Celebrating 30+ years of songwriters, the Annual Frank Brown International Songwriters’ Festival is held over an 11-day period in November in music venues located in Perdido Key and Pensacola, Fla., and Orange Beach and Gulf Shores, Ala.

Showcased performers range from Grammy Award-winning songwriters to the up-and-coming stars of tomorrow who will perform original songs in intimate settings.

Festival attendees will enjoy an up-close-and-personal concert experience and are often able to learn the stories behind the songs as told by the author.

The festival, which is expected to draw 30,000 attendees over the course of the event, is dedicated to the late Frank Brown, who was a night watchman at the Flora-Bama Lounge & Package for 28 years. Mr. Frank, as he was called by everyone who met him, was 91 years old when he retired and was even featured on Paul Harvey’s syndicated radio show, “The Rest of the Story.” Mr. Frank was known for his quiet demeanor but firm hand, and some say his spirit lives on in the celebration of the music.

Named a Top 20 Event by the Southeast Tourism Society, the festival’s lineup includes more than 200 songwriters.

The Flora-Bama Lounge and Package will serve as the festival’s “ground zero,” and many concerts are scheduled for this venue. While there is no fee to attend most of the performances, some do charge a small cover. The music covers a wide variety of genres, with a heavy accent on country music.

Stay in a two-bedroom condo in Orange Beach and be well-positioned to attend performances throughout the area.