BETH McKEE TRIO
At 8 p.m. Friday, March 11
Randy Wood Guitars, 1304 E. Highway 80, Bloomingdale. $25
The last time Beth McKee checked in at Randy's Pickin' Parlor - November of last year - the show was a sellout, a smash hit, and people are still buzzing about her soulful, Bonnie Raitt-ish vocals, and most especially about her absolute mastery of New Orleans boogie-woogie piano.
It's fiery Southern roots music, with elements of rock, blues, soul, gospel and country. She kills on the zydeco accordion as well.
McKee was a charter member of the all-female band Evangeline (championed by Jimmy Buffett himself back in the day, and signed to his short-lived Margaritaville Records), and her latest solo effort, I'm That Way, is a tribute to the late, great Louisiana songwriter Bobby Charles ("See You Later Alligator," "Walking to New Orleans"). She's working on a collaborative song and short story collection about lost souls in southern Alabama. See bethmckee.com
11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, March 12
Emmet Park, at the east end of Bay Street. Free
Singer, songwriter and storyteller Harry O'Donoghue is the big green brain behind Savannah's annual "family-style" Irish celebration, which always comes around just before things get weird and boozy with St. Patrick's Day. Harry performs at Tara Feis (says "Fesh"), along with local Celtic dance companies. The headliner is Andy Cooney and his ‘Forever Irish' show. Cooney's an Irish-American tenor who's been travelling the world, spreading the clover, since 1994. His shows, at 1 and 4 p.m., will include comedian George Casey and singer/guitarist Kate Purcell, who was named Newcomer of the Year by LiveIreland.com. There'll be food and (non-alcoholic) drinks available. See andycooney.com, katepurcell.com, harryodonoghue.com
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It's Savannah Stopover weekend - if you haven't figured that out, you will soon enough. But there's some fantastic hot-doggery in the clubs and elsewhere, none of which is officially part of the Stopover. On Thursday, March 10, smoking Savannah guitarist Eric Culberson and company will be joined by Jubal Kane frontman Ace Andersson for a night of red-hot blues at Fiddler's on River Street (the Culberson Band plays the club all weekend long) ... The Savannah Folk Music Society brings in award-winning Appalachian fiddler and banjo picker Bruce Molsky at 7:30 p.m. on the 11th (at the usual SFMS venue, First Presbyterian Church) ... At the Rock House Tybee, Fur Elise, Almost Kings and SidAerial share the Friday night marquee ...