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    Tue, 31 Jan 2012 14:20:22

    Savannah Music Festival Adds Justin Townes Earle and Lyle Lovett + John Hiatt to Lineup - More than 100 varied performances now make up Georgia's largest musical arts event

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    The 2012 Savannah Music Festival (SMF) has added five more acts in nine individual productions to its 2012 festival, which begins March 22 and runs through April 7.

    Alt-country singer-songwriter Justin Townes Earle shares a bill with acclaimed Seattle indie-folk-rockers The Head and the Heart, Lyle Lovett and John Hiatt perform an unplugged show, Portland, Oregon's powerhouse show band Pink Martini plays their Savannah debut, and Here to Stay: the Gershwin Experience runs for three consecutive days, featuring soprano Sylvia McNair, pianist/vocalist Kevin Cole and vocalist/tap dancer Ryan VanDenBoom. Go here for more info.

    Justin Townes Earle/The Head and the Heart

    With inspirations as diverse as Townes Van Zandt (he was named in honor of his father's hero), Jimmy Reed, Kurt Cobain, The Replacements, Mance Lipscomb, Ray Charles and The Pogues, Justin Townes Earle forged his own brand of American roots music. Seattle's The Head and the Heart has spent the last 16 months touring the world with acclaimed artists such as Iron & Wine, My Morning Jacket and others, all after selling 10,000 copies of their debut album completely independently. This is an only-in-Savannah double-bill. It takes place Thursday, March 22, 7:30 PM at the Lucas Theatre for the Arts.

    An Acoustic Evening with Lyle Lovett & John Hiatt

    In the last 20 years, Lyle Lovett has managed to attract a cult-like following. An intelligent and elegant performer, Lovett masterfully serves up multi-layered songs that hold audiences spellbound, watching and waiting for the arch of his brow or the shrug of a shoulder, a sign that precedes his delivery of the emotional depth-charge at the heart of each carefully crafted tune. One of America's most prolific songwriters, John Hiatt bristles with raw energy. Lover, fighter, rabble-rouser, Hiatt takes these roles on willingly in songs that agitate, educate, and ultimately liberate his listeners. The event takes place Saturday, March 24, 8:00 PM at the Trustees Theater.

    Pink Martini

    Pink Martini is a widely celebrated twelve-piece band from Portland, Oregon, performing an unforgettable fusion of Brazilian samba, '30s Cuban dance and Parisian café music. Bandleader and pianist Thomas Lauderdale describes the ensemble as "a rollicking around-the-world musical adventure … if the United Nations had a house band in 1962, hopefully we'd be that band." The band has performed with 25 orchestras around the world, selling out storied venues such as Carnegie Hall and The Hollywood Bowl with "rich, hugely approachable music, utterly cosmopolitan yet utterly unpretentious." Singer China Forbes will be performing in Savannah after a long stint on medical leave. The event takes place Thursday, March, 29, 8:00 PM at Lucas Theatre for the Arts.

    Here to Stay: The Gershwin Experience

    This is a multimedia concert celebrating one of the greatest teams of collaborators in the history of American music. With a top notch touring party, including Kevin Cole, the leading Gershwin interpreter of our time, Grammy Award-winning soprano Sylvia McNair, and vocalist/tap dancer Ryan VanDenBoom, this concert event provides an unprecedented insider view into the legendary duo, complete with photos from the Gershwin family archives, rare video clips, and elegant, state-of-the-art visual elements that provide a distinctive experience never before seen in a Gershwin show.

    There are multiple showings:
    Monday, April 2, 5:00 & 7:30 PM
    Tuesday, April 3 & Wednesday, April 4, 12:30 & 3:00 PM
    At the Charles H. Morris Center

    The Savannah Music Festival presents a world-class celebration of the musical arts by creating timeless and adventurous productions that stimulate arts education, foster economic growth, and unite artists and audiences in Savannah, Georgia. The 2012 festival runs from March 22 through April 7, including more than 100 performances of world-class jazz, classical, blues, bluegrass, gospel and other American and international musical traditions in intimate venues throughout the historic district of Savannah.

    Are you going to attend the Savannah Music Festival?

    —Amy Sciarretto

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