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Molly Hayden got a backstage photo pass to Savannah Stopover 2017, and the musical portraits to prove it. Portraits by Molly Hayden. Cover photo by Jon Waits. 

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With the 80-band Savannah Stopover (March 10-12) coming this weekend, we have a preview of four hot tickets.

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Stopover V doesn't have to end.  Relive it through our photo diary.

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Dan Gilbert gives us the Stopover experience, note for note.

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[caption id="attachment_12482" align="aligncenter" width="553"]mumbledust: Courtesy of Savannah Stopover Music Festival mumbledust: Courtesy of Savannah Stopover Music Festival[/caption]

Savannah's successful entry into the indie music festival circuit, Savannah Stopover—now in its fourth year—opens March 6, with a performance by mumbledust at  Ampersand on 36 MLK.  This local "folk noir" duo will be joined over the next three days by other local acts and bands hailing from as far away as London and as spiritually close as Brooklyn.  Dan Gilbert has poured over the lineup of nearly 100 music makers heading this way.  Now, he's a man with a plan to hit these not-to-miss shows.

[caption id="attachment_12483" align="aligncenter" width="550"]Wild Child: Courtesy of Savannah Stopover Music Festival Wild Child: Courtesy of Savannah Stopover Music Festival[/caption]
Wild Child – Austin, TX
If you didn’t catch their soaring harmonies and good-natured folk-pop when they played at the inaugural Revival Fest, don’t make the same mistake at Stopover.  The fact that they’re traveling from Austin to Savannah then turning right around for SXSW they must think that we’re pretty swell. Saturday, March 8 @ 5pm – Moon River Beer Garden [caption id="attachment_12484" align="aligncenter" width="550"]St. Paul and the Broken Bones: Courtesy of Savannah Stopover Music Festival St. Paul and the Broken Bones: Courtesy of Savannah Stopover Music Festival[/caption]
St. Paul and the Broken Bones – Birmingham, AL
Holy soul music! These guys are pure, unadulterated, get-up-and-shake-your-money-maker, funky, fun stuff.  You might not this much fun seeing live music ... well ... ever. Thursday, March 6 @ 8pm – Moon River Beer Garden
Thumpers – London, UK
A last-minute addition to the Stopover lineup, Thumpers falls firmly in the category of best band you just haven’t heard of yet.  Recently signed to Sub-Pop, this alt-pop duo will have you dancing your butts off and saying, “I saw them at Stopover way before they hit it big.” Saturday, March 8 @ 11pm – Club One [caption id="attachment_12485" align="aligncenter" width="550"]J. Roddy Walston and the Business: Courtesy of Savannah Stopover Music Festival J. Roddy Walston and the Business: Courtesy of Savannah Stopover Music Festival[/caption]
The Baltimore Trio
Wye Oak, Future Islands and J. Roddy Walston & The Business are arguably the three biggest bands out of Baltimore.  Wye Oak represents the folk-rock leg of the triumvirate with Future Islands holding up the dance-inducing synth-pop side, and J. Roddy laying claim to foot-stompin’ Americana. Wye Oak: Thursday, March 6 @ 11:30pm – Knights of Columbus J. Roddy Walston & The Business: Friday, March 7 @ 12:00am – Congress Street Social Club Future Islands: Friday, March 7 @ 12:30am – Club One [caption id="attachment_12486" align="aligncenter" width="550"]Those Darlins: Courtesy of Savannah Stopover Music Festival Those Darlins: Courtesy of Savannah Stopover Music Festival[/caption]
Girl Power!
We’re thrilled that a whopping 18 bands rocking Stopover this year are either all-female or female-fronted.  In particular, Hooray for the Riff Raff—the band name alone, come on!—promises to be a country-folk fan’s dream show.  Those Darlins get our ringing endorsement too. Hooray for the Riff Raff: Saturday, March 8 @ 6pm – Moon River Beer Garden Those Darlins: Saturday, March 8 @ 12:30am – Knights of Columbus [caption id="attachment_12488" align="aligncenter" width="550"]The Teen Age: Courtesy of Savannah Stopover Music Festival The Teen Age: Courtesy of Savannah Stopover Music Festival[/caption]
The Teen Age – Brooklyn, NY
With their terrifically fun, super catchy tunes that all come in at 3 minutes or less, comparisons to The Strokes are inevitable.  But let’s call them a more mature, slightly darker, yet as imminently danceable version of that ubiquitous band. Friday, March 7 @ 6pm – Hang Fire
Southern Pride
Combine 16 local bands and 18 other traveling from various Southern locales, Stopover has a more pronounced Southern twang than ever before! Caitlin Rose and Clear Plastic Masks represent some of the best that the “New Nashville” music scene has to offer. --Caitlin Rose: Friday, March 7 @ 9pm – Moon River Beer Garden --Clear Plastic Masks: Saturday, March 8 @ 7:30pm – Ellis Square (FREE!)
Local Label Love
On a more local note, not one, not two, but THREE local record labels are holding showcases during this year’s festival.  Get your metal fix at the Retro-Futurist showcase, rock out like you’re in your garage at the Soft Science shindig, and do some dream-popping and shoe-gazing at the Furious Hooves bash. --Retro Futurist Showcase: Thursday, March 6, 10pm-2am – The Jinx --Soft Science Showcase: Friday, March 7, 4pm-8pm – Congress Street Social Club --Furious Hooves Showcase: Saturday, March 8, 2pm-7pm – Congress Street Social Club [caption id="attachment_12490" align="aligncenter" width="550"]Oberhofer: Courtesy of Savannah Stopover Music Festival Oberhofer: Courtesy of Savannah Stopover Music Festival[/caption]
Shut it Down!
The best show of the whole weekend might just be the final one. So while you may be mourning the loss of another fantastic festival, at least you’ll be bopping along to the spectacular sounds of Oberhofer and Small Black whilst crying into your last beer. --Saturday, March 8, 10pm-3am – Knights of Columbus
Moon River Rockin’
The newest addition to the growing list of Stopover venues is none other than the Moon River Beer Garden—proving that there's nothing sweeter in this life than sipping a home-style craft brew beneath the southeastern sky while listening to a band that's on the verge.  Cheers!

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Savannah's newest music and food celebration takes us back to our roots.  

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Savannah Stopover proves the Hostess City is more than a dot on a map for traveling troubadours.

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