A look at the Savannah Music Festival

jpaprocki@islandpacket.comMarch 21, 2012 

  • For ticket information, go to www.savannahmusicfestival.com.

Some of the big names might be sold out, but dig a little deeper and you'll find that great finds are still available at the Savannah Music Festival.

The two-week festival starting today brings in dozens of acts from a variety of musical backgrounds -- bluegrass, gospel, jazz, flamenco, classical and zydeco. Well-known names such as Lyle Lovett and Bela Fleck will play, but their tickets were snatched up pretty quick.

However, plenty of tickets for lesser-known, if not just as talented, acts still remain. Read on to get an idea of what is still up for grabs at the festival.

Details: www.savannahmusicfestival.org

MARCH 22

  • Justin Townes Earle: Son of folk icon Steve Earle, the singer-songwriter plays a mix of country, blues and Americana roots music. His recent release, "Nothing's Ever Gonna Change The Way You Feel About Me Now" received a favorable review in Rolling Stone. He plays a double bill with The Head and The Heart.

  • MARCH 23

  • The Lost Bayou Ramblers: The Grammy-nominated group is part of a Cajun music revival, where a rock sound is infused with the traditional stomp-along bayou music.

  • Preservation Hall Jazz Band with Del McCoury: It's a mix of styles as bluegrass legend McCoury has teamed up with New Orleans Dixieland jazz giants. The two groups released "American Legacies" last year.

  • MARCH 24-25

  • Ruthie Foster: The Grammy-nominee joins The Campbell Brothers and their steel guitars to create a blues-y gospel and soul.

  • MARCH 29

  • Pink Martini: Leader Thomas Lauderdale describes the 12-piece group as what would happen if the "United Nations had a house band in 1962." The multilingual pop music blends Cuban, Parisian, Brazilian, Latin and many other worldly rhythms to form its distinctive sound.

  • Futurebirds: The alt-country band hails from indie town Athens, Ga. Futurebirds come fresh off a performance at Austin mega-fest South By Southwest.

  • APRIL 4-6

  • L'arte del Mondo: The acclaimed German chamber orchestra makes its North American debut in three separate programs.

  • APRIL 5

  • Zakir Hussain's Masters of Percussion: The Indian master of the tabla drums comes with his 11-piece ensemble. Hussain has brought tabla drumming to popular culture, working with George Harrison, Van Morrison and Yo-Yo Ma, among others.

  • APRIL 6

  • Joshua Redman and Brad Mehldau: Saxophonist Redman and pianist Mehldau remain two of the most influential and popular figures in contemporary jazz today. They join together to form an adventurous duo whose shows are largely based in experimental improvisation.

  • APRIL 7

  • Paco De Lucia: Since the '60s, Lucia has been known as one of the greatest flamenco guitarists in the world. Lucia got widespread radio play in the mid-'90s when he and Bryan Adams recorded the hit song "Have You Ever Really Loved A Woman" on the Don Juan DeMarco soundtrack.

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