Get ready for some good music because famous songwriters are about ready to descend on Fort Myers Beach and Captiva Island.
The inaugural Island Hopper Songwriter Fest will be taking place over two consecutive weekends, on Sept. 26-28 on Captiva Island, and Oct. 3-5 on Fort Myers Beach.
The Lee County Visitor and Convention Bureau’s first Songwriter Fest features several free performances by nationally acclaimed singer-songwriters. This is the perfect chance to hear the music and the stories behind the music.
Ever wonder who wrote the most played song in 2004 – Sara Evans’ “Suds In The Bucket?” It was written by Billy Montana who is coming to Captiva. What about Blake Shelton’s “Doin’ What She Likes?” That’s Phil O’Donnell, who you can check out on Fort Myers Beach. And do you ever wonder who penned many of George Strait’s greatest hits? That’s Dean Dillon, who had 54 of his songs recorded by the country legend. Dean will be singing and sharing stories on Captiva.
Festival-goers will have easy access to performances through complimentary trolley transportation to and from most venues, including local favorites the Crow’s Nest, Key Lime Bistro and Mucky Duck on Captiva as well as Nervous Nellie’s, Smokin’ Oyster Brewery and The Beached Whale on Fort Myers Beach.
An all-star lineup will perform during the festival including Dillon, whose career boasts 26 songs that exceed one million performances and a combined total of 31 BMI Country and Pop awards. Additional performers include Grammy-nominated songwriter Tim James, who penned the number one single “My List” by Toby Keith; Wynn Varble, whose lyrics have been nominated for Song of the Year by the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music; as well as renowned singer-songwriters Phil O’Donnell, Kevn Kinney, Dylan Altman, Marshall Altman, Jeff Cohen, Kristen Kelly, Ruth Collins, Danny Myrick with Megan Linville, George Ducas, Billy Montana, Frank Myers and Loving Mary.
If you’re interested in attending the festival, you can find more information about the schedules, venues, and times at islandhopperfest.com.
Don’t miss out on this amazing event! With dozens of free shows to select from, you’ll have the opportunity to experience the voices, back stories, and personalities of the artists in an intimate island settings.
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