Friday, January 31, 2014

Stopover unveils final lineup, venues, including all-ages shows & discount pass

Posted By on Fri, Jan 31, 2014 at 9:00 AM

The Savannah Stopover Music Festival has now unveiled the full schedule of shows by date, time and venue for the March 6-8 event. Headliners include Wye Oak on March 6, Those Darlins on March 7, and Oberhofer and Small Black on March 8 at Knights Of Columbus Hall at 3 West Liberty St.

Stopover also confirms that The Weeks will headline the free community concert in Ellis Square Saturday, March 8. Other slots include Kylesa headlining their Record Label Showcase at The Jinx on March 6, J. Roddy Walston & The Business at Congress Street Social Club on March 6 and Hurray For The Riff Raff at Moon River on March 8.

Moon River’s Beer Garden will also host the opening night concert and poster show on March 6, with Birmingham’s St. Paul & The Broken Bones. Club One will host three nights of synth pop and dance, including Future Islands on Thursday night.

The full schedule is available on the website and via Sched* and allows attendees to build their own personal
schedules.

Also confirmed is the final list of venues, reflecting the addition of City Coffee as an all ages venue.. Additionally, several intimate performances at Abe’s on Lincoln and at the Festival’s Artist Lounge have been added. Several of these
shows are ‘secret’ TBA shows that will be announced at the last minute.

Almost half of the performances throughout the festival will be “all ages” shows, organizers say. A discounted Under
21 three-day pass at $50 goes on sale 1/31/14 at noon.

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Thursday, January 30, 2014

Avett Brothers to do second show at SAV Music Fest; Isbell, LaFarge, Train also added

Posted By on Thu, Jan 30, 2014 at 1:00 PM

The Savannah Music Festival has added a second show by The Avett Brothers at the Johnny Mercer Theatre to its slate for the 2014 edition of the Festival. The second show is Thursday, March 20, 8:30 p.m.

Tix go on sale 10 a.m. Friday, Jan. 31 at the Trustees Theater Box Office at 216 E. Broughton St., by phone at 912-525-5050 and online at www.savannahmusicfestival.org. Cost ranges from $75-32.

The Avetts quickly sold out of their one-night performance at the 2011 Festival, and the initial show announced this year also sold out in similar rapid fashion, prompting the addition of the second gig.

The Avett Brothers
  • The Avett Brothers

Other late-breaking concert announcements include:

Jason Isbell, formerly of the Drive By Truckers and one of the nation’s leading alt-country/blues voices and songwriters, in a show March 23, 7 p.m., at the Ships of the Sea North Garden ($30).

Jason Isbell
  • Jason Isbell

Pokey Lafarge/Kristina Train in a double bill at the Charles H. Morris Center, March 29 at 5:30 & 8:30 pm and March 30 at 4 & 7 pm. Lafarge brings his retro jazz/funk stylings, while Savannah native Train is touring with a killer band which includes Paul Olsen (Scrapomatic), Mike Mattison (Scrapomatic, Derek Trucks Band, Tedeschi Trucks Band), guitarist Dave Yoke (Dr. John), pedal steel player Spencer Cullum (Justin Townes Earle), bassist Ted Pecchio (Susan Tedeschi) and drummer Tyler Greenwell (Tedeschi Trucks Band).

As with the Avetts, get your tix to all the above shows beginning 10 a.m. Friday, Jan. 31 at the Trustees Theater Box Office at 216 E. Broughton St., by phone at 912-525-5050 and online at www.savannahmusicfestival.org.

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Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Islands Expressway bridge closed; other road updates

Posted By on Wed, Jan 29, 2014 at 10:28 AM

Latest update from Savannah/Chatham Police as of 10 a.m.

— The Islands Expressway drawbridge is closed due to icing until further notice.

— Icing reported on Talmadge Bridge. DOT has crews on scene to treat the road. Bridge is open as of this writing.

— Crews putting sand on W. Bay Street viaduct.

— Minor flooding on General McIntosh Blvd.

— Icing on Thunderbolt Bridge and bridge on Hwy 80 near Bryan Woods Road. DOT has two trucks on scene working on the situation. Bridges open as of this writing.

— Tybee public works crews just finished sanding the Lazaretto Creek Bridge and it is open.

CEMA Twitter updates are here.

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Tuesday, January 28, 2014

CEMA weather update

Posted By on Tue, Jan 28, 2014 at 3:27 PM

The Chatham Emergency Management Agency (CEMA) is advising residents that extreme winter weather will be approaching the area as early as this evening. The Winter Storm Warning from the National Weather Service remains in effect for Chatham County until 5 pm Wednesday.

"Conditions will be adverse, especially during the overnight hours," they say. "Road conditions will be extremely dangerous and Chatham County public works is advising motorists to avoid bridges if at all possible."

No advanced plans have been made to close any bridges or roadways. "Police and fire throughout Chatham County will closely monitor all roadways and bridges, and take whatever actions necessary if they become too dangerous," CEMA says.

Many municipal offices have elected to close due to the inclement weather. Chatham County offices will be closed Wednesday except to personnel directly related to ice or snow response. Chatham County offices are expected to open Thursday.

Chatham Area Transit suspended service on all fixed routes, paratransit services and ferry service at 6:30 pm today and all services for Wednesday. Service will resume Thursday.

CEMA remains at a level three activation of the Emergency Operations Center, which is the monitoring phase. Key partners are on standby and participating in routine conference calls with CEMA.

Residents can report icy conditions to CEMA at 912-201-4500 or 311 if in the City of Savannah.

City suspends 'non-essential' services Wednesday

Posted By on Tue, Jan 28, 2014 at 3:05 PM

Because of the ice storm warning from today at 5 p.m. through Wednesday, Jan. 29, at 5 p.m., "all non-essential City services, including Sanitation pick-up, will be suspended on Wednesday," a spokesman says.

This means City offices and programs will be closed to the public on Wednesday. Police and Fire emergency services will remain operational.

"Residents can report non-life threatening issues to the City, such as fallen tree limbs and icy spots, by calling 311," the spokesman says. "If a resident witnesses a situation that poses a threat to life safety, such as a downed power line, they should immediately call 911 and avoid the area."

The City says it has "prepared trucks to dispense sand should we experience ice on the roads. Crews will remain on duty to clear fallen tree limbs and debris, and maintain overall regular operations of City infrastructure."

The City will post any informational updates online at savannahga.gov, facebook.com/cityofsavannah and twitter.com/cityofsavannah.

Chatham County gov't closing Wednesday

Posted By on Tue, Jan 28, 2014 at 3:02 PM

Due to forecast poor weather conditions, Chatham County Government offices will be closed Wednesday. "Employees that are not directly supporting snow and ice response are directed to stay at home," a spokesman says. "We anticipate that offices will reopen on Thursday, January 30 for normal business operations."

PULSE sked changes due to weather

Posted By on Tue, Jan 28, 2014 at 12:10 PM

Today Telfair Museums, which comprises the Jepson Center for the Arts, the Owens-Thomas House, and the Telfair Academy, will close at 3 p.m.

All three sites will remain closed tomorrow, Wednesday, January 29 and will re-open Thursday, January 30 at 10 a.m.

PULSE Art + Technology Festival at the Jepson Center will open on Thursday. The free festival has been extended through Monday. Telfair Museums opens Monday 12—5 pm.

Most PULSE events will continue as scheduled, but the opening lecture and reception will be added to the Thursday night line-up.

Here's the PULSE schedule for Thursday, January 30:

11 a.m. — as planned, student panel featuring artists Cuppetelli and Mendoza, and Rafaël Rozendaal.

6 p.m. — as planned, lecture by Rafaël Rozendaal, who will be joined by Cuppetelli and Mendoza.

7 p.m. — PULSE Opening Reception, which includes light appetizers and cash bar for beer and wine.

6 — 8 p.m. — as planned, projections by Rafael Rozendaal

7 p.m. — as planned, performance by Chalaxy, psychedelic alternative rock

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Monday, January 27, 2014

CEMA winter storm watch

Posted By on Mon, Jan 27, 2014 at 6:47 PM

The Chatham Emergency Management Agency (CEMA) tells us that "as cold artic air approaches Chatham County, precipitation will also be moving into the area from the Gulf States. The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Watch for Chatham County advising that severe weather conditions are possible, including snow, freezing rain, and icy conditions; a Winter Storm Warning is expected to be issued later today."

Rain is expected late tonight and on Tuesday the cold air is expected to create freezing rain late in the afternoon. The potential exists for less than 1 inch of snow and a ¼ inch of ice in Chatham County. Wednesday morning, the snow should end; however, temperatures will remain freezing until Thursday morning when the area is forecast to warm up.

"One of the biggest threats will likely occur Tuesday night through Wednesday with ice on roadways causing dangerous driving conditions," CEMA says. CEMA encourages residents to "stay off the roads and travel only when essential. Bridges will freeze first and may become impassible. City, County and the Georgia Department of Transportation all have sand/salt trucks on standby if road conditions deteriorate."

It's also possible that significant power outages will occur due to downed limbs and trees disrupting power lines. If this should occur, the American Red Cross recommends residents shelter in place. Be prepared for isolation at home by keeping adequate supplies of heating fuel, non-perishable food, water, flashlights with extra batteries, first aid supplies, extra blankets, and a battery-powered radio.

School's out for snow/ice threat

Posted By on Mon, Jan 27, 2014 at 6:44 PM

Due to threatened winter storm conditions rolling into town Tuesday afternoon, Savannah-Chatham Public Schools will operate "on a ninety-minute early dismissal for students tomorrow (Tuesday, January 28)."

Additionally, there will be no school for students and staff on Wednesday, January 29. All schools and administrative offices in Savannah-Chatham County will also be closed Wednesday.

All after school programs remain cancelled for Tuesday, January 28, and will also be cancelled on Wednesday, January 29.

Friday, January 24, 2014

GNC robbery suspect caught during SWAT drill

Posted By on Fri, Jan 24, 2014 at 12:46 PM

Police are "deliberating charges against a 20-year-old Savannah man identified as the suspect who robbed a health food store in an area where Metro SWAT and K-9 units were conducting a training exercise Thursday," a spokesman says.

The suspect was apprehended by an officer who was familiar with him from previous cases as the Special Weapons and Tactics, canine and West Chatham Precinct Patrol officers and a police helicopter saturated the area around Abercorn Street and Interstate 95.

The man reportedly "had robbed the GNC store on the first block of South Gateway Boulevard and fled on foot before the combined units flooded the area and found him leaving a wood line," police say. His name is being withheld until the investigation by detectives concludes.

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