The public was uncertain as to how HUKA Entertainment and SMG would handle running the Saenger Theatre, but with the first announcement of upcoming shows, it is looking like the “Jewel of Joachim” will once again be shining bright.

On Sat., Dec. 21, drummer John Milham, keyboardist Chris Spies and a ton of special guests will bring their “Charlie Brown Christmas” show back to the downtown theater.

Then on Sat., Jan. 18, The Machine: A Tribute to Pink Floyd will take the stage. The Machine delivers the music of Pink Floyd with impressive precision.

Buddy Guy and Jonny Lang will fill the Saenger with their new school and old school blues sounds on Tue., Feb. 18.

The Azalea City will also get to experience the Southern Soul Assembly on Tues., April 1. This supergroup features Marc Broussard, Anders Osborne, JJ Grey and Luther Dickson. Tickets for all of these shows are on sale now at the Saenger Box Office, the Saenger website or through Ticketmaster.

University of South Alabama’s Independent Music Collective has built a reputation for providing intimate performances featuring some of the nation’s premiere songwriters. For this installment of their concert series, they are bringing local sounds into the mix for their First Annual Thanksgiving Benefit Show. This “pay-what-you-can” event is generating funds for their spring concert series. Al Trout is the first ingredient in this mélange of organic sounds. Armed with an electrified resonator and a kick drum, this one-man band has crafted a sound he calls “Mongrel Americana.”

Trout is the brother of USA English Dept. Chair Steven Trout. South Carolina’s Carey Murdock will also be appearing. This busy singer-songwriter recently wrapped a run with Shovels & Rope. Local star Eric Erdman will round out this mix. Erdman has been promoting his solo debut “My Brother’s Keeper.” This special show will happen on Fri., Nov. 15 at Satori Coffee in WeMo.

Mobile Theatre Guild treated the Azalea City to a run of “The Rocky Horror Show” for Halloween 2013. Although many are familiar with the movie version of this musical, seeing it live onstage provided a new perspective to the Rocky Horror phenomenon. One aspect of the performance that accented “The Rocky Horror Show” was the ensemble of rockers who were recruited to back the actors. Musical Director (and Zew DJ) Gene Murrell joined Scott Morlock on keyboards with Patrick Imsand on electric guitar, Ben Harper on bass and David White on drums. The sonic consistency of this group was amazing, which made them one of the highlights of the show, besides Dr. Frank N. Furter (of course).