Savannah Jazz Festival live performances kick off with Blues Night

SAVANNAH, GA (WSAV) – In its 40th year, the Savannah Jazz Festival kicks off its live music weekend with performances by passionate blues musicians.

The festival is once again partnering with WSAV to stream all 15 performances live online from Friday to Sunday.

While in-person audiences are limited in accordance with local COVID guidelines, jazz fans around the world can enjoy the event each night online for free.

Blues Night begins at 6:30 p.m. ET. Watch the live performances on this page.

Eric Culberson

Starting at 6:30 p.m. ET

The Eric Culberson Band, a Savannah Blues legend, has graced the Savannah Jazz Festival for years as a beloved regional band. Culberson has been playing music since he was 6 years old.

In 1992 he caught the attention of Kingsnake Records manager Bob Greenlee and was signed as a solo artist. He has since performed at major festivals, toured the Midwest, and even performed a bit in Europe.

In 1998 Culberson opened Savannah Blues, a live music nightclub hosting legends such as Bobby Blue Bland, Sean Costello and Derek Trucks.

Robert lee coleman

Starting at 7:45 p.m. ET

Robert Lee Coleman, of Macon, Ga., Played guitar for two music legends: James Brown and Percy Sledge.

Sledge chose Coleman in 1965 to play for his touring band, a position he held until 1969. During this time, Coleman toured extensively in North and South America, the Caribbean, and Africa.

In April 1970, Brown came to Macon in search of players for his support group, the newly founded “JBs”. From there until the end of 1972, Coleman toured and recorded with Brown. His guitar is featured on Brown’s “Hot Pants” album, including the songs “Revolution of the Mind”, recorded live at the Apollo Theater and “Make It Funky” from the LP “Soul Classics”.

Ana Popovic

Starting at 9:15 p.m. ET

The headliner of Blues Night is singer and songwriter Ana Popovic. This Serbian-born blues lady traveled Europe and the Americas for 20 years and shared the stage with superstars BB King, Buddy Guy, Jeff Beck, Joe Bonamassa and others.

Bruce Springsteen called him “a guitarist from hell”.

Popovic is seven times nominated for Blues Rock Artist of the Year at the Blues Music Awards, including 2021. She has performed around the world and at major festivals, including the New Orleans Jazz Festival. This will be his first time on stage at the Savannah Jazz Festival.

Willie J. Johnson

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