Island Hopper Songwriter Fest Brings Nationally Acclaimed Performers to Ft. Myers Beach

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Elizabeth Ray
FRLA Communications Director
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(Tallahassee, FL) – The Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association (FRLA) is thrilled to be a featured sponsor of the Island Hopper Songwriter Fest that continues this week in Ft. Myers Beach from October 2 to October 5, 2014. In its inaugural year, the festival is designed to showcase hit songwriters in intimate island settings. The FRLA is a sponsor of the concert performances through its Endless Summer Music Series program designed to promote the local tourism and hospitality industry throughout the year.

“This is a chance for visitors to experience Florida’s picturesque islands while listening to some of the best songwriters in the music business,” said Carol Dover, President and CEO of the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association. “It is truly a unique opportunity and gives our restaurateurs and hoteliers another occasion to highlight why Florida’s hospitality industry is the best in the nation.”

The event kicked off last weekend in Captiva Island with dozens of songwriter performances. This weekend, Sugarland’s Kristian Bush is slated to headline the event on Friday at 9 PM and country duo Thompson Square will conclude the event Sunday at 4 PM. All shows that take place this weekend are FREE except Sunday Brunches at ‘Tween Waters Inn and Pink Shell.

Please visit the following links for the full event schedule, artist bios, lodging and venue information.

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