Songwriters Festival May 5 – 9 in Key West

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After its postponement in 2020, the Key West Songwriters Festival returns this year on May 5 – 9, said festival founder Charlie Bauer.
The 25th annual festival will feature approximately 100 artists over the five days of events. Many of the veteran songwriters are returning this year, Bauer said.
Confirmed artists include Lee Brice, Liz Rose, Robert Randolph, Brandy Clark, Bob DiPiero, Dean Dillon, Lori McKenna, Jeffrey Steele, Steve Cropper, Barry Dean, Chuck Cannon, Bobby Pinson, Scotty Emerick, Clint Daniels, Luke Laird, Shy Carter and many more.
Sixteen different stages are set up on the island for more than 30 shows over five days and nights.
Most of the performances will be in open air venues like Smokin Tuna Saloon (festival headquarters). The other locations include Ocean Key Resort, Opal Key Resort, Hank’s Hair of the Dog, La Concha, Key West Theater, Hyatt Centric Key West Resort & Spa Blue Mojito Bar, Fury, The Marker Resort, Dante’s Key West, Southermost Beach Resort, Southernmost House, 24 North Hotel Sunset Event Lawn, Key West Marriott Beachside Hotel, the Perry Hotel ad Ocean’s Edge Resort.
There will not be a massive street party or concert like in the past, Bauer said.
Events are being divided between ticketed and free admission. Many of the ticketed events sold out in April shortly after being announced.
The festival website has the artist and performance information.
Bauer suggests attendees join the mailing list to get the most up to date info or download the festival app.
Since 1997, the festival coordinators have worked to bring Music Row to Duval Street and beyond, creating a unique environment where industry professionals, songwriters, locals and tourists are able to experience the best of Nashville in the most intimate of venues. Over the years, the highly anticipated festival has become a proving ground for breaking new talent and is one of the most sought after invites within the Nashville songwriting community.
The festival was postponed in 2020 due to the pandemic.
For festival information, visit online at or follow them on Facebook.


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