Savannah Music Festival is unveiling its 2014 season lineup with a free bluegrass kickoff concert Nov. 6, when mandolin player Sierra Hull and her band Highway 111 perform at the Charles H. Morris Center at 10 E. Broad St.
At 22 years old, Tennessee-born singer/mandolinist Hull is already enjoying a prolific career. Her debut album was released when she was just 16, and she has since continued to grow into her abilities, including earning a degree at the Berklee College of Music under the Presidential Scholarship (the first bluegrass musician to receive the award). With six nominations for Mandolin Player of the Year at the International Bluegrass Music Awards, Hull remains the only female nominee in the history of the category.
Doors open at 7:30 p.m. for the 8 p.m. appreciation concert, which is free and open to the public in celebration of the music festival's 25th anniversary season.
Tickets for the 2014 Savannah Music Festival go on sale at 10 a.m. Nov. 7 at 216 E. Broughton St., by phone at 912-525-5050 and online at www.savannahmusicfestival.org.
Children's music artist Roger Day returns to Savannah for a week of performances of the SMF co-commissioned Marsh Mud Madness. As a learning tool for local schoolchildren, this project involves fun and interactive songs about the ecology of the Georgia coast. During this residency, Day's performances are provided free of charge to school systems in Effingham and Jasper counties, and for Chatham county students in four performances at the Trustees Theater, reaching about7,000 students. Marsh Mud Madness is also the subject of a new DVD produced by SMF and available in the "shop" section at www.savannahmusicfestival.org. SMF's Music for Our Schools program is sponsored by Gulfstream Aerospace Corp.