Another weekend in the books and another great slew of shows gone by! This week, I got the chance to check out Trinity United Methodist’s Sanctuary Concert Series. For those unfamiliar with the series, it features local artists performing in an opry style. The style creates an intimate show setting by embracing limitations such as the entire band utilizing one mic and limiting amplification of instruments. Combined with the sanctuary setting, the experience served as a total throwback for me, reminding me of the Sunday mornings I spent in my small hometown church (Mom and Dad raised a good old Baptist though!).
Kicking off the night was Paving Gravy. I’d heard of Colleen and Zach through the grapevine thanks to The Accomplices, but I’d never actually seen them perform live. Also thrown into the mix was Cory of City Hotel. The group belted out some classic Americana fused with a bit of bluegrass and country that served as a great opener for the evening.
Following Paving Gravy, Waits and Co. took the stage to deliver their all too well known style of alt-country infused singer/songwriter ballads. Trinity United’s sanctuary transformed the set into something a bit more personal than usual, with Waits even sharing a bit of gospel material that the band hadn’t played prior to this show.
Next up came Damon and the Kickers (aka Shitkickers), certainly a name well known to anyone who spends a bit of time at the Jinx. While Savannah’s prized country/western outfit is usually known to be a bit more raucous, the set for the opry was a bit more restrained to match the intimate setting of the evening.
Wrapping things up, all the members of the bands featured throughout the night took the stage at once to have a jamboree that got the entire audience stomping and clapping along with them. All in all, the night was something a bit out of the normal for me, but definitely something I’m looking forward to checking out again. Check out some shots from the evening below and hit the jump for the full set!