You're always saying to yourself, "Man, I should get out more!" Well, more than 100 top-notch musical acts are going to be dispensing auditory candy in Savannah this week. Try to come up with an excuse to stay home - we dare you.
Many of the nation's most talented up-and-coming musical acts will be swinging through Savannah this week on their way to Austin, Texas' prestigious South by Southwest festival.
Whether you are a fan of the danceable, the raucous or the mellow, Savannah Stopover will have a multitude of acts to satiate your varied musical cravings. The Southern states have a healthy representation at the festival, and what follows is a sampling of some of the standouts.
Hurray for the Riff Raff
6 p.m. March 8, Moon River Beer Garden
Equally adept at delivering ethereal ballads and swinging danceable romps, the Crescent City's Hurray for the Riff Raff will certainly be one of the highlights of the festival. Alynda Lee Segarra's voice can seamlessly ping-pong between soulful, whispering heartache and joyful power.
The band, as a whole, is a fascinating reimagining of American roots music. String instrumentalists layer inventive harmonies to complement strong, shrewd songwriting. You can easily picture yourself scoring epic life moments with these classics-in-the-making. When asked about their live performances, the band imagines, "If Patsy Cline played with the Velvet Underground." Catch this gem in an intimate setting while you still can. Learn more at www.hurrayfortheriffraff.com.
The Whiskey Gentry
5 p.m. March 8, The Jinx
Hailing from Atlanta, The Whiskey Gentry are a powerhouse country music machine, dishing out catchy, boisterous tunes that promise to crack the facade of even the most jaded music fan. At their shows, an intricate melding of banjo, mandolin and fiddle gallop above driving drums and bass.
The band says they have been classified as "twangcore, punktry or cowpunkitonk." Regardless of how you choose to creatively categorize them, this act brings the fun every time. Look for a new live album coming out this spring. Learn more at www.thewhiskeygentry.com.
T. Hardy Morris
11 p.m. March 7, Congress Street Social Club
Those searching for a more mollifying vibe may want to check out the lilting, dreamlike songs of T. Hardy Morris. Co-founder and member of the psychedelic grunge groups Dead Confederate and Diamond Rugs, Morris is taking a more melodic, stripped down, acoustic-based approach to his solo material.
Recordings of Morris and his band "The Outfit" in parks and on trolleys, complete with slide guitar and melodica demonstrate that the music is at home anywhere, create an intimate experience wherever it is performed. Learn more at www.t.hardymorris.com.