This was my first year photographing Savannah Stopover from beginning to end, and I was able to catch as many as 30 shows in three days. Next year, not only do I vow to break this record, but the list will be my top 10 picks. For now, here are my top five shows from Stopover IV:
1. Future Islands at Club One
I must admit, I contemplated traveling to Paris not long ago to see Future Islands live. I've been a fan and known of their music and sound for the past two years. We know singing along always helps the experience of a live show, but Samuel Harring and the rest of the band turned this photographer into a bigger fan with their performance.
They gave themselves to a crowd that wanted it all, and they're the only band I know of during Stopover that was called back by the crowd for an encore. It was not a showcase, but a concert for Savannah music lovers.
2. St. Paul & The Broken Bones at Knights Of Columbus
This was my first time ever listening to the sounds of this band and I must tell you, I am a believer. Paul's vocals are strong and commanding and he has moves like James Brown. His voice reminded me of the singers of yesteryear.
The soul of his voice with the amazing musicians that make up this great band are a great combination. I am certain that soon, many will get know to know St. Paul
& The Broken Bones.
3. PitchBlak Brass Band at The Jinx
By the time I placed myself near the stage to shoot this showcase, I was exhausted and a bit jaded. At first glance, the members of Pitchblak Brass Band look like a high school marching band and with their youthful appearance, I was a bit confused. Then they began to play. I have never seen a tuba rock as hard as it did during this performance. They are talented and experienced musicians with a fusion of sounds that is incomparable.
4. Those Darlins at Knights of Columbus
Nashville has a great music scene, and Those Darlins are letting the world know it's not just country and folk being made there. This band sounds so good, you will find yourself dancing along to their alternative sound. One of the many Stopover groups with a strong female influence, Those Darlins is the band to catch live.
5. Small Black at Knights of Columbus
Last show of Stopover and at this point, I have been hopping along for 13 hours. Small Black was the final show of the evening. I am glad I stayed for the performance as the hours of the evening turned into morning with "spring forward." Small Black made a room full of people dance until almost 4 a.m. Their single "No Stranger" is now on my Spotify playlist.
Honorable mention goes to local musicians City Hotel. We are lucky we can catch them around town any time.