Revival Fest Preview – Velvet Caravan

Continuing with our five question Revival Fest previews is a short Q & A with Jared Hall (keyboard/accordion) of Velvet Caravan, the city of Savannah’s one and only gypsy jazz band. The accompanying photos were shot by me (Jon Waits) at the band’s official CD release concert, and despite the black tie get-ups these musicians provided a great evening of music & laughter, in their usual manner. They may be a band that is well equipped for large events & fancy occasions, but at heart they are still performers that are able to laugh at themselves and have a great time onstage.

Velvet Caravan takes the third spot this Saturday afternoon, performing on the Do Savannah stage inside the old paint shops at the Georgia State Railroad Museum.

hl: What has Velvet Caravan been up to lately?

Jared Hall: All kinds of fun projects. We’ve been enjoying a great summer! Playing shows around Savannah and Tybee Island. We are now preparing and gearing up for an amazing Fall!

hl: How does the band feel about being included as one of just a few local acts in this year’s Revival Fest?

Jared Hall: Savannah is home to so many artists & musicians. Many of them whom we admire and respect. It’s truly an honor to be selected to play at Revival Fest.

hl: What can the audience look forward to in your performance?

Jared Hall: Our shows are eclectic, high energy, fun filled, and dance friendly! The musicianship is top notch and the toe tapping contagious!

hl: What does Velvet Caravan think about how they ‘fit in’ to Revival Fest?

Jared Hall: Our brand of Southern music is like a lowcountry boil. We like to throw a lot of different ingredients into the mix. The result is Velvet Caravan’s version of gypsy jazz; also referred to as European Redneck!

hl: What festivals, performances, and other opportunities to see and hear Velvet Caravan are in the near future?

Jared Hall: Upcoming performances for us include: Savannah Jazz Festival, The South Carolina Jazz Festival, The Shalom Y’all Jewish Food Festival, and a weekend at the Jazz Corner on Hilton Head, S.C. Please check out our website,, for further details and information!

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