30A Songwriters Festival

Visit South Walton presents the Fourth Annual 30A Songwriters Festival, Jan. 18-20

Warm up this January with heartfelt vocals, beautiful melodies and story-telling at the 30A Songwriters Festival, Jan. 18-20, 2013. Produced by the Cultural Arts Alliance of Walton County, the three-day event features astounding musical performances complemented by South Walton's spectacular beaches, shopping and cuisine.  Growing as one of the premier songwriters festivals in the country, the event features more than 125 musicians and more than 200 performances in venues ranging from intimate listening rooms to spacious outdoor amphitheaters.  Caliza Restaurant & Pool will again serve as a popular outdoor venue. Last year, Caliza hosted moving  performances  by artists, including Shawn Mullins, Joan Osborne, John Oates, Daphne Willis, Jim Lauderdale, Donnie Sundal, Pete Sallis, and Chas Sanford, among others.

The 30A Songwriters Festival attracts artists of many different genres. With styles ranging from folk and country to rock and jazz, the 2013 event will include a mix a past favorites as well as artists who are joining the event for the first time. The lineup for 2013 includes Lucinda Williams, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Jeffrey Steele, Nanci Griffith, Suzanne Vega, Fastball, Tift Merritt, Allison Moorer, Charlie Mars, Eliza Gilkyson, Freedy Johnston, Randall Bramblett, The Shadowboxers, Joe Leathers, Gretchen Peters, Brigitte DeMeyer and Tommy Womack among many others.

After attending the festival, Evan Schlansky of American Songwriter magazine wrote, "If you love great songwriting, there’s really no better vacation than the 30A Songwriters Festival... It’s the perfect destination for lyric lovers, acoustic guitar fetishists, and those who enjoy music with a deeper meaning. It’s also a great place to make friends with your fellow audience members and, if you're lucky, the songwriters in attendance."

Music lovers and fans of Alys Beach may take advantage of the Alys Beach 30A Songwriters Festival special offer. Stay in one of Alys Beach's courtyard homes for two nights or more and receive weekend passes to the festival. Stay between Jan. 17-21  in two bedroom or larger rental and Alys Beach will provide two festival passes per room.

Presented by VISIT South Walton, 30A Songwriters Festival benefits the Cultural Arts Alliance of Walton County, a local arts agency that supports the arts through leadership, advocacy, funding, programs and education. For more information on the 2013 festival, visit www.30asongwritersfestival.com.


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