In just under two months, the ninth annual Savannah Stopover Music Festival will bring around 80 touring acts to Savannah for a three-day blast of great live music.
Stopover released the full lineup of 63 touring acts and 12 local banes for its ninth iteration on Thursday. Headliner’s Deerhunter dropped their sixth studio album, "Why Hasn't Everything Already Disappeared," on Jan. 18 to rave reviews. Headliner Lucy Dacus’ 2018 album, "Historian," made top albums of the year lists by NPR and Paste Magazine. The Beths, an up-and-coming band New Zealand have garnered attention from Rolling Stone and Paste Magazine. For all the band’s bios, with music samples, tickets, and more information visit www.savannahstopover.com.
Earlier this month, Stopover announced a new partnership with Savannah’s Service Brewing Co. The brewery, founded in 2014, will be the official beer of the 2019 Savannah Stopover Music Festival, as well as serve as one of the premier venues for the March 7-9 festival.
Scheduled acts at Service include Bright Light Social Hour on March 7, Andrew Combs on March 8, Susto on March 9, plus many more to be announced. The brewery will have local food trucks on site during all Stopover concerts.
Stopover announced the initial lineup of bands back in November. This week, Stopover released the list of local bands playing support for the touring acts.
Heading up the list is Savannah rapper Dope KNife, alt-country icons The Train Wrecks, and singer/songwriter Aaron Paul Zimmer of City Hotel. Also in the mix are Basically Nancy, Bero Bero, Damon and the Sh!tkickers, Early Branch, ENEN, Heavy Books, Jeff Two-Names and the Born Agains, Nancy Druid and Valley Gals.
The 2019 list was curated from more than 50 local bands that submitted to play, according to a press release. Each year the festival devotes 10 percent to 15 percent of its lineup to Savannah bands with an emphasis on rising acts and bands with newly released material.
In addition to these confirmed bands, the festival announced that it is creating a Stopover GenNext Competition for local middle-school and high-school students across rock, hip-hop, rap, folk, Americana and electronica genres, which will culminate in an all-ages showcase on March 9.
“I kept coming across friends who had children who are studying classical music, piano and jazz or violin in school but exploring other types of music with their friends, and so it seemed like a really fun way to shine a spotlight on what some of the next generation of Savannah talent is up to,” Festival CEO Kayne Lanahan said.
Three piece rock band Basically Nancy, whose members attend Savannah Arts Academy, will headline the showcase. Other student bands interested in playing can submit by posting a short music video to Instagram. Video captions must mention the @SavStopover Instagram account and include the hashtag #StopoverGenNext for the band to be considered. The deadline for entry is Feb. 7. Artists who submit must be able to play a 15 to 20 minute live set and currently be of middle-school or high-school age.
Jared Hall, of Savannah’s Velvet Caravan, will handle school outreach and help coordinate the project. Inquiries or additional questions can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Details regarding venue and times for the GenNext showcase will be announced with the full festival schedule later this month.