We’re still waiting for final confirmation on specific dates, times and venues for the March 9–12 Savannah Stopover, but the roster of performers for the multi–club band–fest is still growing by leaps and/or bounds.
Among the impressive names on the Stopover roster is Class Actress, the New York eclectro–pop trio fronted by singer and songwriter Elizabeth Harper. When she released her debut in 2006, Harper was hailed as “the female Morrissey,” and there’s definitely a Smiths feel to the more defiantly urgent sound of Class Actress, which Harper – who says she was weaned on early Depeche Mode records – describes as “decadent dance music.”
She has a sweet, sultry voice and – perhaps because she was indeed an actress before launching a music career – a captivating stage presence. It’s red–light ravepop.
Class Actress will be in Savannah March 10, at a venue to be announced.
Just added to the lineup is Nive Nielsen & The Deer Children, an export from Greenland. Singer/songwriter Nielsen is backed by seven musicians, playing – among other things – guitar, drums, bass, lap steel, musical saw, synthesizer, trumpet, kazoo and ukulele.
Like everyone else at Savannah Stopover, the band is playing here before heading to Austin for SXSW. “Greenland is big geographically but the population is tiny,” Nielsen told a reporter last year. “We’re 56,000 people all in all, so indie music’s not really happening up there at all. This is completely new for people up there.”
Meanwhile, the opening–night concert – March 9 at the Jinx – will feature the outlandish hip hop trio Das Racist, a combination of social commentary, comic antics, humorous and/or offensive lyrics. Depends on how you look at it. This show will be open to VIP pass–holders only.
Keep checking savannahstopover.com for updates (tickets are already on sale there now). And we’ll keep you informed.
Coming Feb. 26 to Savannah Station: A–Town Get Down, a music event honoring the memory of SCAD student Alex Townsend, who died in a car crash on Valentine’s Day 2010. His father and friends are organizing the 7:30 p.m. concert, which will feature Word of Mouth, the Malah and several fine artists showing their work and creating things on–site.
Tickets are $10 advance at the Savannah Box Office, and at a–towngetdown.com. All net proceeds will go to America’s Second Harvest of Coastal Georgia, in Alex Townsend’s name.
And now, this
• Rap artist Soulja Boy (the chart–topping “Crank That”) will perform Saturday, March 12 at Savannah State University’s Tiger Arena. Tickets for the 8 p.m. show are $25 at songkick.com, or call (912) 508–3775. They’re $20 with student I.D.
• Comedian Kevin Hart, who’s also an actor (Death at a Funeral, Little Fockers) will perform at 8 and 10:30 p.m. March 19 in the Johnny Mercer Theatre. Tickets, $39.50 and $49.50, are available at etix.com.