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A-Town Get Down is back on Indian Street with visuals, sounds, and soul 

A-TOWN Get Down Art and Music Festival returns to celebrate the beautiful ties of art and community.

Through musical performances, interactive art clinics, colorful projections, pumped-up DJs, and more, the day-long festival honors the life of Alex “A-Town” Townsend. A SCAD student who was taken from this world too soon, Townsend was a beacon of creative encouragement during his time in Savannah, and the festival continues to share that energy with new generations.

Whether you’re a seasoned A-Towner or a newbie, the festival’s vibrant and loving environment is a can’t-miss for artists, dreamers, and families; plus, seeing the festival transform Indian Street into a wanderable fairground of non-stop entertainment and innovation is a truly unique experience.

Block off your schedule: we’ve got the details on all the festivities you don’twant to miss.

12 p.m.

Open Jam (Queensboro Stage) Adobe Arts Lab (Adobe Arts Lab) Face Painting by Scribble Art Studio (Indian St.) Creative Coast: Mural Wall Timelapse (Indian St.) Collabostation (Indian St.) Slices of Creativity (Indian St.)Totally Awesome Tote Bag (Indian St.)SCAD Fashion: Fashion Illustrations (Indian St.) Portrait Post (Indian St.) Blick Block (Indian St.) ArtPort Shuffle (McGuire St.)

When the clock strikes noon, the paint starts to fly! Get to Indian Street early to see murals painted live and in person. Get a new look at the face painting station, make your own tote bag, or watch numerous talented artists create new works before your very eyes.

12:30 p.m.

Trouble the Water (SVEC Jam Stage)

Folk, blues, and rockabilly fans will be hooked by Blake Schneider’s uniquely shadowy take on Midwestern Americana. Guitarist Schneider will be accompanied by a violist and percussionist.

1 p.m.

Phoebe Elliott (SVEC Jam Stage)

Prolific Nashville songwriter Phoebe Elliot brings her pop sensibilities to the stage.

1:30 p.m.

Savannah Children’s Choir (Queensborough Stage)

Savannah Children’s Choir continues to make Chatham County proud, and the Choir’s A-Town appearance is a yearly favorite.

2 p.m.

Britt Scott (SVEC Jam Stage)

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  • Chris Brinlee
  • Walter Parks

Savannah-based singer-songwriter Britt Scott performs her darkly soulful songs accompanied by a full band.

2:15 p.m.

The New Familiars (Queensborough Stage)

Appalachian roots and experimental, Southern-style rock ‘n’ roll intertwine in the sounds of favorites The New Familiars.

3 p.m.

Tom Townsend and Walter Parks (SVEC Jam Stage)

Walter Parks is no stranger to A-Town Get Down—check him out with festival co-founder Tom Townsend.

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  • Southern Avenue

3:30 p.m.

Southern Avenue (Queensborough Stage)

Memphis, Tennessee’s own Southern Avenue dishes out blues, soul and rock ‘n’ roll as a powerful five-piece band.

4 p.m.

Trouble The Water (SVEC Jam Stage

Did you miss ‘em earlier? Never fear! Trouble The Water plays two sets at A-Town.

4:30 p.m.

Phoebe Elliott (SVEC Jam Stage)

Phoebe Elliott returns to the stage with a second set.

Bloodkin
  • Bloodkin

5 p.m.

Bloodkin (Queensborough Stage)

They’re back! The pride and joy of Athens, Georgia, Bloodkin has been creating inspired rock ‘n’ roll for 15 years.

5:30 p.m.

HuDost (SVEC Jam Stage)

Moksha Sommer and Jemal Wade Hines use vocals, harmonium, Shahi Baaja, guitars, Bouzouki, Dulcinet, percussion, and ambient effects to make a neo folk that finds inspiration in Sufi, Bulgarian, Croatian, Macedonian, and Balkan folk music.

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  • HuDost

6:30 p.m.

Walter Parks, Bernard Purdie and Vivian Sessoms (Queensborough Stage)

For his second set of the day, Walter Parks is joined by the inimitable percussionist Bernard Purdie (you’re heard him on Aretha Franklin’s “Rock Steady,” Hall and Oates’ “She’s Gone,” and Steely Dan’s “Home at Last”).

7 p.m.

Webb Wilder (SVEC Jam Stage)

Raw rock ‘n’ roll with Mississippi swagger and British grit? Yes, please. Learn more about Wilder in our interview.

8 p.m.

Randall Bramblett (Queensborough Stage)

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  • Randall Bramblett

A Southern icon, Randall Bramblett has played with the likes of Bonnie Raitt, The Allman Brothers, Widespread Panic, Steve Winwood, and more. In his own project, the multi-instrumentalist keeps it eclectic and funky.

9 p.m. – 11:30 p.m.

Gesture Jam (Queensboro Stage)

As a DJ provides the tunes, Savannah performance troupe The Stardust Pixxies spin fire and perform while visual artists capture it all on paper right before your eyes.

9:25 p.m.

Art Shuffle Art Silent Auction Ends (Queensborough Stage)

All day, a handful of visual artists have collaborated on a completely one-of-a-kind work. If you put in a bid for a panel of the piece, stick around to hear if you won!

9:30 p.m.

Chuck Leavell (Queensborough Stage)

You’ve heard Chuck Leavell jamming with The Rolling Stones, Eric Clapton, George Harrison, The Allman Brothers, John Mayer, and many, many more.

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the 8th annual A-Town Get Down Art and Music festival

Saturday, April 21, begins at noon

Indian Street between Fahm and Warner Street

$20 adult general admission, $15 military/student, $85 VIP (includes a private VIP event at Service Brewing the night before the festival, meet and greets with performers, complimentary VIP area at festival compliments of Ghost Coast Distillery, VIP seating and swag bag), free for children 12 and under

Tickets via cityspin.com

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Anna Chandler

Anna Chandler

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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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