Initial Lineup Press Release

Savannah Stopover Music Festival Announces First Wave Of Bands for 2017 Festival

Kishi Bashi, Lee Fields & The Expressions and Jeff The Brotherhood Top List of Confirmed Acts

FOR IMMEDIATE Release: Tuesday, November 15th, 2016-Savannah, GA

Savannah Stopover Music Festival announced today the first wave of bands confirmed to play the annual indie music festival which will take place March 9th-11th, 2017 in Savannah’s Historic District.

The 3-day festival, heading into it’s 7th year, is known for it’s affordability and focus on up and coming acts. The festival takes place the weekend before the SXSW Music Conference in Austin, TX and helps support bands as they make their way down I-95 to Austin. Forty bands have been confirmed from across the U.S. including acts from  England (Wreckless Eric), Wales (Chain of Flowers), New Zealand (Kane Strang) and Puerto Rico (AJ Dávila).

Kishi Bashi will kick off the festival with a headline performance at the festival’s Opening Night Event on March 9th at Ships of The Sea’s North Garden in Savannah. The former member of of Montreal released his 3rd album Sonderlust  on September 16th, 2016 to wide critical acclaim; with NPR stating  “Throughout the album Ishibashi broadens his palette, rendering his sound ever more frantic, unpredictable, digital and danceable.”

Classic soul and funk icons Lee Fields & the Expressions, fresh off of their highly lauded November release, Special Night, will headline Friday, March 11th.

The festival, which takes place across numerous venues in Savannah’s historic district, “offers an affordable and walkable experience where you’re likely to see a slew of fantastic

bands before they break out of the pack”  says Kayne Lanahan, the festival’s CEO and Founder, adding “it’s very unique in today’s world of high priced concert tickets and mainstream headliner-driven festivals. If you haven’t heard of a lot of these bands yet, that’s the whole point.”

First Wave Confirmed Acts:
AJ Dávila - San Juan, Puerto Rico
Alanna Royale - Nashville, TN
Allison Crutchfield & The Fizz - Philadelphia, PA
Becca Mancari - Lynchburg, VA
Big Jesus - Atlanta, GA
Blue Healer - Austin, TX
Chain of Flowers - Cardiff, Wales
Charly Bliss - New York, NY
Cicada Rhythm - Athens, GA
City of the Sun - New York, NY
Crocodiles - San Diego, CA
Daddy Issues - Nashville, TN
Ezra Furman - Chicago , IL
Gibbz - Bohemia, NY
Half Waif - Brooklyn, NY
Hoops - Bloomington, IN
Jeff The Brotherhood - Nashville, TN
Kane Strang - Dunedin, New Zealand
Kelsey Waldon - Nashville, TN
Kishi Bashi - Athens, GA
Lee Fields & The Expressions - Brooklyn, NY
Major and the Monbacks - Norfolk, VA
Muddy Magnolias - Nashville, TN
Nellie Pearl - Louisville, KY
pronoun - Brooklyn, NY
*repeat repeat - East Nashville, TN
River Whyless - Asheville, NC
Ron Gallo - Philadelphia, PA
Ruby Amanfu - Nashville, TN
Tall Heights - Boston, MA
The Bones of J.R. Jones - Rosendale, NY
The Dig - New York, NY
The Paperhead - Nashville, TN
Upright Man - New York, NY
Vagabon - Cameroon/New York
Valley Queen - Los Angeles, CA
Vita and the Woolf - Philadelphia, PA
Walker Lukens - Austin, TX

Wreckless Eric - Newhaven, England
Yoke Lore - Brooklyn, NY

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 the 2017 festival, selected from the more than 700 who submit to play. Bands looking to submit can do so at SonicBids.

Pre-sale passes to the festival are sold out. Advanced-Priced Passes go on sale 11/15/16 at 11am. Passes grant attendees access to all concerts on a first-come, first-served basis. Additional ticketing information is available at and directly through Ticketlfy:

Single Day Pass- $34 (good for any one day)
Weekend Pass- $59 (good for 3/10 and 3/11)
Three-Day Pass- $79 (good for 3/9-3/11)
VIP Pass- $149 (good for 3/9-3/11)

Band bios, videos and streaming Mp3’s for all confirmed bands are available at A Savannah Stopover playlist is available on Spotify:


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