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NOVEMBER 8-18, 2018

The 34th annual Frank Brown International Songwriters’ Festival will feature more than 200 nationally acclaimed songwriters in venues along the Florida / Alabama Gulf Coast from November 8-18, 2018.  The festival is an opportunity for seasoned and aspiring songwriters and musicians from all over the world to have their songs heard, and for the public to learn the stories behind the lyrics that only the song’s author can express.  During this exciting 11 day festival, performers will be hosted in over two dozen venues from Downtown Pensacola and Perdido Key, Florida, into Orange Beach, Gulf Shores, Bon Secour and Silverhill, Alabama.   

Who was Frank Brown?


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. Mr. Frank, as he was known by all, (was 91 years old when he retired) was featured on Paul Harvey's syndicated radio show, "The Rest of the Story."

At the club, Mr. Frank wore a pair of matched revolvers, slung low, but he didn't have to use them. Usually it was enough to say, "Now, you boys don't have to be like that. What would yo' mamma say?" All the regulars knew and respected him. He was as much a part of the Bama as the sunrise was a part of the night. He didn't worry too much about material things. He thought: success is when a man gets what he wants; happiness is when a man wants what he's got. He was in his glory, just staying around listening to the music.

He was the last person the performers saw at closing time. Mr. Frank was 93 years old when he passed away in 1988, and he left a legacy that we can all share. Some say his spirit still lives on in the celebration of the music. He still lives on today in the memories of those who were fortunate enough to have known him. It is those fond memories that drive all of us that are involved in the festival to ensure that it continues year after year. The atmosphere here just seems to inspire collaboration and inspiration. A lot of the songwriters are not household names, but their songs are. It is impossible to list or describe the songwriters, musicians and performers that participate in this festival. It's a living museum, that's what it is."

UWF receives $39,550 donation
from Frank Brown Songwriters Festival
for Larry Butler Award

Megan Gonzalez
University of West Florida
Office: 850.474.2658

UWF receives $39,550 donation from Frank Brown Songwriters Festival for Larry Butler Award

Pensacola, Fla. – March 22, 2018 – The University of West Florida celebrated a $39,550 donation to the UWF Department of Music in support of the Larry Butler Memorial Music Award yesterday at the Museum Plaza in Historic Pensacola. The new funds are a result of a special concert at the Flora-Bama and a private concert in the home of Teri Levin, featuring Don Schlitz, a Grammy award-winning songwriter and newly inducted member of the Country Music Hall of fame, as part of the Frank Brown International Songwriters Festival, in November 2017.

The donation will help fund student participation in academic competitions and performance-related travel experiences, including the Lancaster International Piano Festival in Pennsylvania, the Interharmony International Music Festival in Germany and Italy, and the UWF Ireland Experience Program.

The Larry Butler Memorial Music Award was created in 2015 by Peggy Butler in memory of her husband, a Grammy Award-winning songwriter and producer and Pensacola native. Nearly $93,000 has been raised by the Butler family and friends to support the Department of Music.

“Over the past year, the Larry Butler Memorial Music Award has allowed our students to travel and perform internationally, to compete and participate in world-renowned music festivals, competitions and music conventions,” said Dr. Sheila Dunn, chair and associate professor in the Department of Music. “The award has also allowed our department to forge a wonderful partnership with the Pensacola Community Music School to provide free music lessons to underprivileged children. We have been able to purchase critical instruments and make upgrades to our classrooms and music studios. In addition, the Department of Music has become a leader in undergraduate research in the arts at the University of West Florida. We are grateful and honored to receive this support.  The Larry Butler Memorial Music Award is transformational for our music students.”

Peggy Butler said the award was created to meld three of Butler’s passions: music, Pensacola and UWF.

"I am beyond grateful for this fund in Larry’s name at UWF,” said Peggy Butler. “Larry started his music career here in Pensacola, singing the national anthem at Naval Air Station Pensacola and playing the piano on the Lynn Toney show. Little Larry Butler from Pensacola, who went on to win a Grammy Award for Producer of the Year, would be thrilled that his legacy continues in his hometown that he loved."

Larry Butler worked with renowned recording artists, such as Johnny Cash and Kenny Rogers, during his career in Nashville, and continued to show appreciation for his hometown through his generosity, including holding a benefit concert to raise money for the rebuilding effort following Hurricane Ivan.

The Frank Brown International Songwriters Festival hosts Grammy Award winning songwriters and rising stars, who perform original songs in multiple locations in the Florida and Alabama Gulf Coast. Festival attendees enjoy a personal concert experience and learn the stories behind the songs as told by the original author. Venues attract more than 200 songwriters who come from around the world.

For more information about the Larry Butler Memorial Music Award, please contact the UWF Foundation, Inc. at 850.474.3118.

In Memory of C.J. Watson

Please join us for a special tribute on November 16th from 1:00 - 3:00 in the Main Room at Flora-Bama.

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Frank Brown Songwriters' Festival is proud to support Sandy Roots Songwriter Series that occurs monthly at The Point Restaurant on Innerrarity Point Road near Perdido Key.
Click HERE for Sandy Roots Songwriter Series information.


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Looking for Live Music in the
FL/AL Gulf Coast Region before or after the Festival?
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