September 7, 14th, 21st, 28th: Each Saturday the Forsyth Farmers’ Market opens from 9 a.m.–1 p.m., rain or shine, at the South End of Forsyth Park in Historic Downtown Savannah. A variety of vendors offer their produce and products to residents and visitors alike. The Forsyth Farmers’ Market vendors offer a variety of local goods including seasonal produce, eggs, honey, pastured meat, bread, cheese, mushrooms, fresh herbs, vegetable sauces, preserves, coffee beans, heirloom seeds and potted plants. From the very beginning, the FFM has focused on food and food issues which is why it is a producer-only market (meaning all vendors have to be producing at least 75 percent of the products they sell) and allows only food and plant vendors. For more information about The Forsyth Farmers’ Market in Savannah, go to forsythfarmersmarket.org.
Things to Do in Savannah
The Forsyth Farmers’ Market
Tybee Island Songwriters Festival
September 12th-14th: The first annual Tybee Island Songwriters Festival features three days of performances by some of the country’s top songwriters performing songs from their collection of No. 1 hits. September 12: The famed songwriters appearing at this opening evening include Grammy winner Richard Leigh, two-time Grammy nominee Archie Jordan and lead singer for Shenandoah Doug Stokes. Hall of Fame songwriter Leigh has penned nine No. 1 songs, including “Don’t It Make My Brown Eyes Blue,” “The Greatest Man I Never Knew,” “Somewhere in My Broken Heart,” and “Life’s Highway,” and many more. Another Hall of Fame songwriter, Jordan, has written eight No. 1 songs and his music has been recorded by more than 100 artists, including “What a Difference You Made in My Life,” “It Was Almost Like a Song,” and “Let’s Take the Long Way Around the World.” Stokes has more than 40 cuts to his name and is one of Nashville’s top demo singers and accompanied some of the biggest names in Nashville on vocals and percussion. It is the mission of TISF to bring together songwriters, artists, music industry professionals and the fans for the sharing in a love for music, the songs and the stories behind the songs by the songwriters themselves. 7 p.m. Reserved seating. Tickets $40/$50 premium. September 13: The famed songwriters appearing at this second evening are Hall of Fame songwriter Byron Hill, Broken Bow Records/BMG recording artist Elvie Shane, and Fender’s “The Guitar Goddess” Hayley McLean. Hill’s songs have been recorded more than 700 times and he has 91 certified Gold and Platinum albums and singles to his name, including “Fool Hearted Memory,” “Pickin Up Strangers,” “Nothing on but the Radio,” and “Born Country.” Shane has performed with Toby Keith, Billy Currington, Aerosmith, Lady Antebellum, and others, and wrote the hits “My Boy,” “Sometimes,” “Sundress,” and “Tiny Towns. A multi-instrumentalist, McLean has signed with Kobalt Music, and has played guitar for Maren Morris, Buddy Guy and Chad Brownlee and many more. 7 p.m. Reserved seating. Tickets $40/$50 premium. September 14: The famed songwriters appearing for the Saturday afternoon are Hall of Fame songwriter Doug Johnson, Grammy nominee John Condrone and award-winning Canadian recording artist Tara Shannon. Johnson won ACM and CMA awards for Song of the Year for “Three Wooden Crosses.” President of Giant Records, he’s had more than 40 songs recorded and has been associated with Doug Stone, Ty Herndon, Patty Loveless and John Michael Montgomery.Condrone has written and performed more than 300 songs on radio, television and film. His No. 1 hits include “If You Stole My Heart,” “Bubba Claus,” “If the Heart is Right,” and “Since I Found You.” Shannnon has partnered with The Syndicut, an artist development company, and has written “Love Me Loud,” “Life Signs,” and “Take This Rock (and Roll.). 2 p.m. Tickets $40/$50 premium. September 14: The songwriters appearing at this final signature evening at the Tybee Post Theater include Hall of Fame songwriters Tony Arata (“The Dance”) and Thom Schuyer (“Point of Light”), as well as newcomer Kelsey Lamb, who opened for Kenny Rogers (“Girl at the Bar”). Tybee Island-native Arata has won coveted Country Music Association Song of the Year awards, and also penned “Here I Am,” “I’m Holding My Own,” and “Dreaming With My Eyes Open” among others for the likes of Garth Brooks, Suzy Bogguss, Patty Loveless, Lee Roy Parnell and Trisha Yearwood. Schuyler, president of the Country Music Association, has over 200 recorded songs, including five No.1 hits, such as “Love Will Turn You Around,” “A Long Line of Love,” and “My Old Yellow Car.” He’s guided the careers of Kenny Chesney, Martina McBride, Alabama, Clint Black and other country superstars. Lamb also penned “Only for the Summer” and “Little by Little,” and acted in two Hallmark Channel movies, “Christmas in Homestead” and “Traces.” She released her own self-titled EP this summer. 7 p.m. Reserved seating. Tickets $40/$50 premium. Tybee Post Theater, 10 Van Horne Ave. Tybee Island. (912) 472-4790 or tybeeposttheater.org.
7th Annual Pin Point Seafood Festival
MJ LIVE: Michael Jackson Tribute Concert
Savannah Philharmonics presents TRIPLE TREAT: Bernstein, Gershwin, and Mussorgsky!
Savannah Philharmonics presents Larsen Musician Spotlight Series
Frond and Fern Market at Service Brewing
– Frond and Fern Outdoor Marketplace is coming inside to Service Brewing on Saturday, September 21, 2019! From 1-5 p.m., grab a cold local brew and shop for unique crafts by local artists. Exhibiting artists include Chad and Biza Mabry, Bellamy Murphy, Ann Lutz, Marsh Savannah, Whip Savannah, Love your Kaos, Tiffany O’Brien, Lynn Hagan, Mandy & Ally, Jennifer Nolan Art, Moon Breeze Pottery and much more. For more information, please visit the event Facebook page.
Savannah Jazz Festival
September 22nd-28th: The Savannah Jazz Festival – The lowcountry’s only free music festival, uniting all cultures for 38 years! Produced and orchestrated by the Coastal Jazz Association for 36 years, the Savannah Jazz Festival is sponsored in part by the City of Savannah’s Department of Cultural Affairs — a free week-long program taking place in venues throughout the city, culminating in three days in Forsyth Park, and traditional ‘after-hours’ jam sessions around town. The Coastal Jazz Association os committed to perpetuating jazz in the lowcountry by: producing Savannah’s ONLY free week-long jazz festival every September, bringing award-winning musical acts to Savannah for the community enjoyment, nurturing the next generation of Jazz musicians and enthusiasts by active educational and live performance programs, and networking with other cultural arts organizations to expose larger numbers of people to jazz music of various styles. America’s indigenous art form of jazz music is like no other. It has been uniting all races, all cultures, and all creeds since its dawn in the late nineteenth century. The unification of cultures through jazz music is the root of the Coastal Jazz Association’s mission Jazz greats have been nurtured in Savannah since its inception at the turn of the nineteenth century including Louis Armstrong’s mentor, Joe “King” Oliver, Johnny Mercer, Jabbo Smith, Ben Tucker, Ken Palmer, Huxsie Scott, Irene Reid, Willie Draper, Teddy Adams, and many others. Savannah’s jazz scene has been perpetuated by the Coastal Jazz Association since its inception, providing scholarships to the next generation of jazz musicians and in the form of monthly concerts for the community and our signature event, The Savannah Jazz Festival, which is the Lowcountry’s only week-long entirely free festival, in the spirit of uniting all cultures through jazz music.
Alabama, 50th Anniversary Tour at The Savannah Civic Center
Savannah Film Alliance Honors Gala
– The Savannah Film Alliance Honors Gala Celebrates the Savannah Entertainment Industry and will be an unforgettable night of glitz and glamour at which several hard-working, deserving individuals will be recognized and honored for their invaluable contributions to the local film and television industry. The theme of the event will be “Old Hollywood” and all attendees are encouraged to come dressed accordingly! The Gala will be held at the amazing brand-new event venue, Victory North, located at 2603 Whitaker Street. Entertainment, fun, and celebration will be the focal point of this red carpet event. The Savannah Film Alliance will invite its membership of filmmakers, producers, musicians, actors, and other entertainers to show off their talents throughout the night. All attendees will get to rub shoulders with a who’s who of the entertainment industry and will enjoy live entertainment, heavy hors d’oeuvres, an open bar, and numerous special guests and surprises throughout the evening. VIP tickets to the Gala are available for $150 each. VIPs will be provided parking, an amazing VIP-only swag bag, and will be allowed to enter the venue an hour early at 6:30 p.m. for an immersive theater “Old Hollywood High Society” gathering. VIPs will also have their photos taken professionally on the red carpet and will be featured on the event’s “Who’s Who” page. For all those who break out their best “Old Hollywood” clothing, there will also be a special VIP-only “Best Dressed Award” selected and presented by a Hollywood costume designer. General Admission tickets to the Gala are available for $75 each. General Admission ticketholders will be allowed entry at 7:30 p.m. and will still have full access to all the great entertainment, food, drinks, and fun. The one-hour Honors Ceremony featuring live musical performances will be held from 8:30 p.m. until 9:30 p.m. and then a special on-site after party will last until the doors close at 11 p.m. Don’t miss your chance to take part in this wildly entertaining evening! Help us shine the spotlight on some very well-deserving local stars and celebrate Savannah’s growing film and television industry. www.eventbrite.com.
The Piano Men presented by The Savannah Theatre
October 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd, 8PM-10PM: The Savannah Theatre is excited to bring back — three world-class pianists playing together in an exhilarating tribute to The Most Famous Singer / Piano Players of All Time! Along with the fantastic Savannah Theatre band and some amazing vocalists, the piano men will include BOBBY HAMILTON, direct from Las Vegas where he played for Cirque du Soleil’s production of “Zarkana;” STERLIN COLVIN, premiere entertainer on Hilton Head Island for 20 years; and Kenny Munshaw, who has performed around the world and shared the stage with such musical legends as Gene Simmons of KISS, Shania Twain, Beverly Mahood, Tim McGraw, and Billy Ray Cyrus. The audience will sometimes be singing along as the cast leads them on a rip-roaring recall of the hottest hits of Billy Joel, Elton John, Ray Charles, Stevie Wonder, Jerry Lee Lewis, Fats Domino, Barry Manilow, Paul McCartney, Elvis Presley, Floyd Cramer, Scott Joplin, Liberace, and many, many more! The pace of this show will be mind-boggling! This is one you won’t want to miss! Historic Savannah Theatre, 222 Bull St. (912) 233-7764 or www.savannahtheatre.com.