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Nightlife and Days of Music in Savannah, Georgia: February – April 2016

SAVANNAH, Georgia — Get away for a musical Savannah trip early in 2016! Celebrate the legacy of music in Georgia’s first city.

A sampling of live concerts and music events in Savannah during February 2016, March 2016, and early April 2016 are below. Visit world-famous songwriter, Johnny Mercer’s statue in Ellis Square and his family gravesite in Bonaventure Cemetery. The name doesn’t ring a bell? “Days of Wine and Roses”, “Hooray for Hollywood”, “Ac-cen-tchu-ate the Positive”, “Moon River”, and about one thousand more songs were written by Savannah’s own Johnny Mercer.

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The Georgia colony was founded February 12, 1733. Music, too, was transported.

“Did a carpenter, a farmer, a parent, or anyone else on the Anne transport ballads [on their ship’s journey to the new colony of Georgia in 1732]? It is impossible to know, but likely as not some of the 114 passengers had heard a version or versions of “Barbara Allan”, “Lord Randall”, or other ballads.” Source: Music in Eighteenth-century Georgia by Ronald L. Byrnside

In February 1735, ten Moravian missionaries, lead by August Gottlieb Spangenberg, brought brass and woodwind musical instruments to the Georgia colony. The German/Bohemiam missionaries settled the town of Irene, upstream along the Savannah River. The Savannah, Georgia Moravians was the group’s first settlement in North America. “A year later twenty-five more came.” Source: IBID

“John Wesley was approached by Oglethorpe to be a minister for the new parish of Savannah. It was Wesley’s belief that he would preach to the Indians and lead them to Christ. Wesley and his brother, Charles, sailed for Georgia on October 14, 1735.  On the four month long trip, a storm came up suddenly and broke the main mast. While the Englishmen were crying, a group of Moravians calmly sang hymns and prayed.” — Source: John Wesley and Savannah by Kathy W. Ross and Rosemary Stacy

“The Oldest American musical group of blacks, Old Hundred, had been organized in 1817 and was still active at the end of the war.” Source: Preston Russell and Barbara Hines in “Savannah: A History of Her People Since 1733”

It was the visit by United States President James Monroe (May 11, 1819) — during the launch of the S.S. Savannah, America’s first steamship to cross the Atlantic Ocean — that we learn that music, too, gladdened those festivities. “…[T]he performance of vocal music tended to elevate the soul to sublime and heavenly musings”. — Source: IBID

“Specially composed music” greeted General Marquis de Lafayette’s arrival March 19, 1825.  Source: IBID

With each immigrant arriving in Savannah, came also cultural music that is enjoyed by Savannah tourists and local citizens. For example, during the Greek community’s “annual fall festival … The Greek food, music, and dance bring out Zorba the Greek — even in the Crackers.” Source: IBID

Music in Savannah, Georgia Thrives in 2016!
You’ll discover a Savannah trip in this sampling of February 2016 to April 2016 musical events.

February 5, 2016: First Friday for Folk Music! 7:30 p.m.

February 5 – February 28, 2016: Broadway on Bull Street at the historic Savannah Theatre on Chippewa Square.

February 6, 2016: Diana Ross, 7:00 p.m., Johnny Mercer Theatre

February 6, 2016: “In the Mood“, historic Lucas Theatre (3:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.) To the delight of fans of the American Big Bands and the Big Band era, the brassy, all-singing, all-dancing, all-American 1940s musical revue, In The Mood is a fully staged tribute to Glenn Miller, The Andrews Sisters, Tommy Dorsey, Artie Shaw, Harry James, Erskine Hawkins, Benny Goodman, Frank Sinatra and other idols of the ’40s.  Hop aboard the “Chattanooga Choo Choo” to “Tuxedo Junction” and get “In The Mood” for a “Moonlight Serenade.”

February 7, 2016: Annual Future of Jazz Concert and Tribute to the Late Ben Tucker, Jewish Educational Alliance

February 9, 2016: Disney’s Beauty and the Beast at the Johnny Mercer Theatre, 7:30 p.m.

February 12 – February 14, 2016: I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change! at the historic Savannah Theatre on Chippewa Square.

February 12, 2016: Doug MacLeod in concert, 7:30 p.m. First Presbyterian Church. A perennial Blues Music Award nominee, Doug is a prolific singer, songwriter, engaging storyteller and masterful guitarist born in the blues and rooted in the American tradition.

February 13, 2016: “Casablanca” (1942), Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman. Who can ever forget “Play it, Sam. Play ‘As Time Goes By”‘. “As Time Goes By” Words and Music by Herman Hupfeld.

February 13, 2016: Savannah Black Heritage Festival’s live concert, featuring Winners of the Y.E.S. Talent Showcase, Con Funk Shun and Tony! Toni! Tone! 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.

February 14, 2016:  Valentine’s Day Weddings in the Davenport House Garden (5:00 p.m.); Renewal of Vows Ceremony (7:00 p.m.)

February 20, 2016: Aladdin: South Carolina Ballet, Savannah Civic Center, 5:30 p.m.

February 20 – 21: Savannah Irish Festival, Savannah Civic Center

February 26, 2016: Wildspread Panic, great southern guitar blues band with an improvisatory ethos (8:00 p.m.), Savannah Civic Center. Concert benefits Tunes for Tots, musical instruments for public schools in need, keeping music alive in public schools.

March 2, 2016: An Evening with Patti Labelle, Johnny Mercer Theatre (8:00 p.m.)

March 3 – November 19, 2016 (various days): Savannah Live at the historic Savannah Theatre on Chippewa Square.

March 5, 2016: Savannah Philharmonic and Velvet Caravan “Gypsy Jazz” ensemble: an eclectic evening bringing together the music of Johannes Brahms, Django Reinhardt, Johnny Mercer, and more; Lucas Theatre (7:30 p.m.)

March 5, 2016: Lowcountry boil, oyster sample and chicken buffet at the Delta Plantation on Saturday (3-6 p.m.) to benefit the Davenport House Museum; country jazz by the Johnny Octane Band.

March 10, 2016: Merle Haggard, Savannah Civic Center (7:30 p.m.)

March 10-12, 2016: Savannah Stopover Festival. “The lineup of rising & reemerging indie-rock bands… makes a strong case for forgoing Texas…” via @floodmagazine:

March 11-17: Irish music during St. Patrick’s Day celebrations in downtown Savannah. Begin with Greening of the Fountains (March 11) through St. Patrick’s Day Parade (March 17)

March 24 through April 9: 2016 Savannah Music Festival. Celebrate music in Savannah! +100 performances of jazz, classical and a variety of American and international musical traditions in downtown Savannah, Georgia USA.

April 7, 2016: Billy Currington with special guest Kelsea Ballerini, Savannah Civic Center (7:30 p.m.)

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