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Tuesday, February 22, 2011 - 11:33am

Savannah Festival Attracts SXSW Bands

Organizers of a new music festival in Savannah aim to capitalize on the city's geographic location.

The first-ever Savannah Stopover Festival is designed to attract bands driving on the Interstates to the South-by-Southwest (SXSW) Festival in Austin.

Festival director Summer Teal-Simpson says, so far, the Stopover has announced 52 bands.

"Many of these acts are traveling and they're playing along the way more or less for gas money," Teal-Simpson says. "There's a lot of bands traveling these corridors to get to Austin every year."

Das Racist, Class Actress and Murder by Death are some of the bands announced.

The Savannah Stopover Festival will take place beginning March 9th while South-by-Southwest begins March 16th.