1. Girls can rock. Really. After Savannah Stopover, all I want to do is quit my day job and start a rock 'n' roll band with a front woman. There were so many great female musicians in this festival, I fell in love at least four times.
2. There is almost too much to do. I missed a lot. I tried to highlight certain bands, and I made it to see pretty much what I wanted to. But, there are so many bands to see in three days, it seems a daunting task.
3. Don't be afraid. Don't fear a band or a style of music you don't normally listen to. Go out. Explore. As the great American poet said, "Go forth." You will not be disappointed. I was only disappointed on one occasion. I will not mention any names.
4. The venues hosted bands that fit the stylings of the usual bands that play those venues. I was not expecting this, for some reason. I feel on any given night of a random Savannah week, I could walk in and hear the bands playing in the same venues they played in during Stopover. Which is good. It worked. Also, if you only like to dance and don't want to see a string band, then you could just go to the dance bars. But, don't do that: See No. 3.
5. Pay the price. It might be hard to pay for a band that you've never heard of or for seven bands you've never heard of, but it will be worth it. Also, after conversations with festival goers, the day pass was the best deal. I paid $20 to see Wye Oak alone. (Although it was worth it!)
6. Go forth with friends. Take a friend to the shows. I saw a couple alone, and saw some with people. Sharing in the experience with good people was a far better option. If you don't have any friends, there is alcohol at each venue, which is an easy way to make friends.
.5 SSMF is an amazing indie festival. Truthfully, after only a few short years, this festival is something to adore.