More than 200 nationally acclaimed songwriters will descend upon 24+ venues along the coast during the 34th Annual Frank Brown International Songwriters’ Festival.
Set for Nov. 8-18, the festival will showcase the talent of songwriters who will perform their music in Gulf Shores, Orange Beach, Bon Secour and Silverhill, Ala., and Perdido Key and downtown Pensacola, Fla.
The festival is an opportunity for seasoned and aspiring songwriters and musicians from all over the world to have their songs heard, and for the public to learn the stories behind the lyrics that only the song’s author can share.
The festival has its roots in the iconic Flora-Bama Lounge & Package Store, located at the Alabama/Florida state line.
The 11-day event is dedicated to the late Frank Brown, the night watchman at the Flora-Bama for 28 years.
Mr. Frank, who was 91 years old when he retired, was known for his morals, integrity and strength of character. He wore a pair of matched revolvers that he didn’t use because it was usually enough to remind misbehaving patrons that they wouldn’t want their mothers to know how they were acting.
Mr. Frank was generally the last person performers saw at closing time, and many say his spirit lingers on in the celebration of music. Mr. Frank’s namesake festival has been called a “living museum.”
Festival venues are located throughout the Alabama/Northwest Florida Gulf Coast region.
Orange Beach festival venues: Bayes Southern Bar & Grill, Buena Vista Coastal RV Resort, Coastal Arts Center of Orange Beach, Fin & Fork, Perdido Beach Resort, and The Intracoastal Restaurant & Bar. Pirates Cove will also host performances. Although located in Elberta, Pirates Cove is quickly accessible by boat from Orange Beach.
Gulf Shores festival venues: Big Beach Brewing Co., COASTAL Restaurant & Bar, LuLu’s – Gulf Shores, St. Andrew By The Sea – A Community Church, Sunset Cork Room Restaurant & Wine Bar, and Tacky Jacks Gulf Shores. Located north of Gulf Shores in Bon Secour, Tin Top Restaurant & Oyster Bar is a festival venue. Just north of Gulf Shores in Silverhill, Frog Pond at Blue Moon Farm is a unique house venue, where bands perform on the front porch and patrons are encouraged to bring their lawn chairs and own food and drink for a folksy entertainment experience.
Perdido Key/Pensacola festival venues: Artworks Studio & Gallery, Flora-Bama Church, Flora-Bama Dome Stage, Flora-Bama Main Room, Flora-Bama Ole River Bar and Grill, Flora-Bama Tent Stage, Flora-Bama Yacht Club, From the Ground Up Community Garden, Hub Stacey’s at the Point, Legends Bar and Grille, Lillian’s Pizza, Perdido Key Sports Bar & Restaurant, Purple Parrot Tiki Bar, Seville Quarter, The Crab Trap at Perdido Key, The Oar House on Bayou Chico, The Point Restaurant, and Vinyl Music Hall.
Make the month of November a month of adventure by booking a vacation rental for the entire month. Stay the whole month, sneak away for long weekends or come during the week so you can enjoy more of the songwriters festival and spend Thanksgiving at the beach!
A two-bedroom Orange Beach property would work perfectly for a small group of up to 6-8 people, while a beach house would be a perfect and affordable home away from home for a month-long adventure!