By Brian M. Howle
An Emerging Songwriter’s Contest and Showcase and a unique and remarkable musical lineup are the hallmarks of the Flat Rock Music Festival, to be held Sept. 25-27 in scenic Flat Rock, N.C.
The Emerging Songwriter’s Contest and Showcase at Flat Rock is the perfect opportunity for songwriters that desire exposure at a top music festival and are capable of performing on a festival main stage. Festival Music Director, Bob Sinclair, says. “The Finalists at our contest rival anything you will see anywhere in the US – It is always a coming out party for great new talent”. With festival and venue promoters, professional songwriters, studio personnel and other members of the music industry as our judging panel, Emerging Songwriter finalists will have the chance to perform for influential members in the regional and national music scene. In addition, studio and recording time from “In House Recording Studios” and “Four Seasons Records” will be awarded to the the top 2 winners.
The festival features Americana music at three venues, musical and songwriting workshops, open mikes, jams, Kids Village with crafts, children’s parade, food and other vendors, plus camping, boating and swimming.
Artists Scheduled to Perform:
GRAMMY Winner: Jim Lauderdale; GRAMMY Nominee: Lisa Haley and the Zydekats; Lake Street Dive; Now You See Them; Pale Young Gentlemen; The Claire Lynch Band; Hobex; Carrie Rodriquez w/her band; Sam Quinn and Japan Ten (formerly with everybodyfields); Jonathan Scales Fourchestra; Tropic Culture; Michael Reno Harrell; Rhythm Angels; Grayson Capps and The Stumpknockers; Parkington Sisters; Danielle Howle; Dirty Rug Band; Thunderdrums; Drive South; Melanie MacNeil and Asheville Hoops; and Kort McCumber – 2008 Emerging Songwriter Contestant Winner!
Back by Popular Demand: Sunday filled with festival favorites from the past….”Old Home Day!!”: 17 South; The Smokey Joe Show; Moon Shine Babies; Sam Anderson; Anon Dixon Day; Rock Killough; Jerry’s Jam; Gove Scrivenor; and Grammy Nominee Stanley C. Adkins and Low Tide Louie.
The Flat Rock Music Festival is held in the fall each year at 365-acre Camp Ton-a-Wandah, a family–owned summer girls’ residential camp in its 74th year, in historic Flat Rock, N.C. Located just off I-26 at Exit 53 (Upward Road) to Hwy. 25. Featuring musical and songwriting workshops, open mikes, jams, Kids Village with crafts, children’s parade, food and other vendors, chapel service, plus camping, boating and swimming, it is open to all ages.