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Ronny Cox in director Paul Verhoven's "RoboCop" (1987)

First, a couple of quick notes:

A reminder that tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday for the Sept. 29 show from blues guitar legend B.B. King in the Johnny Mercer Theatre...

...Coming Aug. 3 via Rounder Records: John Mellencamp’s No Better Than This, part of which was recorded, in mono, at Savannah’s First African Baptist Church. T–Bone Burnett produced the record for Mellencamp, who has a home on Tybee Island ...

...And, at last, the Tybee news we’ve all been waiting for: The Last Song will be released on DVD and BluRay Aug. 17. There’s a second disc of bonus material, which will no doubt include the Making Of featurette that we all saw being filmed on–set last summer.

Jellico in Savannah

One of my all–time favorite episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation, a two–parter called Chain of Command, starred actor Ronny Cox as Starfleet Commander Edward Jellico, assigned to run the Enterprise while Captain Picard was being held by sadistic Cardiassians ...

Uh, sorry. I started to geek out.

Anyway, Cox is a longtime character actor in Hollywood, one of those familiar faces: You’d recognize him from St. Elsewhere and Stargate SG–1, and from a bunch of movies including Beverly Hills Cop, RoboCop and Total Recall.

Cox is also a darn good acoustic guitar picker, and a singer/songwriter, and he’ll be playing a couple of shows here with fellow troubadour Jack Williams: Sept. 9 at the Landings’ Plantation Club, and Sept. 10 at Randy Wood Guitars in Bloomingdale.

Did I mention that Cox was one of the lead actors in the classic 1972 drama Deliverance? That’s him, playing “Dueling Banjos” on his guitar, in a duet with that freaky–looking hillbilly kid.

Deliverance, of course, was his big moment in history.

Well, that and Chain of Command.

Summer in the city

Although it can get a tad toasty at times, when the weather’s balmy, the free Johnson Square shows can be nice afternoon diversions.

They’re free, of course. Did you get that part?

The 2010 series began June 2 and continues, with shows on Wednesdays and Fridays, through July.

From jazz piano (Eddie Wilson) to bluegrass (Jimmy Wallin) to rock and blues (Bottles & Cans), there’s some good stuff here. Shows will run from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. (lunchtime tuneage!):

June 9: Jan Spillane

June 11: Jimmy Wallin Band

June 16: Trae Gurley

June 18: Claire Frazier & Frank Bright

June 23: Eddie Wilson

June 25: Bottles & Cans

June 30: Silver Lining

July 2: Roger Moss & Eric Jones

July 7: Trae Gurley

July 9: Annie Allman Trio

July 14: Clair Frazier & Frank Bright

July 16: Silver Lining

July 21: Eddie Wilson