Savannah Stopover 2018 Digest Week 6

We're less than 1 week away from the start of Savannah Stopvoer, and that means this is the final edition of the Savannah Stopvoer Digest for 2018!  This week we've got a couple new tracks from Stopover bands, info on getting an Official Festival Guide, your last call for VIP passes and a thank you to some very special sponsors. Thanks for reading! 

Stereogum features pronoun's new track

The first new pronoun song in over a year premiered on Stereogum this week. The music publication hailed the song  "run" as "... a monster of a track."  Give it a listen yourself below and catch pronoun on 3/10 at El Rocko Lounge as part of the Sleep Well Records showcase.

New Track From Ruby Velle & the Soulphonics

Atlanta's Ruby Velle & the Soulphonics debuted a new song off their forthcoming record State of all Things, which is coming out 4/27. Give the new track "Call Out My Name" a few spins before checking out the band at Ships of the Sea on 3/8 as part of our Opening Night at Savannah Stopover festivities. 

Official Festival Poster Available

 Posters in progress....

Posters in progress....

For the first time ever we'll be selling limited-edition, hand-printed festival posters! These posters will be numbered and signed by the artist Drew Butler. Priced at $35, they will be available for purchase at the festival ticketing office located at 112 W. Congress st. starting on 3/6.  

Festival Guide is Out

Get your official Savannah Stopover Festival Guide inside of this week's copy of DoSavannah! Inside, you'll find a festival schedule, venue map, special event info and lots more! We'll also have some copies available at the ticketing office located at 112 W. Congress St. when it opens at noon on 3/5. 

Last Call for VIP Passes (Update: SOLD OUT!)

Every year the VIP passes for Savannah Stopover sell out, and that is just about to happen for 2018. When we say there are a limited number of VIP passes left, we mean a VERY limited number (think single digits). We'll update this space when the last few are sold, which is going to be very soon!  A few benefits of going VIP: 

  •  Priority Entrance at All Venues
  • Reserved seating/Reserved area at Ships of The Sea Museum and Trinity United Church. (first come-first served)
  •  Invitation to The Artists' Lounge all weekend - Free Beer & more!
  • Access to all Private Events & After Parties
  • Invitation to Festival Wrap Up Party on Sunday 3/11

Hit up the TICKETS page to grab yours now. 

Sponsor Spotlight


A big Stopover thanks to our Corporate Founder's Circle Sponsors! These local businesses allow us to bring all of the fun of Stopover to you, and are deserving of your business:

  • Cordasco & Company, P.C.
  • Green Truck Pub
  • Smoke Cartel Online Headshop
  • Vantosh Realty Group
  • Creative Approach Savannah
  • Events by Celeste, LLC
  • Visit Savannah
  • West Elm
  • Three Oaks Realty Company

Savannah Stopover 2018 Digest Week 5

It's hard to believe we're just two weeks out from the 2018 Savannah Stopover Music Festival! We're starting to see some bands hit the road - a road that will lead them right to our front door - and lots of others are releasing new music ahead of their upcoming tours. In fact, we have lots of new records to discuss in this week's news along with lots of info you need about the festival too. Let's get into it:

2018 Stopover Ticketing Office


The 2018 Savannah Stopover Ticketing Office will be located at 112 West Congress St. Conveniently located in the middle of all of our venues, the office is next door to Savannah-favorite Sorry Charlie's Oyster Bar.  The office will open at noon on Monday March 5th, and will open daily after that until the end of the festival. Please remember ALL ticket holders must visit the ticket office to redeem their ticket for a festival wristband BEFORE attending their first Savannah Stopover show.  Hours for the Ticket Office are posted on our Tickets page

***LOW TICKET ALERT***  There is a very limited quanitity of VIP passes remaining for the 2018 Savannah Stopover Music Festival. If you are interested in purchasing a VIP pass, we suggest you do so now. 

New Music Friday

What a week it is for new releases from 2018 Savannah Stopover Artists!  The following records and EPs all dropped today:

  • Caroline Rose - Loner
  • Vundabar - Smell Smoke
  • FRIGS - Basic Behavior
  • Public Access T.V. - Street Safari
  • Ratboys - GL

We've complied these new releases (and a few other new releases from Stopover bands) into this Spotify playlist. Give them a listen:

New Video From Wild Child

On the heels of the release of their new record Expectations last week, Wild Child debuted the video for the song "Think it Over" on Billboard this week. The video features a super-fun retro party theme! Take a look: 

Welcome Back Gaslight Group!


Our friends at the Gaslight Group have been involved with the Savannah Stopover Music Festival ever since day one, and we are thrilled to have them back as a sponsor for another great year in 2018. They've been feeding Stopover bands in our hospitality area for the past few years, and will be doing so again this year on Saturday night!

In addition, we're hosting three Secret Shows at Gaslight Group locations during the 2018 festival:

  • Thursday 3/8 - 10:30pm at East End Provisions 420 E. Brougton St.
  • Friday 3/9 - 11:00pm at East End Provisions 420 E. Brougton St.
  • Saturday 3/10 11:00pm at B. Matthews 325 E. Bay St.

Finally, in your Stopover travels, be sure to stop into the official Stopover press bar at Abe's on Lincoln located at 17 Lincoln St.


Savannah Stopover 2018 Digest Week 4

Believe it or not, we are now just 3 short weeks from the Savannah Stopover Music Festival! In this week’s digest, we have some exciting line-up additions, a rundown on Stopover venues, news from of Montreal, Caroline Rose and Twisty Cats,  ands lots more Stopover information that you need! 

Line-up additions

We love leaving little surprises 'til the end! We have three wonderful additions to the Stopover line-up to tell you about:.




Nashvile’s Twen joins the line-up for our Closing Night Event at Ships of the Sea  They kick off the night at 6:30. Make sure to come out early before Gus Dapperton and of Montreal. Twen is one of our top 'bands to watch'! Their band bio website is coming soon but you can check out their music here.


Jonny Couch

Longtime drummer on the NY music scene, Jonny Couch, has come from behind the kit in his new self-named band to get behind the microphone. He’ll take the Stopover stage at Club One at 10pm on 3/10. More on the fabulous Jonny C here.


Danielle Hicks

We are excited to welcome local favorites Danielle Hicks and the Resistance to the 2018 Savannah Stopover festival! They’ll make their Stopover debut at 3pm on Saturday 3/10 at the Jinx! 


Colin Caulfied’s spring tour was cancelled and he's not able to make it to Stopover this year. He's as bummed as we are. We hope to entice him back for 2019! 

New of Montreal Video

Of Montreal’s new record White Is Relic/Irrealis Mood comes out on 3/9 - the day before their Savannah Stopover performance at Ships of the Sea. This week, they released the first official video from the album for the song entitled “Plateau Phase/No Careerism No Corruption” Take a look: 


Caroline Rose on NPR First Listen



We’ve talked about Caroline Rose’s new record Loner in previous editions of this digest, and now, you can actually listen to the whole thing! Caroline snagged a coveted NPR Music “Fist Listen” slot a week ahead of the record’s release.  Go ahead and give it a spin.




We couldn’t pull off Stopover without great venues for our shows. This year’s collection involves many stages that will be familiar to any Stopover veteran.  But, we’re excited to add some new locations this year as well! Say hello to Barrelhouse South and check out our three new Secret Show locations. The official 2018 Savannah Stopover venues are listed below. 

* - New Stopover venue for 2018.

Ships of the Sea (North Garden)  - 41 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd
Stage Sponsor: Do Savannah
Thursday, Friday and Saturday
All Ages

Barrelhouse South  (Main Floor) - 125 West Congress Street*
Thursday, Friday and Saturday
21+ Must bring valid, government issued ID for entry.

The Jinx  - 127 West Congress Street
Stage Sponsor: Connect Savannah
Thursday, Friday and Saturday
21+ Must bring valid, government issued ID for entry.

El-Rocko Lounge  - 117 Whitaker St.
Thursday, Friday and Saturday
21+ Must bring valid, government issued ID for entry.

Club One - 1 Jefferson Street
Stage Sponsor: Deep Eddy Vodka
Thursday, Friday and Saturday
21+  Must bring valid, government issued ID for entry.

De Soto Hotel ( Edgar’s Proof & Provisions Patio) - 15 East Liberty Street*
Secret Show Venue
All Ages

East End Provisions (Lot 33 lower level) - 420 East Broughton Street*
Secret Show Venue
Thursday, Friday
21+  Must bring valid, government issued ID for entry.

B. Matthew’s - 325 E. Bay Street*
Secret Show Venue
21+  Must bring valid, government issued ID for entry.

Congress St. Social Club - 411 W. Congress St.
Stage Sponsor: Lagunitas
Thursday, Friday and Saturday
All Ages until 9pm. Must bring valid, government issued ID for entry after 10PM, and for alcoholic beverages during the day.

Trinity United Methodist Church - 225 West President Street
Stage Sponsor: Georgia Public Broadcasting
Friday and Saturday
All Ages

The Grey  -109 Martin.Luther King Jr. Blvd.
All Ages

You can find a full venue map on our Venues page.

New Twisty Cats : 


Savannah’s Twisty Cats released their brand new record Our Quiet Fantasy on Valentine’s Day. You can stream and download the new record as well as order vinyl (including the amazing album art pictured above) at their Band Camp page

Weekend Passes:

While we’re expecting a huge crowd for our Opening Night event this year, we know that travel plans or work commitments sometimes get in the way. If Thursday night 3/8 at Stopover just isn’t an option this year, be sure to check out the Savannah Stopover weekend pass! Priced lower than two individual day passes, the Savannah Stopover weekend pass will get you into all shows* on Friday 3/9 and Saturday 3/10 at Savannah Stopover! Visit our Tickets page for more info.  Weekend and 3-Day passes may also be purchased in person at Graveface Records, 5 W. 40th St., Savannah (limited supply so you might want to call ahead). 



We are always appreciative of the support and coverage provided by our official Festival Media Sponsors. Keep an eye and/or ear on these outlets leading up to Savannah Stopover for more information on the festival! 

- Do Savannah (Stage sponsor at Ships of the Sea Maritime Museum)
- Savannah Morning News &
- Connect Savannah (Stage Sponsor at The Jinx 912)
- Savannah Magazine
- GPB Savannah(Stage Sponsor at Trinity United Methodist Church) 
- WRUU - 107.5 Savannah
- Quality Rock Q105.3

Savannah Stopover 2018 Digest #3

We're now officially less than a month away from the 2018 edition of the Savannah Stopover Music Festival. We've got new music from 3 Stopover bands for you this week, plus a great idea for your Valentine! Finally- wait until you see what the folks at Deep Eddy Vodka are bringing to the festival this year! 

New Wild Child Record is Out

It’s a new Music Friday, and we’re really excited about the arrival of Wild Child’s new record Expectations. Once you give the new record a spin, you’ll see why we can’t wait to hear these songs live at Stopover. Wild Child is playing a special late-night set at Trinity United Church at 11pm on Saturday, 3/10.

Treat Your Valentine to Stopover 

Chocolate and roses are tired - give your Valentine the gift of live music this year! Your Valentine is sure to love a Savannah Stopover pass. Choose from Weekend, 3-Day and VIP. More information is available on our Tickets Page.


Vundabar in Stereogum

Mission of Burma fans do not want to miss the new Vundabar single “Tonight I’m Wearing Silk.” Stereogum recently talked to Vundabar about the motivation behind interpolating MoB’s “That’s When I Reach For My Revolver” into their new track. Read the profile, check out the track below and see Vundabar Barrelhouse South at 10:30pm on Saturday 3/10.

Out of Town Visitors

Coming from out of town for this year’s Savannah Stopover? We look forward to having you! There are a number of places you can rest your head at night following a long day at Stopover. Some of our favorites include Staybridge Suites, The DeSoto Hotel and the Westin Savannah. Get more details on our Accommodations page!

Sarah Shook & the Disarmers in the News

Lots of folks were talking about Sarah Shook and the Disarmers this week! In addition to announcing a new album called Years due out on April 6th, the band released a new single called “Good as Gold.” That song generated lots of buzz from Rolling Stone, Brooklyn Vegan, Saving Country the Daily Country and more! Check out the song’s lyric video below and then catch the band on Friday 3/9 at The Jinx!

Deep Eddy is Back

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If you’ve been to a previous Stopover, then there’s little doubt you’ve enjoyed a Deep Eddy cocktail during a show. We couldn’t be happier that the Austin-based Vodka brand is returning for another Stopover this year! We’re really excited that they’ll be bringing their newly decked out Airstream Trailer. The rendering above gives you an idea how cool this thing is, but you’ll have to come by the Ships of the Sea venue during Stopover to see it for yourself- and maybe grab a cocktail while you’re there!

We'll have more news for you next week including a rundown of Stopover venues and more great band news! 

Savannah Stopover 2018 Digest #2

Since we're less than 5 weeks from the start of the 2018 Savannah Stopover Music Festival, there's a lot of news to keep up with! From Festival updates to band news, the amount of information can be overwhelming! To help you keep track of all of this information, we put together these weekly news digests.

The Schedule is Out!


We released the full schedule for the 2018 Savannah Stopver Music Festival! Powered by Sched, you can visit the schedule page on our website from your computer or phone and build your personal Savannah Stopover schedule! Make sure you add all the bands you want to see!

Jack Daniels, Jack Fire and El Jimador

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We are excited to welcome the Brown-Forman family of products back to Savannah Stopover for 2018. Look for great cocktails featuring Jack Daniels, Jack Fire and El Jimador Tequila at your favorite Stopover venue throughout the festival! Bartenders might even have a few special Stopover-exclusive recipes up their sleeves! Make sure to ask for these great brands as you hop from venue to venue.

Bat Fangs named Stereogum's 'Album of the Week'



Those who saw Ex Hex at Savannah Stopover 2014 likely have bassist Betsy Wright's new project Bat Fangs on their 2018 itinerary. If you missed that show though, you might want to check out this article from Stereogum calling the new Bat Fangs record Franchises their Album of the Week. After reading it, make note that Bat Fangs plays Saturday 3/10 at 11pm at The Jinx.

Caroline Rose Track Among NPR's 'Songs We Love'

Caroline Rose's latest track "Getting to Me" got an extensive write-up from NPR this week. Hit the link to read why NPR's Brittney McKenna loves the track and give it a listen  above. Don't miss Caroline Rose's Stopover performance Friday 3/9 at Ships of the Sea as part of the New West Records 20th Anniversary Showcase.

New West/Normaltown Records & Friends Showcase


El-Rocko Lounge will host the second of three label showcases at the 2018 Savannah Stopover Music Festival on Saturday 3/10. Come by for an afternoon filled with music from bands on New West Records and Normaltown Records plus some friends! The line-up includes White Violet, former Sugar-member David Barbe's new project (with members of New Madrid), DEGA, Wild Moccasins and The Nude Party.

2pm - White Violet
3pm - David Barbe & Inward Ebb Dream
4pm - DEGA
5pm - Wild Moccasins
6pm - The Nude Party

New of Montreal Video

Saturday night headliners at Ships of the Sea, of Montreal, have released the first video from their forcoming album White Is Relic/Irrealis Mood. Check out the video for “Paranoiac Intervals/Body Dysmorphia.”

Zeshan B on PBS

If Zeshan B is not yet on your radar, watch this profile of the Chicago-based singer from PBS News Hour above. Once you've watched it, we'll see you at Trinity United Church on Friday night at 9:30 for his Stopover set.

Check back next week for more news, info on another great special event and a rundown of this year's Stopover venues! 


Savannah Stopover 2018 Digest #1

The Savannah Stopover Digest is back!  Since we’re less than six weeks away from this year’s Savannah Stopover Music Festival, we’re going to be delivering weekly updates on news you can use! Keep an eye on this space on Friday afternoons for festival info, new songs and records from Stopover artists, details about Stopover sponsors and lots of other stuff you need to know! Here’s the scoop for this week:


New West Records Showcase


We are extremely excited to have three record label showcases happening at Savannah Stopover this year! The first one is happening Friday night, 3/9 at Ships of the Sea with our friends from New West Records (home to Shovels & Rope, Justin Townes Earle, etc) who are celebrating their 20th anniversary in 2018!. The line-up will feature Cicada Rhythm, Lilly Hiatt, Caroline Rose and Nikki Lane. We’ve created a Facebook event for the evening’s festivities, so let us know that you’ll be coming!


Low Cut Connie Added to the Line-up

Check this out! Low Cut Connie has been added to Stopover 2018. LA Weekly has said that  “Their ferocious live unmatched in all of rock right now!” Have a look for yourself:

You can catch Low Cut Connie at Stopover on Friday 3/9. Time and venue will be announced with the full schedule next week.

Lagunitas is Back!


Beer speaks! We couldn’t be happier to have our friends at Lagunitas back to fuel the 2018 Savannah Stopover Music Festival. These beer masters will have a few new tricks up their sleeve for this year’s festival, including their latest offering Sumpin’ Easy which they describe as:  
“Sumpin' Easy is everything we've learned about making hop-forward beer expressed in a moderate voice. Pale, cold, slightly alcoholic, and bitter. It's all we know.”

First single from Neighbor Lady:

Neighbor Lady from Athens, GA is a band to watch this Stopover. They’ve been catching a lot of buzz in and around the indie music scene. This buzz is sure to get louder as they tour the Southeast opening for Stopover alums The Futurebirds this winter.

Immersive Atlanta  premiered  their first single “Fine,” on 1/25/18 from their forthcoming record Maybe Later. Give it a listen:

New Song from Colin Caulfield:

Another artist to watch closely at this year’s Stopover is Colin Caulfield. You’ve probably seen Colin in has role as guitarist/keyboardist and vocalist of DIIV. His new solo project announced a brand new track yesterday (1/25/18) via Twitter. The single “Bullshit”, produced by Jake Portrait of Unknown Mortal Orchestra,  is anything but. Give it a spin:


More news next week! 

Kayne's Top 40 Songs of 2017

What Year Did You Say It Was?

2017 saw the return of some of the top indie bands of the last 20 years in fine form~~ Spoon, The National, LCD Soundsystem, The Hold Steady ( a new album please!), The New Pornographers, Grizzly Bear, Slowdive, etc. These bands are putting out some of the best music of their careers and fans and critics responded in kind (OK, there were a few former juggernauts who released new records in 2017 that didn’t work so well in my humble opinion ~see Arcade Fire and Fleet Foxes).

As usual, there is no Top 40 in my Top 40, although maybe The War on Drugs is getting some mainstream radio play on the heels of their Grammy nod for Best Rock Album of the year? It’s well deserved.

But dig deeper and you’ll find a wealth of newer bands putting out fantastic music. England’s Archie Marshall (aka King Krule) is only 23 but put out one of the most flat out interesting records of the year, managing to sound like some space age combination of Joe Strummer and Miles Davis. Jazz elements also creep into Crumb’s music, another one of my favorite young bands.

Booking for Savannah Stopover has me spending a good part of each year listening to new music from up and coming bands and there’s a fair amount of worthy examples on here: Gus Dapperton, Cape Francis, Charles Fauna, Cut Worms, KOLARS, Sheer Mag, Men I Trust, Hazel English, Snail Mail, Nasau and Superorganism ( “Something For Your Mind” is an earworm). I’m excited that we’ve snagged at least 5 of these bands for Stopover 2018.

Most indie blogs/ radio stations/festivals don’t include much in the way of Americana/Country and Folk but I can’t get enough of it- in some ways, it’s my true north and as a genre, it’s on fire- with great new talent coming out of the woodwork and top producers, managers and labels lining up. Don’t miss the tracks from Sarah Shook & the Disarmers, Colter Wall, and my favorite road song of 2017, “Highway Queen” by Nikki Lane.

And can we have a moment to pause and talk about Canada? While I wasn’t crazy about the new Arcade Fire record ( I just think they’re capable of better), the rest of the Canadian Music scene blew me away this year. Six of the 40 tracks on this list are from Canadian bands: The New Pornographers, Broken Social Scene, Weaves, Destroyer, Men I Trust and Alvvays (who just killed it on their Sophomore album). Oh, Can-a-da!

I try not to get too, too hung up on which is song is #1 vs #6 or #13. In fact, I had a really hard time choosing from among the top 5 (what a breakout year for Big Thief!), but in the end the #1 nod goes to St. Vincent’s “New York”, one of those songs that punches you in the gut no matter how many times you’ve heard it. Never has the use of “mother fucker” sounded so damn sexy.

Enjoy! And get ready~~ 12 of these bands are playing Stopover 2018!

Rising Outlaw Country Star Colter Wall added to Stopover 2018 Lineup!

Just in time for the Holidays, we've got a little gift for all you music lovers. Colter Wall is burning up year end 'Best Of 2017' lists and selling out shows from New York to Nashville — and we're thrilled to announce he'll be playing Savannah Stopover on Saturday, March 10th. 

 “A blend of Woody Guthrie folk, Bob Dylan storytelling and Townes Van Zandt despair, all delivered in a deeper-than-Cash baritone, Colter Wall is a mesmerizing album.”—Rolling Stone

A holiday gift from Savannah Stopover to you...

Colter Wall will embark on his largest headline tour to date in 2018 including Savannah Stopover Music Festival! 

The tour follows a breakout year for Wall, which included over 40 sold out shows and saw the release of his acclaimed self-titled debut album. The record—produced by Grammy Award winning producer Dave Cobb—landed on “Best of 2017” lists at Rolling Stone, Paste and UPROXX, who praised, “…this self-titled slow burner is surprisingly fresh, full of existential dread and gorgeous, meandering melodies that occasionally whip themselves up into frenzies. For all your friends who declare pop has cannibalized country, play Colter Wall for them, and watch them slip back into the outlaw past with glee.”

“With a sound that celebrates the past while adding an entirely individual spin that sets him apart from the ever-growing crowd. While many artists spend two albums finding their voice, it seems Wall was born with his, and if this record is any indication, it has a lot more to say.”
—No Depression

And don't forget, Savannah Stopover Passes
Make The Perfect Stocking Stuffer!

Give the gift of live music this holiday season with an advanced price VIP, Three-Day or Single-Day pass to Savannah Stopover, taking over Savannah March 8th-10th, 2018.

In addition to many of the bands you may already know, like Wild ChildLarkin Poe and Saturday headliner Of Montreal (playing March 10th at Ships of the Sea!), we can't wait for you to hear some of our new favorites like Gus Dapperton, The War and Treaty, Public Access TV, Shopping, Ratboys, Cape Francis, Vundabar and okey dokey — and you won't want to miss our Latin dance party with Combo Chimbita.

Stay tuned for the full lineup in mid-January, including ten local bands!

Check out the band pages and playlists to start getting acquainted. Who's your favorite?

Our first wave of confirmed bands for Stopover '18 is here!

Are you ready to hear what bands are going to take over our fair city from March 8th-10th? After sifting through hundreds and hundreds of submissions we are proud to announce our first 40 official bands of our 2018 lineup. See the flyer below, and check out the coverage in Brooklyn Vegan.

In addition to many of the bands you may already know, like Wild ChildLarkin Poe and Saturday headliner Of Montreal (playing March 10th at Ships of the Sea!), we can't wait for you to hear some of our new favorites like Gus Dapperton, The War and Treaty, Public Access TV, Shopping, Ratboys, Cape Francis, Vundabar and okey dokey — and you won't want to miss our Latin dance party with Combo Chimbita.

The next wave of confirmed acts, including additional headliners and local Savannah Bands, will be announced in January. More than 80 bands are expected to perform at next year's festival!

Be sure to visit the website to check out the band pages and playlists to start getting acquainted with these bands. Who's your favorite?

  Tickets go on sale Nov. 30 at 12 p.m.

Tickets go on sale Nov. 30 at 12 p.m.