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Savannah Stopover Festival Lineup Announcement with Family and Friends, River Whyless, A.M. Rodriguez @The Jinx

Friday, January 16. 10 p.m. $10 via

WE STILL have a couple of months before Stopover Official, but this week’s dedicated to getting pumped up about one of the best music weekends of the year. Before King Tuff and Ex Hex take over Hang Fire with their raucous garage rock, Southern-fried indie-folk will put a delicate spin on your weekend.

Seven-piece Athens band Family and Friends captivated Revival Fest audiences, blending wistful strings, bright acoustic pickings, and tenderly lush harmonies to render a gorgeously textured sound. It’s gently beautiful stuff that you can totally dance to – therein lies the power of 2014’s Love You Mean It.

River Whyless has charmed Savannah before, too, during Stopover 2012 and 2013. Their baroque approach to indie-folk allows them to show their Asheville, North Carolina roots proudly. Hopefully, we’ll hear some tunes off their upcoming self-titled EP, which drops on January 20. Recorded live to tape at Louisville, Kentucky’s La La Land, the band’s excited to share the results of capturing that sonic energy firsthand.

A.M. Rodriguez rounds out the bill as local opener. It’s a busy night downtown, but stay close, as the hardworking Stopover team will be announcing the complete lineup of touring and local acts during the show.