The 2nd annual Ozone Songwriter Festival on the Northshore returns October 19-20, 2019 to four stages at and around the Mandeville Trailhead on Girod Street, and all within easy walking distance of each other. Enjoy music by 100+ singer-songwriters of every genre at this year's free, family-friendly event.
From chart-topping hitmakers from Nashville to popular New Orleans-based songwriters working actively in the business the 2019 roster is extensive. See the full schedule of performers and show times, plus festival map, at https://www.ozonemusic.org. Admission is free at all stages with one optional, showcase event on Saturday.
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. Other festival events include a songwriter contest, appearances by local public figures and local favorite singer-songwriters.
It all kicks off on Friday, Oct. 18 with songwriting workshops from 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM at Old Rail Brewery Stage and a movie screening at the Trailhead Stage at 7:00 PM. The highlight of the festival is Saturday night's Showcase Concert from 8:00 PM to 11:00 PM at the Lafitte Street Market Stage. Also on Saturday is a songwriter circle from 9:00 PM - 'til, and it all wraps up on Sunday for an after-party at Ruby's Roadhouse, 840 Lamarque St., beginning at 8:00 PM.
Showase performances will be held during the first evening of the two-day festival, The concert features headliners Anna Nalick and John Schneider, along with Gary Baker, Greg Barnhill, Paul Childers, Mark McKay, Frank Myers and CJ Solar.
Anna Nalick is perhaps best known for her platinum single “Breathe (2 a.m.),” featured on her album Wreck of the Day, first released in 2004. The 35-year-old, who in 2006 was voted “AC Female Artist of the Year,” followed up with subsequent albums in 2011 and 2017.
John Schneider, the actor who played Bo Duke in the 70's-era TV series The Dukes of Hazzard, has also been a singer and songwriter for decades. During that time, he has released nine albums and more than a dozen singles, including the hits “I’ve Been Around Enough to Know,” “Country Girls” and You’re the Last Thing I Needed Tonight.”
Tickets are $44 and may be purchased on EventBrite. Proceeds of this concert go to the nonprofit foundation’s efforts to further music education, professional development of songwriters and to further the area’s development as a key regional music center.
4 Stages in Old Mandeville
Trailhead Stage - 675 Lafitte St. (east end)
Built in 1998 on the site of the former rail depot, and a stop along the Tammany Trace hike/bike trail, this outdoor ampitheater is at the center of the festival. Lawn chairs and blankets welcome. A long collonade houses the festival check-in, merchandise, food trucks, soft drinks, beer, wine and liquor.
Museum Stage - 675 Lafitte St. (west end)
The Cultural Interpretive Center is a 75-capacity listening room venue adjacent to the Trailhead Stage. Intimate setting providing a great listening experience for both performers and audience. Refreshments conveniently located.
Laffite Market Stage - 698 Lafitte Street
This 350-capacity listening room environment sits across Lafitte Street from the museum. Food and drinks are available. Location of the Green Room and Festival Showcase Event.
Old Rail Brewery Stage - 639 Girod St.
150 capacity, 2nd floor, listening room venue above the brewery and restaurant. A range of craft beers, including Old Rail signature brews, cocktails and a menu of American favorites and Louisiana cuisine. Although it houses a brewery, it is family friendly.
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.