***The 2020 Savannah Music Festival has been cancelled at the request of Mayor Van Johnson, with support from public health officials. Dr. Lawton Davis, Health Director of the Coastal Health District of the Georgia Department of Public Health, states: “At a time of such uncertainty about the impact of COVID-19 on our community, we understand the concerns of community leaders. The Savannah Music Festival draws crowds from around the world and here at home, including many older individuals who may be at higher risk of severe illness from COVID-19. City leaders have the full support of the Coastal Health District in the decision to cancel.”
We deeply regret that we are unable to share this season with our patrons in 2020, but recognize that an aggressive course of action is justified to protect public and community health. This cancellation applies to all concerts, donor events and festival education events Swing Central Jazz and Acoustic Music Seminar.
Over the next week, SMF will attempt to reschedule performances. In the event that rescheduling cannot occur, ticket purchasers will be notified immediately regarding refund procedures. We ask for patience, as these efforts may take time while SMF evaluates many different options with staff, venues and artists.***
Two years after their appearance at SMF’s Trustees’ Garden Festival Finale, Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit return to SMF. In the years since the release of Isbell’s breakthrough album, Southeastern (2013), which chronicled struggles with addiction and personal relationships, Isbell has emerged as one of our most celebrated troubadours. Born in Green Hill, Alabama, Isbell learned from his grandfather and uncle how to play a variety of instruments. As a teenager, he played at the Grand Ole Opry in a band with songwriter Chris Tompkins, and has gone on to win four Grammy Awards.