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SMF Picks: Gigs to watch for 2019 edition 

I’m With Her @Lucas Theatre for the Arts

Individually, the members of I’m With Her have had incredible careers. In their critically acclaimed trio, Sarah Watkins (Nickel Creek), Sarah Jarosz, and Aoife O’Donovan (Crooked Still) are a force to be reckoned with. All virtuosic musicians, the members have individually played Savannah Music Festival in the past and come together at the Lucas Theatre for their first trio performance in Savannah.

Fri., March 29, 7:30 P.M., tickets start at $35

Herlin Riley Quintet @Charles H. Morris Center

New Orleans’ Herlin Riley, known for his work with the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, is an acclaimed drummer who’s known for his melodic style of playing. As a bandleader, he’s released a series of albums and garnered critical acclaim, and as a sideman he’s worked with everyone from Wynton Marsalis and Amad Jamal.

Thurs., April 4, 5:30 and 8:30 P.M., $42

Angelique Kidjo’s Remain In Light @Lucas Theatre for the Arts

Beninese singer Angelique Kidjo has won Grammy awards for her diverse musical output and is lovingly known as “Africa’s premier diva.” 10 years after a memorable performance in Savannah, Kidjo - who was voted by The Guardian as one of the Top 100 Most Inspiring Women in the World - returns to present a reimagining of Talking Heads’ seminal album Remain In Light.

Sat., April 6, 8 P.M., $35

Sebastian Knauer @Trinity United Methodist Church

Classical piano virtuoso Sebastian Knauer started playing at age four, before making his first public performance at age 13 with Haydn’s D Major Piano Concerto. The celebrated musician has performed all over the world, and has been a regular participant in the Savannah Music Festival since 2004.

Wed., April 10, 11 A.M., $42

Anda Union @Charles H. Morris Center

Anda Union is a unique group of musicians who perform Mongolian tribal music traditions and practice the vocal style of khoomii - known as throat singing. Since forming 15 years ago, Anda Union has explored a shared interest in presenting the Mongol culture and music to audiences all over the world. The Guardian praised their songs as “as memorable and accessible as any great western folk songs.”

Wed., April 10, 7 P.M., $42

Pat Metheny Side Eye @Trustees Theater

Pat Metheny is one of the most beloved and acclaimed jazz fusion guitarists in history. He’s won nearly two dozen Grammy awards for his inventive and imaginative work, and he’s become something of a progressive guitar hero and a technically groundbreaking player. His new project, Side Eye, features a rotating cast of local musicians who get the chance to play with the legend himself.

Wed., April 10, 8 P.M., $35

Jeff Tweedy @Lucas Theatre for the Arts

Jeff Tweedy comes to the Lucas Theatre following a several-year run of acclaimed Wilco albums, a project with his son called Tweedy, and several albums in the producer’s chair with the legendary Mavis Staples. The Uncle Tupelo founder’s last show in Savannah was a 2010 show with Wilco at the Johnny Mercer Theater. He returns to town for a solo gig at Savannah Music Festival, promoting his latest release Warm.

Fri., April 12, 8 P.M., $37

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