Kayne Lanahan, founder/CEO of Savannah Stopover, said 106 music performances are scheduled for this year's Stopover event. Chances are you've heard of a few of the bands, but how do you pick which show to see? Luckily the staff at Stopover made their picks for their favorite under-the radar bands. The list includes Spires, Leverage Models, Ski Lodge, Fever the Ghost, Torres, Ex Hex, The Tennis System and Bleeding Rainbow.
Art March/Seersucker events
Rather than trying to compete with each other, Stopover, Art March and Seersucker Live joined forces to show each other some love. The monthly Art March from 6-9 p.m. March 7 will display some of the winning entries from Stopover's poster contest at One West Victory leasing office during the march. Once the march is over, folks needing a lift downtown to Stopover events can hop on the Art March Trolley - but don't wait too long, because they are only making one drop at Ellis Square.
And if you've ever attended a Seersucker Live event, you know it's part literary reading, part talk show, part cocktail party, and this month it will be also be part music performance with "The Jig Episode."
The folks at Stopover agreed to share their space with the Seersucker event at 36 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. This event is ticketed separately from Stopover, but pass holders can buy a discounted $5 ticket at the door. The event has limited seating and you must be 18 or older to attend.
Recording sessions at Dollhouse
Stopover planners wanted to keep all venues within walking distance, so Dollhouse is not on the list of regular venues, but they will host recording sessions. Orlando-based Off The Avenue, a company committed to bringing viewers high-quality audio and video of live performances, will host the recording sessions, and VIP and Founder's Circle Club members will get a behind-the-scenes glimpse of how the live recording process works.
Stopover organizers want everyone to enjoy live music, so they always strive to host a handful of all-ages venues. This year, minors can feel the noise at City Coffee, Moon River, Ellis Square and Knights of Columbus, and Congress Street Social Club allows all ages until 10 p.m.
Artist dinners from Gaslight Group
Savannah isn't called the Hostess City for nothing. Stopover and premier sponsors the Gaslight Group teamed up to keep bands fueled with Southern fare by offering all bands free sit-down lunches and dinners at the press lounge across the street from Abe's on Lincoln at the Staybridge offices. Known for highly rated cuisine at Blowin' Smoke, The 5 Spot and B. Matthews, the chefs from Gaslight Group plan to give these musicians another reason to return to the Coastal Empire.
Mailchimp Artist Lounge
The vacated space formerly known as The Sparetime at 36 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. will open its doors as a three-level Artist Lounge for bands, VIPs and Founder's Circle members. The building owners have secured a liquor license, so the bar on the ground level will be open to all Stopover pass holders, anyone with a wristband, during business hours.
All shows will also take place on the first floor and if you don't have a wristband, you can still purchase a ticket at the door for $10.
The second floor is designated as the private Artist Lounge and will be a place where bands can hang out and enjoy free wine and beer from sponsors. It will also host late-night parties, almost like a dance club. No bands will play there, but Stopover bands will DJ late night from 1-4 a.m. The Artist Lounge is open only to artists, VIPs, press, staff and volunteers.
The third floor is reserved for the recently launched Founder's Circle, staff and bands. The space will be something of a pop-up lounge with comfortable couches and coffee tables, and will be the site of private recording sessions with select bands for the Huffington Post's A-Sides.
The Seersucker Live event at 7 p.m. March 7 will also take place in the third-floor space.
Founder's Circle Club
New this year, the Founder's Circle Club is comprised of individuals and corporations who give three levels of support to Stopover. The perks of membership include VIP Stopover passes, tickets to other Musicfile Productions concerts in 2014 and invitations to the Artist Lounge and private recording sessions at Dollhouse during Stopover. A portion of Founder's Circle funds will support the creation of a Stopover-related foundation which will offer financial support to local and regional bands.
Mailchimp, an Atlanta-based email company, has returned to Stopover as a premier sponsor and they are sending along a handful of iconic crocheted, monkey-faced Mailchimp hats to give away to performing bands in random acts of Mailchimp kindness - and possibly a few lucky concert-goers can snag a hat of their own. But forget about trying to purchase your own - they are giveaways only.
Lagunitas Sprinter Van
Premier sponsor and California-based brewers Lagunitas is making the free community concert on March 8 at Ellis Square a lot more refreshing with the arrival of its behemoth Lagunitas Sprinter Van - it's a refrigerated van equipped with eight taps! The van is coming all the way from Chicago via Lagunitas' Couch Trippin' to Austin tour en route to SXSW and will offer special brews, including IPA, Sensored, New Dogtown Pale Ale and Fusion 19.
Whole Foods tent at community concert
So, with premier sponsor Lagunitas on hand with the sprinter van, Stopover just needs some tasty treats for concert-goers. Event sponsors Whole Foods will have that covered at the community concert in Ellis Square. According to Hillary Bradbury, marketing team leader at Whole Foods, employees will be on hand at the Whole Foods' tent to pass out free samples of some of their most popular made-in-store items like cookies and other savory treats.
Secret Shows announced on DO Savannah app
We here at DO don't want our readers to miss a thing during Savannah Stopover! With eight Secret Shows planned for various times and locations downtown, you'll want to be among the first fans in the know. Be sure to download DO Savannah's free app at www.dosavannah.com/app to get early alerts about which band is playing where.