A few days after San Francisco’s Noise Pop festival ended indie rock fans can move from the west coast to the east coast for the Savannah Stopover Music Festival, which runs March 7-9.
Founded in 2011 the fest showcases up-and-coming artists with several established acts in concerts at multiple venues in the city’s historic district. The event is a prelude to the annual mega-music conference South By Southwest in Austin, Texas (March 8-17). Many of the 90-plus artists performing at Stopover will also be playing SXSW.
One of the fest’s main attractions finds of Montreal performing a free concert in Forsyth Park. Recently, the Athens, Georgia theatrical psychedelic pop glam band successfully raised funds through Kickstarter to complete “Song Dynasties,” a feature-length documentary.
Stopover also hosts Chelsea Light Moving, which is on its debut tour. The group features indie rock icon Thurston Moore of Sonic Youth who has moved on (permanently?) from his days as a member of that band to form this one, which has been described as reminiscent of an early, raw version of Youth. CLM released its self-titled debut last Tuesday.
Incorporating local flavors into there will be a Georgia Music Showcase that includes Atlanta bands Ponderosa and the Whigs as well as Savanah’s Whaleboat.
Local talent gets a boost when Opening Night festivities highlight students from the Savannah College of Art and Design who, along with countless other area students and artists, created band posters for each Stopover band. The artwork will be exhibited during a party and concert featuring the Last Bison.
Other acts playing Stopover include Ben Sollee, Henry Wagons, Merchandise, Mac DeMarco, Ducktails, Dent May and Turbo Fruits, Jonathan Toubin's Soul Clap & Dance Off, Dent May, Delicate Steve, Ambassadors, Snowmine, the Last Bison, Country Mice, Cheyenne Mize, Filligar, Bronze Radio Return, Royal Canoe, Sean Bones, Yip Deceiver, Levek, Calvin Love, You Won’t, Field Report, The People’s Temple, this mountain, Christopher Paul Stelling, Lee Bains III & The Glory Fires, William Tyler and Jacco Gardner.
For more information, visit http://www.savannahstopover.com.