THE JIMMY HERRING BAND
At 9 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 4
Live Wire Music Hall, 307 W. River St. $20
One could go crazy trying to explain the intricacies of Georgia rock ‘n' roll music - why, for example, are there so many great players who can fit, snugly and effortlessly jigsaw-like, into so many different configurations? Jimmy Herring is one of the flagpole artists here; the Widespread Panic guitarist, who has a brilliantly supple, jazz-like electric fire, has played with the Dead, the Allmans, Phil Lesh and Friends and about 10,000 Georgia outfits, most notably those that orbit around Atlanta's Buddha-like Col. Bruce Hampton.
Herring's on tour with Neal Fountain (bass); Jeff Sipe aka APT Q-258 (drums); and Derek Trucks Band keyboard wizard Matt Slocum.
"We joke all the time about how there are two kinds of musicians, those who have played with Bruce Hampton, and those who have not!" Herring said recently. "These three guys really have no musical boundaries. As different as we all are, what we have in common is that we don't make any distinction between genres of music. To us music is music and that philosophy is one of the things we learned from Bruce." See jimmyherring.net
At 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 3
Bay Street Theatre at Club One, 1 Jefferson St. $9
The Savannah Comedy Revue brings in seasoned road comics every first Friday to the Bay Street Theatre stage. This time around, it’s “New York City Bad Boy” Artie Fletcher, who’s been playing the clubs for 24 years and has appeared on The Late Show With David Letterman, the pre-Conan Conan O’Brien show, Howard Stern, and turns up every once in a while as someone questionable on Law and Order.
Now a Florida resident, this New York native – a genuinely funny guy – has appeared in all 50 states (according to him, that’s a record) and hosts a syndicated comedy talk show weekly at http://www.newstalk820.com