Blast on the Bay songwriters’ fest returns to forgotten coast

Published: Thursday, October 3, 2013 at 11:46 AM.

This year’s event will welcome 27 writers, a new record and a significant increase from the five who played the inaugural event in 2008.

The first festival was founded with the idea of keeping things quaint. According to Bogan it was never meant to be rival the size of similar festivals in bigger cities.

“The first couple of years, the writers were asking us, ‘Where’s Port St. Joe?’” laughed Bogan.

The growth happened organically as word got around. More writers heard of the festival’s success and intimate setting and offered to share their stories. Bogan and fellow organizer Will Rambeaux seek out writers with great energy and an established hit on the radio to participate.

Bogan encouraged musicians and music lovers to take advantage and experience the performances in such an intimate environment. He said that each show acts as its own meet-and-greet.

“The writers are regular folks and they’re ridiculously talented,” he said. “Everyone is super accessible and they’re happy to come down and share.”

Black said that he was looking forward to some great music and sharing lunch with old buddies that he’d written songs with over the years.

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