Introducing Michael Franti & Spearhead! 

Michael Franti is a world-renowned musician, filmmaker, and humanitarian who is recognized as a pioneering force in the music industry. Franti believes in using music as a vehicle for positive change and is revered for his energetic live shows, political activism, worldwide philanthropy efforts and authentic connection to his global fanbase known as the SOULROCKER FAM.



  • 8:30AM-9:30AM: Nickle Bag of Funk - 1st Set
  • 9:45AM-10:45AM: Nickle Bag of Funk - 2nd Set
  • 11:15AM-11:30AM: Overall Awards Ceremony
  • 11:30AM-12:45PM: Michael Franti
  • 12:45PM: Age Group Awards Ceremony
  • 1:15PM-2:15PM: Dave Landeo & The Sol Beats - 1st Set
  • 2:30PM-3:30PM: Dave Landeo @ The Sol Beats - 2nd Set
  • 3:30PM: Event Ends

Live music on course makes up the heart and “sole” of this event. Live Savannah bands will be performing a variety of music from alternative to classic rock, punk, funk and blues to jazz it up. The bands will keep the course pulsating as runners rock their way from start to finish!

Based in Washington D.C., Singer-Songwriter, Mike Richards has toured the country playing from coast to coast in numerous festivals, including Vans Warped Tour and the Atlantic City Beer Festival. He has performed alongside the likes of Dropkick Murphy and Streetlight Manifesto. Mike is currently in the studio recording 5 of his new acoustic alternative rock songs on a self-titled EP. He is looking forward to his EP release late this summer! 

A musical group of City employees will take to the stage in tomorrow's Rock and Roll Marathon. Six City employees have formed a rock ‘n roll band and volunteered their time and talents as one of the many groups scheduled to play along the marathon route to entertain spectators and cheer on participants.  
The band members represent a cross-section of City departments, and include: Mark Anderegg (lead guitar) of the Stormwater Department, Harry Campbell (vocals and rhythm guitar) of the Information Technology Department, Bernell Clark (vocals) of the Water Department, Darryl Kershaw (drums) of the Stormwater Department, David Keating (bass guitar) of the Real Property Services Department and Vivian Gharakhani (tambourine) of the Benefits Department.  
Anderegg, a veteran performer who has participated in several bands, was the primary organizer of the City band and looks forward to tomorrow's performance.  “It is a blast to be in one of the bands, and it always amazes me how many City Employees step up and get involved in this event. We are really looking forward to playing it this year,” said Anderegg. 

Since 1949 Excellence, Discipline and Stellar Musicianship are descriptive standards that apply to the premier band of the Coastal South, the Powerhouse of the South. Through the years, the program has evolved and progressed based on the leadership and direction of administration while the marching ensemble has achieved various honors in the HBCU musical arena, including two consecutive performances at the Honda Battle of the Bands showcase.   

Currently the program is in its fourth year under the leadership of Mr. Marques D. Graham. Mr. Graham has over 15 years of experience directing HBCU bands and is known throughout the HBCU band community as a prolific arranger/composer. The Powerhouse of the South is proud to be the largest Ambassadors of the first HBCU in Georgia and is in primed for success!  

 The Wave Slaves of Savannah, Georgia, are a unique lot of musicians hailing from different and diverse backgrounds. Guitarist Joshua Lindsay, with years of experience in the band Anyone's Ghost, lends this instrumental quartet a melodic, classic surf sound. Bassist, Greg Rettig, is a powerful backbone to the band, drawing experience from his previous metal, progressive rock, and indie rock experience. His other current project, "Sins of Godless Men" (formerly known as "Howler") has been a staple in the local music scene for the past 5 years. On keyboard, Phillip Price, a multi-talented instrumentalist, provides fullness and layered melodies to the band’s sound. Last, but not least, surf/punk drummer and professional belly dancer, Nicole Edge, completes the ensemble.  

Tiger Creek is a Country/Rock band that creates an energetic and entertaining event with songs that crowds have requested over their six-year rise. Tiger Creek is the GA Music Awards “2014 Country Band Of The Year” as well as the Georgia-Country “2015 Band Of The Year”. Country is part of the sound that makes up Tiger Creek but you will get that and more from these country boys! With Classic and southern rock, R&B, and blues influences their show will please and rock any crowd. Tiger Creek covers George Strait to the Black Crows, Eric Church to Bon Jovi. Tiger Creek Band has had the opportunity of opening for the LACS, Joshua Scott Jones( Steel Magnolia), Craig Campbell, and Charlie Daniels as well as headlining events such as Columbia County Ga's Boom! In The Park July 4th 2018 event. Tiger Creek is a Moniker Guitars Artist. 



Attention Cheer Teams and Dance Squads: we need you! High school and middle school cheer and dance teams are invited to compete in the Spirit on the Course competition. Cheer teams will line the course ready to encourage participants every step of the way. Costumes and themes are optional, but smiles and enthusiasm are required.

Cheer teams participating will not only be supporting the runners and walkers, but they will also be cheering to earn some money! Participating cheer teams will receive a stipend for participating.

  • 1st Place: $1,000
  • 2nd Place: $500
  • 3rd Place: $300
  • Other Participants: $100 stipend

Questions about Spirit on the Course or interested in signing up? Email us at savannahcheer@competitorgroup.com . You can also fill out the application by clicking here.