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Kirtan Indian Yoga Chanting

Sponsored by the Savannah Yoga Center (at The International Center for Leadership and Coaching), this evening of indigenous Indian folk music is a rare opportunity to hear – and take part in – sacred chanting in ancient Sanskrit.

Designed to function as an uplifting and inspiring experience, this concert (featuring multi-instrumentalist and singer Benjy Wertheimer and singing songwriter/guitarist “Heather”) aims to both educate and entertain. The selections will be performed on tabla drums, congas, esraj, and native percussion instruments as well as guitar and keyboards.

Wertheimer has worked in the past with an impressive array of other world music artists, including Carlos Santana, Paul Winter and Narada Michael Walden. As a duo, he and Heather tour internationally, have collaborated with such notables in their field as Krishna Das and Deva Premal, and topped the International New Age Charts in 2002.

This is the first time a show of this type has taken place in Savannah, and anyone interested in catching this wonderful event would do well to purchase an advance ticket as soon as possible, as seating is limited to only 60.

Adult admission is only $10. Children from 5 through high school pay $5, and college students w/ID will be admitted for $8. Tickets can be purchased online at www.savannahyoga.com. The show will last 2 and 1/2 hours, so bring a cushion to sit on. For more info, call Kelly Boyd Crane at 441-6653. Sun., 6:30 pm, Epworth Methodist Church (2201 Bull St.).

Bobby Hicks & Hazel Creek

One of the top bluegrass fiddlers in the world for the past 5 decades, this North Carolina native came to fame with Bill Monroe in the 1950s, and for the past 21 years has played with Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder.

Now he’s gone solo and is fronting his own group, featuring some of the finest pickers in the Southeast - as well as regularly teaching classes and workshops in traditional fiddle playing. This is yet another in a long line of terrific, family-oriented concerts put on by master luthier Randy Wood, and is sure to be a must-see for fans of A-list acoustic string music.

Advance tickets are only $20 plus tax, and can be purchased via credit card by phone. Just call Randy’s guitar shop at (912) 748-1930. Sat., 7:30 pm, Randy Wood’s Concert Hall (Bloomingdale).

Orrin Star

As a special treat on tax day, The Savannah Folk Music Society brings in this former National Champion guitarist, banjoist, mandolinist and humorist.

Known as the “Brooklyn Bluegrass Maestro,” his repertoire incorporates the Old-Time, Western swing and Celtic folk genres as well as his own originals. A fun and engaging performer, he’s been described as “Arlo Guthrie meets Doc Watson” (which sounds like it would make a great low-budget film), and has appeared as a guest on NPR’s A Prairie Home Companion. Tickets are $10 (or $8 for Society members) and are available at the door For more info, call 786-6953. Fri., 7:30 pm, Oatland island Educational Center - ALL AGES.

Patty Hurst Shifter

The last time this under-the-radar Americana supergroup was here, they stole the show at this edgy rock and punk venue with a set of gritty, twangy barnburners that played like The Jayhawks on a fifth of Old Repeater.

Everything’s in all the right places: the scratchy, roadworn vocals and hard luck stories, the crackling electric guitars with just the right amount of tremelo dialed in, the Stonesy backbeat, and – apparently – Tom Petty’s old top hat from the Southern Accents Tour (they must have found that on eBay). Sat., The Jinx.

Jazz at The Mansion

By now, everyone’s surely noticed the grand 5-Star hotel that’s just opened on Forsyth Park in the old Fox & Weeks Funeral Home Building. And, while most of us can’t afford even 1 night in that swanky joint, average joes will be glad to hear the upstairs bar overlooking the park is open to the general public.

The Kashmir Lounge’s focus is on live jazz, and the owners have contracted with one local promoter to offer quality solo artists and small combos every night of the week. Word on the street is that this will be the closest thing Savannah has seen to a dedicated jazz room since the closing of Adagio some time ago.

For a complete schedule of artists, check our Soundboard calendar – but note that most every night some of the best keyboardists in the area are playing piano standards in the lobby bar, and upstairs on the weekends, local and regional names like Ben Tucker and Howard Paul can be seen for free.

That’s right. No cover at The Mansion. What better way to expose yourself to great music, fancy liquor, fine food and a general sense of opulence? The Mansion on Forsyth Park (Drayton and Hall Sts.).

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