Every so often, this column takes a look into the future with special attention to concerts and other events that might require advance planning.
Right now, we have some impressive dates on various calendars, but much uncertainty remains.
You can read elsewhere here in Do about outdoor shows, and I hope that in the coming months we will see more aggressive scheduling in open-air venues. With social distancing and masks, outdoor events seem to be relatively safe compared to many other activities.
Savannah has a plethora of creative people and many extraordinary public spaces, but the city has never had all that many outdoor performances. I could cite a variety of reasons for these trends, especially issues related to bureaucracy and funding, but maybe the realities of COVID-19 will force us to get more creative.
The Savannah Jazz Festival, which is scheduled for Sept. 20-26, stands out as a signature civic event with outdoor concerts. The big nights in Forsyth Park attract thousands of spectators each year.
The Savannah Philharmonic’s wildly popular Picnic in the Park is scheduled for Oct. 11, so put that date on your calendar too.
There are also some big indoor concerts scheduled for late summer and early fall.
The Tedeschi Trucks Band is scheduled for Aug. 14 at Johnny Mercer Theatre, although tickets are not yet on sale. Check the Civic Center listings for other performances.
St. Paul & The Broken Bones were supposed to perform during the Savannah Music Festival but are now slated for Sept. 3 at the Lucas Theatre for the Arts. SMF tickets will be honored. Relatively few seats remain.
Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit, another SMF act, are slated for the Mercer on Sept. 11. Tickets from the SMF show will be honored, with just a little more than 200 seats available.
Bruce Hornsby & The Noisemakers, another act originally scheduled for the SMF, will perform on Oct. 9 at the Lucas.
Tickets are also now on sale for the Savannah Philharmonic’s season, including the opener with Maestro Keitaro Harada on Sept. 17 at the Lucas. The impressive program will include Ravel’s "Bolero," Rimsky-Korsakov’s "Capriccio espagnol," the world premiere of a new work by Savannah-based Robin Beauchamp and concertmaster Sinisa Ciric performing Sibelius’ "Concerto for Violin."
Philharmonic and SMF tickets are available via the Savannah Box Office.
And if these big performances remain on track, we will surely see lots of touring acts start scheduling dates in Savannah at smaller venues.
We could have a great fall on tap if the pandemic abates.
Bill Dawers writes City Talk in Savannah Morning News and blogs at hissing lawns (www.hissinglawns.com).