The Opelika Songwriters Festival, a new annual event based in Opelika, Alabama, will entertain music fans at its inaugural celebration over Memorial Day Weekend (May 24-26, 2019) at multiple venues in the town’s historic downtown. Rob and Jen Slocumb, a.k.a. Martha’s Trouble (a husband-and-wife folk/rock duo and owners of Opelika recording studio/event center The Sound Wall) are bringing the new festival to life. The Opelika Songwriters Festival is a co-production of The Sound Wall and The Arts Association of East Alabama. Confirmed sponsors include the City of Opelika, Auburn Opelika Tourism, and Sundilla Concert Series, and proceeds from the festival go to benefit The Arts Association of East Alabama. Attendees from across the Southeast and further afield are expected to gather for this very special event.
More than 30 singer-songwriters will make up the roster of performers, from local acts to internationally touring artists, including Grammy Award-winner Dan Navarro, Kate Campbell, Harpeth Rising, and many more. (See a list of confirmed artists below; more to be announced soon.) The festival will take place in Downtown Opelika at more than nine venues, including John Emerald Distillery, Sneak & Dawdle, Irish Bred Pub, Eighth & Rail, Ma Fia’s Outdoor Patio, The Depot Outdoor Stage, Zazu Gastro Pub, and Studio 319 – Festival Merch Hub.
“We expect the Opelika Songwriters Festival to be a destination event for fans of singer-songwriters,” says co-founder Rob Slocumb. “We can’t wait to showcase this amazing array of talent and to shine a light on our wonderful hometown of Opelika,” says co-founder Jen Slocumb. Even the town’s mayor, Gary Fuller, is excited about music gathering, saying, “It sounds like another big event for Historic Downtown Opelika!”
Tickets are available now: https://www.freshtix.com/
Confirmed artists (more to be announced soon):
David Jacobs-Strain & Bob Beach
Jordana Greenberg (solo)