Favorite

Elizabeth Arynn/The River Monks, The Royal Noise 

ELIZABETH ARYNN /THE RIVER MONKS

At 10 p.m. Thursday, May 26

Wormhole Bar, 2307 Bull St.

Arin Eaton of Des Moines, Iowa uses the stage name Elizabeth Arynn; she writes whimsical folk/pop songs, which she sings in that dry, ironic sort of Ingrid Michaelson/Regina Spektor voice that everyone seems to love. She was, by the way, born in Lexington, S.C. Arynn and her band (including co-vocalist Scott Yoshimura) are touring as part of "Pals Forever," an all-Iowan package that includes the band River Monks.

That'd be Ryan Stier, Joel Gettys, Drew Rausch and Nick Frampton; their band is right out of the Fleet Foxy, Iron & Winey school (acoustic guitars, lush harmony vocals, inspirational melodies) and the added bonus of twin ukuleles. The River Monks have a brand-new album out, Jovials.

To check our their music, go to soniccloud.com and type in therivermonks, elizabetharynn

THE ROYAL NOISE

At 10 p.m. Thursday, May 27

Second Line, 306 Upper Factors Walk

Also: At 10 p.m. Saturday, May 28

Molly MacPherson’s Scottish Pub, 311 W. Congress St.

Also: At 9 p.m. Tuesday, May 31

Live Wire Music Hall, 307 W. River St.

Guitarist Johan Harvey grew up in Malaysia - he's half Chinese, half Australian and all musician. He and his wife lived in Philadelphia for a while, where Harvey - a self-taught player - fell hard for jazz and funk. "Jazz being the only true American art form that's music centered on improvisation, whereas funk is dancing and having sex standing up, basically," he says. "And where the two meet beautifully, that's where I get my mail."

The Harveys tried Florida for a while, and finding it "too Florida," they relocated again to Savannah, which they both loved.

Harvey spent a year and change in the Savannah R&B/jazz band A Nickel Bag of Funk before striking out on his own. "That really is like being at university," he says, "trying to keep up with Leslie and the circle of musicians that she's involved with. She's a fantastic performer."

He called his offshoot group the Royal Noise Trio. "For the music that I love to play - very New Orleans-infused, funky jazz, the swanky side of jazz - I picked from that crop of musicians and just put it together," Harvey explains.

The word trio is gone from the name now. Along with Harvey on guitar, Royal Noise includes drummer Vuc Pavlovic, bassist Darius Shepherd and saxophonist Mike Labombard (who's also in Domino Effect). They sometimes augment with piano and/or organ. "It's predominantly instrumental," says Harvey. "We do sing from time to time. But not well."

But seriously, folks: "Trying to market a band without vocals in this town has been a real challenge. We're pretty high energy and interactive with the crowd, we're a lot of fun. Definitely pushing that envelope."

 

 

 

 

 

Favorite

Speaking of...

About The Author

Bill DeYoung

Bill DeYoung

Bio:
Bill DeYoung was Connect's Arts & Entertainment Editor from May 2009 to August 2014.

More by Bill DeYoung

  • Dent May's crazy world
  • Dent May's crazy world

    Oxford popster leads impressive lineup of music at Savannah's Fashion Night
    • Sep 2, 2014
  • So long, farewell, auf wiedersehen goodbye
  • So long, farewell, auf wiedersehen goodbye

    I arrived here with a wealth of journalistic experience, sure, but it wasn’t long before I felt comfortably woven into the cultural tapestry of Savannah.
    • Sep 2, 2014
  • The Love Language @Hang Fire
  • The Love Language @Hang Fire

    'Live, we’re not going for hitting every note perfectly. It’s a different kind of energy.'
    • Aug 26, 2014
  • More »

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

Connect Today 12.10.2016

Recent Comments

Right Now On: Twitter | Facebook

Copyright © 2016, Connect Savannah. All Rights Reserved.
Website powered by Foundation