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The 2011 Savannah Music Festival

Posted: Mar 15, 2011

2011 Savannah Music Festival

2011 marks the 22nd year of the Savannah Music Festival. This year, events transpire March 24 through April 9. The festival’s mission statement indicates “The Savannah Music Festival (SMF) is dedicated to presenting a world-class celebration of the musical arts by creating timeless and adventurous productions that stimulate arts education, foster economic growth, and unite artists and audiences in Savannah.

“It is Georgia's largest musical arts event and one of the most distinctive cross-genre music festivals in the world. In addition to an array of musical performances that includes dance, film, and narrative programs, the festival operates year-round to produce youth concerts, lectures, in-school touring programs, recordings, a weekly radio series, an annual high school jazz band competition and festival, and interactive websites.”

The festival showcases Americana, Bluegrass, Blues, Cajun/Zydeco, Country, Cuban, Dance, Funk, Gospel, Indian, Jazz, R & B, Soul and West African genres. The 2011 line-up includes Allen Toussaint, Bela Fleck, Grant Green Jr., Ike Stubblefield, Maceo Parker, Lucky Peterson, Junior Brown, Joe Ely, Jimmie Dale Gilmore, The Flatlanders,Robert Randolph & the Family Band, The Avett Brothers and a slew of others.

Various performances will take place at Bull Street Baptist Church, Cathedral of St. John the Baptist, the Johnny Mercer Theatre, River Street and Trustees Theater among other venues.

Stay tuned for Swampland reports from the festival,

James Calemine


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