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What's Next: 3 Redneck Tenors
3 Redneck Tenors combine opera, comedy and very odd choreography at the Lucas Theatre Jan. 14.

 Here’s the thing about the 3 Redneck Tenors: It sounds like a pretty dumb idea for a stage show, but it’s a rock–solid blast. I’ve yet to meet anyone who didn’t come out of a 3RT show saying the same thing.

The 3 Redneck Tenors show will make its Savannah debut Thursday, Jan. 14 at the Lucas Theatre. Tickets are on sale now.

Three professional opera singers play Billy Bob, Billy Joe and Billy Billee, mullet–headed rubes from Paris, Texas who sit in lawn chairs out in front of their Airstream trailer, beer cans in hand, and dream of musical stardom. With their hairstyles, T-shirts and overalls, and a string of knee–slapping good–old–boy jokes, you’ll begin to think you’re in for a stereotypical ride on the good ship Mountain Dew.

But when these guys sing – in character and in costume – the whole picture changes. The show, which utilizes a full band, takes them from classic opera (“Nessun Dorma,” “O Sole Mio,” “La Donna e Mobile”) to vocal milestones (“The Impossible Dream”) to goofy and hilariously funny stuff you wouldn’t expect in a million years (“YMCA,” “Stayin’ Alive,” a vocal harmony rendition of Beethoven’s 5th Symphony).

They sing, they disco dance, they go where no rednecks have gone before.

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Circus magic

A performance by self–proclaimed “Rock Concert Illusionist” David DaVinci forms the centerpiece of the Ringling Brothers Barnum & Bailey Circus’ 2010 show Illuscination, which is coming to the Savannah Civic Center Jan. 21–24.

Illuscination is the regular “Greatest Show on Earth” tour – with acrobats, animal acts and the like –with the added attraction of Mr. DaVinci, who makes things disappear (and appear again) with Copperfield–style flourish and high–tech panache. Tickets are set to go on sale Friday, Nov. 20 through


Musical notes

...I Cantori, Savannah’s professional chamber choir, has announced its annual Christmas concerts (there are two of them). The 7:30 p.m. shows are Dec. 5 at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, and Dec. 14 at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church on Skidaway Island. The program is a mix of vintage carols and newly–composed a capella music, done up in the style of “olde” British Isles carolers. Tickets are $15 adults and $10 students, at (912) 925–7866.

.. ...The Savannah Folk Music Society’s annual Holiday Caroling Party happens Sunday, Dec. 6 at First Presbyterian Church. Admission to the two–hour songfest is free, but you’re asked to bring a plate o’treats for others to enjoy. Festivities begin at 6 p.m.

...Two days prior (that’s Dec. 4), the Folk Music folks’ First Friday concert at First Presbyterian will feature an all–local bill:Chris Desa, and Michael Amburgey and Bobby Hanson.