Schedule of 2023 Savannah Music Festival general admission shows that are free for SCCPSS students with new Explorer Pass

New Savannah Music Festival Explorer Pass for Savannah-Chatham public school students

All Savannah-Chatham County Public School students can now get free admission for themselves and an adult chaperone to any general admission concert at the 2023 Savannah Music Festival, March 23 through April 8 2023.

See the general admission concert schedule above.

Thanks to Savannah Music Festival’s new Explorer Pass, young people in our community, along with their adult chaperones, will be able to attend SMF general admission performances for free.

To get free tickets through the new Explorer Pass program, SCCPSS students can report to the venue Box Office an hour prior to the listed showtime to show an active school-issued ID, report card or other communication from SCCPSS indicating that child is an enrolled student. The student and a parent, guardian, or chaperone can then enter the venue and choose their seats.

For more information about the new SMF Explorer Pass or to search 2023 Savannah Music Festival general admission shows, please visit online.

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Savannah Music Festival Gears Up for Unprecedented 2023 Event with Expanded Outdoor Main Stage at Trustees’ Garden

 The Savannah Music Festival (SMF) is gearing up for a stellar 2023 season, which runs from March 23 through April 8, 2023.

Tickets start at $31 and can be purchased online at, by phone at 912.525.5050 or in person at the Savannah Box Office, located at 216 E. Broughton St.

This year, the expansive outdoor venue Trustees’ Garden will accommodate nearly 2,500 patrons, featuring multiple artists on the main stage each day along with family activities and local food truck vendors in an open, field-like atmosphere.

On Saturday, March 25 and Sunday, March 26, living legend and blues pioneer Buddy Guy will perform live on his “Damn Right Farewell” tour with special guests Christone “Kingfish” Ingram, Eric Gales, King Solomon Hicks and Jontavious Willis. The Tedeschi Trucks Band will play the venue on Wednesday, March 29after a four-year hiatus from the festival, while New Orleans jam favorites Galactic teams up with funk maestro Cory Wong and the jazz, R&B and pop fusion of Nate Smith + KINFOLK for a special live performance on Sunday, April 2.

Called “one of the Southeast’s most creative cross-cultural musical events” by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the Savannah Music Festival is known for its captivating multi-genre offerings and unique collaborations. Classical highlights include the Philip Dukes & Friends chamber music series, led by the world-renowned viola player and Savannah Music Festival Associate Artistic Director Dukes, a stop of the final tour of the celebrated Emerson String Quartet, Zurich Chamber Orchestra with Daniel Hope & Philip Dukes, Alexander Malofeev, and the Dover String Quartet with Joseph Conyers.

World music fuses with Americana when Malian master of the ngoni (precursor to the banjo) Bassekou Kouyate shares a bill with Jake Blount, scholar/performer of the Black string band tradition, appearing with Nic Gareiss and Laurel Premo. Jazz is always prominent at the Savannah Music Festival and this year acclaimed jazz violinist Regina Carter offers “Gone in a Phrase of Air,” an original music and multimedia performance that explores the effects of the urban renewal of the 1950s and 1960s, Terence Blanchard & E-Collective featuring the Turtle Island Quartet, Kenny Barron & Dave Holland with Johnathan Blake and many others.

Discovery is also a key part of the Savannah Music Festival as rising and renowned musicians perform at the event for the first time. Festival debuts in 2023 include Terence Blanchard, Patty Griffin, St. Paul & the Broken Bones, Leo Kottke, Regina Carter, Sona Jobarteh, Natu Camara, Stanton Moore Trio, Los Lobos, The Alt with Oisin McAuley, Téada, S.G. Goodman, Harold Lopez-Nussa’s “Timba a la Americana” and more. Additional highlights include a Zydeco Dance Party featuring Jeffery Broussard & The Creole Cowboys, a Latin Dance Party with Eddie Palmieri’s Latin Jazz Band, as well as a Cajun Dance Party featuring The Lost Bayou Ramblers.

In addition to excellence in musical presentations, Savannah Music Festival is also committed to supporting music education in the Savannah community, with programs inside and outside of the classroom. Musical Explorers, now in its ninth year, is a year-round education program for K-2 students which reaches over 10,000 children locally. SMF Jazz Academy is a free after-school program for students in grades 5-12, offering instruments, private lessons, public performances and more for in-depth, immersive learning experiences.

For more information or to view the complete 2023 Savannah Music Festival schedule, please visit


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