Every week, Connect Savannah rounds up all the entertainment Savannah has to offer in Soundboard (page 24). Tune in each issue to discover music, comedy, and special club events throughout The Hostess City.
The strawberries are red as gemstones and the Bananas are ripe: It’s summer in Savannah! You don’t have to travel far to take in a variety of concert experiences that are open to people of all ages. From intimate coffee house performances to auditorium spectacles, these selected shows are worth marking on the calendar.
Unity in the Community
Every third weekend of the month
Every third weekend of the month, Unity in the Community celebrates the arts, crafts, and entertainment in Rousakis Plaza. From reggae to Motown, you never know what you might hear.
Local makers and musicians shine at this special event created for and by the community. There’s even line dancing!
Juneteenth on River will be held June 15-17, and a big Back to School celebration is planned for July 20-22. In the thick of summer, it’s hard to beat the Cool Down Summer Music Fest.
Check out unityinthecommunity.org for updates.
Blis., Puddle Splasher, King of Summer, Birdperson at Sulfur Studios
Sunday, June 17, 8 p.m.
$5 at the door
It’s a packed night of emo-punk, pop-rock, and indie at Sulfur Studios.
Back in 2015, Atlanta’s Blis. released the EP ‘Starting Fires In My Parents House,’ featuring the song “Savannah,” and played an in-store show at Graveface Records. Now, the band is capturing fans far beyond their home state, thanks to a deal with Sargent House Records (Russian Circles, Chelsea Wolfe, Deafheaven).
Puddle Splasher dishes out New Jersey power-pop a la Superchunk and Pixies.Fellow Atlantans King of Summer are familiar faces in Savannah and always put on a great show, and Statesboro’s Birdperson pulls the heartstrings of Modern Baseball and Wonder Years fans.
Keller Williams at the Stage on Bay
Saturday, June 23, doors at 8 p.m., show at 9 p.m.
$19 general admission, $29 VIP
Keller Williams is a returning favorite. With a looping station and incredible chops, he demonstrates how a guitarist can accomplish a full sound all by themselves. Keller often performs in breweries and bars, but now everyone can enjoy his performance—particularly budding guitarists.
Get a great view for music fans of all heights with a VIP ticket—with a bird’s eye view of the stage, VIPs have high-top seating, private restrooms, and a private bar.
Underhill Rose at Tybee Post Theater
Friday, June 29, 8 p.m.
$18 adults, $10 kids
Critically-acclaimed Americana duo Underhill Rose will enchant audiences with their soulful blend of Americana, R&B, country and bluegrass.
Molly Rose and Eleanor Underhill use banjo, guitar, and vocals to spin mountain songs by the sea. The duo is joined by bass player Gary Oliver. Get a sampling of what’s in store at the Post with their new album, Underhill Rose Live.
Savannah Waterfront 4th of July Celebration on River Street
Wednesday, July 4, all day
Celebrate Independence Day and have an outing for the whole family. When River Street pays tribute to the red, white, and blue, it’s done with song, art, food, and hands-on activities. The festival features several stages brimming with rock, blues, singer-songwriter, and country acts, to be announced soon.
The entire 4th of July Celebration experience is free—and ends in a picturesque fireworks finale.
84: A Van Halen Tribute at Coach's Corner
Saturday, July 7, 8 p.m.
$20 advance, $25 day-of
There are plenty of tribute bands out there, but Atlanta-based 84 stands out with 15-year-old Stratton James on lead guitar. Since their formation, the group has been selling out venues in their hometown and is actively booking around the region. Listen for classics from the years 1978-1984 and watch James melt faces as Eddie Van Halen.
Acoustic Tuesday at Foxy Loxy Cafe
Local singer-songwriters, wayfaring musicians, and more enliven the Foxy courtyard every Tuesday night. Listen as beautiful acoustic music melts into the cicadas’ evening song, order a round of tacos for the crew, and watch the day’s heat and stress drift away.
Members of Savannah’s favorite bluegrass band alternate solo gigs on a monthly basis for Acoustic Tuesday: City Hotel Solo Sessions (next up is June 19).
Clouds and Satellites performs a stripped-down set on June 26 and July 24, and Charlotte-based indie/soul/electro-pop musician Lionnir mixes it up on July 10.
Drew Holcomb and the Neighbors, JOHNNYSWIM, Penny and the Sparrow at Lucas Theatre for the Arts
Tuesday, July 10, 7 p.m.
$29.50-54.50 via savannahboxoffice.com
Savannah Music Festival favorite Drew Holcomb and the Neighbors return for the Goodbye Road Tour. The band just released an EP of songs recorded with tour mates JOHNNYSWIM and Penny and Sparrow—a release that even includes a “very personal version” of Tom Petty’s “I Won’t Back Down.”
JOHNNYSWIM features musical and life partners Amanda Sudano (daughter of Donna Summer!) and Abner Ramirez creating stomp-clap roots Americana-pop with soul and spark. Austin-based duo Penny & Sparrow round out the stellar lineup on the SiriusXM Coffee House-presented show.
Newsboys, Zealand, Adam Agee at Savannah Civic Center
Saturday, July 21, 6 p.m.
$25 general admission
The Grammy-nominated, Platinum-selling Contemporary Christian band Newsboys comes to town with a fully reunited lineup.
The group is one of the most successful CCM acts in history, having sold more than 8 million units and earned eight Gold certifications, 33 #1 radio hits, four Grammy nominations, two American Music Award nominations, and many Dove Awards.
The band is joined by the group Zealand and worship leader Adam Agee.
Fuel, Soul Asylum at the Stage on Bay
Tuesday, August 21, doors at 7 p.m., show at 8 p.m.
$39-69 via savconcerts.com
Fuel’s 2017 Stage on Bay concert was one hot ticket. Now, the band that produced hits like “Shimmer” and “Hemorrhage” teams up with Minneapolis rockers Soul Asylum for a trip down memory lane.