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Musical Moment: Concerts in Savannah and 7 Tracks to Play at Home

Have you heard?! Savannah Music Festival recently announced a series of concerts in Savannah by some exciting names in the bluegrass, classical, and acoustic genres. This variety of programs is running from October 19 to October 24, and offers up a little something for everyone.

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We here at Upper East River are pretty excited about attending! Check out the schedule:

Tuesday, 10/19 at 6:00 p.m.: Philip Dukes & Escher String Quartet Program I

Wednesday, 10/20 at 6:00 p.m.: Philip Dukes & Escher String Quartet Program II

Thursday 10/21 at 3:00 p.m.: SavPhil & Savannah Music Festival Present: Concerto for Strings featuring Philip Dukes and Escher String Quartet

Thursday 10/21 at 7:30 p.m.: SavPhil & Savannah Music Festival Present: Concerto for Strings featuring Philip Dukes and Escher String Quartet

Sunday 10/24 at 3:00 p.m.: SMF in Unison: Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper/Rob Ickes & Trey Hensley


With the awe-inspiring talent of British violinist Philip Dukes and Escher String Quartet, which has been said to give “nuanced performances that combine unusual textural clarity with a rich, blended sound,” the first two shows promise much.

Then, with the following two performances, one can experience the grandeur of the famous musician and acclaimed group alongside the beauty of Savannah Philharmonic Orchestra.

But if bluegrass is more your jam (pun intended), there is also Grammy-winning ensemble Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper (making their Savannah Music Festival debut!) and lap steel specialist meets acoustic/electric guitarist duo Rob Ickes and Trey Hensley to look forward to!

All in all, October is shaping up to be a big month for unmatched musical moments here in the form of concerts in Savannah!

But that news isn’t all we’re bringing to you today. We thought we’d put together a little list of similar sounds from our Upper East River Spotify playlist, so that after you experience these stellar showings, you can still enjoy some great music from home …

Black Beatles – Acoustic by The Mayries


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You may have heard the hip hop original of this song by Rae Sremmurd. But if you prefer a slower pace of music and love the sound of acoustic, The Mayries have you covered. Enjoy the lyrics in a new way!

Free / Into the Mystic (feat. Joey + Rory) by Zac Brown Band


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Oh, this is a fun one for the lover of string instruments and the acoustic feel! This take on the Van Morrison classic actually starts out sounding almost like a Celtic ballad, with a violin singing.

Walkin’ (feat. Norah Jones) by Willie Nelson


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As music legends go, Willie Nelson and Norah Jones certainly top many a list of those beloved. And this song beautifully matches the pair’s talents. It has a deep country, almost blues-like feel.

My Hero – Acoustic by Jota John


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Although it has something of a rock feel too, this cover of the Foo Fighters’ hit will definitely appeal to the acoustic music lover.

Hallelujah by Jeff Buckley


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While it doesn’t directly fit into any of the genres we’ve been discussing today, Buckley’s cover of the well-known Leonard Cohen song is overflowing with detail for the ears. It is a feast for anyone who appreciates all that goes into a beautifully composed and executed piece.

Constellations by Jack Johnson


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From the very first, somewhat delicate riff, this song speaks volumes. In true Johnson fashion, it feels a touch whimsical and charming.

Cover Me Up – Live by Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit


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If you haven’t listened to Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit yet, you are missing out on a modern marvel of southern rock. You’ll find lots of acoustic beauty here, plus smoky vocals.


These 7 tracks are some of our favorites to be found on Upper East River’s Spotify playlist! And that is saying something, because, if you ask us, it’s a pretty awesome curation of songs all-around.

If you plan to attend one of Savannah Music Festival’s upcoming concerts in Savannah, maybe we’ll see you there! Either way, we’ll be doing our best to continue keeping you apprised of all the happenings here in the Hostess City. To make sure you don’t miss any of it, scroll to the bottom of our home page and sign up for our email list (you’ll also get a free neighborhood guide!).

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