VALDOSTA — Among the seven finalists announced for the second Suwannee Riverkeeper Songwriting Contest is Live Oak’s Dick Grillo.

The contest, which includes the finalists playing live, will be Aug. 24 from 1-5 p.m. at the Salty Snapper in Valdosta.

“We got another awesome lineup,” said Sara Squires Jones, one of the committee members that chose the finalists. “Glad I’m not a judge.”

Grillo was selected for his folk/country song, “Dear Ol’ Suwannee.” Grillo has served at Advent Christian Village in various capacities since 1982, currently as Senior Director of Community and Church Outreach. His degree in music and years of experience have allowed him the opportunity to uniquely blend career skills in service to those in and around Dowling Park.

Other finalists include Kyle Chamberlain and David Rodock, of Adel, Ga., with a funk song, “Alapaha Laphogs;” Sabrina Deets, of Sparks, Ga., with a roots rock song, “Take Me To Suwannee;” Tom Hochschild, of Valdosta, with a folk song, “Withlacoochee Watershed;” Jadean Jourden, of Ponte Vedra, with a new grass bluegrasss song, “Save our Suwannee;” Norene Olsen, of Hahira, with a folk song, “Driftin’ Down the Suwannee;” and Scott Perkins, of Smyrna, Ga., with a country/folk song, “Till the Waters of the Suwannee Bring You Home.”
South Georgia radio personality Chris Beckham will serve as emcee for the contest finals Aug. 24, while Tony Buzella, J.J. Rolle and Tim Teasley are the judges, who will be choosing based on originality of lyrics and music, waters, history, performance, clarity of message and more.

First prize is $300 with additional winners per genre as well as within the Suwannee River Basin and outside the basin.

For more information about the contest, call 850-290-2350.

Tickets are $10 per person online or $12 at the door for the finals.

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