LOCASH headlines Island Hopper Songwriter Fest

August 27, 2018 Daily Update

The Island Hopper Songwriter Fest is kicking off its fifth year with an impressive lineup of talented singer-songwriters.

This year’s headliner for downtown Fort Myers is LOCASH. The duo is made up of singer-songwriters Chris Lucas and Preston Brust. The artists will be performing at Pinchers Crab Shack at The Marina at Edison Ford on Sept. 26. LOCASH has opened for Tim McGraw and Faith Hill, and will hit the road with Billy Currington this year.

Rolling Stone has referred to LOCASH as “one of Nashville’s hardest working acts.” This will be their second appearance at the Island Hopper Songwriter Fest. They performed on Fort Myers Beach in 2015.

Opening for LOCASH is singer-songwriter Travis Denning. His songs have been recorded by top country artists such as Michael Ray (“Her World or Mine”), Chase Rice (“Everybody We Know Does”), Jason Aldean and Justin Moore. Earlier this year, Denning toured with Justin Moore on his “Hell on a Highway” tour and has opened shows for Rice and Alan Jackson. Later this year, he will hit the road with LANCO. Denning just released his debut single (“David Ashley Parker from Powder Springs”).

Other headliners include Midland, who will perform at the Pink Shell Beach Resort & Marina on Fort Myers Beach on the evening of Sunday, Sept. 30.

This year, we are happy to welcome more than 30 brand new artists including Heidi Newfield (“Johnny & June”), Wendell Mobley (“Fast Cars and Freedom”- recorded by Rascal Flatts) and Lee Thomas Miller (“The World”- recorded by Brad Paisley).

The festival is hosting its first ever “Girl Power” show at the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center featuring Sheena Brook, Megan Linville, Heidi Newfield, Bridgette Tatum and Amie Miriello. There will also be a couple of house parties on Captiva with music performed by Aaron Barker, Phil O’Donnell, Wynn Varble and Earl Bud Lee. And, in downtown Fort Myers, The Barrel Room will host a songwriter dinner and wine pairing. While most of the festival is free of charge, a variety of ticketed shows are available on the Island Hopper app under the schedule tab. The ticketed events include the “Girl Power” show, the headliners and more found in the app.

Island Hopper is an award-winning festival. The 2017 Island Hopper Fest received three SunSational Awards through the Florida Festival & Events Association (FFEA), and the Southeast Tourism Society named Island Hopper one of their “Top 20 Events.”

The Florida festival kicks off on Captiva Island, Sept. 21-23, then moves to historic downtown Fort Myers, Sept. 24-27, and wraps up on Fort Myers Beach, Sept. 28-30. This year’s festival brings more than 75 singer-songwriters from around the country who will perform more than 100 shows.

Big winner: The Island Hopper Songwriter Fest was selected as one of the Southeast Tourism Society’s Top 20 Events for 2018. Events considered for the Society’s Top 20 recognition must be at least three years old and have attendance of at least 1,000 people.

Hertz Sponsorship: Organizers are pleased to announce Hertz as a presenting sponsor and the official car rental company for the 2018 Island Hopper Songwriter Fest.

Island Hopper app: The official Island Hopper mobile app is now available for free download on iOS and Android devices. This new app was designed to enhance your festival experience. Features of the app include:

  • First chance to purchase tickets for select performances
  • Personalized schedule
  • Artist information
  • Performance times and venues
  • Festival coupons
  • Island Hopper hotel deals
  • Festival maps
  • Updates and alerts
  • Enter to win*
  • And more!

Download the app at islandhopperfest.com.

Countdown widget: Are you counting down the days to this year’s festival? The new event website features include a countdown widget and an image gallery generated by fans who use #IslandHopperFest.

Island Hopper Radio: iHeart Radio is launching Island Hopper Radio, a channel that includes music written by artists featured at the music festival.

For more information visit www.islandhopperfest.com. Follow the festival hashtag #islandhopper on Twitter and other social channels.