Every weekend or so Savannah finds itself in the midst of another celebration or festival. This weekend, the 9th annual Savannah Stopover arrives with over 80 bands, from March 7th to March 9th, playing at various venues across Savannah. The Savannah Stopover began, mainly because Savannah is located at the beginning (or end) of interstate 95, which many artists use to travel to the Austin SXSW Music Conference, a big event for musicians, which runs from March 8 to March 17 this year.
Although big names like Journey, the Chainsmokers, and the Jonas Brothers won’t find themselves downtown in Savannah’s historic district, bands such as The Bright Light Social Hour, Spider Bags, and Lunar Vacation will be. Even if these names aren’t familiar to you, one of the main purposes is to expose music-lovers to new music that they might like. Tickets available range anywhere from a $24 Opening Night pass, that gives the opportunity to watch the Stopover’s kickoff event at the Ships of the Sea and Maritime Museum; to the higher end of tickets like the $159 VIP Pass which grants users all-out access to all venues including backstage passes and after party invitations.
Venues for the Savannah Stopover amount to 12 total, including cool places like the El-Rocío Lounge, the Service Brewing Co., and the Grey. Be careful though! As some of these venues may be 21+ and you will not be allowed in if you don’t meet the age requirement. But a majority of the performances are open to all ages, so feel free to check out some of these bands with your whole family. Be sure to buy your passes in advance, whether they be one day ones or VIP, as there is no tickets available at the door.
It will be a bit late to jump on the Savannah Stopover train this year, but next year it will be back and I highly recommend purchasing passes in advance in order to secure your participation in the festival. The Savannah Stopover is a great idea if you’re looking for someway to spend your weekend before St. Patrick’s Day.