At the risk of sounding like a broken record, but in this case I don’t mind as it’s a good thing, another good sign that we are getting closer every day to end the worst of the COVID pandemic is the return of the live events. Several country artists have announced a return to the road, many of whom are making the Tri-State part of these plans, and many annual events we know and love have announced that they will return in 2021 after their cancellation in 2020. my favorites, the Sandy Lee Watkins Songfest in Henderson.
The event brings together several area songwriters and some from Nashville for four nights of performances at three different venues in downtown Henderson to play several songs acoustically they wrote for themselves or others, and the stories behind how these songs came to be. to be. For example, the writer behind “The Dance” by Garth Brooks and “Waitin ‘on a Woman” by Brad Paisley.
This year’s shows will be at Hometown Roots at the corner of 2nd and North Main Streets, with Rookies Sportsbar just down 2nd Street towards the river. This year’s festival will take place from Wednesday July 28 to Saturday July 31 from 7:00 p.m. each evening.
Tickets for the event are on sale now, but there are a few changes this year. In the past, all-access passes were available, which allowed you to bounce between different venues to see as many performances as you wanted each night, as they were happening simultaneously. This will not be the case this year as only single screening tickets will be available for each show. There will be one performance each evening on Wednesday July 28 and Thursday July 29, and two performances each evening this Friday and Saturday. The organizers strongly encourage you to purchase your tickets in advance as they cannot guarantee that tickets will be available at the door. Click or tap the button below to get your tickets through the Songfest website.
If you’ve never been to Songfest I can’t recommend it highly enough. I went for the first time in 2019, and my wife and I were raving about how entertaining it is. Lots of songwriters are friends and play each other well, and the songs range from funny to heartfelt. Proceeds from the event will be donated to nonprofits in the Henderson area and high school students interested in pursuing a career in the arts.