Better Angels Music Key West Songwriters Festival Preps for 16th Year

Posted in News on January 11, 2011

The Better Angels Music Key West Songwriters Festival, presented by BMI, will make paradise even sweeter during the event’s 16th annual installment in its island namesake. Benefiting the Muzak Heart & Soul Foundation, the festival will feature more than 100 top-tier performing songwriters. Anchor sponsor BMI will continue its widespread support of the fest, leading Key West’s annual transformation into a music mecca Wednesday, April 27 through Sunday, May 1, 2011.

Full band concerts will bookend the 2011 festival. Howard Livingston and the Mile Marker 24 Band kick things off with a free concert on the Sunset Pier at the Ocean Key Resort on Wednesday, April 27, 6-8 p.m. Robert Earl Keen and his band will perform under the stars and on the waterfront at the Conch Republic Seafood Company in the Key West Historic Seaport on Saturday, April 30; tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door and can be purchased at Tickets for Saturday’s show will be available to purchase Friday, January 14th. Nashville troubadour Jerrod Niemann and the Hung Jury, whose “Lover Lover” topped charts in 2010, will open for Keen. Even more shows are scheduled at Key West venues, including the San Carlos Theatre and the Tropic Cinema. Look for tickets to the theatre shows in early February.

Performances will feature a cross-genre collection of top songwriters, including Dan Adams, Rhett Akins, Thomas Rhett Akins, Arlis Albritton, Dean Alexander, Al Anderson, Clayton Anderson, Misa Arraiaga, Kelly Archer, Granville Automatic, Rob Baird, Phil Barton, Bo Bice, Chris Blair, Steve Bogard, Lee Brice, Jay Brunswick, Tom Bucovac, Clint Bullard, Sarah Buxton, David Byrnes, Shawn Camp, Chuck Cannon, Neal Carpenter, Marshall Chapman, Jeff Clark, Cliff Cody, Kristy Lee Cook, Ben Cooper, Paul Cotton, Corey Cox, Dallas Davidson, Sarah Davidson, Brian Davis, Joy Davis, Karla Davis, Ward Davis, Barry Dean, Bob DiPiero, Dillon Dixon, Marty Dodson, Jaida Dreyer, Andrew Duhon, Josh Dunne, Jeffery East, Rose Falcon, Tyler Farr, Amanda Flynn, Landis Frier, Kevin Griffin, Kree Harrison, Shane Hines, Tami Hinesh, Jared Hobgood, Elisha Hoffman, Randy Houser, Rebecca Lynn Howard, Adam James, Courtney Jaye, Jamey Johnson, Kimberly June, Robert Earl Keen, Luke Laird, David Lee, Megan Linville, Howard Livingston and the Mile Marker 24 Band, Raul Malo, Lori McKenna, Pat McLaughlin, Neil Medley, Wayne Mills, Alissa Moreno, Greg Morrow, Kacey Musgraves, Morgan Myles, Danny Myrick, Jerrod Niemann, Nick Norman, Charlie Oxford, Jon Pardi, Melissa Peirce, Patrice Pike, Bobby Pinson, Hugh Prestwood, Suzi Ragsdale, Chris Rehm, Michael Rhodes, Matt Rogers, Ed Roland, Jon Roniger, Liz Rose, John Michael Roshell, Susan Ruth, Kylie Sackley, Ray Scott, Gove Scrivenor, Aaron Scherz, Emily Shackelton, Joel Shewmake, James Slater, Caitlyn Smith, Tailgate South, Tony Stampley, Keith Stegall, Even Stevens, Shane Stevens, Trent Summar, Bridgette Tatum, Lisa Torres, Andy Velo, Laura Warshauer, Jason White, Watt White, Mike Willis, Casey Wood, The World Famous Headliners, Charlie Worsham, Billy Yates and Kate York.

Specific lineups, venue and additional ticket information will be announced soon.

Need a nudge? Check out the Sunday New York Times’ travel feature on Key West from last weekend.

For a complete list of sponsoring hotels, local businesses and participating songwriters, please visit and

About the Key West Songwriters Festival
Celebrating its 16th year, The Key West Songwriters Festival is the largest festival of its kind in the world. Since 1997, BMI has been a key sponsor of the festival and has helped it grow into both a tourist attraction and favorite of island locals. The festival revolves around five days and nights of more than 30 free shows, staged at an array of the island’s most popular drinking holes and hot spots, where live music bliss introduces crowds to the faces, voices and stories behind the songs. Diverse lineups featuring more than 100 top songwriters deliver rare, “Key West-only” moments: Informal adaptations of Nashville’s signature in-the-round acoustic showcases dominate much of the schedule, while an event-capping street concert adds an enticing Mardi Gras fillip to the mix.


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