Savannah’s cultural calendar has entered a new phase.
With the number of new COVID-19 cases far below its peak and gorgeous fall weather beckoning, folks are programming more in-person events than at any point since early March.
Sure, some signature fall events have gone virtual or have been canceled completely. The upcoming SCAD Savannah Film Festival, which you can follow closely here in "Do Savannah," will be held entirely online. Tickets are $5 for events held before 7 p.m. and $15 for those after 7 p.m.
The Shalom Y’all Jewish Food Festival, one of my favorite fall community gatherings, will be moving online with cooking demonstrations, entertainment and much more on Nov. 1. The festival will also offer a traditional menu for advance orders and pick up at Congregation Mickve Israel.
But smaller in-person events, often held outside or in airy spaces, are getting a firmer foothold.
Southern rock band The Vegabonds will bring their "Social Distance Tour" on Friday to Southbound Brewing Company, which will use both indoor and outdoor spaces to help with distancing. Tickets start at $12.50. Doors open at 6 p.m. and opener Isaac Jacobs will perform at 7 p.m. on Friday at the brewery, 107 E. Lathrop Ave. The Backyard Food Truck will also be on hand.
The Soundgarden stage at Coach’s Corner, 3016 E. Victory Dr., will be busy this weekend with Junkyard Angel on Friday and Toxic Oscar on Saturday. Both shows start at 7 p.m. Tickets starting at $10 are available via Eventbrite.
Service Brewing will also be hosting live music this weekend. The "scare-acular evening" will feature performances from Savannah-based bands Reverend Bro Diddley and the Hips, and Donna Savage, both of which played awesome sets at the 2020 Savannah Stopover, one of the last big public events before the pandemic forced cancellations. The LOKI food truck will begin serving at 5:30 p.m., with Donna Savage taking the stage at 6 p.m.
LaFaye & The Fellas will perform outdoors at 7 p.m., Saturday, at Plant Riverside, near the intersection of West River Street and Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard. LaFaye’s music certainly has a great groove for the beautiful setting along the Savannah River.
The Collins Quarter at Forsyth will once again be hosting Sunday afternoon live music, which is perfect for diners on the patio and the many dozens who are spread out in the northeast quadrant of the park. TGLIVE will be performing R&B, funk and other styles from 3 to 6 p.m.
The duo LaFayette will be performing from 6 to 9 p.m., Sunday, at Starland Yard, another open space with plenty of room for listeners to spread out.
The growing number of gigs is good news for musicians, businesses and live music lovers, but everyone involved needs to remember to wear masks, wash hands and watch the distance.
Bill Dawers writes the City Talk column for the Savannah Morning News. He can be reached via email@example.com and @billdawers on Twitter.