Key West Sings: A Symphony of Songwriters

Good morning, Key Westers! While you've been tuning into your regular playlists, the music world is gearing up for something a bit more live, a tad more lyrical, and absolutely unforgettable. Mark your calendars for May 1-5, because Key West is transforming into the ultimate melody mecca with the 28th annual Key West Songwriters Festival.

What's the Buzz?

Imagine this: more than 225 of the crème de la crème of songwriting talent gathering in one of the sunniest spots in the U.S. We're talking beach bars, boutique theaters, and even catamarans at sunset (because why not?), all hosting performances that'll give you chills—in the best way possible.

Leading the charge is none other than Cole Swindell, the hit machine behind anthems like “Drinkaby” and “Sad Ass Country Song.” But the list doesn't end there. Blues guru Robert Randolph, country storyteller Robert Earl Keen, and Grammy conqueror Lori McKenna are just a few of the names joining the lineup. It's like the Avengers, but for music.

Highlights Not to Miss

  • Kickoff Party: Set against the stunning backdrop of Key West Harbor, the festival starts with a bang at the Ocean Key Resort & Spa. Dylan Marlowe and Kristen McNamara are just the appetizers for a week-long feast of music.
  • Swindell Under the Stars: Thursday night, prepare for Cole Swindell to take the stage at the Coffee Butler Amphitheater. It's not just a concert; it's a celebration of stories, songs, and the spirit of country music.
  • Duval Street Showdown: Saturday night's free concert is a showdown of talents with Dallas Davidson and Lily Rose lighting up Duval Street. If you thought Key West couldn't get any more vibrant, think again.

Ticket Talk

Whether you're dipping your toes into the music scene with a single show or diving in with a Platinum Pass, there's a ticket with your name on it. Find your perfect match at

Why We're Watching

It's not just about the music; it's about the stories, the laughs, the shared looks when a chord strikes just right. Kyle Muehlhauser, co-owner of the festival, promises an unforgettable experience, and we're here for it. From intimate performances in historic churches to jam sessions under the stars, Key West is where music lovers find their beat.

So, whether you're a country aficionado, a pop enthusiast, or just someone who loves a good story set to music, the Key West Songwriters Festival is where you need to be. Pack your bags, tune your air guitar, and let's make some memories.