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Jane Ogle and Southern Holiday Jazz Band bring Billie Holiday to Tybee Sat. Feb. 3

By Christopher Berinato/SMN
Tybee Post Theater continues its popular Jazz Legends Series with a tribute to Lady Day.

The songs of Billie Holiday are brought to life in “Billie on Tybee!” featuring singer Jane Ogle and the Southern Holiday Jazz Band. Ogle has been performing this show since 2013, and her current band includes Robert Britton Saunders on drums, Marc Chesanow on upright bass and Judy Duva on piano.
Holiday changed jazz music during her career from the 1930s through the ’50s with a unique, uncompromising and emotional vocal style, and her influence can still be felt in music today. Read more ….

‘Southern Songbirds’ showcases Georgia natives Caroline Aiken and Jill Knight

By Joshua Peacock/SMN
The “Southern Songbirds” showcase at Tybee Post Theater on Jan. 26 will feature two veteran singer-songwriters and Georgia natives returning to their old stomping grounds.

Caroline Aiken and Jill Knight both got their start busking on River Street in Savannah, along with clubs all around the Lowcountry and Georgia. Over their three decades of songwriting, the two have shared stages, and individually played with the likes of Muddy Waters, Doc Watson, Bonnie Raitt, The Indigo Girls, John Prine and India Arie. Read more:

‘Ken’ revival coming to Tybee Post Theater

By Joshua Peacock/SMN

From initial concept to the final product, construction of an original play is a long and arduous process.

Over 18 months ago, Stratton Leopold approached Tom Coleman III with an idea for an original play. “Ken” is based on a short story by Arnold Sundaard published in the New Yorker in 1959. A year ago, the play debuted at Tybee Post Theater to sold-out audiences. Read more ….

Cash Unchained tribute show rolls through Tybee

By Joshua Peacock/SMN

James Tamelcoff never set out to be Johnny Cash, but by paying tribute to the original outlaw, he’s beginning to find his own voice.

The young Virginia musician was cutting his teeth in his local music scene almost two years ago, playing with several bands and covering different artists. Someone suggested to him that he should put together a Johnny Cash tribute show, due to his uncanny vocal resemblance to the Man in Black. Read more….

Polar brrrr: 2018 Tybee Polar Plunge benefits Post Theater

By Christopher Berinato/SMN

The legendary Phoenix may purge itself in fire to begin anew, but there is no need to be so dramatic. A brisk dip in the Atlantic Ocean works just as well to start the New Year right.

The 2018 Tybee Polar Plunge offers a fun opportunity for friends and families to take the icy challenge, with proceeds going to support the beloved Tybee Post Theater.

Thousands of participants are expected to take the mad dash into the water Jan. 1. The popular event kicks off with the Gang of Goofs costume contest and parade at 11 a.m. …Read more.

The donkey is “The Star” at the Post

By Jim Reed/SMN

In the Tybee Post Theater’s three-day engagement of the just-released, Christmas-themed CGI feature “The Star,” all sorts of Hollywood types can be found voicing characters in this comedic re-imagining of the tale of Jesus’ birth — including “The Walking Dead” alum Steven Yeun, Kegan-Michael Key of “Key & Peele” and even sassy-frassy pop singer Kelly Clarkson. What makes this film unique from others dealing with the whole “away in a manger” story? Well, this one is told from… wait for it… the perspective of one of the donkeys on hand, as opposed to a wise man or even a passing haberdasher.

Both critics and viewers are split on whether “The Star” is any better than average as far as such animated flicks go, but word on the street is that kids dig it. Which is really all that matters, right? Plus, the Tybee Post has heat! 7 p.m. showtimes on Thursday, Friday and Sunday, with an added 3 p.m. matinee that final day. Admission prices to all Film Scene events can be found in our accompanying sidebar listings. Read More:

No Ordinary Love: Danielle Hicks Sings Sade @Tybee Post Theater

By Anna Chandler/ConnectSavannah

Savannah vocalist, songwriter, and band leader Danielle Hicks honors the music of legendary English jazz group Sade this weekend. With hits like “Smooth Operator,” “By Your Side,” “The Sweetest Taboo,” and “No Ordinary Love,” the music of vocalist Sade Adu is timeless, and Hicks will bring her own unique flavor to the familiar favorites.

Hicks is joined by her band, The Resistance, for this one-of-a-kind performance.

Friday, December 8, 8 p.m., $15, all-ages

Malcolm Holcombe’s Pretty Little Troubles

Singer-songwriter returns to Savannah with new album

By Anna Chandler/ConnectSavannah

THE VOICE of Appalachia will resonate through Tybee Post Theater this weekend.

Singer-songwriter Malcolm Holcombe brings his timeless, Southern-steeped sound back to Savannah. The North Carolinian has spent his career capturing the character and cracks of his Blue Ridge Mountain home, spinning stories of callused hands, struggles, and seasoned experience with a warmly ragged voice and authentic, spellbinding poeticism.

Born in Asheville and raised in Weaverville, North Carolina, Holcombe played as a member of several regional bands as a young man, shifting into a solo career later on. Later, he teamed up to perform in a trio with Ray Sisk and released an album, Trademark, in Sam Milner.

The 1990s found Holcombe in Nashville; in 1996, after performing at countless open mic nights, he signed with Geffen Records. He released his debut record, A Hundred Lies, in 1999 through Hip-O Records.

Over the years, he has released 13 total solo albums, composed for Jonah Smith and Jonathan Edwards, and contributed to several compilations. Throughout his career, Holcombe has shared the stage with performers like Merle Haggard, Leon Russell, Cat Power, Richard Thompson, Wilco, Shelby Lynne, and more.

Currently, Holcombe is touring in support of his latest album, Pretty Little Troubles, released on April 7, 2017 through Gypsy Eyes Music.

Holcombe entrusted Darrell Scott, a friend of around 27 years, to produce the record. A prolific singer-songwriter and member of Robert Plant’s Band of Joy, Scott offered a keen eye and trusted intuition for the project.

“I just wanted some camaraderie with brains,” Holcombe says of the collaboration. “We’d just pick each other’s brains, hang out, sit and play some music, and have a good time. We’re friends. We work together when we can and try to exist on the planet like everybody else. We got together, Darrell brought the engineer, we did some pickin’, and we just tried to put some chords to these baby dolls.”

“We’re all songwriters,” he continues. “Everybody’s a songwriter. And we’re all storytellers, even the old cave paintings. That’s about what we’re doing these days–making up stories, trying to keep each other on the planet. Some of are trying to hep each other while the other ones are destroying each other. It’s a yin and yang thing, the good, the bad, and the ugly.”

Pretty Little Troubles unique, shadowy Americana is flush with banjo, violin, Celtic musings, and bluesy moments. A master storyteller, Holcombe creates a portrait of the hardships of his home over the album’s twelve tracks.

Holcombe wrote the contents of Pretty Little Troubles over the course of a few months.

“I would get up every morning, chain smoke, drink coffee, and go from there,” he says of his process. “I eat a couple eggs, try to get out of bed, open my eyes, and take it from there.”

He credits his wife with selecting the album’s centerpiece song as its title track.

“She’s a god title picker,” he attests. “I always bounce ideas off of her. It’s good to have someone you trust grease the frying pan a little bit, you know, trying to cook up an idea.”

Holcombe looks forward to returning to Savannah, where he’ll take the stage with Jason Bible of The Train Wrecks.

“I’m looking forward to it,” he says. “My wife’s coming with me — we love the area.”

“The Graduate’s” unlikely love triangle @TybeePost

By Jim Reed/SMN

Looking ahead to Sept. 7, the Tybee Post Theater (one of our area’s restored, single-screen historic cinemas) presents a one-show-only revival of the iconic romantic dramedy “The Graduate” starring Dustin Hoffman (“Outbreak”), Katharine Ross (“Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid”) and Anne Bancroft (“The Miracle Worker”). Directed by the late, great Mike Nichols (“The Birdcage”), co-written by Buck Henry (TV’s “Get Smart”) and featuring a best-selling soundtrack of Simon & Garfunkel tunes, this seminal 1960s motion picture about the unlikely love triangle formed by a young man, his girlfriend and her mother earned six Oscar nominations and influenced untold scores of coming-of-age pictures around the globe.

A legitimate masterpiece of awkward comedic timing and bittersweet subject matter, echoes of “The Graduate” can be plainly seen and felt in such disparate later works as Wes Anderson’s “Rushmore” and Larry David’s “Curb Your Enthusiasm.” If you don’t happen to live on the island, it’s well worth the drive to see this one in a theatrical setting. Plus, admission price for this 7 p.m. show includes a glass of wine (if you’re old enough) and a piece of chocolate. Beat that!

MGM’s “Singin’ in the Rain” at the Post called “Greatest Movie Musical of all time”

By Jim Reed/SMN

Those of you who’ve been reading Film Scene for a while now are surely aware that the restored, historic Tybee Post Theater out on lovely Tybee Island has carved out a niche for itself by primarily programming one-night-only revivals of either classic or popular Hollywood pictures from decades past on its single screen, when its stage is not being used for live musical or comedy shows, that is.

That trend continues with the intimate, 200-capacity venue’s March 23 showing of the 1952 MGM musical “Singin’ in the Rain” (which was previously screened just a tad over a month ago at downtown’s Lucas Theatre). Stanley Donen (“Damn Yankees!” and “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers”) co-directed this beloved favorite with its magnetic star, Gene Kelly, and the film’s cast includes such luminaries as Donald O’Connor and the recently deceased Debbie Reynolds (Carrie Fisher’s mom, for those of you too young to know better). The script, while fictional, is closely based on the real-life confusion and upset that accompanied Tinseltown’s rough transition from silent films to those with synchronized sound (better known as “talkies,” till that term had run its course).

Packed with show-stopping, timeless musical and dance numbers, it’s been called the “Greatest Movie Musical of All Time” by the prestigious American Film Institute. Melissa Turner, executive director of the Post Theater, says she selected “Singin’ in the Rain” because it seemed like a “perfect follow-up” to the venue’s two-night engagement of the recent smash musical “La La Land,” which takes place on March 18-19.

Going contemporary

You see, increasingly, the Post Theater is presenting special one- or two-day runs of contemporary motion pictures, such as that Oscar-winning Ryan Gosling/Emma Stone vehicle, or the similarly Oscar-winning drama “Fences” (starring Denzel Washington and Viola Davis), which plays the Post on March 16-17. According to Turner, there are a significant number of Tybee residents who simply aren’t interested in making the drive from the island to Southside Savannah to catch even the biggest motion picture hits of the year. These blink-and-you’ll-miss-them bookings allow those folks to catch the occasional high-profile blockbuster (such as the sci-fi flick “Arrival,” which the Post showed a few weeks back to a strong turnout) just a few minutes’ drive or even walk from their homes.

It also gives Savannah area viewers who either had not gotten around to seeing such films in their initial first run — or perhaps want to enjoy them on the big screen again — a chance to do so while supporting a small, nonprofit theater. The drive to the beach isn’t that awfully long, folks. Pick up on it.

Upcoming Events
  1. Girls’ Night Out: “It Happened One Night”

    February 22 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
  2. Collin’s Barefoot Comedy Club: Stewart Huff

    February 23 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
  3. “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Mo.”

    February 24 - February 26
  4. “Dunkirk”

    February 28 - March 1
  5. The John Denver Story

    March 3 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
  6. Little Tybee/Reign of Kindo

    March 8 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
  7. “The Post”

    March 9 - March 10
  8. Chloë Agnew and A St. Patrick’s Day Celebration

    March 11 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
  9. Willy Russell’s Shirley Valentine

    March 23 - March 25
  10. Willy Russell’s Shirley Valentine

    March 30 - March 31


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