Savannah’s historic downtown district comes alive on the weekends - which start on Thursday night ‘round here - the streets filling with people carrying to-go cups, music flowing out of every open door. In a town filled with college students, it should come as no surprise that we have a strong local band and music scene. What may be surprising is the wide range of events and talents that can be found here.
On any given weekend you can walk around downtown and find bands playing at venues like The Jinx, Barrelhouse South, The Rail Pub, and Congress Street Social Club. Looking for something a little different? Try Savannah Smiles Dueling Pianos for an audience driven, all request show, or going underground for a sultry evening of blues, swing, and jazz at Jazz’d Tapas Bar. Kick up your boots down at Saddle Bags on River Street, downtown Savannah’s only Country music dancehall.
Other Noteworthy Music Venues
Downtown Savannah / City Market
What started as a small music event - an extra stop for bands to play on their way to SXSW - Savannah Stopover Music Festival has grown to become a destination in its own right. Savannah Stopover happens over 3 days in March, at various venues around town, including Club One, The Jinx, Social Club, Barrelhouse, The Rail Pub, and more.
Toward the end of March is the start of the Savannah Music Festival, a world class celebration of the musical arts. Started in 1989, this 17-day event is Georgia’s largest musical arts event and features more than 100 productions.
At the end of every academic year, SCAD throws the Alumni Graduation Concert.
Forsyth park, which is free and open to the public. Grab a blanket and a cooler and rock out in celebration to the current class.
The Savannah Jazz Festival is a free festival that hosts both internationally acclaimed and regionally prominent artists every September. The event opens with a Blues Night, to honor of of the parents of Jazz. They use multiple venues around Savannah, but always bring it home to Forsyth Park. In addition to the music, they have a movie night to tell the story of Jazz.