Several years ago, I started using the term Music March occasionally in my columns, but I guess I will have to find another catchphrase for the plethora of musical offerings from late winter through spring in Savannah.

In early March, Savannah Stopover gave us another tremendous festival — maybe the best yet — and then we moved right into St. Patrick’s Day festivities, when some of our finest local acts typically play multiple gigs around town.

And then came the 17-day Savannah Music Festival, which expanded this year with last weekend’s day-long finale at Trustees’ Garden.

Of course, in addition to that outdoor event, the SMF offered a wide range of experiences for music lovers. I was especially impressed in the festival’s final days by the fearless, fierce and elegant Rhiannon Giddens, a rising star whose powerful performance at the Lucas Theatre for the Arts was enriched by her detailed knowledge of American history.

And then on the day after the high-profile SMF concluded, Graveface Records & Curiosities hosted Lou Barlow (Dinosaur Jr.), who played an intimate acoustic set for 60 rapt listeners.

Now we head into A-Town Get Down Art & Music Festival, an all-day event that includes performances by Chuck Leavell, Webb Wilder, Randall Bramblett and others.

Elsewhere here in Do, you can read more about A-Town, as well as the sixth annual Savannah Blues Festival at the Civic Center and the Savannah Philharmonic Chorus performance on the Armstrong Campus of Georgia Southern University.

On April 28, the nonprofit community radio station WRUU will host its Tunes and Brews Party at Southbound Brewing Co., with a lineup including locals Clay Hodges, Josephine Johnson and Nancy Druid.


Also on April 28, Charleston-based SUSTO will return to Savannah for Stopover in the Yard at The Grey. You can read more about that lunchtime performance in next week’s Do.

It’s easy to get complacent when so much talent is coming through town, but all this stellar programming didn’t happen by accident in a small market like Savannah. Again and again, people with vision have opened businesses, joined nonprofit boards and launched new events with the highest expectations for the city.

So I hope everyone can get out and savor the rest of our Music Spring, or whatever we want to call it, before the inevitable summer slowdown comes along.

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