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May 19, 2018 (Saturday) - At the Georgia Theatre in downtown Athens, Thayer Sarrano and her String Ensemble join in the album release celebration of that man of the hour -- Don Chambers. That would be Don Chambers pictured above, in the embers of the Georgia Theater, sometime after its destruction by fire in 2009. That would also be the said man gracing the cover of Athens Potluck, with his bright red megaphone, in the snow. (All photos by Jason Thrasher.) Chambers now returns to that same theatre, fresh and resurrected, with a new record under his arm -- Love of Oblivion. You should definitely watch the new video for the lead single "Your Lovers" right now, dear readers. You would also be thoroughly remiss, if you did not explore his "Cabinet of Curiosities" Series on Instagram. This is Chambers' eighth LP release. It follows Disquietude from 2014, in a catalog that extends back to 1998, the year which marked his debut, with Into the Burlesque.
Also aiding Chambers in his celebration of his new album will be Joe Rowe, a multi-instrumentalist of the Athens music scene. Rowe has performed with The Goons, Bliss, and Hall of Fame, among other acts. Explore the story of Rowe's musical accomplishments and journey in his interview with the Athens Music Project, as archived by the Russell Library, of the University of Georgia. As mentioned, Thayer Sarrano takes a brief hiatus from her fuzz-laden musical explorations, offering her song-craft in a guise that weaves the textures and sonorities of a String Ensemble. According to our Archives, Thayer Sarrano last played atop the Georgia Theatre on July 7th, 2017, in a show that marked the album release tour of Tristen, a moment emblazoned on the marquee of that historic venue below.
The Georgia Theatre
May 11, 2018 (Friday) - Thayer Sarrano is in the lounge -- Dee's Lounge, that is, just outside Nashville, in Madison. Also performing tonight will be Christy Hays, a native of Austin, Texas. Nary but a few days ago, Hays brought out her new album -- River Swimmer. Prior to this latest venture, two other full-length LPs sallied forth under Hays' name: Drought (2012) and a self-titled debut from 2009. Joanna Barbera is also in the lounge this evening -- Dee's Lounge, that is, just outside Nashville, in Madison. Her album Forget dates from 2013. Carnival Beginning is from 2009. Her EP -- IMAGO -- is from just last year. Attentive readers of the Guildwater Gazette -- tattered sluice of a paper that it is -- will recognize Barbera as the orchestrator of Songs Not Silence, a showcase for which Thayer Sarrano performed two years back -- in May 2016. As we wrote then, Songs Not Silence is "an organization, helmed by women, that seeks to feature the best female musical talent based in Nashville, all while donating a portion of its proceeds to various women’s organizations across the state of Tennessee – a most noble cause." A statement as true in May 2018, as it was in May 2016.
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