As I mentioned last week, because this issue comes out almost simultaneously with the main St. Patrick's Day festivities, you won't find much St. Patrick's Day info inside, that having been covered comprehensively in last week's edition.
However, for those picking up the new issue late March 16 or early March 17, we have included a short, quick-and-dirty St. Patrick's user's guide.
This issue is mostly devoted to the Savannah Music Festival, which yet again brings an almost unbelievable quantity and quality of live entertainment to town.
Festival Executive and Artistic Director Rob Gibson (interviewed by Bill DeYoung) and our cover guy Associate Artistic Director Daniel Hope (also interviewed by Bill) and the SMF staff have combined for an outstanding three-week program of concerts ranging from blues to rock to world music to bluegrass to gospel to classical, and beyond.
We are particularly proud to sponsor several excellent concerts in the Connect Americana Series taking place at the Charles H. Morris Center near the Pirate's House, a great-sounding, user-friendly venue for live music.
This week we focus on two Connect Americana performances coming up in the next few days. Bill DeYoung interviews Mike Marshall, a repeat standout performer at the Festival, and there's my interview with the delightful Sarah Jarosz, an up-and-coming singer/songwriter/instrumentalist. She shares a bill with Sierra Noble at the Morris Center.
Other great concerts you should try and check out this week - for which we have interviews in this issue - include Gypsy violin whiz Roby Lakatos (performing as part of a double bill with Brazil's Assad Brothers) and Savannah native Kristina Train (on a double bill with Ruthie Foster).
Look around elsewhere on this site for a full schedule. We'll keep you updated on a daily basis.
We have something else very special this week: the kickoff to Patrick Rodgers' series on the economics of nuclear power, specifically the proposed taxpayer-funded expansion of Georgia Power's Plant Vogtle.
With all the overheated rhetoric these days about "socialism," it's often overlooked that utility companies, which garner enormous capitalist profits, often bear little actual capitalist risk. That pleasure usually goes to you!