St. Augustine has always been enchanting in its own special way, but the creative community in Florida's oldest city is giving Sunshine State music fans many reasons to see it as a destination city worth visiting several times a year.
Just look at the third edition of the Sing Out Loud festival.
Over the last month, more than 25,000 music fans attended 82 Sing Out Loud music festival showcases in 18 venues that hosted 279 acts (including many from the Tampa Bay area).
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Last weekend, the St. Augustine Amphitheatre (which has scored Florida exclusives from Bon Iver and The National as of late) hosted Sing Out Loud festival's September 22 showcase featuring Jason Isbell, The Decemberists and Lucero and additional free show with Chuck Ragan, Austin Lucas and Christina Wagner (the next day's showcase hosted Against Me!, Iron Reagan and War on Women).
In all, Sing Out Loud showcases brought in $98,000, which was all donated to the Betty Griffin Center, a St. Augustine nonprofit that offers protection and quality services for the victims of domestic violence and their minor children and/or victims of sexual assault and their families in St. Johns County. That money will more than likely take a match challenge grant for Betty Griffin to its max ($100,000), too.
Watch a recap video below, and see a photo gallery from the event via photos.cltampa.com.