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If you missed opening night, you still have three chances to see The Canebrake Players performance of “Smoke on the Mountain” at the Canebrake Theatre in Demopolis.

Saturday, July 29th at 7:00pm

Sunday, July 30th at 2:00pm

Monday, July 31st at 7:00pm

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Fireworks light up the night during Freedom on the River at the city landing in Demopolis.

2017 HWY 80 Songwriters Fest (gallery)

2017 Songwriter’s Festival

7-1-2017 — Demopolis, Ala. — Musicians and committee members gather for a photo before the 2017 Songwriter’s Festival in the downtown square in Demopolis. Committee members are (bottom row, l-r) Andy Renner, John Russell, Woody Collins, Mike Grayson, Bill Mason, Mike Baker, Laurie Willingham and Candace Dorriety. Artists include (top row, l-r) Taylor Craven, Paul Garner, Alan Hartzell, Megan McMillan, Brian Smith, Kenny Smitherman, Christina Christian, Taylor Hunnicutt, Jacob Broussard and Shawn Pfaffman.

Don’t miss out on a great evening of live, original music in the square in downtown Demopolis. The 2017 Songwriter’s Festival will kick off at 6pm. We have nine artists who will be performing original music, live in the Demopolis square. Come see us!

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Logan Boone (left) and his fiancé Amber Nelson near the finish line during the Cock’s Crow 5K run on Rooster Day in Demopolis. Boone and Nelson each placed second in their respective divisions. (WAW | Michael Clements)

2017 Mardi Gras Masquerade Ball at Lyon Hall (gallery)

Canebrake Players – It’s A Wonderful Life

Patrick George and Lee Jordan perform during The Canebrake Players presentation of "It's A Wonderful Life."

Patrick George and Lee Jordan perform during The Canebrake Players’ presentation of “It’s A Wonderful Life.”

The Canebrake Players are presenting “It’s A Wonderful Life” which is being directed by Kelley Mullins. The play is delivered as a live radio play as adapted by Joe Landry.

David Willis and Donna Bishop perform during The Canebrake Players presentation of "It's A Wonderful Life."

David Willis and Donna Bishop perform during The Canebrake Players’ presentation of “It’s A Wonderful Life.”

Main character George Bailey spends his whole life giving up his own big dreams for the good of Bedford Falls, the town in which he lives. But this Christmas Eve, George is suicidal over the misplacing of a large loan and the practices of the less-than-honorable millionaire, Mr. Potter. Clarence, George’s guardian angel, quite literally falls to Earth and shows him what the life in his town and his family and friends would have been like, had he never been born. George had no idea that he meant so much to so many people; should he really throw it all away?

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Canebrake Players: The Addams Family (gallery)

You’ve got four chances to see this one. Don’t miss out!

Performance dates: July 29 @ 7, July 30 @ 7, July 31 @ 2 and August 1 @ 7
Admission: Adults $12 and Students $8

2016 Highway 80 Songwriter’s Festival (gallery)

Songwriter’s Festival Is Better Than The Price Of Admission

We’re quickly closing in on another Highway 80 Songwriter’s Festival in Demopolis. This year’s event will return to its usual venue, the Public Square in downtown Demopolis, on Saturday, July 2nd and will begin at 6pm.

Shawn Pfaffman

Demopolis native Shawn Pfaffman is scheduled to return for the 2016 Songwriter’s Festival in Demopolis.

While I don’t spend a lot of time going to music venues, I do enjoy music of many different types – some more and some less than others. That said, I really do enjoy the scene and atmosphere of the Songwriter’s Festival.

The atmosphere is top notch. There are no rabid fans and there’s no pushing and shoving to get the best view. People of all ages, from babies to great-great grandpaw, are scattered all over the park, in lawn chairs, on blankets and on the ground. Even some family dogs get to tag along for the evening. It always feels laid back and everyone seems to be chilled and ready for some stress-free entertainment.

Another thing that I enjoy is the fact that the singers/songwriters are accessible to everyone. There are no hulking bodyguards keeping people at a safe distance. It’s easy to walk up, introduce yourself and chat with the singers/songwriters. One of the highlights of the events that I have photographed is getting to talk at length with Rick Asherson. Rick is married to Debbie Bond, who is one of the top blues singers in Alabama. I’ve always been interested in people who “don’t sound like they are from here” and Rick had a British accent. So, I got to have a conversation with Rick about how he ended up in Alabama.

Alan Hartzell

Alan Hartzell, a Linden native, is scheduled to return for the 2016 Songwriter’s Festival in Demopolis.

Additionally, there are the former residents that many of us grew up with, grew up with their parents or a combination of both. It’s always great to get to hear the Alan Hartzells, Shawn Pfaffmans and Mel Knapps of the music business and get to talk with them and hear about where life and music has taken them.

I know those are just my personal feelings about the Songwriter’s Festival, but I believe that they are good enough reasons to make an effort to come out and enjoy some of what Demopolis has to offer – even on a possibly warm, humid summer afternoon. And, hey, the price of admission isn’t too bad either!