The best things in life are free is not just a random saying – It is one of the many philosophies Rachael Sky Shaner adheres and lives by. The founder and creator of the Undergo Festival embarks on the creation of its third festival event, one that is free to attend and open to the public in general.
“All I want is for my city to thrive. All I want is for Savannah to grow and to celebrate the many artists and performers it has," Rachael Sky Shaner said. "So many talented artists that need and want a stage to perform. Undergo is the place where we mix every genre, every style of music and each one is celebrated equally. All local, all Savannah.”Get Savannah arts and culture news delivered to your inbox: Sign up for our morning, afternoon and Dine newsletters
The biannual festival will be held at the location of “RePurpose Savannah”. This scenic marsh-front location boasts 100 acres of pristine wildlife preserve and it will serve as the backdrop of the festival.
“The property is in E. Gwinnett Street. One of the things that I love is the fact that we bring music to eastside of Savannah," Shaner said. "The community trickles in. They follow the sounds and end up at our event not even aware of what is really going on. When kids walk towards the gates wide eyed and see the Stardust Pixxies doing their acrobatics they wonder if they have walked upon a circus. We set up a slide in one of the hills and I am not certain who had the most fun."
This fall's Undergo will be bringing performer Alia Torres whose vocal instruction derives from blues, jazz, classical and experimental. Also, rapper and hip-hop artist Cunabear, who’s an underground hip-hop/rap, experimental, jazz, psychedelic, lo-fi, which explores concepts surrounding psychology, sociology, and abstract thoughts.
“I am so proud of the lineup this fall season. One of my favorite vocalists in the local scene is Wayne Wilson. His vocals are phenomenal. The range of his vocals is powerful, and the style is fantastic," Shaner added. "The Stardust Pixxies are once again joining us and the energy and spirit they bring to the event each year is magical. For the fall, we can also count on visual artist Alexis Javier. He creates amazing art pieces in real-time during the event that are moving and inspiring.”
Like the events past, all proceeds from alcohol sales will go directly to a local non-profit. This fall, the non-profit will be Emergent Structures, which focuses on environmentally-minded deconstruction, salvage, and reclamation for Savannah’s history, along with equipping, teaching and reconstructing Savannah’s under-employed workforce will benefit from the event.
“All I want is to offer free and accessible to art to all. I love Savannah so much and my purpose is to invest in my community while celebrating each other. Supporting local efforts, a focus on sustainability, and a focus on creating an inclusive and inviting environment for all who are apart of Savannah’s growing arts landscape and beyond. That is all I want. Not much to ask," Shaner said with a smile.