Five days and nights. Twenty free shows. More than 100 top songwriters and 5,000 fans.
You could write a song about it.
The Key West Songwriters Festival is the largest festival of its kind in the world, and it will be celebrating its 19th year May 7-11.
Staged throughout the island's most popular drinking holes and hot spots, the live music festival introduces crowds to the faces, voices and stories behind the songs.
The impressive 2014 list of performers includes headliners Sara Evans, Anders Osborne, 2014 Grammy Award winner Kacey Musgraves, Robert Earl Keen, Kree Harrison, DJ DU, Matraca Berg, Tony Joe White, and 2013 BMI Country Icon Dean Dillon.
Osborne is set to headline the festival's kickoff concert on May 7 on the Sunset Pier at the Ocean Key Resort. Over the course of five days, more than 50 free shows and in-the-round showcases featuring some of the nation's finest songwriters will follow, including a free concert on Duval Street with Evans, co-presented by RCA Records Nashville. Last year's Duval Street concert saw a record audience of over 5,000 people.
Grammy Award winner Kacey Musgraves will close out the festival with a performance on the Casa Marina Resort beach.
Presented by BMI, the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association's 19th Annual Key West Songwriters Festival will benefit the Shepherd Center SHARE Military Initiative, a comprehensive rehabilitation program that focuses on assessment and treatment for service men and women who have sustained a mild to moderate traumatic brain injury and PTSD from the Afghanistan and Iraqi conflicts.
For a complete listing of sponsoring hotels, local businesses, participating songwriters and more, visit www.keywestsongwritersfestival.com.