Savannah's got talent, too.
Or it knows where to find it.
Three Savannah record labels will exhibit their bands in the first local Record Label Showcase at Savannah Stopover from March 6-8.
Local labels give Savannah credibility within the music industry, said Kayne Lanahan, Stopover organizer.
And now 13 bands from the labels get to prove their credibility right back to Savannah festivalgoers.
"These are the first showcases for all three labels, so we're pretty proud to help introduce them to the world," Lanahan said.
The three featured labels are Retro Futurist, Soft Science and Furious Hooves.
First up are bands with Retro Futurist, playing March 6 at The Jinx, 127 W. Congress St.
The show is for festivalgoers ages 21 and older.
Bands include Irata, a metal and rock band from Greensboro, N.C.; Darkentries, a post-sludge band from Columbia, S.C.; Burnt Books, a sludge-punk band from Columbia, S.C.; and, internationally-known Kylesa, Savannah's own sludge metal band.
They perform in hour intervals, starting with Irata at 10 p.m.; Darkentries at 11 p.m.; Burnt Books at midnight and Kylesa at 1 a.m.
"The bands playing are all talented and different from one another, yet the vibe and energy throughout the night will flow well together," said Laura Pleasants, a Retro Futurist co-owner and Kylesa band member. "This will be a great showcase of regional bands who have energy and passion and the ability to rock."
In an all-ages showcase March 7, bands under the Soft Science label take the stage at Congress Street Social Club, 411 W. Congress St.
Sauna Heat, a Savannah-based garage-punk group, starts at 4 p.m. Savannah's Triathalon, playing Motown surf sounds, follows at 5 p.m.
Then at 6 p.m., Cretin Girls of Gainesville, Fla., play their post-punk style before Savannahian J. Zagers caps off the Friday showcase at 7 p.m. with his delicate bedroom pop sounds.
"It's a great way for us to represent our label and the local music scene," said Gus Muller, co-founder of the Soft Science label. "The lineup is amazing, the venue is perfect and it couldn't be a better time of year."
On Stopover's last day, March 8, bands from Furious Hooves also play at Congress Street Social Club in another all-ages show.
First is mumbledust, offering dark folk sounds from Savannah at 2 p.m., followed by Anteo, playing dark, gritty post-punk from Blacksburg, Va., at 3 p.m.
Blackrune, a dream-drone sound band from Savannah, plays at 4 p.m. before Bedroom, a dream-pop solo artist from Nashville, Tenn., performs at 5 p.m.
Up next at 6 p.m. is Hallucinex, a Savannah band with dream rock sounds to end the showcase.
It's "pretty rad" having five Furious Hooves bands playing together in one spot, according to Ryan McCardle, label co-founder.
"The music they make varies from folk, to punk, to trip hop to whatever," McCardle said. "But somehow, we're all on the same page. Everyone just gets it. We all want to create an artifact outside of just a portal for their music that someone will get ... and want to cherish it just as much for the music as the package it resides in."
It's a weekend of discovery, and Stopover organizers "are all about introducing people to great music they may not have heard before," according to Lanahan.
Stopover has hosted label showcases before, but now they've gone local.
"This is the year to make it all about Savannah," she said.
Ticket costs range from $30 one-day passes to $125 multi-day VIP passes. At-the-door tickets are available, space permitting. But priority goes to pass holders.