Pat Metheny, Jeff Tweedy, Angelique Kidjo, Patterson Hood are among Savannah Music Festival performers

Tickets on sale 10 a.m. Friday, full lineup announced

Tickets are on sale at 10 a.m. Friday Nov. 9 for the 2019 Savannah Music Festival, happening March 28-April 13.

Highlights include a solo show April 12 from Wilco frontman Jeff Tweedy, and Angélique Kidjo returning to SMF with her latest project, a critically-hailed reimagining of the Talking Heads’ Remain in Light (April 6).

click to enlarge Jeff Tweedy plays a solo show.
Jeff Tweedy plays a solo show.
For his first performance at SMF, legendary guitarist Pat Metheny presents the first edition of “Side Eye,” a new concept that allows him to showcase young players of note (April 10).

Dimmer Twins, formed by Patterson Hood and Mike Cooley of Drive-By Truckers, make their SMF debut, on a co-bill with Athens, GA guitarist and singer T. Hardy Morris (April 11).

Two-time Grammy winner Kathy Mattea, a roots music icon performs with Molly Tuttle and her band April 5.

Back for the first time since 2014 are Americana singer-songwriter Pokey LaFarge with vocalist Kat Edmonson (March 31 and April 1), and Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder (April 9).

Playing the festival’s opening weekend for two shows, including a family-friendly set, is Asleep at the Wheel (March 29), returning to SMF after a three-night engagement in 2015.

The John Pizzarelli Trio and Grammy-winning vocalist Catherine Russell, both SMF favorites, present their first SMF collaboration, “Billie & Blue Eyes,” a tribute to Billie Holiday and Frank Sinatra (April 2 and 3). SMF also welcomes back guitarist Charlie Hunter and his Trio, joined by vocalist Lucy Woodward (April 11). 27-year-old Cuban powerhouse Daymé Arocena makes her SMF debut with a program of Afro-Cuban jazz (March 29).

On the classical front, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra returns for the 14th consecutive season on March 30 under Music Director Robert Spano, for a rare performance of the Beethoven Triple Concerto for violin, cello, and piano.

SMF and the Savannah Philharmonic join forces for their first full-scale collaboration with SMF Associate Artistic Director Marcus Roberts and his trio for a jazz-meets-classical program of Borodin, Gershwin, Stravinsky, and Roberts’ own Rhapsody in D (April 6).

Get tickets and see the full lineup at savannahmusicfestival.org, by phone at 912.525.5050, and in person at the Savannah Box Office (216 E. Broughton Street).

About The Author

Jim Morekis

A native Savannahian, Jim has been editor-in-chief of Connect Savannah for 15 years. The University of Georgia graduate is also a travel writer, authoring regional guides in the Moon handbook series...
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