The Better Angels Music Key West Songwriters Festival made paradise even sweeter during the event’s 15th annual installment in its island namesake. Benefiting the Muzak Heart & Soul Foundation, the festival featured more than 100 top-tier songwriters performing many of the world’s most-loved hits. Anchor-sponsor BMI continued its widespread support of the fest, leading Key West’s annual transformation into a music mecca.
The festival revolved around five days and nights of more than 20 free shows, staged at an array of the island’s most popular drinking holes and hot spots, where live music bliss introduced crowds to the faces, voices and stories behind the songs. Diverse lineups delivered rare, “Key West-only” moments: Informal adaptations of Nashville’s signature in-the-round acoustic showcases dominated much of the schedule. Full band concerts bookended the 2010 festival, as Randy Houser kicked things off with a free concert on Wednesday, April 28 and The Raul Malo Band offered the event’s grand finale, both at the Ocean Key Pier.