Wilco, She & Him, Many More Play Savannah Music Festival 2010

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Question: Where can open-minded music lovers go to find bluegrass, opera, jazz, indie rock, fado, gospel and classical music all in one place?

Answer: 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.