The Savannah music scene continues to grow in interesting ways despite ongoing obstacles, including problematic ordinances, a lack of consistent venues and our notorious penchant for waiting till the last minute to buy tickets.

It was thrilling to see so many 40-somethings - and plenty of even older folks - turn out last week for Modern English at Dollhouse Productions. The band's biggest hit, "I Melt with You," was recorded more than 30 years ago.

MusicFile Productions put on that show and has booked a spectacular lineup for Revival Fest on Sept. 14 at the Georgia State Railroad Museum.

There are plenty of other positive developments for the local scene. I've noted a couple of times recently that Hang Fire is hosting live bands again, and there will be two stages with live acts on Broughton Street for Savannah's Fashion Night on Sept. 5.

Despite all these efforts and the city's seemingly endless possibilities, we still have just a few key venues that form the backbone of the city's scene by routinely booking high-caliber touring acts.

The Sentient Bean is on that short list.

The coffeehouse at 13 E. Park Ave., on the southern edge of Forsyth Park, also has the advantage of being an all-ages venue, where the music generally begins around 8 p.m.

And for those who don't know, last year the Bean added a few quality beers to its menu that includes vegetarian food and of course, coffee drinks.

On Sept. 7, The Sentient Bean stage will be taken over by Oh, Jeremiah, the project of Jeremiah Stricklin, a really fine singer-songwriter based in Hattiesburg, Miss.

Julie Slonecki from Charleston is also on Saturday's bill. Her third album, "TRUTH/IDEALS," was released late last year.

On Sept. 9, The Bean will host singer-songwriter and cellist Christopher Bell, who is promoting his new album "Sirens." He'll be joined by special guest Cory Chambers from the excellent and hard-working local string band City Hotel.

The shows are both scheduled for 8 p.m. A $5 donation is requested. There is ample on-street parking right in front.

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Bill Dawers writes City Talk in the Savannah Morning News and blogs at Savannah Unplugged ( He can be reached via


What: Oh, Jeremiah and Julie Slonecki on Sept. 7; Christopher Bell and Cory Chambers on Sept. 9

Where: The Sentient Bean, 13 E. Park Ave.

Cost: $5 suggested donation