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What's Next: Pete Yorn
Pete Yorn abd Scarlett Johansson, on the cover of their single "Relator"

Singer/songwriter Pete Yorn, who’s been a favorite on the indie scene since the early part of this millennial decade, will appear at Hilton Head’s Shoreline Ballroom Saturday, Nov. 7.

Yorn’s best–known songs include “Strange Condition” and “Just Another,” which have been used as soundtrack tracks for numerous movies and TV shows, and “Life on a Chain,” which was strong enough to make Rolling Stone call Yorn “on of ten artists to watch in 2001.”

Among the artists Yorn has worked with in the studio: R.E.M.’s Peter Buck and Pixies frontman Frank Black. He’s toured with Coldplay, Foo Fighters, the Dave Matthews Band, Crowded House and R.E.M., among others.
Yorn’s latest project, the Break Up album, is a collaboration with actress Scarlett Johansson. The pair have been making the television chat shows for a month or so, performing their song “Relator.”

Johansson won’t be at the Shoreline show – at least, not that we know of. But stranger things, especially where Hollywood stars are concerned, have happened. Tickets are $20 advance and will be $23 day of show.

Musical Notes

The Roundhouse Blues & BBQ Festival, Nov. 13 and 14 at the Roundhouse Railroad Museum off Louisville Road, will feature a half–dozen solid performers, including blues guitarist Bernard Allison, Savannah’s own guitar–playing demi–god Bobby Lee Rodgers, Juke Joint Johnny and the Harmonica Beast of the Southeast, the JoaJa band and more. Tickets are $12 per day, $20 for a two–day package, at

... Savannah’s Philip Neilinger will perform a theremin concert Nov. 6 at the Ships of the Sea Museum. An oscillating electronic box that produces an eerie but haunting musical sound, the theremin was used extensively on the soundtrack of many a 1950s sci–fi movies, and most famously appeared prominently on the classic Beach Boys track “Good Vibrations.” Neilinger’s free concert, part of the “Museum in the Moonlight” series, starts at 7 p.m.

...Billy Joe Shaver, one of those Texas singer/songwriters who always seem to reside somewhere in the dark spaces between fame and obscurity, returns to Savannah Dec. 5 for a show at the Jinx. Our own Whiskey Dick will open.

...The date and venue have been announced for the Savannah Music Festival’s Derek Trucks/Susan Tedeschi concert: April 1 in the Johnny Mercer Theatre, inside the Savannah Civic Center. Tickets, $27-$73, went on sale earlier this week.

Theatrically Speaking

Two dramatic plays that are both mainstays of the American theater tradition open locally next week. The Diary of Anne Frank, based on the true story of a young Dutch girl and her family who hid from the Nazis during World War II, is the new Little Theatre of Savannah show at the Freight Station Theatre, starting Nov. 5.

And To Kill a Mockingbird, the stage adaptation of Harper Lee’s Pulitzer Prize–winning novel about race relations in the South in the Depression years, opens Nov. 6 at the Black Box S.P.A.C.E., a production of the City’s Dept. of Cultural Affairs.

... Next up for SCAD’s theater folks is A New Brain, the off–Broadway musical by William Finn and James Lapine about a songwriter who discovers his writers’ block is actually a serious medical condition. It runs Nov. 6–8.

... Don’t forget (as if you could) that the Savannah Community Theatre production of that toe–tapping musical Nunsense runs Nov. 28–30. cs