This weekend, you'll find the Local Blend in St. Joseph filled with guitars, folkies and pens to paper as the Third Annual Weekend Of Songs: Songwriters Festival strums it's first chords.

Adam Hammer and Dave Cofell are the organizers and no strangers to the Central Minnesota music scene. Both are well known for their solo/duo work and their nurturing of budding singer/songwriters as hosts of the Local Blend's Open Mic Night on Tuesdays.

A few years ago, as they were driving home from a gig, they mused of a sort of gathering where they could get together with other like-minded and skilled musicians. Out of that conversation the Weekend of Songs was born. The self-proclaimed Festival of Songwriters begins Friday (Aug 16) at 5pm in the Local Blend. It features not just performances during the three-day acoustic commune, but workshops and idea-melding amongst the performers and attendees.

The Weekend of Songs runs Friday (Aug 16) through Sunday (Aug 18). The full schedule is here and full ticket info is here.