MARCH MADNESS has come to an end. Your Savannah Stopover wristband, cut free, is safe in your treasure box of mementos, and your Savannah Music Festival lanyard swings wistfully from a doorknob. Sure, it’s nice to kick your feet up in the evenings and soak up the gorgeous transition weather, but maybe you’re getting a little restless.
The post-fest haze is real, but the Savannah Stopover staff is bringing back some of your favorite acts and some new bands, too, to keep the fun rolling on!
Roadkill Ghost Choir, Nightingale News @The Jinx
We know ‘em and we love ‘em: Deland, Florida’s Roadkill Ghost Choir is a Savannah favorite, and they’ll be kicking off Stopover’s spring festivities at The Jinx on Saturday. The band played Stopover in 2013, circled back later that year to hit The Jinx with Dead Confederate and performed at 2014’s Revival Fest. Their sound is distinctly Southern with ambient swells, chilling builds, and stirringly passionate vocals. It’s a perfect fit with Savannah’s own Nightingale News.
Saturday, April 23, 9:30 p.m., $10 via ticketfly.com, 21+
Caleb Caudle, Jason Bible @Trinity United Methodist Church
Caleb Caudle was the talk of the town after his Revival Fest 2015 appearance, and a chance to see the country singer-songwriter in such an intimate space is sure to be a rarity soon enough. Garnering breathless praise from the likes of Rolling Stone, Huffington Post, American Songwriter, and more, his February release, Carolina Ghost, will appeal to both old-school country fans and lovers of new school artists like Jason Isbell and Justin Townes Earle.
“We’re going to set it up in the Opry style,” Peter Robaudo, Stopover’s Director of Talent and Systems Management, shares. Expect a personable, unplugged, one-microphone situation.
Who better to kick off such an evening than our own Jason Bible of The Train Wrecks?
Thursday, April 28, 7:30 p.m., $10 via ticketfly.com, $15 day of show, all-ages
Wreckless Eric @Congress Street Social Club
A zany renegade of England’s 1970s new wave scene, Wreckless Eric is still kicking, and boy, are we glad.
The singer of “Whole Wide World” (one of the best punk rock songs of all time) is doing a little Southeastern tour in promotion of his latest LP, AmERICa, which boasts all the jangly, hooky feels of his early work. The Stopover team is thrilled to bring the cult icon to Savannah.
“We saw him up at Bragg Jam,” Robaudo explains. “He played the Revival Fest stage in a little record shop. We chatted right after and he really wanted to go to Savannah. We kept in touch, and lo and behold!”
Eric’s open date landed on a Sunday—a tough club date in Savannah. The Stopover crew got creative, and now Savannah gets to experience a truly unique Wreckless Eric show: free, all-ages, and early, on Congress Street Social Club’s patio.
Sunday, May 1, 5:30 p.m., free, all-ages
Highly Suspect, Slothrust @The Jinx
Brooklyn’s Highly Suspect may have started out in the trenches singing Pink Floyd covers for their supper, but the times have changed. Seven years later, the hard rock trio has received two Grammy nominations: Best Rock Album and Best Rock Song for “Lydia,” a radio favorite.
“Their agent, Gregg Little, came to Savannah,” Robaudo remembers. “We actually had drinks together at The Jinx, and he loved the venue, just completely got it. He picked these guys up right before they got nominated for Grammys.”
The awesome trio Slothrust opens.
Wednesday, May 11, 9 p.m., sold out, 21+
Son Little @The Jinx
Son Little hits SAV on his way to Shaky Knees Festival in Atlanta.
Fans of Leon Bridges-style soul, acoustic blues, and hip-hop fusion will get hooked on Son Little’s tunes.
Behind the scenes, Stopover staff are constantly following tour dates closely, looped in with bookers and promoters, working hard to bring the best of the best to Savannah. It takes a keen ear and a sharp eye, and sometimes, magic just happens.
“He’ll be on tour with Shakey Graves, who had a date fell through,” says Robaudo.
As soon as Stopover saw the cancelled date, they swooped in.
Stay tuned for additional artists on this particular show.
Friday, May 13, 9:30 p.m., $10 via ticketfly.com, $15 day of show, 21+
Chrome Pony, Wet Socks, Garden Giant @The Jinx
This one’s a stacked rock ‘n’ roll bill with one of Stopover 2016’s best bands headlining.
If you’re a rock ‘n’ roll fan who missed Chrome Pony during this year’s fest, you probably heard the rave reviews of their energetic set. Snotty, garagey, and super-catchy, it’s fun stuff that fits perfectly with Wet Socks’ scuzz and Garden Giant’s riff-laden heft.
Music lovers on a budget, check it out: this one’s just five bucks!
Thursday, May 19, 9 p.m., $5, 21+