Last Saturday morning, I rolled out of bed about an hour after the winner crossed the finish line of the Savannah Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon and made my way to Forsyth Park for a spirited set by Phillip Phillips and his excellent band.
For the first few years, the marathon fell short of early hopes in terms of headliners, but I was really impressed with Phillips’ performance. He has a handful of legitimate pop hits and an inviting presence on stage — even on the flawed outdoor stage in Forsyth. Phillips, who won American Idol in 2012 (a show I’ve never watched, btw), also seems to have a great deal of respect for his fellow musicians. Some of Saturday’s songs ventured deeper into southern rock while others seemed on the verge of becoming jammy, but Phillips is at best with the high-energy pop ballads like “Home” and “Gone, Gone, Gone”.
I took some photos — a couple here with more after the jump: