Many regular attendees bought their tickets months ago for the Savannah Music Festival, which takes over the city for 17 glorious days beginning March 29, but live-music lovers should take note of a variety of lineup changes and additions.

Sadly, a family illness forced Argentinian singer Juana Molina to cancel her U.S. tour. She was scheduled for a double bill with Margaret Glaspy on March 30 at the North Garden Assembly Room at Ships of the Sea Museum, but Glaspy will now be joined by violinist Jenny Scheinman’s Mischief & Mayhem, featuring Nels Cline, Todd Sickafoose and Jim Black.


Molina’s live score for the film “The Goddess” has obviously also been canceled.

Illness also forced the acclaimed Malian musicians Toumani and Sidiki Diabate to cancel their scheduled tour. The program “A World of Strings” at 7 p.m. April 12 at the Lucas Theatre now features Simon Shaheen and Firas Zreik on the double bill with Mike Marshall and Jovino Santos Neto.


Shortly after the SMF lineup was announced in late 2017, the 40-city tour for the Tavis Smiley and Marcus Roberts project “Death of a King” was canceled after Smiley was accused of sexual misconduct. Smiley’s PBS talk show was also canceled around the same time.

In especially exciting news, The Barr Brothers, who played one of my favorite SMF shows ever, have been added to the 2018 lineup. They will be performing this year as a five-piece on a double bill with Hawktail, a band with roots in the festival’s own Acoustic Music Seminar, at 8:30 p.m. April 4 at the Charles H. Morris Center.


In addition to the cancellations and additions, five events have been moved to other venues.

Three shows originally scheduled for the Yamacraw Center for the Performing Arts — Murray Perahia's recital, the Zukerman Trio concert, and the Zukerman Trio with Daniel Hope & Friends — have been moved to Trinity United Methodist Church on Telfair Square.

Construction at Temple Mickve Israel has also prompted two venue changes. The Daniel Hope & Friends: Balkan Roots concert has been moved to Trinity UMC, and the film "Terezin: Refuge in Music" will screen at Neises Auditorium in the Telfair Museums’ Jepson Center.

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