It almost feels like there's a summer music festival in every direction.
Bonnaroo just wrapped up last week in Tennessee, and Atlanta practically has one every weekend.
But for a city buzzing with rising local artists, Savannah has remained surprisingly absent from the summer festival circuit. Until now.
After a successful run at the former Live Wire Music Hall, Danny Robertson, Daniel Robertson Jr., Andrew Robertson and Brenden Robertson are ready to kick off their latest venture, the Savannah Summer Solstice music festival, which will be from June 21-23 at Red Gate Farms.
The inaugural event will feature more than 35 local, regional and national acts performing on multiple stages, on-site camping and vendors to help promote a family atmosphere for celebrating music and the arts.
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With tons of volunteers and musicians offering their services, Summer Solstice seems to be the event everyone's been waiting for.
"It's amazing how many people have jumped at the opportunity to help," local musician Jeff DeRosa said. "Not because they're out to get anything. But because we want to see it happen."
IF YOU GO
What: Savannah Summer Solstice 2013
When: June 21-23
Where: 136 Red Gate Farms Trail
Cost: Day passes as low as $25 / $100 weekend pass (camping included)
DeRosa, bassist and cellist for the eight-piece ensemble Word of Mouth, serves as social media coordinator for the festival and will help manage equipment backstage during shows.
The other members of his band have helped to provide artwork and promotional material, while also preparing for their own performance in the festival's lineup.
DeRosa said their contributions show a reflection of how much the group admires the Robertsons.
"It's been amazing to see this family that has contributed so much," he said. "Everyone should know the Robertsons. They have been at the forefront of live music for the past six years in Savannah."
Indeed, Live Wire attracted hot national acts to the city while paving the way for promising bands such as Word of Mouth.
"That was our stomping ground," DeRosa said of Live Wire. "So it's really great to see them, after that closed down, move on to bigger and better things."
Summer Solstice could be that next big thing. Thanks to the Robertsons' expansive network, attendees will get to check out big bands such as Archnemesis, The Mantras and Dangermuffin while also enjoying local favorites like CUSSES, Word of Mouth and The Train Wrecks.
And the scenic fields of Red Gate Farms, located just eight minutes from downtown Savannah, will help set the familial tone event planners are hoping for.
"It's a very natural setting," DeRosa said. "There's ponds - don't swim in the ponds, there's alligators and snakes - and you'll be camping in a pasture."
If Summer Solstice continues growing, DeRosa said, "It'll be one more event to bring money into Savannah," while also helping to further launch a lot of bands.
Festivals have become an integral part of musicians' success.
"It's where a lot of bands are breaking out and it's where a lot of bands are making their living," DeRosa said.
The festival provides the chance to support them all.
"It's really about starting as soon as possible so we can grow as soon as possible," DeRosa said.