“After 24 years you’d think you’ve seen it all, but that’s not always the case,” says Charlie Bauer, Key West Songwriters Festival founder. “We are focused on playing our part in getting through these difficult times and when the time comes that we can safely hold the event, we look forward to the 25th installment of the Key West Songwriters Festival. Bringing the music, fans, industry and business back to Key West will be a major factor in the road to recovery. Our festival has not only become a benchmark for songwriters but also an important part of the local economy.”
The cancellations also include the Luke Combs concert originally scheduled for May 8 at Key West’s Truman Waterfront Park Amphitheater.
Festival Director Kyle Carter says, “We will get new dates for the Festival announced soon but unfortunately, we have to cancel the Luke Combs concert altogether. Attendees can get a full refund or have the option to donate a portion of their ticket to the Festival. Like everyone else, we’re concerned with being a part of the solution to recovery. We are also committed to the survival of our small business and to the people that make it happen. For 24 years our team has produced mostly free, community-focused events and we intend to keep that going. Our employees, strategic partners and volunteers who work all year round deserve it and we aim to preserve it.”
The Key West Songwriters Festival was launched in 1997; since then, BMI and the Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association have brought Nashville’s top songwriters and artists to Key West for days of music and camaraderie. Notable Key West Songwriter Festival alumni include Kacey Musgraves, Brad Paisley, Florida Georgia Line, Luke Combs, Maren Morris and Cole Swindell.
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