Robert Randolph & The Family Band, Randall Bramblett, many more acts slated for A-Town Get Down 2016

Wow, what a great lineup for the 2016 A-Town Get Down, which is slated for Feb. 27 at the Charles Morris Center here in Savannah. Skip the rest of this post and go ahead and buy your tickets here.

The last time Robert Randolph & The Family Band came to town was for the Savannah Music Festival in 2011 — and what a sublime performance that was at Trustees Theater.

Randall Bramblett is still going strong after decades as part of the Georgia scene, and the rest of the lineup looks awesome too. hissing lawns contributor Jon Waits will be there with his band Waits & Co. And Gill Landry from Old Crow Medicine Show?

And how about Andrae Murchison, the Savannah native who has traveled the world with the Duke Ellington Orchestra and The Skatalites?

I chatted a year or so ago with Walter Parks about a collaboration with the Florida Ballet, and I’m super excited to see what he has planned. Really, great news up and down the whole lineup.

From the Facebook event:

  • Robert Randolph + The Family Band
  • Randall Bramblett
  • Paris Monster
  • Gill Landry (of Old Crow Medicine Show)
  • Savannah Children’s Choir
  • Waits + Co.
  • Isaac Smith Band
  • Walter Parks + The Florida Ballet
  • Infalliable Funk
  • Marques and The Marvelous Miracles
  • Kay Dené + the Record
  • Andrae Murchison
  • The Get Right Band
  • Taylor Roberts
  • Arvid Smith

Some of the activities and workshops that have been announced, so far:

  • Hands-On Art Projects
  • Children’s Crafts
  • Portrait Painting/ Fashion Illustration
  • Collabostation
  • ArtPort Shuffle
  • Adobe Digital Arts Lab
  • Art Rise- Spin Art
  • Scribble- Face Paint
  • Ceramics
  • Vinyl Appreciation

The festival is produced by the nonprofit Alex Townsend Memorial Foundation, which “was named for Alex Townsend, a highly creative and impactful young man who passed away at the age of 21. A passionate artist and musician, Alex was studying graphic design at the Savannah College of Art and Design at the time of his death.”

Here’s the foundation’s mission:

We work to help instill self-esteem, confidence and optimism in young creative people. Currently we do this through the popular A-Town series of festivals for music and art, and Pianos for People, which gives used pianos to families and organizations serving the underprivileged.

It’s a great event. We encouraged everyone to support it.