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Word of South Festival 2021: Artists and Schedule


The Word of South Festival is a yearly event held in nearby Tallahassee. The festival features a mix of music and literature with appearances of authors and musicians alike. Attendees can enjoy singing, dancing, talking and exploring the comparisons and contrasts of music and literature.


This year's event will be taking place at Cascades Park, near the Florida State University Campus, on April 11-12 starting at noon on Saturday and 12:30 p.m. on Sunday. The event end times are 5:45 p.m. on Saturday and 4:15 p.m. on Sunday.


You can get all the details from the event's website here. Below are a few artists to look for this year, as well as a map of the event.




Writers and musicians



Yolanda J. Franklin: Her poems appear or are set to appear in Frontier Magazine, Sugar House Review, Southern Humanities Review, and The Langston Hughes Review. Franklin’s poetry also appears in the recent anthology It Was Written: Poetry Inspired by Hip Hop. Also, she is a two-time recipient of the J.M. Shaw Academy of American Poets Award.




Wendell Brunious: He has written more than 1,500 songs across his 40-plus year working with famous artists from Louise Armstrong to the Beatles and Burt Bacharach. His father was John Picket Brunious Sr., a trumpeter who studied at Julliard and arranged music for Cab Calloway and Billy Eckstine. His uncle Willie Santiago was a renowned early jazz guitarist. His older brother John was a trumpeter who, like Wendell, led the venerable Preservation Hall Jazz Band.




Jamestown Revival is an American rock duo featuring Zach Chance and Jonathan Clay. The friends from their childhood from Magnolia, Texas, write songs about everyday life that are a combination of harmonies which merge Southern country, Americana, and Western rock music.







Map of the Event



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