Savannah Stopover Music Festival has announced that 17 local bands will join more than 80 touring bands during the three-day festival from March 6-8 in downtown Savannah.
Topping the list is Kylesa, which will be returning from a tour in Europe promoting its latest album, "Ultraviolet." Other local acts offer a huge range of genres, from the hard driving punk sounds of Sauna Heat to the sweet melodies of The Rosies.
Rounding out the list are Triathalon, Bear Fight!, mumbledust, The Accomplices, City Hotel, Fare The Gap, Whiskey Dick, Missionary Blues, Co-Eds, Damon and the Sh!tkickers, Crazy Bag Lady, Ambrose, J. Zagers and Blackrune.
The festival also confirmed three showcases featuring Savannah-based record labels: Retro Futurist, Soft Science and Furious Hooves. Each showcase will feature 4-5 bands signed to those labels.
Retro Futurist Records will offer a 21-and-older show March 6 at The Jinx. The new label was founded by Savannah metal band Kylesa, who will headline. Other confirmed acts include Darkentries of Columbia, S.C.; Jagged Vision of Stavanger, Norway; and Sierra of Kitchener, Ontario.
"We're thrilled to have the very first Retro Futurist showcase in our hometown as part of the Savannah Stopover Music Festival. I think the showcase will offer concertgoers a sample of atypical metal and rock: heavy music that is unique, diverse, progressive and honest ..." said Laura Pleasants of Kylesa.
Soft Science Records will have an all-ages show from 4-8 p.m. March 7 at Congress Street Social Club. The new label was founded by Safe//Sound concert promotions founder Gus Muller and Skip Terpstra. Confirmed acts include Savannah's J. Zagers, Sauna Heat and Triathalon, plus Cretin Girls from Gainseville, Fla.
Furious Hooves will offer an all-ages show from 2-7 p.m. March 8 at Congress Street Scoal Club. The label was founded in 2011 by local artist and musician Ryan McCardle and Virginian TJ Hatcher. Confirmed acts include Savannah groups Blackrune and mumbledust, along with Anteo of Blacksburg, Va., Bedroom of Nashville and Hallucinex from Richmond, Va.
"I think everyone in Savannah is honored and proud that these new record labels all call Savannah home. It's a great opportunity for local talent to find a marketing and distribution platform, as well as to showcase up-and-coming national and international talent to fans and the music industry alike," said Kayne Lanahan, founder and CEO of Savannah Stopover.
The festival also released a list of confirmed venues, including: Knights Of Columbus Hall, The Jinx, Hang Fire, Moon River beer garden, Congress Street Social Club and Club One, as well as a free community concert on March 8 in Ellis Square. Savannah Stopover organizers said a few additional venues will be announced in the coming weeks.
The full lineup of touring acts will be unveiled Jan. 14. Click here to read more about this year's festival and some of the national acts that have already been announced.
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