Savannah Music Festival Kicks Off 2015 Season


Heritage Blues Orchestra (L) and Jarekus Singleton (Far Right)
Heritage Blues Orchestra (L) and Jarekus Singleton (Far Right)

Musical trailblazer Jarekus Singleton, along with the Heritage Blues Orchestra will give two performances at the Savannah Music Festival in Savannah on Saturday, March 21, 2015. The Heritage Blues Orchestra will perform at 5:00 pm and Jarekus Singleton 8:15 pm at the ships of the sea north garden.

Singleton melds hip-hop wordplay, rock energy and R&B grooves with contemporary and traditional blues, turning audiences of all ages into devoted fans. With his untamed guitar licks and strong, soulful voice effortlessly moving from ferocious and funky to slow and steamy to smoking hot, Singleton is a fresh, electrifying bluesman with a bold vision for the future of the blues. At just 30 years old, Jarekus Singleton is a musical trailblazer with a bold vision for the future of the blues. Hailing from Mississippi, his unique style melds rock energy and R&B grooves with contemporary and traditional blues. His searing guitar playing and boundless energy has earned him three 2014- 15 Blues Music Award nominations, including Contemporary Male Blues Artist, Contemporary Album, and Album of the Year.

The Heritage Blues Orchestra is an inspiring testament to the enduring power, possibilities and boundless beauty of the blues. The grit of low-down country and urban blues with the hand-clapping fervor of gospel punctuated

 
 
with fiery, haunting cries of work songs and pulsating drums that reach back to the roots of it all. Under the musical direction of Vincent Bucher, considered one of the most accomplished harmonica players anywhere, listeners journey across the Middle Passage, drive down Highway 49 from Clarksdale to New Orleans, go from chain gangs and juke joints to orchestra pits, church pews and even back porches.

“The Heritage Blues Orchestra are like a more potent Carolina Chocolate Drops, their basic guitar, harmonica and handclap grooves given further colour and character by bustling drums… Railroad shuffles, swampy slide-guitar throbs, gospel call-and-response chants and a reggae-like take on Rosco Gordon’s jump-blues slouch are applied. The results are never less than infectious.” said by The Independent (UK)

The historic district of downtown Savannah plays host to more than 100 performances during the annual Savannah Music Festival (SMF), providing an ideal backdrop for an event that celebrates exceptional artistry in jazz, classical, and a variety ofAmerican and international musical traditions. The 2015 edition of SMF takes place from March 19 through April 4, with a lineup that includes the debut of opera at SMF, an expansion of the number of programs staged, and the organization’s most international festival to date. For more info visit www.savannahmusicfestival.org.


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