And so, as the turgid summer season begins to give way to a bright new autumn of concerts, plays and other enlightenments and entertainments, we start to hear some big announcements.
The Jinx has inked a number of pretty cool acts for the coming months, starting with the Sept. 1 return of the Dex Romweber Duo. Plenty of people were out of town when Dex – co–founder of the infamous Flat Duo Jets – played a raucous gig in June in the courtyard of Cha Bella restaurant.
An unlikely venue for such rumbling rock ‘n’ roll, to be sure. Dex (guitar and vocals) and sister Sara Romweber (drums) can get liberated (and loud) inside the Jinx.
And how about this? Back from their cross–country shenanigans (including recording sessions in North Carolina and a series of club dates in New York), Cusses play their first Savannah show in a while Sept. 16 at the Jinx.
Other dates on the Jinx calendar to bear in mind: The Shaniqua Brown (Sept. 30), American Aquarium (Oct. 15), Savannah’s metal heroes Black Tusk (Oct. 22), and the annual GAM Halloween show (Oct. 29).
Lady Antebellum, the country music trio with a pair of Grammys and enough Country Music Association awards to fill a Stetson, has been booked into the Johnny Mercer Theatre Nov. 27. Ticket info is forthcoming.
The band has a new album, Own the Night, out Sept. 13. The album’s first single, “Just a Kiss,” is currently sitting pretty at the top of Billboard’s country chart.
The 2011 Gray’s Reef Ocean Film Festival happens Sept. 22–24 (favorite movie title this year: The Krill is Gone), with screenings at the Jepson Center and Trustees Theater, and the Children’s Film Festival at the Tybee Island Marine Science Center.
It’s been incorporated into the Savannah Ocean Exchange, which will host a month–long series of “public exchanges” to explore and expand man’s relationship with the oceans in a positive and ecologically–minded manner.
The exchanges are Culture & Cuisine, Vessels & Viewing, Presentations & Performances and Events & Excursions. Internationally acclaimed speakers, authors, artists and scientists will join local businesses, ocean leaders, arts organizations, educational institutions and community groups, to host public events throughout the area.
It’s as exciting as it is complex, and you can get the full rundown at savannahoceanexchange.org.
The elusive Brian Eno will appear in Asheville, N.C. during the 2011 Moogfest, Oct. 28–30. The occasion is the first East–American installation of his 77 Million Paintings (it’s been up in Los Angeles and San Francisco). Here’s the official description: “A constantly evolving sound and image–scape born from his exploration of light as an artistic medium and his interest in the aesthetic possibilities of generative software. Presented on a uniquely configured constellation of video monitors, 77 Million Paintings is a serene and beautiful work, slowly evolving and transforming in time such that no two instants are quite the same. It is art that encourages the viewer to slow down and enter a contemplative state, reflecting on the uniqueness of a passing moment that has almost certainly never existed before.”
Eno himself will present an “Illustrated Talk,” described as “legendary and mind–expanding,” during the festival (exact date to be announced). See moogfest.com.