The 29th Anniversary Season of the Savannah Music Festival (SMF) will kick off on March 29, 2018 with an eclectic mix of music featuring top performers from the world of bluegrass and jazz guitar. The 2018 lineup features an international roster of artists and will conclude with a multi-stage continuous presentation of live music in an all-day festival finale on April 14th. SMF is Georgia's largest musical arts event and one of the most distinctive cross-genre music festivals in the world.
Aficionados of Latin dance music will count themselves lucky to catch the famed son cubano ensemble, Septeto Santiaguero, as they light up the evening with a special performance on Friday, April 13th.
Tickets for all events can be ordered online at savannahmusicfestival.org; by phone at 912.525.5050; or in person at the festival box-office, 216 E. Broughton Street, in downtown Savannah.
Latin Dance Party: Septeto Santiaguero
The five-stroke clave pattern will be in full effect as Septeto Santiaguero heats up the dance floor with their infectious groove. As the foremost son cubano ensemble, the Septeto was founded by tres guitar virtuoso, Fernando Dewar, at the famous Casa de la Trova night club in his hometown of Santiago de Cuba, the cradle of Son and Bolero. The ensemble's lineup includes three lead vocalists, trumpet, tres, guitar, bass and drums.
Before winning the 2015 Latin Grammy Award for Best Traditional Tropical Album with "I Don't Want to Cry-Tribute to the Compadres", the seven captivating performers honed their sound in nightclubs, cultivating an infectious call-and-response style that continues to excite listeners wherever they perform. The group has enjoyed collaborations with salsa stars like José Alberto (El Canario), Cheo Feliciano, Rubén Blades, Oscar D´León, Eliades Ochoa, Andy Montañez, Ismael Miranda, Aymee Nuviola, Reinaldo Creagh, Tiburon Morales, Edwin Bonilla, Jimmy Bosch, Edwin Colón Zayas, Alejandro Almenars, Luisito Quintero and others.
Their touring repertoire features different aspects of Cuban popular music, with an emphasis on the traditional, from a contemporary perspective. Works by classical composers blend in perfect harmony with works by contemporary Cuban authors, among which are several members of the group itself.
Septeto Santiaguero will perform Friday, April 13, 8:30 p.m. in the North Garden Assembly Room at Ships of the Sea Museum, 41 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Savannah, GA, 31401. Tickets are $40 each.
Other performers of special interests to Latin music lovers include flamenco singer, Diego El Cigala and Brazilian pianist Jovino Santos Neto.
Diego El Cigala is arguably Spain’s most brilliant and innovative flamenco singer performing today. A two-time Latin Grammy Award winner, El Cigala has collaborated with a “who’s who” of Spanish musicians. The New York Times once ranked an El Cigala show as the city’s best concert in all categories of pop, rock and jazz that year, noting “a séance that continually changed form and mood according to the whim of El Cigala, the great Gitano singer—a mile of charisma with a soul-scarring voice—and his band, as they played their own sort of traditional flamenco that brushed against jazz and tango.”
Monday, April 2- 7:30 pm, Lucas Theatre for the Arts, 32 Abercorn St, Savannah, GA, 31401. Tickets start at $32.
The solo lunchtime performance by Jovino Santos Neto will show his creative blend of energetic grooves, deep harmonies and lyrical melodies, always inspired and informed by the richness and color of Brazilian music. His compositions include samba, choro, baião, xote, forró, marcha and many more styles, rooted in centuries-old musical tradition while pointing to new and adventurous harmonic languages. Over his career, Jovino Santos Neto has collaborated with musicians including his mentor Hermeto Pascoal, Bill Frisell, Paquito D’Rivera, Airto Moreira, Claudio Roditi, David Sanchez, Joe Locke, Marco Granados and many more.
Friday, April 13, 12:30 pm, Charles H. Morris Center, 10 E Broad St, Savannah, GA, 31401. Tickets are $30.