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We chatted with Larissa Thut Davidson, Marketing and Graphic Design Manager of the Savannah Music Festival (or "SMF" as it's referred to by the locals), to get the lowdown on this year's artist lineup. Not only is Larissa a resident of Downtown Historic Savannah, she is a lover of all things music. Here's what she has to say about some of the artists for this year:

All appearances of the Zurich Chamber Orchestra with Daniel Hope and Sebastian Knauer Being from Zurich, the visit by the Zurich Chamber Orchestra is special to me for that reason alone, but the music that the orchestra has created and recorded with two SMF regulars (Daniel Hope, SMF's Associate Artistic Director, and Sebastian Knauer) has made for two of my favorite records of 2016 and 2017. I'm excited that they will be performing pieces from these ECHO-award winning records: Überbach by Knauer and the Zurich Chamber Orchestra and For Seasons, Daniel Hope's album that he recorded with the Zurich Chamber Orchestra. These concerts will be held at the new Yamacraw Center for the Performing Arts, a new venue for SMF in 2018. 

Margaret Glaspy

I am excited to see Margaret Glaspy's performance. I adore her songwriting and her guitar playing. She's got a very unique voice and is obviously a very talented guitarist. She'll be joined by the great Julian Lage on stage (who happens to be her boyfriend).

António Zambujo

This will be a memorable performance of beautiful authentic Fado on a Saturdaynight at the intimate Charles H. Morris Center! The Portuguese guitarist and award-winning singer will be joined by a 6-piece group of musicians. The music and videos I have seen and heard in working on the design and layout of the 2018 season program have made me really look forward to this one! 

Gullah Roots: Etienne Charles / Rnky Tanky

Any performance by Etienne Charles, a trumpeter, percussionist, composer and educator from Trinidad, at SMF in the past has been memorable. This year SMF commissioned Charles to create work that explores the Afro-Caribbean connections to Gullah music and the Gullah connections to American Music. The performance at SMF will be a double-bill with Ranky Tanky, a fun band out of Charleston, South Carolina, that performs the music of Gullah culture in a very approachable way. 

Lee Fields & The Expressions / James Hunter Six

I don't think this needs a lot of explaining. A double bill of R&B and soul featuring Lee Fields & The Expressions (last heard in Savannah at Ships of the Sea's North Garden Assembly Room during Stopover 2017) and James Hunter Six will make for a very fun Saturday night at one of our favorite venues! 

PIAF! The Show

I confess: I like musicals. PIAF! The Show is the closest thing to a musical we'll have ever had at SMF. Inspired by the award-winning movie "La Vie En Rose" this show narrates the rags-to-riches story of Edith Piaf complemented by projections of previously unreleased photographs and images of famous locations of Piaf-era Paris. 

North Mississippi Allstars

Luther and Cody Dickinson have been to SMF before and have always put on a great live show. Their newest album is one of my favorites of 2017, and I am excited to see these two perform the songs that I have only heard coming from my speakers so far. 

Septeto Santiaguero

SMF's "Latin Dance Parties" are always fun and vibrant, and this year will be no difference when this Cuban septet of musicians takes the stage. This will be a great way to close out our traditional festival on Friday, April 13th before embarking on the full day at Trustees' Garden for the festival finale. Septeto Santiaguero will be playing a set or two as part of the all-day event on Saturday, April 14th. So even if people miss them the night before, there's another chance to catch them here. ...and speaking of the Festival Finale at Trustees' Garden (Saturday, April 14th): I am super excited to see Jason Isbell return with his band The 400 Unit, but I am most excited about Brent Cobb. His 2016 record Shine on a Rainy Day has stolen my heart in a way only a country music album can.

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Every spring, the Savannah Music Festival arrives. Held in various venues throughout Downtown Savannah, the 2018 Savannah Music Festival will be from March 29th to April 14th, and will feature a variety of performers who will playing at all hours of the day.

Established in 1989, the Savannah Music Festival is a non-profit organization that is responsible for educational initiatives and musical arts programs throughout Savannah and six surrounding counties, and also includes educational activities such as theater field trips, in-school lessons, and public library performances. The venues that serve as hosts for these performances are scattered throughout Historic Downtown Savannah, and include the Johnny Mercer Theater (at the Savannah Civic Center), the Lucas Theatre, the Ships of the Sea Museum, the Rousakis Plaza (located on River Street) and Trinity United Methodist Church.

New for the 2018 Savannah Music Festival

This year there are two new venues. According to Rob Gibson, Executive and Artistic Director of the Savannah Music Festival, "This season is our most ambitious to date due to the addition of 2 new festival venues that are completely distinct from one another: Yamacraw Center for the Performing Arts and Trustees' Garden."

The former is located on the campus of the Garrison School for the Arts and is the first ever concert hall built in Downtown Savannah. The latter is an outdoor location that will be the site for the final day of the festival. For the first time, the Savannah Music Festival finale will be an all-day festival featuring continuous live music on three stages and a vendor marketplace with local and regional food and refreshments

The artists performing at the Savannah Musical Festival are as varied as you can imagine, and musical genres of every sort are explored within the 17 days of the festival. The appeal of the music festival is that there is truly something for everyone, and everyone who attends is clearly a lover of music, so you find yourself surrounded in an atmosphere of appreciation and joy for the performance at hand. 

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Gaslight Group's Newest Venture.

The warm glow of lamplight spilling from the windows of East End Provisions beckons. The restaurant is located on the corner of Broughton and Price Streets, and is a welcome addition to the east end of Historic Downtown Savannah. Tables fill a cozy dining room in the back of the space. The front area features a handful of tables, with most of the seating being around the bar in the middle of the room.  Despite a freshly remodeled interior, the atmosphere is one of casual intimacy. A TV mounted in the wall and tuned to TVLand (but muted), which could be jarring given the setting, adds to the cozy vibe. Instead, you feel like you're at your parents after a fancy dinner party--good food and drinks, but you no longer have to be on your best behavior. 

The drink menu features a rotation of craft cocktails and local craft beers, as well as wines by the bottle and by the glass. Don't be afraid to ask for recommendations or for a taste before ordering; the staff are willing to offer suggestions or steer you in the right direction. 

Torn between several options on the menu under the "Shares" section, we decided to go for the Crab Cakes. This is a dish that appears on nearly every restaurant menu in Savannah, and it's always interesting to see how each place approaches it. East End Provisions is doing a good job with their version by keeping it heavy on the crab meat and light on the filler, and adding a hint of citrus. The result is a true appetizer that doesn't sink in your belly like a stone and has you reminiscing for sunwashed docks and white-capped waves. 

East End Provisions

For fellow pork lovers, the Pork Tenderloin is a must. The pork is from local Hunter Cattle Company, and is perfection. A bed of Brussels sprouts and sweet potato hash is the perfect accompaniment, providing just enough starch and counterpoint flavor to the richness of the pork.  

A location tucked just on the edge of Historic Downtown, an evolving drink menu, and a food menu dedicated to showcasing local favors is a recipe for success. Here's to more nights at East End Provisions.

East End Provisions

420 E Broughton St, Savannah, GA 31401


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