THE CONNECT FIVE: Shows to see this week before and after The Parade


FRI MAR 15 | 8 PM
If tales of treating her roommates’ kids like dogs she’s not allowed to kick makes you smile, Brittany Dent might be the comic for you. The Atlanta-based stand-up comedian was someone enthralled by the idea of performance, but scared to death of it. In a nod to the power of education, she took a class, overcame her fear, and is “now addicted and I’m not going to stop.” You have to love the embrace of this kind of addiction the way you’d be revolted by pride in a funny little meth problem. Breaking from current tradition, she does not host a podcast, but has been a guest on While We Were Drinking. She’s also done voice acting and is a member of the sketch comedy group Black as F*ck. Laugh your way into the void of St. Patty’s Day weekend. It’s going to be a long one, and you’ll need some chuckles in reserve when trying to find a suitable place to relieve yourself.

WED MAR 20 | 9 PM
Fronted by twin sisters and songwriters Gracie Huffman and Eliza Lemmon, Lighthearted (pictured) is an Athens-based alt-indie folk act that breezes their way into your ears, making a beeline for the chill-balancing lobes of your melon. Not that anyone would, but a challenge to get uptight about anything while listening to this band is a fool’s errand. It’s so relaxing. Similarly, Fauvley offers a gauzy dream pop that is equally serene, with passages of rock and soul to liven it up at the right time. A blissful mix of mature songwriting, immense talent, and an obvious desire to get us all to calm the hell down. Opening act Katie M of (formerly of?) Hot Goss plays her first solo show in Savannah, with even more shoegaze/dream pop.

FRI MAR 15 | 6:30 + 8:45 PM
Classical interpretations of pop music aren’t exactly new, but adding the visual and atmospheric element of thousands of candles illuminating the musicians makes it more special. The Candlelight series from the NY-based Listeto music and management company has been running Fever, a series of themed concerts featuring a string quartet rocking the crowd (gently) to artists like Queen, Taylor Swift and Coldplay. This one is a collection of 13 songs from soul and R&B artists. The set list includes “Purple Rain” by Prince, “Redbone” by Childish Gambino, “Smooth Operator” by Sade, plus hits from D’Angelo, Frank Ocean, Eryka Badu and more. Genre-mashing has never been so sophisticated.

SUN MAR 17 | 5 PM
The ex-Shitkicker has been a Savannah six-string staple for years now, with no slowing down since going solo. When the parade is over and your buzz is still buzzing, what better way to celebrate the eviction of the snakes from a land 3,800 miles away about 1,500 years ago than hearing a thrilling collection of Opryland country, classic rock and roll, timeless blues and deep soul? There is none. Add the fact that Thomsen is a master of his instrument, whether interpreting songs you know and love or his own material that you will love when you come to know it. TC5 has been pushing matinee shows for reasons like this shredder, and they’re not all at Over Yonder, either.

SAT MAR 16 | 3–6 PM
SUN MAR 17 | 1–4 PM
This one, however, is at Over Yonder and it’s as much of a sure thing as betting on Mike Tyson in his furious, post-prison prime against a sack of potatoes like Peter McNeely. Perhaps not the most welcome metaphor this week. Anyway, Damon & The Shitkickers are Savannah legends, winning their first Connect Savannah “Best Of” awards for best country band in 2014, followed by a five-year run from 2016-20, and again in 2022. It’s safe to say the people of Savannah like them. We really, really like them. And what country fan wouldn’t? They can play it outlaw, old school, and all the iterations in between with the ease of veterans of a million shows. How (if?) they plan to put an Irish twist on their sound, playing on parade day and then the holy day itself, is anyone’s guess. But like the Tyson bet, odds are in your favor that whatever they do, you win. Plus, you can see the Sunday set and then casually stroll over yonder for Anders at the Yard. Don’t you love the Starland district?

Frank Ricci

Frank Ricci is a freelance writer living in Savannah, Georgia. In his career, he's contributed to many Las Vegas megaresort brands owned by Mandalay Resort Group and Mirage Resorts. He’s also worked with Dell, Root Sports Network, Savannah College of Art and Design, ad agencies in Las Vegas and New York, and a...
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