Lullwater in Savannah

Posted: March 18, 2015 in Uncategorized

By Christopher Horton 10363792_10205941617037115_9205961443205621886_n

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That’s right. The powerful Lullwater is coming to Savannah this Friday.

Lullwater hails from Athens and is a sonic tour de force. It’s been a while since they have been here, and they have all kinds of new material in store for The Jinx. They will be sharing the stage with local guys BBXF, who also have a good amount of new stuff to being to the stage. You really don’t want to miss this show. Its going to be a rare night of serious rocking.

I had a chance to catch up with Joe, the drummer of Lullwater after the hectic St. Paddy’s day weekend.

I remember seeing the video for “Albatross” a while back and really digging it. Tell me a Little about Lullwater, and the newer tunes you have out. 

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The Bomb Shelter has been the go-to place for house shows here lately. There’s been quite a buzz surrounding the place, and many touring bands have stopped through. But it has also been a great place for local bands to play to an all ages audience. Besides Coastal Rock Productions and their varied shows, and Sweet Melissa’s, there really aren’t very many options if you are under 21 and want to see a rock show. Ironically, that is usually the exact age group of people that you want at your shows if you are a band. Hopefully, that law will be changing soon. Because it’s dumb. Soon some places may be allowed to be 18 and up. But until then, we are forced to our own devices.

In the spirit of DIY attitude, it seems the Bomb Shelter is going to try their hands at something new: Record promotion. Still in the infantile (that means young. I’m smart.) stages, for sure. But i wanted to get the word out that this is happening, as I am pretty excited about it myself.

I had a talk with Danielle Leonard about her plans for the project. This is the first interview I have conducted that didnt require a bribe or blackmail. That must mean Im on the up and up….or Danielle is just really nice to strangers.

 The Bomb Shelter has become a staple of the Savannah music scene, what made you decide to take it to the next level with a record label?
A staple? Damn, I’m flattered that you would call it that! (Editors note: I’m flattered that YOU are flattered)
We’ve just been having
so much fun hosting shows and being active in the music scene, that we thought we could expand what we are doing and benefit bands in a different way. We are keeping it non-profit so that it stays about the bands, not the money.
I know you have an EP that is being released soon, what are your plans for releases in the near future?
I think the plan is to release the EP, then while promoting that we will be in the process of recording a full-length for the same band…we are kind of using them as our guinea pigs. Hopefully it proves to be a success and we can expand to more bands!
 Do you plan to keep the releases all local? Or maybe branch out into regional bands that frequent Savannah?
We are starting local and then maybe we will have bands from out of state, who knows!
In the future, you plan to have recording facilities to help the bands get their material out there. Can you tell me a little about that?
Well we don’t have a super fancy studio or anything, but Henry (label co-founder) is a sound major and will be recording the bands with his equipment. Hopefully we will release a full length that Henry will record for the band we are working with, Generation Pill, before this summer.
 Finally, if bands are interested in Bomb Shelter Records, how do they get in touch?

By Christopher Horton 10363792_10205941617037115_9205961443205621886_n

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I met Dan Sweigert while i was working downtown. We worked in the same area, and became friends pretty fast. Mostly because he was the second weirdest guy working there (I was the first). Turns out, we had a lot in common, and ran the same social circles.

I’ve had the privilege of sharing the stage with Dan and Pat on numerous different occasions and capacities over the years, and they are scary talented. Star Period Star often blends tense poly-rhythms with poppy melodies, but adds some heavier moments as well. They are Progressive to the core and while they have some improv jam moments, it never devolves into something self-serving and pretentious. They truly have an original sound for the Savannah area….and actually, maybe the planet. *Editors note: I did not consult with the whole planet, so don’t quote me on this.

Last year they released “Cant See the Forrest” on CD and digital download, with some older material as well as some new. I recommend my two favorite tracks :“Snares” and “A Means to an End”.

You can find it at: http://starperiodstar.bandcamp.com/

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This isn’t just trippy album artwork. This is literally an image pulled out of Dan’s head. He thinks in colors.

They are a real “musician’s band”, and a real joy to watch live. I got to catch up with Dan Sweigert , and ask him some questions about the band, the future, and a tour…

Star period Star has a unique prog-rock sound, who does most of the writing?
I’ve done most of the writing myself, but am starting to get the other band members involved in that process on the next album. There’s a lot of creativity in this band and people will get a taste of some of that on our tour this spring as we will be including a few minutes of improvised music in our sets.

You guys are going on tour! What’s some of the highlight dates and venues that you’re most excited about?
The whole thing started when we got the opening slot with the rock-in-opposition band Thinking Plague in Denver, CO. I’ve been listening to them for almost 20 years, so I’m pretty excited about that show. TP is a remarkably innovative band. We’ll also be returning to play my hometown of Chicago for the first time since 2001. This tour is shaping up very nicely as we are playing with a very diverse and talented group of bands including Origin of Animal, the Cell Phones, R6 Implant, the Pat Sajak Assassins, Ut Gret, Grackle, Hustle Souls, Dachshund, Thinking Plague, and Xebrula. 
 Some of your influences are pretty obvious, but what are some of the lesser known ones? Any guilty musical pleasures lurking around?
A big one for me is Cheer-Accident, and I really love Gentle Giant and 5uu’s. There’s really WAY too many to mention here. I also listen to a lot of music outside the prog-rock world like Cibelle, Idaho, Henry Threadgill, Sparklehorse, Konono #1, a bit of everything. Pat and Greg have more of a heavy-meets-jazzy background and they’re really into the whole John Zorn school of bands like Estradasphere, Secret Chiefs 3, etc. Corey (our drummer) loves Crimson, Battles, Don Cab, post-rock stuff. My personal guilty pleasure is I LOVE Kansas, but not the hits so much. I’m really into their live Two for the Show double album. They have a very unique sound combining beautifully orchestrated longer pieces combined with a serious helping of complex, heavy, and at times, bluesy riffage. 
* I have to admit, I love everything Kansas ever did. I don’t care what people think of me. Those guys could write a song, sing three part harmonies, and had killer guitar licks. If you don’t like Kansas, you’re not cool.
Do you have any recording plans for a follow-up to “Cant see the forest”?
Yes, we’re working on what might be a double album. The songs are all based on significant figures in American history: Ben Franklin, J Edgar Hoover, John Nash, Tesla, Edison, etc. The album opens with a tune called “Daylight Spending Time” and closes with “Twilight Savings Time” and those two songs kind of tie the whole thing together. I wonder if Ryan Graveface would be interested in releasing this album. It would be the first progressive rock album on his label, but I think it could make a really cool double album. I’m not saying I think the sound quality is better on vinyl, I think I just have a bit of a fetish for that format, the look and feel of it, with all the extra space for artwork.
* Personally, I hope there is a song about that time Tesla and Edison beat each other up in a gladiator style fight surrounded by lions whilst arguing over the specifics of electricity. I’m not sure if that’s actual history, or something I made up….but hey, reality is subjective right? 
That sounds crazy ambitious. But hey, Star Period Star are an ambitious band. If you have the chance to check them out live, DO IT.
You can check all of their tour dates, music news and media at: https://www.facebook.com/StarPeriodStar
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By Christopher Horton10363792_10205941617037115_9205961443205621886_n

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Dammit.

My delay pedal is dead. Dead, right in the middle of recording a solo. Useless. Impotent. Done. DEAD.

If you’re a musician, what do you do with broken shit? Do you do what I used to do, and just chuck it off an overpass somewhere? I mean, I know how to setup my guitar, and do general maintenance, but when something electrical is wrong…I’m lost. A lot of you are, I know, because I hear it all the time. They blame their gear, and say it’s shitty. That’s not the problem. It just needs some love.

Most of us aren’t lucky enough to have their own personal guitar tech. We gig, we play, we fix what we can….

Here’s a little secret for you too most techs are like used car salesmen, you go in there with one thing in mind, and next thing you know you’ve gone wayyyyy over budget.

So what if you could have personalized service for your instruments at a fair price, by someone who isn’t going to bullshit you because they too, are a musician? A stand-up guy that wants your gear to sound as good as possible?

John at J&S Custom Guitarworks is just that guy. He is a literal wizard (No, not like Harry Potter. Read an adult book, weirdo.) with stringed instruments and electronics, loves to talk about guitar gear, and is a player himself. So he’s knows how frustrated you can be with an instrument. I caught up with him and got a great interview and some pictures of his personal collection of awesome stuff that I wish I had.

1. How did you get started in guitar repairs and modifications?

That’s a question i get asked quite often and never get tired of answering.
Ever since i heard the opening riff to “Whole Lotta Love” and discovered that music was my passion in life. I was instantly drawn to the sound of the electric guitar and I always enjoyed tinkering with things, figuring out how they work.
Growing up I never really had the money to repair my gear or get it properly setup so naturally i would tinker with it myself and read books and ask questions from a great local tech named Jon Willis. Soak in as much knowledge as i could.

Then after years of being in the world of an all original, independent, regional, semi-touring band (John was in Digital Disease, opening for Saliva and other big names) your funds become depleted rather quickly and i kind of became the tech for the entire band. As well as helping other bands out that may have been having technical and gear related troubles

So basically it was out of curiosity, necessity, lots of trial and error, and a genuine enjoyment of repairing modifying or customizing guitars and basses. I love the feeling i get when someone brings me an instrument they’re obviously not satisfied with and i turn it into something they never thought it could be and it inspires them to play more. That feeling never gets old

*Eidtors note: It’s too bad he cant do this with women. His wizardry is only for guitars.

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John playing some licks on his personal #1 guitar, a Paul Reed Smith “Starla”.

2. Being an active guitar player allows you to experiment on your own gear, whats your biggest success story?

Hmmm…. this is a hard one.
I’ve done very complex pickup and wiring schemes and experimented with pretty much every single component and piece of hardware you can.
I’ve discovered MANY things in that process. But in the world of the gigging guitarist i would have to say my biggest success story is keeping things “meat and potatoes” if you will.
Im a regular gigging musician just like the bulk of my customers, so the biggest success story would be knowing what the player needs and doesnt need and giving them the piece of mind that everything is laid out and simple and knowing that the work is rock solid and something they can depend on night after night and know its not going to fail or let them down.

I’ve repaired and fixed many botched jobs done by other local and regional techs. So that’s a bit of a personal success to me knowing the pride and hard work i put into each customers instrument, be it a beginner guitar or a professional caliber instrument. They all get the same treatment when they come to me. Its the customers instrument and i strive to make each one 100% satisfied and inspired to play more

I’ve created and tinkered with EVERY single component and piece of hardware on guitars and have made and come across many discoveries and new findings and with that comes alot of knowledge to share with my customers to help achieve the ultimate goal and tone they’re looking for.  But at the root of it all, my biggest success story is seeing a customer leave satisfied with a new found love for their instrument and inspiration to play more and be more creative

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Your eyes may literally burn from the sexiness of this picture.

3. Tell me about your customer service. Just how personal is it?

My customer service is something i take very seriously and pride myself on.
I dont let a customer leave with an instrument they’re not 100% completely satisfied with.
Customer service played a big part in me offering tech and mod services to the public.
I remember the few times i actually had the money to go get my guitar setup or a pickup installed, every time i had to fill out a form and they would take it to the tech area and just call me to come pay for it and pick it up.  I would never even get to meet or see the person that was actually going to be doing the work on my instrument and that’s the main person i personally would’ve preferred to talk with. I didn’t care to talk with the person behind the counter i wanted to talk with the tech that was going to be performing the work.  And on a few occasions i would go pick it up and want a small tweak made but most of the time the tech wasn’t available and i would just have to live with it until i gained the confidence to start making my own tweaks.

A basic rundown of my customer service is, you call and tell me what you need done. We schedule a one on one appointment. I check the instrument over, and have you play for me so i can see what type of physical player you are and what style of music you play. I have you play for me so i get a better and more accurate idea of what type of setup would suit your playing best. (On a serious note, you have no idea how important this is to getting the best out of your instrument)

We discuss the business aspect of it. You’re provided with my email and personal phone number so i can be reached at any time.  On the day of pickup you play the instrument and put it through its entire paces. While doing this i will make even the smallest of adjustments so you are nothing short of completely satisfied with you’re instrument.
There is no middle man. You’re in direct contact with me at all times and I’m the only one working on your instrument.   No middle man. Just the customer, and myself.

4. I hear you are moving to a better location. Where and when?

Correct. Its a new music and production facility called The Garage. Its located at Paulsen and 69th. I cant give a specific date at the moment but the move should be very soon!

5. While you’ve been doing plenty of guitar repair, I hear you also do quite a bit of work on pedals as well.

I do. It started out as a hobby, but as more and more people started finding out about it, it grew into its own little operation. Alot of my modified pedals are currently on many local players boards as well as a few in other states
A current signature bass preamp/distortion pedal is in the works in conjunction with my good friend and awesome local musician Jon Willis and a custom wah complete drop in kit that is a perfect drop in replacement for your current crybaby or wah with a similar housing.
Its voiced as my take of a classic organ era wah combined with the voice of the vintage maestro boomerang wahs. A hybrid of the both combined into.1 if you will.
There is a basic model and more and more options can be added. I.e. true bypass led status lights dual inductors different sweep caps on a toggle or rotary etc… sky is the limit

These builds are my own recipe and use many custom parts that i have to source. But as stated above, you are getting a custom complete drop in kit. The circuit board the wiring harness a custom spec’d and built pot and heavy duty 3PDT Bypass Switch

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You can almost hear them through the picture.

6. Finally, your list of services gets more and more extensive. Do you mind listing what you can do for our fellow musicians?
Sure!
The typical guitar tech things first off:
Setups
Diagnoses
Fret levels and dressing
Pickup installations
Electronics replacements
Hardware installation
String nut installations
Custom wiring and electronics routing.
From the tiniest tweak to a complete overhaul

I offer pedal modification services as well!
The sheer amount of different pedals i can mod and what mods can be done to each one would be way to vast and extensive for you to write out but customers are always more than welcomed to give me a call text or email anytime if they want to inquire about something specific or just call to talk about music and gear in general!:)

* Editors note: I know for a fact that he has suped up some Boss pedals, and does a great job on Wah wah pedals. I got to play through a few of them at The Musician’s Institute!

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John is currently located at 7041 Hodgson Memorial drive. Inside Savannah Musicians Institute
912 220 8924
Johnsingletary87@gmail.com

Thanks for your time John! It’s been a real pleasure.

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I was going to spend the day outside, looking at the sky, drawing stick figures in lewd positions, and pondering how awesome I am. However, since the weather was 80 degrees yesterday, and 45 today, screw that. Might as well sit in front of the computer right?

Movers and Shakers are a Savannah band that span many genres, clearly just playing whatever the hell they want to play. I respect the shit out of that. With all the posturing and pretense that goes with fitting into a particular “scene” (you know who you are, you posers….do people still say poser?) it is delightfully refreshing to catch a band that just do what they do. And by the way, they do it really well. They mix blues, southern rock, funk, and you even get a dose of heavier moments, and even some progressive elements. So what makes them tick? I caught up with their singer, Jesse and got the low-down on this low-country gem.

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*It doesn’t snow in Savannah, where the hell were you guys? I think this is photo shopped. You should’ve added a tiger too. Go big or go home, you know?

On to the interview!

Movers and Shakers has been at it for a while. Tell me about how you guys got together.

Technically we started jamming in a basement that was in bassist Mike Peaden’s and drummer Nicholaus Wilkerson’s old mansion on East Henry Street ( the Dirtmore Estate).  Chandler Woods (acoustic guitar/ vocals)  and myself ( Jesse Riner- electric guitar/ vocals) began to seriously write songs together around October of 2011.  We wrote a couple of songs between the two of us “Movers & Shakers” “Get Out” and “Wait.”  It didn’t take long to realize that we really wanted to have a killer rhythm section to add a real groove to our traditionally influenced yet completely original sound.  I guess the gods agreed with Chan and I and the first jam session (where I first met Nic) in that basement went to be one of the most natural and self-evolving experiences that basically sealed a bond between four grown ass men right then and there.  Everything, right up to this point and beyond, is just us working hard at every opportunity given to achieve our ultimate goal of getting folks dancing to good rocking music.

When people hear “Southern Rock” or “Roots Rock” they tend to have a formed opinion regarding that kind of sound. Personally, I think you break the mold and have a sound all your own. Where do you draw your inspiration?

Hey Thanks!!!  As a band we put almost all of our focus into our music ( which could explain a lot on the business side of things- we need a great manager!).  All of us are from the south and are proud of it, so that definitely translates into our sound.  It is true that when we say southern rock most people expect a Lynyrd Skynyrd sounding band, which to me is flattering- they were my first favorite band.  Movers & Shakers is far from it though.  Collectively we all do get down on southern classic rock, and the kick ass English rock bands like Zeppelin, Deep Purple, The Who and Jethro Tull.  We all LOVE funk music as well!!  Individually we are a melting pot of musical preferences:  Mike is big into indie bands such as The Strokes, The Hives.  You can find groups like Brand New and Taking Back Sunday in Chandler’s playlists as well as Elliot Smith being one of his biggest influences.  Nic will blow your mind with the most prolific jams from the likes of Jeff Beck, Frank Zappa and crazy afro beat arrangements from guys that I would have to go to school for just to be able to pronounce some of their names.  Finally METAL is my (Jesse) favorite music other than classic rock and funk.  Pantera, early Lamb of God, and Burnt By The Sun, just to name a few.  It makes it all the more special that somehow we are always on the same page about a new song’s feel or direction when we write together.

Who would you say is the main songwriter in the group?

In the very beginning phases that title would have been held by Chandler and I.  That quickly changed the very first time we jammed.  The four of us immediately picked up on each other’s strengths and there is a strong energy between us.  The music has always come before the lyrics, not that we intentionally work that way, but it makes for a real fun song writing process.  We feed off each other and we like to give each other something to eat as well haha.  A song can start from anything from a little bass lick or a drum beat, then we all come up with a part that we think will compliment the groove.  Then, we jam on it for half a year before one of us finally sits down and writes some lyrics, and BAM, new song lol.

I understand that you just auditioned for America’s Got Talent. What was that experience like?

Man, the trip from Atlanta to LA, living in a van with my brothers was the best time of my life.  My poor ass got to see so much of the country that I didn’t know if I would ever see.  We are working hard to keep getting on the road.  The audition itself was so much cooler than we thought it was going to be.  We got to really loosen up our waiting room and we had all the potential contestants jamming and singing with us, which really helped the vibe, everyone was so understandably quiet and nervous.  It was great for everyone to warm up their vocal cords and have a great audition.  As far as our audition went, we nailed what we were supposed to do and are extremely hoping for that call back for the next round of auditions.  Should know something in the next two weeks or so.  FINGERS CROSSED!!!!

*Editors note: Personally I want them to get on TV. That way, I can plan to be hanging out in a bar somewhere and be like ” Hey, I know those guys, they are my best friends on the world! Isn’t that cool? AINT I COOL? LIKE ME.” i am sad and i have no friends. :(

What do you think about the ever changing Savannah music scene?

That’s a touchy question (which is kinda my answer within itself)  I feel we are amidst/ upon a resurgence, though others think Savannah’s music scene is just fine where as others think it is dead.  Personally I see a lot of soul driven individuals working hard to support our scene and I am very hopeful that we are heading in the proper direction.  There is still tension between venue and act in many cases usually over money, but we all just need to keep working hard on organization and unifying entertainment to be more easily solicited and promoted.  There is a lot of music in Savannah, but a lot of it, including our own band, is somewhat suppressed when it seems everyone is scraping real hard for quality gigs.  I would like to see bands reaching out to other bands more and venues being a bit more bold and letting us show just how many people we can pack into a place without having to play 4 hours of covers.  It is getting better though, and the more we reach out and band together, the faster the process will be, in my humble opinion anyway.

Thank you again for this interview, Chris!  It’s great to be in the company of folks who actively support our scene and works hard to make it better!

You’re quite welcome Jesse. However, understand that I am just exploiting you and other bands to gain popularity on my blog. Before music, I wrote articles about training cats to use the toilet. This is a step up, and I’m pretty sure I’m going to be famous….

Speaking of being famous, do you guys have any shows lined up?

If any of y’all are in or around Macon, come on out to the Hummingbird for their Big Bird Battle this Saturday.

We will also be in Brunswick for the Second Sunday C. Mo’s Kids empowering kids charity event.

We will be in Savannah on March 14th for the Wingmen Motorcycle Club’s St. Paddy’s Throwdown

And finally,  B&D Burgers on Congress (outside show) March 27th.

Awesome! Thanks for the interview Jesse, and I look forward to catching another one of your live shows soon!  

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Bridge To Grace

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I am very lucky to have cool friends that invite me to do cool shit. And I got to catch something really cool thanks to Rock 106.1 and Ryan from the Night Shift and UNDEREXPOSED:

Bridge to Grace are a rock band from Hotlanta, that stopped in to the Rock 106.1 studio for an exclusive acoustic set. The guys did a meet and greet while we waited for the pizza and refreshments to arrive, and are definitely some stand-up dudes. They shared some funny tour stories, including one about getting urinated on in the camper. If I were Bridge to Grace, I would start every single show with this story. If you want to hear the whole thing, you can check Night Shift With Ryan’s page, since he got it all on video! * Link at the end of the article

They started the set with their new single (which you can hear on Rock 106.1). The new single is “Bitch”, and while they have a clean version, we got the full monty. The song rocks pretty hard on their latest EP, and getting to hear it acoustic was really great. David, Alex, and Justin have near perfect harmony when they sing together. Bridge to Grace have a radio-ready sound, that I can see taking them pretty far.

They also do a great Sevendust cover. Which is definitely a band that these guys draw inspiration from. On the EP I can hear a lot of different influences too. Its heavy, melodic and catchy. “The Fold” is probably my favorite track, with a powerful intro that reminds me of Killswitch Engage. This is a band to watch!

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Program Director, Kotter gearing up for the rock, and Bridge to Grace playing “Bitch”. I wish I would’ve brought the real camera, but you get pictures with my 1986 camera phone instead. I literally had to develop these in a dark room in my garage. 

You Should definitely check these guys out, and their EP “Staring in the Dark” They have music streaming on their facebook page ( the link is below). Looks like they are heading to Alabama, and Louisiana next. have a great tour, guys!
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Check them out on facebook, and give  em a like! https://www.facebook.com/BridgeToGrace

Thank you to Ryan from the Night Shift for the invite! Make sure you tune in to Ryan’s show weeknights at 7, and check out UNDEREXPOSED every Sunday night at 10 on Rock 106.1! https://www.facebook.com/NightShift1061

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*Editors note: You can listen to this fabulous gentleman on the radio all you like, but if you see him in person, I wouldn’t trust him. I mean, you can say “Hello” and shit….Im just saying don’t leave any unattended drink cups nearby. I mean…just look at him. He’s plotting things in this picture, and also plotting as I type this article.

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“If you can concentrate always on the present, you’ll be a happy man. You’ll see that there is life in the desert, that there are stars in the heavens. Life will be a party for you, a grand festival, because life is the moment we’re living right now.”

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I Had a chance to discuss probably the most interestingly named festival Savannah will be having this season. I was pretty excited to find out what Kittenfest 2015 was all about. I frickin’ love kittens. I wish I could own a farm, and just have a bunch of kittens running around everywhere. Barn kittens, field kittens… People look at me and go “I bet that guy is into some evil stuff”. But while I may give a nod to the dark forces of Satan every now and then, I love me some kittens. Maybe I will just make this whole article my favorite pictures of kittens.

*sigh

I have a job to do, though. You deserve to know about Kittenfest, Savannah.

Here is my interview with Sarah from Corner Shoppe Creations:

Where did the idea of Kittenfest come from? Do you organize the event by yourself?

The festival started as a plan for my 15th birthday party, ( I know… random year to throw a party like this) I had quite a fews friends who were in bands, and was already going to a few shows, so one day at lunch, we decided to have 5 bands play for my birthday! During the weekend before, My great friends (family) Tyler Cuttita of Omingnome, and my younger sister Maxine Florio were joking around, and decided we should call it Kittenfest. Year after year, more and more people would ask when next year’s dates were. And here we are today.

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*Editors Note: Imagine my surprise/disdain when I discovered that we were not talking about actual kitten bands. In this business, you have to learn to go with the flow without letting your emotions get in the way. I continued the interview, but only because I am quite sure that Sarah can beat me up. She’s from Jersey.

What does the lineup look like? Are you trying to blend a bunch of genres, or cater to just a few?

There isn’t any guideline for our roster, in fact, the more random the better. Things have changed so much since our first year. The goal is to blend all cultures, to open the scene up to more collaborations. Along with NJ’s location and dates, We are honored to share this experience with the wonderful and Majestic Savannah, Ga.

This is the 10th year and 1st in Savannah, Ga! Our Mission is to provide a stage for a wide variety of talented individuals who desire to make a positive impact in this society. To continue its philosophy of nurturing and developing the scene, we enable music fans to experience the energy, excitement, and passion that have made KiTTENFEST one of the best ways to spend this summer.

KITTENFEST features 3 days, over 70 artists, overnight camping, 2 rolling stages, and mostly 45 minute sets (headliners excluded) ensuring punchy showcases with less fillers. We believe in the simple philosophy of showcasing up and coming talent by providing them with a platform for you to experience the dynamics of an arts festival. The entertainment is seamless and non-stop.

*Editors note: Youll get to see a LOT of Savannah’s favorites here, including The Dope Sandwich crew, Xulu Prophet Band, Broken Glow, Culture Vulture, and Omingnome. There is something for everyone here, whether you like rock, rap, folk, or punk! I would also like to note that there will be vendors from the Savannah Bazaar also, which features all kinds of local art.

Are you considering Kittenfest to be an annual event, here in Savannah?

That is the plan!

Other than Kittenfest, do you have any other events you are planning?

We are hosting another Kittenfest, back in its original state, New Jersey, and are planning to add another annual location every year. #noceilings

Finally, what do you think of the current state of the Savannah music scene?

I moved here just about 3 years ago. In the past two years alone ive seen the number of artists, an shows around town, double, if not triple. Personally its my favorite part of moving here. Although i wish there was a venue to hold artists that would bring out 1000+ people. Maybe that will happen in the future *crosses fingers*
Thanks Sarah! This is yet another great event that shows the Savannah scene is alive and kicking. April is the perfect time for any festival in Savannah, so I look forward to going out and seeing some of my favorite local acts.

Details:

425 speedway blvd Hardeville SC 29927

Come With Your ID. Event is AGES 18+ (No Exceptions).

Note:
*Unregistered vending, blanket vending, or walk-up selling is strictly prohibited, and will result in immediate ejection from the grounds.

NO Glass bottles: {this cannot be stressed enough!! Cans are cheaper} Extreme danger w/ broken glass. People walk around barefoot.

NO Under Age Drinking
** NO illegal substances

Respect your neighbor. We think kindness is contagious.

Keep the Scene Clean: Please clean up your area during and after your stay. Recycle centers, trash containers, and trash bags are readily available.

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