See you in 2021 for Blast on the Bay


Thank you for being patient with us as we try to navigate through these crazy times!  after talking with venue owners, Public Health Administrators and many of our performers, our committee has decided that we have to be socially responsible and cancel the 2020 Blast on the Bay Songwriters Festival.  This decision was made after much thought, prayer and discussion and was not an easy decision.  W hope that our venues will be open soon and that 2021 will be the best year ever!
Thank you for your understanding and see you in 2021!

Celebrating our 11th anniversary in 2020, Florida’s Gulf Coast will play host to a group of talented musicians and songwriters direct from the streets of Nashville. Festival performances will consist of musicians who collectively have written hundreds of hit songs from Faith Hill and George Strait to Jason Aldean and Garth Brooks. Many songwriters from past events will be returning for another great weekend of music and storytelling, in addition, guests can count on several new faces at this years “Blast.” Said best by one of our founding writers during an interview in the Port St. Joe Star Newspaper: A songwriters’ festival, Nashville songwriter Will Rambeaux said, is a chance to “reconnect to that skinny 18-year-old who wanted to be a rock star.” “Port St. Joe is what I’d call a boutique festival. It is not Key West, where they have something like 300 songwriters and which is the granddaddy of them all. But we keep it small, because we like it that way. The community, the venues, has their charms. We love it.”
This annual event continues to deliver on the promise of an incredible time for anyone who appreciates great music. If you spend one weekend a year in the area, make it October 15-18th, 2020 at the 11th annual Blast on the Bay Songwriters’ Festival. Please check back for updates to the schedule and the artist lineup as we grow closer to the event date.
To accommodate our growth, we now feature over 30 prolific songwriters giving more performances at numerous venues. Our goal is to continue offering this great festival we have all come to expect and enjoy each year. Thus, Blast on the Bay 2020 is a ticketed event. Proceeds from this event benefit the Coastal Songwriters Education Coalition Inc., a 501c3 not for profit. We also partner with several other civic and non-profit groups in the area, including the Gulf Alliance for Local Arts, the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association, and our local grade schools through songwriting workshops, performances and educational opportunities surrounding this event and others throughout the year.