After a successful Island Hopper, organizers set dates for 2022 fest

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The seventh annual Island Hopper Songwriter Festival was held Sept. 17 – 26 in Southwest Florida.

Next year’s festival will be Sept. 16 – 25, 2022.

Island Hopper Songwriter Fest is a 10-day music festival in Southwest Florida featuring performances by the greatest singer-songwriters from Nashville and nationwide.

The festival is broken up into three locations with the first weekend kicking off on Captiva Island (Sept. 16 – 18, 2022), then moving to downtown Fort Myers during the week (Sept. 19 – 22, 2022), and ends with a weekend on Fort Myers Beach (Sept. 23 – 25, 2022).

Most shows are free with the exception of a few ticketed experiences like the headliner shows. Stay up-to-date on festival news by downloading the festival app or follow them on social media.

This year, more than 65 singer-songwriters from around the country performed more than 100 shows at area 20 venues.

Presented by Lee County Visitor and Convention Bureau, Cat Country 107.1 (iHeart) and BMI, sponsors of the festival also include Happenings Magazine, Victory Layne Chevrolet, Pinchers, First Horizon, Tunaskin Aquatic Apparel, Bud Light Seltzer, Stu’s Motor Cycles, BOSE, Deep Eddy Vodka, Landshark Lager, Zoom Tan, DiamondHead Resort, Cat Country 107.1 and Corona Premier.

Here are some photos of the 2021 festival:

Jimmie Allen at Pink Shell

Paul McDonald at Pink Shell

Texas Hill at Nervous Nellies

Trailer Choir at Nervous Nellies

Kristen Kelly at Yucatan Beach Stand

Nick Wayne and Hannah Ellis at Matanzas on the Bay

Claire Liparulo at RC Otter’s

Dan Couch on Captiva

Gary Hannan at Key Lime Bistro

Hailey Steele at The Mucky Duck

Clint Daniels on Captiva

Steve Dorff at Doc Ford’s on Captiva

Dave Gibson on Captiva

Rich LaFleur and Brad Hutsell at Matanzas on the Bay

Marlo and Mark with Mark Mulch at City Tavern

Chasing Denver at Twisted Vine Bistro

Caleb Neff and Mark Mulch at City Tavern

Wynn Varble on Captiva

Bridgette Tatum at Nervous Nellies

Rik Ferrell at The Social House

Kylie Morgan and Jay Allen at City Tavern

Joey McGee at The Social House

Danny Myrick and Megan Linville at The Barrel Room

Heidi Raye and Julianne Ankley at Matanzas on the Bay

Kristen Kelly, Sheena Brook and Bridgette Tatum at Nervous Nellies

Lance Carpenter at Doc Ford’s on Captiva

Chloe Caroline on Captiva

Maia Sharp on Captiva

Phil O’Donnell at Doc Ford’s on Captiva

Americana Community Music Association showcase at the Barrel Room.

Bobby Tomberlin at Key Lime Bistro

Rik Ferrell at The Social House

Frank Myers at The Barrel Room

Billy McKnight and Arron Barker at City Tavern

Granville Automatic on Captiva

Marlo and Mark at City Tavern


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