Annual music event releases 2nd round of headliners

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St. Johns County’s Month of Music continues to grow as the Sing Out Loud Festival adds more artists and venues to the festival lineup.

Beginning Sept. 10 and running through Sept. 26, the fifth annual Sing Out Loud Festival features more than 100 free and ticketed performances at various venues throughout St. Johns County. This second round of artists joining the lineup includes:

■ Scottish singer/guitarist with endearing energy, KT Tunstall, performing at Ponte Vedra Concert Hall on Sunday, Sept. 19.  Tickets are on sale at ticketmaster.com and at The St. Augustine Amphitheatre box office. 

■ The renowned Patty Griffin, known for her poignant and melodic folk-tinged tunes, joins as special guest to Yola on Sunday, Sept. 12, at The St. Augustine Amphitheatre. Tickets for this event are on sale now. 

As with previous years, a portion of proceeds from ticketed events will benefit local charities. Thus far, beneficiaries of the fifth annual Sing Out Loud Festival include Port in the Storm, S.A.F.E. Pet Rescue, St. Johns County Legal Aid, Jax Legal Aid and Wildflower Clinic. 

Joining the lineup with free performances are Mississippi Hill Country blues guitarist Cedric Burnside, New Orleans Big Sam’s Funky Nation, Grammy award-winning singer/songwriter John Paul White, non-traditional cellist with a soulful voice Ben Sollee, Americana singer/songwriter and instrumentalist Dylan LeBlanc, country-blues duo The Cactus Blossoms and indie guitar band Surfer Blood. Also free this year wille be the Ancient City Poets Showcase followed by a Poetry Open Mic.

In addition to the live music performances, The St. Augustine Record Fair, presented by ToneVendor Records will take place Sunday, Sept. 26 at The St. Augustine Amphitheatre.

The festival will also feature a Music Industry Panel and Artist Workshop with industry professionals Steve Markland, VP A&R at Downtown Music Publishing Group, and Luke Pierce, Artist Management at WORKS Entertainment, and songwriters Andy Albert, Justin Wilson, and Mark Irwin. The Music Industry Panel and Artist Workshop takes place at Ponte Vedra Concert Hall on Thursday, Sept. 23.

Participating Sing Out Loud Festival venues include The St. Augustine Amphitheatre, Colonial Oak Music Park, The Lightner Museum, Sarbez, Nobby’s, Dog Rose Brewery, St. Augustine Distillery, Jenna Alexander x SunDay, and Prohibition Kitchen.

For more information about the festival and the current lineup, go to www.singoutloudfestival.com.

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