World Music, Bluegrass and Classical Masters to Perform at Savannah Music Festival 2011

Salif Keita
Savannah Music Festival (SMF) announced the lineup for its 2011 season, an expansive city-wide, multi-venue program showcasing a wide array of internationally acclaimed artists in over one hundred productions from March 24 to April 9.

Held annually in historic downtown Savannah, this 22nd season of Georgia’s largest festival features two premieres, numerous festival debuts, and the return of several audience favorites from the realms of world music, classical, jazz, and Americana. In addition to a wealth of concert programming, SMF gives attendees a chance to hit the dance floor with four dance parties featuring Cuban, Cajun, Funk, and Zydeco music scheduled throughout the festival.

We invite you to experience our acclaimed blend of the finest jazz, classical and international music traditions alongside indigenous southern genres,” remarks SMF Executive & Artistic Director Rob Gibson. “This unparalleled array of performances, combined with the wealth of culture and history that is unique to Savannah, make for an experience never to be forgotten.”

Going Global

Ballake Sissoko - Photo by Benoit Peverelli
  • African Interplay’ with Ballake Sissoko, Vincent Segal and Lionel Loueke Ensemble
  • ‘Masters of Indian Music & Dance’ Amjad Ali Khan, Zakir Hussain & Vijayalakshmi
  • Afro-pop superstar Salif Keita makes his SMF debut

Jazz, Blues and The American Songbook

  • Bela Fleck debuts a collaboration with the Marcus Roberts Trio
  • The Clayton Brothers and Ike Stubblefield’s Organ Trio
  • Jazz Meets Brazil’ with Dianne Reeves and guitarist Chico Pinheiro
  • Master of New Orleans R&B Allen Toussaint performs with guitarist & vocalist James Hunter
  • Michael Burks, Lucky Peterson & Sherman Robertson unite as ‘Delta Guitar Slingers’
  • Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings, the nine-piece Brooklyn collective, makes its Savannah debut

Classical Highlights

  • Death Cell Memoirs of An Extraterrestrial, a World Premiere by Marc Neikrug
  • Sex, Violins, and tales of the Baroque’ highlights Daniel Hope & Friends chamber series
  • Christine Brewer, Edgar Meyer, Louis Lortie and Nikolai Lugansky in recital
  • David Finckel and Wu Han perform Beethoven’s complete Sonatas for Cello and Piano
  • The award-winning Ebene Quartet plays Ravel, Debussy & Faure

Boundless Bluegrass and Country

Junior Brown
  • The Punch Brothers with Chris Thile
  • Giants of Texas Country’ with The Flatlanders and Junior Brown
  • Tim O’Brien Band in SMF debut on a double-bill with The Infamous Stringdusters
  • Bluegrass icon Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver


Tickets are now on sale for the 2010 Savannah Music Festival (SMF), and are available online at by phone at 912-525-5050. Purchases of four concerts or more made before January 8th receive a 10% discount.

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Author: Angel Romero

Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music music for many years. He founded the websites and Angel produced several TV specials for Metropolis (TVE) and co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for Televisión Española (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World.


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