The Ozone Songwriter Festival on the Northshore returns to the Mandeville Trailhead and surrounding area for three big days of live music, November 4-6, 2022, featuring 100+ singer-songwriters of every genre, and various special events in a free, family-friendly festival.
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.
The festival gets under way with an all-star showcase on Friday, November 4 at 6 p.m. The lineup of headliners and opening performers will be announced as the event nears. In previous years, the event was 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. Limited tickets will be available for both General Admission and for a VIP Experience, where you get to meet the artists.
Saturday's events begin with a symposium that provides detailed music industry sessions on making high quality home studio recordings at home, handling legal issues in the music business, and for the first time a music video workshop, partnering with the Pontchartrain Film Festival. Participants will learn from and participate in exercises led by music industry professionals. Tickets to the symposium are $25.
Both Saturday and Sunday is the acclaimed 2022 Fourth Annual Ozone Songwriter Festival at the Mandeville Trailhead! The two-day, family friendly, FREE event will have hundreds of songwriters from all over the USA who will perform their original music in all genres on four stages:
- Mandeville Trailhead Amphitheater, 675 Lafitte St. (facing Girod St.)
- Old Rail Brewing Company, 639 Girod St.
- Pyre BBQ, 2020 Woodrow St.
- Mandeville Trailhead Cultural Interpretive Center, 675 Lafitte St. (facing Lafitte St.)
Last year, the festival introduced a kickoff special event on the Thursday, preceding the festival: “Festival Eve,” Ozone Songwriter Night at the Wine Garden in Olde Towne Slidell. Modeled on Ozone Songwriter Night at other venues since 2018, Ozone Music Education Foundation invites musicians to perform songs in a true round-robin songwriter fashion, followed by an open mic. This event may repeat for the 4th annual festival; announcements will be made on the organization's Facebook page.
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.
From chart-topping hitmakers from Nashville to popular New Orleans-based songwriters working actively in the business, the 2022 roster is likely to be as extensive as in previous years. The full schedule of performers and show times, plus festival map with stage locations, will be available at https://www.ozonemusic.org.
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.