The Frank Brown International Songwriters’ Festival and the Flora-Bama Lounge invited
Gulf Coast residents, business owners and musicians to join Flora-Bama owner, Joe
Gilchrist, in a fun-filled trip to New York City to mark the 10th anniversary of the Gulf
Coast Loves New York visit to NYC which took place in February 2002 to honor the heroes
The purpose of the trip was to show respect, emotionally and financially, to the people of
NYC and to encourage support for tourism nationwide.
The trip took place February 1—7, 2012.
Flora-Bama musicians Chris Newbury (the son of the legendary Mickey Newbury) Buzz
Kiefer, Reed Lightfoot, Gove Scrivenor, Mike Locklin and Bo Roberts were among the local
Performances took placey in NYC clubs including the historic landmark Bitter End where
legends such as Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, Joan Baez, Harry Chapin and many others began
their careers. Other venues were the Red Lion Inn in Greenwich Village and American
Legion Post 398 in Harlem and BB King's Lucille's Cafe.
The 2002 trip included approximately 100 visitors who toured Ground Zero, NYC Fire
Stations, The Empire State Building, and Central Park. The group attended Broadway
Shows and enjoyed shopping in the Big Apple. This year's trip included a VIP tour of the
Apollo Theatre on Saturday, Feb 4th. The trip included visits to NYC fire stations near
Ground Zero and gifts were exchanged from Gulf Coast fire stations after the Songwriters
entertained the firemen.
The activities were covered by local and regional media. FBISF plans to make this an
annual event. If you would like to participate in 2013, please contact us and we will save a
space for you!
|10 YEAR REUNION OF
GULF COAST LOVES