The winter I told you I think icicles are magic
You stole an enormous icicle from a neighbor's shingle
and gave it to me as a gift
I kept it in my freezer for seven months
Until the day I hurt my foot
I needed something to reduce the swelling
So begins Andrea Gibson’s touching, vivid, ultimately haunting poem “Maybe I Need You,” which is among the most watched of the author’s performances of their own poems on YouTube.
Gibson’s poems frequently explore themes of gender identity, but the author’s reach extends in many directions. While reading and watching some of Gibson’s poems this week, I have been struck by the powerful narratives, the revelatory details and the author’s mesmerizing performances, which generally have subtle musical accompaniment.
Gibson will bring their acclaimed live show to Savannah on Oct. 19 to Victory North, 2603 Whitaker St. Having experienced the large venue set up as a listening room for Parker Millsap’s recent solo show, I am certain that Gibson will command the space.
Gibson will be joined by Buddy Wakefield, a spoken word artist who has been featured by the BBC and HBO’s “Def Poetry Jam.”
General admission tickets for Gibson and Wakefield are $16. Table seating is $21. Tickets are now on sale through the Victory North website. The doors open at 8 p.m., and the performances should begin at 9 p.m.
We are also looking forward to an especially busy weekend for music in the city’s venues, including Lulu the Giant’s gig at Victory North which you can read about elsewhere in this edition of Do.
The High Divers, a super tight rock band from Charleston, will perform with up-and-coming locals Reverend Bro Diddley and the Hips on Oct. 17 at The Jinx, 127 W. Congress St.
The intense metal act Weedeater will take over the stage at The Jinx on Oct. 18, with support from Horse Whip, Colonial Wound and To Forget. Tickets are $15 in advance and $18 at the door.
While that metal show is rocking The Jinx, Barrelhouse South right next door will host a great night of funk with the big band Funk You from Augusta.
The annual event Night Of The Living Shred returns on Oct. 19 to Totally Awesome Bar in the subterranean space at 107 B Whitaker St. with Savannah-based bands Bero Bero, Heavy Books and Reverend Bro Diddley and The Holy Scares, an offshoot of Reverend Bro Diddley and the Hips.
And that’s just a quick sampling of some of the standout gigs for this very, very busy fall weekend.
Bill Dawers writes City Talk in Savannah Morning News and blogs at hissing lawns (www.hissinglawns.com). Email email@example.com.