August 31, 2010
Mark your calendar
By Bill DeYoung
Mike Marshall ought to just buy a house in Savannah, he comes here so often. The California–based master mandolin innovator, a guest at nearly every Savannah Music Festival, returns Oct. 22 for a concert at the Lucas Theatre.
He’s guest–performing with San Francisco’s Turtle Island Quartet, a group he’s been collaborating with for years and years. Turtle Island is famous for stretching the boundaries of both chamber music and straight–ahead acoustic music, ignoring such things as style and label limits to create a vibrant new sound.
That’s what Marshall’s always been about, too.
Not long ago, he was in the studio with Turtle Island recording an entire album of Jimi Hendrix songs for mandolin and strings (Have You Ever Been …?).
On this, Turtle Island’s 25th anniversary tour, they’ll also be joined by jazz piano great Cyrus Chestnut for a program of “classic jazz, Americana and original works.” With Chestnut, the group has recorded everything from John Coltrane to Bill Monroe and His Blue Grass Boys.
This is looking like one electric, eclectic concert. And it’s only autumn!
Tickets, $20–$55, are on sale now.