Ben Sollee / Cheyenne Marie Mize / General Oglethorpe & the Panhandlers – Forsyth Park – 09/03/11

Well this is shaping up to be a great gig in Forsyth Park, right on the cusp of fall.

From the Savannah Bicycle Campaign press release:

Classically trained pop cellist Ben Sollee and his band will headline a concert at the Forsyth Park Band Shell on Sept. 3 at 9 p.m., following the Savannah Bicycle Campaign’s third annual Midnight Garden Ride. The concert – a co-production of the Savannah Bicycle Campaign (SBC) and Savannah Stopover – is free. Registration is required for the ride, which is the primary fundraiser for the non-profit advocacy organization. A limited number of stage-front VIP seats will be available.

Sollee attracted national attention with his debut album “Learning to Bend” in 2008 and in with his band mates has conducted multiple tours by bicycle, one of which included a stop in Savannah organized by SBC in December 2009. Sollee also performed at the 2008 Savannah Music Festival as part of the Sparrow Quartet, featuring Bela Fleck. His latest recording, “Inclusions,” was released this year and described by Paste magazine as “exploring post-modern jazz one minute and simple folk the next, with gospel themes running up the spine. It’s a surprising and rewarding journey…”

Cheyenne Marie Mize will open the show. Mize has collaborated with Sollee in the past and will be familiar to local audiences from her performance at the 2011 Savannah Stopover Festival. Her latest recording, “Before Lately,” was released on SonaBLAST records in 2010.

And it was just announced this week that General Oglethorpe & the Panhandlers will perform from 7 to 7:45 p.m., just before the beginning of the traditional ride. Those who want to hang out in the park from 8 to 9 will get to listen to some Savannah Stopover curated house music.

The Stopover has also released details about the tables for 8 — with tablecloths — that will be set up in front of the stage. The tables for 8 are $150 ($18.75 per person); individual spots are available for $25 each. Proceeds will support both the Savannah Bicycle Campaign and the Savannah Stopover.

Tables and seats can be purchased here. It looks like those may sell out, so tickets should be purchased soon

Here’s General O’s latest video “Red Hot”:

Red Hot from General O on Vimeo.

Here’s “Friend” by Cheyenne Marie Mize:


Here’s Ben Sollee with “How to See the Sun Rise”: