The 27th Anniversary Season of the Savannah Music Festival (SMF) will feature an international roster of artists from March 24 through April 9, 2016. Latin music fans will be especially interested in Carribean Dance Party: Creole Soul with Etienne Charles which will perform two sets on Saturday, March 24th.
Over the years, jazz music has been expanded and revitalized through the cultivation of new influences within the tradition, from the Afro-Cuban movement of the 40s to today’s many artists embracing their individual heritage. One of the most exciting young jazz artists ushering the genre into groundbreaking new territory is Trinidadian trumpeter/bandleader Etienne Charles. With this ensemble, Charles taps into the musical depths of the Caribbean, from calypso to Haitian voodoo music. Also in the mix are rock steady, reggae, belair, kongo and rock, as well as the influence of the Motown and R&B music that Charles listened to on his parents’ record player when he was growing up. Beloved by fans worldwide, Creole Soul is sure to make your body move and groove.
• Saturday, March 26, 8:30 pm and 10:30 pm at the Charles H. Morris Center. Tickets: $40
Flamenco Guitar aficionados will be excited to learn of the Savannah debut of Flamenco master, Vicente Amigo.
Vicente Amigo has been called “the natural continuation of Paco de Lucia,” and indeed it was a television performance by the legendary flamenco master that inspired him as a child to visualize a career playing flamenco guitar. Amigo’s playing style combines the solea rhythm of puro flamenco with elements of buleria, bolero, rumba, tango and alegria. Among his awards are a Latin Grammy and Best Flamenco Guitarist by Guitar Player Magazine, as well as the adoration of flamenco fans worldwide.
In his Savannah debut, Vicente Amigo brings a powerhouse five-piece band with a singer and dancer that promises emotional peaks akin to those from past SMF flamenco shows by Tomatito, Estrella Morente, Noche Flamenca and Paco de Lucia.
Flamenco Mastery: Vicente Amigo
• Friday, March 25, 8:00 pm at the Trustees Theater. Tickets: $27, 37, 47, 57.
Tickets for the 2016 festival are on sale at savannahmusicfestival.org. For more information, call (912) 525-5050.