Helpful Tips for This Weekend’s Wire & Wood Songwriters Festival

w_w-banner-ad_980x300This Saturday nationally recognized singer-songwriters will gather together to perform their original songs giving music lovers a behind-the-scenes look at the stories that inspired country, rock, blues, Americana and bluegrass songs. Attendees will experience nationally recognized veteran songsmiths and local up-and-coming talent as music fills the streets of downtown Alpharetta. If you haven’t purchased tickets yet, get them here! If you have, here’s some helpful information to know before you go!

1 – Buy tickets online in advance of the Saturday event at Avalon box office (starting at 5:30 PM) or downtown box office (starting at 5:30 PM) on Friday evening. Tickets are $35 in advance and $40 at the gate beginning on Saturday. Chldren 12 and under are free, and no pets are allowed. Outside food and beverages cannot be brought into the festival stage sites.

2 – Gates open at 4:00 PM on Saturday afternoon. Come early pick up your wristband and enjoy food, beer, and wine as you stroll through the festival streets and check out the five stages.

3 – The food trucks that will be at the festival are: Seven Seas, King of Pops, Cousins Maine Lobster, The Freakin Incan, Tracy’s Tasties, and Grubbin’ Out.

4 – The two biggest stages are covered with large open tents. The acoustic stage and South Main Alley stage are open air and the SmokeJack BBQ stage is in the upstairs venue. Seating will be provided and is first come first served. You can bring your own chairs if you would like into the festival.

5 – The headline act, Rock n Roll Hall of Fame inductee John Oates will be the last artist to perform on Saturday at 9:00 PM on the main stage. Everyone should plan on seeing him at the end of the night.

6 – It is quite easy to move from one stage to another at any time of the evening. If one of the smaller venues is packed, jump to one of the bigger areas to hear music.

7 – If you don’t know Will Kimbrough and Brigitte DeMeyer, check them out at Wire & Wood – two of Nashville’s most prolific writers and performers.

8 – You probably know Chuck Cannon for his work with Shawn Mullins in the area. Catch him on his own at Wire & Wood.

9 – The best place to park is in the parking deck next to City Hall.

10 – Bill Sheffield plays a combination of folk, roots and blues music that calls to mind the genius of John Hurt, Hank Williams and Muddy Waters. Witness that for yourself at Wire & Wood.

11 – CDs and t-shirts for all artists as well as Festival merchandise will be onsale at the S Main entrance on Friday night and on Old Milton Avenue on Saturday night. Support the artists and buy their recorded music!

12 – You will receive a brochure at check in with a printed map of the stages and a complete schedule with all start times for all artists on all stages.

13 – Don’t forget to tune into GigDog this week to listen to current music from the entire Wire & Wood roster of performing artists. Homework for this Festival is actually fun! You can listen to our festival channel at

14 – Finally a hearty shout out to your Mayor and City Council and the full staffs of the City of Alpharetta and Awesome Alpharetta who make this and all of your amazing Festivals possible. They are the best!  Know also that we partner with these great local businesses – South Main Kitchen, Lifestyle Publications, Jekyll Brewing Co., Appen Media Group, Smokejack BBQ, and AT&T GigPower.

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