Savannah music lovers crowded Ships of the Sea on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and other venues across Savannah on Thursday night as officials kicked off the 7th annual Savannah Stopover Music Festival.
The three-day 2017 music festival features 85 bands spread out over 10 venues all within walking distance, including The Jinx, Ships of the Sea North Garden, Club One, Congress Street Social Club, Owens-Thomas Garden, El-Rocko Lounge, Wild Wing Cafe, The Grey, Emmaus House and West Elm.
"We’re really excited about tonight," said Jared Hall, venue captain at Ships of the Sea. "In the past, we’ve had up to 800 people a day. And this is one of my favorite venues, especially with the big garden."
At Stopover, fans can find their new favorite bands in a group of unknowns. That was the case with festivalgoers Kinsley Prevatt and Drew Cook from Sevierville, Tennessee.
"We were visiting in Savannah, and we’re looking for something to do," Prevatt said. "We love music and so we came across Stopover. It’s really cool. We hadn’t heard of the bands really before. We listened to them in the car on the way here, but it was really good."
Thursday’s acts included Garden Giant,The Dig, Taze Daze, Isaac Smith, San Soma, Kane Strang, headliner Kishi Bashi, Chain of Flowers, pronoun, repeat repeat, Alex Cameron, Daddy Issues, Wolkoff, Hockey Dad, Major &The Monbacks, Ezra Furman, Gibbz and JEFF the Brotherhood.
The festival continues through Saturday.