The last time I saw Kwesi K at The Sentient Bean, I had shown up to listen to another act. I didn't even know he would be on the bill.
But I was quickly won over by Kwesi K's easy stage manner and evocative voice. By the time he did a soulful cover of Tracy Chapman's "Fast Car," I was hooked.
Kwesi K is of Ghanian descent, but was raised in Ohio, and according to his website, received a football scholarship from Lehigh University. He later had transformative experiences in Spain, a few of which he mentioned from The Bean's stage at that show last spring.
Kwesi K will perform Oct. 15 at The Sentient Bean, with Amy Andrews, a singer-songwriter from Decatur.
Andrews is new to me, but she has more than 1,000 fans on Facebook and her online clips suggest a passion and intensity not always present in the acoustic acts passing through town.
And there's a really promising show Oct. 12 at The Sentient Bean.
Chris Kasper's new album "Bagabones" was recently funded through PledgeMusic. The CD release party was held just a couple of weeks ago at World CafÃ© Live in Philadelpia.
After his Savannah show, Kasper will be opening for The Wood Brothers in Virginia and North Carolina.
The Bean's busy lineup also includes Kate and Corey on Oct. 11. They were written up a few weeks ago in DO.
Music at the coffeehouse at 13 E. Park Ave. typically begins at 8 p.m.
A $5 donation is usually requested, all of which goes to the performers.
Unlike some other venues, The Bean's shows tend to start on time so they finish before the 10 p.m. closing.
The Sentient Bean has other characteristics that make it stand out, including being open to all ages, but some acts still attract slim crowds.
Even as a columnist who is expected to keep up with notable shows, I find it hard to focus on the plethora of shows at The Sentient Bean, many of which feature little-known but awesomely talented acts from other cities.
Let's hope for good turnouts this week. All these acts deserve them.
Bill Dawers writes City Talk in the Savannah Morning News and blogs at Savannah Unplugged (www.billdawers.com). He can be reached via email@example.com.