The 2nd annual Ozone Songwriter Festival on the Northshore returns October 19-20, 2019. A whopping 100+ singer-songwriters performed over two days on four stages at the inaugural event in Old Mandeville in October 2018. The festival is a free, family-friendly event.
From chart-topping hitmakers from Nashville, including festival co-founder Greg Barnhill, to well known New Orleans-based songwriters working actively in the business, to locally-beloved songwriters, the 2019 roster will include a wide variety of styles, featuring genres such as country, folk, rock, pop, Afro-Caribbean … and everything in-between. The 2019 lineup will be announced as the event nears.
Stages are located within easy walking distance of each other, with the Main Stage at the Mandeville Trailhead and others located in the Mandeville Trailhead Museum, at Old Rail Brewing Company, and the Lafitte Street Market. Select food trucks will be stationed at various points, and choices of domestic and local beers, and other beverages, will also be available for sale.
The inaugural event included a ticketed, Saturday night showcase featuring chart-topping songwriters in an intimate, indoor environment, and a film screening in partnership with the Pontchartrain Film Festival. Other festival events included a Christian music segment, performances by youth songwriters from St. Tammany Parish, a workshop on songwriting techniques, a songwriter contest and appearances by local public figures. A full schedule of performers will be published at the fest’s website, Ozonemusic.org. Be sure to sign up for updates from the festival, as information is subject to change.
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.