In last week’s column, I shared some general advice on ways to approach Savannah Stopover’s packed schedule, but this week I want to focus on just a few acts that probably aren’t on most readers’ radars.

In last week’s column, I shared some general advice on ways to approach Savannah Stopover’s packed schedule, but this week I want to focus on just a few acts that probably aren’t on most readers’ radars.

of Montreal, the iconic indie rock band from Athens, will be headlining March 10 at Ships of the Sea Museum, but don’t sleep on Pylon Reenactment Society, the Athens band that will close out the festival on that same night with a midnight show at The Jinx.

Pylon Reenactment Society is fronted by Pylon’s Vanessa Briscoe Hay and includes members of other popular Athens acts. Whether you remember original Pylon or not, you’re bound to love the band’s rollicking energy and intensity.

 

And if you’re planning to see of Montreal on March 10, you might want to get to Ships of the Sea early for the 7:30 p.m. set by 20-year old Gus Dapperton, who is quickly making a name for himself with a steady string of quirky, catchy pop songs. Like so many other Stopover artists, Dapperton will be working his way from Savannah to Austin for SXSW and seems on the verge of a stellar career.

 

For 2018, Stopover has a few more acts than usual with country music influences, and I’ve been listening a lot lately to Sarah Shook & The Disarmers, who will close out the March 9 schedule with a midnight show at The Jinx. The sharp lyrics and vocals bring a biting edge to the classic and outlaw country influences.


 

Lola Marsh has more than 44,000 fans on Facebook and more than 10 million streams on Spotify, but I had never heard of the Tel Aviv-based duo until they appeared on the Savannah Stopover lineup. Lola Marsh’s richly textured music should be especially captivating at Trinity United Methodist Church, where the band will play at 7:30 p.m. on March 9.

 

There are any number of other bands that I’m excited to hear — The War and Treaty, Kemba, Honduras, Nation of Language, Vundabar, Lilly Hiatt, The Nude Party, The Muckers, to name a few of the touring acts — but some of my best Stopover experiences over the years have been surprises.

No matter how many bands I preview, I invariably find myself wowed by an unexpected live performance.

 

Bill Dawers writes City Talk in Savannah Morning News and blogs at Savannah Unplugged (www.billdawers.com) and hissing lawns (www.hissinglawns.com). Email billdawers@comcast.net.