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March to the beat of your own drummer-the Savannah Music Festival is here!

By Wendy Meyerson Vogeley

If you love music, any kind of music, a visit to Savannah during the next two and a half weeks is definitely in order. Beginning on March 18 and ending on April 5, more than 100 different musical concerts and performances will take place in Georgia’s first city during the Savannah Music Festival. And oh, what a festival! Known by locals and tourists that hail from all corners of the world as one of the country’s most diverse mix of musical talents, the festival offers something for everyone and anyone.

The Savannah Music Festival takes place in the Savannah Historic District in a variety of places–including the Telfair Academy of Arts and Sciences, Lucas Theater of Arts, the Charles H. Morris Center and more. Besides the fact that this truly monumental musical series features music from every genre-bluegrass, classical, folk, African, Latino, Country, Jazz…I could go on and on, it occurs in some of the city’s most picturesque spots surrounded by all that Savannah is so adored for. Country squares, southern hospitality, historic attractions and stunning Victorian architecture.

If you browse through the selections of artists and concerts, you’ll be amazed to discover some of today’s most notable performers including the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra lead by Robert Spano, the Ellis Marsalis Quartet, Creole Sensation Cedric Watson, the Clayton Brothers, Country’s Neko Case and Portugese Fado singer, Mariza, just to name a few. If you can, try to catch a performance by Savion Glover, considered to be the world’s greatest tap dancer, wow!

There’s performances and contests by High School Jazz Bands from across the United States, educational workshops, children’s concerts and much, much more. With all the Savannah Music Festival has to offer, it’s no wonder it’s known as one of the most remarkable musical events in the country.

Now, I’d go to Savannah just about any day of the week if I was able, because as I’ve said many times before, the people, the food, the museums, parks, squares and history are so alluring. The festival is just a great excuse to plan a visit. Spend a few days or a week, see the sights that make Savannah so delightful, take a tour and learn about the rich past that was so much a part of the shaping of our country, and treat yourself to a new musical interlude with some of the most gifted, inspiring talents you’ll ever encounter. The Savannah Music Festival concludes on April 5 so get your dancing shoes on and head on over.

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