Fifth Annual 30A Songwriters Festival, January 17-19

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The 30A Songwriters Festival returns for its fifth year January 17, 18 and 19. This festival aims to showcase the fine folk that write their own music and lyrics. With 150 different artists in this year’s lineup set to play at 25+ different venues along Highway 30A, it does a pretty good job of it.

The 2014 lineup features artists from all kinds of musical backgrounds. Local Floridian performers, chart toppers, esteemed singers and a worthy assembly of up-and-coming acts will flock to the SoWal (ahem, that’s South Walton) for a surprisingly serene weekend of sand, surf and song just a few weeks before the invasion of spring breakers begins. Kristian Bush of Sugarland, Craig Fuller of Pure Prairie League and Rusty Young of Poco will all be going solo at this celebration of songwriters. Other extraordinary solo artists like Ani DiFranco, Loudon Wainwright II, Jeffrey Steele, Bob Schneider and Shawn Mullins will play unique, inspired sets among the peaceful Pan Handle neighborhoods.

The festival takes place across a constellation of 30A beach communities including WaterColor, WaterSound, Seacrest, Seaside, Alys Beach, Rosemary Beach and other Gulf-facing beauties. The concert venues themselves include the Golf Place Amphitheater, the Hibiscus Backyard of Love, the Boathouse at Watercolor and others, each with its own gorgeous view and relaxing ambience. A VIP dinner with guest chef Stephen Satterfield from Miller Union (Atlanta) and a wine tasting hosted by wine distributor Adam Caperton are two new additions to the 2014 schedule.

If you live anywhere in the South Walton area or you’re just looking to get out of dodge this month, this festival of captivating musicianship and songful, salt-sprayed experiences is not to be missed.

Passes are available now on Ticket Alternative for $180 and may sell out soon so go get ‘em while you can!

Proceeds from the Festival benefit the Cultural Arts Alliance of Walton County, a local agency that supports the arts through leadership, advocacy, funding, programs and education. Learn more about this organization here

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