7th Annual Nashville Songwriters Florida Sunshine Tour Brings Nashville’s Top Songwriters to Sandestin for Free Concerts

(Miramar Beach, Fla.) – The Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association (FRLA) in conjunction with Broadcast Music Inc. (BMI) is thrilled to present a FREE concert series on Friday, October 7 through Saturday, October 8, 2016, at The Village of Baytowne Wharf in Miramar Beach, Florida. The seventh annual event, hosted by Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort, will showcase over ten BMI songwriters who will sing country’s biggest hits and share the stories behind the songs. The FRLA is the leading sponsor of these concert performances through its Nashville Songwriters Florida Sunshine Tour Music Series program designed to promote the local tourism and hospitality industry throughout the year.

“This is a unique opportunity for music fans to interact with the songwriters who wrote several top singles on the radio and to hear the stories that inspired them,” said Carol Dover, President and CEO of the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association. “We strongly encourage visitors and residents to take advantage of this free concert series that provides exclusive access to artists with fantastic views from the Village of Baytowne Wharf at the Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort. It’s the perfect pairing of wonderful entertainment with a picturesque destination in Florida.”

“We are very excited about the Nashville Songwriters Florida Sunshine Tour event coming to Sandestin,” said Mark Hodgdon, Senior Vice President and General Manager at Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort. “This is a great opportunity for people to visit South Walton to enjoy over ten songwriters performing inside the Village of Baytowne Wharf for an amazing weekend of music. We appreciate the partnership and vision of the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association to bring this event to Sandestin each year.”

The concert schedule features acoustic performances by Nashville Songwriters including Aaron Barker, Kent Blazy, Skye Claire, Bill LaBounty, Megan Linville, Kendell Marvel, Danny Myrick, Even Stevens, Bobby Tomberlin and Trailer Choir. Their songwriter resumes boast songs for chart-topping artists such as Trace Adkins, Garth Brooks, Reba McEntire, Tim McGraw, Willie Nelson, Jake Owen, Blake Shelton, George Strait, Josh Turner and many more. The public is invited to attend these free performances. One of the evening’s artists Aaron Barker will be inducted during the 46th annual Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame Gala, slated for October 9 at Nashville’s Music City Center.

Nightly concerts will be held at numerous venues inside the Village of Baytowne Wharf at Sandestin and will be staged progressively, so fans will have the opportunity to see all performances. Locations inside the Village where the songwriters will perform include: Rum Runners, The Village Door, Graffiti & The Funky Blues Shack, and the Village Events Plaza Stage.
Click here for more details about the songwriters and for the event schedule. Information about accommodations can be found here.

About the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association
FRLA is Florida’s premier non-profit hospitality industry trade association. Our mission is to ‘Protect, Educate and Promote’ Florida’s $89.1 billion hospitality industry which represents 23% of Florida’s economy and more than 1.2 million employees – making it the state’s number one industry. We offer regulatory compliance and food safety training needs (RCS and SafeStaff®); industry developed career-building high school programs (FRLAEF); sponsor the only event in Florida exclusively serving the restaurant and foodservice industry (FR&L Show, September 27-29, 2016 in Orlando); and we safeguard the needs of the hospitality industry by providing legislative advocacy. We represent and serve more than 10,000 independent and household name members, suppliers, and theme parks. For more information, go to www.FRLA.org and find us on Twitter @FRLAnews, Facebook and YouTube.
About the Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort
Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort is a major destination for all seasons and all ages, and was named the #1 Resort on Florida’s Emerald Coast. The resort invites guests to a world of 2,400 acres and 30 charming neighborhoods featuring more than 1,250 vacation rentals, condominiums, villas, town homes and the best in hotel accommodations. As a member of Visit South Walton and Visit Florida, the resort features more than seven miles of beaches and pristine bay front, four championship golf courses, 15 world-class tennis courts, 19 swimming pools, a 113-slip marina, a fitness center and spa, meeting space and The Village of Baytowne Wharf, a charming pedestrian village with events, shopping, dining and nightlife. People are invited to download Sandestin’s APP for iPhone and Android devices, or become a Facebook Fan or Twitter follower for the latest events and news.
The Village of Baytowne Wharf in Sandestin
Located along the shores of the Choctawhatchee Bay in Northwest Florida, The Village of Baytowne Wharf features an array of boutiques, eateries, galleries and nightlife — not to mention a jam-packed schedule of outdoor festivals and special events for the entire family. Recently voted Best Place to Be Seen on the Emerald Coast and Best Local Attraction, Baytowne Wharf features 16 retail shops, 11 activity and entertainment establishments, and 20 award winning restaurants and night clubs. For more information on events and merchant happenings, follow Baytowne’s Facebook posts and live tweets.