Sing Out Loud

Back for its sixth year, the Sing Out Loud festival kicks off Sept. 9 with more to offer than ever before. September is the month of music, and there’s no better way to celebrate than with free music, huge headliners, local artist spotlights and even a chance for your band to perform in a professional venue.

Sing Out Loud has grown to become more than just a way to bring free music to the people of Northeast Florida. Since its inception, the festival has brought hundreds of musicians from around the country to St Augustine, catered to more than 50,000 music fans and raised over $300,000 for local charities. This year the festival boasts even more ways for people to connect with professionals in the music industry, famed musicians and up-and-coming artists from around the area.

Concerts are held every week of September across a multitude of venues around the area like The St. Augustine Amphitheatre and Colonial Oak Music Park. Backyard Stage at The Amp features headliners Snail Mail on Sept. 16, Shovels and Rope on Sept. 25 and Lucious on Sept. 30.

From Sept. 23-25, Sing Out Loud hosts the St. Augustine Songwriters Festival. This event offers a rare glimpse into the music production process and gives the public a chance to connect with famous songwriters, like Mac McAnally of Jimmy Buffet’s Coral Reefer Band and Casey Beathard, who wrote for Dolly Parton, Kenny Chesney and George Strait, among others. MacAnally and Beathard will play short sets at Colonial Music Park, St. Augustine Distillery, Prohibition Kitchen and Tradewinds Lounge and give attendees a glimpse behind the scenes of their music writing process.

In addition to these performances, the event includes the Local Artist Showcase, highlighting local musicians handpicked by festival curators; a music business panel, where music industry executives answer your questions; and the St. Augustine Record Festival.

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About Vincent Dalessio

Vincent Dalessio is Folio Weekly’s Head Photographer and Writer. Originally from St. Petersburg, Florida, he takes pride in resetting his roots in Duval County. Active in the skateboarding, surfing, rock climbing and outdoor recreation communities, he takes what he’s learned in his personal life and applies it to current issues facing these groups. His writing focuses on the environment, socio-demographic issues, biopics on community figureheads and stories on the communities he spends the most time in.