The Savannah Music Festival finished last weekend in rousing fashion.

On the final night of the festival, I was floored by the virtuosity of Bruce Hornsby & the Noisemakers at Trustees Theater. Hornsby led the band through gorgeous renditions of his classic pop hit "The Way It Is" and "The End of the Innocence," which was co-written with Don Henley, but those were just two of the highlights of the diverse and joyful concert.

Hornsby even brought his old friend Chuck Leavell out of the audience for a beautiful take of "On the Western Skyline." Leavell, a sometime Savannah resident, is one of the most accomplished keyboardists of the rock era, not to mention an important voice in environmental conservation. What a thrill to see him join Hornsby and company.

I also managed to catch about half of The Wood Brothers' extraordinary and sold-out closing night show at Ships of the Sea Maritime Museum. Because of those two concerts, I couldn't see the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra's performance at Lucas Theatre for the Arts, but I heard great reports from attendees.

Of course, the music never stops these days in Savannah.

In addition to other gigs mentioned here in Do, City Hotel will be performing a special concert at 7 p.m. April 15 at Unitarian Universalist Church of Savannah, 311 E. Harris St. The show, titled "Old Classics, New Tracks," is part of the church's "Sounds and Spirits Series."

The quartet City Hotel is rooted in bluegrass, but you'll hear echoes of other roots music traditions. The intimate UU sanctuary should be perfect for this performance. The show is for ages 13 and older. Tickets are $20 at the door and via

On April 19, surf rock legend Dick Dale returns to The Wormhole, 2307 Bull St., where he will be supported by two fitting local bands: The Mercers and The Wave Slaves.

Dale, who turns 80 later this year, is one of the key figures in the history of surf rock. The show is open to ages 18 and older, with $35 tickets available at and, space permitting, at the door.

Bill Dawers writes City Talk in Savannah Morning News and blogs at Savannah Unplugged ( and hissing lawns ( Email