Sea Wolf on Tybee Island GA Presents Live Music Series
Tybee Island on a Friday night can be quite hectic. The bars fill with revelers, locals and tourists alike, laughing and dancing to loud, familiar music. Sea Wolf Restaurant provides a more comfortable and low-key environment to relax and listen to original music from local singer-songwriters.
Co-owned by Andrew Ripley and Thomas Worley, who also own the Lone Wolf Lounge downtown, and musician Ricardo Ochoa, The Sea Wolf offers an inviting mix of high and low dining options including oysters, fine cocktails , cheap beer, old world wine, and vegan food (a rarity on Tybee Island). There aren’t many other places that skillfully pair a hot dog with a glass of champagne.
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“The feel of the place is the North Atlantic,” Ochoa said. “A bit like a Scandinavian port bar rather than a beach bar. We wanted to make it feel more comfortable and different than anything else on Tybee.
Ripley was in the Artillery Punch group with Ochoa and is currently the principal oboist of the Savannah Philharmonic. Classically trained violinist Ochoa is the co-founder of the popular gypsy swing group Velvet Caravan. Ochoa and Ripley drew on their musical background to put together a weekly singer-songwriter series for Sea Wolf.
The Under the Ghost Ship musical series is named after an old painting Ripley found that depicts a weather-beaten ship rocked over gray, stormy waters. The entire aesthetic of Sea Wolf was inspired by the painting of the ghost ship, which is now the centerpiece of the restaurant. Musicians have settled under the ominous paint, hence the name of the series.
“The place at night gets dark,” Ochoa said. “You have wooden walls and it has that real feeling of an old ship. It becomes a very intimate experience for both the musician and the listeners.
The shows start every Friday evening at 10 p.m. after the kitchen closes and the public can enjoy music without interrupting the catering service. Due to the small indoor space (which can accommodate around 36 people), members of the public can sit around the performers for a unique and up-close performance.
Often in restaurants, performing musicians are supposed to play the hits and create background music for meals, but Under the Ghost Ship is designed to give performers a chance to really shine.
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“Some of these people play in these places,” Ochoa said. “At least now they’re being challenged to be a little more open, and they appreciate it.
“I really encourage them to go with their solo and original music. The people we recruited there were very successful. They have the opportunity to tell stories about their songs and it really becomes a conversation. It’s a lot different going to another place on Tybee and having a loud crowd that wants to scream and dance. It’s a gentle atmosphere.
Since the series began several months ago, it has featured many wonderful, new and established artists including Jason Bible, Isaac Smith, Daniel Malone, Susanna Kennedy, Ray Lundy, and Alia Torres.
“I try to bring in new talent, less discovered artists,” Ochoa explained. “Some women, in particular, have been amazing. They definitely bring a different sensibility to the songs they choose and the songs they write. It’s really fun to see and hear something new and beautiful.
July 9 – Ryan Schementti
July 16 – Daniel Malone
July 23 – Matt Eckstine
July 30 – Speck Hosti
August 6 – Alia Torres
August 13 – Stan Ray
August 20 – Jason Bible
August 27 – Susanna Kennedy
IF YOU ARE GOING TO
What: Under the Ghost Ship musical series
When: Every Friday evening at 10 p.m.
Where: 106 S Campbell Avenue, Tybee Island