A week from now famous singer songwriters will fill the historic bars of Key West. So many artists that it will be literally impossible to see them all. Take a look at the schedule and you’ll see what I mean. The 17th annual Key West Songwriters Festival hits the Conch Republic with the force of a hurricane. A hurricane whistling sweet sweet music.
I’ve been excited about this festival for months now, but wasn’t going to be able to make it because of a planned trip to an island of a different name. Well that trip fell apart. No need to go into details because we Castaways are about the positive vibes. But that did free up my time and now the Songwriters Festival is a go!
Now I’m frantically trying to figure out all the details; what artists are playing where, do I take the Key West Express ferry or drive, and where the hell am I going to find a hotel. The hotel situation has me most worried. This is a pretty popular festival, and the island will be packed with people who have reserved their rooms months in advance. If any of you Castaways have any hotel hook-ups on island let me know. Otherwise I’m not above sleeping in my car and jumping into the waters off of Smathers Beach to clean up! Can’t be scared right, especially when you here who’s performing on a sunset cruise Friday (May 4th) night.
As I was reading through the schedule of performances, one caught my eye. As you know I’m a big fan of the Pirate Sessions crew, as are many of you. I was looking to see when and where they are playing, and it turns out they will be jammin’ on a Fury catamaran during a sunset sail. I’m not sure if epic is even the right word to use. Here’s a little taste of what it’s going to be like.
I interviewed Pirate Sessions a couple months ago, (interview here) and you can tell these guys like to have fun. There’s going to be some plundering happening on Key West harbor for sure.
If you’re going to be in Key West, don’t miss this. Here’s link to get tickets. Fury Sunset Cruise – Pirate Sessions.
Click here for the Key West Songwriters Festival Schedule.
About the Better Angels Key West Songwriters’ Festival Presented by BMI
(From kwswf.com) 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 charter 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 20 free shows, staged at an array of the island’s most popular drinking holes and hot spots, where live music bliss 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 Mardis Gras fillip to the mix.
Leave a comment below if you’re going. We all should jump on the Key West Express in Fort Myers (FL) and ride the waves down to Key West. I’ll buy the first round!