Submitted By: Jacqueline Wilson
FORT MYERS – Celebrate Nashville singer-songwriters and music festival magnate, Joe Gilchrist, longtime owner of the world-famous Flora-Bama Lounge and the Frank Brown International Songwriters’ Festival. On the nights of September 18 and 19, 2019, Southwest Florida audiences will be treated to two nights of music, film, history, and the true story behind “The Godfather of the Country Singer-Songwriter Movement”.
Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Lynn Rabren and Dive Bar Country’s Live from Nashville music series invites audiences to enjoy a VIP film screening of the unreleased film Stories In Rhyme, live performances in the round by talented artists from Nashville, and a Q&A with Joe Gilchrist and singer-songwriters in his group of guests.
Stories in Rhyme, due to be released in 2020, features the story behind the evolution of the award-winning Frank Brown International Songwriters’ Festival, an annual event at the world-famous Flora-Bama Lounge on the west end of Florida’s Panhandle. The film, featuring Joe himself, tracks the humble beginnings of his establishment that began as a haven for those seeking a little beer and liquor as it evolved into the home of a world class musical event.
The festivities begin on Wednesday Sept. 18th at Ter-Tini’s Music Hall (located next to Gator Lanes) with a screening of the official film trailer and a live discussion with Joe Gilchrist and a few of his singer-songwriter friends. Following the trailer, several singer-songwriters will perform their greatest hits and explain the inspiration behind the music. Doors open at 6pm. Tickets are $15 or two for $25. A Bar-b-Que dinner will be served for $14.95 a plate, and a full bar will be available.
The second night of the event, Thursday Sept. 19th, will be presented on Captiva Island at South Seas Plantation’s Sea Pearl Ballroom. The event is hosted by Chapin Leatherwood of DiveBarCountry.com and is sponsored by Jensen Resorts True Captiva. This is a VIP screening event of the entire 80-minute film featuring a Q&A with Joe and the singers and songwriters in attendance. Doors will open at 6pm and the film will start at 7pm. Tickets are free but an on-site contribution to Captain’s for Clean Waters is appreciated. A full bar will be available.
Ter-Tini’s (Next to Gator Lanes) is located at 1901 Crystal Dr. Fort Myers, 33907. South Seas Plantation is located at 5400 Plantation Road Captiva, FL 33924.
About Joe Gilchrist & The Frank Brown International Songwriters’ Festival
Long before Joe transformed a small beach-front honky-tonk into a world-famous bar on the beach of Florida’s western panhandle, he showed his love for community and country. Joe has been honored by Governors for his contributions to music and education. In the Frank Brown International Songwriters Festival, he is able to combine both.
One of his partners in the Flora-Bama, John McInnis, may have said it best; “Joe always thought a bar was more of a community hub than a bar,” McInnis said. “He along with Pat McClelland built the Flora-Bama into a community center that was more focused on giving back to the community and supporting charities than it was making money. The success came because the Flora-Bama is loved and supported by the community.”
Joe created this event to show honor to all the magnificent songwriters who sometimes do not get the credit they deserve for putting joy in our hearts.
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.
For more information, visit https://www.frankbrownsongwriters.com/.
About Lynn Rabren
Lynn Rabren is a two time Emmy Award winning producer/director/videographer of television and documentary film success. Having produced notable projects for NBC’s “48 Hours”, CBS’s “60 Minutes” and “Sunday Morning” and for several ABC and PBS projects, Lynn’s latest project titled, “Stories in Rhyme” weaves the history of the Frank Brown International Songwriters Festival. The festival, which takes place in the world-famous Flora Bama Bar and Lounge on the beaches of Florida’s panhandle region, is one of the few festivals of its kind and draws singer/songwriters from across the world. Its history is truly unique, just one of the reasons that Rabren considered its story worthy of being preserved on film. Lynn resides on the Alabama gulf coast in the city of Fairhope, Alabama.
About Dive Bar Country
Dive Bar Country is a country music talent group and media outlet. Founded by Chapin Leatherwood in 2018, Dive Bar Country aims to locate and promote up and coming country music artists and offering them a platform and audience they may not have had before. Dive Bar Country has hosted concerts on Fort Myers Beach, Fort Myers, Nashville and beyond. Discover more at www.divebarcountry.com
About Jensen’s Resorts True Captiva
These events would not be possible without the love and support of the Jensen family. Being true lovers of the art of making music the Jensen’s have hosted many talented musicians, songwriters and industry supporters over the years including Joe Gilcrist himself.
First established in 1928 in Jensen’s Twin Palm Resort and Marina has been owned by the family and run by the Jensen’s for 41 years. They later added Jensen’s on the Gulf. Visit www.gocaptiva.com
Captains For Clean Water
Captains For Clean Water is a grassroots nonprofit organization advocating for clean water and healthy estuaries across Florida.
Captains For Clean Water started out as a group of fishing guides that “had enough” of Florida’s poor water management practices. Given the destruction seen firsthand, we were convinced that if everyone knew what we knew, the problem would have already been fixed. We discovered, the solution has been delayed for decades because of a lack of political will and public awareness.
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As a newcomer to the Nashville scene, Hayden was selected as a semi-finalist in the Alan Jackson Road Show competition, which earned him the opportunity to play with the Grand Ole Opry house band in March 2018. He has already opened shows for numerous artists, including Aaron Tippin, Tracy Byrd, Confederate Railroad, Darryl Worley, Seth Ennis, and Jon Wolfe. Hayden has performed tours across the US, including a show at the world-famous Whisky a Go Go in Los Angeles.
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True enough. Twenty-years-old and hailing from Pelham, Alabama, Taylor’s country roots run deep, and fans will soon know the real her. She first hit the stage at the tender age of four and began devouring Patsy Cline’s iconic catalog shortly thereafter, inspired by the songs themselves and Cline’s ability to express the most powerful of emotions. Diving into the craft, she began writing her own tunes as a way to work through a difficult, at times turbulent childhood, and developed a taste for modern-day country poets like Lori McKenna, Chris Stapleton and Travis Meadows. “It got me to where I wasn’t going insane with all these thoughts,” she explains. “It gave me a way to put everything I was going through on paper, and just get it out.”
Arriving in Nashville in 2016, Taylor put her passion to work and quickly established herself as a gifted tunesmith. She spent the ensuing years immersed in Music City’s co-writing scene, honing a razor-sharp knack for that same expressive quality she so admired in Cline. And now, she’s ready to deliver the results.
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