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Mark your calendar: Georgia Music Awards
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Corey Smith

Created just this year by the “full service entertainment company” O Ent., Inc., the Georgia Music Awards will honor “emerging talent” through public voting and a big awards show in Atlanta – June 16 at the Buckhead Theatre.

O Ent., Inc. and its owner Omar McCallop are responsible for the Carolina Music Awards.

Four Savannah acts have nominations: Liquid Ginger frontwoman Ginger Fawcett (Best Female Rock Vocalist) Chuck Courtenay (Best Country Artist), Big Money Band (Best Country Band), the Train Wrecks (Best Americana/Bluegrass Band).

With all due respect ... I don’t know that I’ve ever heard the Train Wrecks play anything even vaguely resembling bluegrass, but I guess O Ent., Inc.’s Omar McCallop knows more about these things than I do.

This event has no affiliation whatsoever with Georgia Music Magazine, or the Georgia Music Hall of Fame.

You can vote at

Corey 2012

Corey Smith is coming back to Savannah July 27. Tickets for the Georgia singer/songwriter’s Johnny Mercer Theatre show, available now through, are $25.


David Warren, former chair of the Visual and Performing Arts Committee at Armstrong Atlantic State University, was a Best of Savannah winner in our recent poll, as Best Spoken Word Artist. The name he uses is Davis the Poet.

Apparently we misrepresented him in our description, and so we offer an apology and this correction, as penned by Mr. Warren himself:

“I have been writing for the past 13 years, inspired to write by my mother who taught English literature. Also, I was actually the one who started and hosted the monthly Open Mic Night at Armstrong for about 2 1/2 years before passing it on to a new host.”

Down the road

• Shirley Caesar Father’s Day Gospel Explosion. June 17. MLK Arena.

• Sesame Street Live. June 19 and 20, Johnny Mercer Theatre.

• Bug. June 22–July 1. Bay Street Theatre.

• Laughs For Lemonade. June 23. Lucas Theatre.

• Film screening: Casablanca. June 23. Trustees Theater.

• Savannah Asian Festival. June 23. MLK Arena.

• What the Butler Saw. The Collective Face. Aug. 3–18. Muse Arts Warehouse.

• Avenue Q. Bay Street Theatre. Aug. 9–26.

• Jim Gaffigan. Aug. 10. Johnny Mercer Theatre.

• “Son of Rockin’ Rockin’ Cigar Box Guitars.” Aug. 11. Ships of the Sea Museum.

• George Jones. Aug. 17. Johnny Mercer Theatre.

• Eddie Griffin. Aug. 18. Johnny Mercer Theatre.

• Elton John. Sept. 15. Martin Luther King Arena.

• Ron White. Sept. 30, Johnny Mercer Theatre.

• Savannah Folk Festival. Sept. 12–14, various venues.

• Bonnie Raitt. Oct. 13. Johnny Mercer Theatre.

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