Here we are on the cusp of a new year, and the spring 2018 music calendar is filling up.

So it's time to plan ahead.

First, live music lovers should check the lineups for the three-day Savannah Stopover (March 8-10) and the 17-day Savannah Music Festival (March 29-April 14).

Spring is right around the corner, and both festivals have some tremendous acts booked.

Stopover will soon announce several dozen additional bands, but the known lineup is already top-notch. of Montreal will probably generate the most excitement, but the list also includes Larkin Poe, Colter Wall, Wild Child, Gus Dapperton and Pylon Reenactment Society.

If you don't know some of those names, check out the Spotify playlist at

The Savannah Music Festival will conclude this year with a daylong event at Trustees' Garden, but the fest includes world-class performers every day.

If you love metal and other genres of heavy music, you'll also want to plan ahead for Coastal Rock Productions' A.U.R.A. (All Underground Rock All Day) Fest on Feb. 17 at Ships of the Sea Maritime Museum. Last year's event utilizing multiple stages in the museum gardens was a big success, so look for the 2018 festival to draw even more people.

There are also a number of excellent individual gigs coming up in the first weeks of 2018.

Brock Scott, a native Savannahian who fronts Atlanta-based Little Tybee, will perform at The Sentient Bean on Jan. 6 ($10 cover). Little Tybee has toured around the world to great critical praise. Brock will be joined by his bandmate and spouse Nirvana Kelly Scott on violin.

That should be a special night at The Bean, a rare listening room-style venue in Savannah.

Southern Culture on the Skids will play The Jinx on Feb. 21 ($17 via Ticketfly). You should come to the club expecting a wildly entertaining show of rockabilly, surf rock, fried chicken and MoonPies (no guarantees on the last two).

Those are just two of the spring gigs that should be in your calendars. Keep reading Do each week for many more gigs.

Happy new year to everyone!

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