Tybee Songwriter Festival celebrates inaugural event with storied roster

Tybee Songwriter Festival celebrates inaugural event with storied roster

By John Singer/DpSavannah

“That’s me, the man that put everything together,” laughs Sean Squires as he answers the phone.

The organizer of the upcoming inaugural Tybee Songwriter Festival says he’s thankful just to be on schedule in the wake of the Hurricane Dorian scare. “45 musicians is a whole lot of cats to herd, but I think we’ve finally got it figured out,” said Squires.

The festival will be a four-day series featuring songwriters from all across the United States and Canada in 17 performances at four different Tybee venues. While this year marks the island’s first official Songwriter Festival, Squires says the organization is striving to make the event an annual occurrence. READ MORE

By Jim Reed/DoSavannah

On Sept. 19, the intimate Tybee Post Theater on Tybee Island continues its Girls Night Out series of classic cinematic romance stories with fabled director David (“Lawrence of Arabia”) Lean’s 1965 sweeping romantic wartime drama “Doctor Zhivago,” which is set in Russia around the time of WWI, and based on the Boris Pasternak novel of the same name.

At three hours and twenty minutes, and boasting a cast which includes Omar Sharif, Geraldine Chaplin, Rod Steiger, Julie Christie, Tom Courtenay, Sir Alec Guinness and Sir Ralph Richardson, it’s an epic tale of a Russian poet and scientist who finds himself embroiled in a love affair with the wife of a political extremist.

Filled with grandiose wartime sequences and created with great care and precision, it’s an acknowledged classic, despite a good number of critics and viewers finding the romantic aspects of the film bordering on saccharine. Yet, the movie—which won five Oscars and five Golden Globes—is almost universally regarded as being one of the most beautiful and breathtaking cinematic experiences of its time, and one that has held up remarkably well over the decades.

Most folks (myself included) have never had the opportunity to see it as its creators intended, on the silver screen. If you fall into that category as well, perhaps you should run, not walk to the beach for this rare opportunity. 7 p.m. showtime.

The Post is one of the 14 Best Wedding Venues in Tybee Island

No. 3 The Tybee Post Theater

Some of the most beautiful love stories ever told take place on the big screen or up on stage, and couples who get married at the Tybee Post Theater can join the ranks of some of those unforgettable romances by saying their vows on the stage of the theater.

This venue has seating for just over 200 guests, and the ceremony in the theater space will be an unforgettable one, whether the happy couple are cinephiles or just want to be in the spotlight.

The Tybee Post Theater also has a lovely outdoor space available for receptions, located just a block from the shores of the Atlantic Ocean.

Tybee Island Songwriters Festival puts the spotlight on writers

Tybee Island Songwriters Festival puts the spotlight on writers

By Sean Kelly/ConnectSavannah’

When you first hear the premise for the Tybee Island Songwriters Festival, it might be a bit surprising that something like it would take place on Tybee.

The concept is one you’d normally see in Nashville—a multi-venue festival featuring a mix of prominent and up-and-coming songwriters sharing the stage together.

Some of the prominent writers you might not know by name, but you’d definitely know the songs they penned for popular artists.

Thanks to songwriter Sean Squires, Tybee Island is about to be transformed into a hotspot for writers over the course of a weekend. Squires tells Connect that the idea for the Tybee Island Songwriters Festival was hatched a while back.

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Film Scene: Tybee Post leads a strong week of varied screenings

Film Scene: Tybee Post leads a strong week of varied screenings

By Jim Reed/DoSavannah

While there are plenty of options for alternative cinema events taking place over the next seven days at independent or non-traditional outlets in the greater Savannah area, it’s the restored, historic Tybee Post Theater that’s offering more different programming choices than any other venue.

Post with the most

First up, on Aug. 22, they’ll present “Poms,” the recently released female-led comedy aimed squarely at the AARP crowd. It’s about four retirement home residents who start their own cheerleading squad to stay spry. Showtime 7 p.m., admission price includes a beverage of your choice.

The next night, Aug. 23, kicks off a two-day engagement of the internationally acclaimed U.K. musical drama “Wild Rose,” which appears to be one of the sleeper indie hits of the year. You may recall that it was recently screened downtown at the city’s new Cultural Arts Center by the local film organization CinemaSavannah. In case you missed that area premiere, this is perhaps your last chance to see this picture on the big screen in our neck of the woods.

It was first shown late last year at the Toronto International Film Festival, and then released to European theaters in April of this year. It’s U.S. release just occurred in June. “Wild Rose” is the tale of a struggling Scottish single mother of two young children who’s just been released from prison and aspires to become a famous country singer. The story charts her efforts to overcome the adversity of her living situation and make it all the way to Nashville’s Grand Ole Opry in hopes of stardom. However, this is far from a stereotypical rags-to-riches story, and audiences and reviewers far and wide have been entranced with lead actress, and actual vocalist, Jessie Buckley’s unguarded and soul-baring performance as the troubled dreamer. Showtimes at 7 p.m. Aug. 23 and 24, with a 3 p.m. matinee Aug. 23.

A couple of days later, the Post wraps up its offerings for this next week with two screenings of the recently released surfing documentary “Bethany Hamilton: Unstoppable,” which focuses on the tragedy which befell Hamilton in 2003 – when the then-13-year-old surfer was savagely attacked by a Tiger shark while at sea and lost her left arm – and the steely-eyed determination she brought to not only returning to the water but to competing in world championship surfing events.

Directed by respected surfing doc filmmaker Aaron Lieber, the film is said to be well-made and packed with captivating footage of Hamilton impressively navigating challenging waves. However, it’s also said to leave some viewers wanting more insight into exactly what sort of internal drive allows this athlete to triumph over what seemingly must be tremendous anxiety and post-traumatic stress to head back into the same environment where she was so unexpectedly mauled. Regardless, this picture is the latest in a small number of cinematic paeans to the wonder and joys of riding the waves. Showtimes at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Aug. 25.

Athens’ own Randall Bramblett Band play Tybee Post Theater

Athens’ own Randall Bramblett Band play Tybee Post Theater

By John Singer/DoSavannah

“Savannah’s a special place for me,” multi-instrumentalist Randall Bramblett said. “It’s always been a good gig for us, it’s always fun and the sound is great.”

For over four decades, Bramblett has toured the country sharing stages with the likes of Bonnie Rait and Steve Winwood, as well as the Blind Boys of Alabama, for whom he wrote the title track to their new Grammy Award-nominated album. Bramblett has also been featured on albums by highly recognized outfits like The Allman Brothers, Deep Purple, and Widespread Panic.

On Saturday, Aug. 3, Bramblett and his four-piece traveling band return to the Tybee Post Theater to share his sounds with Lowcountry locals once again. Read More …

Late Night Theatre to bring Designed Women! parody to the Post in January

Late Night Theatre to bring Designed Women! parody to the Post in January

Kansas City’s Late Night Theatre is coming back to Tybee Island! And they’re bringing their own hysterical version of another classic television sitcom, “Designing Women,” which is all about the misadventures of four women and their handyman running a design firm in Atlanta.

On the heels of the wildly successful drag parody, Golden Girls Gone Wild, we’re returning to the 1980’s-South, where you’ll find four more feisty Southern women with snappy retorts and classic rants. “Designing Women” follows Julia Sugarbaker, who runs the company out of her home with her ex-beauty queen sister Suzanne, divorced mom Mary and naive country girl Charlene, who discuss everything going on in their lives — from sex and love to politics and religion — all in the confines of their office. And, well, you all can imagine the hilariously wicked paths down which our guys from KC will venture.

Ron Megee and Chadwick Brooks return as the Sugarbaker sisters in this parody drawn from the seven successful seasons of “Designing Women.” It’ll be the talker of the winter! And you’ll be coming back again and again dragging, ha, all your friends until these crazy guys leave town!

This may indeed be the nights the lights go out in Georgia!

Campy comedy drag show celebrating ‘The Golden Girls’ comes to Tybee

By Jim Reed/SMN

Anyone in the USA who spent anytime in front of a television set in the late 1980s and early 1990s will certainly have at least a casual understanding of the premise of “The Golden Girls,” the cheeky and popular female-led NBC TV sitcom which ran for seven primetime seasons starting in the fall of 1985.

It is full of fairly ridiculous adventures of a quartet of older, saucy and single white women — three of whom are widowed, plus one who’s divorced — who wind up sharing a house in Miami. Over the course of its immensely successful run, the show twice took home the Emmy for Outstanding Comedy Series and won three Golden Globes for Best Musical or Comedy Television Series. Each of the main actresses (Bea Arthur, Rue McClanahan, Betty White and Estelle Getty) received their own Emmys, as well, which stands as quite a rare accomplishment.

The show’s episode count hit 180 before its cancellation, ensuring that it would live on for decades in syndication. In fact, it has become something of a corny staple on cable and streaming platforms, and enjoys a fervent cult following that cuts across lines of age, gender and sexual orientation. Read More …

Golden Girls drag parody comes to Tybee Post Theater

Golden Girls drag parody comes to Tybee Post Theater

By Sean Kelly/Connect Savannah

Everyone loves The Golden Girls, right? The iconic 80s sitcom, starring the late Bea Arthur, Rue McClanahan, and Estelle Getty, and of course the immortal and mega-beloved Betty White, was a massive hit with an even more massive legacy.

It’s a show that has woven its stars into the fabric of American television history. The Golden Girls has a continued life in reruns that most shows will never experience.

Just when there seemingly wasn’t anything new left to add to the immeasurable Golden Girls legacy, along came the Kansas City Late Night Theatre to do just that.

The theater group has been staging Golden Girls Gone Wild, a live parody starring four men in drag as the show’s legendary characters, for several years throughout the country. Read More

Zimmer & Rudd: A duo detour City Hotel members come together for duo EP, Tybee Post Theater show

By Sean Kelly/Connect Savannah

Collectively, Aaron Paul Zimmer and Jay Rudd are already a known entity as part of City Hotel. Last year, Zimmer released his excellent solo album, Saints & Heretics, and now he’s joining forces with Rudd for a new project.

Zimmer & Rudd, Volume 1 is a five-song EP of original material written and performed by the duo that fall under the umbrella of roots music and follow in the tradition of bluegrass guitar and mandolin duos. They’ll be celebrating the project with a show at Tybee Post Theater on Sat., July 13, alongside special guests Russel Cook and the Sweet Teeth.

We chatted with Zimmer ahead of the show. Read More