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 TENTH 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 5-7, 2020, the Savannah Stopover will showcase 80+ bands in small to mid-size venues across Savannah’s walkable Historic District. Passes for Year 10 will go on sale in October of 2019.
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.
Cattie Williams - Festival Coordinator
Cattie will 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. Stop in to Festival HQ to say hi to her and her dog Alice — and if you can catch her at a venue, take a picture!
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. If there’s a technical/logistical/musical/party problem, Caila will fix it — just don't ask her to change any more ads!
Sarah Weitman - Sponsorship and Operations Coordinator
Nerdy, crazy cat lady masquerading as a semi-responsible adult. If you see her around, she’s likely on a hunt for food in between tasks. From volunteer to photographer to staff — just like the Jeffersons, she's movin' on up!
Amanda Meyer - Volunteer Coordinator
Amanda is the coordinator of all things volunteer. When she's not busy managing spreadsheets or throwing back lattes she's busy being a chicken mama and kayaking on the ocean. She's originally from Minnesota, but is working to incorporate more "Y'alls" into her vocabulary every day.
Jared Hall - Venue Captain @ Ships Of The Sea and GenNext 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.