Port St. Joe becomes miniature Nashville during Songwriters’ Fest

Published: Thursday, October 17, 2013 at 09:15 AM.

“A lot has changed in the industry and there’s a lot of listening and studying to be done.”

Those who attend the free performances will be treated to the “writer’s round” format, commonly found in Nashville where three to four performers share the stage and trade off playing tunes.

The festival is designed as a “listening event” for attendees to appreciate the songs and be respectful to the writers who have traveled from Nashville to perform.

“It’s delightful and educational to listen to a song by the songwriter that you listened to in the car on the way in and make that connection,” said Leslie. “You see that the writer is really the artist.”

On Oct. 19 the fifth Semper Fi Sisters Beach Blast, an event that will welcome more than 60 women to Gulf County related by marriage or blood to members of the military branches, will hold its annual packing party at the Centennial Building.

During the party, care packages are created and sent around the globe to various military units in need. Last year, the Sisters packed more than 1,200 “Boxes of Love” over the course of a day, a dramatic increase from the three dozen completed during the inaugural event.

Each year, the packing party is serenaded by performers in town for the Blast on the Bay Songwriters’ Fest.

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