Jon Waits debuts at Savannah Songwriters Series Sun., Nov. 23

Savannah Songwriters Series
Sun., Nov. 23, at 6 pm
Johnny Harris Restaurant 

1651 East Victory Dr.  31404

Free admission.  Free parking.  
All ages.  Non-smoking

Jon Waits makes his Savannah Songwriters Series debut Sun., Nov. 23, at Johnny Harris Restaurant.

He’ll be joined by local SSS veterans Pete Love and Ben Wells. Also, Arsena Schroeder, who excited the audience with her March performance, returns from Charlotte to the writers-in-the round showcase.

For 25 years, Jon Waits has been writing and performing in coffee shops, bar and alleyways. He is currently the main songwriter and vocalist for Waits & Co., a Savannah-based Americana and Alt-country trio.

Jon Waits

Jon Waits

Born the son of a preacher-man in the early seventies in Atlanta, Jon first picked up the guitar at age 10. Growing restless in his early twenties he hit the road, traveling and living by the seat of his pants for the next decade, performing in coffeehouses, and wherever else would let him pick his guitar; sometimes for pay, sometimes just to be heard.

Eventually the high life brought him down, and the music was put on hold for several years. After getting clean and sober he slowly returned to playing. He moved to Savannah three-plus years ago.

DoSavannah wrote: “Waits, as most fans in Savannah probably know, is a hardened performer with more than 20 years of stage experience echoing throughout his songwriting.”

Pete Love, a SSS favorite, has played with groups such as the Denny Phillips Band, Spectrum, Band in the Park, Mary Davis and Co. and the Navigators.

A sought-after guitarist who is comfortable with most genres, Pete also performs solo. He self-produced his CD “Chester and the Elements.”

He will once again demonstrate his guitar skills and play his songs that cosmically and comically look at life and its meaning.

Ben Wells started writing his own music within the last couple of years, while working on Jan Spillane’s most recent CD. He co-wrote and recorded a song with her and John Banks.

Since then, he has written several songs on his own and has recorded them at home. He enjoys trying out his new material at the Coffee. Deli acoustic jams on Wednesday nights.

Ben is a math teacher with the Savannah Chatham County Public School System. He is married to Stacey and they have a young son, Charles. They reside in Coffee Bluff.

Arsena Schroeder

Arsena Schroeder

Charlotte-based Arsena Schroeder began her journey as a singer-songwriter and instrumentalist six years ago. Since then, she has performed locally, nationally and internationally at venues such as The Evening Muse in Charlotte, Fleisher Art Memorial in Philadelphia, and WDVX The Blue Plate Special in Knoxville.

She’s also competed and advanced a round as an American Idol contestant.

She released her first EP, “Abundantly,” last year. It garnered her comparisons to Lauryn Hill, India Arie, Corrine Bailey Rae, & Tracy Chapman.

Her next release, “For My Artist Child” is scheduled to be released next month.

The Savannah Songwriters Series is a monthly showcase of original music, fostering an appreciation for Savannah’s songwriting community.  Hosted at Johnny Harris Restaurant the fourth Sunday of each month at 6 pm, the series will move to the First Sunday of each month beginning December 2014.

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