Smooth and hypnotic local Savannah band Ambrose has so much soul, you may leave them feeling illuminated and yearning for more.

Steven Baumgardner is the creator and frontman of Ambrose. Baumgardner goes by the stage name Basik Lee when immersed in his art and music. He is originally from New Jersey, but came to Savannah more than 15 years ago.

Ambrose's unique sound has elements of hip hop, jazz, soul, funk and blues. Basik Lee's mesmerizing voice makes each song feel inescapable as you get lost in the sound.

With Basik Lee on vocals and guitar, Ambrose also includes Greg Rettig on bass, Derrick Burgess on drums and Phillip Price on keyboard. Ambrose formed in Savannah in 2013 as these four local musicians and friends joined forces.

Rettig describes the band as four artists who have a passion for music and, with that passion, bring out the calmly cool feeling of Savannah.

"Just as the roll of thunder and the cool rain wash away the stress of Georgia's hot August sun, Ambrose is the cool hand of a close friend that wipes your fevered brow after a championship boxing match" is one way to sum up Ambrose's sound.

"St. James Infirmary" is one of Ambrose's most well-known songs. Basik Lee hits the low and high notes as the instruments collectively give a feeling full of soul and jazz.

Savannah Stopover will be the perfect time to catch Ambrose jamming and "throwing soul onto the floor with fury and grace."


6:30 p.m. March 10

Ships of the Sea Museum, 41 MLK Jr. Blvd.