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Mark Your Calendar: Drive-By Truckers
Patterson Hood and Drive-By Truckers have a Trustees Theater date in September

A perennial southeastern favorite, Drive-By Truckers are coming back to Savannah to play a Trustees Theater show Sept. 8. Tickets are on sale now for $25, and they're general admission, which means getting a good seat is entirely up to you when the doors open.

Get them at, or at (912) 525-5050, or at the Trustees box office.

Patterson Hood and company are touring behind the rockin 'Go-Go Boots album, which takes them in a more muscular rock ‘n' soul, Muscle Shoals direction, with a side order of old-school country.

Shows at GSU

Georgia Southern University (Statesboro) has announced its fall-and-beyond performing arts series. These are nationally-touring shows, some of which ought to do really well in Savannah if some enterprising local theater or promoter would just get on the stick (hint, hint).

Here's the deal:

Sept. 9: 100 Years of Broadway. The top touring Broadway revue in the country features five stage stars and a jazz/pop orchestra conducted by Neil Berg, who wrote the show and has been traveling around with it for years.

Oct. 6: Capitol Steps. One can't hang out in Washington, D.C. for very long without hearing political scuttlebutt, rumors, gossip and snarky remarks. These guys write very funny songs about it. And there's an election on the horizon!

Nov. 19: Kathy Mattea. This classic country singer put on an impressive show during the 2009 Savannah Music Festival.

Jan. 22: Marvin Hamlisch. Yes, he's still around, and yes, he's one of the most successful songwriters of the last 30 years. The recipient of three Oscars, four Grammys, four Emmys, a Tony and three Golden Globes will present a show called The American Songbook.

Feb. 23: The American Boychoir. Forget those Viennese sopranos, this is our country's most successful concert boys choir (grades 4 through 8).

March 3: Women of Ireland. One of those perennial Celtic musical celebrations, with Siobhan Manson from Riverdance; Zoe Conway, a champion Irish fiddle player, vocalists Michelle Lally, Ingrid Madsen and Denise Brennan.

April 1: South Pacific. It's Rodgers, it's Hammerstein, and it never gets old. It's the 2008 Lincoln Center revival version. Just imagine: Bali Hai in Statesboro.

For tickets, et al, see

Short stuff

@ This week and next, Savannah bids farewell to singer/songwriter Brandon Nelson McCoy, who's moving up to Athens. Saturday's Sentient Bean show - and another July 28 at Live Wire - will be BNM's last as a local resident.

@ On Aug. 6, the Allman Brothers Band Museum at the Big House (that's in Macon) plans a fundraising Poker Run. There'll also be live music and BBQ. A good cause, y'all. See

@ The next Collective Face show (opening Sept. 16 at Muse Arts Warehouse) will be Tony Kushner's Pulitzer Prize-winning Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes. Since Angels was written in two parts, with the entirety running about seven hours, the ‘Face is just doing Part One: Millennium Approaches.