Band: 31st annual Frank Brown International
Songwriters Festival
Date: Nov. 5-15
Venue: Visit www.frankbrownsongwriters.com for participating venues.
Tickets: Cover charge/ticket may apply to some performances.

Photo/Jessica Kinsey | Christina Christian

Photo/Jessica Kinsey | Christina Christian


With the Gulf Coast’s seemingly endless supply of experienced and up-and-coming songwriters, few should be surprised the region plays host to an epic festival dedicated to their craft. Since the Frank Brown International Songwriters Festival (FBISF) has joined with Pensacola’s Foo Foo Fest, the event has grown even more. Now the festival has evolved into a beach-side sonic road trip that runs from Josephine, Alabama, to Pensacola, Florida. The vast diversity of featured songwriters will give festivalgoers an overload of new sounds and old favorites.

The Flora-Bama serves as the focal point for the FBISF. For many years, the festival’s namesake served as the night watchman for this beach-side roadhouse. Known to many as “Mr. Frank,” Brown inspired everyone he met with his “moral values, integrity and strength of character.” Throughout the festival, every stage associated with The Flora-Bama will feature hundreds of seasoned and up-and-coming songwriters from around the globe.

The FBISF will also feature a cavalcade of songwriters from South Alabama. Johnny Barbato is throwing his blues licks into the mix. Brent Burns’ offbeat trop rock will show the crowd why he is one of the biggest names in the genre. New-school regional songwriters such as Melissa Joiner and Christina Christian have been popular with the locals, and they are sure to make some new fans at the festival.