The first Annapolis Songwriters Festival will be held September 15-17, 2022 at venues around Annapolis, including City Dock. The three-day event will feature nationally acclaimed singers and songwriters at ticketed events as well as free music showcases. The event is inspired by the famous Key West Songwriters Festival, now in its 26th year.
Over three days, concerts will take place at venues including MC3 Annapolis, Maryland Hall, Rams Head OnStage and, with stunning views of Spa Creek, at City Dock. Performers will include the following headliners:
- Robert Randolph at MC3 Annapolis on Thursday, September 15
- Lucinda Williams at Maryland Hall on Friday, September 16
- Amos Lee Annapolis at City Dock on Friday, September 16
- James McMurtry at Rams Head OnStage Saturday September 17
- Jake Owen Annapolis at City Dock Saturday September 17
“Annapolis is a great place for an ID music festival,” said Mayor Gavin Buckley. “What better way than to follow the model offered by another great maritime community, Key West, and what better partner than Rams Head to make it happen.”
The event is presented by Rams Head, in conjunction with BMI, Visit Annapolis & Anne Arundel County and the City of Annapolis. The three days of music will include concerts featuring national headliners and plenty of showcases and free concerts at the docks and in hotels, parks and bars.
Tickets will be available starting at noon on June 3.
The free showcases are to take place in a pedestrian zone, with unique stops along the way to showcase all of Annapolis’ amazing hidden gems. Viewers can plan to discover restaurants, shops, and landmarks while walking the “Songwriter’s Trail” from the Westin Hotel to Westgate Circle in City Dock.
The festival kicks off Thursday, September 15 with Robert Randolph at the Maryland Cultural and Conference Center (MC3 Annapolis), located outside of the Westin Annapolis on Westgate Circle. This special event is sure to get the crowd excited for a fun weekend of music. The evening will continue with free showcases in several places in the city. The music-filled days on Friday September 16 and Saturday September 17 will end with several options for spectators to enjoy free and paid events. The grand finale will take place at the City Dock with country superstar Jake Owen.
The hugely successful Key West Songwriters Festival, from which the Annapolis Festival draws inspiration, continues to be the largest festival of its kind in the world. Highlighting the specialized craft that is the essence of music, the Annapolis Festival aims to give music lovers a chance to experience the names and faces behind the songs in an intimate and personal setting while showcasing Annapolis as a destination for music lovers.
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