Last June the astonishingly cool electric blues band Hill Country Revue played the Live Wire, but they did it without founder, drummer and vocalist Cody Dickinson, who'd had a family emergency. Not long afterwards, Cody lost his father, legendary Memphis-area keyboard man Jim Dickinson.
Hill Country Revue returns - presumably with Cody Dickinson in full measure - for the 2010 Sheddfest, a jam-band festival April 9-11 in Sylvania, Ga., which is about 40 minutes north of Statesboro.
Dickinson and Hill Country bassist Chris Chew are also two-thirds of the North Mississippi All-Stars (the third member, mind-blowing guitarist Luther Dickinson, is Cody's older brother).
Sheddfest, which benefits the Tug McGraw Foundation (for brain cancer research and patient assistance is a jam-band, camp-till-you-can't hippie gathering, and it's been endorsed by Hittin' the Note magazine, the bible for fans of such tribal gatherings and the musicians that frequent them.
Also on the bill: The Lee Boys, that truly inspiring family band blending blues, gospel and "sacred steel" pedal-steel guitar, plus groovy guitar guru Col. Bruce Hampton and his Quark Alliance, Atlanta's Lefty Williams Band, Zach Deputy, Domino Effect, Yonrico Scott, Incredible Sandwich and, yes, lots more.
Weekend passes are $50 per person. (includes primitive camping). Check it out at www.sheddfest.com.
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... Rapper Whiz Kalifah performs April 9 at Armstrong Atlantic State University, with Jeremih and Yelawolf. Details are TBA on this one ...
...A couple of Jinx shows worth looking forward to: Joe Buck returns April 2, American Aquarium is back April 10, and the always-entertaining Captured! By Robots comes around again May 8 ...
...The annual Tybee Island Wine Festival, a benefit for the Friends of the Tybee Post Theater, will pour down 3-7 p.m. April 17 on the Tybee Lighthouse grounds. They've got something like 100 wines and craft beers available, and food from Tybee-area restaurants. Tickets are $45 at SCADboxoffice.com...
... Live Wire Music Hall is working with the producers of an independent film, Untouched, to raise money and awareness for the movie (which is set in, and will be shot in, Savannah). There'll be a Battle of the Bands competition at Live Wire April 17, starting at 2 p.m., and the winner will get to work on the film's soundtrack. On May 1, the producers will hold a singer/songwriter acoustic event at the venue. Musicians can register at www.TheFilmUntouched.com....
... Sure, it's a ways off, but we thought you might like to know that the 2010-11 "Broadway in Savannah" season (the ninth such) has been announced. Subscriptions are already on sale through the Savannah Civic Center; the shows are all presented in the Johnny Mercer Theatre. Here we go:
The Color Purple, Jan. 6; Disney's Beauty and the Beast, Feb. 3; Rain - A Tribute to the Beatles, March 1; Mamma Mia!, April 6.
Go to broadwayinsavannah.com for ticket prices, et cetera.