Kick-off Parties Nov. 8 at SanBar, Perdido Sports Bar
Frank Brown Songwriters Festival kick-off parties will be held Nov. 8 from 6 – 9 p.m. at the Perdido Sports Bar (dedicated to the late Rick Whaley) on Perdido Key and The SanBar at The wharf in Oranbe Beach. The party will continue at the Flora-Bama following the two parties. The FBISF kick-off was originally billed as a local songwriters appreciation night and was brought to the fest in the early 1990’s by then Characters owner Elaine Webster. Gale & Larry Book, songwriters themselves, continued the tradition when they bought and re-named the bistro Characters Songwriters Cafe in the late 1990’s. Characters, like most of Perdido Key, washed away during Hurricane Ivan in September of 2004.