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November 6

Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame Show at the University of West Florida featuring Richard Leigh, Roger Cook, Mark D. Sanders, Tony Arata and Dennis Morgan Tickets $20/$15 for students. All Proceeds go to the Larry Butler Memorial Music Scholarship Fund Call 850-857-6285 for tickets


November 7

FBISF Songwriting Seminar
The Music in Your Head: How to Communicate What You Hear
With Dave Isaacs 
Phoenix X - 29576 Perdido Beach Blvd, Orange Beach, AL 36561
9am – 12noon
No Charge to Attend!


November 11

Songwriters for Autism Awareness Night at the Sunset Corkroom  more details coming soon!


November 13 and 15

Good Ol’ Freda film screenings 12:30 pm at the Flora-Bama
Meet Freda Kelly, long time secretary to the BEATLES! See the film that documents her life with the Fab Four – No Charge to Attend


November 14

FBISF and BMI Present: Superstar Songwriters Dean Dillon, Jamey Johnson, Scotty Emerick & More Salute Hank Cochran at the World Famous Flora-Bama – Time and Ticket Pricing To be Announced soon!


November 14

FBISF Songwriting Seminar #2  This workshop/seminar pairs #1 hit songwriter Casey Kelly with Kerrville winner and film/TV wiz CJ Watson. Casey will give songcraft tips, tricks and secrets while CJ  covers the biggest emerging market for songwriters. Together, they’ll talk about the state of the music business, their experience booking gigs for their band FM (see listing in program) and spend plenty of time answering YOUR questions.      
Location/Time: Phoenix X - 29576 Perdido Beach Blvd, Orange Beach, AL 36561 at 10 am




NOVEMBER 5-15, 2015

Join us for an unforgettable musical journey where the white sand beaches meet the blue waters of the Gulf of Mexico. During this festival, Grammy Award winning songwriters and the up and coming stars of tomorrow come into the spotlight to perform original songs in multiple locations in beautiful Perdido Key and Pensacola, Florida and Orange Beach and Gulf Shores, Alabama. Festival attendees enjoy an up close and personal concert experience and are often able to learn the stories behind the songs as told by the original author. Venues of all kinds welcome over 200 songwriters that come from around the country and around the world. Whether you are looking for a "listening room" experience, a pleasant dinner and music venue, a family friendly musical adventure or a gritty roadhouse, FBISF has a place for you. Most venues are free to attend, a few charge a modest cover at the door.


Who was Frank Brown?

 The festival is dedicated to the late Frank Brown, who was night watchman at the Flora~Bama for 28 years, and whose moral values, integrity and strength of character still endure. Mr. Frank, as he was known by all, (was 91 years old when he retired) was featured on Paul Harvey's syndicated radio show, "The Rest of the Story."



At the club, Mr. Frank wore a pair of matched revolvers, slung low, but he didn't have to use them. Usually it was enough to say, "Now, you boys don't have to be like that. What would yo' mamma say?" All the regulars knew and respected him. He was as much a part of the Bama as the sunrise was a part of the night. He didn't worry too much about material things. He thought: success is when a man gets what he wants; happiness is when a man wants what he's got. He was in his glory, just staying around listening to the music.

He was the last person the performers saw at closing time. Mr. Frank was 93 years old when he passed away in 1988, and he left a legacy that we can all share. Some say his spirit still lives on in the celebration of the music. He still lives on today in the memories of those who were fortunate enough to have known him. It is those fond memories that drive all of us that are involved in the festival to ensure that it continues year after year. The atmosphere here just seems to inspire collaboration and inspiration. A lot of the songwriters are not household names, but their songs are. It is impossible to list or describe the songwriters, musicians and performers that participate in this festival. It's a living museum, that's what it is."