For another year, the Semper Fi Sisters Beach Blast will have a link to the annual Blast on the Bay Songwriters Festival, which brings nearly two dozen songwriters/performers to region


For another year, the Semper Fi Sisters Beach Blast will have a link to the annual Blast on the Bay Songwriters Festival, which brings nearly two dozen songwriters/performers to region.



The link with Semper Fi Sisters – the two events are co-sponsors of the other, the sisters assist at some performance venues and several songwriters will perform during the Saturday SFS packing party – is one of mutual admiration.



The two events have grown together, founded in the same year.



“They are great girls and we love playing for them and supporting them,” said Will Rambeaux, a Nashville-based songwriter. “In every era there are young people who put on that uniform to save the rest of our (rear ends). I wasn’t in the military myself, but I have come to really appreciate those who serve.”



The festival includes performances at a number of venues around the area, from Toucan’s to the Indian Pass Raw Bar.



The venues are part of the charm, Rambeaux said.



“They are so different, so unique,” he said while filming on the set of a Nashville television show. “It’s such a relaxed vibe. The venues are smaller and so intimate.”



The best part for music lovers, the performances are all free of charge.



“There would be no way any of the venues could pay the cost of having some of these people perform,” said event organizer Jason Bogans.



Additionally, there is something special in the festival atmosphere that Rambeaux and Lisa Shaffer, a Nashville-based performer and songwriter, both noted.



Part of it comes at 2 p.m. ET on Saturday at Dockside Café and the songwriters’ workshop, a chance to bounce off ideas and interact with the public and fans.



The other aspect is, Rambeaux noted, getting to hear performers not often heard and, Shaffer said, the chance to hear more than just the song.



“When I see a songwriter perform a song I’ve heard maybe on the radio there is a little bit of magic,” Shaffer said by phone from Nashville. “It’s like there is a realness there, an honesty, that is just so special.



“You get to hear where did that song come from. You hear the back story.”



Rambeaux also noted that among the growing circuit of songwriter festivals, Blast on the Bay and Gulf County are unique.



“We love it down there,” said Rambeaux. “These kinds of festivals are growing and Port St. Joe is what I’d call a boutique festival. We keep it small, because we like it that way. The community, the venues, has their charms. We love it.”



 



Blast on the Bay Songwriters’ Festival Schedule



Friday, Oct. 19



Sunset Coastal Grill



6 p.m. - “Hits and Grins” with Lisa Shaffer, Steve Dean, and Bill Whyte



Provisions



6 p.m. - Jerry Salley and Erin Enderlin



The Thirsty Goat



6:30 p.m. -Will Rambeaux, Little Feather, Sam Brooker, Aaron Spraggs



8:30 p.m. - Charlie Black, Dana Hunt Black, Casey Black, Erin Enderlin



10:30 p.m. - Walt Aldridge, Sonny Lemaire, Tim Buppert, Jim Parker



Mango Marley’s



7 p.m. (CT) – Steve Leslie, Abigail Rose, Brett Jones



9 p.m. (CT) – Chas Sandford, Jesse Rice, Pete Sallis, Riley Weston



Saturday Oct. 20



Dockside Café, the Port St. Joe Marina



2 p.m. - Songwriters’ Workshop; discussion and Question/Answer session from a panel of talented writers



Lookout Lounge



5 p.m.-Walt Aldridge, Sonny Lemaire, Tim Buppert, Jim Parker



7 p.m. - Charlie Black, Dana Hunt Black, Casey Black, Erin Enderlin



Haughty Heron



7 p.m. -Steve Leslie, Abigail Rose, Jerry Salley



9 p.m. - Walt Aldridge, Sonny Lemaire, Tim Buppert, Jim Parker



Toucan’s



6:30 p.m. (CT)-Will Rambeaux, Little Feather, Sam Brooker, Aaron Spraggs



8:30 p.m. (CT) - “Hits and Grins” Lisa Shaffer, Steve Dean, Bill Whyte



10:30 p.m. (CT) – Chas Sandford, Jesse Rice, Pete Sallis, Riley Weston



Sunday Oct. 21



Indian Pass Raw Bar



2 p.m. -Steve Leslie, Abigail Rose, Jerry Salley



3:30 p.m. – Will Rambeaux, Little Feather, Sam Brooker, Aaron Spraggs



5 p.m. - Charlie Black, Dana Hunt Black, Casey Black



6:30 p.m. - Chas Sandford, Jesse Rice, Pete Sallis, Riley Weston



8 p.m. - “Hits and Grins” with Lisa Shaffer, Steve Dean, Bill Whyte



* All times and locations are subject to change and approximate, check back often for updates to the schedule.



* All times are eastern unless otherwise noted on the schedule