This weekend brought about the return of A-Town Get Down Arts & Music Festival, and with it a full roster of top-notch music. This was my fifth year performing with Waits & Co. at the annual shindig, and per usual we had a blast. The gathering of creatives to share their talents has become a favorite of mine, and was actually my introduction to the Savannah music community.
Over those last five years I’ve become friends with quite a few of the regular faces, both onstage & behind the scenes. One of those friendships is with Walter Parks of Swamp Cabbage. When performing together these three veterans of the stage throw down sound like nobody’s business. To paraphrase Walter’s tongue-in-cheek statement from under the bridge ‘it’s in our contract that we play LOUD’, and they delivered on both that & the down-home dirty sound that they’re known for. Humor and rock & roll at maximum volume are something they do well, pulling from both their own originals, to ‘Won’t Get Fooled Again’ by The Who, and finishing out their set with a masterful cover of The Allman Brothers. Joining them for a few rousing, brass-blasting tunes was the horn section from Snarky Puppy. I’d love to hear what all of those cats could do together in the studio. A-Town is generally speaking a festival of mixing things up, one-off collaborations, and not only seasoned musicians doing their thing, but also sharing the stage, and their experience with up & comers.
Congratulations to both the A-Town family & also Erin Wessling of W Projects for pulling off a helluva’ day of music & art in Savannah!
Here are a few highlight shots, with more after the jump….