We seem to forget these days that Tybee Island was once an important part of coastal military defense. Few things are left from what once was an active military base but the historic Tybee Post Theater, set in the heart of what used to be Fort Screven, still stands. It was constructed in 1930 as a movie house for the soldiers stationed at the Army base. The theater has gone through major transformations after being closed for fifty years. It resumed operation in September 2015, and it is now a performing arts and movie venue for Tybee residents and visitors.
And this weekend the ladies are running the show.Get Savannah arts and culture news delivered to your inbox: Sign up for our morning, afternoon and Dine newsletters
“My passion is definitely the celebration of local artists and music. I come back to Savannah each year, and this show is one of the reasons," Jill Knight said. "One night filled with music and I promise you that this show is unforgettable.”
Knight is a native of Savannah, now living in California, her music delivers a southern texture blending Americana, blues and weaving in a little R&B. She was also voted Best Songwriter on the Central Coast of California by 2018 New Times Music Awards, a finalist at the Telluride Troubadour competition, and a finalist at the National Academy of Songwriters "Songwriter of the Year" competition. “I am incredibly honored to be sharing the stage with these phenomenal artists," Knight added. "Carly Gibson, an Atlanta-based singer-songwriter, whose solo work is an ethereal escape into R&B and blues, is currently a backing vocalist with American funk rock legends, Mother's Finest. I think her voice is stronger than ever and I am honored to be sharing the stage with her.”
The third performer is singer, songwriter and producer Diane Durrett. Durrett’s 2018 album, "Diane Durrett & Soul Suga,” was recorded live at Eddie’s Attic and was reviewed as a “killer, high octane soul throughout" and rose to number five on the Soul Blues International RMR. In 2017, she was a Global Peace Song Award winner for “The River Sings” co-written with Melissa Junebug, who plays drums and percussion in Soul Suga.
“Melissa Junebug will join the trio of women on the stage that evening," Knight said. "'Soul Suga’ & Diane Durrett' received national and international attention, charting in the Top-10 of the Roots Music Report and Contemporary Blues chart. The history of the Tybee Post Theater is iconic and for one night, three Southern songbirds will take on the stage."
GIRLS JUST WANT TO HAVE FUN!
The second event is a fundraiser for the Post Theater. “Tybee Islanders love an excuse to dress up and this is it," Sandy McCloud, show producer and board member at the Tybee Post, said. "What does girls just wanna have fun mean to you? Wear your party dress and join us because the lineup for this event is not to be missed. It is time to kick off your holidays with music, dance and laughs all to benefit the Tybee’s Historic Post Theater.”
Start the evening with complimentary wine and hors d'oeuvres at 6 p.m. before the entertainment begins at 7 p.m. with music from Savannah’s all-girl doo-wop singing trio, Girlfriends; sensational Savannah vocalists Kim Pelote and JJ Collins; Island Harmony, Tybee’s acapella songstresses; and Free Spirits Orchestra.
“When I started planning I didn’t even realize that all of our performers and acts were led by so many powerful and talented woman. I was in awe of the talent willing to step up and do something for our theater," McCloud added. "We have dancers from the Downtown Delilahs, tapper Kathy Cheek's tap team, aerial arts troupe Stardust Pixxies and the very special Savannah Banana Nanas, baseball’s finest seniors dance team. Our host for the evening is none other than comedienne/emcee Melanie Goldey. These days and for a good cause you can’t do much for twenty-five dollars. The theater needs our support, so I am inviting everyone to join us to a fun filed night.”