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Savannah Stopover Music Festival

This year, over 80 artists are scheduled to perform at Stopover.


The Savannah Stopover Music Festival has become one of the most highly-anticipated events in Historic Downtown Savannah. “Stopover,” as it’s affectionately called, gains more and more attention every year, drawing music lovers from all over the world. Stopover gets its name because Savannah has become a sort of stopover for musicians traveling to Austin, Texas for the SXSW Music Festival. What started out with a handful of under-publicized performances by bands labeled “indie” has blossomed. Stopover is now a 3-day festival with over 80 bands hosted at a variety of venues in Historic Downtown Savannah. 

The Venues

The shows at Stopover are scattered all over Historic Downtown Savannah, and most of them are close enough to each other that you can easily walk from one place to another. Besides bars and music clubs, the Stopover spots include outdoor venues, churches, and art galleries. One of the most popular outdoor venues includes the Ships of the Sea Museum. While the museum is great (who doesn’t love a good maritime museum?), the outdoor concert area is great place to enjoy live music. An open pavilion does a fantastic job of catching the balmy early-spring breezes that come drifting in. 

One of the most popular indoor venues in the Stopover lineup is the Trinity United Methodist Church. The church is located in Historic Downtown Savannah, on Telfair Square. Designed and dedicated in 1848, the church is the oldest Methodist church in Savannah. The interior of the church, which is Corinthian-influenced architecture, allows for a unique and intimate experience between performers and audience. 

Another popular venue is The Jinx. The Jinx is located in the heart of Historic Downtown Savannah on Congress street. This bar is a staple in the Savannah entertainment scene, hosting musical acts of all genres, burlesque shows, and other forms of live entertainment. The Jinx is a no-frills kind of place, offering beer and liquor and a couple of house specials. Don’t be intimidated. If you like music, or if you like to drink, or both, then you’re going to feel right at home at The Jinx. 

The Artists

This year, over 80 artists are scheduled to perform at Stopover. These artists come from all over the world, and most of them cannot be defined as performing any one genre of music. Many artists have gotten their start at Stopover.If you look at this lineup and don’t recognize anyone, don’t let that stop you. You can listen to a playlist of 2017 Stopover artists, or find the playlist directly on Spotify. The lineup also includes local Savannah acts such as Cusses, Damon and the Shitkickers, and Clouds and Satellites.

Individual show prices will vary based on venue, and please remember that some venues are 21 and up. Ticket packages are still available, including VIP Pass packages and Opening Night Passes. Local food trucks will be onsite for the shows that are held at the Ships of the Sea Museum, and secret shows will be announced daily via Twitter.  

For ticket information, listen to the lineup on Spotify and see the schedule visit


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