Walton County, FL, November 18, 2010 - Scenic Highway 30A will again be transformed into a music highway this coming Martin Luther King, Jr. weekend (January 14-16, 2011) when an internationally prominent line up of singer-songwriters converge in Northwest Florida's Beaches of South Walton for the second annual 30A Songwriters Festival.
Produced by the Cultural Arts Association of Walton County and proudly sponsored by the Beaches of South Walton, the 30A Songwriters Festival will feature three nights and two days of stellar musical performances by over one hundred industry greats, rising songwriting stars and local talent. The artists will perform in seventeen venues up and down 30A, which is the scenic highway that runs along the Gulf of Mexico. Fans of great music, miles of white beaches, world class restaurants and unique bars are invited to be a part of this holiday weekend.
The Festival kicks off Friday, January 14 at 4:00 pm with an opening celebration for all artists and attendees at Pandora's in historic Grayton Beach. From there, venues will be open for three nights and two days of songwriter performances, including intimate solo shows and "in the round" singing and storytelling sessions, along with large scale concerts in big outdoor venues. A weekend wrist band will allow access to all shows and workshops. Seating is first come, first served in all venues.
Weekend passes may be purchased online at 30ASongwritersFestival.com for $75, and $35 day passes will also be available. Weekend passes may be purchased locally at Central Square Records at 89 Central Square in downtown Seaside, FL.
Festival attendees will be treated to multiple performances by award-winning artists Emily Saliers of the Indigo Girls (Closer To Fine, Galileo, Least Complicated), Jeffrey Steele (When the Lights Go Down - Faith Hill, What Hurts the Most, These Days - Rascal Flatts; The Cowboy in Me - Tim Mc Graw), Shawn Mullins (Lullaby, Beautiful Wreck, Light You Up), Rodney Crowell (After All Of This Time), Chely Wright (Shut Up and Drive, Single White Female), Gary Nicholson (One More Last Chance), Gretchen Peters (Independence Day), Tim Nichols (Live Like You Were Dying, Girls Lie Too), Dar Williams (Beauty of the Rain, Mercy of the Fallen), Mat Kearney (Nothing Left To Lose), Mary Gauthier, Greg Barnhill (Walkaway Joe, House of Love), Vicki Peterson (The Bangles), Randall Bramblett, Chuck Cannon (I Love The Way You Love Me), Lari White, Bryan Kennedy (American Honky Tonk Bar Association), Vienna Teng, Susan Cowsill (The Cowsills), Michelle Malone, Kevin Kinney, Suzi Ragsdale, Kyle Jacobs, Jennifer Knapp, Chas Sandford, Lucy Wainwright Roche, Joe Leathers, Tania Elizabeth (The Duhks), Fred Wilhelm, Brian White, Karyn Williams White, Pete Sallis, Nicole Witt, Billy Montana, Sonia Leigh, Ben Glover, Reed Waddle, The Smoking Flowers, Louise Mosrie, Reed Waddle, Billy Bright, Jen Foster, Pearl Heart, Kelsey Anna, Mike Whitty, Blake Guthrie, Carmel Mikol, Jeep Rosenberg, Emily Lynch, Sterling Fletcher, Daphne Willis and Franko "Washboard" Jackson, Angel Snow, Donnie Sundal, Tim Jackson, Jon Black, Kaci Bolls, Rachel Loy and Lauren Lucas. More artists will be announced soon.
Venues that span thirteen miles of Scenic Highway 30A from Rosemary Beach to Gulf Place will be filled with live musical performances and/or songwriting workshops throughout the Festival. Venues include Town Hall, Amavida Coffee and The Summer Kitchen in Rosemary Beach; Caliza Restaurant and the Amphitheater in Alys Beach; La Botana in Seagrove Beach, Bud & Alley's, Central Square Records and the Seaside Meeting Hall Theatre in Seaside; Fish Out of Water, The Bait House and The Boat House in WaterColor; Shorty's, Hibiscus and Pandora's in Grayton Beach; and the Naked Grape Wine Station and Amphitheater in Gulf Place.
Special Festival accommodation packages will be available with 30A Songwriters Festival official lodging partners Candlewood Suites, Seaside Cottage Rental Agency, Hibiscus Guesthouse, Beach Seekers, Alys Beach, WaterColor Inn & Resort and Sunburst Beach Vacations.
30A Songwriters Festival Partners include Beaches of South Walton, Oaseas Resorts, ASCAP, WUWF (88.1 Pensacola), Merrill Lynch, 30A Radio, Nashville Lifestyles Magazine, Birmingham Magazine, The Beachcomber, The Piedmont Review, The Thirty-A Review, 30A.com, Sowal.com and Southwaltonscene.com.
For information on becoming a Festival Partner, contact Jennifer Steele atJennifer@30ASongwritersFestival.com.
For more information about the Festival, visit 30ASongwritersFestival.com or call the Cultural Arts Association of Walton County at 850-622-5970.
Jennifer Steele, CAA
Jessica Draper, ASCAP