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What: 30A Songwriters Festival
When: Friday, January 12, 2018
Time: (All day)
Where: 30AFest Headquarters @ WaterColor Inn

The 9th annual 30A SONGWRITERS FESTIVAL is set for January 12-14 2018. The festival, held in venues along Scenic Highway 30A in Florida's South Walton County, is the perfect mix of cool beach weather and red-hot music on MLK holiday weekend each year. More than 175 artists perform in this truly wonderful weekend of music.  Artists will perform multitudes of live performances in intimate venues and large amphitheaters throughout South Walton. Headliners have been announced and tickets are now on sale at 30asongwritersfestival.com.

2018 30A Songwriters Festival: Friday, January 12th through Monday, January 15th 
Winter is coming, which means the 2018 30A Songwriters Festival is just around the corner. Whether you are a songwriter or just appreciate the art, you will not want to miss this annual celebration.

The 9th annual 30A SONGWRITERS FESTIVAL -- set for January 12-15, 2018 -- has announced that Ann Wilson ofHeart will join the HEADLINERS for the 2018 celebration of singers and songs. HEADLINERS previously confirmed for main stage performances in presenting partner Grand Boulevard's Town Center include esteemed artists Emmylou Harris, Steve Earle, The Zombies, North Mississippi Allstars and Lee Ann Womack. Also confirmed for premier nighttime performances are Charles Kelly of Lady Antebellum, Patty Griffin, Emily Saliers of Indigo Girls with her solo Murmuration Nation band, Shawn Mullins and Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame members Mike Reid and Craig Wiseman. 

Among the 175 stellar songwriters who will perform at the 2018 Festival are Tommy Stinson (the Replacements, Bash & Pop), John Gorka, Gretchen Peters, Jeffrey Steele, Kim Richey, Mary Gauthier, Jeff Black, Will Kimbrough, Dan Navarro, The War & Treaty, Wyatt Durette, Farewell Angelina, Griffin House, Levi Lowrey, Gabriel Kelley, Michael McDermott, Peter Case, Charlie Mars, Peter Bradley Adams, Chris Stills, Emerson Hart (Tonic), David Ryan Harris (John Mayer Band), David Hodges (Evanescence), Erick Baker, Heather Horton, Jesse Terry, Joe Crookston, Old Salt Union, Peter Karp, Randall Bramblett, Robby Hecht, Don Dixon and Marti Jones, Becky Warren, Alex Guthrie, Jemina & Selina, Mary Bragg, Blue Jays, Josh Osborne, Jaren Johnston, Mark Irwin, Jonathan Singleton, Jeremy Stover, Matt Dragstrem, Adam Hambrick, Jacob Davis, Austin Jenckes, David Berkeley, Davin McCoy, Matt Hires, David Robert King, Eliot Bronson, and Michelle Malone.

Confirmed artists will be added to the website and announced as the lineup is completed. A complete schedule of artists and venues will be available by day/time for the festival weekend.

The 30A Songwriters Festival production team transforms amphitheaters, town halls, restaurants, theaters, bars and covered patios into unique music venues ranging in capacity from 75 to 500 seats indoors and 5,000 outdoors. A variety of festivalweekend passes are now available for $255 and can be purchased at www.30asongwritersfestival.com, and locally in South Walton at the Cultural Arts Alliance office in Santa Rosa Beach, the Foster Gallery in Grand Boulevard and at Central Square Records in Seaside.

The 30A Songwriters Festival has once again teamed up with NPR's Folk Alley, a multi-media music service produced by WKSU. Folk Alley will be on site throughout the weekend producing unique sessions interviewing artists and filming and recording performances in a home studio on 30A. The in-studio Sessions are aired on the syndicated Folk Alley Radio Show. The Sessions from the 30A Songwriters Festival are archived as well at folkalley.com. ASCAP returns as a sponsor and hosts a three-night series of up-and-coming and seasoned songwriters in the round and late night artist parties.

Four-course VIP dinners hosted by award-winning guest chefs are being offered on Friday and Saturday nights. Both dinners will include wine pairings by Adam Caperton as well as special musical guests to be announced at a later date. VIP tickets offering premium seating on the lawn at Grand Boulevard for the headline shows on Saturday and Sunday afternoons and access to the VIP tent serving complementary food, beer, wine and cocktails are available online at www.30asongwritersfestival.com. Additional VIP offerings include various all weekend transportation packages for parties of two up to 12 as well as a special night of music and free craft beers at the local based Grayton Beer Company Taproom.

Net proceeds from the 30A SONGWRITERS FESTIVAL benefit the CAA and help it to fulfill its mission to advance the arts throughout Walton County. Members of the CAA receive a 10% discount off weekend passes and admission to an exclusive performance on Wednesday, January 10th. Call (850) 622-5970 to become a member and take advantage of the discount. 

For more information on the 2018 30A Songwriters Festival, including constant updates on confirmed artists, venues, and ticket purchase information, visit www.30asongwritersfestival.com

All Festival weekend passes are still available at the current early purchase rate until the end of the month as follows: Regular weekend passes are $275, the regular VIP weekend passes are $600 and the premium VIP passes are $750. All tickets can be purchased at www.30asongwritersfestival.com.

You can buy tickets locally in South Walton:

Cultural Arts Alliance
105 Hog Town Bayou Ln
Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459

Central Square Records
898 Central Square 2nd Floor
Seaside, FL 32459

The Foster Gallery at Grand Boulevard
560 Grand Blvd
Miramar Beach, FL 32550

Be sure to go to the website Lodging Partners section to research and confirm your housing for the Festival weekend. Lodging Partners for 2018 include: Courtyard by Marriott Sandestin at Grand Boulevard, Sunburst Beach Vacations, ResortQuest by Wyndham Vacation Rentals, Sterling Resorts 30A Vacation Rental Homes and Condos, Ocean Reef Vacations Rentals, Alys Beach, Sanders Beach Rentals, and The Rosemary Beach Inn. The website describes the many deals offered for housing and tickets HERE.

The 30A Songwriters Festival is a unique cultural event bringing together nearly every South Walton community and many businesses to showcase Walton County as a destination not only for its beautiful beaches but also for its creative excellence. The multi-day music festival occurs annually in January over Martin Luther King Jr. weekend. 100% of the Festival's net proceeds benefit the CAA and enable them to continue to be a champion for the arts in Walton County. For more information on the 2018 30A SongwritersFestival, including updates on confirmed artists, venues, and ticket purchase information, visit www.30asongwritersfestival.com.

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