St. Patrick’s Day in Savannah is a perfect opportunity to check out the area’s hardworking musical talent.
Signature bluesmen, like Eric Culberson and Hitman, hold down River Street all year long, and great bands like Thomas Claxton and the Myth, Bottles & Cans, and more are not to be missed.
For those who have friends visiting for the weekend, no music tour of Savannah is complete without hearing a few songs from our Americana/country leaders The Train Wrecks and The Accomplices. Music will be ringing out across downtown from multiple stages; plan a schedule and make sure to see local folks as well as the great regional talent coming in for the festivities.
Here are some highlighted acts:
The Steppin Stones
4:30 p.m., Monday, March 16, Wild Wing Stage
Guitarist Hannah Wicklund started rock trio The Steppin Stones when she was just 8 years old. 2015 marks their ninth year together as a band.
“Early on, we were doing straight classic rock: Heart, Pat Benatar, Rolling Stones, Janis, stuff like that,” Wicklund remembers. “We still have a lot of covers, but we definitely are much heavier on original content.”
Having just finished up their third studio record, Wicklund advises that the Hilton Head band will break out some new material at their St. Patrick’s Day shows in addition to old crowd favorites.
“Savannah is absolutely our favorite place to play,” she said excitedly. “It’s just consistently so much fun. The people really appreciate the music and take time to come see you play.”
4 p.m., Saturday, March 14, Red Hare Stage
Atlanta’s Justin Keller, Jaz Dixon, Chase Lamondo and Colin Dean bring a sound that blends blues, indie sensibilities and an ear for hooks.
In for a Penny
4 p.m., Tuesday, March 17, United Distributors Stage
After 10 years away from music, Sean McNally is back in action with a seasonally-appropriate band: In for a Penny.
“Probably the best description would be Irish folk-punk,” he said. “It’s full on energy and even though I’m 46 years old, I feel like a kid again when we play together.”
In for a Penny is finishing up a three-song EP, recorded by Kota Mundi’s Paxton Willis (he played the drum and bass tracks on the record, and Isaac Smith added fiddle parts as well). Limited to just 100 copies, McNally advises that the exclusive release will be available at their St. Patrick’s Day shows.
“We’ll be doing a lot of revved-up versions of traditional Irish pub songs, some Dropkick Murphys and Flogging Molly covers, as well as a few originals I’ve written,” McNally said. “We’re stoked to bring some rowdy Irish music to a town with so much Irish heritage. With the introduction of In for a Penny into the Savannah music scene, Irish music isn’t just for St Paddy’s Day anymore.”
3 p.m., Saturday, March 14, The Rail
This three-piece cover band is a staple on Congress Street and favors British Invasion, 1960s garage hits, soul, doo-wop and classic rock ‘n’ roll like Chuck Berry. While covers are their mainstay, they’ve been known to break out an original song, too.
Danielle Hicks and the Eight Ohm Resistance
10 p.m., Monday, March 16th, St. Julian Stage
It’s Hicks’ third time playing St. Patrick’s Day in Savannah, and members of her band have been crucial players in the city’s revelry for ages. Expect to hear a mix of the blues, rock, reggae and R&B from her and the Eight Ohm Resistance, as well as original material.