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What's Next: A couple of Boonies
Jack Williams



There’s a charming little town tucked into the northwestern corner of North Carolina called Boone. It’s in the Blue Ridge Mountains, and you get there after a long, kinda scary drive along constantly winding roads. Even the streets are steep.

Appalachian State University is in Boone, so as you might expect there’s a pretty vibrant music scene. The duo Channing and Quinn, booked to play July 23 at the Live Wire Music Hall, started in the town’s coffeehouses and student bistros.

Quinn Matthews percussively plays acoustic guitar, banjo, ukulele and numerous other stringed instruments, while Channing Lee sings with a childlike innocence one minute, and the sultriness of Peggy Lee or Julie London the next.

Check ‘em out – on their Myspace page, the unique twosome (who now reside in Nashville) have posted a 15-minute video documentary chronicling their recent tour of the Northeast – by Amtrak train. There’s music on the site, too, and on YouTube you’ll find a couple of performance videos.

Thought you’d want a little advance notice.


 The Savannah Philharmonic Orchestra has announced its 2009-2010 season. Conductor Peter Shannon will start things off Sept. 11 with Aaron Copland’s “Fanfare For the Common Man” at the Lucas Theatre, with additional music by Samuel Barber and John Philip Sousa.

Verdi’s “Requiem” follows Oct. 2 at the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist, and the Oct. 4 “Picnic in the Park” (at Forsyth Park) carries a Johnny Mercer theme.

The season also includes “Carols in the Cathedrals” Dec. 18, Stravinsky’s “Firebird” Feb. 20, the St. Patrick’s Day Pops concert March 13, and a performance of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony April 17. Find out more at


 … Semi-legendary singer/songwriter (and amazing flatpicking guitar player)  Jack Williams plays a Savannah Folk Music Society show Aug. 15 at First Presbyterian Church ...

… From Asheville comes steel drummer Jon Scales and his jazz band The Jon Scales Fourchestra. This innovative quartet will play the Jazz’d Tapas Bar July 24 …

… Athens rocker (and longtime Savannah-area favorite) Ken Will Morton returns for a July 24 show at the Sentient Bean …

… Dare Dukes and Keith Kozel and the Champions will open what’s purported to be the final Pink Kodiak performance in Savannah, at the Jinx July 25. “Some surprises will be in store as well,” the K-man promises…

Abbey Road Live, the Athens-based Beatles tribute band, returns to Loco’s Grill & Pub July 24.
















Jack Williams Aug 15