SAVANNAH Georgia (July 29, 2013) — Savannah is a charming, music-loving southern town with a catchy rhythm and a friendly beat. Expect fun-style music! You can find it easily with historic district lodging in downtown Savannah at Green Palm Inn.
Music festivals and street musicians dot the garden squares and river street landscape. Birds whistle happy tunes. And, horse carriages set a laid back cadence.
Oh, what a great musical spirit Savannah has! … “Come on along. Come on along”!
Toe-tapping begins in the serendipitous, last minute drop-in-spots for dessert or dinner with nightlife music. Our favorites include Lulu’s Chocolate Bar, Jazz’d Tapa Lounge, B. Matthews, and Planter’s Tavern (lower level in the Olde Pink House Restaurant).
We gladly pull out the megaphone for these don’t-miss musical events in Savannah and on nearby Tybee Island (only 20 minutes from downtown Savannah). Savannah musical attractions in late summer and fall 2013:
- August 1-24: Return to the 50s, Savannah Theatre
- August 3-13: Savannah Voice Festival [Opera]
- August 15-24: Les Miserables (musical), Savannah Theatre
- August 30: Equinox Big Band music, Charles Morris Center (The “Great Lawn” of Morris Center is the photo above.)
- August 30 – September 1: Labor Day on the Riverfront
- August 31: Midnight Garden Ride, 8-11 p.m. (music in Telfair Sq.)
- September 1: Swingin’ Medallions, Tybee Island “Beach Bash” (shag dancing, 7-10p)
- September 2: Labor Day (National HOLIDAY)
- September 14: Revival Fest
- September 21: Savannah Philharmonic, Bernstein Buckley & Beethoven, Lucas Theatre
- September 22 – 28: Savannah Jazz Festival (free, Forsyth Park)
- October 4 – 6: Oktoberfest on Savannah River
- October 6: City of Savannah’s “Picnic in the Park“, Forsyth Park, free
- October 11: Hunter Hayes Let’s Be Crazy Tour, Civic Ctr.
- October 11 – 13: Savannah Folk Music Festival, Peter Yarrow (of Peter, Paul & Mary) playing at Grayson Stadium
- October 12: Festiva Latina, Savannah Riverfront (12-9p)
- October 12: Country rocker Shooter Jennings & The Triple Crown Band, Tybee Island Pirate Festival
- October 20: Savannah Philharmonic, Faure’s Requiem, Lucas Theatre
- October 25: Savannah Philharmonic, Chamber Concert No. 1 Die Winterreise, Telfair Museum
- November 9: Savannah Rock N Roll Marathon
- November 11: Veterans Day Parade, downtown Savannah
- November 17: Jazz & Bubbles Brunch, Savannah Food & Wine Festival (12-3p)
- November 21: Savannah Philharmonic, Big Band Pops, Lucas Theatre
- November 24: Savannah Philharmonic, Chamber Concert No. 2 American Influence, Telfair Museum
- December 6 – 7: Christmas on the River & Lighted Parade
- December 13 – 14: Savannah Philharmonic, “Holiday Pops”, St. John’s Cathedral
December 31: New Year’s Celebration on River and in City Market
For spots to find cocktails and music after work or jazz Sunday brunch, pick up a copy of Connect Savannah for up-to-date nightlife and musical events (also on Twitter @ConnectSavannah). Also follow @DoSavannah and @VisitSavannah on Twitter for last minute recommendations.
MUSIC AND THE ARTS ARE LEGENDARY IN SAVANNAH
It wouldn’t be Savannah unless there’s some dotted line from a modern-day story to a wonderful historical connection. That’s true with music in Savannah.
Atop Savannah City Hall are two statues. One symbolizes “Commerce” and the second represents “The Arts”. Those statues exemplify the vision of Savannah’s City Father’s in the early 1900s.
WHAT’S PAST IS PROLOGUE.
World famous now with his lyrics — including “Hooray for Hollywood”, “Moon River”, “Ac-cent-chu-ate the Positive” and about a thousand more songs — Savannah’s little Johnny Mercer ran from his Gwinnett Street home to listen to ragtime in Forsyth Park. His mother would call the “race record” shops on West Broad Street (now Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard) to track down her little boy who loved the blue and jazz sounds played on round spindle Victrolas. Visit the Johnny Mercer statue in Ellis Square. See a video about Mercer’s life and music in the square’s visitor center. His grave is one of the most popular ones visited in Bonaventure Cemetery.
More famous musicians have roots in Savannah. They include jazz greats Joe Oliver and trombonist James “Trummy” Young, one of the Louis Armstrong All Stars. Savannah is the hometown of saxophonists James Moody who began his career with the trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie shortly after World War II, and Sahib Shihab who played with Theolonius Monk and Art Blakley.
Get here when you can! Green Palm Inn will be whistling a happy tune, awaiting your arrival. Toll free (USA and Canada) 888-606-9510; local 912.447.8901.
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