BMI, Rams Head Presents and Visit Annapolis & Anne Arundel County are proud to announce the 2nd annual Annapolis Songwriters Festival (ASF) lineup. The stages are set for showcases and concerts that unify the city in music-discovery featuring major songwriters and the industry’s biggest hitmakers. The excitement is building throughout Downtown Annapolis for the four days and nights of music on boats, hotels, restaurants, bars, and the iconic City Dock from September 14 through 17, 2023. BMI continues its commitment to nurture and develop songwriters at the earliest stages of their careers, offering fans the chance to see prominent new acts like Angie Miller, The Young Fables, Maggie Baugh and more.
Tickets for Blondie, LeAnn Rimes, Patty Griffin with special guests Jonatha Brooke, Marty Stuart, Amanda Shires, and James McMurtry are on sale now. Additional featured acts include Ronnie Bowman, Rebecca Lynn Howard, Earl Bud Lee, Tommy Sims, Jeffrey Steele, and Heath Warren with additional acts to be announced. Tickets and more information can be found here.
Thurs. Sept. 14
Amanda Shires at Rams Head On Stage (21+)
Fri. Sept. 15
Blondie at Annapolis City Dock (ALL AGES)
James McMurtry at Rams Head On Stage (21+)
Sat. Sept. 16
Marty Stuart at Maryland Hall
Patty Griffin & Jonatha Brooke at Maryland Hall
Sun. Sept. 17
LeAnn Rimes at Annapolis City Dock (ALL AGES)
Additionally, Annapolis Songwriters Festival puts a spotlight on one-of-a-kind songwriter showcases. Artists invited to perform include:
The Young Fables
Rebecca Lynn Howard
Earl Bud Lee
Jesse Lynn Madera
Jenn Van Meter
(Lineup subject to change. More performers and full schedule, including free shows, to be announced soon.)
The festival kicks off on Thursday, September 14 with a special evening event sure to get the crowd excited for a fun-filled weekend of music and will continue with free showcases at several venues across town. Music-filled days on Friday, September 15, Saturday, September 16, and now Sunday, September 17 will offer concertgoers an opportunity to attend both ticketed and free showcases in a walkable area with unique stops along the way featuring all the iconic venues Annapolis has to offer. The festival will close at City Dock with an all-ages show featuring GRAMMY Award-winning superstar, LeAnn Rimes.
Venues include restaurants, shops, and landmarks while festivalgoers make their way along “songwriters trail” from Metropolitan Kitchen to The Garden at Market Space. Free showcases lead visitors to spaces at Rams Head Tavern, The Graduate Hotel, The Capital Hotel, Stan & Joe’s, The King of France Tavern, Red Red Wine Bar, and Latitude 38. The ASF app, available for download in the Apple App Store and Google Play Store, provides a complete schedule of 2023 programming, broken down by time and event category, with the ability to build a customized schedule.
The Annapolis Songwriters Festival is modeled after the hugely successful Key West Songwriters Festival, which in its 27th year, continues to be the largest festival of its kind in the world. Highlighting the specialized craft that is the essence of music, this festival aims to give music lovers a chance to get to know the names and faces behind the songs in an up-close and personal setting.
Proceeds from the Annapolis Songwriters Festival will benefit AM/FM. AM/FM is a nonprofit organization created in 2006 to provide temporary financial relief to professional Annapolis musicians who cannot work due to sickness, injury, or any other circumstance leaving them unable to perform.