Tag: #Tybee Post Theater

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 …

A Funny Thing Happened On the Way to the Forum flies into Tybee Post

A Funny Thing Happened On the Way to the Forum flies into Tybee Post

By Asha Gilbert/Connect Savannah

WITH well-known local performer Les Taylor leading the all-star cast, A Funny Thing Happened On the Way to the Forum is the biggest production from the Tybee Arts Association since their production of Wizard of Oz in 2011.

“This play is something I’ve wanted to do for over 40 years … it’s one of the funniest musicals ever written,” says director Renee DeRossett. Read more …

And do call her Shirley

And do call her Shirley

Savannah Community Theatre performs Shirley Valentine

By Jim Morekis/ConnectSavannah

THE PLAY Shirley Valentine has entered the realm of the classics with its funny, poignant portrayal of an unhappy housewife’s journey of self-discovery.

Written by Willy Russell, it is also arguably one of the great one-person shows of all time.

Malinda Davis Smith and the Savannah Community Theatre bring Shirley to life onstage at the Tybee Post Theater, in a show opening this weekend and directed by the renowned J. Tom Coleman III. Read More …

 

A St. Patrick’s Day celebration with Chloë Agnew

A St. Patrick’s Day celebration with Chloë Agnew

By Anna Chandler/Connect Savannah

WHEN she was just 14 years old, Chloë Agnew joined one of the most successful musical groups in history.

Since its creation in 2004, the Irish musical ensemble Celtic Woman has been named Billboard World Album Artist of the Year six times and has sold over nine million records worldwide. Agnew bloomed professionally in the group, touring the world and sharing her Irish heritage and tradition with countless fans. Read more …

Little Tybee returns to roots with island concert, treasure hunt for fans

Little Tybee returns to roots with island concert, treasure hunt for fans

By Kim Wade/Do Savannah

Local favorites Little Tybee will return to their roots with a performance with New York City-based Reign of Kindo on March 8. And, according to Little Tybee’s Brock Scott, their performance at the Tybee Post Theater was an intentional stop on their recent tour.

“Our music can kind of be delicate and we wanted to play in a space that is more of a listening room,” Scott says. ” … That’s why we chose that spot… It’s obvious from our name that we hold the area of Tybee in high esteem and I think a lot of the sound we create is based on our roots there. Read more …

Close To You: The Music of The Carpenters @Tybee Post Theater Sat. night

Close To You: The Music of The Carpenters @Tybee Post Theater Sat. night

By Anna Chandler/ConnectSavannah

Be on “Top of the World” this Saturday with a special tribute show. Headed up by Chicago-based vocalist Lisa Rock, “Close To You: The Music of The Carpenters” showcases Rock’s incredible four-octave range and all the favorites of the 1970s band.

Rock performs alongside backing vocalist Sari Greenberg and pianist Ken McMullen. The group will perform songs like “We’ve Only Just Begun,” “Rainy Days and Mondays,” “I Won’t Last A Day Without You,” and more.

Saturday, February 17, 8 p.m., $18-22 via tybeeposttheater.com, all-ages

Lyn Avenue, straight up @TybeePost, Fri. night

Lyn Avenue, straight up @TybeePost, Fri. night

By Anna Chandler/ConnectSavannah
SAVANNAH band Lyn Avenue has made their hottest record yet—literally and figuratively.

“We went in the studio in August with no AC,” vocalist, guitarist, and songwriter CC Witt remembers. “Literally, sweat, blood and tears went into this!”

Since they started out as a teenage garage band, Lyn Avenue as an entity has grown up just like its members, refining sounds, honing songwriting strengths, and deepening a chemistry that’s been there since the beginning. It’s all evident in their new, highly-anticipated EP, ‘Never Been to Nashville,’ available at the band’s Tybee Post Theater release concert on Friday.

Though they’re one of their home state’s favorite country acts (Lyn Avenue has been crowned “Best Country Band” not once but three times by the Georgia Music Awards and the Georgia Country Awards), that Southern flavor wasn’t always a part of the sound.

“We started as a garage band back in, I want to say, 2008 or 2009,” Savannah native Witt says. “We were kids jamming making noise for a long time!”

That’s how Witt spent the first day she met Patrick Ellington, her co-writer in the band and, as of a few months ago, husband.

“The day we met, we were playing music,” Witt recalls. “He came over to play. We’ve known each other for 11 years and we grew and we argued and we wrote songs together.”

Witt’s childhood home certainly had its share of country music played throughout—her dad listened to Marty Robbins and Elvis Presley—but her folks also loved disco, soul, and The Police. That diverse influence is evident on ‘Never Been to Nashville,’ which goes full old-school country on lead single “Kentucky Bourbon” but dips into progressive country sounds throughout the rest of its tracks.

In those early days, Witt was inspired to try writing a country song for one of her best friends, a lover of the genre. The result was fan favorite “Guardian Angel,” which has finally been recorded for the ‘Never Been to Nashville’ EP.

Country was the perfect style for Witt’s writing.

“It just clicked,” she shares. “It was natural, and we started gravitating toward that sound and my writing style lended itself more to a country style. I focus more on emotions when I write. Patrick writes more visually, I think. Together, we make a country song.”

When it was time to hit the studio, the band selected the songs that capture them at their best, reaching back to the early days for “Guardian Angel.”

“We wanted to give those songs a second chance and bring them to maturity,” explains Witt. “Since ‘Guardian Angel’ was the song that started our journey with country music, we really wanted to bring that one to fruition. ‘You Don’t Need Me’ was a bonus track, and ‘Little Big City Town’ I wrote and put on my solo EP [2016’s ‘Down Memory Lane’], so we decided to make it a full band version.”

Lyn Avenue recorded ‘Never Been to Nashville’ at Dollhouse Studios supported by a mosaic of local musicians. The EP employs four different drummers, as well as Igor Fiksman (Damon and the Shitkickers) on pedal steel, Jay Rudd (City Hotel) on mandolin and banjo, Kenny Munshaw (co-owner of Dollhouse Studios) on keys, and Witt’s aunt, Nancy Witt, on keys.

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Patrick Ellington and CC Witt channel classic country style on their EP’s album art.
Patrick Ellington and CC Witt channel classic country style on their EP’s album art.
“We just had a lot of ideas, and we tried them all and it ended up coming together,” Witt recalls of their time in-studio. “We definitely want to show people that we’re not from this bro-country stuff that’s on the radio. We want to write about real things and substance. And we still really like to write catchy songs! We want to continue with that classic country vibe.”

These days, Witt and Ellington are considered the core of the band, bringing in bassists and drummers to support their sound live. For their album release show, Lyn Avenue will include drummer AJ Davis, bassist Larry Jones, Fiksman on pedal steel, and some special surprise guests. Everyone attending the concert will receive a free ‘Never Been to Nashville’ EP. City Hotel’s Aaron Zimmer and Jay Rudd will perform an opening set.

“We’re just grateful,” Witt says. “Everyone’s been so gracious and supportive and kind, especially with our single [“Kentucky Bourbon”] that we released. We’re really excited to share all this with everybody else. We’re trying to put together a good show. It’ll be the best one yet!”

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