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Together At Last: Ray and Etta Tribute at Tybee Post Theater

Together At Last: Ray and Etta Tribute at Tybee Post Theater

By Christopher Berinato/ SMN

Last year, singers Laiken Love and Trae Gurley wowed the Tybee Post Theater with a tribute to Frank Sinatra and Ella Fitzgerald. Now the duo are returning with a show devoted to two legends of soul and blues.

“Ray & Etta: Father of Soul & Matriarch of Blues” is a swinging tribute to Ray Charles and Etta James. Charles was a Georgia native who was blind since the age of seven. He produced a number of hits for Atlantic Records like “Georgia On My Mind,” “Unchain My Heart,” and “Shake Ya Tail Feather.” His is combination of R&B, blues, and gospel earned him the label “Father of Soul.”

James won six Grammy Awards and 17 Blues Music Awards with her deep, earthy voice and was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1993.

It’s one of the great missed opportunities of music that Ray and Etta never recorded together, so this show will be a chance to imagine what might have been. “Etta James was a huge fan of Ray Charles and looked up to him a lot,” Love said. “In one of her songs, she does a swinging version of ‘Misty’ and at the end of her song she would give a shout out to Ray Charles and she would do a little run like Ray does.”

For Love, with her “sweet and sassy” vocals, performing the songs of Etta James is a natural fit. “As a wedding singer ‘At Last’ is my number one song,” Love said. “That’s also one of the songs that made me appreciate music and make me want to do music. Whenever I would go to open-mics or karaoke it became a staple that people loved for me to sing.” Read More

Charlie Chaplin programs at Tybee Post Theater remind of filmmaking’s hilarious, innovative past

Charlie Chaplin programs at Tybee Post Theater remind of filmmaking’s hilarious, innovative past

By Zach Dennis/SMN

A claim such as “bigger than The Beatles” is tough to live up to, but Charlie Chaplin certainly does, according to entertainer Dan Kamin.

Chaplin was an international sensation in the early days of the movies. Gaining his start on the vaudeville stage in London, he rose to be one of the most recognizable faces in the cinemas and earned love and acclaim along the way.

Today, much of that reverence may be lost, but cinephiles like Kamin are hoping to continue to share the joy and excitement of a silent feature with this iconic star.

Kamin specializes in presenting the love and affection for the silent stars, specifically Chaplin, to a wider audience through his shows. Two of them, “Funny Bones” and “Red Letter Days,” are headed to the Tybee Post Theater this weekend and aim to give audiences an in-depth look at the nuances of Chaplin’s performances and style while also offering an involved presentation for those attending. Read More:

Stand Up Science with Shane Mauss make it fun and real

Stand Up Science with Shane Mauss make it fun and real

By Kim Wade/SMN

It’s been a while, but veteran comedian Shane Mauss is returning to Savannah with his unique and popular Stand Up Science with Shane Mauss tour on March 10 at the Tybee Post Theater.

Mauss is best known for his blend of absurdist humor and storytelling and has appeared on “Conan,” “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” “Comedy Central” and Showtime. He is the creator and host of the popular podcast, “Here We Are,” where he interviews the world’s leading academic experts.

He says his podcast has helped give him street cred to other scientists when he invites them to join him on stage for his Stand Up Science shows. “When I first started this, most of them thought it was a practical joke. Now I can prove I am interested in discussing science with true academics.” Read more…

Jason Bible’s Anicca is an artistic home run

Jason Bible’s Anicca is an artistic home run

The Train Wrecks’ leader talks about his ambitious and beautiful new book and album

By Sean Kelly/ConnectSavannah

BY NOW, most everyone who’s tuned in to the local music scene has heard the name Jason Bible. As part of The Train Wrecks, Bible has woven himself into the fabric of the Savannah music community and continues to thrive over a decade later.

One thing that seemingly keeps him going is doing more ambitious projects like Anicca, the book and companion album he’s set to release on March 1. Read more ….

Doubt: You decide;  Savannah Community Theatre brings ‘parable’ of our times to Tybee Post

Doubt: You decide; Savannah Community Theatre brings ‘parable’ of our times to Tybee Post

By Ji Morekis/Connect Savannah

THE STAGING of Doubt: A Parable by Savannah Community Theatre is certainly timely, given recent headlines.

“News broke about that all that stuff that happened in Pennsylvania about a week and a half after we decided to do the show,” producer Tom Coleman says, referring to last year’s report that the predatory activities of over 300 priests had been covered up by the Catholic Church in that state.

“It was eery.”

However, the decision to produce Doubt – an ambiguous character study taking place in a Catholic school in 1960s New York City – came about for a bit more mundane reason. The play, written by John Patrick Shanley, was one that Coleman’s friend and fellow theatre maven Carl Rosengart had urged Coleman to do. So they agreed to team up together as director and producer to add it to Savannah Community Theatre’s season at Tybee Post Theater. Read More:

Savannah Community Theatre performs Tony Award winner at Tybee Post Theater

Savannah Community Theatre performs Tony Award winner at Tybee Post Theater

By Kim Wade/SMN

John Patrick Shanley’s “Doubt: A Parable” won the Tony Award for Best Play and won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama before being made into a major motion picture starring Meryl Streep, Amy Adams and Phillip Seymour Hoffman.

Now this powerful drama will make its way to the Tybee Post Theater with Savannah Community Theatre Feb. 1 to 3.

Local favorite and Savannah Community Theatre founder, Tom Coleman III, will direct this impressive lineup of local actors. He is actually stepping in for injured director Carl Rosengart, but Rosengart has remained plugged in to help bring this show to Tybee audiences. Read more:

Coastal Living: ‘King Mackerel & the Blues Are Running’ returns to Tybee Post Theater

By Christopher Berninato/SMN

When the Tybee Post Theater was in its early stages of restoration, The Coastal Cohorts performed their popular environmental musical, “King Mackerel & the Blues are Running,” twice on Tybee Island to help raise funds for the project.

Now that the theater is complete, songwriter Jim Wann and his cohorts are finally getting a chance to perform their acclaimed show on the Tybee Post Theater stage for the first time.

Wann developed “King Mackerel” in the mid-’80s with his songwriting partner Bland Simpson and with Don Dixon, a musician and producer who has produced albums for R.E.M. and Hootie and the Blowfish. Wann had great success with his Tony-nominated Broadway production “Pump Boys and Dinettes” and was looking to create another show.READ MORE …

Coastal Cohorts expand three-decade legacy of ‘King Mackerel & the Blues Are Running’

Coastal Cohorts expand three-decade legacy of ‘King Mackerel & the Blues Are Running’

Acclaimed trio of musicians brings their long-running musical to the Tybee Post Theater

By Sean Kelly/ConnectSavannah

THE MEMBERS of the Coastal Cohorts have achieved significant success individually, but together they’ve accomplished a truly impressive feat – keeping a musical running for over 30 years. King Mackerel & the Blues Are Running is a unique show that is comprised of just three cast members and has been staged up and down the East Coast since the mid-1980s.

The trio, who has previously performed the show twice on Tybee Island, is bringing their beloved musical to the Tybee Post Theatre on Jan. 26 and 27 with proceeds going to the theatre as well as The Dolphin Project.

Jim Wann, a successful Broadway writer and composer known for his hit show Pump Boys and Dinettes, originally teamed up with Red Clay Ramblers pianist Bland Simpson and producer Don Dixon to create an environmentally-conscious show about southern coastal life. Read More…

Totally redeux: Southern Holiday Jazz Band reinterprets ’80s favorites at Tybee Post

Totally redeux: Southern Holiday Jazz Band reinterprets ’80s favorites at Tybee Post

By Christopher Berinato/SMN

For Savannah’s Southern Holiday Jazz Band’s Jan. 18 show at Tybee Post Theater, singer Jane Ogle and company will be covering hits from the ’80s, which may seem like a big departure for them, but is actually not unprecedented in jazz tradition.

“It’s not exactly new to us to do arrangements of more contemporary work,” Ogle explained. “It’s what jazz is, or at least, it’s part of the history of jazz. If you think of ‘jazz standards’ going all the way back to the 1930s, when jazz was very new and innovative as a style of music, musicians would take songs that were popular in sheet music form that everybody had on player pianos or were popular thanks to Broadway shows and put jazz arrangements on them. So, that’s what we’re doing with contemporary music.” Read More …

Barefoot Comedy returns with big names, auction to benefit Savannah Wildlife Rescue Center

Barefoot Comedy returns with big names, auction to benefit Savannah Wildlife Rescue Center

By Kim Wade/SMN

Collin Moulton has been a professional comedian for 20 years now. He’s known for his work on Dry Bar Comedy, Showtime, Nickelodeon, Amazon and “Last Call with Carson Daily.”

Locals are getting to know his work better with his Barefoot Comedyshows that have been running at the Tybee Post Theater for the past several years.

But for Moulton, who moved to Savannah a little more than three years ago, comedy isn’t just a career choice, it’s an obsession.

“I’m obsessed at a really high level,” he said. “I didn’t feel I had much choice about doing anything else. While some dabble in stand-up for fun, any comic you see doing it as a career is obsessed with it. You have to be.” Read More …..