Mark your calendar: Friends of Statts

It’s been nearly four years since Jason Statts was shot in one of the most senseless local crimes in recent memory.

A talented graphic artist and musician, Statts has been in a wheelchair for those four years. Because he suffered irreparable damage to his spinal column, he is a quadriplegic. On the average, his health hasn’t been so great, with complications requiring frequent inpatient care. His medical bills are mounting.

On April 14, four Savannah nightclubs will participate in the Friends of Statts Block Party, a grassroots benefit put together by – just as it says – Jason’s many friends.

In addition to a big ol’ raffle and a silent auction, there’ll be music, and lots of it.

Here are some of the artists who have donated their time and talents:

Superhorse, Train Wrecks, Dead Yet?, KidSyc@Brandywine, Slave Grave, General Oglethorpe & the Panhandlers, Dare Dukes, Crazy Man Crazy, 8–Tracks, Lonesome Swagger, Bottles & Cans, Sinister Moustache, Indian Giver, Floor, Withered ... among others.

This will be a major event. All–access passes are $25, available at the Jinx beginning March 23.

Organizers are also on the lookout for volunteers, sponsors and participants. See

New stuff

Cusses, Whaleboat and the mysterious DJ Kozel will share a bill March 29 at the Sparetime. It’s the “Ryan Needs a Kidney” benefit for local good guy Ryan  Nelson.

Actor, writer and outrageously gay (and gayly outrageous) standup comedian Leslie Jordan  - seen not too long ago in The Help - returns to Club One March 29 and 30 for a pair of 8 p.m. shows. Tickets are $37 at

And twangy semi–legend Webb Wilder, who hasn’t been back to Savannah in a few years, plays two sets April 28 at Loco’s with his band the Beatnecks. Tickets are $15.

Dates 4 U

Alison Krauss and Union Station at the Johnny Mercer Theatre. April 4.

Daniel Tosh. Mercer. April 10.

Neon Trees. Trustees Theater. April 13.

Josh Turner. Mercer. April 15.

Savannah Philharmonic: A Night of Great Opera. Lucas Theatre. April 21.

Brian Regan. Mercer. May 3.

Trace Adkins. Mercer. May 4.

Tall Ships Challenge. May 3–7.

Straight No Chaser. Mercer. May 5.

Kevin Hart. Mercer. May 12.

Dar Williams. Live Wire Music Hall. May 16.

Yanni. Mercer. May 30.


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Bill DeYoung

Bill DeYoung was Connect's Arts & Entertainment Editor from May 2009 to August 2014.
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