Listen To This

Come for a drink, stay for the tunes. Six local bartenders share how they play music like a boss.

 

 

Andrew Ripley, bartender at 22 SQ at the Andaz Savannah hotel: “Along with lighting, a soundtrack is the best way to control an atmosphere. We’re such a vacation spot and so close to the Caribbean that whether you’re a local or a tourist, there’s that escapism feeling. So I’ve been into playing Afro-rock and Cumbia. It’s really festive,  it’s got lots of rhythms going on and it gives you that feeling that you’re somewhere else—like you just flew in on a biplane.” 

Top 3: “Un silbido amoroso” by Los Wembler’s de Iquitos, “Psychedelic Woman” by Honny and the Bees Band, “Black Venom” by The Budos Band

 

Gil Cruz, co-manager, The Jinx: “Lately, I’ve been really into Springsteen, the Replacements and local band Superhorse—they kick so much ass! And we all like to listen to the Drive-By Truckers. Those guys played here back when the bar was Velvet Elvis.”

Top 3: “Nine Bullets” by Drive-By Truckers, “Can’t Hardly Wait” by The Replacements, “Tokyo Au Go Go” by Superhorse

 

Mike Petesch, general manager/bartender, Abe’s on Lincoln: “I usually try to play it toward the crowd. If everybody in the room is 45 and older, they’re not going to get down on Gang Starr or MF Doom, so I’ll play Led Zeppelin and AC/DC. If it’s a bunch of SCAD kids, I’ll go into more indie stuff like Moon Taxi and Incubus. For a room full of bachelorettes? High-beat Eighties pop.”

Top 3: “Africa” by Toto, “Your Soul” by Hippie Sabotage, “Year Zero” by Moon Taxi

 

Jen Burch McEvoy, owner, Jen’s and Friends: “We always play DirecTV’s classic rock station. One minute it’s Bon Jovi or Pat Benatar, so I’m like, yes! Then the next minute it will be hard-core heavy metal—it’s so funny. This station just seems to go with our clientele. And I’m from New Jersey so I’m a classic-rock girl. I know all the words to songs by Def Leppard, Journey and Bon Jovi.”

Top 3: “Jet City Woman” by Queensryche, “Rock and Roll Band” by Boston, “Runway” by Bon Jovi, “Hit Me With your Best Shot” by Pat Benatar

 

Cal Momyer, bar manager, Artillery: “We usually start the night off with the Ultimate Indie station on Spotify and sometimes change it up with classic jazz and blues. As the night gets busier, we go with some options that are a little more upbeat. I personally like to listen to mostly hardcore music (ha!), so I let the younger staff create playlists for us.”

Top 3: “Nightcall” by Kavinsky, from the Drive soundtrack, “Do I Wanna Know?” by Arctic Monkeys, “Got it Bad” by Leisure
Cal Momyer, bar manager, Artillery: “We usually start the night off with the Ultimate Indie station on Spotify and sometimes change it up with classic jazz and blues. As the night gets busier, we go with some options that are a little more upbeat. I personally like to listen to mostly hardcore music (ha!), so I let the younger staff create playlists for us.”

Top 3: “Nightcall” by Kavinsky, from the Drive soundtrack, “Do I Wanna Know?” by Arctic Monkeys, “Got it Bad” by Leisure

Jason Graham, bar manager, Five Oaks Taproom at Hotel Indigo: “Normally we like to play stuff people know, which seems to be classic rock and blues. Everyone appreciates and recognizes songs from the early Sixties to early Eighties. One time a Frank Zappa song came on and four guys came in and sat down just to listen to it—they didn’t even order a drink. As for me, any time The Who or David Bowie comes on, my day is made.”

Top 3: “Space Odyssey” by David Bowie, “Baba O’Riley” by The Who, “Miami to Maine” by (local artist) Eric Britt

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