Songwriter's Festival this weekend: 'This is the place to be'

Published: Wednesday, January 16, 2013 at 02:31 PM.

SOUTH WALTON — If you‘re looking for an intimate setting with some of the country's best songwriters and performers than look no further than the 30A Songwriter‘s Festival.

The festival, which expects to bring in 3,000 to 3,500 people, has grown since its inception four years ago and its organizers say that with the growth the festival is also getting better each year.

"It started out because there wasn‘t a place here where we could have a large-scale show," said Jennifer Steele, festival producer and executive director of the Cultural Arts Alliance of Walton County. "We thought it was going to be a small, fun event.

"We had no idea what a huge success it would be."

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The three-day event takes place this weekend in venues ranging from intimate listening rooms to spacious outdoor amphitheaters amid a backdrop of brilliant white sand beaches and turquoise waters along South Walton's Scenic Highway 30A in Northwest Florida.

“It’s a fairly young event, it’s just in its fourth year, but we’ve got some really great performers,” said Jon Ervin with Visit South Walton. “Everybody’s there for the music and its different than most festivals.”

The festival will feature more than 130 acts at 21 venues and 23 stages and will include high profile performances from Lucinda Williams, Shawn Mullins and Mary Chapin Carpenter.

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