Indigo Girls, Rickie Lee Jones and John Paul White on the program of the songwriters festival in Alabama
Indigo Girls fans will get to see their favorites in Alabama this fall, courtesy of the Opelika Songwriters Festival.
Folk-rock duo Amy Ray and Emily Saliers are among the first wave of acts announced for this year’s festival, which runs October 14-16. The lineup for 2022 also includes Rickie Lee Jones, John Paul White, Kim Richey, Shawn Mullins, Leigh Nash (formerly of Sixpence None the Richer), Paul McDonald, Adam Hood, Dan Navarro, Peter Bradley Adams, Jeff Black, Larry Mitchell and After.
About 70 performances are scheduled at multiple venues in downtown Opelika, about eight miles from Auburn in Lee County. Early bird tickets are on sale through Eventbritepriced at $120 for three-day general admission, $225 for three-day VIP.
Three additional tickets are offered this year: $75 for dinner on October 13 with food from Chef Chris Wilson and cocktails from John Emerald Distillery, and $25 each for workshops on songwriting, live streaming and guitar playing.
More acts will be announced in the coming months, organizers said.
The Opelika Songwriters Festival, founded in 2019 by folk-rock band Rob and Jen Slocumb Martha’s problemcanceled in its second year due to the coronavirus pandemic but returned in 2021 with acts such as The War & Treaty, Mindy Smith and Sarah Lee Guthrie.
The Slocumbs are the owners of The sound barrier in Opelika, a historic house transformed into a recording studio. This year’s incarnation of the Opelika Songwriters Festival is produced by The Sound Wall and Artist Management Russell Carter. The Slocumbs also perform at the event as Martha’s Trouble.
Rooms for 2022 include Resting Pulse Brewing Co., John Emerald Distillery, Irish Bred Pub, The Sound Wall, Heritage House and Rock ‘N Roll Pinball. All of them are located in downtown Opelika and within walking distance of each other.