THE ANNUAL A-Town Get Down Festival has announced its full lineup and schedule. Held at the Charles H. Morris Center on February 21, the day-long fest is a celebration of the healing and unifying power of artistic and musical expression.
Even if headliners The Blind Boys of Alabama were the only entertainment of the day, it’d be worth the full festival admission. Living legends of gospel music, they’ve been at it for 75 years, sweeping up Grammy and Gospel Music awards. You’ll hear traditional gospel, contemporary spiritual songs, and cuts off of their latest, I’ll Find A Way, produced by Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon.
It wouldn’t be A-Town without Walter Parks; if you didn’t catch his Trinity Sanctuary concert, this is a prime opportunity. His bluesy soulful band Swamp Cabbage performs again, as well.
Influential Athens greats Bloodkin head up the road to rock the stage.
If you saw JJ Grey & Mofro at the SCAD New Alumni Concert a few years back, you already know what Daryl Hance is capable of; the band’s guitarist brings his solo act to the fest.
Southeast artists are flocking to the Get Down to represent our region’s breadth of talent: be sure to catch 12-year-old hip-hop prodigy Lil’ J from Atlanta. Additional performers include Charleston’s A Fragile Tomorrow, songwriter Rebecca Loebe of Atlanta, St. Augustine’s Sam Pacetti, Nashville Americana duo The Rough & Tumble.
A-Town Get Down is always a great showcase of local flavor; this year, we get to hear Omingnome, Waits & Co., Jackson Evans, Missionary Blues, Miggs & KNife of Dope Sandwich, Isaac Smith, Ambrose, Savannah Children’s Choir, and Fresh Fire.
Visual art is all a part of the day’s experience, and artists will be on site working and showcasing their creations.
Make sure to catch out the work of multidisciplinary artist Katherine Sandoz and SCAD fibers alum Jamie Bourgeois.
Stephen Green, Jared Seff, and Rosie Taylor head up the CollaboStation, offering an interactive experience for attendees.
Kids and adults alike are invited to take a spin at Art Rise Savannah’s hit spin art station; over at ArtPort Shuffle, the familiar faces of Matt Hebermehl, Aimon Cooper, Adolfo Hernandez, Cleonique Hilsaca, Patch Whisky, and Maggie Hayes will be creating new, original work before your very eyes.
You may have seen Emily Earl at shows around town, ready to spread the analog love with her Polaroid—make sure to grab a souvenir in her photo booth.
Design studio Experience Collective, specializing in public art and large-scale works, returns; they’ve illuminated the Morris Center with their installations in the past.
Stay tuned for details on workshops and demos, an A-Town tradition: songwriters, accomplished and aspiring sculptors, screen printers, painters, urban artists, electronic artists and more will find haven in the day’s activities.
Tickets are on sale now, at $25 for general admission, $15 for military and students, and free admission for children 12 years old and under. Spring for a VIP pass, and you’ll score a Friday night dinner at the Inn at Ellis Square and the festival.
“This is your opportunity to experience live music and art on so many levels,” said Tom Townsend, event organizer. “There’s truly nothing else like it in Savannah. You could spend 12 hours hearing accomplished performers across all kinds of musical styles, see and participate in visual art, interact with any number of workshops on creativity, even jam with some great musicians. And it’s all ages. Savannah’s A-Town Get Down is truly unique.”