So many great things happen right here in our own backyard, including this past weekend’s event of the “Lyrics on the Lake” Songwriters Festival right here at Smith Mountain Lake. Featuring 20 singer-songwriters, this second annual event has been the talk of the town.

Beginning back in April, Hot Shots hosted weekly competitions for songwriters to be judged which led to the culmination event this past Thursday, more commonly referred to as the ‘Knock Out’ round. At each performance the audience was able to vote for their favorite and the winner of the ‘Knock Out’ round  was chosen by Nashville Artists and received a two night stay in Nashville to perform and write with professional songwriters.

This past Friday afternoon was hosted by the  Sunken City Brewing Company where many enjoyed good music, beer and acquaintances. This venue saw three performers per hour for perform over a span of three hours.

After the first event, many headed on over to the  Ole School Sports Pub and Grill where a Luau buffet was served and additional performances took place from 8pm to midnight. Then a two hour long open jam session provided entertainment for all.  The last scheduled stop for the evening was at Moosie’s Restaurant and Bar which put on ‘Midnight at Moosie’s’ where late night and breakfast with the singer/songwriters took place.

Saturday afternoon was kicked off with a famous SML Virginia Dare Cruise  where special performances were made as well as wonderful BBQ sliders and other food served.

Upon completion of the cruise the boat was docked and only steps away was the Portside Bar & Grill with more performances by the songwriters. Next stop was Jake’s Place for dinner and additional performances. The night ended was then completed back at Moosie’s.

The grand finale of the songwriter festival took place Sunday afternoon at Mango’s Bar and Grill where more music was played and a silent auction was done in order to raise more funds for the cause. St. Jude’s Children Hospital provides care and research for childhood cancer. Since it’s inception the work of St. Jude has aided in the survival rates for childhood cancer moving from just 20% all of the way to 80%!

Unfortunately the event came up  little short on the fundraising goal.  If you are interested in contributing to this great cause you can visit the SML Songwriters Festival page on Facebook.

What a great weekend at the lake, if you missed out be sure to mark your calendar for next year’s 3rd Annual SML Songwriters Festival.