American Traditions Competition to celebrate Johnny Mercer’s Birthday

Posted on September 14, 2015 by

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The American Traditions Competition is planning a festive celebration of song, dance and gourmet cuisine to commemorate the 106th birthday of Savannah’s favorite son, Johnny Mercer. During his 50-year career, the legendary lyricist, songwriter and singer founded Capitol Records and often cited Georgia as his source for artistic inspiration. Mercer’s work helped put the Peach State on the “musical map,” setting the scene for his native city of Savannah to become a hub of cultural and vocal entertainment.

Mercer’s birthday celebration is set for 6-9 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 18, at The Landings Plantation Ballroom on Skidaway Island. The evening will begin with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, followed by a delicious dinner, extraordinary entertainment and dancing. There will be a raffle to raise funds so the ATC can continues to attract the best of the best contestants to Savannah every year. Past winners of the American Traditions Competition will perform some of Mercer’s most memorable songs.

Kim Michael Polote, the 2001 ATC Gold Medal winner and a Savannah native, will treat guests to her renditions of some of Mercer’s classics and ATC Artistic Consultant Vale Rideout, the 2006 Gold Medal winner, will delight the audience with is amazing, tenor sound. Mikki Sodergren will add an extra-special touch to the festivities when the renowned soprano reminds attendees why the 2014 American Traditions Competition concluded with her winning the Gold Medal, the Johnny Mercer Award for best performance of a Mercer song, and the Ben Tucker Award for best jazz performance

After the audience has enjoyed an exquisite meal and the artists’ passionate tributes to Mercer, the host will unveil more details about the 23rd annual American Traditions Competition, which runs from Feb. 21-25, 2016.

Tickets to ATC’s Johnny Mercer Birthday Celebration are $75 each and include hors d’oeuvres, dinner, entertainment and dancing. There will be a cash bar. Tables of 10 may be reserved or smaller reservations will be combined to create tables of 10. Proceeds from the evening will benefit the American Traditions Competition.

To make a reservation, please mail a check for $75 per person, payable to American Traditions Competition, to Maddie Harwood, 1 Marsh Elder Lane, Savannah, GA 31411. For confirmation purposes, include the names of your guests, your email and phone number. For more information on the event, email [email protected] and to learn more about ATC, go to