Black Warrior Songwriters Festival Set for June 21-23 in Downtown Tuscaloosa Featured

Songwriters Troy Martin, Tommy Barnes, and Steve Leslie perform at the Black Warrior Brewing Company during the Songwriters Festival in 2018.  Songwriters Troy Martin, Tommy Barnes, and Steve Leslie perform at the Black Warrior Brewing Company during the Songwriters Festival in 2018. Black Warrior Songwriters Festival

Last year’s inaugural Druid City Songwriters Festival was a hit, with Tuscaloosa music lovers coming out to various locations throughout downtown Tuscaloosa to enjoy hearing over 30 songwriters. Now the free event, renamed the Black Warrior Songwriters Festival, is set for June 21-23. 

The festival will bring over 50 local and regional songwriters to several venues throughout downtown Tuscaloosa for intimate, “in-the-round” style performances. Organizers say these performances incorporate the rich storytelling culture of the region and highlight the deep pool of musical talent in the area.

“You get the story behind the song and a real connection between the songwriter and the audience, said Megan McMillan, a local songwriter who is organizing the festival. 

“In-the-round” performances involve three to four songwriters taking the stage together, with each taking turns performing an original song. After everyone performs, the “round” will start over, with the first artist performing again, until each artist has performed around 4 to 5 songs.  

McMillan says they’re moving toward a “listening room” experience to make things more enjoyable for the performers and the audience.

We are trying to bring a unique original music experience to central Alabama, and we know that everyone who comes out will enjoy it.

Confirmed venues for the Festival include Green Bar, The Lookout at Hotel Indigo, Black Warrior Brewing Company, 301 Bistro, Bar, and Beer Garden, Billy’s Sports Grill, and Tavern 1831.

McMillan says this year’s festival is a unique opportunity to hear some of the best songwriters around. 

The best thing about this type of event is that no matter what venue or time of day during the festival, every single performer is extremely talented. There are multiple genres, and there truly is something for everyone.”

For more information about the Black Warrior Songwriters Festival, visit blackwarriorsongwriters.com. 

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