At this year’s 30A Songwriters Festival, Hearts Bluff Music sponsored The Lakehouse stage, just across the pool from the BoatHouse venue sponsored in previous years. The new spot accommodates larger audiences, but still managed to reach maximum capacity each night.
Toby Lightman and Sarah Borges kicked off the Friday night entertainment at The Lakehouse, followed by a round hosted by Parker & Parker featuring David Olney, Brigitte DeMeyer, and newcomer Derik Hultquist. On Saturday, Parker & Parker played alongside Kim Richey, Gretchen Peters, and Jennifer Knapp. Throughout the weekend, many other talented artists and writers graced the Lakehouse stage, including David Ryan Harris, Deana Carter, Leigh Nash, Drew Holcomb, Chely Wright, and Jeffrey Steele.
(L-R) Brigitte DeMeyer, David Olney, Derik Hultquist, Parker & Parker (photo courtesy of Karen Lawrence)
(L-R) Gretchen Peters, Kim Richey, Jennifer Knapp, Parker & Parker (photo courtesy of Karen Lawrence)
(L-R) Chris Stills, Deana Carter, Leigh Nash
Among the new friends we made at the 7th Annual 30A Songwriters Festival was Liz Vice, a gifted singer and songwriter from the Portland who played the festival for the first time with the uber-talented Jackie Miclau on keys.
Liz Vice performing at the Old Florida Fish House
In addition to Liz & Jackie, 150 songwriters rotated performances at twenty-five venues all along the famed coastal highway in Florida. The weather fully cooperated, offering sunny skies for the daytime shows at Grand Boulevard, where festival goers enjoyed the likes of Jackson Browne, JD Souther, Shawn Mullins, Shovels & Rope, and event headliner Grace Potter.
Grand Boulevard performance by JD Souther
Grace Potter rocked Grand Boulevard with a high-energy set
The Hearts Bluff gang hanging out at Grand Boulevard during Grace Potter’s performance L-R: Karen & Christian Lawrence, Ashley & Mason Embry, Caryl & Scott Parker (photo courtesy of Karen Lawrence)