Antlers & Acorns, Boone’s songwriter festival

Last updated on Aug 23, 2022 2:19 PM

Forty songwriters come to Boone the first full week of September, 5-10, for the first Antlers & Acorns, The Boone Songwriters Festival. Shari Smith, the creator and director of the festival says the festival is named after “the things left behind, the antlers and the acorns. These songwriters have written some of the most memorable songs of our lives. They left them for us to create memories, to cry, to celebrate with, to dance at weddings and in the kitchen for no reason.

The festival is designed for Boone visitors to explore all week, go fishing with hitmaker Radney Foster, hike with Caleb Caudle, Eric Erdman and Chris Buhalis, kayak with Matt King and Heidi Newfield, (Trick Pony), and hitting the New River with Damn the Banjos, a supergroup of legendary Nashville sidemen. Every evening there is a headlining event at the Théâtre des Appalaches.
On Tuesday, a tribute to Guy Clark, a concert by Guy’s friends and the documentary about his life, Without Getting Killed or Caught. Wednesday, Kyle Petty, Damn the Banjos and Radney Foster. Thursday, A Tribute to North Carolina Songwriters hosted by Mark Bumgarner followed by a performance by Matt King and Heidi Newfield. Friday, Caleb Caudle and John Paul White, (The Civil Wars). Saturday is Voices, a touring songwriter show with Lisa Carver, Eric Erdman, Jaimee Harris, Carrie Welling and Chad Wilson followed by Mary Gauthier.

On Friday and Saturday, songwriters will be all over Boone at various venues. These shows are free, including Lunch on the Lawn at The Jones House each day. Two paid shows each day will take place on the roof of the Horton Hotel, members of Firefall and Poco will perform.

This will be the first festival among many to come. Smith is already planning next year to add locations and talent to bring to Boone.

For a full calendar of events, visit:

To buy tickets for the shows at the Théâtre des Appalaches and at the Rooftop of the Hôtel Horton, go to:

And: (Please note: there are very few tickets left for the rooftop concerts)

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