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Unplugged: Plan ahead for these three festivals in September

 

Unplugged: Plan ahead for these three festivals in September

16 Aug 2017


As I’ve noted here before, Savannah’s music calendar doesn’t slow down as much as it once did during the summer months, but August is still markedly quieter than September, which this year features three important festivals of special interest to lovers of live music.

So it’s time to get out your calendars and plan ahead.

The Savannah Jazz Festival, which is scheduled for Sept. 17 to 23, includes Wycliffe Gordon & His International All Stars, Carmen Bradford with the Savannah Jazz Orchestra, Victor Wainwright & The Train, the premiere of a documentary about the late great Ben Tucker and a host of local talent. You can find out more at savannahjazzfest.com.

On Sept. 23, Statts Fest will “go Bananas” for the second consecutive year with a day of music, food and community activities from 3 to 8 p.m. at Grayson Stadium. Bands include Bottles & Cans, Clouds & Satellites, Damon and the Sh*tkickers and The Train Wrecks.

The annual event supports Jason Statts, a musician and artist who was paralyzed in a shooting in 2008. You can find more information and purchase tickets ($15 in advance, $20 day of, free for children 12 and under) at friendsofstatts.com.

Revival Fest returns to the Georgia State Railroad Museum on Sept. 30. The festival took a break in 2016, but the first three installments presented stellar acts in a beautiful setting.

Unlike its sister festival Savannah Stopover, Revival Fest is just one day, but that day is packed with talented musicians who have been influenced by American roots traditions. The event will be headlined by the folk rock band Blitzen Trapper from Portland, Ore., and Big Sam’s Funky Nation from New Orleans, but the 11-band lineup is stacked with talent.

Among the acts I’m most anticipating are the Gullah-influenced Ranky Tanky from Charleston and T. Hardy Morris & The Hardknocks from Athens. The Train Wrecks and Bottles & Cans — two of the most accomplished Savannah-based bands — are also in the lineup.

You can read more about Revival Fest and buy tickets ($34.50 for general admission) at revivalfest.org.

We’ll have a lot more about all those events and many more here in Do in the coming weeks.

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.

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