This weekend is packed with all sorts of events, and we’ve done the dirty work of finding the best ones for you. Whether you’re looking for an a capella competition, a songwriters festival or just a good old fashioned rock show, we’ve got something to tickle your fancy.
All weekend long – 5th Annual 30A Songwriters Festival @ Multiple venues along historic Highway 30A
Produced by the Cultural Arts Alliance of Walton County, the 5th annual 30A Songwriters Festival is presented by Visit South Walton. Past songwriters included Indigo Girls, The Bangles, and Shawn Mullins to name a few. This year’s festival will feature over 250 performers in small and intimate venues as well as spacious outdoor amphitheaters.
Friday, January 17 – Lucy Kaplansky @ Eddie’s Attic
Lucy Kaplansky is a rare vocal talent with the unique ability to make every song sound fresh. Raised by a piano-playing mathematician and a homemaker in Chicago, Lucy began singing in bars when she was still a teenager. After high school, she took off for New York City, where she became part of the renaissance of the Greenwich Village folk scene. Currently on tour in support of her album Reunion, Lucy continues to perform all over the world.
Friday, January 17 – PLEASE PLEASEROCK ME @ Smith’s Olde Bar
Please PleaseRock Me is a new group from the PleaseRock collective that compiles the music by and surrounding the Beatles. Their set includes famous Beatles covers, songs they wrote for other artists, solo material, and songs from other bands they joined or collaborated with.
Friday, January 17 – R. Kelly Black Panties Album Release Party @ Fuego Lounge
Say what you will about R. Kelly. One thing you can’t deny about him, though, is that he is a generous man! R. Kelly turned 47 this month but instead of demanding gifts, he gave US a present in the form of a brand new album! He’ll be celebrating his birthday and the album at a release party this Friday night at the fiery Fuego Lounge.
Friday, January 17 – Those Darlins with special guests @ The Earl
Those Darlins entered the public eye in 2008, announcing themselves a gang of resilient outsiders, each a misfit of Southern upbringing. Their debut let the world know they weren’t just anybody’s darlings; if you didn’t want them in all their wild glory, you didn’t have to hang. Following a spikier second album, Jessi, Nikki, and Linwood set out to uncover the complicated nature of themselves as individuals and as a band. The result is a new sound and a new record they’ll showcase Friday night at the EARL.
Saturday, January 18 – Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver @ Mill Town Music Hall
With almost 40 albums to their credit, Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver have multiple Grammy Award nominations and are seven-time winners of IBMA’s Vocal Group of the Year Award. As if that wasn’t enough, they were inducted into the International Bluegrass Hall of Fame in 2012. Come see what all of the fuss is about when Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver play Mill Town Music Hall.
Saturday, January 18 – Freddy Jones Band with The Bitteroots @ Eddie’s Attic
The Freddy Jones Band is back and reminding the world what was so special in the first place. The group’s newest album, Time Well Wasted – it’s first since 1999 – is at once a recap and a step forward. It features 10 tracks reprising favorites and featuring three new songs written for a new era in the group’s interrupted history. Hear ‘em live in Eddie’s listening room!
Saturday, January 18 – Howe Gelb with Tracy Shedd @ Pilot Light
Howe Gelb got his start with the band Giant Sand in the early ’80s, and over 30 years released many albums that have resulted in a cult-like following. As a self described “vortexian,” Gelb believes the songs on his new album “travel wormholes few songwriters dare.”
Saturday, January 18 – ICCA West Quarterfinal @ U.C. San Diego Mandeville Auditorium
The International Championship of Collegiate A Capella is a competition sponsored by Varsity Vocals, and is the only international a capella tournament. Featured groups include Asli Baat (USC), Daughters of Triton (UCSD), Frequency (UCSD), Noteworthy (BYU), Not So Sharp (UCR) and The Beat (UCSD).
Saturday, January 18 – Rebirth Brass Band with AJ Ghent & Halem Albright Band @ Smith’s Olde Bar
There’s still a few weeks until Mardi Gras but going to a Rebirth Brass Band show is just like being on Bourbon Street! They play upstairs at Smith’s this weekend with AJ Ghent and the Halem Albright Band.
Saturday, January 18 – Saving Abel @ Brewhouse Music & Grill
Saving Abel may have gone through a few changes last year (the departure of lead singer Jared Weeks in December 2013, for one thing), but they are confident that 2014 will be their year. Watch new lead singer Scotty Austin do his thing at Brewhouse Music & Grill. Wayland, Trash The Band and Ethos will also be performing.