5th Annual Opelika Songwriters Festival Kicks Off in One Week

Article Contributed by gratefulweb | Published on Thursday, May 9, 2024

The 5th Annual Opelika Songwriters Festival is gearing up for another year to celebrate the artistry of songwriting and music. OSF attracts die-hard music fans from around the country to hear world-class singer-songwriters spanning many genres. The historic downtown district of Opelika is transformed into a music lover’s oasis for three nights and three days of top-tier performances throughout the weekend of May 16-19, 2024. Tickets are on sale HERE.

Headlining the festival are Shawn Colvin, KT Tunstall, and Sister Hazel. They will grace the main stage at the corner of 8th St & N Railroad Avenue. Livingston Taylor will lead the Songwriters Workshop and perform solo sets on Friday and Saturday evenings.

View the full lineup HERE.

Founded in 2019 by musicians and husband-wife duo Rob & Jen Slocumb, aka Martha’s Trouble, and co-produced by Russell Carter Artist Management, OSF brings world-class entertainment to Opelika, further contributing to the charming railroad town’s vibrant revitalization and local economy. "We’re thrilled to bring back this amazing festival for our 5th year,” said Rob. “Normally you would have to travel to big cities like Atlanta or Nashville to access live music of this caliber, so we’re excited to be able to host something like this in our own backyard, and have folks travel to our neck of the woods.”

“Downtown Opelika is transformed into a live music utopia during this event,” said Jen. “Intimate listening rooms are created in restaurants, coffee shops, a distillery, a bed & breakfast, and pubs, creating a custom-made setting for a very unique festival experience.”

"Opelika is a southern town whose heritage has been respected and preserved throughout its history," explains co-producer Carter. "In the days leading up to the festival, the streets and venues are lit up, decked out with fully-equipped stages and excellent sound systems, soon to come alive for three days of extraordinary music, specialty beers and cocktails, and culinary delights. Opelika is the place to enjoy the best contemporary music in a restored southern community."

General admission weekend passes are $155, Friday single-day passes are $65, and Saturday passes are $125. Main stage-only passes for Friday and Saturday are available at $30 and $55 respectively.

VIP Weekend Passes are available at $210 and include access to a VIP Lounge at the main stage and an OSF commemorative gift. VIP Weekend Plus Passes are $310 and include everything at the VIP level, plus entry into the Sunday Brunch & Songs event. VIP single-day passes are also available.

Partial proceeds from the festival benefit The Sound Wall Music Initiative, a 501c3 nonprofit organization founded by the Slocumbs that’s dedicated to promoting and celebrating the power of music in the Auburn-Opelika community.

The festivities begin on Thursday at 7 PM with a kick-off dinner and performance by Cousin Curtiss at John Emerald Distilling Company, 706 N Railroad Ave. Chef Chris Wilton will serve a four-course gourmet dinner paired with cocktail selections by the distillery. The dinner is one of the many add-on experiences patrons can enjoy for $150.

Tickets for the Thursday night Kick-off Dinner, Saturday Breakfast at Botanic, Songwriters Workshop with Livingston Taylor, Guitar Tone Workshop with Larry Mitchell, and Whisky Tasting at John Emerald Distilling are add-on experiences that require a separate ticket purchase for all patrons. The Sunday Brunch is also offered separately from a VIP package for $145.

Below is a snippet of the festival schedule. The weekend’s full schedule can be viewed HERE:

Friday, May 17

        Music begins in all venues at 5:30 PM

        Student Songwriter Showcase - 5:30 PM

        Where: Community Stage—9th St & S Railroad Ave

        Sister Hazel rocks out on the main stage at 9:45 PM

        Where: Main Stage—8th St & N Railroad Ave

Saturday, May 18

        Breakfast at Botanic— Buffet breakfast in the beer garden featuring a set by Eliot Bronson at 9 AM. Limited seating is available.

        Where: Botanic—1702 Frederick Road

        Cost: $35

        Music begins in downtown venues at 10 AM.

        Songwriters Workshop led by Livingston Taylor at 10 AM. Limited seating is available.

        Where: Heritage House—714 2nd Avenue

        Cost: $25 for adults, $15 for students

        Guitar Tone Workshop with Larry Mitchell at 10 AM. Limited Seating available.

        Where: The Sound Wall—605 Ave B

        Cost: $25 for adults, $15 for students

        KT Tunstall performs at 1:45 PM and Shawn Colvin takes over at 3:30 PM.

        Where: Main Stage—8th St & N Railroad Ave

        Late Night Jam at 11 PM featuring Larry Mitchell and other festival artists.

        Where: John Emerald Distilling Company—706 N Railroad Ave

Sunday, May 19

        Sunday Morning Gospel Hour at 10 AM

        Where: Market Street Paint Shop—116 S 8th St Suite 102

        Sunday Brunch & Songs Sponsored by Tito’s Handmade Vodka at 10:30 AM, catered by the renowned Chef Chris Wilton. Performers include Shawn Colvin, Shawn Mullins, and Jon Muq

        Where: Heritage House Lawn—714 2nd Ave

        The Final Round starts at 1:45 PM

        Where: Resting Pulse Brewery—714 1st Ave

The Opelika Songwriters Festival is co-produced by The Sound Wall and Russell Carter Artist Management (RCAM). RCAM has booked and co-produced the prestigious 30A Songwriters Festival for the past 15 years on the northwest Florida coast.