The Beaches Of Fort Myers & Sanibel Announces Songwriter Fest Schedule

More than 70 acclaimed songwriters perform in unique island venues Sept. 17-27, 2015

The second annual Island Hopper Songwriter Fest released its 2015 schedule, bringing more talent, more free performances and more venues to music fans.

The line-up, which includes some of Nashville’s biggest hit-makers, boasts more than 70 performers and 138 performances at 24 venues throughout The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel in Southwest Florida.

The 10-day festival has added four headliners including Kristian Bush, who built his reputation as one half of the multi-platinum, Grammy-winning country duo Sugarland. Other talents include Parmalee, a country/rock group made famous by its No.1 smash, “Carolina” and single “Musta Had A Good Time.” Jana Kramer, a country singer and actress on “One Tree Hill,” will sing her smash single “Why Ya Wanna.” LOCASH, with songs such as “Keep in Mind” and “Best Seat in the House“, will also perform.

“Island Hopper is an exciting festival that showcases great talent and a great destination,” said Tamara Pigott, executive director of the Lee County Visitor & Convention Bureau (VCB). “It’s a rare event that offers fans the chance to hear their favorite songs and meet the people who wrote them.”

The festival kicks off Sept. 17 with Kristian Bush in concert at South Seas Island Resort on Captiva Island. Downtown Fort Myers, which is new to the festival, will feature midweek performances. The festival closes the weekend of Sept. 25-27 on Fort Myers Beach.

The event features mostly free performances, with the exception of $15 tickets for Kristian Bush and Jana Kramer. Parmalee offers a free show, but tickets must be secured at the same link available to purchase tickets. All other shows do not need secured tickets – seats are on a first-come basis until the venue is full.

Island Hopper is presented by the Lee County Visitor & Convention Bureau, iHeartMedia, Cat Country 107.1 and BMI, the largest music rights organization in the U.S.

Visit for more information, to book tickets and view the list of artists, performance schedules and venues. Special Island Hopper lodging packages are also available. Follow the festival hashtag #islandhopper on Twitter and other social channels.

Samantha Dawn Mutschler

Samantha Dawn Mutschler

I am a country music loving cowgirl with a passion for helping kids with cancer. I was born and raised in Orlando, FL where I currently reside. When I am not submerged in country music, I am a professional photographer, social media junkie, and most importantly devoted to children with cancer. Jesus has blessed me with the gift of crocheting and I started my organization, Unraveled by Samantha Dawn, where I make crochet hats and wigs. I have also had the opportunity to meet and spend time with some of the children that I have made hats for. I look to Country Music for comfort, joy, and relaxing. It’s cool to be part of the very best fan base ever!

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