Road to 3rd Street Songwriters Festival to bring songwriting legends to the local area

A Five Day Songwriter Festival, Conference and Bayou Songwriters Retreat April 5-9th, 2017 in various locations throughout the Morgan City Area

The Last Honky Tonk Music Series and D.a.T. SaUcE present Road To 3rd Street Songwriters Festival in Morgan City LA, in association with 3rd Street Songwriters Festival in Baton Rouge, LA, an exciting event of music, culture, and entertainment highlighting our unique Bayou experience to songwriters and music lovers across the country, as well as accenting the local music scene.

A five day event, April 5-9, 2017, Road To 3rd Street will offer Bayou Sunset Pickin’ Parties, a Fais-Do-Do and multiple songwriter shows across Morgan City and surrounding areas, with a finale at Gros Marina for Last Honky Tonk Fest. Nashville Hit Songwriters, Outlaw Country Legends, Jazz and Blues Specialists, and Featured Writers from ELEVEN of the top Songwriting Festivals in the country, along with rising talent in the Country, Blues, Cajun, Zydeco, Outlaw Country and Americana Genres, with close to 100 performers. The festival will be five days of Bayou fun, music magic, and camaraderie with a spirit of connection and creativity.

Several Outstanding Songwriter/Music Festivals from across the country will be special guests, bringing some of their top featured songwriters to showcase what their festival has to offer.  Wednesday, April 5, 2017 will be a FAIS-DO-DO at Lake End Park, free to the public 5-10pm. Thursday, April 6, 2017 will feature a VIP Sunset Picking Party, followed by an Open To The Public Festival Kick Off at the Lake End Park Pavillon. Friday and Saturday evening will be the only ticketed events, with Outlaw Country Legend Billy Joe Shaver headlining Friday Night. Bob Dylan is a huge fan of Billy Joe Shaver and even wrote a song about him. Kris Kristofferson calls him the  “World’s Greatest Living Songwriter” and Waylon Jennings #1 album, Honky Tonk Heroes, contained all songs written by Billy Joe Shaver. Our Main Headliner Saturday evening is legendary BMI Icon, Dean Dillon, who helped skyrocket the King of Country Music, George Strait, into stardom. Dean Dillon has written countless number one songs including “Tennessee Whiskey” and “The Chair”. George Strait alone has recorded 60 of his songs. He’s nominated for ACM’s SONG OF THE YEAR 2017 for Chris Stapleton’s “Tennessee Whiskey”. The Headlining evening shows are at Acadiana Bar and Grill in Morgan City and will will be limited seating, ticketed events,  begining at 6PM with other featured writers prior to the headlining show. Tickets are limited, $75 per person for each night. A small number of VIP spots are still available for $500. This provides 2 VIP Ticket seating both Friday and Saturday Night ($250 value), invitations to all VIP events and promotional opportunities. Tickets will go on sale Thursday, March 9, 2017 at 9AM.

Multiple venues across Morgan City will feature free songwriting shows all day Saturday, April 8, 2017 from Noon until 5PM. Sunday, April 9, 2017 is the Last Honky Tonk Fest at Gros Marina, Free To The Public. Attendees may also purchase a $10 wristband for the duration of the festival that will give them various discounts, free items and specials throughout area businesses.

A Songwriters Conference will take place at The Clarion Hotel in Morgan City on Thursday and Friday between 11AM-5PM, offering classes for $10 on the music industry business. A Round Table discussion will take place amongst all of the attending Festival Directors in regards to forming a national coalition of Festival Directors. There will also be a free presentation by Mudbone on the History of Blues and Bluegrass.  Also on Thursday and Friday, A Bayou Songwriter’s Retreat held by D.a.T. SaUcE on Scott Green properties is providing 75 scheduled songwriters with a retreat location to write songs.

Some of the participating venues are The Acadiana Bar and Grill, The Daiquiri Shop, Bourbons, El Toro Mexican Grill Outdoor Patio, Lake End Park, The Gazebo at Lawrence Park, Legends Lounge, and others TBA. A Full schedule of Events is regularly updated at www.roadto3rdstreet.com.

Music transmutes all boundaries and creates a connection and community of Spirit. With Morgan City LA being the headquarters location of the National Last Honky Tonk Music Series, the intent is to build a “national music hometown”, thereby fostering this connectivity and inspiring a culture of positive influence. Our end goal is to see a thriving city filled with live music venues and various creative outlets for our residents, support for our own local area musicians and programs for our youth, as well as create a burgeoning tourist destination that contributes to our local economy.

The festival is produced by On The Bayou Productions. For more information or in regards to Sponsorship opportunities, please contact Festival Director Brigitte London at roadto3rdstreet@gmail.com or 985.519.5395