Songwriters will gather for fest next month

Published: Thursday, September 27, 2012 at 10:01 AM.

“The big secret is that all songwriters are closet performers,” Rambeaux said. “In Nashville, you don’t get that chance to perform. Your job is to be in a room and write songs.

“But at a festival we get to do what we started out doing and what we love to do. You get to go back to being that skinny 18-year-old who wanted to be a rock star. That is so great.”

A dynamic that has grown uniquely during the growth of Blast on the Bay is the event’s connection to the Semper Fi Sisters, wives, mothers, grandmothers, sisters and aunts of deployed military personnel, who hold their annual “Beach Blast” at the same time as the festival.

The two events have grown together, founded in the same year. The Semper Fi Sisters provide volunteer work at some of the songwriting festival venues, some of the songwriters will perform during the SFS’s “Boxes of Love” packing party, and the two events are partial sponsors of the other.

“They are great girls and we love playing for them and supporting them,” Rambeaux said. “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.”


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