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.
Walter Parks is proud to return to A-Town Get Down with legendary drummer Bernard Purdie. Bernard's grooves have been sampled world-wide and rebranded in the hip-hop and dance world as "breakbeats". Bernard's drumming was the foundation to many hits during the 60's and 70's – Aretha Franklin's "Rock Steady", Hall and Oates' "She's Gone" and his trademark "Purdie Shuffle" graced Steely Dan's "Home at Last".
Bernard joins only two dates on Walter's spring tour so this show is a must see.
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.
Tom Townsend is a St. Louis-based blues piano player who studied with jazz legend Mary Lou Williams. He has played with Chuck Berry, opened for Buddy Guy, and worked with BB King in commercials. He has played solo and with bands in the US and the United Kingdom. As a Creative Director in the Advertising industry, Tom has been honored by the Daytime Emmy Awards, the Clio Awards, the National Addy Awards, The One Show, Communication Arts, Comedy Central's America's Funniest Commercials You've Never Seen, and the Cannes Film Festival advertising competition.
Tom is an inductee into the St. Louis Media Hall of Fame, and received an honorary Doctor of Letters from Savannah College of Art and Design.
He currently serves as Founder and Executive Producer of the A-Town Get Down Music and Art Festival in Savannah, Georgia, and Pianos for People in St. Louis, Missouri, a free piano academy that teaches lessons and gives pianos to unprivileged families.
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.
Hailed by Rolling Stone and Billboard as an “exquisite” singer, Vivian Sessoms has performed all over the world with some of the biggest names in music. A wunderkind that got her start opening for Marvin Gaye at the age of 9, she's worked with legendary artists like Michael Jackson, Cher, Stevie Wonder and many others throughout the course of her multi-faceted career. Her new album LIFE, is her third studio effort and first foray into the realm of jazz, but if you're familiar with Vivian and her music, then you know there's going to be a twist. How about a record of beloved jazz standards, served up with a side of soul, and beautifully garnished with lush orchestrations? Backed by a rotating lineup of all-star musicians, her first record in a few years explores "How we as humans can come together to make a difference. I just know that when I hear a song I love, it can take me some place beautiful, music has that power. I hope this music will inspire that.”
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).
Hailing from St. Louis, MO, Trouble The Water plays a brand of Americana distinctly dark and Midwestern. Fronted by songwriter, Blake Schneider, Trouble The Water operates as a solo act and with featured accompaniment by violist, Anna Drexelius, and percussionist, Renato Durante. Trouble The Water draws inspiration from folk, blues, and rockabilly traditions for a sound shaped by overdriven tubes, reverb, and bowed strings.
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 w. DJ Press Play (Jason B. James). 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 just a taste of some of our art workshops and artport shuffle artists for 2018.
Digital Artists will be sharing skills in Digital Art and Design, sponsored by Adobe.
6 artists painting on 6 panels for 30 minutes each. Panels will be up for silent auction with the final bidding happening at the end of the night.
Blick is presenting artists.
Guests are encouraged to pull up a chair, and collaborate with the artists in an open “Drawing Jam.” We'll provide the supplies, just show up and get down.
Have a seat for a few minutes, and have our talented crew of artists capture your portrait- which you get to keep!
Strike a pose, and the SCAD Fashion Club will capture your likeness in a stylized, “fashion” illustration.
Hosted by Lara Wolf
Work on tree trunk slices with a variety of art supplies and tools to create a decorative magnet.
Hosted by Dale Child
Get your face painted and become a fantastical creature or superhero!
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.
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