Savannah Music Festival 2015 Calendar and Artist Lineup
 
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Tue 03/31 Giants of Texas Swing: Hot Club of Cowtown/Asleep at the Wheel

Giants of Texas Swing: Hot Club of Cowtown/Asleep at the Wheel

5:00 PM | Charles H. Morris Center

This three-day run at the Charles H. Morris Center brings together two of the most influential bands playing western swing today, Hot Club of Cowtown and Asleep at the Wheel. Hot Club of Cowtown's influences have always been as much the musette music...

Tue 03/31 Giants of Texas Swing: Hot Club of Cowtown/Asleep at the Wheel

Giants of Texas Swing: Hot Club of Cowtown/Asleep at the Wheel

7:30 PM | Charles H. Morris Center

This three-day run at the Charles H. Morris Center brings together two of the most influential bands playing western swing today, Hot Club of Cowtown and Asleep at the Wheel.

Tue 03/31 Béla Fleck with Brooklyn Rider

Béla Fleck with Brooklyn Rider

7:30 PM | Lucas Theatre for the Arts

Banjoist/composer Béla Fleck has performed on seven different occasions at SMF, each time with distinctly different projects. His 2015 appearance will be no exception, as he joins forces with the acclaimed string quartet Brooklyn Rider during their 2015 SMF residency.

Tue 03/31 The Wailers

The Wailers

8:30 PM | Trustees Theater

Following up their 2013 SMF appearance, The Wailers return to the Trustees Theater

Wed 04/01 Chamber Music VIII : Brooklyn Rider

Chamber Music VIII : Brooklyn Rider

11:00 AM | Trinity United Methodist Church

Celebrating its 10th anniversary together, Brooklyn Rider is one of today's most technically accomplished string quartets, attracting legions of fans and drawing critical acclaim from classical, world and rock critics.

Wed 04/01 Mike Marshall & Choro Famoso

Mike Marshall & Choro Famoso

12:30 PM | Charles H. Morris Center

Mike Marshall is one of the world's most accomplished mandolinists who began his love affair with the music of Brazil after a visit there, before embarking on an in-depth study of the roots of the Brazilian choro.

Wed 04/01 Recitals V : Paul Lewis, piano

Recitals V : Paul Lewis, piano

6:00 PM | Trinity United Methodist Church

Paul Lewis' cycles of piano works by Beethoven and Schubert have received unanimous critical and public acclaim across the globe, solidifying his reputation as one of the world's foremost interpreters of European classical repertoire.

Wed 04/01 The Brazilian Soul: Mike Marshall & Choro Famoso/Clarice Assad/Off the Cliff

The Brazilian Soul: Mike Marshall & Choro Famoso/Clarice Assad/Off the Cliff

8:00 PM | Lucas Theatre for the Arts

Brazilian choro, the instrumental popular Brazilian music that originated in 19th century Rio, is showcased on this evening by the group Choro Famoso, featuring mandolinist Mike Marshall.

Thu 04/02 Chamber Music IX : Bruch & Brahms

Chamber Music IX : Bruch & Brahms

11:00 AM | Unitarian Universalist Church

Bruch: Selections from Eight pieces for Violin, Viola and Piano, Op. 83 Brahms: Piano Quartet No. 2 in A Major, Op. 26 In a recent article in The Guardian (UK) entitled "The Best of Brahms: Lesser-Known Treats," SMF Associate Artistic...

Thu 04/02 The World of Clarice Assad featuring Off the Cliff & Mike Marshall

The World of Clarice Assad featuring Off the Cliff & Mike Marshall

12:30 PM | Charles H. Morris Center

A visionary composer and virtuoso pianist who draws on Heitor Villa-Lobos and Hermeto Pascoal in equal measure, and an overall practitioner of vocalese, Brazilian native Clarice Assad is as comfortable performing with a symphony orchestra as with her ancient-to-future unit...

SOLD OUT South Africa meets the American South: Vusi Mahlasela/Dirk Powell & Riley Baugus

South Africa meets the American South: Vusi Mahlasela/Dirk Powell & Riley Baugus

6:30 PM | Charles H. Morris Center

Vusi Mahlasela is simply known as "The Voice" in his home country, South Africa, and is celebrated for his distinctive, powerful voice and his poetic, optimistic lyrics. His songs of hope connect Apartheid-scarred South Africa with its promise for a better...

Thu 04/02 Josh Ritter

Josh Ritter

8:00 PM | Lucas Theatre for the Arts

Since 1997, American songwriter, guitarist and author Josh Ritter has been creating some of the best folk-rock music to hit the airwaves.

Thu 04/02 South Africa meets the American South: Vusi Mahlasela/Dirk Powell & Riley Baugus

South Africa meets the American South: Vusi Mahlasela/Dirk Powell & Riley Baugus

9:00 PM | Charles H. Morris Center

Vusi Mahlasela is simply known as "The Voice" in his home country, South Africa, and is celebrated for his distinctive, powerful voice and his poetic, optimistic lyrics. His songs of hope connect Apartheid-scarred South Africa with its promise for a...

Fri 04/03 Dirk Powell & Riley Baugus

Dirk Powell & Riley Baugus

12:30 PM | Charles H. Morris Center

This is an exclusive lunchtime performance by two masters of old-time music: Dirk Powell and Riley Baugus.

Fri 04/03 Acoustic Music Seminar Finale: Stringband Spectacular

Acoustic Music Seminar Finale: Stringband Spectacular

6:00 PM | Lucas Theatre for the Arts

After five days of collaborations and instruction by some of the world's finest acoustic musicians, the 16 participants of the 2015 Acoustic Music Seminar (AMS) present their latest compositions in an original program.

Fri 04/03 Cajun Dance Party: The Band Courtbouillon

Cajun Dance Party: The Band Courtbouillon

7:00 PM | Charles H. Morris Center

Three is the magic number when you're counting Cajun music virtuosos in this GRAMMY winning supergroup.

Fri 04/03 Dianne Reeves

Dianne Reeves

8:00 PM | Trustees Theater

Returning for her fourth SMF appearance and her first since the 2011 double bill with Brazilian guitarist Chico Pinheiro, jazz singer Dianne Reeves is among the preeminent jazz vocalists of the past three decades. A multiple GRAMMY winner, Reeves has...

Fri 04/03 Drew Holcomb & the Neighbors

Drew Holcomb & the Neighbors

8:30 PM | Ships of the Sea North Garden

Since releasing their debut album in 2005, Nashville-based Drew Holcomb & The Neighbors have established themselves as a formidable and distinctive indie Americana band

Fri 04/03 Cajun Dance Party: The Band Courtbouillon

Cajun Dance Party: The Band Courtbouillon

9:00 PM | Charles H. Morris Center

Three is the magic number when you're counting Cajun music virtuosos in this GRAMMY winning supergroup. In their Savannah debut, The Band Courtbouillon - Wayne "Le Boss" Toups, Steve Riley (of the Mamou Playboys) and Wilson Savoy (of the Pine...

Sat 04/04 Chamber Music X: Passionate Piano Quartets

Chamber Music X: Passionate Piano Quartets

3:00 PM | Savannah Theatre

This collaboration of four extraordinary musicians was born out of the incredible success at a 2012 Chamber Music Society (CMS) of Lincoln Center performance in New York that explored the influence of violinist Joseph Joachim.

Sat 04/04 Rosanne Cash The River & The Thread

Rosanne Cash The River & The Thread

7:30 PM | Lucas Theatre for the Arts

Rosanne Cash performs songs from three-time Grammy award winning album, The River and the Thread, and other favorites. She draws from country, blues, gospel, and rock, reflecting a soulful mix of music with deep cultural and historical connections to the South.

Sat 04/04 Closing Night Party: DakhaBrakha

Closing Night Party: DakhaBrakha

9:00 PM | Ships of the Sea North Garden

DakhaBrakha is a world music quartet from Kyiv, Ukraine. The band creates a universe of unexpected new music in a variety of native melodies and rhythms.