Ozone Music Education Foundation presents the "Ozone Spring Sound Off," a charity fundraiser of the 501(c)(3) nonprofit. The concert -- held at Mandeville’s Pontchartrain Yacht Club on May 30 -- will feature country, rock, folk and blues performances by chart-topping songwriters coming from Nashville, plus a few local songwriters. Admission is a $15 donation.
This event is not only a fundraiser aimed at helping put musical instruments and music lessons in the hands of kids who need them, but is a precursor to the Ozone Songwriter Festival, which will bring 100+ songwriters to four stages in Old Mandeville October 19 and 20, 2019.
6:30pm Doors open and mingle
7:15-8:40 pm Ozone Song Contest winners perform their songs:
Wayward Jones - Shawn Williams - Paul Wilson - Chaislyn Jane
8:40pm Presentation of guitars to local students
9:00pm Songwriter rounds featuring: Mark Mackay - Will Robinson - Greg Barnhill
The Songwriter Rounds
Pianist and songwriter Will Robinson, who has penned eight #1 songs and wrote regularly for the likes of Alabama and Disney. He has composed in genres including country, pop, Latin, Christian and dance. Robinson was raised in New Orleans, where he had opportunity to study under both Jane Bastien and Ellis Marsalis. He currently writes for London’s Notting Hill Music.
Guitarist and songwriter Mark MacKay will bring his mix of country and rock; he’s been included on Music Connection Magazine’s list of the “Top 100 National Live Acts.” He’s performed at a variety of venues, including Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium, and has shared the stage with notables including Travis Tritt, Richie Sambora, and Ted Nugent.
Locals will be familiar with Greg Barnhill, Slidell native, songwriter and performer known for his chart-topping hits including “Walkaway Joe,” recorded by Trisha Yearwood and Don Henley, and “House of Love,” made popular by Vince Gill and Amy Grant. In addition to a number of songs that celebrate local treasures such as the New Orleans Saints, Barnhill -- now based in Nashville -- has had myriad compositions used in everything from sporting events to television series, such as the New Orleans-shot “Treme.” Barnhill is also director of the Ozone Music Education Foundation and Ozone Songwriter Festival.
Before the Nashville songwriter round, guests will be treated to performances by the following local acts:
With music billed as “alt-rocka-countrybilly serial killer blues,” New Orleans guitarist and singer/songwriter Shawn Williams not only performed at the inaugural Ozone Songwriter Festival this past October, but she’s appeared at a variety of venues and has opened for the likes of Wanda Jackson, Sarah Shook & The Disarmers, Corey Smith, Loverboy and other well-known acts.
Also appearing will be several performers who were also featured at the inaugural fest: local songwriting duo Wayward Jones, plus the first annual Ozone Songwriting Contest first-place winner Paul Wilson, and third place winner, Chaislyn Jane.
Doors open at 6:30 p.m., and music starts at 7:15 p.m. and wraps up at approximately 10:30 p.m. A cash bar will be available and there will be also food available to order.
Tickets are available by visiting Eventbrite.com. For more information on the Ozone Music Education Foundation, visit OzoneMusic.org or follow the “Ozone Songwriter Festival on the Northshore” Facebook page; the Twitter account, @OzoneFest, or the Instagram account, @ozone_music_foundation.
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.