For those of you recovering from the rush of holiday parties or pouting over the end of college football, there’s no reason to settle into the winter blues when you can find a star-studded lineup of singer-songwriters at the 2018 30A songwriters festival that runs from Jan 12-15 along multiple venues along Florida’s scenic Highway 30A.
Of the 175 performers scheduled to appear, you’ll find such heavyweights as Lee Ann Womack, Steve Earle, Emmylou Harris, Ann Wilson of Heart, Lady Antebellum’s Charles Kelley and the Indigo Girls’ Emily Saliers.
What makes this festival so unique – besides the wonderful location – is the intimacy of most of the weekend’s performances. You’ll find artists playing in coffee shops, bars, town hall centers and on stages where a bad seat doesn’t exist. Click here to see the entire lineup.
The 2108 Festival lineup is shaping up to be the best ever combination of Americana, Country, Folk, Alternative and Blues songwriters,” said Russell Carter, the festivals co-producer.
Proceeds from the festival benefit the Cultural Arts Alliance, which serves as a catalyst to promote arts in Walton County. “The Festival brings together nearly every South Walton community and many businesses to showcase our home as a destination not only for its beautiful beaches but also for its musical and creative excellence, which is the purpose of the CAA,” stated Jennifer Steele, the Executive Director, and Festival Co-Producer.
Multiple venues are used throughout the weekend, ranging from the Amavida Coffee shop in Rosemary Beach to Bud & Alley’s in Seaside, to the Hub in Watercolor to the larger stage at Grand Boulevard. Day tickets start at $75 and increase to around $625 for weekend VIP access.
In addition to the musical performances, you can participate in food and beverage tastings and even yoga classes led by some of the weekend’s singer-songwriters. The festival website has suggestions for accommodations and you can usually always find a deal on VRBO, especially this time of the year.