Upcoming shows by Kris Kristofferson, William Bell, Ray LaMontagne and Aaron Lee Tasjan make this week especially exciting for the Savannah music scene. It’s obviously too bad that a small market like Savannah would have Kristofferson and LaMontagne each performing Nov. 13, but tour schedules sometimes result in conflicts.


You can read previews of those performances and many other events elsewhere here in Do.

The performances by Bell at the Lucas Theatre and Tasjan at El-Rocko Lounge are especially noteworthy because they are being produced, respectively, by the Savannah Music Festival and Savannah Stopover Music Festival, both of which are making lineup announcements in the next few days.

As a columnist and occasional photographer, I can get press passes to many events, but I decided years ago that both the SMF and Stopover deserve my financial support. So I’ll be scrutinizing the festivals’ 2019 schedules and buying tickets along with the rest of you.

The full Savannah Music Festival lineup will be announced Nov. 9, and tickets will go on sale through the Savannah Box Office (savannahboxoffice.com) at 10 a.m. that day.

We all have different preferences for seating, but I have found over the years that I want to sit down front for some types of SMF concerts. For some SMF performances at the Lucas, however, I prefer the balcony, which has such rich sound and a breathtaking view.

Sure, there are some SMF shows that are unlikely to sell out, so great seats will be available for later purchases, but I recommend buying sooner rather than later.

Ditto for Savannah Stopover.


Savannah Stopover already announced that Deerhunter will headline March 8 at Ships of the Sea Maritime Museum, and the festival will announce dozens of other bands as early as Nov. 12.

The Stopover venues are general admission, so it isn’t critical to buy immediately to reserve seats, but passes have been selling faster every year as the indie music festival has become more established.

Three-day passes ($89) are now on sale through the Stopover website (savannahstopover.com/tickets), but serious music lovers should consider the VIP passes for $159. I have always found the various perks and freebies of the VIP pass more than justify the extra cost.

I will also add that strong early ticket sales embolden arts organizations to consider acts that might at first seem like tough sells in Savannah.

So now is the time to start making your plans for March.

Bill Dawers writes City Talk in Savannah Morning News and blogs at Savannah Unplugged (billdawers.com) and hissing lawns (hissinglawns.com). Email billdawers@comcast.net.