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Frank Brown Songwriters’ Festival 2021 Calendar!

Frank Brown Songwriters' Festival

Looking for all the intimate set times around the Island, you are in the right place!

March 2024

Sunday, March 3

11:00 – 15:00
Ballyhoo Fiddle & Banjo Competition - Sponsored by Frank Brown Songwriters' Festival & Florabama!!

To enhance Ballyhoo’s cultural exchange, we are adding an early Americana flare to the festival. Anyone is free to enter!

Fiddlers under 12:
Fast song and a waltz. The waltz needs to be something with ¾ timing. The fast song should be a breakdown, rag or polka.

Tunes not allowed are show tunes such as Orange Blossom Special, Listen to the Mockingbird, or Black Mt. Rag. No electric instruments are allowed.

Fiddlers over 12:
Three songs: a waltz, a breakdown, and tune of choice, which is a rag, polka, or another breakdown.

Banjo over 12:
Three tunes of their choice.

Contestants in categories will be judged on:
Rhythm and timing – 20 points
Authenticity – 20 points
Creativity – 20 points
Tone – 20 points
Overall execution – 20 points

Total points per tune per contestant is 100. So, a perfect score for 18 and under would be 200 points and the perfect score for a contestant over 18 would be 300 points. Contestants in fiddle who play something other than a waltz will not be scored on that song. The decision of the judges is final.

Small Fry (under 8)

1st place $50

2nd place $25

3rd place $15

Junior Division (9-13)

1st place $100

2nd place $75

3rd place $30

Young Adult (14-21)

1st place $200

2nd place $150

3rd place $90

Adult (Over 21)

1st place $355

2nd place $255

3rd place $155

ENTER HERE: https://ballyhoofestival.org/fiddle-and-banjo-competition/

Friday, March 8

19:30 – 21:00
SONGS & STORIES SONGWRITER SHOWCASE w/ Sugarcane Jane & The Krickets
OWA Theater,205 N OWA Blvd a, Foley, AL 36535, USA

CALLING ALL LOVERS OF ORIGINAL MUSIC- Don’t miss this chance to see two of the Gulf Coast’s favorite acts on the same stage in one night in the acoustically perfect setting of the Theater at OWA, where this is not a bad seat in the room. Frank Brown International Songwriters’ Festival and OWA Theater invite you to join us at OWA Theater for an incredible evening with local Americana women trio The Krickets and iconic duo Sugarcane Jane as they sing and talk about their songs. Meet and greet afterwards.

Please support this collaborative Frank Brown Songwriters’ Festival and OWA Theater event.

The Krickets are an Americana trio from the gulf coast whose music is what Paste Magazine calls a truly stunning, one-of-a-kind sound. Two-time IMA Song of the Year winner in both Folk and Alt Country categories, the band’s music is genre-bending Americana steeped in their signature folk harmony. New single Pay No Mind produced by Rick Hirsh (Wet Willie, Greg Allman Band) features a fresh soul-rock inspired sound for the band released 8/31/23.

Sugarcane Jane, the Alabama based Americana duo comprised of husband and wife Anthony Crawford (vocals, acoustic guitar, harmonica, kick drum) and Savana Lee (vocals, bass guitar), have been crafting music deeply rooted in folk rock for over a decade. They are adored for their homegrown brand of mostly acoustic Americana, drawing influences from Anthony’s prior bandmates such as Neil Young, Steve Winwood, and Dwight Yoakam.

Saturday, March 9

18:00 – 21:30
OWA Theater,205 N OWA Blvd a, Foley, AL 36535, USA


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Calling folks of all ages and places to share a song, spoken word or instrumental piece! All acts are welcome for this family-friendly, free event!

If you are not participating, no registration or tickets are required. We greatly appreciate you coming out to support local art! Registration per the link is only for those who wish to perform. If this is you, please complete the brief survey via the link above so we are able to gauge a head count of how many performers we have for the evening.

We will begin promptly at 6:00 to allow for more time and will go until 9:30-10:00 depending on how many, so please arrive around 5:30 if you have registered to perform. We will have 3 microphones and DI boxes for guitar/bass to plug into as well as a keyboard on stage for you. We will also have the option to plug your phone in if anyone would like to sing to a track.

Although cover songs are great, we are encouraging originals, so if you are an aspiring or seasoned songwriter, this is your time to shine! Looking forward to meeting you all and welcoming back to the stage some familiar faces from our last couple of open mics! Invite your friends, this is an evening you don’t want to miss!

Thursday, March 14

17:30 – 20:00
Waterway Village Concert Series featuring Johnny Hayes @5:30, then Jenna McClelland and Band 6:30pm
Waterway Village next to Acme Oyster House on West Canal Drive,216 E 24th Ave, Gulf Shores, AL 36542, USA

Get ready for the City of Gulf Shores and Frank Brown Songwriters WATERWAY VILLAGE CONCERT SERIES. Next to Acme Oyster House on West Canal Drive
This is a free event!
Bring your chairs, blanket!
Food vendors and beverage vendors on site!

November 2024

Thursday, November 7 12:00Sunday, November 17 20:00

40th Annual Frank Brown International Songwriters’ Festival

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