For the past decade, Savannah Stopover has been bringing new bands to the Savannah market for the festival in March.


And by “new” I mean two things: sometimes the acts are in fact new – projects that have been around for less than a year. But more often, Stopover brings well-known indie bands like Beach Fossils that have never played the Savannah market.



Beach Fossils will headline Savannah Stopover’s 10th Anniversary Kick Off Party, which is scheduled for 8 to 11 p.m. on Jan. 22 at Service Brewing, 574 Indian St.


The Stopover party should conclude in time so that fans can catch the Southern Culture on the Skids show at The Jinx on that same night.


The Brooklyn-based Beach Fossils released the self-titled debut album in 2010 and have built a strong following since then. The song “Sleep Apnea” off the 2013 album “Clash the Truth” has more than 30 million plays on Spotify.


The 2017 album “Somersault” represented a departure from some of the band’s earlier work that often seemed too suffused with ennui. The album, which was released on the Bayonet Records label owned by founding member Dustin Payseur and his wife Kate Garcia, has surprising and satisfying choices at every turn.


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Negative Gemini – the project of up-and-coming indie electronic artist Lindsey French – will open the show at Service.


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Savannah Stopover has already announced much of the lineup for the March 5-7 festival, including Shovels & Rope, CAAMP, Durand Jones & The Indications and Devotchka, but many more bands will be added to the list at the announcement and anniversary party.


On that night, Service Brewing will unveil their new Stopover beer “I Am the Roadie.” Service will also be among the eclectic list of downtown venues for the March festival.


Tickets are $16 in advance via Eventbrite and $18 at the door. The food truck from Chazito’s Latin Cuisine will be on site from 7:30 to 10 p.m. The show is 21+ only.


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