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Unplugged: Revival Fest, ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’ top Savannah weekend

  • Sweet Thunder Strolling Band performs at Revival Fest in 2015. (Photo by Geoff L Johnson)
 

Unplugged: Revival Fest, ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’ top Savannah weekend

27 Sep 2017

You can read Joshua Peacock’s preview of Revival Fest elsewhere here in Do, but I wanted to share a few of my own thoughts on the festival, which thrilled audiences in 2013, 2014 and 2015 before taking a break in 2016.

As someone who attends a lot of shows around town, I can say unequivocally that those festivals presented three of the best individual days of live music that I have experienced in Savannah.

Just consider the rising stars that MusicFile Productions, which is also the team behind Savannah Stopover, has brought to the intimate stages in the old Paint Shops at the Georgia State Railroad Museum.

Grammy winner Sturgill Simpson played a beautiful set in 2013, long before most people knew about him. Margo Price played Revival Fest in 2015, months before her brilliant album “Midwest Farmer’s Daughter” was released by Jack White’s Third Man Records. Parker Millsap, who packed the Ships of the Sea at the 2017 Savannah Music Festival, also played Revival Fest in 2015.

The 2017 lineup is especially exciting for the diversity of Southern and roots genres and the inclusion of stellar Savannah-based acts Bottles & Cans and The Train Wrecks in the 11-band lineup, not to mention the atmosphere of the historic venue.

A lot of folks around town routinely say they want more live music options, including earlier shows and kid-friendly events, so I hope some of those people show up on Sept. 30. General admission tickets for the daylong festival are $34.50, with free admission for children 10 and younger. (For comparison, tickets for Parker Millsap and Nikki Lane at this year’s SMF were $35.)

If you’re looking for other excellent entertainment choices for the weekend, The Collective Face Theatre Ensemble has extended its Irma-delayed run of “Jesus Christ Superstar” with shows at 8 p.m. Sept. 30 and 3 p.m. Oct. 1.

Those final shows might sell out, so reservations (912-232-0018) are highly recommended. Performances are in the Kennedy Fine Arts Building at Savannah State University. Tickets are $25. Seniors, students and active military pay $20.

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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