Just a few weeks away from its ninth iteration, Savannah Stopover Music Festival has released the full schedule of shows, dates, times and venues of the 85 performances that will be spread out over the March 7 weekend.
Earlier this week, Stopover announced the addition of four more bands, Bencoolen, Boyscott, Empath and Little Stranger, to the list of 75 confirmed bands.
For the full schedule and tickets, visit savannahstopover.com.
Richmond, Va.'s Lucy Dacus headlines the festival’s annual opening night event on Thursday, March 7, at Ships Of The Sea Museum’s North Garden. Her album “Historian” garnered praise from NPR Music’s ranking No. 4 on their Best Albums of 2018 with the song “Night Shift,” earning the No. 2 Best Song of 2018. It was named Paste Magazine’s No.1 album of 2018.
Legendary indie rock band Deerhunter headlines Friday night, March 8, at Ships Of The Sea in support of their critically acclaimed eighth studio album, “Why Hasn’t Everything Already Disappeared,” released Jan. 19. It will be the band’s first performance in Savannah.
Renowned Welsh band The Joy Formidable also make their first Savannah appearance at Ships Of The Sea on Saturday, March 9, on the heels of the alt-rockers’ fourth studio album “Aaarth.”
Additional highlights include Auckland, New Zealand’s The Beths headlining at El-Rocko Lounge on Saturday, March 9, after a breakout year that saw their debut album “Future Me Hates Me” charting on radio, being named Rolling Stone’s “Song of The Summer” and Paste’s “Best New Band of 2018.”
England’s Ruen Brothers will headline The Jinx on Thursday, March 7, with Savannah’s own The Train Wrecks opening. The Ruen Brothers latest album is on Ramseur Records (The Avett Brothers) and was produced by legendary music industry veteran Rick Rubin.
In addition to 12 local bands from Savannah confirmed for the festival, five bands from Charleston, S.C., are on this year’s schedule. SUSTO, who will headline Service Brewing’s Taproom on Saturday, March 9, plus The Artisanals (The Jinx, March 7), Little Bird (El-Rocko, March 8), Little Stranger (Congress Street Social Club, March 9) and Babe Club (Club One, March 9).
Each year, Stopover host a number of special events and band pairings through the weekend. Here are this year’s highlights.
Opening Night at Ships of The Sea | Thursday, March 7
Savannah’s Aaron Paul Zimmer (City Hotel), SONTALK (Sony Records) with Lucy Dacus headlining. There will be food trucks and local vendors.
Stopover In The Yard @ The Grey: Rising Stars of Country and Americana Showcase | Saturday, March 9
Featuring three powerhouse bands: Skylar Gudasz (Chapel Hill, N.C.), Katie Pruitt (Nashville, Tenn.) and Savannah Conley (Nashville, Tenn.). Food from The Grey Market will be available for purchase. The event runs from noon until 3 p.m.
Kanine Records Label Showcase | Saturday, March 9
The Brooklyn, N.Y.-based label (Grizzly Bear, Surfer Blood, Hockey Dad) will showcase three of their up-and-coming bands at El-Rocko Lounge at 3:30 p.m. featuring Living Hour (Winnipeg, Canada), Honey Lung (London, U.K.) and Tallies (Toronto, Canada).
Stopover GenNex Showcase | Saturday, March 9
Savannah area middle and high school musicians will be featured in a new showcase of young local talent across a number of non-classical genres. Rock trio Basically Nancy will headline at the Congress Street Social Club all-ages event on at 2:30 p.m.
Also confirmed is the full list of participating venues, reflecting the addition of Service Brewing on Indian Street, which will host nine bands during the festival, including headliners The Bright Light Social Hour on Thursday, March 7, Andrew Combs on Friday, March 8, and SUSTO on Saturday, March 9.
Additionally, the Perry Lane Hotel on Drayton Street is added as an official festival hotel and venue and will host three concerts: The Underhill Family Orchestra at The Wayward Bar on Thursday, March 7; William Tyler at The Wayward Bar on Friday, March 8, and Pinc Louds at Peregrin Rooftop Lounge on Saturday, March 9 (VIP or press credentials required for Pinc Louds show).
2019 Savannah Stopover Music Festival Participating Venues:
Barrelhouse South, 125 W. Congress St.
Club One, 1 W. Jefferson St.
*Congress Street Social Club (Outside Stage), 411 W. Congress St.
Congress Street Social Club (Inside Stage) 411 W. Congress St.
El-Rocko Lounge, 117 Whitaker St.
*The Grey, 109 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
The Jinx, 121 W. Congress St.
*Ships Of The Sea Maritime Museum, North Garden/Assembly Room, 41 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
Perry Lane Hotel, Wayward Bar, 257 E. Perry St.
Perry Lane Hotel, Pelegrin Rooftop Lounge, 256 E. Perry St.
Service Brewing Co., 574 Indian St.
The Stopover Artist Lounge, 18 E. Broughton St. (credentials tequired)
*Festival HQ & Ticketing, 216 W. Broughton St. (Opening March 4)
Are you in middle school or high school in the Coastal Empire and play in a band? Or, maybe have a cool solo project? On Saturday, March 9, Savannah Stopover Music Festival will host an all-ages showcase featuring the best local GenNext talent across rock, hip-hop, rap, folk, Americana and electronica, or any other crazy good musical genre you might be dabbling in!
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.
If you have any questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.