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POSTED: March 21, 2013 8:46 a.m.
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New Orleans' own Malcolm John "Mac" Renebback, aka Dr. John, is one of the headline stars at this year's Savannah Music Festival.

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Savannah has kicked off its annual 18-day festival to music. For more details on the Savannah Music Festival, go to savannahmusicfestival.org or call (912) 525-5050.

Here's the schedule:

March 21/Thursday

Della Mae: A one-hour bluegrass concert - just right for lunch break. $15 12:30 p.m. Charles H. Morris Center, 10 East Broad St.

Della Mae/ Steep Canyon Rangers: A bluegrass double bill. 5:30 and 8 p.m. shows are sold out. Charles H. Morris Center, 10 E. Broad St.

Daniel Hope & Friends with Anne Sofie von Otter: Brahms & Beethoven. Daniel Hope introduces acclaimed Swedish mezzo-soprano Anne Sofie von Otter to Savannah. $62 6 p.m. Congregation Mickve Israel, 20 East Gordon Street.

Charles Bradley & the Extraordinaires:  Daptone Records' flagship artist re-creates a down 'n' dirty 1960s soul revue. $22-$47 8 p.m. 8 p.m Trustees Theater, 216. E. Broughton St

March 22/Friday

Noon30: Steep Canyon Rangers: North Carolina's Steep Canyon Rangers - frequent collaborators with Steve Martin - are proof that traditional bluegrass music can adapt to its times without losing its history. $15. 12:30 p.m Charles H. Morris Center, 10 East Broad St.

African Blues & Creole-Cajun Crossroads: Ballaké Sissoko (African kora) & Vincent Ségal (cello)/Cedric Watson & Dirk Powell (zydeco). $35 6 & 8:30 p.m. Charles H. Morris Center, 10 East Broad St.

Daniel Hope & Friends with Anne Sofie von Otter: Dvorák String Quintet in E-flat Major, Op. 97, "The American" Loeffler Songs from 4 Poemes, Op. 5 Ives Largo Copland Nocturne/Hoedown $62. 6 p.m Christ Church, 28 Bull St.

Zydeco Dance Party: Lil Wayne & Same Ol' 2 Step: An SMF favorite. $30 7:15 & 9:30 p.m. Ships of The Sea Museum, 41 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd.

Old Crow Medicine Show: $22-$65 8 p.m. America's current favorite old-time string band. Johnny Mercer Theatre, 301 West Oglethorpe Ave. (Savannah Civic Center).

March 23/Saturday

Noon30: Ballaké Sissoko & Vincent Ségal: $20 12:30 p.m. Charles H. Morris Center, 10 East Broad St.

African Blues & Creole-Cajun Crossroads: Ballaké Sissoko (African kora) & Vincent Ségal (cello)/Cedric Watson & Dirk Powell (zydeco). $35 6 & 8:30 p.m. Charles H. Morris Center, 10 East Broad St.

Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company Play & Play: An Evening of Movement and Music: $30-$65 7:30 p.m. A leading light in modern dance. Lucas Theatre for the Arts, 32 Abercorn St.

Ahmad Jamal: Joined by drummer Herlin Riley and bassist Reginald Veal, jazz piano legend Ahmad Jamal is playing some of his best music at age 83. $28-$60 3 p.m. Trustees Theater, 216 East Broughton St.

The Wood Brothers/ Lera Lynn: Brother Oliver's nimble guitar playing and Van Morrison-like vocal style with brother Chris' road-tested and soulful upright bass work. 8 p.m. Ships of The Sea Museum, 41 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd.

March 24/Sunday

Bach meets Mozart: Pianist Sebastian Knauer with Chamber Orchestra. Mozart Concerto No. 12 in A Major, K.414/385p, Bach Concerto No. 1 in D minor, BWV 1052, Bach Concerto No. 2 in E Major, BWV 1053. $57 6 p.m. Trinity United Methodist Church, 225 West President St.

Jazz Meets Cabaret: Jane Monheit & Jennifer Sheehan $40 4 & 6:30 p.m. Charles H. Morris Center, 10 East Broad St.

March 25/ Monday

Music at 11: Great String Trios: $20 11 a.m. Trinity United Methodist Church, 225 West President St.

Aaron Diehl, Piano: A 2011 Cole Porter Fellow in the Jazz of the American Pianists Association, this Juilliard School graduate has been hailed by the New York Times as a "revelation." $20 12:30 p.m. Charles H. Morris Center, 10 East Broad St.

Jazz Meets Cabaret: Jane Monheit & Jennifer Sheehan $40 5 & 7:30 p.m. Charles H. Morris Center, 10 East Broad St.

March 26/Tuesday

Aaron Diehl, Piano: A 2011 Cole Porter Fellow in the Jazz of the American Pianists Association. $20 12:30 p.m. Charles H. Morris Center, 10 East Broad St.

David Finckel & Wu Han: Classical performers (piano and cello) return to SMF. $62 6 p.m. Trinity United Methodist Church, 225 West President St.

Jazz meets Cabaret: Jane Monheit & Jennifer Sheehan $40 5 & 7:30 p.m. Charles H. Morris Center, 10 East Broad St.

March 27/Wednesday

Simon Crawford-Phillips: Solo Piano. $20 11 a.m. Trinity United Methodist Church, 225 West President St.

Noon30: Jeb Patton — Classical pianist's Savannah debut. $20 12:30 p.m. Charles H. Morris Center, 10 East Broad St.

Charles McPherson Quartet/ Walter Blanding Septet: Two original ensembles led by two of the most distinct saxophone voices of our era. $35 6 & 8:30 p.m. Charles H. Morris Center, 10 East Broad St.

Daniel Hope & Friends with David Finckel, Wu Han & Patrick Messina: Mozart Sonata for Piano for 4 hands in C Major, K. 521. Tchaikovsky Piano Trio in A minor, Op. 50. Beethoven Trio for Clarinet, Cello & Piano in B-flat Major, Op. 11. $62 6 p.m. Trinity United Methodist Church, 225 West President St.

Charles McPherson Quartet/ Walter Blanding Septet: Two original ensembles led by two of the most distinct saxophone voices of our era. $35 6 & 8:30 p.m. Charles H. Morris Center, 10 East Broad St.

Dr. John and the Nite Trippers: $25-$65 8 p.m. New Orleans' piano-playinh voodoo high priest. Lucas Theatre, 32 Abercorn St.

March 28/Thursday

Noon30: Warren Wolf Trio: The vibraphone's history in jazz includes such giants as Lionel Hampton, Milt Jackson and Bobby Hutcherson; however, the instrument's torch in the 21st century is being carried by Warren Wolf. $20 12:30 p.m. Charles H. Morris Center, 10 East Broad St.

Swing Central Jazz: Big Band Showcase: Open-air showcase featuring the high school big bands participating in Swing Central Jazz. Free and open to the public. 11 a.m. Rousakis Plaza, River St.

Sea Wolf: L.A. based pop rock ensemble led by writer/guitarist/singer Alex Brown Church. $25 8 p.m. Ships of The Sea Museum, 41 MLK Jr Blvd.

Jeremy Denk, Piano : $52 6 p.m. Lucas Theatre, 32 Abercorn St.

Masters of Bluegrass w/J.D. Crowe, Bobby Hicks, Bobby Osborne, Del McCoury and Jerry McCoury: Five leading elders of the genre combining their talents for an evening of mountain soul. $25-$55 7:30 p.m. Trustees Theater, 216 East Broughton St.

René Marie Quartet/ Houston Person Quartet: Award-winning singer whose style incorporates elements of jazz, soul, blues and gospel. $35 7 & 9:30 p.m. Charles H. Morris Center, 10 East Broad St.

March 29/Friday

Noon30: Aaron Diehl Quartet: Aaron Diehl, piano; Warren Wolf, vibraphone; David Wong, bass; Rodney Green, drums. Music by the late John Lewis, founder of the Modern JazzQuartet. $20 12:30 p.m. Charles H. Morris Center, 10 East Broad St.

Cajun Dance Party: Red Stick Ramblers: $30 7:15 & 9:30 p.m. Ships of The Sea Museum, 41 MLK Jr Blvd.

Late night Jam: A celebration of fine jazz Aaron Diehl trio featuring Wycliffe Gordon and Terell Stafford $20 9:30 p.m. Charles H. Morris Center, 10 East Broad St.

Saxophone Summit/Swing Central Jazz Finale: $62 7 p.m. Lucas Theatre, 32 Abercorn St.

Swing Central Jazz: Combo Showcase: Free and open to the public. 3:30 p.m. Reynolds Square, Abercorn and St. Julian Streets.

Swing Central Jazz: The Competition: Twelve high school bands compete for cash awards. Free and open to the public. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Lucas Theatre, 32 Abercorn St.

The Wailers: Reggae legends, the band originally formed in 1969 by Bob Marley, Bunny Wailer and Peter Tosh, plus current bassist Aston "Family Man" Barrett. $25-$45 9 p.m. Trustees Theater, 216 East Broughton St.

March 30/Saturday

Noon30: Marcus Roberts, piano: Roberts's first complete solo recital at SMF. $35 12:30 p.m. Charles H. Morris Center, 10 East Broad St.

Daniel Hope and Friends: Piano Quintet Masterpieces. $57 6 p.m. Lucas Theatre, 32 Abercorn St.

Keller Williams & The Travelin' McCourys/ Charlie Hunter & Scott Amendola Duo: Guitarist/songwriter Williams joins forces with The McCoury boys: Ronnie (mandolin) and Rob (banjo), along with fiddler Jason Carter and bassist Alan Bartram. $25-$55 8 p.m. Trustees Theater, 216 East Broughton St.

Fado & the Soul of Southern Europe: The Portuguese fado singer Ana Moura and her acclaimed band. 6 p.m. show is sold out. $35 9 p.m. Charles H. Morris Center, 10 East Broad St.

March 31/Sunday

Fado & the Soul of Southern Europe: The Portuguese fado singer Ana Moura and her acclaimed band . 3/30, 5 p.m. show is sold out. Charles H. Morris Center, 10 East Broad St.

April 1/Monday

Noon30: Casey Driessen, fiddle: Grammy-nominated fiddler mixes his signature percussive fiddle style with digital loops and effects. $15 12:30 p.m. Charles H. Morris Center, 10 East Broad St.

Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio & Miami String Quartet with Daniel Hope: This "all in the family" production features one of the most acclaimed piano trios in our time. $57 6 p.m. Trinity United Methodist Church, 225 West President St.

The Art of Solo Guitar: Martin Taylor/ Julian Lage: Taylor: "the acoustic guitarist of his generation" says Acoustic Guitar magazine. Lage, age 24, makes his solo SMF debut. Sold Out. 8 p.m Charles H. Morris Center, 10 East Broad St.

April 2/Tuesday

Music at 11: Miami String Quartet: Featuring SMF veterans violinist Benny Kim and cellist Keith Robinson. $20 11 a.m. Trinity United Methodist Church, 225 West President St.

Noon30: Old-Time Kozmik Trio: Fiddlers Bruce Molsky and Darol Anger, and cellist Rushad Eggleston, present an energetic reinvention of traditional music on acoustic instruments. $15 12:30 p.m. Charles H. Morris Center, 10 East Broad St.

Old-Time Kozmik Trio/ Jerry Douglas Band: A double bill pairing 13-time Grammy-winning resonator guitarist Jerry Douglas and his band with contemporary American string players Darol Anger, Bruce Molsky and Rushad Eggleston. $35 5:30 & 8 p.m. Charles H. Morris Center, 10 East Broad St.

Daniel Hope & Friends: Triumphant Strings: Masterworks by Mozart, Strauss and Dvorak plus the world premiere of a commissioned work by composer Charlotte Bray. $57 6 p.m. Trinity United Methodist Church, 225 West President St.

April 3/Wednesday

Noon30: Jerry Douglas, Dobro: A rare solo performance by Dobro master Jerry Douglas, a member of Alison Krauss' Union Station. $15 12:30 p.m. Charles H. Morris Center, 10 East Broad St.

The Duo: Mike Marshall & Darol Anger Mandolinist Mike Marshall and fiddler Darol Anger, icons of stringband musical prowess. $35 5 p.m. Charles H. Morris Center, 10 East Broad St.

Early and Late: Richard Goode, piano: A night of classical piano built around early and late works by Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven. $62 6 p.m. Trinity United Methodist Church, 225 West President St.

Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell with Richard Thompson Electric Trio: 12-time Grammy winning country and Americana vocalist Emmylou Harris with Texas singer/songwriter Rodney Crowell and their band, plus British guitar great Richard Thompson and his electric trio. $35-$65 7:30 p.m. Johnny Mercer Theatre, 301 West Oglethorpe Ave. (Savannah Civic Center)

April 4/Thursday

Noon30: Joy Kills Sorrow: The Boston-based virtuoso string band. 12:30 p.m. $15. Charles H. Morris Center, 10 East Broad St.

Joy Kills Sorrow/The Deadly Gentlemen: Double bill of critically acclaimed indie string bands. $35 at 9 p.m. (6 p.m. show is sold out. Charles H. Morris Center, 10 East Broad St.

Tedeschi Trucks Band: The first couple of blues rock return to the SMF with their outstanding 11-member band. k. $25-$85 8:30 p.m. Johnny Mercer Theatre, 301 West Oglethorpe Ave. (Savannah Civic Center)

Lorenza Borrani, violin: Italian violinist's fifth year at SMF, this time as a soloist. $47 6 p.m. Trinity United Methodist Church, 225 West President St.

Latin Dance Party: Spanish Harlem Orchestra: New York-based orchestra founded by Oscar Hernandez and Aaron Levinson. $35 8 p.m. Ships of The Sea Museum, 41 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd.

April 5/Friday

Noon30: The Deadly Gentlemen: Banjo virtuoso Greg Liszt, guitarist Stash Wyslouch, mandolinist Dominick Leslie, fiddler Mike Barnett and bassist Sam Grisman. $15 12:30 p.m. Charles H. Morris Center, 10 East Broad St.

Blues in the Afternoon: Tab Benoit/ Otis Taylor: Cajun bluesman Benoit and Denver-bred blues artist Otis Taylor. $35 5 p.m. Ships of The Sea Museum, 41 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd.

Daniel Hope & Friends: Schubert Octet and Beethoven Septet: Hope joins nine musicians in this capstone performance for SMF's "Hope and Friends" 2013 series. $52 6 p.m. Charles H. Morris Center, 10 East Broad St.

Blues in the Evening: Tab Benoit/ Otis Taylor: Cajun bluesman Benoit and Denver-bred blues artist Otis Taylor. $35 8 p.m. Ships of The Sea Museum, 41 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd.

David Grisman Folk Jazz Trio & Sarah Jarosz Trio: Mandolinist Grisman (with flatpicking guitarist/singer Jim Hurst and Sam Grisman on bass), and the acclaimed newcomer Jarosz, a singer/songwriter who plays mandolin, octave mandolin, clawhammer banjo and guitar. $25-$55 8 p.m. Trustees Theater, 216 East Broughton St.

April 6/Saturday

Noon30: Lake Street Dive: Classic soul and R&B, jazz, and British invasion from a lively Brooklyn-based quartet. $15 12:30 p.m. Ships of The Sea Museum, 41 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd.

Atlanta Symphony Orchestra with Marcus Roberts Trio: A program of modern American music, including the world premiere of a new piano concerto for jazz trio by Marcus Roberts. $28-$65 3 p.m. Johnny Mercer Theatre, 301 West Oglethorpe Ave. (Savannah Civic Center)

Lee Fields & The Expressions/ Lake Street Dive: Soulful rhythm and blues and dance tunes of the Expressions, with Brooklyn's Lake Street Dive, playing classic soul and R&B, jazz, and British invasion. $35 8:30 p.m. Ships of The Sea Museum, 41 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd.

Acoustic Music Seminar Finale: Stringband Spectacular: $15-$50 6 p.m. Lucas Theatre, 32 Abercorn St.

 

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