Larry Jack’s Magical Music Tour (10/1-10/7)

Hey guys,

As I begin to write this, I wonder if anyone will look at the blog again this week? I plan to do the blog a little different this week, I will make changes on the schedule throughout the week. So, if you happen to look at this to see the night’s entertainment, be sure to check the day you are going out, as the list should be updated.

I hope that a few of y’all got out to see some kind of music last week. There were some really good shows.  I really enjoyed Watermelon Slim & The Workers at the Savannah Jazz Festival — you don’t get to see someone jump into the pool with a live microphone very often. I knew I could trust Skip Jennings & Co. I will be sure to catch People’s Blues At Richmond next time through, it was an exciting, but brief, show at Congress Street Social Club. And I knew I would enjoy Paleface at the Jinx, but I didn’t think I would like Little Tybee so much.

I am not sure if I will be out earlier in the week, but I will give you some recommendations of where I would be if I could.

Tuesday 10/1

Ray Lundy at Foxy Loxy (8pm) – This will be really good blues.

Sincerely, Iris at Jazz’d – Not my favorite venue, but I think this will be the last chance to see Sincerely, Iris for a while

Sauna Heat, Wet Socks, Potential Lunatics at Hang Fire (10pm) – I saw Wet Socks twice last week, really enjoyed them, two-piece electric band

Wednesday 10/2

Epic Cycle at The Warehouse (8pm)

Apparitions at The Warehouse (8pm) – Guitar rock

Thursday 10/3

Apparitions at The Warehouse (8pm) – Guitar rock

AcousticA at Jazz’d – Blues duo (from Bottles & Cans)

Eric Culberson at Bayou Café – Electric blues

Sauna Heat, The Potential Lunatics, Wet Socks at Hang Fire Tuesday

Another promising weeknight show at Hang Fire, the unpredictable bar at 37 Whitaker St. here in Savannah.

Sauna Heat and Wet Socks are local garage rock bands with distorted vocals and driving beats. Sauna Heat is fronted by Michael Younker, whose solo work was spotlighted here; the duo Wet Socks is made up of guitarist and singer Hunter Jayne and drummer John Zimmerman.

Sauna Heat’s new Sharkbait EP cassettes have just arrived, and Singles – 2012 was released by the London label Fuzzbook.

And then there’s The Potential Lunatics, the alt/indie/punk brother and sister duo of Emma Simons-Araya (guitar, vocals) and Isaac Simons-Araya (drums, vocals).

I especially like the second track here, “Witch Cakes”:

Click here for the Facebook invitation.

global spotlight: Woodkid

This is a post by Kayne Lanahan who heads up MusicFile Productions, parent company of Savannah Stopover and Revival Fest. Kayne is a longtime music blogger who will be writing here occasionally, with an emphasis on national and international acts that catch her ear. From Kayne Lanahan:

…for fans of: Beirut, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, Antony & the Johnsons, Rufus Wainwright

The Golden Age Is Over. Or Is It?

woodkid-golden-age-coverYoann Lemoine is a french born music video director and graphic designer turned singer/songwriter/composer who performs under the stage name Woodkid. His debut album, The Golden Age, which was released earlier this year, is a lofty and ambitious project that has taken Europe by storm, juxtaposing uneven critical reviews with sold out concerts and obsessive fans. He has just been tapped as one of four global artists in Absolut Vodka’s new “Transform Today” worldwide ad campaign.

The Golden Age is an autobiographical album about the journey from childhood to adulthood, and the minute you hit the 1:35 mark in the first and title track, you know that you are in for a ride. As Lemoine sings, in his slightly disembodied yet calming neo-folk voice, that “the golden age is over”, you immediately get the sense that it’s not. The music begins to literally gallop out of your speakers, filled with lush horns and massive orchestration. It’s big and cinematic and empowering and hushed at the same time. It’s both ancient and modern, with scores of classical references and yet impossibly hard to pin down; making it one of the most interesting and unique albums of the year.

Little Tybee, Paleface, Triathalon at The Jinx – photos

What a diverse and compelling mix of styles and performers on Saturday night at The Jinx: Little Tybee, Paleface, and Triathalon.

It was a late night: when I got there about 10:40, there weren’t even any instruments on stage. But soon the stage and the club filled up.

Here are three photos, with more after the jump:




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more photos from the Savannah Jazz Festival

I popped in and out of the Savannah Jazz Festival in Forsyth Park on Friday night. I missed the University of North Florida’s stellar ensemble, but I did catch most of the sets by the Robin Sherman Quartet, The Greg Lewis Trio, and Jeremy Davis & The Equinox Orchestra.

It was a beautiful night in the park, and tonight (Saturday) looks to be at least as nice — just cool enough to give a taste of fall, with clear skies above.

I was especially excited to see and hear Robin Sherman, a Savannah native who is finishing up school and studying bass at Florida State University. Robin said he might head to grad school somewhere next year but is weighing his options. The pianist for the ensemble was Brendan Polk, another Savannah Arts Academy graduate who is wrapping up his undergrad degree in Tallahassee.



A couple of dozen more pics:

a few photos from the Savannah Jazz Festival’s Blues Night in the park

What a glorious day we’re having as I write this. It’s going to be a perfect Friday night for performances in Forsyth Park on the penultimate day of the Savannah Jazz Festival.

For the lineup and a few tips for enjoying the action, check out our post from earlier this week.

The early evening sprinkles and generally humid weather might have scared a few folks off last night, but the crowd was pretty good by the time Blues Night really got rolling.

The “bandshell” in Forsyth makes for a great backdrop from a distance, and the sound was pretty much perfect in clarity and volume.

But even Watermelon slim noted the “pond” and “moat” between him and the audience after he dropped a harmonica into the turned-off fountain. He seemed to want to get closer to the audience and kept walking out in front of the monitors.

I caught a little bit of Eric Culberson Band’s set, and then most of the sets by E.G. Kight and Watermelon Slim & The Workers.

One pic of each act here with more after the jump:



More pics:

Little Tybee, Paleface, and Triathalon play The Jinx Saturday 09/28

This Saturday promises to be a great night for live music in Savannah. Not only is the Savannah Jazz Festival wrapping up in Forsyth Park, but the bill at The Jinx is one of the most interesting I’ve seen in a while.  The first time I saw local favorites Little Tybee, it was in a now defunct quasi legal space called the Co-Lab on East Broad. Situated in a tiny rented space just north of Gwinnett, with a tiny window unit air conditioner located high in the corner. Of course the window unit wasn’t running, the room was packed with people which made it even hotter than outside. Locals will recognize that thick heat that clings to your skin and seems unique to Savannah. It was also a BYOB situation, so my friend David and I hiked up Gwinnett to the Kroger and grabbed a couple of six packs of PBR tall boys. On returning we found other friends had an insulated bag, yet by then their ice had melted and most of us just opted to hang on to the remains of our six pack as the show started. As it turns out, Little Tybee was so good we nearly forgot about the heat and our warm beer. I’ve been a fan ever since. On first listening to them, you might be tempted to try and pigeonhole the music that just seems to flow naturally from these six musicians, but I’ve found it’s best just to sit back, forget about genres, and enjoy the set. You’ll be glad you did.

Paleface is also on the bill, and like his last time or two in Savannah he’ll be playing with Mo Samalot on drums. Schooled by the great Daniel Johnston in songwriting, discovered by Danny Fields, and first heard by me on an early Avett Brothers album, this guy is someone you don’t want to miss. I saw Paleface and Mo last at The Wormhole, and their infectious energy and great songwriting made an impact despite the mediocre crowd. In the video below, you’ll hear Scott Avett on Paleface’s show at Raido Perfecto one night – “Seeing Paleface was like seeing Neil Young and Tom Waits combined… he was barkin’, and singin’, and just throwing passion out.”

Finally, we come to locals Triathalon.

Larry Jack’s Magical Music Tour 9/24 – 9/28

With this first installment, hissing lawns introduces an ongoing series of posts by Larry Jack Sammons, who probably goes to more gigs than anyone in Savannah. From Larry Jack:

Hello blog-land. My name is Larry Jack Sammons. Some of you know me, and those that don’t would probably recognize “that old guy with a big smile that I see at EVERY show”, although most of you are kind enough to leave out the “old” part. After receiving dozens (well, at least one half-dozen) requests, and being threatened with a GPS tracker, I decided to place my schedule/recommendations on this blog.

Different things can affect what I put on the Music Tour. Of course, logistics come into play. Being an old man, I can’t ride my bicycle to the Southside, so it has to be a special show for me to head south of Victory. And although they sometimes have better music than downtown, Tybee is usually a no-no for me.  Also, I tend to avoid yuppie-type bars.  I am more of a dive-bar kind of guy.

Enough running my mouth, here is the schedule for this week.

Tuesday 24th (I’m planning on staying home, but here are some recommendations)

Hitman at The Warehouse (8pm)

Ricardo & Sasha at Foxy Loxy Cafe (8:30pm)

Eric Culberson Jam Night at Bayou Cafe

Wednesday 25th

Velvet Caravan at Savannah Jazz Festival (Habersham & 63rd) (6pm) – If you have never seen these guys, you have got to go to this show. It’s at 6p, there are places to eat, no excuses. If you think you don’t like gypsy-jazz, you are wrong. This is some of Savannah’s finest players, they even make me feel like dancing.

I am planning an early night, but if you make it back downtown, I would recommend

Hitman at Bay Street Blues

Jon Lee’s Apparitions at The Warehouse (8pm)

Thursday 26th

Savannah Jazz Festival at Forsyth Park (Blues Night) – My favorite night of the Festival. Eric Culberson (7p), EG Knight (8:15), and Watermelon Slim & The Workers (9:30). I don’t know the later acts, but I trust the festival’s and Skip Jennings’ choices.

After the Jazz Festival, I’ll be heading downtown for either (possibly both):

Georgia Kyle at The Warehouse (8p – 11:30) – You really want to see him play his cigar box guitar

Craig Tanner & Friends at Molly MacPherson’s (10pm)- Guitarist-songwriter and very nice guy

The tour schedule continues after the jump.

Murder By Death + American Aquarium playing The Jinx 10th anniversary on 10/10

I had my fingers crossed for this one. Murder By Death‘s Facebook post earlier today of upcoming tour dates:

SEP 24 Little Rock, AR @ Downtown Music Hall
SEP 25 Carbondale, IL @ Hanger 9
SEP 26 Champaign, IL Pygmalion Music Festival @ Canopy Club
SEP 27 Cincinnati, OH Midpoint Music Fest @ The Taft Theater
SEP 28 Ames, IA Maximum Rock & Roll Fest @ DGs Tap House
SEP 29 Chicago, IL @ Reggie’s
OCT 5 St Petersburg, FL Don’t Stop Fest @ State Theater
OCT 10 Savannah, GA 10th Anniversary Party @ The Jinx

Murder By Death lead singer Adam Turla was in Savannah recently on personal business and hung out some at The Jinx. And I was assuming that owner Susanne Guest Warnekros, a huge MBD fan, had something big planned for her club’s 10th anniversary on October 10th.

And Murder By Death it is.

And American Aquarium will be on the bill too.

The Jinx announced the show officially last night:

According to the Facebook invitation, The Savannah Sweet Tease Burlesque Revue (which sold out the club last Friday) will perform before the bands. Tickets will be $20.

Murder By Death’s show at The Jinx during the inaugural Savannah Stopover was one of Savannah’s music highlights of 2011, and American Aquarium has had a few Savannah shows that are the stuff of legend (or, if not legend, at least heavy drinking).

Look for updates here as more news becomes available. (You might also want to “like” hissing lawns on Facebook.)

One photo of Murder By Death at their last gig at The Jinx:


Stream Blind Boys of Alabama’s amazing new album produced by Justin Vernon

It’s Monday evening. You’re at home. You haven’t listened to the Blind Boys of Alabama in weeks, or months, or years.

And you didn’t even know that Justin Vernon of Bon Iver had produced their upcoming album I’ll Find a Way.

I’m not sure how many hours this embed will keep working, but the album was premiered today by the WSJ Speakeasy blog. There are a variety of collaborators appearing on the album, including Patty Griffin. The 3rd track is a great cover of Field Report‘s “I’m Not Waiting Anymore”. (Last week I raved about Field Report and posted some pics of their Revival Fest gig.)

So sit back and enjoy:

If that embed of the whole album turns into a pumpkin at midnight, you can at least listen to one track:

And you can pre-order the album on Amazon. It will be released officially on 10/1.

2013 Savannah Jazz Festival features strong lineup, honors Ben Tucker

The 32nd annual Savannah Jazz Festival begins on Sunday, Sept. 22 and runs through Saturday, Sept. 28.

The joyous celebration of jazz (with some blues too) will be tempered to some degree this year by remembrances and honors for Ben Tucker, the legendary Savannah bassist and all around good guy who died tragically in June.

Ben was 82, but he could have easily passed for a decade younger – maybe even two. He had a lot of life and art and music and love still ahead of him.

His funeral turned into a huge News Orleans-style second line celebration. I posted many photographs of the procession on Savannah Unplugged.


A few tips about enjoying the Savannah Jazz Festival:

  • Don’t forget about the opening night jam session, which is typically one of the highlights of the week even though not all that many people turn out.
  • Blues night is often the most fun time of the three nights in the park, with the smallest crowd.
  • For those gigs in Forsyth, you can almost always sit closer than you think you can. Bring chairs or blankets, food and drink (with plastic cups).

I don’t know quite how well the early week events will work under the tent in the parking lot at Habersham Village, but it’s an interesting choice adjacent to a number of restaurants.

Click here for DoSavannah’s coverage. Click here for a revealing piece about Tom Scott in Connect Savannah. Scott’s incredible resume includes work with Joni Mitchell. Click here for more information about the various acts in the latest Coastal Jazz Association newsletter.

The full schedule is after the jump.

Truth & Salvage Co.’s new video for “Appalachian Hilltop”

Truth & Salvage Co. performed a beautiful, high-energy set to close out last weekend’s Revival Fest (some photos here), and today Paste has premiered the new video for “Appalachian Hilltop” off the band’s new album Pick Me Up.