Fall has reached the northern Gulf Coast and that means it is time to attend the 2018 Frank Brown International Songwriters’ Festival. Locals know this 11 day event, held November 8-18, 2018, is the one of the best things that happens around here all year. We love the Shrimp Festival, please don’t get me wrong, but the Songwriters’ Festival is a whole different kind of festival and one we know you’re sure to love once you experience it.
You’re probably asking: Who is Frank Brown? Or What is the festival about? The festival, which highlights both up-and-coming singer/songwriters as well as those who are more seasoned and perhaps even Grammy winners, is named for Mr. Frank Brown. Mr. Frank was the night watchman at the Flora-Bama for 28 years before he retired at the age of 91. He was a man of high morale character and one who loved the music at the Flora-Bama.
If this hasn’t peaked your interest and given you reason enough to check out this cool event, here are our top 5 reasons we believe YOU should experience the Frank Brown International Songwriters Festival.
- You get to meet the people who wrote your favorite songs
We all have that one favorite song. You know that song…the one that when it comes on the radio you actually turn up the volume really high and sing along. You probably think your favorite performer wrote the song, and, in some instances, they did. But often times the writers of your favorite lyrics are not the ones who sing them on the radio. Often times, the writers are lesser known folks, at least to the general public. You might think you’d have to go to Nashville to meet some of these talented individuals. I have great news for you! The good folks at the Frank Brown International Songwriters’ Festival know who the best songwriters are and they invite them to perform for us, right here along the Alabama Gulf Coast and surrounding areas. The performance line-up changes every year, but you may have an opportunity to enjoy your favorite song performed by the person who penned it. How cool is that?
- You can visit venues as diverse as the performers
Another cool thing about this unique festival experience is the venues change and are as diverse as the festival goers. With so much talent in one small geographical area, the need for lots of places to perform is evident. With that, you have lots of choices of locations where you’d like to enjoy the events. Locations vary from everyone’s favorite beachside roadhouse the Flora-Bama Lounge and Package where the festival began and the Bushwackers are world-famous, to Lucy Buffett’s Lulu’s in Gulf Shores where the t-shirts are as happy and fun as the dining experience. Bill-E’s Old 27 Grill in Fairhope, where the performers are serenaded by Bill-E’s Small Batch Bacon is also scheduled to host performances. For a totally different musical experience, visit the Coastal Arts Center of Orange Beach during the festival. The acoustics in this beautiful center overlooking Wolf Bay are amazing! How about watching festival performances at a local church? St. Andrews by the Sea- A Community Church located on Fort Morgan Road is a host site. For a complete list of the 20+ venues where performances are scheduled, check out the Venue Page of the festival.
- You can enjoy fabulous coastal dinners and
A few of the venues we have already listed are known for their great food and beverages. The Flora-Bama has some of the best seafood on any state line! Lulus’s in Gulf Shores offers not only an amazing menu as listed, but they also will prepare special meals for patrons with shellfish and seafood allergies. How cool is that?! Old 27 Grill never disappoints with their amazing burgers and ice cold beer. Other great places to eat that area also festival venues include the Sunset Cork Room Restaurant and Wine Bar where your favorite wine and their fabulous grouper or blackened chicken breast are a perfect match. While you’re enjoying the festivities, give Pirate’s Cove a try! Also known for wonderful bushwackers and fat, juicy, sloppy, yummy hamburgers, Pirate’s Cove is a fun outing for couples and families alike.
- You are showing your support for veterans and
newcomers to the music industry
To be a writer of any sort is a challenge and a craft. To be a songwriter, takes a special kind of gift turned skill. Knowledge of the language, coupled with the perfect rhyme, and the placement of each exact word to tell a story that touches someone, is undeniably a gift only a few select folks have. By visiting the venues of the Frank Brown International Songwriters’ Festival, you are not only going to come away with a new appreciation for these gifted individuals, you are showing them your support just by going. Some writers are Grammy winners and some are just getting started on their journey, but all of them appreciate public support. Go the festival to for the great feeling you’ll get by attending, but know your being there is making someone else happy, too.
- You become a part of history in the making
This is the 34th year of the Frank Brown International Songwriters’ Festival. For thirty-four years, our coast has been honored to host hundreds of writers, singers and musicians. For 34 years, we have had the privilege of seeing first-hand the artists who shape our music airways. We know you will feel a deep sense of awe once you’ve experienced the festival for yourself. We actually know of no one who has ever attended this festival who didn’t come away with a new perspective on songwriting and the historical importance these guys play in our everyday lives. Come for the music. Come meet the artists. Come be a part of history.
At Sunset Properties, we are pleased to recommend local events to our guests and website visitors. Because we are blessed to be “locals”, we get to enjoy all that our Alabama Gulf Coast has to offer. We are also pleased to host any guests who plan to come and enjoy the Songwriters’ Festival. We have rental properties located in Orange Beach, near the Flora Bama and only a short drive to the Coastal Arts Center of Orange Beach . We would love for you to stay in one of our beautiful condos in Gulf Shores, just a short drive from Lulu’s or any venue in Baldwin County. And we have lots of homes located on beautiful Fort Morgan Road, just a short drive from St. Andrews Church. We, at Sunset Properties, are just as versatile as the songwriters and venues, themselves. Give us a call and let us help you find your perfect vacation home for your festival stay.