Locals know Tybee's Beach Bum Parade is the way to celebrate the 'last locals' weekend' before the tourists begin to flood the island. So, Tybee Post Theater Executive Director Melissa Turner decided they needed a bookend-type event to usher in the end of summer.

"I wanted to have bands come that remind us of summertime and the beach and make it this cool thing to do to herald in the end of summer for locals," she says. "We still have visitors here, too, but it's kind of a last beach bash for them, too."

The Back-to-School Beach Party featuring The Hypnotics and Crazy Man Crazy will take place Aug. 11 at Tybee Post Theater.

Turner says The Hypnotics are known for their beach music sound while Crazy Man Crazy is known as "those wild rockabilly boys." And she explains that even if you've seen these bands play at local bars, the venue at the theater will give audiences a new experience to see them on stage in a listening room environment. Both bands will play a nice mix of vintage covers, as well as some originals.

"These are two of the best local bands we have here in terms of rockabilly and beach vibe."

Turner says the summer programming at the theater was very successful with family friendly movies, as well as several sold-out concerts. With summer ending, she explains that their fall programming becomes a little more local-centric. With all the snowbirds that come down for winter, Turner says those snowbirds are looking for anything to do on Tybee.

"They've been coming here for a long time and now know that this theater is open, so it's real treat for them. Actually it's good for all of us. All of the folks in Savannah who don't want to come to Tybee in the summer are happy to come out in the fall and winter. They see parking is not an issue and there is no traffic, and after they are here once, they love it and return for more shows.

"⦠We are really happy with the way the community has embraced us. To break even in our first full year is almost a miracle in theaters, and I think we'll do it again this year, too. It's really exciting. We have a lot of programming people appreciate. There is always something for everybody from live music to movies to comedy shows, you name it."

When you look at the programs Turner has booked for fall and winter shows, it's a no-brainer why they keep selling out tickets.

Some of the upcoming highlights include:

⢠An Evening with Americana Legend David Olney on Aug. 19.

⢠Cranford Hollow Live on Aug. 25.

⢠Billy Joel vs. Elton John Face-to-Face Tribute show on Sept. 2 which will feature two well-known tribute artists on stage with dueling pianos.

⢠Abbey Road Live on Sept. 22

⢠Graveface Fright Fest on Oct. 28-this event used to take place at the Lucas Theatre

⢠It's a Wonderful Life, live from WVL Radio Theatre on Nov. 17

⢠A Christmas Carol on Nov. 30, Dec. 1 and Dec. 2

⢠Malcolm Holcombe with Jason Bible on Dec. 9


What: Back-to-School Beach Party featuring The Hypnotics and Crazy Man Crazy

When: 8-10 p.m. Aug. 11

Where: Tybee Post Theater, 10 Van Horne Ave

Cost: $15

Info: tybeeposttheater.org