Last week, Savannah Stopover confirmed most of the details for the 2019 festival, which takes place March 7th to 9th with 85 shows and events at an eclectic mix of venues here in Savannah, Georgia.
We have been huge fans of Stopover here at hissing lawns – the 3-day indie music festival has brought so many amazing acts to town that I don’t even know where to begin.
Lucy Dacus returns to Stopover this year to headline opening night in the North Garden at the Ships of the Sea Maritime Museum — a sublime venue. Dacus’ recent work has been honored as NPR Music’s #4 album and #2 song of 2018 and Paste Magazine’s #1 album of 2018.
Deerhunter will make their first ever Savannah appearance on March 8th at the Ships of the Sea. We love their latest album, Why Hasn’t Everything Already Disappeared?
The Welsh band The Joy Formidable will headline at Ships on the 9th, and there will also be nine performances this year at Service Brewing on Indian Street, just a few blocks from Ships. Service will host headliners SUSTO, The Bright Light Social Hour, and Andrew Combs — what an impressive list.
It’s really tough in a single post to capture the sense of discovery and adventure at Stopover. I typically spend a lot of time planning various routes and options — usually a mix of bands that I know pretty well and others that I’ve previewed — but I suspect some attendees have even better experiences just by drifting between venues as the mood strikes. The clubs that are especially heavily used for Stopover — Barrelhouse, El-Rocko, The Jinx, Congress Street Social, and Club One — are within a few minutes’ walk of each other, and Savannah of course has an enlightened ordinance that allows to-go cups in much of the Historic District. Take a look at this year’s venues (an * indicates all ages access):
- Barrelhouse South – 125 West Congress Street
- Club One – 1 West Jefferson Street
- *Congress Street Social Club – Outside Stage – 411 West Congress Street
- Congress Street Social Club – Inside Stage – 411 West Congress Street
- El-Rocko Lounge – 117 Whitaker Street
- *The Grey – 109 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd
- The Jinx – 121 West Congress Street
- *Ships Of The Sea Maritime Museum – North Garden/Assembly Room – 41 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd.
- Perry Lane Hotel- Wayward Bar- 257 E. Perry Street
- Perry Lane Hotel- Pelegrin Rooftop Lounge ( Credentials Required) – 256 E. Perry Street
- Service Brewing Co. – 574 Indian Street
- The Stopover Artist Lounge – 18 E. Broughton Street ( Credentials Required)
- *Festival HQ & Ticketing – 216 W. Broughton Street ( Opening March 4th, 2019)
Sched provides a really great platform and app for organizing your Stopover experience. Do yourself a favor and download it. You can get a taste of it by looking at the full schedule and re-sorting by venue, by type of event, etc.
For a lot more detail about Stopover, check out this great interview with festival founder and CEO Kayne Lanahan by Josh Peacock, editor of Do Savannah at the Savannah Morning News.
It’s been kind of quiet here at hissing lawns for the past few months — we are always looking for new contributors — but we will have a lot more about Stopover in the coming weeks.