Revival Fest: The best of the South 

Third time's a charm for popular local music & food fest

click to enlarge Caleb Caudle
  • Caleb Caudle

BARBECUE. BOURBON. BEER. Americana music. Partying outside.

Does it get any better?

Revival Fest is upon us, and it’s the perfect way to ease out of one scorcher of a summer and into, ahem, “fall” (anyone else get chilly when it hit 75 the other day?!). Bring the whole family, grab a delicious meal, and take in the incredible crop of talent that MusicFile Productions has planned.

In its third year, Revival Fest scored bigtime in booking the freshly revived indie-folk group Fruit Bats; read our interview with frontman Eric D. Johnson on page 26.

Alt icons Southern Culture on the Skids’ Stopover performance was voted “Best Concert” by our readers in Connect Savannah’s 2015 Best of Savannah awards—if you missed their ridiculously fun Morris Center show, make their set a priority.

Those Darlins have become a favorite touring act of the Lowcountry, and it’s great to see them back at it: if you like Ramones-style kicks, Velvet Underground cool, and old Nashville charm, you’ll fall in love with ‘em.

As for the locals, check out the stellar chops of Missionary Blues, honky-tonk supergroup The Grand Gestures, and Sweet Thunder Strolling Band, who will perform intermittently throughout the fest.

Horse Thief
  • Horse Thief

Caleb Caudle will share his loving take on classic country-infused Americana.

Blues/funk legend Robert Lee Coleman is joined by his mentees The Night Owls—their set is sure to be a thrilling journey into Southern music history. Denton, Texas-based Horse Thief blend Midwestern influences with thoughtful lyrics and wistful harmonies.

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Tampa’s Have Gun, Will Travel arrive fresh off the release of Science from an Easy Chair, a textural journey though folk, pop, and rock.

Margo & The Pricetags, a Stopover favorite, are back again to impress; since their March performance, Margo Price and her band have been the darlings of Americana/country lovers, receiving widespread praise and deserved hype.

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Christopher Paul Stelling, a longtime Stopover performer, just released his latest, Labor Against Waste, to critical acclaim; his intimate solo shows are as hypnotic, engrossing affairs. Holy Ghost Tent Revival hit The Jinx a few months ago and are back with their blues-flavored rock ‘n’ roll.

Young artist Parker Millsap has shot to the top with the release of his self-titled debut album; his raw, robust vocals and storytelling lyrics are sure to captivate.


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About The Author

Anna Chandler

Anna Chandler

Connect Savannah Arts & Entertainment Editor Anna Chandler started writing about music after growing hoarse from talking about it nonstop. Born in Tennessee and raised in South Carolina, she has been a proud Savannahian for 8 years. She sings & plays guitar & accordion in COEDS and Lovely Locks.

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