The 2015 Statts Fest featured eight strong Savannah-based bands — and they all brought everything they have to The Jinx last week.
Statts Fest is of course organized by Friends of Statts every year in support of our friend Jason Statts, who was paralyzed in a random, senseless shooting in 2008. Jason faces some daunting challenges, but he lives at home and lives a rich life of friends, family, art, and music.
Statts Fest is obviously first and foremost a fundraiser and community gathering, but over the years it has also become one of the best one-day showcases of Savannah bands that you’ll find.
The day started with James Pittman and Joe Nelson performing old time music, and then came The Magic Rocks, Bottles & Cans, Damon and the Shitkickers, COEDS, Hotplate, Bear Fight!, and Black Tusk. I don’t seem to have gotten any photos of Jason last Saturday, and I certainly didn’t spend any time taking crowd portraits — I kept my attention on the stage. Some of the bands don’t really do much on stage, so one shot is about the same as the next, but I took a lot of a few other bands — like COEDS and Black Tusk — who have especially energetic stage shows, and I’ve decided to make this a very, very photo-heavy post. So it might take a second to load.