The 5th Annual Ozone Songwriter Festival returns November 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th, 2022 to Mandeville and Slidell for a 4-day, free celebration of music featuring local, regional, and national songwriters of all styles.
The festival weekend opens on Thursday, November 3rd with a pre-festival party at the Wine Garden in Olde Towne Slidell. Modeled on Ozone Songwriter Night at other venues since 2018, the Ozone Music Education Foundation invites musicians to perform songs in a true round-robin songwriter fashion, followed by an open mic.
The festival continues in Mandeville on Friday, November 4th with a Songwriter Showcase featuring chart topping songwriters. This year, the headliner is Jim Peterik. Best known for "Vehicle", "Eye of The Tiger", "Hold on Loosely" and "Is This Love That I'm Feeling?", Peterik has 13 number one hits and countless top ten hits. Held at Old Rail Brewing Co. on Girod St., the restaurant and event venue's intimate setting allows for listeners to truly enjoy the songwriter style of the show.
On Saturday morning, the main festival launches with 140 songwriters performing on four stages over two days in a family-friendly, FREE to attend. You'll see and hear songwriters perform their original songs in Country, Folk, Rock, Pop, Funk, Afro-Caribbean ... and everything in-between.
Local food and drink vendors will be available as well as cool merchandise to remember the event and to let everyone know how much you support music artists and music education! Proceeds and donations from the events help support the Ozone Music Gifting (OMG!) program for the Foundation.
Music will be performed on six stages:
- Mandeville Trailhead Amphitheater, 675 Lafitte St. (facing Girod St.), Mandeville, LA 70448
- Mandeville Trailhead Cultural Interpretive Center, 675 Lafitte St. (facing Lafitte St.)
- Old Rail Brewing Company, 639 Girod St.
- Pyre BBQ, 2020 Woodrow St.
- Ruby's Roadhouse, 840 Lamarque St.
- The Wine Garden, 300 Robert St, Slidell, LA 70458
The Ozone Songwriter Festival highlights the original music by songwriters both amateur and professional giving opportunities to perform, network and grow in their craft. As well as being able to perform, songwriters can also submit their songs in the Ozone Songwriter Song Contest for prizes and recognition. This year’s first prize will be announced as the event nears. The 2021 prize was a co-writing session with Emmy-winner, Grammy nominated recording artist, Greg Barnhill and a one song record deal (recorded, mixed, mastered and released) with Rabadash Records Recording Studio.
The full schedule of performers and show times, plus festival map with stage locations, is available at https://www.ozonemusic.org.
For current information, including changes in the event of severe weather, be sure to follow the Ozone Festival's Facebook page.
A Festival Benefiting Music Education
All proceeds aid the Ozone Music Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to providing elementary and high school students in St. Tammany with further music education in the school system, and supporting interest and endeavors in songwriting, as well as potential careers in or related to the music industry. As the festival expands each year, it will provide musical and artistic opportunities to young artists by purchasing and donating musical instruments to schools throughout St. Tammany Parish, and matching students with mentors who will teach and foster inspiration.
A full schedule of performers may be viewed or downloaded at the festival’s website, Ozonemusic.org. Be sure to sign up for updates from the festival, as information is subject to change.
Photos provided by Ozone Songwriter Festival and Abby Sands.