Performers start the year with song

Published: Thursday, January 17, 2013 at 11:01 AM.

WALTON COUNTY — It’s a good weekend for music lovers along the Emerald Coast.

The fourth annual 30A Songwriters Festival officially begins Friday and runs through Sunday at venues along Scenic County 30A, from Rosemary Beach to Blue Mountain Beach. Headliners include Lucinda Williams, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Suzanne Vega and Fastball.

The festival gathers writers who perform their own music and performers who write their songs for a weekend of “soulful melodies, powerful vocals and compelling lyrics” in intimate spaces and beach neighborhoods, promoters say.

“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 it’s different than most festivals.”

Although several music festivals focus on gathering thousands of visitors, Ervin said the Songwriters Festival offers its patrons a more intimate experience. He said the popular event sells out early.

“This is really a great way to start the year,” Ervin said. “There will be great food, beverages and talented artists. It really makes for a great weekend.”

Dannica Lowery, a South Walton singer, has participated in the event for the past three years. She said her folksy-coffee house music meshes perfectly with the other artists in attendance.

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