I did Friday night of this year’s Savannah Stopover, and it was a blast. Savannah Stopover is a three day music festival featuring bands from all over. Many of the bands stop over in Savannah before heading to SXSW in Austin.
I first stopped by the secret show at West Elm. Christopher Paul Stelling performed an acoustic set. His new album, ‘Itinerant Arias’, will drop on 05/05/17. After his set, I grabbed some dinner from the Chazitos Latin Food Truck. The empanadas and plaintains are delicious.
Then I went to see Becca Mancari play at Trinity Church. She’s originally from Staten Island, but plays country music. Listening to secular music in a church is pretty cool.
Later on, I saw Gracie and Rachel play. Their sound is orchestral pop. Their choral acoustic cover of Kreayshawn’s “Gucci, Gucci’ is the best cover I have heard this year.
Alanna Royale is an authentic soul singer. She has so much stage presence that it is imperative that you see her live. She is a great complement to Lee Fields and the Expressions who performed in the most handsome shiny suits.
They played baby-making music with an old school vibe, and it felt so good. However, seeing Alanna and Lee actually reminded me of Sharon Jones which made me feel a little melancholy. It was time for me to change venues, so I walked to Club One to see Floco Torres. Floco Torres is a hip hop artist from Macon, Georgia. His flow reminded me of 90’s hip hop. Next up was Deantoni Parks who used to be the drummer for Mars Volta. Wearing a first ‘Batman movie era joker t-shirt and playing drums, Deantoni was like if The Art of Noise met up with Prince and early Can. He was great! Last but not least was the dj collective, A Tribe Called Red. They are a Canadian first nation group. I saw all of the amazing music for less than $40. The three-day passes are more, but I highly recommend coming to Savannah for Stopover next year.