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Jan. 27 - Savannah Stopover Announces Full 2020 Lineup

Savannah Business Journal Staff Report

January 27, 2020 - Celebrating its tenth year as one of the South’s best music festivals, Savannah Stopover has confirmed the full lineup for their 2020 festival taking place March 5-7, 2020. The festival has added 35+ bands to its previously announced lineup, featuring Shovels & Rope, CAAMP, Durand Jones & The Indications, The Districts, and The Nude Party.

Newly announced acts include Daniel Romano (New West Records), Corridor (Sub Pop Records), Ohmme (Joyful Noise Recordings), The Harmaleighs (Nettwerk Music Group), Tristen, Deeper, and many more.

The festival will host a special showcase with New West Records on Friday, March 6, featuring The Pink Stones, Sam Doores, Daniel Romano, and The Nude Party. Doores (formerly of The Deslondes and Hurray For The Riff Raff) will release his debut solo album in early March.

The festival is known for its continued emphasis on the discovery of emerging talent. Notable up-and-comers for 2020 include Illiterate Light, Bendigo Fletcher, Jeremie Albino, Nordisto Freeze, and many more. This year's festival also features a Rising Female Stars of Americana and Country showcase with S.G. Goodman, Tristen and Sierra Ferrell. The festival also provides a forum for local area bands from Savannah with eight bands selected to play this year’s festival.

More special events celebrating the festival’s 10th Anniversary, including an Opening Night Event on March 5, and a Ten Year Photography Exhibit, will be announced separately. 

Concerts take place across multiple venues offering a pleasantly walkable experience in a charming coastal environment. Attendees can easily hop from show to show, grab a sit-down meal, or stroll through Savannah's squares.

Tier I tickets can be purchased at Ticket prices will increase Feb. 1, 2020. For more information visit

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Jan. 24 - Musicians Can Apply for Jazz Road Tours Grants of up to $15,000

Savannah Business Journal Staff Report

January 24, 2020 - South Arts is now accepting applications for the second cycle of Jazz Road Tours, offering grants of up to $15,000 to support tours by emerging and mid-career jazz artists. Artists can apply for funds to build tours that include three to six sites, with an emphasis on bringing jazz to rural, isolated, and underserved parts of the country.

This national program, funded by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation with additional support from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, is led by South Arts in partnership with the five other U.S. Regional Arts Organizations (Arts Midwest, Mid-America Arts Alliance, Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, New England Foundation for the Arts, and Western Arts Alliance/WESTAF).

“This year, we have simplified the application process for artists,” said Sara Donnelly, director of jazz with South Arts. “We recognize how challenging it can be for artists to gain footholds in new markets or secure engagements in parts of the country that rarely see touring jazz artists, and Jazz Road aims to make touring possible.”

This cycle of Jazz Road funding will support tours occurring between August 2020 and August 2021. Recipients will be able to use the funds to pay for necessary aspects of touring, including travel, lodging, meals, and artist fees. “Artists deserve to be paid equitably for their work, and Jazz Road is able to ensure that musicians can focus on their art as much as their wallets,” continued Donnelly.

To apply, artists must submit information about themselves and any other artists in their ensemble, samples of their work, the structure of the tour, and offer letters countersigned by the performance venues. Artists living anywhere in the U.S. may apply. A peer panel will review all of the applicants using the criteria of artistic excellence and merit of the proposed tour to recommend funding. 

“Because of [Jazz Road], the tour was financially stable,” said Caleb Wheeler Curtis, a previous Jazz Road Tours grant recipient. “Without touring, a band cannot be a band. [Our] music grew exponentially. We are excited for the future and can imagine growing an audience to a sustainable size.”

Applications for this round of Jazz Road Tours are due by April 21, 2020. Artists selected for funding will be informed in July. Full guidelines, program information, and additional details are available on and

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Jan. 6 - WJCL ABC 22 working to renew carriage on DIRECTV

Savannah Business Journal Staff Report

January 6, 2020 - Following protracted negotiations, the efforts of Hearst Television, parent of WJCL, to achieve a new carriage agreement with DIRECTV, reached an impasse, and, as a result, WJCL is now no longer being carried by DIRECTV’s satellite system or its internet-delivered platform AT&T TV Now (formerly known as DIRECTV TV Now). The channel impacted is 22.

The current carriage agreement had been set to expire at midnight on Dec. 31, but was extended by Hearst Television multiple times until 7 p.m. on Jan. 3, in an
attempt to avoid an impasse.

“Unfortunately, the DIRECTV negotiating team is seeking the right to carry our stations at below market rates, which is neither fair nor reasonable given the significant investments we
have made to deliver top tier programming to our viewers,” said Timothy J. Morrissey.” “We regret the inconvenience DIRECTV’s demands have imposed on its subscribers, and we will keep our communities fully informed of developments.”

“It should be noted that we have not ‘blacked out’ our station,” Morrissey added. “Viewers may continue to receive our station for free, over the air, and, where available, from local cable or
other satellite operators.”

Viewers can determine the type of antenna needed to receive the signals of Hearst Stations at

WJCL urges viewers to contact DIRECTV customer service at 1-800-531-5000 or 1-800-288-2020 in an effort to resume service.

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Jan. 8 - Savannah Stopover Kicks Off 10th Anniversary with concert on Jan. 22

Savannah Business Journal Staff Report

January 8, 2020 - Savannah Stopover Music Festival will kick off its 10th Anniversary Season with a concert at Service Brewing Company on Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020. Brooklyn’s acclaimed indie rock band Beach Fossils will perform, marking their first appearance in Savannah. LA rising star, Negative Gemini, will open.

Stopover X, which takes place March 5-7 in Savannah, will announce the full festival lineup of over 65 bands on Jan. 22. The festival announced its first wave of 25 bands on Nov. 6, including Shovels & Rope, CAAMP, Devotchka, The Nude Party, Omni, and many more. 

In addition, Service Brewing, which serves as both a venue for the festival and its official beer partner will release the Stopover 2020 beer, I AM THE ROADIE, at the event. The lager will be available in Savannah leading up to and during the festival. The artwork and label for the beer was designed by SCAD alum Katie Campbell.

Chazito’s Latin Cuisine food truck will be on site from 7:30 - 10 p.m.

Tickets to the event are available on Eventbrite for $16 in advance, $18 the day of the show. The event is 21+. For more information visit Eventbriteor Facebook.

Service Brewing Company is located at 574 Indian St., Savannah GA 31401. 



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April 30 - Roots Up Gallery Celebrates Fifth Anniversary With A Special Show By Local Artist, Helen Durant

Savannah Business Journal Staff Report 

April 30, 2019 - May 1 marks the fifth anniversary of Roots Up Gallery representing 25 local Savannah artists and 50 regional and southern self-taught folk artists. Together these unique artists collectively share a world of soulful art that is borne from within.

This anniversary also celebrates the resiliency of the gallery. For the past five years Roots Up Gallery has captured the personal journey of gallery owner Leslie Lovell and late husband, Francis Allen. It has been filled with the highest of highs in 2014; getting married and together opening the gallery, to the lowest of lows; having Francis endure a three-year illness only to lose in the end. “During this time the gallery became my personal anchor,” says Lovell, “it was full of balance, hope and growth. Francis and I could still work on concepts and ideas and I would implement them.” As the end came on August 30, 2018 for Francis, so did the plight of the then gallery space. But what Lovell construes as ‘Divine Intervention’ is the current space presented itself in the Downtown Design District and the gallery moved and reopened on September 27, 2018. “As Francis was always my pillar of strength and support, it was as if the new space was a parting gift which filled me with a focus that consumed and helped me to move forward,” says Lovell.

“To honor this journey” Lovell says “I could not feel any more connected in celebrating the gallery’s fifth anniversary than with this kindred spirit show of In The Moment by friend and local artist, Helen Durant. This body of work is filled with drawings, paintings and mixed media capturing the moment.

“I’m so drawn to Helen’s work, it's like she releases herself in each piece which delivers such depth and emotion.” says Lovell, “There is nothing tiring or static in her artwork, the fluid strokes creates a conversation that is ongoing."

The pieces from In The Moment are just that. They are so entrenched with daily moments that are filed with marks expressing Helen’s voice from within. “It was just before the holidays,” says Durant, “which leaves us all more exposed to emotions. From the moment I woke up I was led by the paint and charcoal to release my feelings from the heart. There is no conscience message, it’s in the moment and the purest form of my art. It invites the audience to experience and bring their feelings and interpretations in the moment.”

Durant is informally trained honing her skills recording life through drawing. She has been experimenting with paint, torn paper, graphite, and found objects for most of her career. She found her voice in the ability to capture a fleeting moment expressing with gestures, energies and spirits of animals and people surrounding her.

Over the past few decades, Durant has exhibited widely in the United States. Her work can be seen in many public, corporate, and private collections throughout the United States and abroad. Her varied bodies of work are represented in Jackson Hole by Diehl Gallery, in Atlanta by Thomas Deans Fine Art, and in Savannah by Roots Up Gallery.

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