Saturday, January 16, 2010

Greatness among us

Shawn Mullins at Fish Out of Water {photographed by Bess Marshall of Tracery}

If you don't have tickets to the sold out 30A Songwriter's Festival, chances are you're kicking yourself and planning on buying early next year. We have weekend passes and started last night amazed at the talent locals Mark & Paige Schnell, Jennifer Steele Saunders, Joy Steele and others have brought to our little piece of paradise. My husband leaned over to me while we were listening to Rodney Crowell, Emily Sailers, Chely Wright and Gary Louris at Fish Out of Water and said, "This is one of those I-can't-believe-we-live-here moments."

Jennifer Steele Saunders invited on stage at Fish Out of Water to sing with Emily Saliers of the Indigo Girls {photo by Geri Golding of Gigi's}

The stars are all over town and rumor has it, many have been or will stop by Pizza by the Sea - woo hoo! If you don't have tickets, there are still a few to the Indigo Girls concert at Alys Beach on Sunday or you can visit the Facebook page and beg for someone to sell you theirs. Otherwise, you may just find yourself at Publix shopping for tomatoes next to Shawn Mullins...or better yet, picking up your order at Pizza by the Sea as you rub elbows with Sam Bush.

Sam Bush {photographed by Emme Wood of Alys Beach}

Smoking Flowers, Billy Bright and Mike & Ruthy at Shorty's {photo by Eileen West}

Matthew Sweet & Susanna Hoffs {of The Bangles} at Bud & Alley's {Photo by Geri Golding of Gigi's}

Local Favorite Baulder Saunders of Dread Clampitt joins Susanna Hoffs at Bud & Alley's {Photo by Geri Golding of Gigi's}