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Island Christian Church Band and Midlife Crisis featured tonight
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October’s “First Friday for Folk Music” Features the Islands Christian Church Band and Midlife Crisis.

The 160th “First Friday for Folk Music,” Savannah’s monthly showcase of local and touring folk musicians, will feature some of Savannah’s finest musicians, members of the Islands Christian Church Band, and the Statesboro trio, Midlife Crisis.

The show begins tonight at 7:30 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church at 520 E. Washington Ave.

Members of the Islands Christian Church Band include Danny Branson (bass and vocals), Steffens Clark (lead guitar), Christina Hanson (vocals), Bobby Hanson (vocals and harmonica), Skip Hinely (guitar and vocals), Lonnie Mercier (guitar and vocals), Karen Miles (keyboard), and Bob Vandermay (drums). Gospel music is a major part of the folk music tradition and not often represented at the First Friday gatherings.

Bobby Hanson, on the other hand, has been a frequent guest at First Friday, playing “good time blues” with guitarist and co-writer Michael Amburgey.

Hanson is one of several members of Savannah’s legendary Joja Band, who are part of Island Christian Church Band.

Midlife Crisis once again visits from Statesboro to entertain. Richard Flynn, David Posner and Joe Kropp are the members of this eclectic trio. Their repertoire ranges from old standards, blues and waltzes to the songs of Dylan and the Beatles. Midlife Crisis has fun and its infectious.

“First Friday for Folk Music” is a production of the Savannah Folk Music Society and is held the first Friday of each month at First Presbyterian Church at 520 East Washington Ave. in Savannah. The time is from 7:30 p.m. and it’s smoke-free, alcohol-free and family-friendly.

There is a recommended donation of $2 per person. Beverages and fresh baked goods are available for purchase at nominal prices.

For further information, call Hank Weisman at (912) 786-6953 or on the Web at