Savannah Stopover announced the first wave of bands for the 2019 festival, which will take place in a variety of downtown venues from March 7 to 9.
We know a fair number of the acts announced so far, but there are more that are new to us. Since the festival’s founding, Kayne Lanahan and her team have worked year-round to find promising up-and-coming bands that haven’t played the Savannah market, so for regular attendees the festival has become a heady mix of discovering acts that are new to us and revisiting others that we already love.
Deerhunter had already been announced as a festival headliner, and I’m thrilled by the other familiar names here, like Lucy Dacus, The Joy Formidable, Andrew Combs, Susto, The Bright Light Social Hour, and The Minks (who played a great set to open for Aaron Lee Tasjan a few nights ago at El-Rocko). And in the coming weeks I’ll be digging more deeply into the playlist and exploring other acts from there.
With this first wave, Stopover has announceda Kanine Records showcase on Saturday, March 9. Kayne tells us that Lio Cerezo, Kanine’s founder, was an early supporter of Stopover and that the festival has included 11 of the label’s bands over the years. The 2019 Kanine showcase will feature three acts from outside the U.S.: Honey Lung from London, Living Hour from Winnipeg, and Tallies from Toronto.
If you want to start learning more about the bands, check out the playlist on Spotify, but Stopover attendees would likely have a great time without any planning at all. The venues are within walking distance, and sometimes our favorite bands weren’t even on our radar before the festival. Tickets are now on sale.