Savannah Stopover Music Festival capitalizes on the logistical good fortune of Savannah, Georgia’s proximity to interstates 95 and 10 by presenting traveling musicians with a welcoming place to play en route to Austin's prestigious SXSW Music Conference.
The small, vibrant coastal community is rife with a unique brand of low country hospitality and southern gothic ambiance, not to mention home to a burgeoning music scene, music-hungry demographic, and an established arts community. The three-day festival puts a premium on musical discovery in an intimate, historical setting at a price unrivaled by any similar music festival.
Heading into it's EIGHTH year, the festival has hosted such notable up and comers as Grimes, of Montreal, The War On Drugs, Future Islands, Mac Demarco, Margo Price, Julien Baker, St. Lucia, DIIV, Ra Ra Riot, St. Paul & The Broken Bones and hundreds of others before they broke out of the pack. Offering three days of musical discovery, music fans can hop from venue to venue, beer in hand, keeping track of all of their favorite new acts (yep, you can drink in the streets here, as long as you stay in the historic district).
As the festival has grown, more and more regional and national acts of the established nature have decided to make Savannah Stopover a destination in its' own right and we couldn't be more thrilled to welcome them. A collaborative effort of MusicFile Productions and countless volunteers, partners, vendors, and sponsors, from March 8th-10th, 2018, the Savannah Stopover will showcase 80+ bands in small to mid-size venues across Savannah’s walkable Historic District. Come join the party!
Kayne Lanahan - Founder/CEO
Often mistaken for KanYe West! Multi-tasker with an encyclopedic knowledge of indie music. Loves dogs, cooking and adding basil to drinks. Gave up the big city life in NYC for the Low Country smell of night bloomin' jasmine.
Caila Brown - Creative Services Manager
Caila oversees the creative-directing and picture-taking while babysitting some of our favorite bands (and bartenders). Give her a whiskey ginger and she'll be your best friend. New motto for 2018 - "Caila will fix it!" Just don't ask her to change any more ads!
Cattie Williams - Festival Coordinator
Now that she's finished with her finals (and graduated from being our amaz-intern)... you can still find Cattie at Festival HQ with her dog Alice. She'll sell the shit out of some band merch and corral even the most confused at ticketing, all with a cup of coffee in her hand.
Sean Pritchard - Band Activation and Marketing
Nashville is where he lives and works, but Georgia will always be home (Macon specifically...) Sean covered Stopover's early years for TheBlueIndian.com and hung around the office enough during his visits that we finally put him to work. Sean firmly believes that if everyone could spend Stopover weekend in Savannah (and have a fresh everything bagel kolache from Coffee Fox ) the world would be a better place.
Sarah Weitman - Sponsor Coordinator
Nerdy, crazy cat lady masquerading as a semi-responsible adult. From volunteer to photographer to staff — just like the Jeffersons, she's movin' on up!
Jared Hall - Venue Coordinator
Keyboardist and shrink for gypsy swing group Velvet Caravan. Founder of the Thursday Night Opry and Trinity Sanctuary Concerts. Husband and Dad. Iowan, Texan, and Georgian! Hammond Organs, oysters, and a Tito's Soda w/ a lime!
Seth Michalak - Social Media Manager
The guy with a phone in one hand and a baby in the other? That's Seth. He handles all things social for Stopover, so if you want him to see something, just add the #SavStopover hashtag. Originally from Buffalo, Seth has lived in Savannah since 2006, and will one day own a craft beer and sausage shop. And yes - the baby's hearing protection works fine.