Unintentionally sandwiched between Savannah Stopover and the Savannah Music Festival is a one-night party that will showcase a healthy and vibrant sample of local musical talent.
Graveface Fest 2 boasts seven local bands in a 12-band lineup on March 22 at Dollhouse Productions. Savannah hard rockers Kylesa will headline the festival, with The Casket Girls and Cusses joining the show.
"I think when I confirmed Kylesa, it hit me that it should be a celebration of the local scene, instead of a crap-ton of touring bands," promoter and purveyor Ryan Graveface said.
The second annual festival is the brainchild of Graveface (a pseudonym), who looked to bring his love of Halloween to the stage in rock 'n' roll attire. The first staging of Graveface Fest was held in October, but due to the rigors of his touring bands, Graveface was unable to host at the time of year he preferred.
Graveface isn't just a promoter. He's a musician in several bands, runs a record label and a record store.
Graveface Records & Curiosities on West 40th Street is among the best places to purchase vinyl records in Savannah.
The independent label, ran out of the same building, showcases acts from all over the nation with very beautifully pressed vinyl records.
Several bands from the Graveface record label will be featured on the festival's bill. The Casket Girls, Dreamend, Creepoid and Stargazer Lilies all belong to the label. The first two are projects for Graveface the musician.
"There's so much good stuff happening locally right now," Graveface said. "... It's a very heavy local festival, which I prefer."
Also rocking will be local acts Crazy Bag Lady (who just finished playing Savannah Stopover, along with Kylesa), newly formed COEDS (including Anna Chandler of Lovely Locks) and mumbledust.
From Philadelphia, Creepoid, Stargazer Lilies and Blackrune are on the bill, as well as Connecticut's Empty Vessels.
"It (last year) was great," Cusses drummer Brian Lackey said. "It's a total s#!$ show, which is always fun. Hopefully, it will be the same. Love the Dollhouse; those people are really cool.
"For us to be asked, we're very happy," he said. "It's just about getting the kids out there and having fun."
It seems apparent to all who pass through and especially those who live in the Lowcountry: The live music scene is expanding in all directions. Kylesa, Cusses and others like them (Baroness, Black Tusk) have laid groundwork for other rock bands to follow.
"It's a labor of love in Savannah," Lackey said. "Members of Kylesa and us have been around here since the '90s, so it's about a labor of love - knowing what this town is and what it can harvest. Being able to take its time. It's like opening wine. You take your time.
"That's kind of how Savannah is, with friends, family and the music, because it's so small. It's a long time to cultivation."