LAST year, MusicFile Productions (parent company of Savannah Stopover) hatched a brilliant idea. Driving up I-16 sucks (with the exception of that one exit where you can pet llamas)—and getting behind the wheel after a full day of music and libations isn’t a good idea, either. Enter Road Trip to Bragg Jam Music, Art, and Kids’ Festival, the Savannah passageway to Macon’s annual day-long fest.
There’s a great lineup this year featuring a lot of Stopover alums and Savannah favorites, Futurebirds, Family And Friends, Turbo Fruits, New Madrid, T. Hardy Morris & The Hardknocks, The Apache Relay, Good Graeff, Margo & The Pricetags, and Cicada Rhythm among them. But even the most devout Savannah music fan will find something new and exciting on the lineup—and with bands like Moon Taxi and Yo Mama’s Big Fat Booty Band heading up the fest, it’s gearing up to be a dance party.
Reading through the roster, I was particularly struck with who I found way down on the second-to-last line of the lineup: Wreckless Eric, the neon-tiger-stripe-suited weirdo of ‘70s English new wave. While most may know him from his single “Whole Wide World”—the delightfully sloppy two-chord wonder of a pop song, unmistakable thanks to Eric’s cockney accent—it seems the now-61-year-old “Donovan of Trash” is still at it and as screwball as ever.
Please, someone, scope that set out and report back!
So why’s MusicFile-style the best way up the highway? First off, you get a ride in a Seabreeze Motorcoach with fellow music fans and like-minded individuals (get to know your neighbors!). On that bus, there is free beer (!!!), and a box lunch waiting for you, courtesy of The 5 Spot. And, last but not least, the $55 round-trip-all-inclusive charge includes your Concert Crawl ticket.
The bus heads out at 11:30 a.m. from The Creative Coast's parking lot at 415 W. Boundary St.). After a full day of music, snooze or booze on the bus ride back.