Friday, January 10, 2014


JANUARY 17, 18 AND 19

The day-by-day schedules for next weekend’s (January 17, 18 and 19) 30A SONGWRITERS FESTIVAL featuring more than 150 songwriters and over 200 performances at more than 20 venues along northwest Florida’s scenic Highway 30A and the resort neighborhoods of South Walton can now be revealed. The 5th annual musical celebration--which highlights songwriting from a variety of musical styles ranging from folk and country to rock and blues--will launch Friday, January 17 at 4:00 PM with the official Kick off Party at Pandora's and will come to an end with the traditional “Purple/Rain” party and last performance on Sunday, January 19 at 11:00 PM, also at Pandora's. 

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30A SONGWRITERS FESTIVAL is known throughout the music community as a destination where writers who perform their own music, and performers who write their own songs, come together for a weekend of soulful melodies, powerful vocals and compelling lyrics. This year’s event will feature performances from such esteemed artists as Kristian Bush (Sugarland), Loudon Wainwright III, Ani DiFranco, Robert Randolph and the Family Band, Richard Thompson, Shawn Mullins, John Oates, Jerry Douglas, Rusty Young (Poco), Jonathon Edwards, Jesse Harris, Craig Fuller (Pure Prairie League), John Gorka, Mary Gauthier, James McMurtry, Bob Schneider, Glenn Phillips Band, Matthew Sweet, Jeffrey Steele, Jim Lauderdale, Jimbo Mathus (Squirrel Nut Zippers) and Tinsley Ellis.

The 30A Songwriters Festival venue partners include Vue, Gulf Place (co-sponsored by Bradford Building Company, Merrill Lynch and Silver Sands Premium Outlets), Pandora’s, Hibiscus Coffee & Guesthouse (sponsored by Merrill Lynch), Grayton Bar & Grill (co-sponsored by JPB Commercial Real Estate and Barker Building Company), Fish Out of Water (sponsored by Emerald Coast Wine & Spirits), The Gathering Spot (sponsored by beachLIFE Magazine), The Boat House (sponsored by Heart's Bluff Music), The Lake House (sponsored by Beach Properties of Florida), Pizza Bar (sponsored by Nature Walk), Bud & Alley’s (sponsored by Nature Walk), Crush, Seaside Meeting Hall Theatre (sponsored by ASCAP), Central Square Records, 723 Whiskey Bravo (sponsored by County Road Records), WaterSound Beach Club, Caliza (sponsored by Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport), Summer Kitchen, Amavida and Rosemary Beach Town Hall (sponsored by Destin Real Estate Company).

Featured highlights of the festival include two full days of headlining concerts at the outdoor amphitheater at Gulf Place, VIP gourmet dinners with wine and music at WaterSound Beach Club (with Chef Joe Truex from Watershed and musician Kristian Bush) and Grayton Bar & Grill (with Chef Steven Satterfield from Miller Union and singer songwriter Shawn Mullins), the “Hair of the Dog” music-in-the-round brunch on Saturday at Bud & Alley’s, a gospel brunch on Sunday at Caliza in Alys Beach, a full schedule of in-store appearances and CD signings at Central Square Records, three days of rock bands on the Vue patio and Pandora’s main stage and of course over 200 singer songwriter performances of original self penned songs featuring every genre of music in all of our partner venues.

For lodging and special housing packages offered by our lodging partners for the 30A SONGWRITERS FESTIVAL, please be sure to check the lodging section on the website. These include: WaterColor Inn & Resort, Sunburst Beach Vacations, Ocean Reef Vacation Rentals, Homeowner’s Collection--Seaside, FL, Alys Beach, Beach Rentals of South Walton, Wyndham Vacation Rentals, Paradise Properties, Southern Vacation Rentals, Soleil Rosemary Beach, The Pearl and Courtyard by Marriott Sandestin at Grand Boulevard.

Festival weekend passes are now available for $190 and can be purchased at, and locally in South Walton at the Cultural Arts Alliance office and at Central Square Records in Seaside.

The 30A SONGWRITERS FESTIVAL is co-produced by the Cultural Arts Alliance of Walton County (CAA) and Russell Carter Artist Management (RCAM), and is presented by Visit South Walton. Others sponsors include, St. Joe Club & Resorts, ASCAP, Grayton Beer Company, Sprint, SoWal Bicycles, Hasty Guitars, Big Daddy’s Bike Rentals and the Americana Music Association.

100% of the net proceeds from the 30A SONGWRITERS FESTIVAL benefit the CAA and help it to fulfill its mission to support the arts throughout Walton County. Members of the CAA receive an additional 10% off weekend passes and admission to an exclusive performance on Wednesday, January 15, at Fish Out of Water featuring Kim Richey, Charlie Mars, Teddy Thompson and Jonathan Edwards. Call (850) 622-5970 to become a member and take advantage of the discount.

For more information on the 2014 30A Songwriters Festival, including a full list of artists, venues, and ticket purchase information, visit 2014 30A Songwriters Festival media partners include: Atlanta Magazine,, Nashville Lifestyles Magazine, The Beachcomber, The Thirty-A Review and

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