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Tybee Post Theater Reopening Its Doors For The Holidays

Tybee Post Theater Reopening Its Doors For The Holidays

It’s Lights On for the Holidays at Tybee’s only performing arts and movie theater! After remaining dark since the middle of March due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Tybee Post Theater is lighting up the Theater with a glorious holiday light display that should be the backdrop of every Tybee Christmas card photo.

Even better, the Theater is finally opening its doors and welcoming the Tybee community and its visitors to a spirit-lifting series of holiday movies every weekend in December.

The movies will start screening Thanksgiving weekend and continue through Christmas. We’ll get a chance to see everything from “A Christmas Story” and “A Christmas Carol” to “Elf,” “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” and “Scrooged” on the big screen. And don’t we all need a break from our small screens!

The holiday movies will be screened twice a day, at 3 & 7 pm on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, with titles changing each day. Fridays will feature some of the most popular holiday movies; Saturdays will feature the classics, and Sundays will be strictly family-friendly fare. The first weekend in December, for example, will feature “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” on Friday, “A Christmas Story” on Saturday and “Elf” on Sunday. You’ve seen these movies time and time again on your televisions, but there is really nothing like the theatrical experience in your own historic hometown cinema with family and friends.

The holiday series opens Thanksgiving weekend Nov. 27-28 with that quintessential Christmas classic, “It’s A Wonderful Life,” on Friday at 7 pm; and Saturday at 3 and 7 pm. Sunday features “The Santa Clause” at 3 and 7 pm.
 “Could there be a better film than ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ to lift our spirits and give us hope that all will eventually be right with the world in the weeks and months to come?” said Executive Director Melissa Turner. “We wanted to open our doors with a film about kindness and the value of every human life.”

The Theater has spent the past few months redefining the theater experience with the health and safety of its patrons, staff and volunteers at the forefront of updated safety and sanitation policies.

Most important, the theater will operate at a significantly lower capacity. Only 35 percent of the seats will sold for any show, allowing for greater than 6-foot social distancing between family groups. Movie tickets will be general admission and ushers will assist households in seating themselves at comfortable distances from others. Other safety procedures include:

  • Touch-free hand sanitizer stations will be available at the box office, as well as in the lobby and auditorium
  • Staff and volunteers will be wearing masks, and concessions staff also wear gloves
  • Face coverings will be required for all guests when not eating or drinking in your seats
  • High-touch areas, such as counter tops and door handles, will be sanitized during the shows
  • The auditorium will be disinfected with a fogger between every screening
  • Contactless ticketing and payment options will be available
The Theater understands and respects the fact that some patrons will still be uncomfortable returning to a theater environment, or any venue with indoor seating, at this time. But many others are eager to engage in community activities in an environment that has taken as many safety precautions as possible. And, as Tybee’s only performing arts and movie theater, the Post wants to bring a little joy to our beleaguered world and welcome its residents and visitors back to the movies.
The Tybee Post Theater movie listings can be found on the Post’s website at https://tybeeposttheater.org/ , its Facebook page, or by calling the Theater at 912-472-4790.
Tybee Polar Plunge goes virtual

Tybee Polar Plunge goes virtual

By WSAV Staff

The annual Tybee Polar Plunge is going virtual.

For the past 22 years, the Tybee Polar Plunge has been held at the Tybee Pier and Pavilion, where several thousand people have run into the chilly waters of the Atlantic Ocean at once.

This year, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Tybee Post Theater’s annual fundraiser will be held virtually. The event will still be held on New Year’s Day at high noon, but participants can choose to take the plunge anywhere they want. Read more:

Viral YouTube sensation Andy Gross brings comedy, magic to the Tybee Post

Viral YouTube sensation Andy Gross brings comedy, magic to the Tybee Post

By Steven Alford/Do Savannah

Comedian, magician, ventriloquist and all-around funny man, Andy Gross, was performing at a night club when he started receiving alerts and texts on his phone.

An iPhone video he shot with his daughter featuring the performer split in half and sneaking up on unsuspecting parkgoers was taking off on YouTube.

First, the video racked up 7,000 views, then 25,000 views, soon it was 100,000.

“My Dad called and said he was brushing his teeth and heard a familiar voice on a video playing on CNN,” Gross said from his home in Los Angeles. “I was getting so many alerts, I had to turn off my phone.”

The “Split Man” video has since been viewed nearly eight million times online, and gave a huge boost to Gross’ career, helping him book shows around the world: Dubai, Paris, Barcelona and more.

On Friday, Jan. 10, Gross brings his hilarious and mind-bending show to the Tybee Post Theater, to thrill audiences and split a few sides. Read more …

Andy Gross: Jack of all Trades

Viral video sensation brings magic and more to Tybee Post

By Jim Reed/Connect Savannah

QUICK QUESTION: what’s one of the hardest occupations you can imagine?

Not from a standpoint of physical strength or endurance –although that’s certainly a consideration– but hardest in the sense of something that’s extremely, extremely difficult to master.

And, while we’re at it, an occupation that –by its very definition– essentially demands it be done in public, in front of an attentive audience – many of whom are, quite frankly, rooting for you to fail.

Okay, you got one in your head? Good. Now imagine yourself choosing four different occupations that all fit that same basic description, and then proceeding to excel at each of them. What on earth would that feel like?

One of the few people I have ever come across that might be qualified to answer that question would be Andy Gross, who makes his public debut in our area on Friday, Jan. 10 at the historic Tybee Post Theater. Read More ….

Katie Deal celebrates Patsy Cline in tribute at Tybee Post Theater

Katie Deal celebrates Patsy Cline in tribute at Tybee Post Theater

By Sean Kelly/Connecct Savannah

Singer, actress, and songwriter Katie Deal has had an amazing career with her own art—whether it be collaborating with the likes of Zac Brown Band’s John Driskell Hopkins or Sugarland’s Brandon Bush, or acting in films like Let’s Be Cops. One project that’s near and dear to her heart, however, is her tribute to the great Patsy Cline.

Deal has actually been involved in several Patsy Cline shows, having performed in two national productions of A Closer Walk With Patsy Cline and staging her own one-woman tributes. She’s bringing her latest Cline show, Crazy For Patsy Cline, to the Tybee Post Theater on Sep. 20, and it’s shaping up to be a unique and intimate portrayal of the late singer’s incredible life and work.

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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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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 …

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

Brothers Duet: Aaron Paul Zimmer and Jay Rudd release new album with Tybee Post Theater show

Brothers Duet: Aaron Paul Zimmer and Jay Rudd release new album with Tybee Post Theater show

By Christopher Berinato/Do Savannah

Aaron Paul Zimmer and Jay Rudd having been playing together in local bluegrass band City Hotel since 2011.

The band has released two albums in that time and last year, Zimmer released his first solo album, “Saints and Heretics.”

When not playing solo or in City Hotel, Zimmer (guitar/vocals) and Rudd (mandolin) occasionally perform as a duo.

“Some time last year we did a duo show at Tybee Post opening up for Lynn Avenue… and that was our first public performance as a duo,” said Rudd. “That went over really well. We got a great crowd reaction so we thought we should probably do this again.”

A few months ago, Zimmer booked this upcoming date at Tybee Post Theater and asked Rudd if he would like to try the duo again. Rudd suggested recording a new EP to promote the show, which is a reversal of the usual stages of booking a gig.

“It all happened really quick,” explained Rudd. “We went into the studio with Jason Bible (The Train Wrecks) and got it done in maybe four or six hours in the studio. And that was it.”

The five track EP, “Vol. 1,” features four original songs, two written by Rudd and two by Zimmer, plus one cover.

“One of them is actually a cover by Aaron’s father-in-law, Ernie Palmer,” said Rudd. “It’s a song that we actually have on one of the City Hotel albums, called ‘Gainesville Mill.’ We decided to re-record that for this project.”

Zimmer and Rudd each draw upon their own strengths as songwriters for this EP. “Aaron is very much in the singer-songwriter vein,” said Rudd. “I started writing music when I was in high school. I was in a garage rock band. We literally played in a garage. I would write rock songs.”

Of course, Rudd has been writing bluegrass songs ever since with City Hotel. “I think that our styles are very different because Aaron’s stuff is more lyrical and he’s an amazing storyteller when he writes songs,” said Rudd. “I’ve always written more on the instrumental side of things.”

Although the pair enjoy performing as a full band with City Hotel, they also like the opportunities to explore their instruments as a duo. “It feels really different when you just have a guitar and a mandolin because it just changes the groove a lot,” Rudd explained. “In a bluegrass band, it’s the bass and the mandolin and guitar together that create the overall groove. Without having a bass it changes the way Aaron has to play the guitar. Also, it’s just a lot more stripped down. There is a way I wouldn’t play mandolin in a full bluegrass group… It’s a more intimate sound and it really lends itself to showing more of the dynamic beauty of those instruments you don’t get in a full band. We can really showcase the more airy side of the instruments. There is a depth to the instruments that you don’t hear when you have five instruments going at once.”

There is a long tradition of guitar and mandolin duos in bluegrass music. The format actually began in the 1930s and ’40s, prior to bluegrass. “There were tons of these, what were called, Brother Duets,” said Rudd. “Bill Monroe and his brother, Charlie, had the Monroe Brothers and that was before he started the whole Bluegrass music.”

Rudd also cites Ricky Skaggs and Tony Rice’s duo as an influence. Rudd still brings his other influences outside of bluegrass into his songwriting. “I didn’t get into Bluegrass until I was in my 20s,” said Rudd. “Before that I was into My Morning Jacket, Modest Mouse, those kind of rock bands, so I get a lot of influence from that sort of stuff. The kind of music I gravitated towards before bluegrass is still a huge part of how I hear music.”

Zimmer and Rudd will play a varied 90-minute set and have CD copies of “Vol.1” for sale at the show. Special guests Russell Cook and the Sweet Teeth are opening up. Cook recorded with his wife as Little Country Giants, but now is exploring a two guitar and drums juke-joint trio with the Sweet Teeth along with guitarist Scotty Knight and drummer Jeremy Clark.

 

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…