The Island Hopper Songwriter Fest brings music back to the beach with new artists and new events in 2016.
The free festival will take place over 10 days on Southwest Florida’s most beautiful barrier islands and offers a range of star-studded performances. The festival kicks off on Captiva Island, Sept. 23-25 and wraps up Sept. 30-Oct. 2 on Fort Myers Beach. Historic downtown Fort Myers will once again feature midweek performances. There will be a limited number of ticketed events for special performances.
The festival brings back fan favorites Bob DiPiero (“Southern Voice”) recorded by Tim McGraw, Even Stevens (“I love a Rainy Night”) recorded by Eddie Rabbit and Frank Myers (“I Swear”) recorded by John Michael Montgomery. New artists include Helen Darling (“Bring on the Rain”) recorded by Jo Dee Messina and Tim McGraw.
“Each year we pack more fun into the Island Hopper Songwriter Fest experience,” said Tamara Pigott, executive director of the Lee County Visitor & Convention Bureau. “This festival gives the audience a unique opportunity to hear the stories behind the songs in small, intimate venues. It gives the songwriters a platform to meet other artists and enjoy getting to know their fans.”
To date, there are 52 confirmed songwriters with more to come. Also, 2016 brings unique songwriter experiences, including house parties, sunset cruises, pool parties, a dinner and wine pairing and a songwriting workshop.
“We look forward to surprising fans with some high-profile acts,” said Louis Kaplan, iHeartMedia, Sr. VP Programming. “The Island Hopper Songwriter Fest is one of our favorite events of the year.”
Attendees will hear some of their favorite songs while getting a taste of the destination at live music venues on Captiva Island including, The Crow’s Nest at ‘Tween Waters Inn, Key Lime Bistro, Doc Ford’s Rum Bar & Grille Captiva, and South Seas Island Resort. In downtown Fort Myers, don’t miss shows at the brand new Barrel Room at the Twisted Vine Bistro, City Tavern and Hotel Indigo. Favorites on Fort Myers Beach include Matanzas on the Bay, Cabanas Beach Bar at DiamondHead Beach Resort, and poolside shows at the Pink Shell Beach Resort & Marina.
Island Hopper is presented by Lee County Visitor & Convention Bureau, iHeartMedia, Cat Country 107.1 and BMI, the largest music rights organization in the U.S. For more information visit www.islandhopperfest.com. Follow the festival hashtag #islandhopper on Twitter and other social channels.
Photos provided by The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel, fortmyers-sanibel.com