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Lots of laughs and good music coming up for local audiences
Barefoot Comedy, Velvet Caravan come to Emma Kelly, Black Box stages this month
Lester
As part of Collin Moulton's Barefoot Comedy tour, Mike Lester will bring the funny on Aug. 28 to the Whitaker Black Box Theater. Tickets are on sale now.

Collin Moulton’s Barefoot Comedy tour pulls back into Statesboro later this month for more side-splitting laughs.

Earlier this year, the Tybee Island funny man brought stand-up comedy to the Averitt Center for the Arts after a nine-year hiatus. The three shows, one in January, one in April and one in June, were so well received that Barefoot Comedy has been booked for six shows during the 2019-20 season. Queensborough National Bank and Trust is the exclusive sponsor of the performances.

Moulton and fellow comedian Mike Lester will bring the laughs in the 73-seat Whitaker Black Box Theater (41 West Main Street) on Aug. 28. General admission tickets for the 8 p.m. show are $15 for adults and $12 for students. Lester is originally from Minneapolis, Minnesota and was voted one of the area’s Artists of the Year by the region’s alternative weekly newspaper City Pages in 2016. 

He also ran a popular online sketch series with his group Lestaril, which led to a lead role in “Beware of Brobots,” a national ad campaign for Sonobi. He was also in Hulu’s “Coming to the Stage,” Season Six.

Also making a stop in Statesboro is Savannah's own Velvet Caravan, an unorthodox, high-energy, acoustic-based quintet.

As a national and international touring ensemble, the band brings a bit of Southern charm and coastal coolness to their music. If one were to name one Savannah-based musical act that most exemplifies the Hostess City of the South, they’d be hard to find a more appropriate ambassador than Velvet Caravan. This eclectic group, which has emerged as one of the shining lights of the Coastal Empire's burgeoning music scene, performs in the Emma Kelly Theater on Aug. 29. 

The band has grown from an instrumental combo that routinely drew enthusiastic and loyal followers at raucous restaurants and jazz clubs into a respected and admired touring act that’s comfortable in an attentive listening room or large concert hall.  They have recently built their show to occasionally collaborate with vocalists, orchestras, and a variety of featured musicians.

Velvet Caravan features Ricardo Ochoa on violin, Jimmy Grant on guitar, Eric Dunn on upright bass, Vuk Pavlovic on drums and percussion, and Jared Hall on piano, organ and accordion. Reserved-seat tickets for the 7:30 p.m. show are $20.

Tickets for both events can be purchased at the Averitt Center box office Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday, 9 a.m.to 1 p.m., by calling 912-212-2787 or online at averittcenterforthearts.org.


Velvet Caravan
Savannah's own high energy quintet Velvet Caravan will bring its acoustic-based sound to the Emma Kelly Theater Aug. 29 at 7:30 p.m.
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