Tag: Savannah Music Festival

Taj Mahal, Bela Fleck among 2nd weekend headliners at Savannah Music Festival as an amazing March comes to an end

What a month for music in Savannah. Every music lover had a unique experience in March, but just consider a few of the shows, performers, and events. March started with Band of Horses’ acoustic performance at Trustees Theater — amazing.…

Savannah Music Festival 2014 sales underway after kickoff party with Sierra Hull


Well I sure didn’t expect 350 or so people to show up last night at the Morris Center for the Savannah Music Festival‘s free kickoff party for next spring’s festival. Maybe the big crowd was due to the word “free”,…

Savannah Music Festival releases 2014 lineup

The Avett Brothers, courtesy of the artist

As we’ve come to expect, the Savannah Music Festival will have an impressive and exciting lineup in 2014. Here are some of the highlights from today’s press release: CHAMBER AND SYMPHONIC MUSIC World premiere of Charlotte Bray’s The Sun Was…

“American Songwriter” reviews Savannah Music Festival’s “best” shows


Some really interesting comments about the just-completed SMF by reviewer Daniel Lumpkin in American Songwriter’s The Best Shows at Savannah Music Festival. Given the publication’s focus, the list of featured artists is no surprise: Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell, Jerry…

Reflections on the 2013 Savannah Music Festival


The Savannah Music Festival roared to a close on Saturday night with a double bill at the Ships of the Sea North Garden: Lake Street Dive followed by headliner Lee Fields & The Expressions. There had been a number of…

Savannah Music Festival’s “Stringband Spectacular” lives up to its name


A few weeks ago when I was corresponding with the Savannah Music Festival’s communications and operations director Ryan McMaken about shows I planned to attend, I asked him which ones he would especially recommend. Just for the record, I spend…

Emmylou Harris, Rodney Crowell, and Richard Thompson at the Savannah Music Festival — a short review

Wednesday night, a packed house at Johnny Mercer Theatre was treated to a truly special program: Richard Thompson’s electric trio, followed by headliners Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell backed by an excellent five-piece band. The SMF obviously brings some great…

Strings triumphant at Savannah Music Festival

Last night I made my way to the Savannah Music Festival’s classical program “Triumphant Strings” at Trinity United Methodist Church in part to hear the premiere of a commissioned piece by young composer Charlotte Bray. But, as festival director Rob…

The Cure, Mumford & Sons, Vampire Weekend, Baroness among acts slated for Lollapalooza


The lineup for Lollapalooza, slated for August 2-4 in Chicago’s Grant Park, was released earlier today.

Headliners include The Cure, Mumford & Sons, The Killers, Nine Inch Nails, Phoenix, The Postal Service, Vampire Weekend, New Order, Queens of the Stone Age, The National, and The Lumineers.

There are a fair number of acts that have played Savannah in recent years, and it’s also worth noting that Baroness will be playing Lollapalooza.

SMF’s Swing Central Jazz with music under the oaks in Reynolds Square


It was great to see the youthful talent and energy on display, not to mention the obvious diversity that jazz attracts. A lot of kids are forming great memories of Savannah through Swing Central Jazz.

The Wailers light up Trustees in a sold out Savannah Music Festival concert


Why don’t we get more reggae in Savannah? It took a couple of songs for the Wailers to hit their stride last night before a packed crowd at Trustees Theater, but the band soon had the entire audience standing, swaying,…

Swing Central and Wycliffe Gordon with jazz in Reynolds Square


I’ll post a lot more photos in a few days, but here are three quick shots of jazz in Reynolds Square this afternoon. It’s the final day of the Savannah Music Festival’s major education initiative Swing Central. The finale kicked…

Savannah Music Fest makes another foray into indie rock with Sea Wolf at Ships of the Sea


Somewhere near the middle of Sea Wolf‘s accomplished set last night in the Ships of the Sea Museum’s lovely and versatile North Garden, Sea Wolf’s front man Alex Brown Church noted the fitting connection between the band’s name and the…

The great Dr. John, increasingly diverse audiences, a stellar WSJ review, and other notes as SMF hits halfway point


The Savannah Music Festival has hit is halfway point. What a great opening 9 days. I recap some of the spectacular opening weekend in my Unplugged column today in Do. In that piece, I mention the powerful performance last week…