FOUR BITCHIN' BABES
Since the runaway success of the stage show "Menopause The Musical," female entertainers of a certain age have felt free to celebrate - with song, dance and a great deal of humor - the "change of life." Certainly there are lots and lots of women who can relate; and the men who sit in the audience (even if they were dragged there) seem to enjoy the gentle fun-poking as well.
Which leads us to Four Bitchin' Babes and their show "Hormonal Imbalance," which visits the Shoreline Ballroom on Hilton Head Island Saturday. Individually Sally Fingerett, Debi Smith, Diedre Flint and Nancy Moran are well-regarded folksingers and acoustic musicians, with impressive resumes including film, TV and radio soundtrack work, compositions recorded by really famous people, and (between the four of them) more than a dozen solo CDs.
The "Babes," as they call themselves, have released seven CD projects, all of them leaning at times on the funny bone, all of them featuring the quartet's glorious four-part harmony singing.
"Hormonal Imbalance," the soundtrack to Saturday's live performance, includes such titles as "The Boob Fairy," "Hot Flash," "Just Ask Your Doctor," "Viagra in the Water" and "Taxidermal Therapy."
A change is gonna come. People get ready.
Listen & Learn: www.fourbitchinbabes.com. At 9:30 p.m. Saturday, June 6 at Shoreline Ballroom, 40 Folly Field Road, Hilton Head Island (doors open at 8 p.m.). Tickets $18 advance, $22 day of show. Call (843) 842-8508.
FIRST FRIDAY FETISH NIGHT
For more than three years, Chris Cook has been throwing the kinkiest monthly bash in town. The June 5 FFF at B&B Ale House features the bands The Harrison Sect, Sinister Moustache and Kalibur (spitting blood and performing other "theatrical antics," according to Cook), plus domination and submission "shows" (it's all in fun, kiddies) by the Hellcats troupe: "We have a St. Andrews Cross (big X-shaped prop) to tie people to for spankings, beatings, candle wax on back, etc." Wait, there's more: Freaky colored lights, smoke effects, go-go dancers in a steel cage and disc-magician DJ Analog (recently voted No. 1 in our Best of Savannah readers' poll) spinning 80s, industrial, synthpop, EBM, darkwave, electrothrash, Eurotechno and stuff like that there. "The action is just for show, spectacle and entertainment," Cook explains. "Just kids who appreciate edginess and pretty eye candy." At 8 p.m. Friday, June 5, B&B Ale House, 411 W. Congress St. Admission $5.
Pedal steel deity Al Perkins (The Flying Burrito Brothers, Stephen Stills' Manassas, Emmylou Harris' Nash Ramblers) is a guest musician on The Means and the Machine, the newest CD by this rough ‘n' rowdy alt-country quintet from Columbia (that's South Carolina, y'all). And that's a pretty good indication that they're onto something cool. It's rootsy, it's ragged and it rocks, and here's what no less an authority than No Depression had to say about the album: "American Gun sift Uncle Tupelo, Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen through a filter of southern gothic story-telling and rock ‘n' roll energy, coming out with a batch of pure, stripped-down twang ‘n' roll." Oh yeah: Chris Stamey played keyboards and mixed The Means and the Machine. ‘Nuff said? Listen & Learn: www.americangun.net. At 11 p.m. Friday, June 5 at the Jinx, 127 W. Congress St. Call (912) 236-2281.
TIA McGRAFF/JONI BISHOP
The Savannah Folk Music Society's June "First Friday" concert divides the bill between two impressive singer/songwriters. McGraff, who recently left Nashville to return to her hometown in Ontario, Canada (getting married in the bargain), has written with the likes of Andrew Gold and Randy Bachman; Bishop, who still calls Nashville home, plays folk, blues and gospel music, and is an accomplished painter - as well known around Music City for her folk art portraits as her stirring acoustic music. Listen & Learn: www.tiamcgraff.com, www.jonibishop.com. At 7:30 p.m. Friday, June 5 at First Presbyterian Church, 520 E. Washington Ave. Suggested donation $2. Call (912) 786-6953.