Visit USA News – February 2011
2011 in Deep South USA is all about music! Alabama launch its “Year of Music!” and Georgia hosts the Savannah Music Festival in March. Mississippi celebrates blues at the Robert Johnson Centennial Celebration in May followed by the Bonnaroo Music Festival in Tennessee in June and the star studded line up for Jazz Fest 2011 in Louisiana incluldes Bon Jovi.
Alabama have launched a new website to celebrate 2011 it’s “Year of Music!”. The website launched in January 2011 and contains the latest information on music festivals, venues and history of music in Alabama. There is also a new brochure entitled “100 places to hear live music in Alabama” which lists the top music attractions in Alabama including FAME recording studios, two Hank Williams museums, the Alabama Music Hall of Fame and the Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame. For further information visit YearOfAlabamaMusic.com or email Alabama@deep-south-usa.com
The Savannah Music Festival is Georgia’s largest musical arts festival taking place over more than a two week period between March 24th–April 9th 2011. Held annually across Savannah’s historic downtown district this cross-genre music festival is in its 22nd season and was described by The Times of London as “one of the best events around the world”. The festival covers classical, jazz, Americana and world music as well as four dance parties; Cuban, Cajun, Funk and Zydeco music.) For more information visit www.savannahmusicfestival.org
If you want to experience Louisiana sunshine whilst listening to music legends in “The City That Never Sleeps” then Jazz Fest in New Orleans is the place to be. The festival runs over two weekends 29th April–01st May & 5th–8th May 2011. This years line up includes Bon Jovi, Kid Rock, Tom Jones, Dr.John, The Neville Brothers and many more. For further information visit http://lineup.nojazzfest.com/
Blues legend Robert Johnson would have celebrated his 100th birthday this year on 8th May and to mark the occasion Greenwood Convention and Visitors Bureau will host a series of events, including back-to-back night concerts in Whittington Park. The Robert Johnson Centennial Celebration will be held May 5–8 and the whole weekend is dedicated to the blues. The Alluvian Hotel with host a happy hour on May 5, featuring live blues music and free concerts will be held in the park on the nights of May 6 & 7. So far Jay Lang and the Devils Due and Bobby Rush are playing Friday night and Honeyboy Edwards, Kenny Brown Band, Alvin Youngblood Hart and The Warren Haynes Band are confirmed for Saturday night.
Rock out at Bonnaroo in Manchester, Tennessee this June and help celebrate their 10th year! This internationally acclaimed 4-day, multi-stage camping music and arts festival is held each June on a beautiful 700-acre farm and has been compared to Glastonbury. Bonnaroo brings together some of the best performers in all genres of music including rock, jazz, Americana, hip-hop, electronica and more. In addition to dozens of epic performances the festival’s 100-acre entertainment village buzzes around the clock with attractions and activities including a classic arcade, on-site cinema, silent disco, comedy club and a music technology village. For further information visit www.bonnaroo.com.