SUNDAY, Feb. 16 will be a notable day for live music in Savannah. For the fourth year in a row, Girls On the Run of Coastal Georgia and Low Country are presenting their Pacesetters concert at 45 Bistro. It’s a show that is full of incredible music for an incredible cause—providing life skills to girls through running, which is implemented in creative ways within GOTR’s curriculum.
“This program helps build character and confidence, and creates the foundation for a healthy future for our girls,” musician Kristin King, who’s on the board for the Savannah chapter and will be performing at the concert, tells Connect.
“We’re in seven counties now. A lot of our girls don’t have the resources to be engaged in mentor programs that are really going to faciliate these much-needed skills. We all joke about ‘adulting,’ but if you’re not learning how to be an adult at a young age then you’re missing the boat. You don’t have the right role models, and you don’t have people who are committed to you. These are things that a lot of us take for granted.”
King says that many of the girls involved in Girls On the Run aren’t necessarily aspiring to be athletes—it’s more about the inclusive environment. They even have a curriculum that is adaptive for different types of disabilities, and they also have materials in multiple languages so as to be as inclusive as possible.
“We have that infrastructure and those resources, which are awesome,” she says.
This year’s concert will be the second year at 45 Bistro, and will feature King alongside musicians Laiken Williams, Britt Scott, Susanna Kennedy, and Maggie Evans. They’ll be playing a variety of songs that span genres.
“We’re doing ‘Maniac,’ and ‘Sacrifice' by Elton John. There’s ‘Fire’ by Bruce Springsteen as well,” King says. “It’s super collective and eclectic. There’s definitely something for everyone. It’s a nice, intimate setting in the atrium and we set it up like concert seating.”
King is a harpist who runs booking agency New Arts Ensemble, and has been a major part of the Savannah music community for years. Evans, a jazz bassist and vocalist, is a touring musician who also teaches music at SCAD. Scott, a seasoned singer and songwriter, currently plays in Jezebel Heart alongside Kennedy, and Williams is a SONATA award-winning vocalist who’s one of the best to ever come out of Savannah.
King says that drinks will be served during the concert, through a signal system of sorts.
“The idea is that people can be sitting in their seats and raise one finger for red wine, two for white wine, and three for beer,” she explains. “We’re really hoping to take it to the next level this year.”
The Pacesetters concert will begin with appetizers and an open bar at 5 P.M., followed by the performance at 6 P.M. Tickets are $150 per person or $250 per couple, and the event is 21+. Proceeds will benefit Girls On the Run—more info on the organization is available at gotrcoastalgeorgialowcountry.org.