Jason Statts tells his story of strength and survival — and how music helped save him

Jason and I have many mutual friends, including a few pretty close ones, and I’ve seen enough of him in person and online over the last few years to be in awe of his positive attitude in the face of so many struggles. I’m not sure I could do it.

Savannah Stopover preview: Heyrocco

Heyrocco’s high-energy live shows are rich and unpredictable — you have no idea what they’re going to try next, but the choices always seem just right, like they know what you want before you do.

Do you recognize this church?

I’ll confess I’ve never appreciated the beauty of this Savannah church until I was across the street from it a few days ago.


Do you recognize it? Open the post for another pic and the answer.

Savannah Stopover releases detailed schedule of bands, venues, times

I’ve been looking at the schedule off and on since this morning, so I’m just going to collect a few general reactions here in a random bulletted list.

CNN broadcasting about immigration reform from Armstrong Atlantic State University

Like many other universities, Armstrong has a significant and growing Hispanic population. Unlike many of those universities, Armstrong is dealing with that growth and a panoply of related issues in a forward-thinking, proactive way through a variety of initiatives, including HOLA (Hispanic Outreach and Leadership at Armstrong) and Goizueta Foundation Scholars Fund.

How effective a stimulus was the payroll tax cut of 2011 and 2012?

The answer: Pretty effective. Apparently better than many economists expected. The data seems to show that payroll tax cuts are more effective than cuts that effectively come as lump sums. From the WSJ’s Workers Spent More of Payroll Tax Cut…

Home prices in November up 5.5% from a year ago, according to Case-Shiller 20 city index

I expected house prices to bottom at some point in late 2012 or early 2013, but they bottomed last spring. Even with the usual seasonal declines this winter, it is exceedingly unlikely that prices will fall below their lows of the winter of 2011/2012.

Savannah Stopover preview: of Montreal

This is the first in a series of Savannah Stopover previews that I’m planning to post between now and the festival, which runs from March 7 to 9.

NYT profiles tiny Eastern Kentucky town and its expanded anti-discrimination ordinance

I’m from Kentucky, but have never heard of Vicco, a tiny town between the bigger towns of Hazard and Whitesburg. From the NYT’s Tiny Kentucky Town Passes Ban on Gay Bias:

I’m from Kentucky, but have never heard of Vicco, a tiny town between the bigger towns of Hazard and Whitesburg.

From the NYT’s Tiny Kentucky Town Passes Ban on Gay Bias:

The Accomplices / Lobo Marino / Antique Animals – The Sentient Bean – 01/29/13

The Sentient Bean has been one of the most consistent venues for live music for several years now — it’s one of the few spots around town for traveling musicians besides relatively loud and late bars. In 2012, the Bean helped solidify that position by adding beer and wine to its eclectic vegetarian menu.

Back in the Day Bakery in the national spotlight on public radio’s “The Splendid Table”

What a lovely surprise on Sunday to hear Cheryl Day’s voice on “The Splendid Table”, American Public Media’s show hosted by the sometimes-overly-cheery Lynne Rossetto Kasper.

Feature film “Savannah” will be opening 4th annual Charleston Film Festival

Savannah screened to an appreciative full house in March 2012 at Trustees Theater on Broughton Street, but it has been under the radar since then.