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Kodac Harrison’s Speaking Bean Poetry Slam

In honor of the first anniversary of this monthly poetry showcase and competition, noted Atlanta troubadour and spoken word artist Harrison has invited one of the Lowcountry’s most esteemed writers to grace this downtown coffeehouse with a rare live reading.

Rosemary Daniell – whom he terms “the Godmother of contemporary poetry in Savannah” – came to international prominence in the mid-1970s through her collection A Sexual Tour of the Deep South. Her critical and popular acclaim reached new heights with the publication of the edgy memoirs Fatal Flowers: On Sin, Sex and Suicide in the Deep South (1980), and Sleeping with Soldiers (1994). Many also know this National Endowment For The Arts recipient as the creator of the Zona Rosa teaching method for aspiring creative writers.

Signup for the competition begins at 7 pm. Thurs., 8 pm, The Sentient Bean.

Billy Joe Royal

Billy Joe Royal is best remembered for his signature country hit “Down In The Boondocks,” but he’s also been a solid stage act for decades, and enjoyed a loyal following in our neck of the woods almost since his start in the music business.

Local shag and beach cover band Savannah Gold kicks off this covered outdoor gig (it’s in the large partially-enclosed rotunda on the Tybee Pier), and while no lawn chairs or coolers are allowed, there will be food (burgers, hot dogs, ice cream) and drinks (beer, wine, liquor) available for purchase. $15 general admission tickets can be bought at the show, or in advance at Tybee’s ABC Liquor and IGA grocery stores. Sat., 7 pm, Tybee Island Pier Pavillion.

The Cherry Valence

The last time I caught this manic, powerhouse of a rock band, they were opening for The Fleshtones in Brooklyn – and it was a sight to behold. While they’ve gone through plenty of lineup changes since their inception, they still boast some of the more experienced indie rock dudes from the Raleigh, N.C., scene, and they still take the same approach – sweaty, adrenaline-fueled garage anthems that are equal parts MC5 bombast, JB’s groove and Kyuss stoner riffage. With Atlanta cock-rock revivalists Grayson Manor.

Sat., The Jinx.

Chamber Music on Skidaway

Well, despite our lack of a city symphony, there seems to have been a significant increase of late in the number of local classical music concerts.

The latest event to cross my desk is this recital by Chamber Music Hilton Head, an ensemble of professional players hailing from Charleston, Savannah, and both Plantation and Jacksonville, Fla., in addition to the aforementioned resort island. While they’ve been an active unit for 7 seasons and given more than 30 concerts, most of those have been confined to Hilton Head itself, so this is a wonderful opportunity to avail oneself of a dedicated group of serious musicians.

This program marks the ensemble’s

season finale, and their Artistic Co-director Bob Shamo says it will include Beethoven’s trio for violin, cello and piano, a duo for violin and viola in the style of Handel, and a string quartet by Mendelssohn. Tickets for the 90-minute show are $15 at the door. Students get in for free. For more info, call Yvone Johnson at (912)303-9522. Mon., 7:30 pm, Messiah Lutheran Church.

Moe Loughran

This is the second trip to Savannah for this great singer/songwriter – and if reports of her first such visit are any indication, this should be worth attending.

The College Music Journal once tagged her as “ a younger, lustier Sheryl Crow,” and that shorthand snapshot has gotten repeated ad infinitum by every two-bit music hack in the country (including myself). However, don’t let that Gene Shalit-caliber summation dissuade you from giving Moe a try. This guitarist has played many of the most important industry showcase rooms in the country (such as NYC’s Bowery Ballroom and L.A.’s El Rey Theater), and seen her tunes land on Dawson’s Creek DVDs and several MTV shows. Plus, in 2003, she took home the American Music Award for Best Unsigned Artist.

Her recorded work is resoundingly impressive, and runs the gamut from lavishly-produced full-band modern-rock to intense, emotionally naked acoustic ballads. This is the perfect destination for those who appreciate seeing exceptional tunemiths up close and personal. Saturday, 8 pm, The Sentient Bean. w