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    Thu, 10 Apr 2014 16:36:47

    Key West Songwriter's Festival Set for May 7 Through 11 - More than 180 hitmakers will be there

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    There is nothing quite like writing a song.

    The writers behind some of America's hottest contemporary hits are to perform in casual island settings Wednesday through Sunday, May 7-11, during the 19th annual Key West Songwriter's Festival. More than 180 performing songwriters are to take the stage for 50-plus shows during the lively five-day event.

    What a cool event. If you can go, you should.

    Among those scheduled to showcase their talents are chart-topping RCA recording artist Sara Evans; Jeff Hanna, founding member of the iconic Nitty Gritty Dirt Band; The World Famous Headliners, a rock band composed of five leading songwriters and musicians; crossover country-pop singer/songwriter Rebecca Lynn Howard, renowned Texas-based songwriter/entertainer Robert Earl Keen, BMI Icon Award winner Dean Dillon, recent Grammy Award winner Kacey Musgraves and festival veteran Chuck Cannon, who co-wrote "How Do You Like Me Now?" and "American Soldier" with Toby Keith.

    Most shows feature a rotating group of writer/performers and many have no admission charge. Headquartered at Key West's Smokin' Tuna Saloon, 4 Charles St., the festival presents shows at venues including island city bars, restaurants, resort beaches and poolsides and the Fury Catamaran during sunset cruises.

    Events are to kick off Wednesday evening, May 7, with an outdoor concert starring visionary performer Anders Osborne, famed for his soulful vocals and raw, passionate guitar work. Osborne is to take the stage at 6PM at the Ocean Key Resort's Sunset Pier, overlooking the Gulf of Mexico at Duval Street.

    Other anticipated festival highlights include group shows Thursday and Friday nights at The Studios of Key West, an art enclave at 600 White St.; the San Carlos Institute, a Cuban cultural center at 516 Duval St., and Tropic Cinema, a boutique cinema and theater at 416 Eaton St.

    At 7PM Saturday night, a free "main stage" concert headlined by Sara Evans is scheduled to rock the 200 block of Key West's Duval Street. A country favorite whose seven albums have earned consistent raves, Evans most recently released "Slow Me Down."

    Presented by international performing rights organization BMI, the Key West Songwriter's Festival benefits Shepherd Center's SHARE Military Initiative, a rehabilitation program for service members with traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic stress disorder.

    Festival information, schedule and ticketing is at kwswf.com.

    Anyone plan to attend?

    —Carly Costello
    04.10.14



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