The Arts, Brew, Community Fest was organized by local tattoo artist Justin Johnson and Brick House owner Christopher Thomas. The Holy City Brewing brewers will be on hand offering free tastings and affordable pints of their latest batches of ales and lagers. Local acts the Royal Tinfoil, Skye Paige, Rustic Remedy, and a burlesque show will entertain the crowd.
Take a break from the boogie and suds to check out the handful of local artists displaying their tattoo creations, as well as local artisans, jewelers, and craftsmen with work for sale. The fun starts at 4 p.m. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or (843) 406-4655 for more details. —Stratton Lawrence
The 2012 Savannah Music Festival is bigger than ever. Scheduled for Wed. March 22 through Sat. April 7 at various clubs and theaters around the city’s historic district, the 17-day fest will feature a lineup of more than 100 classical, jazz, rock, Americana, gospel, and bluegrass artists. The festival’s classical programming include events throughout the day.
Some of the stand-out acts include the original lineup of Béla Fleck and the Flecktones, trombonist Wycliffe Gordon’s Quintet doing a tribute to Louis Armstrong, the jazzy Joshua Redman/Brad Mehldau Duo, acoustic duo Edgar Meyer & Mike Marshall, and a jazz-meets-bluegrass collaboration between the Preservation Hall Jazz Band and the Del McCoury Band.
“In the Old World atmosphere of historic Savannah, our festival’s annual confluence of chamber music virtuosos, American and international master instrumentalists, and the most soulful jazz, blues, gospel, and bluegrass artists creates a paradise for music lovers, says Executive and Artistic Director Rob Gibson.
Bush is a veteran songwriter, lead guitarist, and educator. He recently recorded and toured with the Nashville-based alt-country trio One Flew South. His forthcoming album, Shared Time, is due for release this year.
Organized by local veterinarian and music fanatic Brian King, Skinful is in its 11th year. King and his team previously held the big music ’n’ dance party at various spots on James Island, Johns Island, and North Charleston. This year marks the second in a row at the Brick House Kitchen, which will serve food and offer off-site parking with a shuttle. The event will feature cash bars on site offering beer, wine, and spirits.
King started this infamous Halloween party, as he puts it, “to inspire ultimate free expression and utter Halloween freakiness.” He recently announced several headlining acts this week, including Mix Master Mike (of the Beastie Boys), Too Short, Tanya Stephens, the New Birth Brass Band, and Zumjay. A slew of local bands and DJs fill the bill.
Other activities and performances will include pole dancing, jump castles, a mechanical bull, glass walkers/eaters, circus performers, and electric hula-hoopers. General admission tickets are available for $50, and VIP tickets (private lounge, private DJ, open bar) are available for $100.
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Mandolinist and bandleader Sam Bush headlines the event. He and his band will bring a mix of modern bluegrass, folk-rock, and roots to the stage on the spacious back lawn. Bush’s latest studio album, Laps In Seven, teamed him with the legendary Emmylou Harris, Missouri vocalist Jeff Black, and French violinist Jean-Luc Ponty.
Known as the Queen Of Bluegrass, fiddler/mandolinist Rhonda Vincent and her ensemble co-headline the festival (Vincent is sponsored by Martha White baking products; look for the big Martha White tour bus). Vincent’s latest is titled Taken.
Rounding out the bill is Next Best Thing (featuring Vincent’s two daughters), and two local bluegrass favorites — the Homeboy Reunion Bluegrass Band and Common Ground. A variety of barbecue, Southern fare, and beverages will be available for purchase.
Advance tickets are on sale for $25 (adults) and $8 (kids from 6-12). No coolers or pets allowed.
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