On his never-ending solo acoustic tour, Jackson Browne will make a stop at the Johnny Mercer Theatre (inside the Savannah Civic Center) Saturday, Nov. 14. Tickets are set to go on sale Friday (Sept. 25) at www,etix.com.
Browne, of course, is one of the great Southern California singer/songwriters, known to radio listeners for “Doctor My Eyes,” “Running on Empty” and “Somebody’s Baby.”
But those songs, as the ardent fan knows only too well, are merely the tip of the iceberg. Browne’s early 1970s albums – Jackson Browne, For Everyman and Late For the Sky – contain some of the most intense, brilliant and beautiful words and music of that golden era.
And who can forget the annual fun and festivities that are the annual Tybee Island Pirate Fest? We’ll all be walking the plank Oct. 8-10; the musical extravanganza starts Friday afternoon and evening (that’s Oct. 9) at the “festival area”: on the pier and pavilion with performances by the Train Wrecks, Tybee’s own Roy and the Circuit Breakers, plus Big Engine and the Eric Culberson Blues Band. There’ll be fireworks, canons, plunder and play areas for kiddies and lots of people walking around going “Arrrrr!”
Saturday, Oct. 10 is an all-day affair at South Beach; planned is a 3 p.m. pirate parade down Butler Avenue, with live music pretty much continuous. The Marshall Tucker Band plays at 9 p.m. Tickets are $10 weekend admission for the festival area; children 12 and under admitted free. See www.tybeepiratefest.com.
By the way, the evening of Oct. 8 is given to the Crab Shack’s “Buccaneer Ball” (tickets are $20 advance, $20 at the door).
Georgia-born country music star Luke Bryan will perform Oct. 5 at the Hurricane Branch Plantation in Claxton. Bryan, a graduate of Georgia Southern University, has a huge hit out right now, “Do I.” His other big tunes are “All My Friends Say,” “We Rode in Trucks” and “Country Man.” Tickets are available through www.lukebryan.com, and partial proceeds will benefit scholarships at GSU. Bryan’s second album, album Doin’ My Thing, will be released Oct. 6…
… Collectors, music lovers, fans and geeks are invited to the third Savannah Record and Zine Fair, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Oct. 24 at River Club, 3 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. Here, vendors will sell a nice cross-section of records, CDs and assorted music ephemera. There’s a new emphasis this year on comics, fanzines and similar publications. It’s a SCAD Radio deal (see www.scadrecordfair.com)...
… Booked at Bloomngdale’s Randy Wood Guitars Nov. 6: The Gibson Brothers, a terrific brother-harmony bluegrass act out of New York. Check them out at www.gibsonbrothers.com. …
… Jerry Seinfeld delivered the goods at his Johnny Mercer Theatre show last Thursday. I especially liked his description of marriage as “a game of chess … but the board is made of moving water, and the pieces are made of smoke.” Zillionaire or no, the guy still has the ability to reach us regular folk.