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30A Songwriters Festival Jan 12-15: schedule, tickets & updates

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  1. Teresa

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    2018 30A Songwriters Festival

    Friday, January 12th through Monday, January 15th 2018

    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 of Heart 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 over the next few weeks as the lineup is completed.

    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.

    TICKETS
    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 on 30A at:

    Cultural Arts Alliance
    105 Hog Town Bayou Ln
    Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459
    850-622-5970

    Central Square Records
    898 Central Square
    2nd Floor
    Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459
    850-231-5669

    The Foster Gallery
    560 Grand Blvd
    Miramar Beach, FL 32550
    850-837-3037

    LODGING
    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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    The #30AFest Main Stage returns to Grand Boulevard at Sandestin in 2018.

    SoWal.com | Events Forum: Watch this discussion thread for regular updates regarding #30AFest, artists, venues, special events, tickets and insider tips and info.

    SoWal.com | Photo Gallery 2017 #30AFest: 30A Songwriters Festival 2017 | SoWal.com

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    30A Songwriter stage venues range from large to very small in South Walton Florida, along Scenic 30A and beyond. Some of our favorite performances are found in the most cozy spots, such as on the porch at Old Florida Fish House or in the bar at Havana Beach Bar & Grill. Photos: 2017 by SoWal.com.

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    JoJo Hermann of Widespread Panic at Havana Beach Bar & Grill. One special performance 2017

     
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    The Cultural Arts Alliance of Walton County (CAA) is excited to announce they have recently been gifted a black 2010 Tesla Roadster Sport to include in the Silent Auction portion of the 9th Annual 30A Songwriters Festival, the CAA’s largest fundraiser taking place January 12 - 15, 2018. The gift is from The St. Joe Community Foundation, Inc.

    Included in the Tesla bid lot is a Watersound Origins discovery weekend package including a three-day/two-night stay in a one-bedroom condo in the Watersound Beach GateHouse, kayak or YOLO board on Lake Powell, breakfast or lunch for two at Watersound Café, and a two-day pass to Watersound Beach Club in the Watersound Beach community.

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    “The communities we live in are nurtured through artistic expression and imagination. The St. Joe Community Foundation, Inc., is honored to be able to donate a 2010 Tesla Roadster for auction at the 2018 SongwritersFestival, produced by the Cultural Arts Alliance of Walton County. Funds from the auction will provide art education for all area residents as well as the many outstanding artistic programs the Cultural Arts Alliance of Walton County produces throughout the year,” said Janet Piepul, Executive Director of The St. Joe Community Foundation, Inc.

    According to Tesla, between the years of 2008 and 2011, there were just under 1,500 Tesla Roadsters manufactured for North American sales. There are approximately 464 Roadster 2.0 and even fewer Roadster 2.0 Sport models.

    The Roadster Sport is configured to deliver a dynamic and exhilarating experience any high-performance drive, car enthusiast, and collector is sure to crave. The all-electric powertrain evokes a singular and unparalleled experience behind the wheel, while ensuring a sustainable future with its zero-emission design.

    “The auction of the Tesla is an exciting way to educate the public about the CAA’s mission to be a champion for the arts and vision to make Walton County a place of cultural and artistic excellence through which lives are enriched, economy is stimulated and community is strengthened,”said Cultural Arts Alliance Executive Director Jennifer Steele. “Our goals are very much aligned with the St. Joe Community Foundation’s mission to make communities stronger and improve quality of life for all. The CAA is sincerely grateful to the Foundation for their generous support that will enable us to continue to make Walton County a creative place in which to live, work and vacation.”

    The Tesla + Watersound Origins Discovery package kicks off the 30A Songwriters Festival silent auction which will be done via mobile devices or online bidding through Gesture. Interested bidders can visit the auction site at www.Song2018.gesture.com. In order to bid on an item, credit cards will need to be pre-registered, which can be done on the website.

    Additional auction items include a custom-made all Koa Grand Session model acoustic guitar with a cutaway and arm bevel handcrafted by local luthier and musician, Chris Alvarado of Driftwood Guitars; as well as one of the our most popular 30A Songwriters Festival backdrops, an original piece created especially for the CAA in 2012 by nationally renowned artist and local art gallery owner Andy Sacyzynski.

    The CAA is currently accepting items to include in this year’s auction. Interested donors can visit the auction website and apply for inclusion online by clicking, “Donate An Item Now.” Item applications are being accepted through Friday, December 22, 2017. All donations are tax deductible and item donation receipts will be provided upon receipt of the item.

    Bidding for all items will remain open through Sunday, January 14, 2018 at the conclusion of the 30ASongwriters Festival headliner performances at the Grand Boulevard main stage. The Tesla will be on display at the 25th Annual Flutterby Festival, November 11 and 12 in Watersound Origins, as well as at the 30ASongwriters Festival Box Office at Watercolor Inn and Resort, January 10 - 12, 2018, and finally at the 30ASongwriters Festival main stage at Grand Boulevard Town Center, January 13 - 15, 2018.

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    Emmylou Harris, Steve Earle Lead 2018 30A Songwriters Festival Lineup
    It's still summer but music fans anticipating the mid-winter blahs are already planning a trip to Florida's South Walton County next January for the ninth annual 30A Songwriters Festival. Set for January 12th through 15th, 2018, the event will include appearances from Emmylou Harris, Steve Earle, Patty Griffin, Lee Ann Womack, North Mississippi Allstars, Shawn Mullins, classic rock band The Zombies, Indigo Girls' singer Emily Saliers, fronting her Murmuration Nation Band and Lady Antebellum's Charles Kelley...

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    TICKET CONTEST - 2018 30A Songwriters Festival
    We are currently running a contest on Facebook in which you can enter to win a free pair of weekend passes to the ninth annual 30A Songwriters Festival. To enter, all you have to do is like us on Facebook HERE if you have not done so already and then share the original post HERE on your Facebook page. Once you have shared the post you are automatically entered into the contest drawing for a pair of tickets.

    30A Songwriters Festival is 175 artists performing in 25 venues along
    Hwy 30A in northwest Florida including: Emmylou Harris, Steve Earle, Ann Wilson of Heart, The Zombies, Patty Griffin, Lee Ann Womack, North Mississippi Allstars, Emily Saliers of The Indigo Girls, Shawn Mullins, Charles Kelley of Lady Antebellum and more!

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    BUY WEEKEND AND VIP PASSES HERE
    Many of our lodging partners offer substantially discounted tickets as part of a package with renting a house, condo, or hotel for the weekend of the Festival. These discounts are limited in number for each Lodging Partner, so it is important to order them now while they last! A complete list of our lodging partners for the 9th annual 30A Songwriters Festival is below. The specific details about our Lodging Partner packages can be found on our website HERE.
     
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    30A Songwriters Festival 2018 UPDATE

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    The festival is almost upon us. Here are some reminders and helpful tips for everyone coming in to town. Please take a few minutes to read through this note carefully. Your festival experience will be better for it.

    1 - Check-in personally at the box office at WaterColor Inn rather than send someone. You can review the map and discuss the venues with staff, buy merchandise, review the program and the final printed schedule and get general advice on how to maximize your Festival experience. It is worth your time!

    PLEASE NOTE: If you bought more than one ticket and are picking up wristbands for others, PLEASE obtain and bring their email addresses with you to the box office so we can include them in the email blasts and keep everyone up to date on all the information.

    2 - The box office hours are as follows:
    FESTIVAL HEADQUARTERS - WATERCOLOR INN
    BOX OFFICE HOURS

    (all ticket holders must pick up their wristband at the box office)

    34 Goldenrod Circle, Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459
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    Wednesday, January 10 --- 3pm - 7pm
    Thursday, January 11 --- 10am - 10pm
    Friday, January 12 --- 10am - 10pm
    Saturday, January 13 --- 12pm - 6pm
    Sunday, January 14 --- CLOSED

    MAIN STAGE AT GRAND BOULEVARD
    BOX OFFICE HOURS

    (all ticket holders must pick up their wristband at the box office)

    The Foster Gallery
    MAP IT

    Saturday, January 13 --- 10am - 4pm
    Sunday, January 14 ---- 10am - 4pm

    How To Redeem Ticket Receipt for Wristband

    Only wristband wearers will be admitted into official 30A Songwriters Festival venues. Wristbands can ONLY be picked up at Festival Headquarters and will NOT be available at any of the Festival venues.
    • IF you purchased a ticket online and had a physical ticket mailed/shipped to you OR you purchased your ticket locally and are in possession of a physical ticket, THEN you must bring your physical ticket to the Box Office during business hours to exchange it for your wristband. Lost tickets cannot be replaced. No exceptions.
    Register for Silent Auction
    Go ahead and register to bid on items in the Festival silent auction, which is currently live online now through the afternoon of Sunday, Jan. 14th. This year's auction features a 2010 TESLA ROADSTER SPORT + WATERSOUND DISCOVERY PACKAGE (donated by St. Joe Community Foundation), a BUY HERE

    Friday Loire Valley Wine Tastings with Food Pairing at The Pointe on 30A: Join Adam Caperton in exploring the fascinating wines of one of France's most esteemed wine regions. Travis Croxton, the owner of the Rappahannock Oyster Company located on the Chesapeake Bay in Locklies, Virginia, and the proprietor of Rappahhanock Restaurant (Richmond, VA) and Rappahannock Oyster Bars (DC, Charleston, and coming to Los Angeles in 2018) will be in town with two of his chefs Shane Graybeal and Jessica Opperman from RockSalt (another Croxton venture) in Charlotte, NC. The tasting begins on the roof top bar at the Pointe overlooking miles and miles of the Gulf of Mexico - with champagne and Rappahannock oysters - followed by Loire Valley wines and delicious food pairings. Special musical guest to be announced this weekend. Goes from 4:30 PM - 6:30 PM.
    BUY HERE

    Saturday Southern Italy Wine Tastings with Food Pairing at The Pointe on 30A: Join Adam Caperton as he leads you through what is arguably one of the best regions of Italy and the wine world in general for everyday drinking and enjoyment of wine. Travis Croxton, the owner of the Rappahannock Oyster Company located on the Chesapeake Bay in Locklies, Virginia, and the proprietor of Rappahhanock Restaurant (Richmond, VA) and Rappahannock Oyster Bars (DC, Charleston, and coming to Los Angeles in 2018) will be in town with two of his chefs Shane Graybeal and Jessica Opperman from RockSalt (another Croxton venture) in Charlotte, NC. The tasting begins on the roof top bar at the Pointe overlooking miles and miles of the Gulf of Mexico - with champagne and Rappahannock oysters - followed by southern Italian wines and food pairings. Special musical guest to be announced this weekend. Goes from 4:30 PM - 6:30 PM. BUY HERE

    Saturday Grayton Beer Taproom Performances: This Saturday night special event will feature musical performances by Luther Dickinson (of North Mississippi Allstars) and Aaron Lee Tasjan. Ticket holders will also receive complimentary Grayton Beer! Doors at 6pm, Performances from 7pm - 9pm. BUY HERE



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    Friday Beach Yoga: 9:00am - 10:30am --- The Lakehouse in WaterColor --- Come together for a dynamic yoga experience filled with music from CHARLIE MARS and movement with LAURA BAILEY. All levels welcome with a "go at your own pace attitude". Bring your own mat, big smile, and great energy. Space is extremely limited. Bring your own yoga mat, towel and water bottle. BUY HERE

    Saturday/Sunday Yoga Rocks with Eric Paskel: One-hour group yoga session with celebrity yoga teacher Eric Paskel. Session begins at 9:00am on either Saturday or Sunday. Location is at the Lakehouse. Bring your own mat. *All attendees MUST have a weekend pass. BUY HERE

    Monday Turn On & Tune In Yoga: 9:00am - 10:30am --- The Lakehouse in WaterColor --- Turn On & Tune In with Mindy Norris as she leads an uplifting Monday-morning vinyasa yoga practice to round out your Festival weekend featuring Juston Moore on Sitar This class will nourish your body with its emphasis on connecting breath to movement, building strength and flexibility, and harnessing your energy to balance and be still. Open to all levels. Space is extremely limited. Bring your own yoga mat, towel and water bottle. BUY HERE

    3 - The printed program that you receive at check-in is the up to date current program - disregard any earlier drafts of the schedule.

    4 - The shuttle buses will be running back and forth on 30A from Vue to Rosemary Beach from 5:30pm until 12:00am, Friday through Sunday. Buses will also be at the public lot on CR 283 in Grayton Beach (across from 30A Local Real Estate/Hurricane Oyster Bar) and at the Silver Sands Premium Outlets parking lot on Saturday and Sunday mornings beginning at 10:30am and continuing until 12:30pm to take people to the headline shows at Grand Boulevard. They will be at Grand Boulevard to take folks back to the same two spots at the end of the afternoon shows. All stops are listed on the map, on the website, and in the program. Please take advantage of this service.

    5 - Your weekend pass gets you into all venues all weekend on a first-come, first-served basis.

    6 - If you take my advice on just one thing, make it this: do not wait in ANY long lines unless house managers assure you that you will get inside in a reasonable amount of time. Inevitably a few venues become very popular and, given the first-come, first-served rule, they fill up for the night. However at any given hour of the night, most of the 28 venues have room for more customers. Take the advice of house managers and pivot to nearby venues that are not crowded. There are 175 artists performing over 230 shows this weekend. You cannot walk into a venue and see anything other than amazing music. Become a new fan of artists that you were unfamiliar with. This weekend is a great opportunity to discover new music! Many people have learned to find a cool venue and settle in for a night of discovery and new music.

    7 - Grand Boulevard opens at 11:30am on Saturday and 11:30am on Sunday. Come early and stay all afternoon - the food and beverage menu is varied and extensive - no coolers allowed but plenty of great food, cocktails, wine and beer will be sold on the premises. You are going to be impressed with our new amphitheater, stage and video screen. The talent we have booked deserves the best production and our audience deserves a premium outdoor concert experience. You will very quickly appreciate why we moved to Grand Boulevard. They are very classy hosts!

    8 - GigDog.fm Please tell me you are already using this dedicated radio channel - pull it up and search for 30A Songwriters Festival. You can preview every artist who is booked this weekend. We also have a 2017 30A Songwriters Festival playlist on Spotify HERE.

    9 - Back by popular demand and expanded - the Late Checkout Party. Stop by The Bay restaurant on 331 at the bridge and join everyone for great food and drinks and of course fantastic music. Lots of musicians, local and national, will hit it one last time -Ken Block & Drew Copeland of Sister Hazel, Hayes Carll, Randall Bramblett, Amy LaVere, Elise Davis, Seth Walker, Liz Longley, Eliot Bronson, Ruthie Foster and the Courtyard Saints.

    See you Festival weekend!
     
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    30A Songwriters Festival UPDATE

    The full artist schedule is officially posted on the Festival website at the link below. You can check out the schedule by artist, by day, or by venue. #30AFest

    View Schedule Here: SCHEDULE | 30asongwritersfestival.com

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    photo: Old Florida Fish House on the porch 2017

    Check SoWal.com MUSICcalendar for all the music happening along Scenic 30A and beyond during MLK weekend and surrounding 30AFest - no wristband required at some of our favorite restaurants who offer up great music year round including special shows this weekend.
     
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    THE 9TH ANNUAL 30A SONGWRITERS FESTIVAL JANUARY 12 - 15, 2018
    ANNOUNCES NEW ADDITIONS and FINAL LINE UP

    NEWLY CONFIRMED ARTISTS INCLUDE RITA WILSON, JOHN FULLBRIGHT, LILLY HIATT, RHETT MILLER (OF OLD 97’S), CORY CHISEL & ADRIEL DENAE, DEANA CARTER, AMY LAVERE, GARY LOURIS (OF THE JAYHAWKS), KEN BLOCK & DREW COPELAND (OF SISTER HAZEL) AND SARAH LEE GUTHRIE

    [​IMG]Left to right: Rita Wilson, John Fullbright, Lilly Hiatt, Rhett Miller (Old 97’s)

    PREVIOUSLY ANNOUNCED HEADLINERS INCLUDE EMMYLOU HARRIS, STEVE EARLE, ANN WILSON OF HEART, THE ZOMBIES, PATTY GRIFFIN, LEE ANN WOMACK, NORTH MISSISSIPPI ALLSTARS AS WELL AS KATHY MATTEA, ROBYN HITCHCOCK, AARON LEE TASJAN, PAUL THORN,ED ROLAND OF COLLECTIVE SOUL, JAMES MCMURTRY, HAYES CARLL, DRIVIN N CRYIN, EMILY SALIERS OF INDIGO GIRLS, SHAWN MULLINS, CHARLES KELLEY OF LADY ANTEBELLUM

    [​IMG]Left to right: Enmylou Harris, Steve Earle, Ann Wilson of Heart, The Zombies

    EVENT TO FEATURE 185 SONGWRITERS AND OVER 225 PERFORMANCES AT 30 VENUES IN SOUTH WALTON COUNTY

    BUY TICKETS HERE


    EVENT TO FEATURE 185 SONGWRITERS AND OVER 225 PERFORMANCES AT 30 VENUES IN SOUTH WALTON COUNTY

    The 9th annual 30A SONGWRITERS FESTIVAL -- set for January 12-15, 2018 -- has announced many additional confirmed artists for the 2018 celebration of singers and songs: Lauren Staley & Jason Morrow (The Whiskey Gentry), Raelyn Nelson Band, Diane Gentile with Alfonso Velez, Airpark, Alan Rhody, Amilia K Spicer, Andi Zack-Johnson, Becca Mancari, Ben Glover, Billy Montana, Blake Bollinger, Blake Guthrie, Boukou Groove, Bradley Cole Smith, Brian White, Chas Sandford, Courtyard Saints, Crystal Bowersox, Dan Bern, Dave Franklin, Dead Rock West, Don DiLego, Donnie Sundal, Ella Blue, Gabe Dixon, Jade Jackson, Jaimee Harris, Jennifer Lynn Simpson, Jeremy Lister, Joe Leathers, Johnny Irion, Jonathan Mitchell, Karyn Williams, Granville Automatic, Hugh Mitchell, I'MAGENE, Korby Lenker, Kyle LaMonica, Kyle Mitchell, Lily Winwood, Marc Harris & Jab Wilson, Max Gomez, Max McCann, The AJ Ghent Band, Nicole Chillemi, Parker & Parker, Paul Burch, Phil Madeira, Sarah Peacock, Shannon LaBrie, Skylar Gudasz, Sterling Fletcher, The Sundogs and The Haraway Brothers, Tommy Womack, TOWNE, Tyler Flowers, Ingrid Graudins, Wildlife Specials, Wyatt Edmondson, and Wyatt Espalin.


    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.

    RITA WILSON
    Well-known as an actress (It's Complicated, Sleepless in Seattle, a recurring role in CBS's The Good Wife, HBO's award-winning series, Girls and, most recently on Broadway in Larry David's smash hit, Fish in the Dark), and as a film producer (Mamma Mia!, My Big Fat Greek Wedding and its sequel, My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2, for which she co-wrote and performed Even More Mine) her first love is music. In May 2012, Wilson realized a lifelong dream with the debut of her solo album AM/FM. The album, released by Decca/Verve Records, is an intimate, elegant and beautifully sung collection of covers of her favorite songs from the '60s and '70s. Since the release of AM/FM, Wilson has been focusing on a new component of her musical career as a songwriter. In March 2016, she released her self-titled second album, showcasing her skill for creating insightful, eloquent singer-songwriter pop music that is etched with stunning honesty. For two years prior to the release, Wilson worked with a host of the finest award-winning and best-selling songwriters and producers in both Los Angeles and Nashville. This new material was prominently featured in her two-week residency at the famed Café Carlyle in New York City. "Ms. Wilson has a catch in her voice that conveys yearning and potential heartbreak behind a façade of cheer. As a stage performer, she is gregarious and forthright; a natural entertainer," said The New York Times.

    RHETT MILLER (OLD 97'S)
    Lead singer of The Old 97's Rhett Miller released his new solo album, The Traveler, on May 19th 2015. The album features the instrumentation of Black Prairie (membs. Of The Decemberists), Peter Buck and Scott McCaughey (membs. Of REM) and is Rhett's seventh solo effort. "Miller's songs have been described aptly as "smart, funny, and thoughtful. They evoke a larger world of constant existential yearning, minus any tedious genre purism."
    - Mother Jones

    GARY LOURIS
    Over the last three decades, singer, songwriter, guitarist and producer Gary Louris has built a deeply compelling body of music whose artistry and integrity has won the loyalty of an international audience and the respect of both critics and his peers. Best known for his seminal work with The Jayhawks, Louris is one of the most acclaimed musicians to come out of Minnesota's teaming rock scene. With Louris as a key member, The Jayhawks have kept their fans happy with 9 studio albums since 1985. In 2016 The Jayhawks released Paging Mr Proust, which many critics called their best album in years. Louris is also a founding member of Golden Smog, has released one solo album in 2008 and in 2015 released the debut album by Au Pair, a side project with Django Haskins. Over the years Louris has also found time to lend his writing, performing and production talents to albums by acts as diverse as the Black Crowes, the Dixie Chicks, Joe Henry, John Hiatt, Lucinda Williams, Roger McGuinn, Maria McKee, Nickel Creek, Tift Merritt, the Sadies, The Wallflowers and many others.

    CORY CHISEL & ADRIEL DENAE
    Wisconsin native Cory Chisel first connected with the power of song - and the spellbinding possibilities of live performance - through the music he heard in church. His father was a Baptist preacher, his mother played the organ and Chisel and his sister sang. The gospel's rich vernacular of loss and redemption also informed his innate poetic sense and lyrical range. Chisel went on to become a critically acclaimed recording artist who was deemed one of 2009's "Best New Artist's" by Rolling Stone for his RCA release Death Won't Send A Letter. His latest release Old Believers came out in 2012. Chisel has played festivals around the world including Glastonbury, Bonnaroo and Newport Folk Festival; appeared on Jimmy Fallon, The Late Show with David Letterman and Conan. In 2017 Cory Chisel released Tell Me True, his first duo album with partner and bandmate Adriel Denae.

    LILLY HIATT
    "Gonna hang on a little bit longer, sleep well, work a little harder; put my faith in something I can't see," sings Lilly Hiatt on the title track of her third LP, Trinity Lane. It's a set of honest words from an album of personal truths; a collection of songs that take stock of where she's been, where she's going and the challenges she's weathered to get there. Produced by Michael Trent of Shovels & Rope, Trinity Lane is indeed about hanging on, working hard and keeping the faith, centered on songwriting that melds the observational with the confessional and never tries to follow any particular genre code - the guitar riffs are as Seattle as they are southern, the topics are modern as they are built on the past. East Nashville's Trinity Lane is where Hiatt lives, and Trinity Lane is a document of what lives inside her. "There is a lot of hope in the album," says Hiatt about the follow-up to her sophomore LP, Royal Blue. "There is a lot of pain, but this album is a more mature response to that pain. It's taking responsibility of those emotions, and realizing what they are. A little brighter perspective. It took some time to get there." Trinity Lane is full of gifts and full of guts - an album that is a healing process and a road map forward, filled with Hiatt's wildly expressive approach to songwriting and stark, honest lyrics.

    Join Adam Caperton and explore some of the best French regional wines at Friday's Loire Valley Wine Tasting or Southern Italian wines on Saturday at the Pointe on 30A. Travis Croxton, the owner of the Rappahannock Oyster Company will be in town with two of his chefs Shane Graybeal and Jessica Opperman from RockSalt. The tastings begin each afternoon at 4:30pm on the roof top bar at the Pointe observing the sunset over the Gulf of Mexico - with champagne and Rappahannock oysters. The full tastings, food, and music begin on the ground level at 5:00pm to 6:30pm. Look forward on Friday to musical performances by Marc Harris & Jab Wilson and Lauren Staley & Jason Morrow of the Whiskey Gentry and on Saturday by Marc Harris & Jab Wilson followed by Jade Jackson.

    Saturday Grayton Beer Taproom Performances: This Saturday night special event will feature musical performances by the Luther Dickinson Band (of North Mississippi Allstars) and Aaron Lee Tasjan with his band. Ticket holders will also receive complimentary Grayton Beer! Doors at 6pm, Performances from 7pm - 9pm.

    Weekend passes and Main Stage Grand Boulevard day passes are available.

    Add on events such as Grayton Beer Company performance at the brewery and yoga classes with songwriters performing at WaterColor LakeHouse also available (separate ticketed events).
     
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    We do have a small number of VIP wine tasting tickets available. Please go online and reserve your tickets for these special events HERE. Join Adam Caperton and explore some of the best French regional wines at Friday's Loire Valley Wine Tasting or Southern Italian wines on Saturday at The Pointe on 30A. Travis Croxton, the owner of the Rappahannock Oyster Company will be in town with two of his chefs Shane Graybeal and Jessica Opperman from RockSalt. The tastings begins each afternoon at 4:30pm on the rooftop bar at the Pointe observing the sunset over the Gulf of Mexico - with champagne and Rappahannock oysters. The full tastings, food and music begin on the ground level at 5:00pm to 6:30pm. Look forward on Friday to musical performances by Marc Harris & Jab Wilson and Lauren Staley & Jason Morrow of the Whiskey Gentry and on Saturday by Marc Harris and Jab Wilson followed by Jade Jackson and Gabe Dixon. Here is a peek at the food menu:
    Menus at The Pointe on 30A

    Friday:

    - Butter Poached Gulf Shrimp, Avocado, Grapefruit, Watercress
    - Chewy Beet, Avocado, Grapefruit, Watercress Duo of Rappahannock River Virginia Oysters, 30 Year Aged Sherry Mignonette
    - Bay Scallop Aguachile Harissa Braised Beef Short Ribs, Sumac Pickled Onions, Mint Labneh
    - Butternut Squash Au Poivre, Puy Lentils, Frisee and Herb Salad
    Saturday:
    - Butter Poached Gulf Shrimp, Avocado, Grapefruit, Watercress
    - Chewy Beet, Avocado, Grapefruit, Watercress Duo of Rappahannock River Virginia Oysters, 30 Year Aged Sherry Mignonette
    - Grilled Cucumbers, Pumpkin Seed Salsa, Burrata, Sourdough
    - Steamed Mussels, Sour Beer, Anchovy, Calabrian Chilis Swordfish "Pastrami", Choux-Croute, Mustard Soubise
    BUY TICKETS HERE

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    Yoga classes with live music throughout 30AFest weekend at WaterColor BoatHouse. Ticketed events - reserve your spot online at 30ASongwritersFestival.com.

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    Gulf Coast Go will be providing free festival shuttles all weekend....

    The shuttle buses will be running back and forth on 30A from Vue to Rosemary Beach from 5:30pm until 12:00am, Friday through Sunday. Buses will also be at the public lot on CR 283 in Grayton Beach (across from 30A Local Real Estate/Hurricane Oyster Bar) and at the Silver Sands Premium Outlets parking lot on Saturday and Sunday mornings beginning at 10:30am and continuing until 12:30pm to take people to the headline shows at Grand Boulevard. They will be at Grand Boulevard to take folks back to the same two spots at the end of the afternoon shows. All shuttle stops will be listed on the map, on the website, and in the program. Please take advantage of this service.

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    Look for Grayton Beach Catering under the big tent out front of Hibiscus Coffee and Guesthouse for your Songwriter Festival on the go comfort food needs! On the menu you'll find:

    * Crawfish Monica - spicy crawfish loaded mac and cheese
    served w/french bread

    * Traditional Red Beans and Rice served w/french bread

    * Frito Chili Cheese Pie - a childhood favorite - meat or meatless

    * Shrimp Boil Plates - potatoes, corn, andouille sausage and
    large gulf shrimp, GBC style, cooked and served to perfection

    Our "AWARD WIINNING 30A BBQ FESTIVAL" - 2 year running!

    * Jumbo Chicken Wings served w/Alabama White Sauce

    * The "Redneck Parfait" - creamy mac and cheese topped
    w/baked beans, slow smoked pulled pork, cole slaw, bbq
    sauce topped w/a chicharone - it's a show stopper for sure!

    For Breakfast each morning please visit Hibiscus Cafe by Grayton Beach Catering where you'll find frittata's, oatmeal, breakfast grit bowls, shrimp and grits, pastries and so much more!

    Looking forward to seeing all your smiling faces!

    Grayton Beach Catering
     
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