|Special events add punch to the Songwriters Festival|
October 25, 2013, Orange Beach, AL (OBA) — Several special events will showcase performers at the 29th Annual Frank Brown International Songwriters’ Festival, a top event for tourists and locals who like music.
Songwriters performing for the Festival have written some of the biggest hits in modern music, one reason why the Southeast Tourism Society named the festival one of its top events for last year.
Grammy Award-winning artists and rising stars will perform original works at 30 venues in Perdido Key and Pensacola as well as in Gulf Shores, Orange Beach, Bon Secour and Josephine.
Some highlights on the schedule:
Locals Progressive Kickoff Party, Nov. 6: Local songwriters bust out the music at two locations to kick off the festival. The party starts at 6 p.m. at the Sports Bar of Perdido Key; at 9 p.m. the parties converge on the legendary Flora~Bama Lounge, which is the festival headquarters.
Tribute to Larry Butler, Nov. 7: 6:30 p.m. at the Flora-Bama Main Room. Friends and family gather to celebrate the life of music legend Larry Butler, a Pensacolian who was instrumental in the success of Kenny Rogers and other performers.
FBISF Songwriting Contest, Nov. 9: 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. Hosted by Nashville music producer C.J. Watson, this will be in the main room of the Flora-Bama. The winner receives a membership in the Nashville Songwriters Association International. No cost to enter.
Celebrity Songwriters Golf Tournament, Nov. 11: Hosted by Perdido Key Chamber of Commerce with the Songwriters at Lost Key Golf Club. In honor of Veterans Day, all veterans and active duty military play for $50. Registration fee includes greens fees, cart, lunch and door prize drawings. Contact the Perdido Key Chamber to register (850) 489-4660
Youth Songwriting Showcase, Nov. 13: 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., Lulu’s Homeport. A panel of industry professionals will discuss the art and craft of songwriting with local students at a luncheon hosted by Lulu’s Homeport. Seven young songwriters have been chosen to perform an original song and receive feedback from music professionals.
Wild Womens’ Writer Night, Nov. 14: 6 p.m. The All Female Revue at the Flora-Bama’s main room is not to be missed. It culminates with an appearance by FBISF’s favorite diva, Wilhelmina Watson.
Songwriting Seminar, Nov. 16 – Hosted by Sheree Spoltore, Debi Cochran, and Dave Isaacs, all Nashville music professionals. The seminar will be held at the Phoenix X in Orange Beach; there is no charge to attend this seminar. Hours for the seminar will be announced soon.
What began in 1984 as an end-of-season party for local performers has turned into one of the largest songwriter festivals in the United States.
The festival is named after Frank Brown, the night watchman at the Flora-Bama Lounge for 28 years before he retired in 1984 at age 91.
For more information about the festival, please visit ww.fbisf.com.
For details on lodging, travel incentives and attractions, please see wwww.visitperdido.com or call 1-800-328-0107.