LEE COUNTY, Fla. – Island Hopper Songwriter Fest kicks off its sixth year with an impressive lineup of talented singer-songwriters.
Headliners include Gone West, a new rock-country quartet featuring Colbie Caillat, in a show with special guest Ryan Hurd at Pinchers at The Marina at Edison Ford in downtown Fort Myers on Sept. 25.
Caillat, a two-time Grammy Award winner, has sold more than six million albums worldwide and more than 10 million singles. Hurd has written songs for Blake Shelton, Luke Bryan, Lady Antebellum, Tim McGraw and many others. He has also penned songs for his wife, Maren Morris, who headlined Island Hopper in 2016.
Nashville-based Gone West consists of two couples, Caillat and her fiancé and singer-songwriter Justin Young, and married songwriters, multi-platinum singer-songwriter Jason Reeves and ACM and CMT nominated Nelly Joy.
Mark your calendar: Island Hopper Songwriter Fest, a 10-day festival, kicks off on Captiva Island, Sept. 20-22, then moves to historic downtown Fort Myers, Sept. 23-26, and wraps up on Fort Myers Beach, Sept. 27-29. Island Hopper is the largest songwriter festival in Southwest Florida and offers a unique experience to interact with songwriters. This year, more than 70 singer-songwriters from around the country will perform more than 100 shows.
Captiva sampling: Songwriter Clint Daniels, who co-wrote the current hit, “Some of It” (performed by Eric Church), will perform on Captiva Island, along with Sam Williams, grandson of legendary Hank Williams, and Sawyer Fredericks, the season 8 winner of NBC’s “The Voice.”
A Fort Myers first: On Sept. 22, Florida Repertory Theatre in downtown Fort Myers will set the stage for a collaborative performance by Kristian Bush, half of the multi-platinum selling duo Sugarland, and Gulf Coast Symphony, celebrating its 25th anniversary.
Island Hopper app: Unique songwriter experiences, including house parties on Captiva, a dinner and wine pairing and a songwriting workshop are on the schedule. While most of the festival performances are free, ticketed shows are available on the Island Hopper app under the schedule tab.
Island Hopper’s a winner: The 2017 Island Hopper Fest received three SunSational Awards through the Florida Festival & Events Association and the Southeast Tourism Society named Island Hopper one of its Top 20 events.