Songwriter’s Festival returns to Demopolis

Published 2:27 pm Wednesday, July 2, 2014

The second annual Highway 80 Songwriter’s Festival will be held Saturday at the public square in Demopolis.

The event will be held from 6-10 p.m., and people should bring their own cooler and chairs. Food vendors will also be at the festival for people to purchase snacks throughout the evening.

There are 12 artists/songwriters on the lineup from across Alabama and the Southeast. The acts include:

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•Debbie Bond/Rick Asherton from Tuscaloosa

•Michael Hardy from Nashville, Tenn.

•Melissa Joiner from Gulf Shores

•Alan Hartzell from Gulf Shores

•Steve Wilkerson from Meridian, Miss.

•Amy Lott from Meridian, Miss.

•Stephen Lee Veal from Mobile

•Mel Knapp from Demopolis

•Britt Gully from Meridian

•Shawn Pfaffman from Jacksonville, Fla.

•Megan McMillan from Centreville

•Harrison McInnes from Gulf Shores

The styles of music will vary as much as the places the artists are coming from. There will be rock, blues, folk, country and more during the festival.

The Highway 80 Songwriter’s Festival was created through a partnership between the city of Demopolis, the Demopolis Area Chamber of Commerce, the Two Rivers Arts Council, the Meridian Mainstreet program and the Montgomery Institute of Meridian.

The event will serve as an exclamation point to a busy weekend in Demopolis. On Friday, July 4, the day will be filled with different activities from Freedom on the River including a barbecue cook-off, a parade and fireworks.