Sunday, October 24
3:00 PM

  • Eastern Wharf Park
  • Approx. 3 hrs
  • FREE

SMF In Unison: Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper / Rob Ickes & Trey Hensley


This performance has reached its capacity limit.

Although SMF In Unison: Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper / Rob Ickes & Trey Hensley is a free event, SMF limited the number of available tickets to comply with the attendance limitations currently in place for large-scale gatherings in Savannah.
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This free outdoor bluegrass co-bill celebrates the generosity of SMF In Unison: patrons who donated their SMF 2020 ticket purchase back to the organization and helped support our organization’s ongoing operations.

Grammy-winning bluegrass ensemble Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper make their SMF debut! After picking up the fiddle at age 4, Michael’s musical momentum began to propel him forward towards early success. “When I started taking lessons at age 4,” he remembers, “I told the teacher right up front that I wanted to learn how to play bluegrass and I wanted to play ‘Orange Blossom Special.'” Michael was invited to sit in with the legendary Bill Monroe at the Bean Blossom Bluegrass Festival at age 9. Soon after, he brought his virtuosic style to the Grand Ole Opry as a guest of Alison Krauss, and was hand picked for the International Bluegrass Music Association’s (IBMA) Bluegrass Youth Allstars before he was 14. His blistering prowess and technical fluency have since marked him as a sought-after musician, leading to performances with Vince Gill, Marty Stuart, Tim O’Brien, J.D. Crowe and the New South, Andy Statman, Béla Fleck and The Kruger Brothers in recent years. However, it wasn’t until 2006, when Michael formed his own band that he found the right vehicle for his musical vision, and he hasn’t rested since, constantly looking for new ways to push himself and his music forward. Cleveland is the IBMA’s most awarded Fiddle Player of the Year with 12 wins, has won Instrumental Recorded Performance of the Year six times, and fronts their 6-Time Instrumental Group of the Year. Together with Flamekeeper members Josh Richards (guitar), Nathan Livers (mandolin), Jasiah Shrode (banjo) and Chris Douglas (bass), Cleveland makes his way around the country performing festivals, clubs, and performing arts centers, delighting audiences, and often leaving them with jaws dropped in amazement.

Based on a mutual love of bluegrass, country, blues, western swing, and string band music of all kinds, Dobro and lap steel specialist Rob Ickes and acoustic/electric guitarist Trey Hensley formed a partnership in 2015 after their debut album, Before The Sun Goes Down, was nominated for a Grammy. Since then, the duo has performed at music festivals across America including Rockygrass, ROMP, Wintergrass, Bluegrass Underground and the Freshgrass Festival, as well as venues in Europe, England, Ireland and Australia. Ickes grew up in California’s Bay Area and cut his teeth on traditional bluegrass before moving to Nashville in the early ‘90s where he co-founded the highly influential bluegrass group Blue Highway. He has won 15 IBMA Awards for Dobro Player of the Year. A Tennessee native, Hensley was 11 years old when Marty Stuart brought him onstage to play with him and Earl Scruggs at the Grand Ole Opry.

What can I bring to the concert?

Allowed items:

  • Lawnchairs, blankets, mats, or towels
  • Small personal bag 
  • Water bottles
  • Strollers, wheelchairs, and other personal medical equipment

Not allowed:

  • Smoking or vaping
  • Coolers
  • Food or beverages from any other place besides the vendors on-site
  • Picnic tables or setups
  • Professional cameras or recording equipment
  • Pets (with the exception of service animals) 
  • Skateboards, scooters, bicycles, wagons or carts
  • Tents, canopies or shade structures of any kind
  • Weapons or explosives of any kind


To ensure the well-being of our patrons, artists, and staff, Savannah Music Festival has implemented the following safety measures:

  • Mask Policy: Masks are required regardless of vaccination status in areas of Eastern Wharf Park where it is difficult to maintain social distance, including in entrance lines, food lines, restroom lines, and in the event tent, especially the area closest to the stage.  Masks must cover the nose and mouth.
  • COVID vaccine or negative COVID test within 48 hours required. Concert attendees are required to show (1) proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test result* taken within 48 hours of arrival AND (2) a photo ID. Once proof of vaccination or negative test result has been confirmed, attendees will receive a non-transferable “well wristband.” 

In order to be fully vaccinated, you must have received your last vaccination dose no later than two weeks (14 days) prior to attending an SMF concert.

*A negative COVID-19 test result is only valid if it was performed by a licensed healthcare provider or laboratory. At-home test results are not accepted. You may present a printout or a digital proof. The confirmation needs to state the date that the test was performed, your name, and your date of birth.

Children: Children 2-12 years of age are required to follow SMF’s mask policy and to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken no more than 48 hours before the event. Children under age 2 are not allowed at indoor Savannah Music Festival concerts at this time.

SMF reserves the right to revise its policies due to prevailing health guidelines.

By purchasing a ticket to our events and entering an SMF concert venue you voluntarily assume all risk and liability for any damage or injury to person or property, including exposure to or infection with COVID-19. Please stay home if you have been diagnosed with COVID-19, have exhibited symptoms of COVID-19, or had contact with a person who has or is suspected to have COVID-19 within the past fourteen (14) days.

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