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Unplugged: Savannah embraces idiosyncrasies for the holidays

  • Rebel Belle will perform to Led Zeppelin’s “Since I’ve Been Loving You” at the Savannah Sweet Tease upcoming show, “Beauty and the Beat.” (Photo by Chase Anthony Davis)

Unplugged: Savannah embraces idiosyncrasies for the holidays

14 Dec 2016

It wouldn’t be Christmas in Savannah without some pretty strange parties.

With fewer tourists around and SCAD on winter break, Savannah feels even smaller than usual, and our civic eccentricities seem more pronounced.

Bar crawls, cabarets, SantaCon — you can read about those and a lot more elsewhere here in Do.

Joining in the fun, the Savannah Sweet Tease Burlesque Revue will perform their new show “Beauty and the Beat” on Dec. 16 and 17 at The Jinx, 127 W. Congress St.

The burlesque troupe has become a local sensation over the last couple of years, and more than a dozen performers — mostly but not all female — will be featured in this new production honoring musicians and musical artists.

The wildly entertaining punk band Jeff Two-Names and the Born Agains will also perform at The Jinx on Dec. 17. The doors open at 9 p.m. both nights, with the shows scheduled for 10 p.m. General admission is $10 and VIP is $15.

In a different vein, will be hosting its Ugly Christmas Sweater Party from 8 p.m. onward Dec. 17. The hard-to-pigeonhole bar and restaurant at 4523 Habersham St. has proved popular over the years with a wide variety of Savannahians, and that diversity has been reflected in music programming.

The ugly sweater party will feature DJ OB-1 Benobi, aka Benjamin Umbreit, who has many years of experience working in San Francisco, Chicago and other cities.

If you’re looking for a slightly more conventional holiday gathering, you might want to try to get into the sixth annual Homegrown Holiday Hoedown on Dec. 16 in the ballroom of the American Legion Post 135 at 1108 Bull St.

The Hoedown features music by The Train Wrecks, The Accomplices, The Hypnotics and Austin Quattlebaum, and, as I warned weeks ago, the event is sold out. Still, if the past is any predictor, there will be some folks who will arrive near the 6:30 p.m. start time and leave long before the 11 p.m. finish.

I’m not promising you’ll be able to get in, but there’s a fair bet some tickets will be available at the door by 9 p.m.

Whatever your plans may be, December is a great month to experience the city and its interesting cast of residents.

Bill Dawers writes City Talk in Savannah Morning News and blogs at Savannah Unplugged ( and hissing lawns ( Email


What: Savannah Sweet Tease presents “Beauty and the Beat”

When: 9 p.m. Dec. 16-17

Where: The Jinx, 127 W. Congress Sts.

Cost: $10 or $15 VIP