For a state that's turned out dozens of brilliant and justifiably celebrated musicians, Georgia should name a tree or something after Randall Bramblett, the Jesup native who's made an indelible imprint on more records than many of us have in our collections. But he's hardly a household name. Bramblett, who plays keyboards, saxophones, guitar, mandolin, and harmonica, headlines the Sunbury Blue Crab Festival Saturday in Midway with the cleverly titled Randall Bramblett Band.
Let's talk about his many contributions to Sea Level, the Macon-based jazz fusion-slash Southern Rock band founded by Bramblett's good buddy Chuck Leavell; or the years he spent as Steve Winwood's right-hand man in Traffic.
Or his sax and organ playing with the Allman Brothers Band, the Gregg Allman Band, Widespread Panic and Gov't Mule. Or his work with Bonnie Raitt, Robbie Robertson and Johnny Jenkins.
He is a singer and songwriter with equal footing in the worlds of R&B, jazz, rock ‘n' roll and psychedelia, as evidenced by his recent (7th) solo album, Now It's Tomorrow.
Savannah's own Eric Culberson Blues Band opens the show, which also includes sets from the Dave Turner Band and the Midway All-Stars.
The open marsh of beautiful St. Catherine's Sound will provide the backdrop for the event, on the site of the Sunbury Crab Co., a working crab dock and processing facility. You can't get much more genuine Georgia than that.
Listen & learn: http://www.randallbramblett.com/. At 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 26 at Sunbury Marina, 541 Brigantine Dunmore Rd, Midway. Tickets are $10 advance at http://www.sunburycrabco.com/, and will be $15 at the gate (military personnel get in for $10). Call (912) 884-8640 for additional information.
THE NEW FAMILIARS
Remember how Bob Dylan and The Band sounded so loose and so funky on The Basement Tapes? How you could tell they were having fun bashing out those folky, mostly acoustic tunes bristling with energy and humor? That’s kind of the sense one gets from this Charlotte quintet, which includes a Resonator guitar, lap steel and banjo (plus other stuff). The harmonies are tight, the grooves are fast and furious, with the Familiars strumming like there’s no tomorrow – or if there is, they don’t want to worry about it just yet. Listen & learn: www.thenewfamiliars.com/. At 9 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 24 at Jazz’d Tapas Bar, 52 Barnard St.
He’s not exactly playing a club, but then you wouldn’t expect a Van Cliburn Piano Competition winner to do that, would you? Sunday’s recital is the opening salvo of the Savannah Concert Association’s 2009–2010 season. Nakamatsu is a world–class pianist who’s played recitals around the world, in the finest halls, appeared as guest artist with numerous symphony orchestras, and most recently recorded Brahms’ sonatas for clarinet and piano with long–time collaborator Jon Manasse – named one of the year’s best classical recordings by the New York Times. Sunday’s program includes Clementi: Sonata in F–sharp minor, Op. 25, No. 5; Schumann: Papillons, Op. 2; Chopin: Andante spianato et grande polonaise in E–flat Major, Op. 22; and Schumann: Carnival, Op. 9. Listen & learn: http://www.jonnakamatsu.com/. At 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 27 at Wesley Monumental United Methodist Church, 429 Abercorn St. Tickets $12.50–$35 (music teachers’ and students’ tickets are $2).
Keyboard wizard Danny Bedrosian, who’s a full–time touring member of George Clinton’s Parliament Funkadelic, leads this nine–member super–funk outfit, which (like Clinton himself) is based in Tallahassee, Fla. The band – which makes a mighty mighty roar, let me tell you – also includes P–Funk guitarist DeWayne Blackbird McKnight, P–Funk drummer Rico Lewis, and (most especially, y’all) poppin’ P–Funk bassist Lige Curry. Clinton and his Mothership may have canceled last week’s Civic Center date, but here we have the next best, next most funky, thang. Listen & learn: http://www.dannybedrosian.com/. At 8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 29 at Live Wire Music Hall, 307 W. River St. $8.