For a ninth year, everyone’s favorite locals The Train Wrecks are combining music, holiday cheer, charity, and beer for a great cause. The band is partnering with Loop It Up Savannah once again for the event, and asking people to bring items like canned goods, art supplies, gently used children’s jackets and sweaters, and toys. It’s gearing up to be a special day.
Here’s what you need to know before this year’s Holiday Hoedown on Sat., Dec. 14 at the American Legion Ballroom.
It’s been a Savannah staple for almost a decade.
"It kind of started as more of a holiday concert," Train Wrecks drummer Jeremy Hammons tells Connect. "As the event has evolved, it’s really turned into a local holiday party where bands play. It’s a lot of mingling, talking, hanging out, and eating while there’s some great entertainment happening."
They’ve been partnering with Loop It Up for a few years.
Hammons says they initially were working with national charities, but decided to work with Loop It Up because of the unique and important work they’re doing for Savannah—bringing the arts to children in the city.
“Loop It Up is probably one of our favorite organizations, because of how localized they actually are. It’s always great to work with Molly Lieberman—she does an excellent job,” Hammons says.
Attendees are encouraged to bring "anything that would help our local community."
"More than toys, there’s always a want for art supplies and school supplies. We always get a lot of art kits, which is great for the outreach that Molly is doing," Hammons explains.
There’s a diverse lineup of music.
Of course, the event will feature a set from its hosts, The Train Wrecks. If you've never heard of the band, expect a thrilling set of edgy country and rock and roll from Hammons, Jason Bible, and company.
The show will feature live music from Aaron & Jay (Aaron Paul Zimmer and Jay Rudd) of City Hotel, Chameleon Brotherhood featuring Stan Ray and Matt Eckstine, and Stan Ray’s Christmas.
“Chameleon Brotherhood is a roots rock and soul focus, and it’s really cool,” Hammons says. “Stan and Matt brought in Jared Hall from Velvet Caravan on keys, and Marc Chesanow, who’s basically a jazz and rock bass legend at this point. If you want to see a band of people playing together, I don’t know if you can do any better than [those guys].”
Zimmer and Rudd will perform songs from their recent duo project, as well as solo endeavors and City Hotel’s catalog.
“They’ve always been in our collective of musicians, so it’s nice to have them on this year,” he says.
Tybee Santa will be there.
Who’s Tybee Santa, you say?
“He’s not your typical Santa Claus,” Hammons says. “He’s a lot of fun. He’s tall and skinny, and he wears beach shorts and flip flops. We’ll have a photo booth set up, so you can get in the photo booth with Tybee Santa and have a few beers with him. He likes to have a beer or two, and he’s more fun as the night goes on.”
There’ll be a cash bar.
Booze from Southbound Brewing will be on hand, and the show comes with dinner from Prowl Food Truck. Southbound will also be giving out Hoedown koozies, so you’ve got something to commemorate the show.