Honey – Graveface (7p)
Ben Keiser Band – Bay Street Blues
Eric Culberson Open Jam – Bayou Cafe
Open Mic – Molly MacPherson’s
Secret Nudist Friends, Butts – El-Rocko

Wednesday 1/16/19
Jubal Kane – Warehouse (8p)
Mark Hosler, Dame Darcy – Graveface (8p)
Ben Keiser Band – Boomy’s
Southern Culture On The Skids – Jinx ($17-20)

Larry Jack’s Magical Music Tour – 1/4/19 – 1/8/19

Friday 1/4/19
City Hotel – Service Brewing (5:30)
Danielle Hicks Band – Rail Pub (6p)
Coletrane Williams – Foxy Loxy Cafe (7p)
Jubal Kane – Warehouse (8p)
Georgia Kyle Trio – Jazz’d (9p)
Charlie Fog Band – Molly MacPherson’s
The Brown Goose – Barrelhouse South

Saturday 1/5/19
Damon & The Shitkickers – Jinx (6p-2a)
Voodoo Soup – Jazz’d (9p)
Liquid Ginger – Boomy’s
The Dround Hounds – Wormhole
Eva Hype – El-Rocko
Danielle Hicks – Molly MacPherson’s
Versatile – Congress Street Social Club
Josh Brannon Band – Barrelhouse South

Sunday 1/6/19
Savannah Songwriters Series – Sentient Bean (8p)
Voodoo Soup – Congress Street Social Club

Monday 1/7/19
Open Mic – Abe’s On Lincoln

Tuesday 1/8/19
Clouds & Satellites – Foxy Loxy Cafe (7p)
Ben Keiser Band – Bay Street Blues
Eric Culberson Open Jam – Bayou Cafe
Open Mic – Molly MacPherson’s

Larry Jack’s Magical Music Tour – Year-End Review (2018)

Hey everybody,
It’s time for another one of those year-end lists. For those of you that don’t know me, I’m that old guy you see at all those shows you go to that always has a big smile on his face. I keep track of all the shows I go to and publish a list of them hissing lawns at the end of the year.

The grand total of shows this year was 516. That’s better than last year’s 436. But I don’t think I’ll ever be able to beat 749 shows in 2014.

This year had a few surprises, probably the biggest one was that I had seen the most shows at Barrelhouse South. Second most shows was at the Jinx. El Rocko came in a close third. Molly MacPherson’s, Congress Street Social Club, and Bayou Cafe round out my most popular half-dozen venues.

1.Barrelhouse South – 87
2. Jinx – 84
3. El-Rocko Lounge – 76
4. Molly MacPherson’s – 36
5. Congress Street Social Club – 34
6. Bayou Cafe – 23

For the first time, I had a tie for the most-seen act. I saw the very talented Matt Eckstine ten times last year (and that doesn’t include last week’s excellent Accomplices reunion show). I saw him play as a solo act, a duo, and an electric band. I also saw the great guitarist/vocalist Jon Lee (Murphy) and the Apparitions ten times this year, resulting in a tie for first. You can catch this band at a variety of places, including Molly MacPherson’s, Bayou Cafe, Rail Pub, and Warehouse. The Hypnotics, one of my favorite party bands, was tied for third. Another surprise this year was Individually Twisted was in a tie for third. You can often catch this hard rock cover band at City Market or Barrel House. I did enjoy seeing two great Savannah guitarists and their bands, Eric Culberson and Ben Keiser, eight times this year. Bottles & Cans, led by one of Savannah’s most unique vocalists, Ray Lundy, was one of my most seen bands this year (7). I saw another five Savannah bands a half-dozen times this year to round out my most-seen dozen. They included my perennial favorites, The Train Wrecks, as well as newer bands Wood & Steel, The Mercers, The Ramages (who?), and Nancy Druid.

1. Matt Eckstine – 10
2. Jon Lee’s Apparitions – 10
3. Hypnotics – 9
4. Individually Twisted – 9
5. Eric Culberson Band – 8
6. Ben Keiser Band – 8
7. Bottles & Cans – 7
8. The Train Wrecks – 6
9. Wood & Steel – 6
10. The Mercers – 6
11. The Ramages – 6
12. Nancy Druid – 6

All in all, I feel it was a very good year for Savannah music. Of course, most of the shows I have listed are local bands. Don’t forget, there are plenty of touring acts that come downtown also, and they are often supported by local artists. Whenever possible, try to get downtown and support any type of music, but especially try to see some of our home-grown talent. I hope to see you around somewhere this year.

Larry Jack’s Magical Music Tour – 12/27/18 – 1/2/19

Thursday 12/27
Gypsy Jazz – Rancho Allegre (7-9p)
Danielle Hicks Duo – Jazz’d (7p)
Eric Culberson Band – Bayou Cafe

Friday 12/28
City Hotel – Service Brewing (5:30)
Magic Rocks – Rail Pub (6p)
Train Wrecks – Jazz’d (9p)
Hans Wenzel & The 86ers – Congress Street Social Club
Funk You – Barrelhouse South
Cats Under the Stars (Jerry GarciaTribute) – Molly MacPherson’s

Saturday 12/29
Damon & The Shitkickers – Jinx Happy Hour
Accomplices – Service Brewery (7p)
Bottles & Cans – Jazz’d (9p)
Squarist – El-Rocko
Train Wrecks – Molly MacPherson’s
Jonathan Brown, Perpetual Care, electricparK, Uncle Tim – Jinx
Morning Fatty – Barrelhouse South

Sunday 12/30
Voodoo Soup – Congress Street Social Club

Monday 12/31
Open Mic – Abe’s On Lincoln
Groove Town Assault – Barrelhouse South

Tuesday 1/1/19
Paving Gravy & Oyster Roast – Two Tides Brewery (1p)
Ben Keiser Band – Bay Street Blues
Eric Culberson Open Jam – Bayou Cafe
Open Mic – Molly MacPherson’s

Wednesday 1/2/19
Jubal Kane – Warehouse (8p)
Ben Keiser Band – Boomy’s

Larry Jack’s Magical Music Tour – 12/20/2018 – 12/26/2018

Friday 12/21
City Hotel – Service Brewing (5:30)
Cathedral Bells, Bero Bero, Early Branch – El-Rocko
Whiskey & Wine – Molly MacPherson’s
JD Music Group – Congress Street Social Club

Saturday 12/22
Damon & The Shitkickers – Jinx Happy Hour
Squarist – El-Rocko
Hitman – Molly MacPherson’s
Turtle & Friends – Congress Street Social Club
Johnny Octane – Jinx
Trail Diver – Barrelhouse South

Sunday 12/23
Voodoo Soup – Congress Street Social Club

Monday 12/24
Open Mic – Abe’s On Lincoln

Tuesday 12/25
Ben Keiser Band – Bay Street Blues
Eric Culberson Open Jam – Bayou Cafe
Open Mic – Molly MacPherson’s

Wednesday 12/26
Jubal Kane – Warehouse (8p)
Ben Keiser Band – Boomy’s
Monkey Man: A Tribute to the Rolling Stones – El-Rocko

Larry Jack’s Magical Music Tour – 12/4/18 – 12/19/18

Friday 12/14
City Hotel – Service Brewing (5:30)
Nicholas Roberts – Sentient Bean (7p)
Archaeas, BUTTS, Valley Girls, Basically Nancy – Graveface Records (8p)
FreeSpirits Orchestra – Jazz’d (9p)
2 Slices, Pip the Pansy, DJ Lasercat – El-Rocko
Xulu Prophet – Molly MacPherson’s
Jess Goggans Band – Congress Street Social Club
Groove Town Assault – Barrelhouse South

Saturday 12/15
Damon & The Shitkickers – Jinx Happy Hour
Train Wrecks, Hypnotics, Matt Eckstine, Stan Ray – Holiday Hoedown at American Legion (6:30p)
God Bless Relative, Cave Shake, Dustin Price – El-Rocko
Wood & Steel – Molly MacPherson’s
Charlie Fog Band – Barrelhouse South
Bottles & Cans – Jinx

Sunday 12/16
Voodoo Soup – Congress Street Social Club

Monday 12/17
Open Mic – Abe’s On Lincoln

Tuesday 12/18
Ben Keiser Band – Bay Street Blues
Eric Culberson Open Jam – Bayou Cafe
Open Mic – Molly MacPherson’s

Wednesday 12/19
Jubal Kane – Warehouse (8p)
Ben Keiser Band – Boomy’s

Larry Jack’s Magical Music Tour – 12/6/18 – 12/12/18

Thursday 12/6
Gypsy Jazz – Rancho Allegre (7-9p)
Eric Culberson Band – Bayou Cafe
Swamp Cabbage – Service Brewing (9p, free)
Open Mic – Molly MacPherson’s
Pookie Pie Puppet Parade – Jinx

Friday 12/7
City Hotel – Service Brewing (5:30)
Jason Bible – Rousakis Plaza (8p)
Hextones – Jazz’d (9p)
Xulu Prophet – Wormhole
Gaslight Street – Congress Street Social Club
Ike Stubblefield – Barrelhouse South

Saturday 12/8
XuluProphet, Perpetual Care, The Mercers, Ember City – Rail Pub Veteran’s Benefit (3-9p)
Damon & The Shitkickers – Jinx Happy Hour
The Magic Rocks – Jazz’d (9p)
Train Wrecks – Congress Street Social Club
Jon Lee’s Apparitions – Molly MacPherson’s
Groove Town Assault – Barrelhouse South
Vilai Harrington & The Hamptones – El-Rocko

Sunday 12/9
Voodoo Soup – Congress Street Social Club

Monday 12/10
Open Mic – Abe’s On Lincoln
Thompson Springs – El-Rocko

Tuesday 12/11
Ben Keiser Band – Bay Street Blues
Eric Culberson Open Jam – Bayou Cafe
Open Mic – Molly MacPherson’s

Wednesday 12/12
Ray Lundy – Jazz’d (7p)
Jubal Kane – Warehouse (8p)
Ben Keiser Band – Boomy’s
Rod Hamdallah, Faucet Talk – El-Rocko

Larry Jack’s Magical Music Tour – 11/29/18 – 12/5/18

Hey everybody,

Who would have thought a random weekend in November/ December would have such good music.  Just pointing out a few highlights, in case you needed some help picking out where to go this weekend.  And you may as well go out, you’ll be using Christmas as an excuse for a while after this.  There are way too many choices this Friday, especially early (another reason to go out).  You won’t go wrong with bluegrass from City Hotel, latin music at El-Rock, jam music from Perpetual Groove, or (what I am sure will be) a rocking show with Matt Eckstine at Rail Pub.   Don’t party too hard though, because the night brings the return of AM Rodriguez at the Jinx, Charlie Fog Band doing Jerry Garcia at the Social Club, and the always excellent T Hardy Morris at El-Rocko.  Things aren’t much easier on Saturday, I recommend the early birds catch Damon & The Shitkickers at the Jinx for happy hour, then you’ve got to choose between punk at El-Rocko, Smiths/Morrisey tribute band at Jinx, jam bands at Barrelhouse, or a new Savannah super group at Molly’s (members of Accomplices and Velvet Caravan).  Enjoy the weekend!

Thursday 11/29
Gypsy Jazz – Rancho Allegre (7-9p)
Eric Culberson Band – Bayou Cafe
Squarist – El-Rocko

Friday 11/30
City Hotel – Service Brewing (5:30)
Tocamas Mas Hurricane Fundraiser – El-Rocko (6-9, $5)
Matt Eckstine & Friends – Rail Pub (7-10p)
Perpetual Groove – Two Tides Brewery (7:30p)
Darling Machine, Squash – Wormhole
AM Rodriguez & Friends – Jinx
Cha Ma – Barrelhouse South
T. Hardy Morris – El-Rocko
Charlie Fog Band – Congress Street Social Club

Saturday 12/1
Damon & The Shitkickers – Jinx Happy Hour
Faucet Talk – El-Rocko
Ordinary Boys: Certain People I Know – Jinx
Voodoo Visionary, Bird Dog Jubilee – Barrelhouse South
Liquid Ginger – Boomy’s
Chameleon Brotherhood – Molly MacPherson’s

Sunday 12/2
Savannah Songwriters Series – Sentient Bean (7p)
Voodoo Soup – Congress Street Social Club

Monday 12/3
Open Mic – Abe’s On Lincoln

Tuesday 12/4
Ben Keiser Band – Bay Street Blues
Eric Culberson Open Jam – Bayou Cafe
Open Mic – Molly MacPherson’s
Depressor, Shadows, Bottomfeeders – El-Rocko

Wednesday 12/5
Jubal Kane – Warehouse (8p)
Ben Keiser Band – Boomy’s

Larry Jack’s Magical Music Tour – 11/23/2018 – 11/28/2018

Friday 11/23
Bluegrass Supergroup (members of Train Wrecks, City Hotel, Damon & The Shitkickers) – Service Brewing (5:30)
Ben Keiser – Ghost Coast Distillery (6-8:30p)
Danielle Hicks & The Resistance – Jazz’d (9p)
Thomas Claxton, Jon Lee & The Hextones – Bayou Cafe
Trey Lewis – Barrelhouse South
Whiskey & Wine – Molly MacPherson’s

Saturday 11/24
Damon & The Shitkickers – Jinx Happy Hour
Kyle Yardley Blues Band – Jazz’d (9p)
JD Music Group – Congress Street Social Club
Otis – Barrelhouse South
Anders Thomsen Trio – Jinx
Hitman – Molly MacPherson’s

Sunday 11/25
Voodoo Soup – Congress Street Social Club

Monday 11/26
Open Mic – Abe’s On Lincoln

Tuesday 11/27
Clouds & Satellites – Foxy Loxy Cafe (7p)
Ray Lundy – Jazz’d (7p)
Ben Keiser Band – Bay Street Blues
Eric Culberson Open Jam – Bayou Cafe
Open Mic – Molly MacPherson’s

Wednesday 11/28
Jubal Kane – Warehouse (8p)
Ben Keiser Band – Boomy’s

Larry Jack’s Magical Music Tour – 11/15/18 – 11/21/18

Thursday 11/15
CC & The Cuban Cowboys – Rancho Allegre (6:30-9p)
Sister Ivy – Sentient Bean (7-9p)
Eric Culberson Band – Bayou Cafe
Nancy Druid, Jason Bible, smalltalk- Wormhole
The Venus, Rude Dude & The Creek Freaks, Deep South Trap House – El-Rocko

Friday 11/16
City Hotel – Service Brewing (5:30)
Gina Rene, Laiken Williams, Priscilla M. Albergottie-Williams (Aretha Franklin Tribute) – Good Times Jazz Bar & Restaurant (8p)
Sassy Cats & The Toms – Jazz’d (9p)
Susana Dyar (4p), Gen Patton & The Heads Of State (9p) – Molly MacPherson’s
Opposite Box – Barrelhouse South
Church – El-Rocko
Red Mouth – Jinx ($7)

Saturday 11/17
Damon & The Shitkickers – Jinx Happy Hour
Bottles & Cans- Jazz’d (9p)
The Ramages, Pinky Doodle Poodle – Jinx
Travers Brothership – Barrelhouse South
Renshaw Davies, McLeod – El-Rocko
Magic Rocks – Molly MacPherson’s

Sunday 11/18
Voodoo Soup – Congress Street Social Club

Monday 11/19
Citizen Cope Acoustic – Barrelhouse South ($40)
Open Mic – Abe’s On Lincoln

Tuesday 11/20
Ben Keiser Band – Bay Street Blues
Eric Culberson Open Jam – Bayou Cafe
Open Mic – Molly MacPherson’s

Wednesday 11/21
Jubal Kane – Warehouse (8p)
Ben Keiser Band – Boomy’s