THE CONNECT FIVE: Ho Ho Go See These Shows


FRI DEC 22 | 7 PM

A trio of female-forward bands rock the Bean this Friday night, and it’s a stellar lineup of local favorites to put you in the festive holiday mood. Insight (pictured) plays a combination of progressive metal and hard rock, similar to fellow locals Measurement, and has been around since the fall of 2020. Husband-and-wife duo Calli and Kirk Joiner lead scene stalwarts Lilakk. Their grunge is laced with pop punk and alt-rock, right in the wheelhouse of Nirvana and Soundgarden fans. Last, but never EVER least, The Maxines are still riding the high from their recently released LP “Skin Tight” and the wild album release party. It’s an absolute killer with a classic thrash metal guitar tone that would be the perfect Christmas gift for everyone you know who doesn’t hate music. But you’re not giving any presents to those kooks anyway, are you?

FRI DEC 22 | 7:30 PM

Ben Keiser is a very busy man. The guitarist works in a duo with Danielle Hicks, a leading vocal siren in the Lowcountry, and with her full band The Resistance. He has also done studio work with six-time Grammy winner Ike Stubblefield and seven-time Grammy winner Jim Scott’s PLYRZ Studio in Valencia, Ca. Keiser has also lent his six-string wizardry to Sebastian Javier, Lulu the Giant, and local favorites Voodoo Soup. Rooted in blues rock, he can cover a Jeff Beck jam with relative ease, but is versatile enough to handle just about anything the job needs. On this Friday night, he’s got his trio (that may or may not include Eric “Big E” Moore on that bass), and they pair nicely with one of the many superb Martini varieties Jazz’d offers — an excellent way to ease into the holiday weekend.

SAT DEC 23 | 8 PM

As a college student, trying stand-up comedy was high on Marchel’s bucket list. So was skydiving. Needless to say, he went with the former, and it was love at first joke. He didn’t expect to enjoy it so much, but the interaction with the audience, a trademark part of his now-established act, was too much fun. “It turns it into a party,” Marchel explains, and it’s the kind of party you’ll remember. It also helps him become a better comic, sharpening his skills and speeding up the rapport. Jokes about relationships, topical humor like impossibly expensive quick-care medical visits, and anything silly that crosses his mind before being transformed into a joke dominate the set. Based in Atlanta, he's the DIY thing to build a local following and appears most Sundays at the Laughing Skull. Bank some laughs on a Saturday night to draw from if/when any merry misery emerges on Sunday and Monday.

SAT DEC 23 | 8 PM

Members of the original lineup played their first show in 1973 under the moniker Obelisk. They then became Malice, covering David Bowie and Jimi Hendrix tunes. In 1977 they became Easy Cure and kept at it until winning a talent contest and earning a recording contract that year. The original vocalist left, and thankfully, none of the people who auditioned were good enough. Robert Smith took over vocals, “Easy” was dropped from the name, and the rest is history. Their first album contained their first hit, “Boys Don’t Cry,” but it wasn’t until 1985’s “The Head On The Door” hit big in the UK, and their subsequent singles compilation “Standing on a Beach” cracked the Top 50 in the US. Two years later, “Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me” made them global superstars. It’s been 15 years since they released anything, and not much touring. That’s where Lovesong comes in. With a stage presence of the band’s heyday, replete with the famous fern-style hairdo and smeared lipstick, you’ll catch the 1992 vibes from your clodhopper shoes to your big, messy hair. The show, billed as The Nightmare Before CUREmas, is a National Downs Syndrome Society fundraiser and an ugly sweater contest will be held.

FRI & SAT, DEC 22 & 23 | 8 PM

The best of Savannah jazz is turning into a holiday tradition — if it isn’t already one. Scott’s resume is beyond impressive, highlighted by his early 70s bass work with Isaac Hayes. In the 50 years since, he’s been an innovator, performer, and champion of the art form, with an unusual blend of spiritual and jazz. With an equally impressive CV, local jazz Godfather Teddy Adams joins on trombone. Fellow Savannah scene regulars round out the band, including Marc Chesanow on the double bass, Eric Jones on piano, and Robert Britton Saunders on drums. Merry Jazzmas, everyone! This gift unwraps itself and settles comfortably in your soul.

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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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