STATESBORO — The Averitt Center for the Arts invites the entire community out for an evening of authentic New Orleans Dixieland Jazz.
The center will welcome The Beer Parlor Ramblers, of the historic Crystal Beer Parlor in Savannah, on Saturday at 8 p.m. in the Emma Kelly Theater. Tickets for the show are $10 per person.
The 75-year-old restaurant, the second oldest in Savannah, first opened its doors in 1933. Since then, the old-fashioned Crystal Beer Parlor continues today as an inviting, one-of-a-kind place where guests will take a walk backwards in time.
The Beer Parlor Ramblers were first featured at the local pub on Dec. 29, 2003. Lead by William J. “Buddy” Kosic on drums, Christian Flores on the tuba, Willie Hammet blowing down the trumpet, Jon Miller on trombone, Sandra Embly tickling the ivory keys on piano, and Royce Johnson wailing on the clarinet, flute, saxophone and plucking away on the banjo, this house band is known for their unique style of Dixieland music blended with a touch of humor.
The Ramblers have entertained thousands of locals and visitors alike at the famed restaurant, and since that date, have become a favorite staple of the Crystal Beer Parlor performing weekly on Friday nights. Aside from their weekly gig, the Beer Parlor Ramblers have been featured in concert at the Coastal Jazz Society in Savannah, The Savannah Jazz Festival, and the more recently entertained throngs of St. Patrick’s Day enthusiasts aboard the Savannah Music Festival float.
Their unlikely beginnings seem to be born of chance as the members of the Beer Parlor Ramblers had never met prior to that December night.
Although rooted in luck, the continued success of the Ramblers is undoubtedly due to their passion for music, respect for each other, and the harmonious friendships that have evolved.
Bring your entire family to experience a little bit of history and a whole lot of fun at the Emma Kelly Theater for “the best toe-tappin’ Dixieland jazz in the South!”
To purchase tickets or for more information about this concert and other Averitt Center events, please call (912) 212-2787 or visit www.averittcenterforthearts.org.