Blog - Celebrating Songwriters on 30A

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With 175 artists and 225 performances, the 8th annual 30A Songwriters Festival has become a must-do event for locals and travelers alike.  It will all take place January 13-16, 2017 in multiple venues throughout Scenic 30A, celebrating singers and songs. The Festival’s line-up for 2017 will feature headline performances from esteemed artists John Prine, Cheap Trick, Shawn Colvin, and Dr. John and the Nite Trippers.

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Also confirmed on the main stage are Parker Millsap, Drivin N Cryin,and Amy LaVere. Featured artists in venues at night on 30A include  John Fullbright, Over the Rhine, JoJo Hermann (Widespread Panic), Chely Wright, Murray Attaway (Guadalcanal Diary), Sarah Lee Guthrie, Matthew Sweet, Tom Gray (The Brains), Shawn Mullins, Peter Case, John Gorka, Nicole Witt, and Farewell Angelina. Along with these stand outs, there are 175 more stellar songwriters who will perform in venues all along 30A.

“The talent pool of songwriters is vast and prodigious,” said co-producer Russell Carter. “As the years progress, it is exciting to broaden the horizon and present varied styles of music. It is with special pride and excitement that we announce Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductees Cheap Trick to headline the Saturday afternoon stage with their highly melodic crunchy guitar pop songcraft. They will rock and reverberate Grand Boulevard to the eastern tip of 30A and back!”

The Festival also welcomes Shawn Colvin who was recently honored with the Lifetime Achievement Trailblazer Award at the 2016 Americana Honors & Awards Show. Come early and catch rising star Parker Millsap on his way to fame and fortune rounding out the bill of superlative songwriters.

Another can’t miss is the greatest purveyor of New Orleans music in its most unique and original form and six-time Grammy winner Dr. John, with both his Yamaha grand piano and the Nite Trippers. Grammy Award-winner and Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame legend John Prine brings his love songs, his melancholy tales of life, his social commentary, and his humor to the stage on Sunday afternoon.

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