RED BARAAT

After weeks of great performances, the Savannah Music Festival will finish strong with the Closing Night Dance Party at 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. April 5 at Charles H. Morris Center. Tickets are $30.

Red Baraat will headline the party with a unique blend of North Indian bhandra rhythms, New Orleans' style jazz, hip-hop, go-go and funk.

This eight-piece mostly brass band brings an urban aesthetic and tends to host the bigger dance parties on the festival circuit. Their live shows are known to take on a life of their own and should prove to make for a fun evening with their signature playful improvisations.

The band is also famous for teaching the audience dance moves and joining in on the party. Their performance should prove to be a fun way to close out the festival.

 

STRINGBAND SPECTACULAR

The Savannah Music Festival is known for great music, but it's also known for its dedication to music education, which is why they created the groundbreaking mentorship program, Acoustic Music Seminar.

This year's seminar brought in 16 of the world's most talented young string players to Savannah for week-long hands-on instruction in playing, songwriting and ensemble work.

The program is led by Mike Marshall, one of the world's most accomplished acoustic musicians and mandolinists. Alongside Marshall are this year's clinicians, who include renowned musicians and Savannah Music Festival performers Julian Lage, Tim O'Brien, Daniel Hope, Bela Fleck, Darrell Scott, Abigail Washburn, Chris Eldridge, Casey Driessen, Avi Avital, Mike Block and others.

The week-long seminar will cap off with the third annual Stringband Spectacular, a finale performance featuring student compositions and arrangements, as well as performances by O'Brien and Scott and accompaniment by Marshall and Lage.

The event takes place at 7 p.m. April 5 at the Lucas Theatre.