2018 Artists Lineup
Chuck Leavell's keyboard work has been heard on the works of Eric Clapton, the Rolling Stones, George Harrison, The Allman Brothers Band, The Black Crowes, Blues Traveler, Train, Martina McBride, John Mayer, David Gilmour and many other prominent artists. His association with the Stones began back in 1982 and is still going strong, having recently toured with the Stones on their No Filter tour of Europe. He is heard on their most recent record, Blue and Lonesome and was there with the Stones "OLE'" Latin American tour in 2016 that culminated with a historic free concert in Havana for some 750,000 plus attendees.
Chuck can be seen and heard on the "David Gilmour: Live in Pompeii" CD and DVD released in 2017. He is also a 'first call' session musician, working in studios around the world.
Chuck is also an artist in his own right, with several successful solo CDs in circulation, the latest a tribute to pioneering blues piano players entitled Back To The Woods. He is the author of four books: Forever Green: The History and Hope of the American Forest; Between Rock and a Home Place (autobiography), The Tree Farmer (a children's book); and his most recent is Growing A Better America, about "smart" growth. In Feb of 2012 Leavell received a Lifetime Achievement Grammy for his work with the Allman Brothers Band as well as an Honorary Ranger award from the US Forest Service. A conservationist, sustainable development advocate, and tech entrepreneur, Leavell co-founded The Mother Nature Network (www.mnn.com) in January of 2009, now the world's most-visited website for environmental news, information and education. His latest project is a TV program called "America's Forests with Chuck Leavell", for which he is the host. He and his wife, Rose Lane Leavell, live on their 3000 acre award winning Tree Farm, Charlane Plantation (www.charlane.com) in Bullard, Ga.
“Easily the most under-appreciated rock n roll band of the last 15 years, Athens GA’s Bloodkin is finally getting some much-deserved attention with this soulful, demon-expelling record [Baby...]. I should let you in on a little secret--all of their albums are this good.”
-STEVE LABATE in PASTE MAGAZINE
“As if the legacy of Faulkner or even the Beats were alive on vinyl rather than in ink.”
-STEPHEN M. DEUSNER in PITCHFORK
Multi-instrumentalist Randall Bramblett may be known for playing on stage with rock's legends like Bonnie Raitt, The Allman Brothers Band, Steve Winwood (16 years) and Widespread Panic. And respected for his songwriting - he penned the title track for the Grammy nominated Blind Boys of Alabama’s new album, adding to a long catalog of songs covered by Raitt, Gregg Allman, Bonnie Bramlett, Hot Tuna, Delbert McClinton and more. But it’s Bramblett’s own career as frontman where his artistry is in full display. He continues his storied career with continual reinvention and true conviction on his 11th album, Juke Joint at the Edge of the World. Funky and fun. With a commitment to the necessary evolution of music, Bramblett has kept his solo career as fresh as the day it began. Reason #528 he is Georgia’s Musical Treasure
Southern Avenue is an American five-piece blues and soul blues band from Memphis, Tennessee.
“…a deeply soulful Memphis blues band that’s turning the scene on its head…fiery guitar-led soul rock, with punchy horns, hard-shuffling beats, sparkling ballads and barroom throwdowns.”
Inducted into the Mississippi Musicians Hall of Fame “The Home Office for American Music”
Long before there were Kings of Leon, Keys of Black or Whites of Jack in Music City there was a riddle spewing prophet of roots rock and roll. A bluesy blast of baritone bombast. Equally versed in two glorious worlds, Rock and Roll. He is a force on tour and a tour de force. He is the last of the Full Grown Men and Roots Rock Royalty.
Over the past three decades, Walter Parks has forged a distinctive international career as the lead guitarist for Woodstock legend Richie Havens, half of the folk-duo The Nudes, and guitarist and leader of the swamp/blues-outfit Swamp Cabbage.
Bernard Lee "Pretty" Purdie is an American drummer, considered an influential and innovative funk musician. He is known for his precise musical time keeping and his signature use of triplets against a half-time backbeat: the "Purdie Shuffle."
Inspired by their predecessors, The New Familiars are a "no front man" band, splitting lead vocal duties & songwriting between Fedor & long time band mate and friend, Josh Daniel. Often compared to groups like The Band, The New Familiars embrace not only southern Appalachia roots music, but also experiment with the twisted tonalities of rock & roll. Their show can turn from a drum-driven arena rock band to a back porch hoe-down feel with the switch of an instrument.
Formed in 2013 at our A-Town Get Down, the band's rousing live performances span the genres of Chicago Blues to New Orleans funkiness.
The music of HuDost, the Neo Folk World Rock Ensemble from Montreal and KY, weaves a seamless tapestry of sound that renders tears and laughter in listeners, cultivating the nameless longing that abides somewhere in all our hearts and invokes total celebration. HuDost’s core musicians are Moksha Sommer and Jemal Wade Hines. As a duo their instrumentation includes vocals, harmonium (Indian Pump-Organ), Shahi Baaja (Electric Indian Auto-Harp), guitars, Bazouki, Dulcinet, percussion, and a slew of sonic ambient effects. Their music is a rich, eclectic blending of Pop and Rock with traditional Sufi music, Bulgarian, Croatian, Macedonian and Balkan folk music, Farsi, Turkish, Arabic, and Folk. Their sound crosses all borders and barriers, taking the listener on a journey they will never forget.
Voted Best Singer-Songwriter of 2016 in Connect Savannah's Best of Savannah Awards and Runner-Up the following year, Britt Scott combines catchy pop structures, soulful vocals, and emotionally authentic lyrical content.
Pop songstress Phoebe Elliot is originally from St. Louis, MO and currently lives in Nashville, TN where she continues to write, perform, and collaborate with other songwriters and musicians, under the watchful eye of Grammy Award-winning producer Paul Worley (Lady Antebellum, Dixie Chicks, Martina McBride).
The Savannah Children’s Choir is a nonprofit, community supported, choral organization whose mission is to unite, mentor and transform Savannah’s children into responsible, creative, and confident leaders through excellence in choral performance and music education.
The Savannah College of Art and Design Drumline was founded in 2008. They exist today as a celebrated tradition at nearly every key SCAD event and sports competition. Members come from all majors and class ranks.
We are the Stardust Pixxies...We Dance, We Hoop, We play with Fire while moving our bodies to the rhythm of the beat!
Joining us all day, Vinyl Appreciation is an event held every 3rd Thursday of the month from 6-10 pm at Foxy Loxy, 1919 Bull Street Savannah, Georgia. We gather together with 2 turntables, a great PA, and lots of records. We are an eclectic group with diverse taste, where everyone and every genre is welcome. Some of us are dj's, some are record collectors and crate diggers, some of us come to listen but we're all united through music and our love of music recorded onto vinyl.
ANNUAL OPEN JAM
Reneé LaSalle is a Savannah Media Personality with a love for all things non-profit and fun. She’s been part of our promotions and publicity for years and considers it an honor to be on the A-Town Get Down Team.
Listed below are our just a taste of some of our art workshops and artport shuffle artists for 2017.
Digital Artists will be sharing skills in Digital Art and Design, sponsored by Adobe.
The SCAD Ceramics Dept. will be giving demos and helping you to create a print using clay slip. Hosted by artist Yves Paquette
Get your face painted and become a fantastical creature or superhero!
Artists: Caroline Rose
Have a seat for a few minutes, and have our talented crew of artists capture your portrait...yes, you can have it.
Artists: Jared Seff
Alyssa Maria Gonzalez
Strike a pose, and the SCAD Fashion Club will capture your likeness in a stylized, “fashion” illustration. Hosted by Lara Wolf
Elmer Ramos will be helping you try your hand at screenprinting and create your own one-of-a-kind ATGD poster.
Will Penny is a Savannah-based multi-media artist. He utilizes digital technology as the vehicle for the conversion of his designs into various mediums of two and three-dimensional public art. Penny has created a site-specific large-scale projection specifically for A-Town that will be performed at the Warner Street Stage starting at 7:30 p.m.
Matt Toole is a Savannah-based sculpture and performing artist. Part of what makes Toole's sculptural work so impressive is the effortless way in which he fuses different materials such as wood and metal together, encouraging the viewer's eye to focus on the seamless transitions between materials. Toole created a site-specific and interactive sculpture that can be experienced at the Warner Street Stage under the Talmadge Bridge as a part of the revitalizations efforts of the area.
Jason Armstrong Beck is a famed multi-disciplinary photographer, filmmaker, poet and brains behind The Journal of Bison Jack. Beck has created a large-scale poem that will be projected at A-Town Get Down McGuire Stage starting at 8:00p.m. that will be the backdrop for the last performances of the evening.
VERY SPECIAL THANKS TO ARTISTS WHO’VE HELPED US GROW A-TOWN GET DOWN
The original A-Town Get Down was in Savannah, Georgia in 2011. Artists, both visual and musical, have comprised the festival, involving festival-goers in enriching and engaging hands-on projects and workshops and electric performances. Some of those exciting artists are listed below.
- A Fragile Tomorrow
- Adolfo Hernandez
- Anita Akella
- Alyssa Drennen
- Artport Shuffle with Matt Hebermehl
- Autumn Van Gunten
- Bartira Lobo
- Benazir Torres
- Blind Boys of Alabama
- Bottles n’ Cans
- Brad Lauretti
- Cecily Charles
- Christine Sanitelli
- City Hotel
- Cleonique Hilsaca
- Coastal Middle School Band
- Daryl Hance
- Devon Allman’s Honeytribe
- Elmont and Jones
- Emily Chao
- Eric Culberson Blues Band
- Fresh Fire
- “Guitar Tech for Experts” by Chip Ellis of Fender Guitars
- Infallible Funk
- Isaac Smith Band
- Jackson Evans
- Jamie Bourgeois
- Jer Swaby
- Jesse Jordan
- Jose Ray
- Kale Rardin
- Katherine Sandoz
- Kehoe Remix by Katherine Sandoz
- Lil’ J
- Loop It Up Yarn Bomb by Molly Leiberman and Jessica Leigh Lebos
- Loudon Wainwright III
- Maggie Hayes
- Marques and the Marvelous Miracles
- Miggs the Knife
- Open Jam workshop led by Walter Parks
- Patch Whiskey
- Randall Bramblett
- Rebecca Loebe
- “Rhythm and Groove” by Jagoda
- Sam McTavey
- Savannah Arts Band ECLIPSE!
- Savannah Children’s Choir
- SeeSAW One on One Drawing
- Shonna Tucker and Eye Candy
- Simon Cooper
- Sincerely Iris
- “Singing with Your Heart, Soul and Body” by Sloan Wainwright
- “Sleep and the Creative Mind” by Dr. Angie Randazzo
- Peat Wollaeger
- Sloan Wainwright
- Swamp Cabbage
- The Accomplices
- The Lee Boys
- The Malah
- The Missionary Blues
- The Rough and Tumble
- Vincent Mccraw
- Waits and Co.
- Wall of Musicians by Yves Pacquette and SCAD Ceramic Arts
- Walter Parks and Swamp Cabbage
- Word of Mouth