2014 was a banner year for the Savannah music scene, and 2015 is looking to be at least as good.
It's time to start marking those calendars.
The fifth annual A-Town Get Down on Feb. 21 will be headlined by The Blind Boys of Alabama, but the legendary ensemble isn't the only act worth seeing. Other performers include Walter Parks, Howard Paul, Waits & Co. and Omingnome.
Savannah Stopover has already announced an excellent lineup for March 5-7, and more acts will be confirmed on Jan. 16 during a show at The Jinx featuring Family and Friends and River Whyless. King Tuff and Ex Hex will also be playing a Stopover "pre-game concert" on Jan. 20 at Hang Fire.
The diverse Savannah Stopover lineup includes an opening night party with Southern Culture on the Skids and some talented up-and-coming acts like Generationals and San Fermin.
The Savannah Music Festival runs from March 19 to April 4.
I'm most excited about Mavis Staples, Shovels & Rope and Lucinda Williams, but the festival as always features world-class performers across a range of musical traditions.
There are inevitably some SMF shows that don't get the attention they deserve amid the crowded lineup.
If you're looking beyond the big headliners, you should definitely consider the "New Orleans Soul & Brass Party" with Irma Thomas and the Dirty Dozen Brass Band.
The annual "Stringband Spectacular" - the finale show for the SMF's Acoustic Music Seminar - is also still a "sleeper." Maybe this year the ensemble show will get the attention it deserves.
The Savannah Civic Center has some promising shows booked for the first half of 2014, including Gregg Allman on Jan. 17, Harry Connick Jr. on Feb. 5, Willie Nelson & Family on March 1 and John Mellencamp on June 19.
Look for lots of other gigs to be announced over the next couple of weeks. Many bands are just now finalizing their dates for January and February.
And keep in mind that many strong Savannah-based acts with big followings can be heard in local venues throughout the year.
Treat yourself to some good music in 2015.
Bill Dawers writes City Talk in Savannah Morning News and blogs at Savannah Unplugged (www.billdawers.com) and hissing lawns (www.hissinglawns.com). Email firstname.lastname@example.org.