Setting a new record for number of acts performing during the month-long Sing Out Loud Festival, 334 national, regional and local performers will play 88 showcases at 11 St. Augustine venues beginning Friday. Florida’s largest free music festival and benefit concert happens right in Ponte Vedra’s backyard.
Each weekend in September, beginning Friday, Sept. 6 and running through Sunday, Sept. 29, 11 St. Augustine venues will host free live performances by hundreds of singers, musicians, poets and comedians in an epic celebration of live entertainment. The full schedule detailing the acts, the venues and set times is available at www.singoutloudfestival.com.
Festival performers range in genres from indie rock, Americana, blues, hip-hop and electronica to spoken word, bluegrass, punk rock, jazz and comedy. This year’s Festival brings local and regional acts together with headliners such as Grammy award-winning country music star Kacey Musgraves, retro soul group St. Paul & The Broken Bones, indie pop songstress Jenny Lewis, lo-fi guitar hero Kurt Vile, Americana troubadours Shovels & Rope, hip-hop icon and member of Wu-Tang Clan GZA, beach goth purveyors The Growlers, punk rock torchbearers Hot Water Music and Propagandhi, indie rock charmer Phosphorescent, New Orleans brass troupe The Dirty Dozen Brass Band and many more.
Every performance is free and open to the public with exception of the Saturday, Sept. 21 Kacey Musgraves Benefit Concert, which has been sold out for weeks. Musgraves’ concert benefits HorsePlay Therapy Center and Green Hands Initiative Community Outreach Programs.
In addition to live performances, workshops led by national music industry professionals will be held the weekend of Sept. 21 and 22. The topics will focus on artist development, music marketing and the recording industry.
The St. Johns County Cultural Events Division, which owns and operates the St. Augustine Amphitheatre and Ponte Vedra Concert Hall, and the St. Johns County Tourist Development Council produce the annual Festival. Since its inception in 2016, the festival has welcomed an estimated 75,000 music fans, featured more than 900 performing artists at a dozen local venues and raised over $100,000 for charitable organizations such as the Betty Griffin House of St. Johns County, United Way and the OneOrlando Fund.
For more information, visit www.singoutloudfestival.com.