South Louisiana Songwriters Festival and Workshop (SOLO) is a unique event that combines the intimate, intensive, and creative songwriting process with a public-facing festival. Writers will collaborate for four days, then debut their creations over the next two days of the festival. In addition to playing and singing these works, artists will let the audience in on their processes, thoughts, and inspirations. SOLO is a true behind-the-scenes look at the “stories behind the stories.”
The SOLO workshop has partnered with the Buddy Holly Educational Foundation to bring professional, aspiring, and local writers together for four days of mentoring, creating, and collaborating.
The SOLO festival will showcase many of the writers who participated in the workshop. Writers will debut the songs they have written during the workshop. Artists will perform individually and with their workshop collaborators. SOLO will also feature top local, national, and international writers.
SOLO’s goal is to bring writers together to find inspiration not only from each other, but also from the rich, soulful, and authentic vibe that is South Louisiana. Its purpose is to bring artists, music lovers, and industry professionals together to ignite Lafayette’s creative scene – to make Lafayette known not only for its heritage, but also for its deep pool of musical talent, engineers, and studios, all capable of inspiring and creating music that is relevant now and into the future.
Located on I-10, in the southern Louisiana region known as Acadiana.
Acadiana is home to the Balfa Brothers and Clifton Chenier, pioneers of Cajun and Zydeco music.
Drawing from the sounds of New Orleans, the Mississippi Delta, and Texas, musicians and songwriters of Lafayette created their own unique style establishing this region as a mecca of musical ingenuity.
Home to Bobby Charles and Jimmy C Newmann, writers who've contributed greatly to the sounds of R&B, Soul, Blues, Swamp Pop, Country, and early Rock and Roll.
Lafayette, LA is at the heart of Louisiana’s Cajun & Creole Country, an area known as the ‘Happiest City in America’ and it’s no mystery. Whether your passion is for our rich cultural history, the bustling culinary scene or distinctive blend of Cajun and Zydeco music, you can be sure you will leave beaming from ear to ear. Plan your escape to the Happiest City in America. Learn more at LafayetteTravel.com.
The Buddy Holly Educational Foundation
The mission of The Buddy Holly Educational Foundation is to honor Buddy's legacy as well as to make Buddy and Maria Elena Holly’s dream of extending musical education, including songwriting, production, arranging, orchestration, and performance, to new generations regardless of creed, color, ethnicity, or learning level. We will empower a new generation to follow in Buddy's footsteps. Learn more at TBHEF.org.