BMI is pleased to announce the initial lineup for the 22nd Annual Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association’s Key West Songwriters Festival, presented by BMI. Set for May 10-14, 2017, the Key West Songwriters Festival will feature top hit-makers alongside up-and-coming talent in the most iconic venues in the southernmost point in the U.S.
This year’s Main Stage Duval Street Concert will feature Sony Music Nashville recording artists Maren Morris, Old Dominion and Cam. Other top notch performers include Warner Music Group recording artists Michael Ray and William Michael Morgan, Langhorne Slim, Shawn Camp, Carter Winter, Jeffrey Steele, Liz Rose, Rayland Baxter, Robert Earl Keen, and many more. The kickoff concert at the Ocean Key Resort Sunset Pier will feature the Dylan Altman Blues Band with special guest Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Steve Cropper.
“We’re so thrilled to celebrate another great year of bringing top songwriters to Key West. It’s the perfect opportunity for folks to discover their next favorite performer singing alongside a cherished writer in some of the most fun venues in Florida,” says Mason Hunter, Executive Director of Partnerships and Events at BMI. “Charlie Bauer and the great folks at the Smokin’ Tuna Saloon have allowed us to elevate the festival to the next level, guaranteeing a one-of-a-kind and unforgettable experience for performers and attendees alike.”
Attendees will have the chance to check out more than 200 songwriters playing more than 50 shows, free of charge. Each day will feature free daily stages at the Southernmost Beach Resort, a sunset show on the Pier House Resort beach, as well as performances at historic venues around Key West including Sloppy Joe’s and the Green Parrot Bar. Other events include the annual NSAI “Bluebird at Blue Heaven” and a closing concert at the historic Casa Marina Resort.
“The Key West Songwriters Festival brings the best country songwriters to the most festive island venues in the southernmost States,” says Carol Dover, President and CEO of the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association. “We are thrilled to bring such a diverse talent line up to such a lively city as Key West, giving festival attendees the chance to have a unique music festival experience.”
Ticketed events for the festival will include theatre shows at the San Carlos Institute, the Tropic Cinema, the Key West Theater and The Studios of Key West. In addition, award-winning songwriter Robert Earl Keen will host a Bloody Mary Brunch performance at the Smokin’ Tuna Saloon.
Proceeds from the Key West Songwriters Festival will benefit the BMI Foundation, a nonprofit organization that has supported the creation, performance, and study of music through awards, scholarships, grants and commissions since 1985. Sponsors of the festival include SunTrust Bank, Epiphone, Texas Roadhouse, HD Radio, and Maui Jim, with Delta as the official airline.
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