It’s the last week of Savannah Music Festival and there is still plenty to see. While the big festival finale features a stacked bill of Americana and rock favorites, make sure to catch these last downtown performances.
The Goodbye Girls
If you missed ‘em on Wednesday, catch The Goodbye Girls for a special lunchtime encore. A brand new quartet of young acoustic musicians based in Boston, The Goodbye Girls blend their American, Canadian, and Swedish roots into an eclectic sound. Molly Tuttle, 2017 International Bluegrass Music Association Guitarist of the Year, leads the band, with former SMF Acoutic Music Seminar participant Brittany Karlson on bass, Allison de Groot of Molsky’s Mountain Drifters on banjo and Lena Jonsson of Lena Jonsson & Brittany Hass on fiddle.
Audiences will hear the influence of Swedish polskas with bluegrass and old time at The Goodbye Girls’ last SMF 2018 hurrah.
Thursday, April 12, 12:30 p.m., Charles H. Morris Center, $30
Catch one of the brightest talents in piano today.
At just 28 years old, South Korean-born and Juilliard-educated Yekwon Sunwoo has been praised as a powerful and virtuosic performer.
Sunwoo is the first Korean to win Cliburn Gold, and has been performing recitals and making orchestral appearances around the world this year. He’ll make his United Kingdom concerto debut this summer alongside the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, and will appear in the first full season at the Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg.
Sunwoo has also taken home first prize at the 2015 International German Piano Awards, the 2014 Vendome Prize at the Verbier Festival, the 2013 Sendai International Music Competition, and the 2012 William Kapell International Competition.
Thursday, April 12, 6:15 p.m., Trinity United Methodist Church, $52
Savannah Voice Festival and Savannah Music Festival join forces for a one-of-a-kind bill.
Hear your favorite musical theatre songs performed live and in person. Directed by VOICE Festival co-founder Maria Zouves and Broadway veteran Dan Gettinger, VOICE Festival co-founder and beloved baritone Sherrill Milnes acts as host.
Friday, April 13, 5 p.m., Charles H. Morris Center, $40
A 2017 McArthur “Genius Grant” Fellow, Oberlin-trained opera singer, and co-founder of Grammy-winning string band the Carolina Chocolate Drops, Rhiannon Giddens is an American treasure. The inventive multi-instrumentalist and singer fuses folk roots and black string band tradition together for an acclaimed sound.
Giddens’ most recent work, Freedom Highway, was named Album of the Year at the International Folk Music Awards; Giddens also won Critics Poll Blues Artist of the Year at the 2017 Living Blues Awards.
In addition to Freedom Highway’s widespread acclaim, Giddens has been busy: Fans of the show Nashville saw her star in the fifth and sixth seasons as Hallie Jordan, and Giddens will act as a Guest Curator for the Cambridge Folk Festival 2019.
Friday, April 13, 7:30 p.m., Lucas Theatre for the Arts, $32-80
Latin Dance Party: Septeto Santiaguero
Get ready to get down! Septeto Santiaguero was formed at Casa de la Trova, the famous nightclub in Santiago de Cuba, in 1995. Featuring three lead vocalists, trumpet, tres, guitar, bass, and drums, the band finds inspiration in the stylings of Buena Vista Social Club, Oscar D’Leon, Gilberto Sanarrosa, and beyond.
The group’s heralded take on traditional Cuban music won the Latin Grammy Award for Best Traditional Tropical Album in 2015, and soon, Septeto Santiaguero was performing alongside leaders of the salsa genre, including Ruben Blades and Jose Alberto “El Canario.”
Friday, April 13, 8:30 p.m., Ships of the Sea Museum