For the seventh consecutive year, ASCAP returned as a major sponsor of the 30A Songwriters Festival, and featured performances from hit writers Josh Kear, Jaren Johnston, Jimmy Robbins, Frank Rogers, Derek George, Cole Taylor, Josh Kerr, Abe Stoklasa and Brent Anderson, as well as up-and-coming songwriter-artists Logan Brill, Hannah Dasher and Cale Dodds.
The ASCAP showcases were held at The Boathouse in Watercolor, and on Friday night, special guests included current Grammy nominee Emily Weisband, who performed “Gettin’ In The Way,” a song she co-wrote for Keith Urban’s Ripcord album. Also making a surprise appearance in front of the capacity crowd was Lady Antebellum’s Charles Kelley, who performed “Need You Now” with his co-writer Josh Kear.
For the 3rd year in a row, City National Bank co-sponsored the official ASCAP after party. Diane Pearson and Mandy Gallagher were on hand for the party, held at the new Surfing Deer restaurant.