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Lulu Blu, Downtown Delilahs to provide Secret Savannah Speakeasy entertainment

  • Photo by Adriana Iris Boatwright; styling by House of Strut. Lulu Blu will entertain during the Secret Savannah Speakeasy on Nov. 12.
 

Lulu Blu, Downtown Delilahs to provide Secret Savannah Speakeasy entertainment

04 Nov 2015

With the 1920s Prohibition came the speakeasy.

Not everyone knew about it, just like not everyone knows about the hidden gems of Savannah’s local chefs, craft beers, spirits and entertainment.

Meet the taste makers of what Savannah eats and drinks with small-plate samplings and libations aplenty. Taste Savannah’s best hand-crafted cocktails and craft brews and enjoy a wide array of music and entertainment, reminiscent of Savannah’s 1920s heyday.

IF YOU GO

What: Secret Savannah Speakeasy
When: 8-11 p.m. Nov. 12
Where: Georgia State Railroad Museum
Cost: $85
Info: www.savannahfoodandwinefest.com

Also plan to wear your best Prohibition-era attire and enter to win a 2016 Savannah Food & Wine Festival weekend package for two.

The Secret Savannah Speakeasy is presented by Eat It and Like It, Savannah Morning News, Savannah Magazine and Do Savannah. The event will take place in a secret location at the Georgia State Railroad Museum — you have to get the “Golden Ticket” that night to find out where to go.

Entertainment will be provided by local burlesque troupe The Downtown Delilahs, who can be found performing regularly at The House of Mata Hari, and Lulu Blu, a band created especially for the evening featuring Rachael Shaner on bass, Daniel Malone on drums and Ben Keiser on guitar.

Shaner is a Savannah native classically trained in the magnet arts programs in the public school system. She graduated from Savannah Arts Academy and went on to attend Agnes Scott, a private women’s college in Decatur. She studied English to learn how to develop her songwriting, but decided — after maintaining a 4.0 average — that college wasn’t for her.

She is currently living in Savannah pursuing a music career, “paying her dues playing nightly downtown,” she says. She’s also busy recording her first full-length album at The Garage Savannah.

Shaner had a special reason for choosing the name Lulu Blu for her Speakeasy trio.

“Lulu is my family’s name for me ... Ben Keiser plays blues nightly and it seems to be our underlying tone in everything we perform and play. Seemed fitting,” she said.

She added that the band is “stoked to play some 1920s jazz standards with our personal twists of blues.”

Keiser is originally from Somerset, Penn., but now calls Savannah home.

He’s a self-taught guitarist who has instructed more than 300 private students since moving here four years ago to pursue a career as a professional guitarist. His influences include Jeff Beck, Derek Trucks and Jimmy Herring.

“I play every Tuesday night at Bay Street Blues downtown with the Ben Keiser Trio,” he said. “I also work at The Garage, a new studio/rehearsal space in Savannah, and teach for LessonTech, a national registry of professional music instructors.”

Malone is from Michigan originally, but “life choices and the spirit of adventure” led him through Columbus, Ohio, then Boston and New York City.

That was when he “joined a couple guys in a van named Daddy Warbucks in a band called Les Racquet.”

They toured the U.S. (in a different van named Mama Sukkha) for four years before landing semi-permanently in Savannah. The band is currently on hiatus, which gives Malone the freedom and privilege to play around Savannah with some of his favorite local musicians, including Keiser and Shaner.

“Recently, I started hosting a musicians’ collective at Tybee Island Social Club on Thursdays,” Malone said. “My goal is to make it a place of solace for professional musicians to come share their talents and expertise with up-and-coming players who are looking for some guidance.”

His influences include contemporary jazz drummers such as Brian Blade, Antonio Sanchez and Jeff Ballard.

“In songwriting, I am heavily influenced by Ira and George Gershwin and stylistically in my approach and tone, I am influenced by classical music,” he said.

“My main school of thought on the subject of music: More often than not, it’s about the notes you don’t play.”

 

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