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FALL ARTS: Concerts & Comedy

Ron White

Sept. 30, Johnny Mercer Theatre. With a wit as dry as the flat prairies of his Texas home, White's a veteran of the semi-legendary Blue Collar Comedy tours. But his humor - pithy and sarcastic - has grown exponentially, and he's many miles ahead of Larry the Cable Guy. Expect 90 minutes of hilarity as White puffs on a cigar and drinks from his ever-present glass on onstage Scotch.

Bonnie Raitt

Oct. 13, Johnny Mercer Theatre. The raven-hair blues rocker makes her second Savannah appearance in two years; she's got a fine new album out called Slipstream, which NPR's Ken Tucker called her best work since the mid 1970s: "Raitt has always possessed a gift for taking a familiar phrase and rendering it in a manner that compels a listener to think anew about what the words really mean."

Louis C.K.

Oct. 17. Johnny Mercer Theatre. Daniel Tosh has already been to Savannah this year (two sold-out performances in April), so it's only logical that another of America's hottest and most cutting-edge comics pays us a visit. The bitterly-angry Louis (Emmy-nominated for Louie on the FX Network) has mellowed a bit, according a recent review in Entertainment Weekly: "It was a fresh mix of the I-hate-myself-and-want-to-kill-you-while-making-you-all-cringe Louis that made him famous, with the a-little-more-okay-with-himself-and-the-world Louis."

Ingrid Michaelson

Oct. 18, Trustees Theatre. Singer./songwriter Michaelson's music was used extensively in the TV series Grey's Anatomy during its peak years. Hey, "The Way I Am" was ubiquitous, as were the Old Navy commercials that used it as a hook. On this tour, she's joined by Sugar + The Hi Lows.

Savannah Philharmonic

Oct. 19, Lucas Theatre. For the second Lucas concert of the season, artistic director Peter Shannon conducts a "Celebrate America!" program, with music from Gershwin's Porgy and Bess and An American in Paris, plus Leonard Bernstein's uber-dramatic (and oh-so-American) West Side Story and On the Town, film music by Elmer Bernstein and more. Vocal soloists: Ann Marie McPhail (soprano) and Joshua Carswell (tenor), co-winners of the 2012 American Traditions Competition.

The Boxcars

Oct. 26, Randy Wood Guitars, Bloomingdale. Mandolin master Adam Steffey and fidder Ron Stewart front this high-energy bluegrass outfit. Between them and the other guys, the band's pedigree is a mile wide, with stints with Alison Krauss & Union Station, JD Crowe & the New South, Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver and others. Just too good.


Nov. 8, Johnny Mercer Theatre. This South Carolina Christian rock band reached the (secular) Top 20 with the 2009 album The Outsiders, and last year's The Reckoning did even better, peaking at No. 6. The Dove Award-winning Needtobreathe opened Taylor Swift's 2011 tour; "The type of people we're looking for are people who dig what we do," says guitarist Bo Rhinehart. "And that's it. So we welcome any type of fan."

Jake Owen

Nov. 10, Johnny Mercer Theatre. A native of Vero Beach, Fla., Owen sometimes gets lost among the cookie-cutter country singers  being churned out by the Nashville machine. But don't the radio-friend party anthems ("Yee Haw," "Eight Second Ride," "Barefoot Blue Jean Night") turn you off; he is a great singer with a barrel-chested, Haggard-esque baritone (see "Don't Think I Don't Love You" and "Alone With You"), and his stage shows are celebratory affairs.

Savannah Philharmonic

Nov. 17, Lucas Theatre. Soprano Rebecca Flaherty, tenor Cooper Nolan and bass Keith Harris join Peter Shannon and the Phil, plus the Savannah Children's Choir, for selections from Carmina Burana, Peer Gynt and Finlandia.

Holiday Pops: The Festive Season

Dec. 14 and 15, Cathedral of John the Baptist. The Savannah Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorus' annual Yuletide concert and sing-along, with soloist Tina Zenker Williams.