Tickets are now on sale for the 2020 Corpus Christi Songwriters Festival (CCSF). The third annual event, to be held February 14-16, 2020, will feature over 40 nationally, regionally, and locally acclaimed songwriters performing their original music and the stories behind them over three days, at seven different venues in downtown Corpus Christi -- giving traveling festival-goers, and visiting songwriters alike, the unique opportunity to see all that our sparkling city by the bay has to offer.
Award-winning songwriters Ordinary Elephant, Adam & Chris Carroll, Jaimee Harris, George Ensle, and indie icon Ben Kweller will headline.
Kweller returns to music after a five year hiatus, with some of the strongest songs of his career. He didn’t go away just because -- he and his family were fifteen minutes from death, after an extreme close call with carbon-monoxide poisoning in 2013. That brush with death led to a prolonged break from music and performing, until the loss of his friend, Anton Yelchin. The two had a close bond, and even shared the silver screen in Rudderless, a music-based drama directed by William H. Macy.
"I'm still in awe of Anton's creative output and all that he achieved in such a short period of time," Kweller says. "One of my best friends, gone in the blink of an eye -- it absolutely woke me up. I knew I had to overcome my own trauma and do what I was born to do. Plus, Anton would've thought it rude if I didn't share these songs."
The festival will also feature four extensive workshops on songwriting, publishing, and marketing at the Bay Jewel on Saturday, Feb. 15, hosted by Adam & Chris Carroll, George Ensle, Jana Pochop, and Sean Gasaway, as well as a special Corpus Christi Music Awards ceremony on Sunday, Feb. 16.
"The main focus of CCSF is to offer a unique opportunity for audience members to engage with the writers of their favorite songs, in an listening-room, intimate environment, unlike any other local festival," says Jimmy Willden, CCSF Director. "Here, the music comes first."
For more schedule and ticket information, visit cc-songwriters.com.