BMI is pleased to announce the lineup for the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association’s Key West Songwriters Festival, presented by BMI. Benefiting St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and in association with Visit Florida, Jagermeister and the Key West & Florida Keys Tourist Development Council, the Key West Songwriters Festival for the 20th year will again feature many of music’s most decorated songwriters in one-of-a-kind showcases and concert events dotting venues across the tropical island May 6-10, 2015.
“The Key West Songwriters Festival exhibits BMI’s strong commitment to nurturing the careers of our songwriters and is the perfect place for songwriters to showcase their talent,” says Mark Mason, BMI’s Executive Director of Writer/Publisher Relations. “We’re thrilled to be able to partner with the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association in such a unique location to host show after show of some of the best songwriters in the country.”
The impressive list of performers for this year includes headliners Chris Young, Robert Earl Keen, Dean Dillon, Jeffrey Steele, Kacey Musgraves, Rhett Akins, Bob Dipiero, Lee Thomas Miller, Raul Malo, Al Anderson, Pat MacLaughlin, Shawn Camp, Lori McKenna, Liz Rose, James Slater, Even Stevens, Steve Bogard, Steve McEwan, Guthrie Trapp and the Mulekickers, Chuck Cannon, Loving Mary, Josh Dorr, Dylan Altman Blues Band, Kostas, Aaron Watson, and many more.
“We are so honored to sponsor the Key West Songwriters Festival,” says Carol Dover, President and CEO of the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association. “It brings a diverse line up of some of the top songwriters to a vibrant city, encouraging people to venture to the festival to discover new acts or revisit old favorites. We cannot wait to see what this year’s talented group of songwriters has in store for us this round.”
The festival will kick off with a concert on Ocean Key Resort’s Sunset Pier, followed by daily stages at the Southernmost Hotel Collection, sunset shows on Pier House Resort’s beach and The Westin, Main Stage Duval Street Concert featuring Chris Young, and rounded out with a closing concert at the historic Casa Marina Resort. In addition, the NSAI will present a special Bluebird at Blue Heaven show on Thursday, May 7. Ticketed shows for the festival will include Theatre Shows at San Carlos Institute, Tropic Cinema, and the revived Key West Theater and Sunset Sail Shows on Fury Water Adventures. Tickets for these events will be on sale in March.
For updates on the event, follow @BMI on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook, and use hashtag #BMIKeyWest. Sponsors of the Key West Songwriters Festival include SunTrust Bank, Texas Roadhouse, HD Radio, Epiphone, and Texas Heritage Songwriters Association. For a complete listing of sponsoring hotels, local businesses, participating songwriters and more, visit www.keywestsongwritersfestival.com.