The Savannah Urban Arts Festival continues in full swagger this week. In our last issue, we spoke with featured artist Jeffery Tonnesen and Baltimore hip hop performer Wordsmith.
The festival winds down with a big "block party" event Saturday, April 27, on Franklin Square (Montgomery Street).
Here's the schedule for the Franklin Square event: 6:15 p.m., Kid N'Kredible; 6:40 p.m., JOE; 7 p.m., Will I SWAG ; 7:25 p.m.: AWOL PROJECTS 7; 8:15 p.m., Boom Bap Collective; 8:45 p.m., ERA; 9:15 p.m., DJ Battle Finals.
There are performers here from all over the United States, as well as Chatham County. That goes for these Friday and Saturday shows at Congress Street Social Club, too:
Congress Street Social Friday: 7:30 p.m., cecilli; 8:15: MJ Baker; 8:45, Antics; 9:15, ERA; 9:50, Solo; 10:25, The IGive; 11 p.m.: Mr. Al Pete; 11:40: Knife; 12:20 a.m., Blacknerd; 1:15 a.m., KidSyc@Brandywine.
Congress Street Social Saturday (outside stage): 6 p.m., omilani; 6:45, JazzMine Garfield; 7:30, Antics; 8:05, Lyrical AJ; 8:50, 2Four; 9:25, JasonPlusOne; 10:15, Teen Wolfe.
Congress Street Social Saturday (inside stage): 8 p.m., DJ Battle Rounds; 9:10, JaLon Blanc; 9:35, Wordsmith; 10:30, Knife; 11:05, Dynasty; 11:55, Word of Mouth; 1:10 a.m., Unbreakable Bloodline.
All events are free, and are subject to change.
Them ol’ Broughton Blues
The Savannah Downtown Business Association very kindly does this thing every spring called Blues on Broughton, during which a stage is erected between Drayton and Bull and a couple of hard-rocking electric blues bands play for your entertainment. It’s that time again, as BOB is back Friday, April 26 with a 9 p.m. show featuring “Steady Rollin’” Bob Margolin, who cut a series of searing albums for Alligator in the 1990s. In the Big Book of Music, Margolin has a couple of stars next to his name because he was lead guitarist in the Muddy Waters Band from 1973 to 1980, performing with Muddy at The Last Waltz in 1976 (you can see him in the movie, M.A.N.) and by Jimmy Carter’s invitation at the White House in ’78. Savannah’s Brett Barnard and the Hitman Band will open the (free) show.
Dig this at Dollhouse
The happy-go-lucky Charleston rock ‘n’ roll trio Heyrocco, a visiting favorite, returns to play Dollhouse Studios Friday, April 26, for the Savannah Independent Designers’ after party. SID members get in free to the 10 p.m. show; the rest of us (i.e. the fashion-challenged) will have to pay five bucks.
Even cooler is what Dollhouse has stitched together for Saturday night (doors open at 8). It’s the welcome return of the Atlanta klezmer/jazz/tango band Christ, Lord — every time they play here, somebody goes ballistic on Facebook — with Savannah’s Triathalon, plus Faun and Pan Flute.
The Christ, Lord set will be recorded and made available as part of the Savannah Stopover’s ongoing Stopover Sessions series, which began with six shows recorded in March. You can get ‘em at www.savannahstopoversessions.bandcamp.com
At the Wormhole Friday night (April 26) Savannah welcomes back singer/songwriter James McMurtry, son of Lonesome Dove author Larry McMurtry and the composer of the powerful 2004 protest song “We Can’t Make it Here,” a searing dismissal of the American dream under President George W. Bush.
“ ‘We Can’t Make it Here” kind of has a life of its own,” McMutry told me in January of 2012. “It finds its way places that I didn’t send it. I knocked the thing together two weeks before the 2004 elections. Because I live in Texas, but I vote Democratic, so my vote doesn’t really count. The only power I had was a record deal, but a lot of what the narrator of that song complains about really took wing under Clinton. All that outsourcing, Clinton really sped that along.
“It was never specifically an anti-Bush song. A lot of people took it that way.”