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Robert Earl Keen / Dave Alvin & Jimmie Dale Gilmore

Since his beginnings in the Texas folk scene nearly four decades ago, Robert Earl Keen has achieved pioneer status in the Americana music world. Coming up in the company of Townes Van Zandt, Guy Clark, Joe Ely and Lyle Lovett, Keen has long been regarded one of the Lone Star State’s finest true singer-songwriters. He…

Jeff Tweedy

As the founding member and leader of Wilco and co-founder of Uncle Tupelo, Jeff Tweedy is one of the most accomplished songwriters and performers in contemporary American music. Since starting Wilco in 1994, Tweedy has penned original songs for 10 Wilco albums and collaborated with Billy Bragg to bring musical life to three albums worth…

Union Tanguera and Kate Weare Company, a collaboration, Sin Salida

Contemporary dance meets Argentinian tango in Sin Salida, a first-time collaboration between New York-based choreographer Kate Weare and Esteban Moreno of the French/Argentinian tango troupe Union Tanguera. With live music by Argentinian composer Gustavo Beytelmann, this riveting work explores the stark contrast of the tango coupling versus the individual focus in modern dance, posing the…

Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder

There are few musicians in the history of bluegrass music whose abilities and experience can be compared to those of Ricky Skaggs. A 2018 inductee into the Country Music Hall of Fame, Skaggs earned his first paycheck at age seven playing on Flatt & Scruggs’ syndicated television program. Skaggs joined Ralph Stanley’s Band in 1971…

Roby Lakatos / Sam Reider and the Human Hands

Hungarian violinist Roby Lakatos is not only a scorching virtuoso, but a musician of extraordinary stylistic versatility who defies definition. Having been described as everything from gypsy violinist or “devil’s fiddler” to classical virtuoso to jazz improviser to arranger, he is the kind of universal musician so rarely encountered in our time—a player whose strength…

Angélique Kidjo’s Remain in Light

After an electrifying performance to a packed house at the Trustees Theater in 2008, Angélique Kidjo returns to SMF with her latest project, a track-by-track reimagining of the Talking Heads’ landmark album, Remain in Light. Angélique Kidjo was dubbed “Africa’s premier diva” by Time Magazine. The BBC has included her in its list of the…

Swing Central Jazz Finale: Romance, Swing and the Blues

This year’s Swing Central Jazz Finale—an annual SMF highlight—is based on Marcus Roberts and The Modern Jazz Generation’s 2014 album, Romance, Swing and the Blues. The Modern Jazz Generation, a 12-piece band that grew from the philosophy and style of the Marcus Roberts Trio, is based on the principle of mentoring that plays such a…

Swing Central Jazz Competition

During the competition on the final day of the program, each of the 12 bands performs a 25-minute set for a panel of judges that is led by Jim Ketch and includes Dave Stryker, Rodney Whitaker, Ricardo Pascal and Brianna Thomas. Schedule: Part I (Competition Order Randomly Generated) 8:30am Agoura High School Jazz “A” 8:55am…

Andersson Dance & Scottish Ensemble: Goldberg Variations – ternary patterns for insomnia

Play the opening of J.S. Bach’s Goldberg Variations to someone, and they’ve usually heard it before, whether in its original form, one of the many transcribed and transposed versions, or in a completely unique setting in a totally different genre. Originally composed 1742, it is not only one of the most celebrated and well-known pieces…

Atlanta Symphony Orchestra with Daniel Hope, David Finckel and Wu Han

Robert Spano, Music Director Daniel Hope, violin David Finckel, cello Wu Han, piano Join us for a Pre-Concert Talk with Ken Meltzer at 6 pm In their 14th consecutive SMF performance, the world-renowned Atlanta Symphony Orchestra (ASO) returns to the Lucas stage under maestro Robert Spano. Joining them are SMF’s Mr. & Mrs. Curtis G….

I’m With Her | Sara Watkins • Sarah Jarosz • Aoife O’Donovan

After years of crossing paths in their intersecting scenes, Sara Watkins, Sarah Jarosz and Aoife O’Donovan sparked an easy chemistry when they came together for an off-the-cuff performance at the 2014 Telluride Bluegrass Festival. In the years since, the women have formed a special, family-like bond, garnering acclaim for their unique blend of instrumental interplay…

The Del McCoury Band / Steep Canyon Rangers

For more than 50 years, Del McCoury’s music has defined authenticity for not only bluegrass enthusiasts, but for a growing number of fans only vaguely familiar with the genre. After coming under the tutelage of Bill Monroe in the 1960s, McCoury worked his way to the top of the bluegrass world, emerging onto the larger…

Georgia Soul & Blues: William Bell / Jontavious Willis

2019 SEASON KICKOFF CONCERT The original “soul man,” and co-writer of one of the most covered songs in blues/rock music history is bringing his 10-piece band back to Savannah to kick off SMF’s 30th Festival Season! William Bell has enjoyed a distinguished career as a singer, songwriter and producer since his 1961 solo debut for…