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Song Writer’s Fest set for Saturday

June 5, 2013
By MEGHAN McCOY ( ) , Pine Island Eagle

Low Key Tiki will come alive Saturday, June 8, as musicians perform their original music during the Second Annual Rock on the Dock Song Writer's Fest.

Kerri Lynn of Gary and Kerri said last year's event was a huge success.

"I think that is what brought it back the second year, what inspired Barb and Scott (Adams) to do it as well," she said.

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Kip Lawrence sang original songs about Pine Island and life experiences during the 1st annual Low Key Tiki Song Writers Fest last year.

The event, Lynn said, featured a lot of fresh music from the musicians, which brought people to the island.

"It went over very smooth," she said. "Everybody did their thing and was very cooperative and the musicians did an excellent job."

Lynn said everyone who goes to Low Key Tiki gets hooked because it is a really fun place to visit and hang out.

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Second Annual

Rock on the Dock Song Writer's Fest


Saturday, June 8 from 1-6 p.m.

Where: Low Key Tiki, 3135 Stringfellow Road in St. James City

"It's still going to be the Low Key Tiki relaxed, enjoy yourself, get up and dance, or sit down and have a few beers or some great food, type of event this year," she said.

The event will be held from 1-6 p.m. at Low Key Tiki this weekend, which is located at 3135 Stringfellow Road in St. James City.

"This is a time to honor the songwriters," Lynn said about the Song Writers Fest. "It gives us a chance to say there are people around here with talent that you don't hear on the radio. It's a big release party."

This year's Song Writers Fest will feature Pat McCune, Kip Lawrence, Bob O, Bruce Eddy, Silver, TJ Brown, Gary and Kerri, Wes Loper, Jimmy Louis, Corky, Rudy Cox, Doug Card and Cindy Walsh.

The time slotted for the musicians to perform will vary from about 15-20 minutes.

"We expect to have a lot of great musicians that the locals will know and people the locals will be able to meet for the first time," Lynn said.

The majority of the musicians participating in the event are local this year. Lynn said one of the musicians performing is coming from the kitchen of Low Key Tiki.

"There are going to be four new musicians from last year," Lynn said.

The Song Writers Fest is for the musicians, Lynn said, to give them an opportunity to expose the new music they are creating to a responding crowd.

"People come there because they want to hear live, original music, something new and different that they haven't heard," she said of the event at Low Key Tiki.

The Song Writers Fest will be a little shorter in length, due to it being a little too warm last year.

"We are going to make it a little shorter and sweeter this time," Lynn said.

The Second Annual Rock on the Dock Song Writer's Fest will be aired live through Songwriters Island at for those who cannot make it to the event.

"It will be broadcast the whole day," Lynn said. "It is going to be great."

Parrot Magazine will also be a part of the Song Writers Fest this year. Lynn said the free magazine is all about supporting local musicians and live music.

She hopes that the Second Annual Rock on the Dock Song Writer's Fest will become the first day of a weekend of music in the near future.

"The next day we are going to be over at Bert's," she said. "Gerry and I will be playing from 2-6 at Bert's. Some of the musicians are going to come jam with us."

Lynn said they are trying to build up the Song Writers Fest and get some more steam behind it, so it will eventually turn into a weekend music fest where people stay on the island and hang out the following day to hear more original music.

"This is something that we really do enjoy doing," she said.

Lynn expects a great crowd to come out and enjoy the Second Annual Rock on the Dock Song Writer's Fest.

"It's definitely a really good time to kick off the summer," she said. "It is something they can grow and rely on."

The Song Writer's Fest provides a chance for the musicians to unwind after a crazy season by telling their story through original music, as well as a time for the audience to relax and take in some new music.



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