For over a dozen years, this traditional vocal group has been a favorite in the Savannah area, and theyre back again for a series of three holiday performances.
Various styles and periods of music will be performed in this year, including: Robert Youngs beautiful Rosa Mystica, Of the Fathers Love Begotten, set by Alabama native Don Dicie,Robert Converys Young Jesus Sweit, and Beata Es Virgo Maria, written in the early 1600s by Mikolaj Zielenski.
The program also features arrangements of traditional carols and Christmas tunes. The shows selections will be sung in a variety of different languages. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students. They may be obtained from any member of the group, at the door, or by calling 925-7866. Fri., 7:30 pm, Messiah Lutheran Church + Sat., 7:30 pm, St. Pauls Evangelical Lutheran Church + Mon., 7:30 pm, St. Pauls Episcopal Church.
Kevn Kinney's STAR
Primarily known as the hoarse-voiced leader of late80s Southern alternative warhorses DRIVIN-N-CRYIN, Kinney has also dabbled in the neo-folkie world through solo albums abetted by R.E.M.s Pete Buck. Now he merges the two worlds on his latest Athens-based album and band project featuring members of Kathleen Turner Overdrive, Widespread Panic and Southern Bitch as well as established jam-band guitarist Gibb Droll.
The Sun Tangled Angel Revival allows Kinney to crank it up like his heroes the Ramones and Patti Smith, while still closing down like his idol Bob Dylan.
This CD release party celebrates the culmination of a few years of R & D on Kevns part, and the fact that at least one major label is considering picking it up may signal a welcome resurgence of interest in this idiosyncratic if inconsistent artist.
Fri., 10 pm, Café Loco - ALL AGES.
Low Country Bluegrass Jam
For the past few years, luthier Randy Woods longstanding friendships with many of country musics most respected stars has brought in plenty of quality live entertainment to our area.
The highlight of these shows have been his annual jam sessions, where he matches up some of the all-time bluegrass greats and invites them to drop by for some unrehearsed showboating.
Its a chance to get up close and personal with living legends, and watch them think on their feet as they play old faves at the top of their game.
This year, the lineup reads like a whos who of bluegrass for the past 40 years: superstar fiddle player Vassar Clements; flatpicking guitar great Tony Rice; Scott Vestal (banjo player for Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver), and others.
Demand is so great for this 100-seat room, theyve added a second night. The price is a bit steep, but not for the stellar talent on the bill. Hey, thats why they call these things once-in-a-lifetime opportunities, right?
Fri. - Sat., 7:30 pm, Randy Woods Concert Hall (Bloomingdale). Call 748-1930 for ticket info.
Man, I got beats.
Thats the first lyric you hear on the advance sampler from this local trio, and it sets the tone for the latest effort from longtime urban producer and engineer Henry Skeet Mitchell.
SholNuff is an intoxicating blend of rap, neo-soul and light jazz. Skeet favors the smooth R & B, while Harvey PigPen Watson handles the rhyming, and Tony Pretty T Mitchell (no relation) adds midnight sax to the mix. This disc comes on the heels of their first CD Where It All Began, which was cut before the duo had brought Pretty T into the fold.
Stylistically, A Nickel Bag covers the same basic ground, but production and performance-wise, its heads and tails above their debut, and easily one of the most approachable rap-related releases Ive heard yet from local talent.
For this listening party, the group will perform tracks from the upcoming CD (scheduled for a February drop) .
Anyone interested in the current urban music scene going on in Savannah should consider checking this out.
Sun., 7 pm, Kennys Lounge.
Dynasty (Electric Duo)
This offshoot of the NYC avant-jazz scene mixes brainy, unpredictable (and sometimes atonal) bursts of noise alongside more straight-up electropunk.
Hoping to move beyond the downtown Anthony Braxton scene, they began to add in elements of synth-pop, and now sonic references to such art-pop visionaries as Talking Heads, Pink Floyd, Kraftwerk and Bjork abound in their work.
Guitar and sax man Seth Misterka has gigged with experimental heavyweight William Parker as well as indie-rock acts like El Guapo, and in her teenage years, vocalist Jennifer DeVeau was in a U.K. all-girl Beatles tribute.
By mixing programmed drumbeats and strange keyboard textures with breathy vocals, they recall both underground Canadian rap sensation Peaches and doomed 70s duo The Carpenters. Theyre opening for Dynamite Club, so get there early.