The 8th annual 30A SONGWRITERS FESTIVAL- taking place January 13-16, 2017 in venues throughout South Walton, FL - will feature a silent auction for two original, commemorative pieces created by local artists Chris Alvarado and Allison Wickey.
An Allison Wickey original large-format mixed media on canvas created in 2012 especially as a stage backdrop quickly became an audience favorite. The piece has been in demand for years, and now someone can have it for their very own. Chris Alvarado - songwriter, producer, musician, and Luthier - has created a custom 30A Songwriters Festival commemorative guitar to be auctioned. It is a gorgeous instrument handcrafted from Quilted Maple, Port Order Cedar and Brazilian Rosewood and features a custom sea turtle inlay.
Proceeds from the silent auction will benefit the Cultural Arts Alliance of Walton County, a non-profit, 501(c)3 organization that supports the arts through leadership, advocacy, funding, programs and education. The CAA's vision is to make Walton County a destination for artistic and cultural excellence through which lives are enriched, economy is stimulated and community is strengthened.
The 2017 30A Songwriters Festival, co-produced by the CAA and Russell Carter Artist Managment, is held in venues along scenic Highway 30A in Florida's South Walton County and will feature headline performances from esteemed artists JOHN PRINE, CHEAP TRICK, DR. JOHN & THE NITE TRIPPERS, AND SHAWN COLVIN.
Featured artists include Parker Millsap, Drivin N Cryin, and Motel Mirrors (featuring Amy LaVere and Will Sexton), John Fullbright, Over the Rhine, JoJo Hermann (Widespread Panic), Chely Wright, Murray Attaway (Guadalcanal Diary), Matthew Sweet, Tom Gray (The Brains), Shawn Mullins, Peter Case, Sarah Lee Guthrie, John Gorka, Nicole Witt, and Farewell Angelina.
Among the total of 175 stellar songwriters who will perform and have distinguished themselves in bands and on pop charts in various genres of music are Emerson Hart (Tonic), David Ryan Harris (John Mayer band), David Hodges (Evanescence), Michelle Malone, Peter Holsapple (the dB's), Jeffrey Steele, Lari White, Ellis Paul, Chris Stills, Heather Maloney, Robby Hecht, Elise Davis, Caroline Spence, David Berkeley, Joe Leathers, Peter Karp, Webb Wilder, Jonathan Tyler, Cory Chisel, Robert Ellis, Jonny Fritz, Luther Dickenson, Charlie Mars, Griffin House, Michael McDermott, Dan Navarro, Dan Bern, Hailey Whitters, Sean McConnell, Trea Landon, Muscadine Bloodline, Jacob Powell, Eliot Bronson, Brigitte DeMeyer, Smokin' Novas, Lilly Winwood, Ben Glover, Daphne Willis, Davin McCoy, Billy Montana, Kyle Jacobs, Callaghan, Don Dixon & Marti Jones, Cale Dodds, Logan Brill, Hannah Dasher, Derek George, Jaren Johnston, Josh Kear, Josh Kerr, Phil Madeira, Willis Alan Ramsey, Jimmy Robbins, Frank Rogers, Cole Taylor, Abe Stoklasa, Tommy Talton, Brian White & Karyn Williams, Willie Sugarcapps, Sugarcane Jane, Grayson Capps, Will Kimbrough, Corky Hughes, Cooper Carter, Connor Garvey, Jemina & Selina, Hannah Thomas, Jonathan Mitchell, Courtyard Saints, Wyatt Edmondson, and ESOEBO.
Net proceeds from the 30A SONGWRITERS FESTIVAL benefit the CAA and help it to fulfill its mission to support the arts throughout Walton County. Members of the CAA receive a 10% discount off weekend passes and admission to an exclusive performance on Wednesday, January 11, at Fish Out of Water. Call (850) 622-5970 to become a member and take advantage of the discount.
For more information on the 2017 30A Songwriters Festival, including a full list of artists, venues, and ticket purchase information, visit www.30asongwritersfestival.com.