The inaugural Revival Fest, scheduled for Sept. 14, promises to be a unique melding of two vital trends in Savannah culture.

One of those trends is the growing interest in fresh local food.

The farm-to-table movement has taken hold nationwide and here in Savannah, too.

The trend has been furthered by local chefs, a variety of restaurants, the Forsyth Farmers' Market and other initiatives.

The day-long Revival Fest will feature a pig roast, oyster roast and other traditional Lowcountry fare.

Revival Fest is being organized by MusicFile Productions, the parent company of Savannah Stopover.

While the Stopover is dominated by indie rock, Revival Fest will present 12 bands that fit somewhere under the big umbrella of Americana and roots music.

The local passion for various types of roots music has deepened in recent years for a variety of reasons, including the growth of the Savannah Music Festival, the evolving tastes of local clubgoers and the simple fact that some stellar musicians call Savannah home.

Two of Savannah's most talented bands - The Train Wrecks and The Accomplices - are booked for Revival Fest. They will be joined by 10 distinguished regional and national acts. Clips are available at

And Revival Fest's setting at the old paint shop at the Georgia State Railroad Museum seems especially fitting.

The location, the music and the food all represent new uses of the past.

Tickets for Revival Fest are now on sale via the Savannah Box Office at

Of course, you don't have to wait until September to appreciate homegrown talent in clubs, coffeehouses and other venues.

For example, the Savannah Songwriters Series ( continues at 6 p.m. on July 14 at the American Legion on Tybee.

Dennis Page of Rincon will perform for the first time in the series. He'll be joined by Hilton Head resident Joan Maute, Savannah native Tommy Holland and Joel Clackum, who toured with various bands and now lives locally.

The event is free and open to all ages.

Bill Dawers writes City Talk in the Savannah Morning News and blogs at Savannah Unplugged ( He can be reached via