He says it's the best-kept secret in town, but Savannah Folk Music Society president Chris Desa hopes the First Friday for Folk Music event will start drawing bigger crowds.
"We feature two acts, one touring act and one local act," Desa said.
First Friday for Folk Music will take place at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 2 at Stewart Hall in First Presbyterian Church on Washington Avenue.
The event is smoke-free, alcohol-free and family-friendly, and cost is a minimum donation of $5.
"We have the best listening room in the southeast," Desa said. "The acoustics are good and the sound system is studio perfect. We bring in top-notch musicians for free and the people who come to the shows want to listen to music. It's a little treasure."
The Aug. 2 show will feature out-of-towner Lee Anna Culp and Savannah resident Jere Myers.
"Lee Anna is an up-and-coming singer/songwriter and she's really good," Desa said. "She's coming in from Nashville and this will be her debut at First Friday in Savannah."
Musician Jere Myers, the evening's local guest and owner of Jere's Antiques off Bay Street, said the venue is a musician's dream.
"It's a listening room," Myers said. "They are few and far between. When you go to a listening room, before the musician comes on stage, someone stands on stage and asks you not to talk during the performance. You are there to listen to whoever came to play. You're not there to get drunk or socialize loudly - you're there to hear good music.
"That is a very wonderful thing for a musician. It's really nice when people are listening to you play and you know you're not just background music for their party ..."
Myers said he's been around music his entire life.
"I started learning music when I was about 10 years old. I played guitar, a little piano, but harmonica is my passion ...
"The harmonica is a very unappreciated instrument. When I was growing up, all the girls wanted the guitar player or the drummer. But yet, when I took hold of that harmonica, I knew I was hooked."
Both musicians will perform 50-minute sets with an intermission in between, and Myers said he plans to stick with his true passion, blues.
"Blues stirs my soul," he said. "Everything I plan to play will be something I've written; simple, straightforward, raw. It's just going to be me, the harmonica and my voice. I know it's unusual to see something so vulnerable, but I enjoy doing it."
Desa said the Savannah Folk Music Society has hosted the First Friday event for 18 years, but it's "just one thing they do."
The group will host the 24th annual Savannah Folk Festival on Oct. 11-13. "It's the best festival with the lowest budget," Desa said.
He also said the group is hosting a Young Songwriting Competition for the folk festival this year and the deadline for applications is Aug. 15. More information can be found at www.savannahfolk.org.
IF YOU GO
What: First Friday for Folk Music featuring Lee Anna Culp and Jere Myers
When: 7:30 p.m. Aug. 2
Where: Stewart Hall at First Presbyterian Church, 520 Washington Ave.
Cost: Minimum $5 donation