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Fine Arts on the River takes place this weekend
Artwork such as this will be available at the Fine Arts on the River festival this weekend. - photo by Photo provided

Savannah’s riverfront plaza will transform into an outdoor art gallery and music hall this weekend as the 4th annual Fine Arts on the River takes place.

The Festival will begin today and run through Sunday. The festival, which originally fell on the First Saturday weekend of May, is now timed to coincide with the Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf tournament across the river on the same weekend.

If you’ve been to one of the First Saturdays on River Street in the past, the difference in this event that you will notice is the quality of the fine arts and fine crafts that are exhibited through the weekend. The artists and artisans come from the local region as well as nationally and both in subject matter and in price point, there is always something for everyone.

Another highlight of this festival is a performance by the Savannah Winds Symphony beginning at 7 p.m. on this evening. The music will include Mercer, Gershwin and favorites such as “Stars and Stripes Forever” and the evening wouldn’t be complete without the monthly fireworks presented by Wet Willies.

The weekend will be filled with other music as well, including African drums, DJ’s-to -Go, and two headliners on Saturday night. Lipbone Redding will take the stage at 6 p.m. and crack you up as he vocalizes trombone music with his lips accompanied by Rich Zukor on drums and Jeff Eyrich on upright bass.

Following Redding’s performance, the nationally acclaimed Showmen will keep you dancing. They reached national stardom with their 1960’s hit, “It Will Stand.” In the ’90’s the band recorded the favorites “Sweet Beach Music,” and “Shaggin’ the Night Away.”