Question: Where can open-minded music lovers go to find bluegrass, opera, jazz, indie rock, fado, gospel and classical music all in one place?
The Savannah Music Festival in Savannah, Ga.
This spring’s festival, running March 18-April 3 in venues throughout the city, has an impressive, 90-plus line-up which includes Wilco, She & Him, Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi, Ruthie Foster and Chris Thile, to name but a few.
Now in its eighth year, the Savannah Music Festival has received international acclaim for its eclectic mixture of genres in a rather unexpected location. Kate Connolly of The Guardian newspaper wrote of her experience at the festival last year: “I arrive about a week into the proceedings, expecting a colourful apple-pie, foot-tapping mixture of bluegrass and jazz to country and swing; but the range and virtuosity of world-class music, from boogie to Cajun, fado to zydeco…comes as something of a surprise.”
This variety is, of course, quite intentional. In fact, it helps to create a statement the festival is striving to make clear. “With the ever widening gap between commmericial music and the performing arts, we want to serve as a bridge that connects audiences with a wide range of first-class artistry, while also illuminating musical traditions from all over the world,” SMF executive and artistic director Rob Gibson said in a statement.