Savannah Music Festival at Charles H. Morris Center

Savannah Music Festival at Charles H. Morris Center

Thursday, Mar 28, 2019 at 12:30pm

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Schedule:

12:30 PM: John Doyle

Born into an extended family of musicians in Dublin, John Doyle honed his signature left-hand finger picking style on the guitar at a young age. His powerful playing later provided the signature rhythmic backbone for Irish-American supergroup Solas. The ensemble took the folk and Celtic music worlds by storm, performing to sold-out audiences across the globe. Since then, Doyle has continued to perfect his craft on the road and in the studio, collaborating with some of the most revered names in the genre including Heidi Talbot, Tim O’Brien and fellow Solas founder Karan Casey, and earning a Grammy nomination for his work with fiddler Liz Carroll in 2010. He kicks off SMF 2019 with a solo lunchtime set at the Charles H. Morris Center.

Approx. 1 hr 15 mins

General Admission: $30

6:00 PM and 8:30pm: Zydeco Dance Party: Nathan & The Zydeco Cha Chas

Nathan Williams’ command of the piano accordion has made him one of the most admired players on the zydeco scene. Growing up in a Creole-speaking home in St. Martinville, Louisiana, Williams eagerly sought out the music of zydeco pioneers like Clifton Chenier and Buckwheat Zydeco. His dedication to the genre soon blossomed into an illustrious career, encompassing over 10 albums and spanning three decades. Williams’ band, The Zydeco Cha Chas, are an expression of his South Louisiana family. Nathan’s brother, Dennis Paul Williams, brings his jazz-influenced guitar chops to the group, while son Nathan Williams Jr. plays the keyboard and cousin Mark Williams joins on rubboard. Rounding out the Cha Chas is the exceptional rhythm section of bassist Paul Newman and drummer Herman ‘Rat’ Brown, who held the drum chair with Buckwheat Zydeco for many years. Returning to Savannah after their SMF debut in 2012, Nathan & The Zydeco Cha Chas will turn the Morris Center into a lively dance hall with their infectious Louisiana boogie!

Approx. 1 hr 15 mins

General Admission: $39