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GPB climate change episode previews on Tybee

GPB climate change episode previews on Tybee

By Mary Lander/SMN

The Georgia Public Broadcasting Program “Georgia Outdoors” is exploring climate change with a special episode, “The Rising Sea,” which will be previewed at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Tybee Post Theater.

“Tybee to me is one of the most vulnerable islands we have simply because it’s so populated,” said executive producer and host Sharon Collins.

Collins interviewed Tybee resident Cathy Sakas, a marine biologist who has headed the Tybee Beach Task Force, and learned, as many locals already know, that U.S. 80 flooding is worse than an occasional nuisance.

“She remarked to me that the causeway or route 80, she never knows whether it’s going to be flooded or not if it’s high tide,” Collins said in a phone interview. “I thought that was once or twice a year, and we’re finding out it’s a lot more than that.” Read more:

Cats Under The Stars salutes Jerry Garcia

Cats Under The Stars salutes Jerry Garcia

Members of Charlie Fog Band pay tribute to Garcia’s other band

By Sean Kelly/ConnectSavannah

Dan Berman is an encyclopedia of knowledge when it comes to music in general, but even more so with the music of the Grateful Dead and Jerry Garcia. He’s become known for playing with the Charlie Fog Band, an impassioned tribute to the legendary group. Now, he’s taking that a step further with Cats Under the Stars—a tribute to the Jerry Garcia Band.

Known for their reimagining of soul and R&B songs, as well as originals that were outside of the realm of the Dead, the Jerry Garcia Band was a passion project for the iconic guitarist and songwriter up until his passing.

Cats Under the Stars is set to stage a JGB tribute at the Tybee Post Theater on June 22, and we spoke to Berman ahead of the show. Read More…

SCAD film students showcase ultra-indie shorts and acclaimed feature at Tybee Post Theater

By Jim Reed/DoSavannah

Although the title certainly sounds like it could be the name of an extremely cornball off-off-off-Broadway musical revue, “Off Tha’ Block” it is in fact a locally produced showcase of ultra-indie filmmaking. Specifically, films created and produced by either current or former film and television majors at Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD).

Organized as something of a personal challenge by SCAD Junior Liz Kraushaar, this under-the-radar presentation occurs only once, on May 24.

It is divided into two distinct parts: The first, which runs from 2 p.m. till 5 p.m., is a compilation of various short films. The second, which runs from 7:30 p.m. till 9:30 p.m., consists of the second-ever public screening of a just-completed feature film entitled “Nesting Dolls.” Read More

Savannah-born, Grammy nominated Victor Wainwright plays Tybee Post Theater

Savannah-born, Grammy nominated Victor Wainwright plays Tybee Post Theater

By Christopher Berinato/SMN

Bluesman Victor Wainwright may consider Memphis, Tennessee, his base of operations, but Savannah will always be his home. After all, he is known as the “Piana from Savannah.”

Wainwright and his band, the Train, are returning to his birthplace for an overdue performance at Tybee Post Theater.

“I try to visit for the holidays,” Wainwright said. “That’s about the best I can do these days, I’m on the road so much.”

Wainwright, who is a charismatic performer and an electrifying boogie piano man, is coming off of a recent Grammy Award nomination for last year’s “Victor Wainwright and the Train,” released on Ruf Records, and has seen his fanbase and critical acclaim rapidly grow…. Read More:

Alright alright alright: The “Beach Bum” @TybeePost

Alright alright alright: The “Beach Bum” @TybeePost

By Jim Reed/SMN

On May 16, the Tybee Post kicks off a three-day, five-show engagement of one of the most frustratingly impressive and perplexingly enjoyable dramedies in recent memory: provocative filmmaker Harmony Korine’s latest topsy-turvy look at the downside of monied party culture, “The Beach Bum.”

Described as “an epic goof” by one critic, this wide-eyed portrait of the downfall of a decadently hedonistic counterculture literary sensation is played with tremendous aplomb by Matthew McConaughey. He’s become a volatile Key West stoner icon who can be a bit of a rough slog at times.

The movie’s pacing is rather uneven and it veers wildly from borderline inscrutable art-house territory to populist, low-brow, gross-out slapstick shenanigans. However, with Korine (“Kids,” “Gummo,” “Ken Park,” “Trash Humpers,” “Spring Breakers”) at the helm, the end result is a bracing, tumultuous blur of vivid, crowded images and occasionally unconnected vignettes that wind up sending semaphore signals to the audience rather than a lengthy email.

Boasting unexpected faces who acquit themselves very well in key supporting roles (Snoop Dogg, Martin Laurence, Jonah Hill) and stunt casting cameos by folks who either hit it out of the park (Zac Efron – yes, that Zac Efron) or who drop the ball so clumsily that you can almost feel the audience groaning in embarrassment for them (Jimmy Buffet playing himself, no less), “The Beach Bum” is definitely not an uplifting picture, although there are plenty of nervous laughs to be had along the way. Cleverly booked into this cozy venue just in time for the island’s own famed Beach Bum Parade, this passion project by a willfully obstinate auteur may leave many Tybee residents in a state of utter confusion, but I am sure Korine wouldn’t have it any other way.

Showtimes at 7 p.m. on May 16, 17 and 19, with 3 p.m. matinees on May 17 and 19.

Chatham County Line’s bluegrass revival

Chatham County Line’s bluegrass revival

By Sean Kelly/ConnectSavannah

The group’s Dave Wilson talks about their impressive career

IF YOU’RE unfamiliar with Chatham County Line, a good time to correct that would be on Fri., May 3 at the Tybee Post Theater. The group, founded over 20 years ago by North Carolina musicians making the transition from country rock to bluegrass, will be sharing the stage with fellow North Carolina buzz band Mipso as part of a short run of dates together.

Ahead of the gig, we caught up with the band’s guitarist Dave Wilson, who took time during the band’s stint at MerleFest to chat about their career and their latest project. Read more …

Mipso and Chatham County Line play Tybee Post Theater

Mipso and Chatham County Line play Tybee Post Theater

By Christopher Berinato/DoSavannah

When Mipso, a quartet from Chapel Hill, North Carolina, released their fifth studio album in 2018, it marked a subtle, yet noticeable shift in their approach to American roots music, one that values mood and atmosphere over traditional virtuosity. Read more …

Tybee Wine Festival is eleven years strong

Tybee Wine Festival is eleven years strong

By Rachael Flora/Connect Savannah

NOW IN its eleventh year, the Tybee Wine Festival is a favorite event for locals and tourists alike.

The laid-back weekend is a fundraiser for the Tybee Post Theater.

“It really is amazing that it has had such longevity,” says Melissa Turner, executive director of the Tybee Post Theater. “The same folks come year in and year out—they just love it. We have folks that plan their vacation around all three events, rent a house or a condo down here and make a long weekend out of it.” Read more …

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: