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SoWal Insider's Guide to 30A Songwriters Festival 2024

January 11, 2024 by SoWal Staff

The 30A Songwriters Festival returned to South Walton January 12-15, 2024, celebrating 15 years with a wide variety of talented artists on the schedule.

Another great  festival in SoWal - see photos of 30A Songwriters Festival 2024 >

The Schedule is now LIVE - download by Venue/Day/Time - download by Artist/Day/Time

Download The 30A Songwriters Festival App
1. Delete previous versions of the 30A app from your device
2. Download the new 2024 app
3. Browse hundreds of artists, maps, venues, bios, playlists and new info!

The official festival app can be downloaded for Android or for iPhone. The festival app has the schedule which will be updated with any changes as well as directions to venues, bios and photos of all performing artists, etc. A favorite function of the app is that you can pull up any hour of the day or evening, scroll through, and see who is performing at all of the venues in real-time.

Scroll down for the latest official festival updates.

The 30A Songwriters Festival will celebrate its 15th year with performances on the main stage at presenting partner Grand Boulevard’s Town Center in Miramar Beach with headline performances by renowned artists JEFF TWEEDY, GRACE POTTER, ELVIS COSTELLO & THE IMPOSTERS, ROSANNE CASH, KT TUNSTALL, and RODNEY CROWELL.

The festival will also be welcoming the following first-timers to 30A: KELLY WILLIS, SHANNON WHITWORTH AND WOODY PLATT, SUNNY WAR, CHAPEL HART, JOHN MUQ, JACK BARKSDALE, THE PINK STONES, DAVID CHILDERS, MEGAN BURTT, RACHAEL KILGOUR, PETE FRANCIS, DEREK and KATELYN DRYE, MATTHEW KILLOUGH, MIKE KINNEBREW, ADEEM THE ARTIST, CAITLIN CANNON, UNCLE DAVE GRIFFIN, and BAYLEE LITTRELL.

Returning to perform two shows each throughout the weekend are songwriting legends STEVE EARLE, JOHN OATES, SHELBY LYNNE, SHAWN MULLINS, BLACK OPRY REVUE, VICKI PETERSON AND JOHN COWSILL, MINDY SMITH, PETER YARROW, MATTHEW SWEET, AARON LEE TASJAN, PARKER MILLSAP, MARY GAUTHIER, DRIVIN N CRYIN, AMY LAVERE & WILL SEXTON, JOHN PAUL WHITE KIM RICHEY, ROBYN HITCHCOCK, DAVID LOWERY (CRACKER), JOHN FULLBRIGHT, SARAH LEE GUTHRIE, DAN NAVARRO, KEN BLOCK & DREW COPELAND (SISTER HAZEL), IRENE KELLEY, THE REV. SHAWN AMOS & THE BROTHERHOOD, FASTBALL, TOMMY STINSON, JEFFREY STEELE, LARRY CAMPBELL & TERESA WILLIAMS, EMERSON HART (TONIC), BETH NIELSEN CHAPMAN, CHUCK PROPHET, STEVE POLTZ, RYANHOOD, BOB SCHNEIDER, WILL HOGE, CHAPEL HART, FLORENCE DORE, DAN BERN,  ABE PARTRIDGE  Darrell Scott, Leslie Mendleson, Tim Easton, and Cousin Curtiss.

We are pleased to announce the following additional confirmed artists:
Gretchen Peters, Garrison Starr, Will Kimbrough, Toby Lightman, Joe Leathers, Brian White, Karyn Williams, Grayson Capps, Liz Longley, Michael Farren, Paul McDonald, Eddie 9V, Jeff Black, Darden Smith, Heather Maloney, Jill Andrews, Jonathan Singleton, Jaren Johnston, Scooter Caruose, Brent Anderson, Austin Jenckes, Caylee Hammack, Bryce Leatherwood, Jeremy Lister, Ben Gallaher, Charlie Mars, Mary Bragg, Eliot Bronson, Kristy Lee, Pat Byrne, Amilia K Spicer, Robby Hecht, David Ryan Harris, Alice Peacock, The Kennedys, David Childers, Mike Kinnebrew,  Ben Chapman, Laney Jones, Sara Jean Kelley, Scott Miller, Grant-Lee Phillips, Webb Wilder, Jaimee Harris, Gurufish, Cooper Carter & The Royal Senders, Martha's Trouble, Danni Nicholls, Diane Durrett, Wyatt Edmondson, The Rough & Tumble, Becky Warren, Cat Ridgeway, Levi Lowrey, Madeline Hawthorne, Bradley Cole Smith, Trisha Gene Brady, Meaghan Farrell, Jesse Lynn Madera, Jon Muq, Pete Francis, Caitlin Cannon, Grace Pettis, Michaela Anne, Lilly Winwood, Meg McRee, Brendan Abernathy, Vanessa Peters, Humbird, Sarah Holbrook & Shannon LaBrie, Casey Kearney, Clare Cunningham, The Water Kickers, Mackenzie Roark, Crys Matthews, Heather Mae, Honeyboy and Boots, Okay Kenedi, Adrian & Meredith, Red Harp, Joy Clark, Pete Muller, Roberta Lea, The Tall Pines, Jennifer Lynn Simpson, Sammi Accola, Sara Hells, Chris Alvarado, Dave Franklin, Kurtis John, Casey LeVasseur, John Driskell Hopkins (Zac Brown Band), John Paul White, Kevn Kinney, Chris Stills, Wyatt Durrette, Ethan Hulse, Duncan Phillips, Boukou Groove, Donnie Sundal, Katie Martin, Larry Mitchell, Ken Johnson, Andi Zack-Johnson, Alex Rogers, The Rough & Tumble, Amanda Donald, The Krickets, The Late Night Losers, Gileah Taylor, Kyle Lamonica, and The Mosleys.

SoWal Insider Tip: most festival tickets sell out early. If the tickets you want are not available at www.freshtix.com/events/2024-30asongwritersfestival, try tickets for resale on the SoWal Forum >

30A Songwriters Festival features the VIP ticket packages: reserved parking, premium seating at the headline stage, complimentary food and drinks (Grayton Beer, wine, and craft cocktails), along with first-come, first-served seating at the other 29 venues.


Click to see all 30A Songwriters Festival Venues >

The Venues - stellar stages and intimate rooms - a sample:
Caliza Restaurant, AJ's in Grayton Beach, Bud and Alley's Waterfront Restaurant, FOOW - Fish Out of Water, Red Fish Taco, The Bay, North Beach Social, Hibiscus Coffee & Guesthouse, LaCo, Old Florida Fish House, Hilton Sandestin, The Pearl Hotel, Grand Boulevard and more - see full list >
New venues for 2024: Fonville Press in Alys Beach, Camp Creek Inn and the Lyceum in Seaside!

The Festival is, as always, a benefit for the non profit Cultural Arts Alliance of Walton County, which supports artists and non profit cultural events and businesses throughout the county. 100% of the net proceeds from the event are paid to the CAA to help fund its annual budget. Thank you all for your continued support!

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The Setting - Florida's amazing Scenic Highway 30A with our string of postcard-perfect towns & communities.

Top Ten Reasons To Not Miss the 30A Songwriters Festival

Reason #1: 30A artists write their own music AND perform it. They've earned their double-S title and status of Singer-Songwriter.

Reason #2: With 250+ artists and 30+ venues to choose from, you will miss more shows than you see. But think about this; you will see more performances over the four-day holiday weekend than you've ever dreamed of seeing in a single weekend.

Reason #3: Location, location, location! Venues are built out for the extended weekend with state-of-the-art sound systems presenting bands and in-the-round performances throughout the weekend of January 12 – 15, 2024. Listening spaces stretch up and down scenic Highway 30A parallel to the white sand beaches and emerald waters of the Gulf of Mexico.

Reason #4: The Festival supports the Arts! The 30A Songwriters Festival, produced by the Cultural Arts Alliance of Walton County and Russell Carter Artist Management, is an important part of the Cultural Arts Alliance's vision to make Walton County a creative place. 100% of the Festival’s net proceeds benefit the Cultural Arts Alliance of Walton County allowing it to continue to foster creativity through the inclusive and collaborative advancement of the Arts. You will not only have a great time - you will be supporting a great cause.

Reason #5: Unlike most festivals, we don't stick to one genre. We love Americana, blues, country, rock, jazz, neo soul, gospel, and folk. We book the best singer songwriters in every corner of the music-making community.

Reason #6: Many of your favorite songwriters return to perform each year, however, we prioritize booking artists you have not had a chance to see yet. Make a point to catch performances by songwriters whose music you have never heard. There's no better place to find your new favorite artist of 2024!

Reason #7: Can we brag on these headliners a little!? We are thrilled to present this years diverse headline stage lineup of hit-makers and cultural leaders.

Reason #8: Party on a Monday! Plan to stay through Monday for “The Late Check-out Party” at The Bay and North Beach Social, two venues that sit right on the beautiful Choctawhatchee Bay. Bloody Marys, delicious food, and non-stop performances on the waterfront throughout the day is a perfect way to keep the party going.

Reason #9: General Admission is great; VIP is better. 30A Songwriters Festival features one of the finest VIP packages on the festival circuit: reserved parking, premium seating at the headline stage, complimentary food and drinks.

Reason #10: We're celebrating 15 years of 30A Songwriters Festival! 30A is THE festival for music lovers and serious listeners. We offer a chance to experience your all-time favorite artists and discover new artists in intimate settings alongside like-minded fans. The festival has attracted tens of thousands of dedicated live music fans from around the world. Come share in the magic of 30A!

The Producers - Russell Carter, co-producer/Festival Chair, Russell Carter Artist Management Jennifer Steele, co-producer/Executive Director of the Cultural Arts Alliance of Walton County (CAA) - Jennifer and Russell form a dynamic duo from two organizations that bring together talent on the stage and behind the scenes. Russell's contacts and wealth of talent on hand fill the stages and venues, bringing together every year a surge of great music hitting our beaches. Jennifer is a mainstay on the South Walton art scene (a formidable acting and singing talent herself), who marshals the forces of sponsors and volunteers to handle the thousands of details to make the magic happen. 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.

The Artists - We have amazing stages, but what makes the 30A Songwriters Festival so special is the depth and diversity of writers who perform their own music, and performers who write their own songs. Surprises happen during the festival and create the sweetest moments and fondest memories. It's the thrill of an unexpected artist who catches your ear as you walk between venues. The unknown songbird that grabs your heart as you arrive early for the "bigger name" show.

The Cultural Arts Alliance of Walton County (CAA) - CAA is the officially designated local arts agency that serves as an umbrella organization and supports the arts through leadership, advocacy, funding, programs and education. The vision of the CAA is to be the catalyst for Walton County's growth as a center for artistic and cultural excellence through which lives are enriched, economy is stimulated and community is strengthened. Visit www.culturalartsalliance.com to learn more and become a member!

The CAA is always looking for volunteers to help out with the 30A Songwriters Festival - you'll get insider access, see some great music, and help support the arts in Walton County.

Lodging - Be sure to check the lodging section on the 30A Songwriters Festival website for information on specials from festival lodging partners, including Ocean Reef Vacation Rentals, WaterColor Inn & Resort, The Pearl Hotel, Hyatt Place Sandestin at Grand Boulevard, Residence Inn at Grand Boulevard, Courtyard Sandestin at Grand Boulevard - for many more options check out SoWal.com Rental Partners.

The Inside Scoop - The 30A Songwriters Festival has gotten bigger and better every year. And more popular with more locals and visitors who snap up tickets - they sell out so don't wait, get yours now! Take a look at the lineup and take advantage of all the shows you can in a fun-filled weekend at the world's most beautiful beaches.

Yes, there are plenty of great shows - but try to slow down. As the excitement of the 30A Songwriters Festival builds, you might find yourself rushing to get to the next venue. Stop yourself and slow down! The best moments are often the unexpected ones between the jams - meeting new friends or talking to an "unknown" performer who you won't be able to get near - later on when they hit it big.

The LinksThe official 30A Songwriters Festival Website, The 30A Songwriters Festival on Facebook, The 30A Songwriters Festival on Instagram,  The 30A Songwriters Festival on Spotify, The 30A Songwriters Festival on X/Twitter @30AFest, #30AFest

Take a look at some individual performances and compilations from past 30A Songwriters Festivals on the SoWal Youtube Channel, and The 30A Songwriters Festival on Youtube.

TIP: 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 venues have room for more customers. Take the advice of house managers and pivot to nearby venues that are not crowded. There are so many artists and so many shows and you can't  walk into a venue and see anything other than amazing music. Become a new fan of artists that you were unfamiliar with. The 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. 

Ten Unique Aspects of 30A Songwriters Festival:

Unique Aspect #1: All Festival artists write their own music AND perform it. They earn their double S title and status: Singer Songwriter.

Unique Aspect #2: You will miss more shows than you see at 30A SWF BUT you will see more performances over the four day holiday weekend than you have ever seen before in one weekend.

Unique Aspect #3 - 30A is 24 miles of two lane highway hugging the white dunes of the beach and in full view of the blue/green water of the Gulf of Mexico. There are 30 custom built music venues along this Emerald Coast paradise. Travel the world and you will find nothing like it.

Unique Aspect #4 - Many of your favorite artists perform each year at 30 SWF. However, many artists are booked that you have not had a chance to see. Make a point to catch performances by artists whose music you have never heard. You will walk away a new fan of many great musicians.

Unique Aspect #5 - We like and we book Americana, blues, country, rock, jazz, neo soul and folk. We are not genre specific like most festivals - we book the best singer songwriters.

Unique Aspect #6 - 30A Songwriters Festival is not a commercial venture - it is a fundraiser for the non profit Cultural Arts Alliance of Walton County. 100% of net proceeds from the Festival go into the annual budget for the CAA to help fund their many civic art programs. Thank you for being not only a music fan but also an art patron!

Unique Aspect #7 - There are several great coffee cafes on 30A. Start your morning with a walk on the beach. There are even more bars on 30A. At least once grab a cocktail, stop what you are doing and watch the sun sets in the Gulf of Mexico.

Unique Aspect #8 - With over 200 musicians attending the Festival and nearly 300 performances scheduled including night time events , morning brunches, and afternoon headline shows, 30A Songwriters has the biggest musical offerings of any weekend songwriters festival in the country.

Unique Aspect #9 - 30A SWF is the only Festival that I know of that partners with resort communities with arguably the best vacation homes in the South.

Unique Aspect #10 - Tell us what you enjoy most about your past 30A Songwriters Festival experiences.

Festival Update 12/11/23

#1 - Keep in mind you must have the wristband you bought attached to your wrist in order to enter any and all official 30A Songwriter Festival Venues throughout the entire weekend. 

#2 - You'll pick up your wristband at the box office and headquarters tent at WaterColor. It's best to check in personally at the box office tent together with whomever purchased your tickets. Once there, you will be able to get tips on how to best use the mobile app, pick up a copy of the venues map, discuss the different venues with staff, buy 2024 festival merch, get your first look at the 2024 program and updated schedule, and hear general advice on how to maximize your Festival experience. It is worth your time!

Box Office hours are as follows:
WATERCOLOR BOX OFFICE & FESTIVAL HEADQUARTERS TENT
238 Watercolor Blvd West, Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459
p. 850.622.5970
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 10 | 4PM - 7PM
THURSDAY, JANUARY 11 | 10AM - 10PM
FRIDAY, JANUARY 12 | 10AM - 10PM
SATURDAY, JANUARY 13 | 10AM - 2PM
SUNDAY, JANUARY 14 | 10AM - 2PM

GRAND BOULEVARD BOX OFFICE - WILL CALL
585 Grand Blvd, Miramar Beach, FL 32550
*Box Office Kiosk is located between Tommy Bahama and Cantina Laredo (across from Williams Sonoma)*
SATURDAY, JANUARY 13 | 9AM - 3PM
SUNDAY, JANUARY 14 | 9AM - 3PM
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 throughout the Festival weekend.

#3 - The Festival Merch Store is located inside festival headquarters at the WaterColor Tent. Merch can also be purchased next to the kiosk at Grand Boulevard once the main stage has opened.

#4 - The 2024 Festival App will be available to download very soon. Download the Mobile App as soon as we notify you it is available to always stay up-to-date on Festival announcements, notifications, and changes in real time! You will be delighted with its functionality! You will be able to always find the most current artist schedule on the mobile app (note that even if you downloaded the mobile app last year you will still need to download the 2024 app when it becomes available). You can create a custom made personal schedule for the weekend. And perhaps most helpful, you can check who is playing and where hour by hour all weekend long.

#5 - The Grand Boulevard Headline Stage opens at 11:00am on Saturday and 11:00am on Sunday. Come early and stay all afternoon - the food and beverage menu is varied and extensive - no coolers are allowed, but plenty of great food, cocktails, wine and beer will be sold on the premises. There is an overflow parking shuttle for Grand Boulevard located at:
Silver Sands Premiums Outlets
10562 Emerald Coast Parkway West
Miramar Beach, Florida 32550

Festival Update 12/16/23

GRAYTON BEER SPECIAL EVENT FEATURING KT TUNSTALL AND JOHN OATES!
The exclusive special event performance sponsored and hosted by Grayton Beer at their Taproom venue is your chance to preview special guest performers in an ultimate intimate setting! We are excited that John and KT have agreed to perform at this year's VIP event. Tickets include admission to the special event plus a complementary array of famous Grayton craft beers and water throughout the evening. Food and wine will be available for purchase.
Friday, January 12 - Grayton Beer Taproom, 217 Serenoa Rd, Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459 - Doors at 5:30pm, Showtime at 6pm
There are a very limited number of tickets available for this show so purchase online immediately if you wish to attend. This special event is an add-on ticket. All ticket holders with any kind of weekend pass can attend for $35.

Festival Update 12/22/23

We are excited to announce a new special event with dinner and music on Saturday, January 13, at the recently opened Camp Creek Inn - a St Joe resort hotel - featuring renowned chef and 30A Songwriters Festival alumnus Joe Truex. This exclusive add-on event is limited to 50 guests for pre-dinner drinks, a four-course gourmet dinner with wine pairings and live music featuring Chris Stills and Machaela Anne. Camp Creek Inn is a three-story, 75 room boutique inn overlooking the Camp Creek Golf Course. The Inn’s main level feels like a classic clubhouse and features two dining venues. 1936 is a lounge-style bar and restaurant at the entrance of the Inn which is named in commemoration of the year that St. Joe was founded. ANR is an upscale dining room and patio which is named in recognition of the historic tie between St. Joe and the Apalachicola Northern Railroad. 30A Songwriters Festival favorites Chris Stills and Michaela Anne will perform in the round for an hour at the conclusion of the dinner. Festivities begin at 5:30 pm with a wine/cocktail reception with passed hor d'oeuvres, followed by a seated four course dinner with wine pairings at 6:00 pm. Tickets >

Festival Update 1/2/24

With only 10 days remaining until the start of the 2024 30A Songwriters Festival, we are releasing Saturday and Sunday Day Passes for sale to the public now! Saturday passes are valid for entrance into the headline performances by KT Tunstall, Rosanne Cash, and Jeff Tweedy at Grand Boulevard AS WELL AS all Saturday morning brunch shows and evening shows in the 30+ venues at night.  Sunday Passes are valid for entrance into the Sunday headline performances by Rodney Crowell, Grace Potter, and Elvis Costello & The Imposters at Grand Boulevard AS WELL AS all Sunday morning brunch shows and evening shows in the 30+ official 30A Songwriters Festival venues. To sum it up, you will have your choice of three great headline acts and over 90 daytime and evening shows for $190 each day. Or, you can buy a 2 day pass for $350. This is SIX headline acts and OVER 180 performances for $175 a day. Doors open for the headline stage at approximately 11:00 am. The three shows will conclude by approximately 5:00 pm. Great food, wine, beer and cocktails are available all day long Saturday and Sunday at the outdoor venue.

Festival Update 1/6/24

The official festival app can be downloaded for Android or for iPhone. The festival app has the schedule which will be updated with any changes as well as directions to venues, bios and photos of all performing artists, etc. A favorite function of the app is that you can pull up any hour of the day or evening, scroll through, and see who is performing at all of the venues in real-time.

1 - Making your own personal schedule for the Festival weekend with back up ideas for each show you choose is one of the best ways to insure a great 30A experience. You will max out your concert time and in between leisure time and cut down on travel time. The most comprehensive way to do this is go to the SCHEDULE section of the APP and start with Thursday and methodically scroll down hour by hour and day by day and press the yellow cross for shows you want added to your schedule. It turns red indicating it is added (press the red symbol again if you wish to remove the show from your schedule). Add back up ideas nearby each show choice in case a venue happens to be at full capacity with a line to get in. Scroll through all the way to Monday afternoon and you will have a complete game plan in place!     

2 - NOTE - if there are particular Artists you do not want to miss, start your personal schedule by going to the ARTISTS section on the APP and press the yellow crosses for all of the Artist's performances. If you miss the first show, you will have the others as backups on your schedule.

3 - There are close to 300 concerts scheduled throughout the Festival weekend. No one can come close to attending all of them. That is why downloading the APP and creating a reasonable schedule is SOOO helpful. INSIDER TIP - every year about 15-30 shows hit capacity and those patrons who get in, stay for the entire show. The majority of these shows are on Friday night, especially those close to the box office. I always urge people not to wait in lines. Pivot to a second choice nearby with no line. If you choose to wait, ASK the house manager if the line is moving and assess your chances of getting in. There are literally @ 25-30 options for music every hour throughout each evening!

Festival Update 1/7/24

Here are links to all of the artist profiles we have sent over the last several months that you can use as you research some of the music that will be presented at the Festival next week. 

ELVIS COSTELLO

JEFF TWEEDY

GRACE POTTER

ROSANNE CASH

KT TUNSTALL

RODNEY CROWELL

JOHN OATES

AARON LEE TASJAN

SHELBY LYNNE

MATTHEW SWEET

WOODY PLATT & SHANNON WHITWORTH

FASTBALL

COUSIN CURTISS

DRIVIN N CRYIN

ABE PARTRIDGE

CHUCK PROPHET

KELLY WILLIS

MINDY SMITH

ROBYN HITCHCOCK

VICK PETERSON & JOHN COWSILL

PARKER MILLSAP

JON MUQ

TOMMY STINSON

MARY GAUTHIER

CHAPEL HART

GRETCHEN PETERS

ALICE AND SARAH PEACOCK

CHARLIE MARS, SARAH LEE GUTHRIE & MADELINE HAWTHORNE

ELIOT BRONSON

KRISTY LEE

FLORENCE DORE

RYANHOOD

MEG MCREE

LESLIE MENDELSON

WYATT ESPALIN

CAITLIN CANNON

JACK BARKSDALE

HAIR OF THE DOG (JEFF BLACK, JOHN OATES, MARTHA'S TROUBLE, GRETCHEN PETERS

ASCAP SHOWCASE

Festival Update 1/8/24

(1) You must be wearing a Festival wristband to enter any and all shows all weekend. Shows are general admission; first come, first served.

(2) The main Box Office opens on Wednesday and is located at Marina Park at WaterColor. When you get in town, make this your first stop to pick up your wristband, get advice on use of the APP, and buy 2024 merchandise. A Box Office will open at Grand Blvd on Saturday and Sunday for folks coming in mid weekend.

(3) For newcomers, here is a broad explanation of the Festival:
 a - There are 175 confirmed acts.
b - There are 30 nighttime venues along an 18 mile stretch of Hwy 30A ranging in size from 100 cap to 750 cap.
c - Typically three, one-hour evening sets are scheduled in each venue - a combination of solo performances and "in the round" sets (2-4 acts taking turns performing and telling stories).  
d - The 6000 cap main stage is located at Grand Blvd. The 6 headline acts perform here Saturday and Sunday afternoons between noon and 5:00 pm.
e - No other shows are scheduled during the headline performances.
f - brunch shows are scheduled in the mornings between 10:00 to 12:00 am. at 10 venues up and down 30A.
g - there are shows during the day on Monday at 3 venues on the way out of town (the Bay, N Beach Social, Redfish Taco) - We call these the Late Check Out parties.

(4) Single Day/Night tickets are on sale HERE. You can catch the headliners and all other shows all day and night for either Saturday, Sunday or both days.

(5) A few tickets remain for the Special Event Dinner with wine pairing and music (Chris Stills and Micaela Anne) at the new and very elegant Camp Creek Inn BUY HERE.

(6) Create your own personal schedule before the start of the Festival utilizing the APP. A bit of pre-planning will enhance your experience immensely !

Festival Update 1/10/24

Many have asked where Grammy Award winning, singer songwriter Shelby Lynne will perform this weekend. Listen up - Shelby is performing one night only at the Lyceum on Saturday at 9:00. Do what I did and add her to your custom schedule created on your App. She is amazing.

I was very pleasantly surprised to receive a call from 30A Songwriters Festival alum Holly Williams expressing interest in performing with her guitar player extraordinaire husband Chris Coleman this weekend. Holly has stepped away from performing publicly for several years as she and Chris raise their four young children. Remarkably, she has also found time to establish two innovative retail store concepts and establish them successfully in the Nashville area : White's Mercantile (modern general store) and H Audrey (boutique luxury fashion). Holly has expressed her determination to re-immerse herself in music this year and that begins with her performance at the 15th Annual 30A Songwriters Festival at Rosemary Town Hall Saturday night. Holly plans to develop a new record with the award winning producer Dave Cobb (Jason Isbell, Brandi Carlile, Sturgill Simpson) this year. You can be assured we will invite her back in 2025 to perform her new recordings live. Welcome back Holly!

We are happy to have ASCAP as a sponsor who will host again the always popular country music writers showcases at the Lake House in Watercolor Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights. Check your App for performers and times.

We are pleased to announce that we have added two showcase performances of newly discovered emerging country artists from across the country courtesy of new 30A Songwriters Festival stage sponsor, Chart Breakers. What makes this venture a good fit for our Festival is Chart Breakers and our shared commitment to promote musicians who write their own music! Here is their mission statement:

"Behind every song there is a story…and a songwriter brave enough to tell it. Chart Breakers is an upcoming reality competition series that highlights the freshest voices in country music. The series, which was shot this fall, auditioned thousands of hopefuls to find a group of singer-songwriters that competed for 100k grand prize and their first publishing deal. Unlike glitzy, Hollywood shows that rely heavily on cover songs, Chart Breakers features 100% original music."

In a format similar to ASCAP showcases at the Lake House, the top six writers from season one will perform their new songs this weekend in rounds at the Beach Camp Brewpub on Saturday and at the Corcoran Reverie on Sunday night. Check out the writers profiles on the phone app (Taylor O’Connor, Keller Rae, Nolan Gray, Warren Garrett, Emma Dunne, Dylan Holmes, Taylor Ingle).

The Americana Music Association returns to sponsor the stage Saturday night at our newest Venue Partner - Fonville Press in Alys Beach. Songwriting luminaries Will Kimbrough, Gretchen Peters, Kim Richey and Mary Gauthier will entertain in a special "round" ( Saturday, 7:30pm).

Please note: a storm that unfortunately caused some serious damage elsewhere in the S E., passed through S Walton County and 30A and brought hard rains but did NOT cause any significant damage here.

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