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The Key West Songwriters Festival

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Want to start your summer off on a good “note”?

Look no further than “The Key West Songwriters Festival” May 9th to the 13th

For the past 23 years globally recognized and award-winning singers and songwriters have come to Key West to deliver four packed days of good music and good vibes, with undeniable talent.

For those who have never had the pleasure of taking part in the largest festival of its kind in the world, we’d highly recommend it.

But before we “sing” any more praises, how about a crash course on the festival itself?

The festival roots reach back to 1995, featuring a humble but lively performance by Mickey Newbury and Shel Silverstein. Yes, that Shel Silverstein. Long before he was telling us “Where the Sidewalk Ends” or all about “The Light In The Attic”, Silverstein was crafting both catchy and crude tunes in Key West. In fact, the singer/songwriter had been a Key West frequenter for years – beginning when he shared a waterfront home with Jimmy Buffet and David Allan Coe.

In 1996, BMI stepped in as a partner and sponsor helping to bring in more acts, grow the festival substantially and establish it as a favorite tradition of both locals and visitors.

Since that time the festival has brought in acts who have written smash hits for everyone from Garth Brooks and Kenny Chesney to Rascal Flats and Alan Jackson. In 2018, the Songwriters Festival is slated to host around 150 artists, with performances throughout town.

Those 4 days the streets of Key West will be alive with the beats of various bands, singers, songwriters and boasting free and private shows. This years feature acts include Florida Georgia Line, Tyler Farr, Walker Hays, LANCO, Bob DiPiero, Jeffery Steele, Ashley McBride, our personal favorite Mr. Robert Earl Keen and many, many more. While restaurants and local bars will be hosting many of them throughout the day, several main stages with be set up at key points along Duval Street.

Proceeds from the festival go to the BMI Foundation itself, a nonprofit that supports the creation, performance, and study of music through awards, scholarships, grants, and commissions.

Interested in checking this one of a kind event out? Don’t be shy. To get all the details and info you need, head over to:

Be there or be square, come to the Keys to celebrate some truly spectacular songwriting skills.


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  • Jackie Evans on Apr 27, 2018

    This would be a once in a lifetime kind of experience. I’m ready! Thank you for the chance and good luck everyone!

  • Liesa on Apr 27, 2018

    We love to see a new place enjoy the sunshine and the beach!

  • LAURIE Onza on Apr 27, 2018

    I have many old memories made at Ocean Key…. time to let go of these memories and make some new ones!

  • Cathy Thomas on Apr 26, 2018

    My dad was a college professor and writer. He used to bring my family down to Key West every January over our Christmas break from school to get away from the cold WV winter. We’d ring in the new year in the 80 plus degree temps. He passed away on Christmas Eve of 2014. He loved Shel Silverstein too, for he was a professor who taught elementary education majors. I’d love to get back down there. Thanks for listening. :)

  • Marie Mitchell on Apr 26, 2018

    I am a road-warrior for work. Have traveled to many states every week since February. A Key West vacation to chill and listen to great music is what this woman is in desperate need of!

  • Connie Cimei on Apr 26, 2018

    This is on my bucket list been married 25 yrs and never had a honeymoon this would be great ❤️

  • Connie B on Apr 26, 2018

    Never been to the Keys … would love to go!!

  • margi mattfeld on Apr 26, 2018

    Key West the best!

  • Michelle Ritter April 26 2018 on Apr 26, 2018

    I love key West! And I would love to go back!

  • Sharon Koon on Apr 26, 2018

    We love Key West! I would love to win. 🌸

  • Jennifer Meehan on Apr 26, 2018

    I would do anything to have some fun and be in a beautiful atmosphere! I never get to go anywhere being a single mom and sick all the time..please pick me I would treasure it forever!!!

  • Rena Ryan on Apr 26, 2018

    This would be an amazing and much needed getaway! 💕

  • Raquel on Apr 26, 2018

    After I attempt to survive my best friends funeral next weekend. This would be the perfect place to disappear. Only god know why. But this just popped up as I was going thru our Facebook posts . Looking for some. We had just said we were going to run away to Florida 🙁

  • Jhazmin Smith on Apr 26, 2018

    I would really enjoy a trip like this!! Key West is the best! I’m so excited to see the great things that are going there. ❤️❤️❤️

  • Amy Rowland on Apr 26, 2018

    Would be a perfect 50th Birthday present 💝

  • Eileen McInaw on Apr 26, 2018

    I was there in September just before Irma and I lost my Shaker of salt and must come back to find it!😀

  • Debra Goldsborough on Apr 26, 2018

    I have never been there and would be so grateful. I spend my career helping parents of special needs children. I need the rest and be rejuvenated to keep on.

  • Rita Wuchter on Apr 26, 2018

    We brought our family down for my husband retirement in 2016. If I had visited earlier in my life I can quarantee we would of raised our family there. I love the keys

  • MEgan SMith on Apr 26, 2018

    I would love to check out all the cool neat history here and enjoy the getaway

  • NAncy Long on Apr 26, 2018

    Key West is a place like no other! So laid back, relaxing, scenic, and can’t wait to go back 😎

  • Darlene Granson on Apr 26, 2018

    This would be so amazing to win. Nothing goes with the ocean like great music and new friends!!! Hope to see you there 🌴☀️😎🎸🍹

  • SHaron TOlley on Apr 26, 2018

    I have only been to Key West one time, but I thought it was a most beautiful, interesting place!! Would love to go again!!Love to go to Kermit’s!!

  • Mischell W on Apr 26, 2018

    Would be a perfect surprise to take my daughter for graduation!

  • Carrie Riley on Apr 26, 2018

    Would love to surprise my husband with this once in a lifetime trip for our 25th anniversary. He has supported our family since he was 19 years old.

  • Patricia Thomas on Apr 26, 2018

    I Love there & it is beautiful! 🌴🎸🎼🏊🌴