13th Annual Swamp Writers Festival: Sugarcane Jane

13th Annual Swamp Writers Festival: Sugarcane Jane

  • Rachel Hutchings
  • 01/9/23
What: 13th Annual Swamp Writers Festival: Sugarcane Jane
When: Saturday, January 14, 2023, @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Where: Stinky's Fish Camp | 5994 County Road 30A, Dune Allen, FL 32459
Description: Stinky’s Bait Shack is hosting the 13th Annual Swamp Writers Festival from January 11-15, 2023. Featuring local favorites like the legendary Duke Bardwell, the micro-festival extends over five days with performances by more than a dozen musicians taking the stage at the famed Bait Shack on 30A. The Swamp Writers Festival is free and open to the public. The Swamp Writers Festival is an alternative to the 30A Songwriters Festival happening in our community over the same dates.

“We originally started this festival in response to our local musicians that were otherwise displaced during the week of the 30A Songwriters Festival. It’s their livelihood. Also, many locals couldn’t afford the ticket prices of the festival. We started a micro-festival of our own and named it The Swamp Writers Festival,” said Jim Richard, owner of Word of Mouth Restaurant Group.

Since its inception, The Swamp Writers Festival has grown exponentially. Veteran professional musician Tim Jackson has played at The Swamp Writers Festival year after year. “To me this micro-festival is really cool. You see a similar type of smaller festivals within larger ones in major music cities like Austin’s South By Southwest. Its longevity and growth is a testament to the people who support local original live music,” said Jackson.  Through the years of performances at The Swamp Writers Festival, many surprise artists take the stage with Jackson who has become a favorite co-writer for songwriters all over the country.
The Swamp Writers Festival is part of a year-round commitment to supporting local musicians and rallying a community of music lovers. Another Word of Mouth Restaurant Group entity, Red Fish Taco, is the official stage for 30A Songwriters Festival. With over 30 venues for the festival, Red Fish Taco is one of the few offering a full menu and a full-service bar.

“We love everything about this opportunity to serve our community and music lovers,” said Richard. “Our team is gearing up to make these festival days some of the most inspiring days of our lives.”

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