The Better Angels Music Key West Songwriters Festival Presented by BMI will make paradise even sweeter during the event’s 17th annual installment Wednesday, May 2 through Sunday, May 6 in its island namesake. Benefiting Operation Homefront, the festival will feature more than 100 top-tier performing songwriters in favorite venues conveniently located throughout the island.
Anchor sponsor BMI will continue its widespread support of the fest, leading Key West’s annual transformation into a music mecca. In addition to its title sponsor, Better Angels Music, and presenting sponsor BMI, the festival is also sponsored by SunTrust Bank, Comcast, Beam Global Wine and Spirits, The Recording Academy / Nashville Chapter, and Hearts Bluff Music.
Full band concerts will bookend the 2012 festival. Sponsored by SunTrust and the Recording Academy, Nashville Chapter, the official kick-off party will feature the World Famous Headliners (Al Anderson, Pat McLaughlin, and Shawn Camp) at Ocean Key Pier on Wednesday, May 2. To cap off the weekend on Saturday, May 5, the Jeffrey Steele Band will play a free and open-to-the-public show on Duval St., a first for the Key West Songwriters Festival. Over 30 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.
Specific lineups, venue and additional ticket information will be announced soon. For a complete list of sponsoring hotels, local businesses and participating songwriters, please visit www.keywestsongwritersfestival.com and www.keywestinfo.com.
About the Key West Songwriters Festival
Celebrating its 17th 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 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.
About Operation Homefront
Operation Homefront provides emergency financial and other assistance to the families of our service members and wounded warriors. A national nonprofit, Operation Homefront leads more than 4,500 volunteers across 25 chapters and has met more than 400,000 needs since 2002. A four-star rated charity by watchdog Charity Navigator, and with an A rating by the American Philanthropy Institute, 94 percent of all donations to Operation Homefront goes to its programs. For more information about Operation Homefront, please visit www.operationhomefront.net.