It's all happening: An exceptional show is in the works for this Friday (Sept. 27) at the Sparetime, combining two not-so-disparate art forms: Music and photography.
The evening is a fundraiser for the Savannah-produced photographic art magazine Aint-Bad, founded in 2011 by four SCAD alumni: Carson Sanders, Taylor Curry, Caitie Moore and James Jackman.
"Photography," Saunders says, "is our best tool for documentation. Images have the power to influence us today and inform us tomorrow." Really, why would you want to argue with that? Visit them at www.aintbadmagazine.com.
Each quarterly issue of Aint-Bad carries a specific theme. "Our aim is to engage a discussion about contemporary culture and human nature through thought-provoking imagery," Saunders suggests. A slideshow of 150 images from the upcoming issue, Infinite Progress, will be continuously projected on an outside Sparetime wall from sundown Sept. 27, till midnight.
As for the music ... "Triathalon and Wet Socks are very close friends of ours," explains Saunders. "When we had our first fundraiser last year, we asked Triathalon to play and it was a huge success so we knew that we wanted them to participate again this year. They are a busy band, so we were very fortunate to grab them for this event."
(Of course, the Triathalon track "Weirdo" was one of the highlights our our recent Connect Playlist, which you should totally check out at www.connectsavannah.com, if you haven't already.)
Make Westing (Ben Joyner, Madison Hamburg and Lucas Carpenter) has been around for just a couple of months.
The bands start at 10 p.m. Your $10 admission includes one drink ticket.
From the Aint-Bad manifesto (take a hint): "We intend to stimulate the collection and appreciation of photography by making a publication that is accessible and affordable. Aint-Bad Magazine is devoted to supporting the future of printed publications and the strength of the photographic communities."
For the People's
Savannah, get ready for this:
The blues is an ephemeral spirit, writ brutally, in the hard and driving music of the band called People's Blues of Richmond, playing at Congress Street Social Club Friday the 27th. It's raw and it's dirty, blended with crazy Jack White psychedelia and an uncompromising, crawling kingsnake guitar and cheesy organ sound that reminds me of early Mothers of Invention records.
Download the new (second) People's Blues of Richmond album, for free, at the band's reverb nation page.
The band is, you might have guessed, from Virginia, but not for nothing did they choose the name and what it says about them: Look closely, and you'll see the initials also stand for PBR.
• Triathalon is a busy bunch of boys this week. Following the Friday night Sparetime show, the quartet will play the Jinx Saturday (that's Sept. 28), along with Little Tybee and Paleface.
• Last week's debut performance from the Sweet Tease Burlesque Revue was a resounding success. The girls (and the "boylesque" guys) sold out the Jinx, with an out-the-door line once the club reached capacity. Well done!
• Junkyard Angel, one of our favorite local bands, makes a rare appearance (they just don't play out all that much) Oct. 4 at the Sandfly Bar, with Stewart Winfield (yes, them!) sharing the bill. Too good.
• Rust never sleeps, as we all know, and neither do the fine folks who run the Coastal Jazz Association. Although the 2013 Jazz Festival is in full swing this week — see elsewhere in this issue — the next big concert has already been announced. "Two Divas" will feature Huxsie Scott and Claire Frazier, exemplary vocalists both, with backup from Savannah Jazz All-Stars Teddy Adams (trombone), Howard Paul (guitar), Eric Jones (piano), Mitch Hennes (bass), Sean Bolden (drums) and Randall Reese (saxophone). It's Oct. 20 at the Westin Golf Club (although not, as in the past, inside the hotel).
• In its third year, the Rock N Roll Marathon hits its stride in Savannah by booking a "headlining" band that people might have actually heard of. Performing Nov. 9 in Forsyth Park, after the run, will be the 1980s and '90s hard rock/metal band Jackyl, best known for "The Lumberjack," which features a live chainsaw solo.
• Next week: The second Niche album arrives, Liquid Ginger throws a party, and the ever-cool Sonen conmes back to town.