I have a feeling that this morning quite a few of you are living Kris Kristofferson’s ‘Sunday Morning Coming Down’, made popular by Johnny Cash. Savannah was full of live music & events last night. Notable was the performance by 4th Ward Afro-Klezmer Orchestra from Atlanta, Georgia at Wes Daniel’s newly opened El-Rocko Lounge. Though Wes told me previously that he doesn’t intend for the bar to be a regular live-music venue, the lounge is perfect for a bigger crowd, and the room does seem like a natural location for shows. As I looked around from my perch in the DJ booth I saw a cross-pollination of this city’s varying ‘scenes’, and a smile on every face. For me, personally, it felt oddly reminiscent of Atlanta in the old days before the population explosion, which I’m sure had everything to do with the fact that Wes, myself, Roger Ruzow (4WAKO), and Brian Halloran (W8ing4UFOS & Smoke) were all present last night. I’m not sure of the last time that all four of us were in the same room together. Possibly as long ago as the nineties, but I digress….
The opening weekend of El-Rocko has been a who’s who of Savannah, and last evening’s show was the perfect nightcap to it all. I shot in advance of Friday’s opening for a Connect Savannah article written by Anna Chandler, and will also have a photo-gallery up on Savannah Magazine‘s page in the coming days. Congratulations to Wes, Kieffer, Ikeda, and the rest of the staff for putting on one hell of a party. We can’t wait to see what’s next!
Here are a few photos, with more live music & crowd shots after the jump.