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What's Next: David Copperfield
Janis Ian


He shoots … he scores!

I’ve seen David Copperfield onstage several times, and never once did he miss the basket. Never sliced off an ear while “walking though” a giant spinning fan. Never pulled a muskrat out of the proverbial hat, when we were all expecting a rabbit.

The thing about Copperfield, whose January 14 appearance at the Savannah Civic Center has just been announced, is that he’s first and foremost a showman. His act is peopled with beautiful, long-haired women dressed in flowing white nightgowns – very dream-like – so if he’s pulling a fast one (as he most definitely is) guys like me never notice.

Sure, he looks like a dork, but he’s really, really good. In fact, Copperfield’s arguably the finest illusionist on the road today (don’t call him a “magician,” he doesn’t care for it), and the show, with its large-scale, high-tech “tricks” – is a jaw-dropper. Even without the fantasy babes.

Ticket sales will begin soon.

Just plain folk

 The 2009 Savannah Folk Festival, Oct. 9-11, will feature legendary singer/songwriter Janis Ian, whose was just a teenager when “Society’s Child” caused such a stir back in ’67. Ian, of course, had a string of hit albums in the 1970s, and a pretty big hit with “At Seventeen” (her albums Stars and Between the Lines are excellent, and still hold up today).

She’ll headline the traditional “closing night” concert Oct. 11 at Grayson Stadium. The big show is free, which is great because it also features the legendary acoustic duo Jay Unger and Molly Mason, guitar and fiddle, playing Appalachian, Celtic, bluegrass and classic folk tunes. Their music was featured prominently in the Ken Burns miniseries The Civil War.

David Jacobs-Strain and Osalimi Amoke will also perform. For details on the entire three-day event, see

Musical notes

Our friends over at the Shoreline Ballroom, Hilton Head Island, have announced two more shows: Pop Evil and Framing Hanley Sept. 19, and the good old Insane Clown Posse Oct. 11...

Kentucky bluegrass band The Farewell Drifers is next in line at Randy Wood Guitars in Bloomingdale. The band plays the Pickin' Parlor Aug. 8 ...

Savannah reggae darlings Passafire will release a new CD, Everyone on Everynight, Sept. 15 on LAW Records. The band shares the bill with John Brown's Body Aug. 8 at the Live Wire Music Hall...