In a co-production with Savannah Stopover Music Festival, Savannah’s Velvet Caravan will be joined by Annie Sellick and Mercury Orkestar for a special concert Sept. 14 at the Lucas Theatre.
Savannah’s gypsy jazz quartet has carved out a national name for themselves over the last few years, playing major festivals like South By Southwest and Rochester International Jazz Festival, venues such as The Iridium Club in New York City and Word Cafe in Philadelphia, as well as NPR’s program "Latino USA."
Behind their unique high-energy, acoustic-based fusion of jazz and Latin swing, they’ve also been able to do what no other Savannah band has by playing multiple local festivals, including the Savannah Jazz Festival, Revival Fest, Savannah Stopover and the Savannah Music Festival.
In recent years, Velvet Caravan, which began as a purely instrumental outfit, has been performing with vocalists, including mezzo-soprano Jessica Ann Best. For this special concert, Velvet Caravan will be joined by Sellick, a renowned jazz vocalist.
A Nashville native, Sellick has performed at major jazz festivals, including the Montreal Jazz Festival. She has released four albums and been compared to Ella Fitzgerald and Carmen McRae. She’s played with greats like Tommy Emmanuel, Jeff Coffin and Bela Fleck. Atlanta’s Balkan band Mercury Orkestar will open the night with their fusion of pop rhythms, Balkan melodies and jazz improvisation.
Tickets for the Sept. 14 show are $25-$45 and go on sale July 20 through the Savannah Box Office, 216 E. Broughton St., tickets.savannahboxoffice.com or 912-525-5050. Pre-sale tickets, available to members of Velvet Caravan's and Savannah Stopover’s mailing lists, go on sale at noon July 18.