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Island Hopper Songwriter Fest this weekend

Performances to hit Fort Myers Beach restaurants and resorts Friday through Sunday

By Nathan Mayberg - Editor | Sep 23, 2021

Musician Heidi Raye is scheduled to play Matanzas on the Bay and the Pierside Grill and Famous Blowfish Bar on Fort Myers Beach this Friday, Saturday and Sunday. / Photo provided

The Island Hopper Songwriter Fest makes its way to Fort Myers Beach this weekend with musical performers set to appear at multiple venues on the island.

More than two dozen musicians are expected in town as part of an annual festival produced in part by the Lee County Visitor & Convention Bureau.

The festival, which has made previous stops on Captiva Island and is hitting Fort Myers this week, is being billed as the largest songwriter festival in Southwest Florida.

Participating venues on Fort Myers Beach this weekend will include Cabanas Beach Bar and Grille, Matanzas on the Bay, Nervous Nellie’s, Pierside Grill and Famous Blowfish Bar, Pinchers Tiki Bar and Grill, Pink Shell Beach Resort and Marina, as well as the Yucatan Beach Stand Bar and Grill.

Country musician Jimmie Allen will be appearing at the Pink Shell Beach Resort and Marina as part of a pool party performance that begins at 4:30 p.m. on Sunday with the music starting at 5:30 p.m. Tickets to the resort’s sole show for the weekend cost $45 and need to be purchased online at https://tickets.completeticketsolutions.com/ihm3/Online/default.asp?menu_id=B06E4CE8-0B27-4491-95AB-709FFDD33D2F

Blake Esse is scheduled to play the Pierside Grill and Famous Blowfish Bar this Friday night on Fort Myers Beach. / Photo provided

For more info on the festival, visit https://www.island-hopper.fortmyers-sanibel.com/.

Matanzas on the Bay and the Pierside Grill and Famous Blowfish Bar released a detailed list of all performances this weekend at their restaurants on Fort Myers Beach as follows:

Friday, Sept. 24

Matanzas on the Bay

7 p.m.: Rich Lafleur, Brad Hutsell

Jimmie Allen will be performing at a pool party concert at the Pink Shell Resort this Sunday. Tickets must be purchased in advance. / Photo provided

8:15 p.m.: Heidi Raye, Julianne Ankley

Pierside Grill and Famous Blowfish Bar, Friday

7 p.m.: Brian Sutherland, Hannah Ellis

8:15 p.m.: Nick Wayne, Danny Myrick

9:30 p.m.: Andrew McGinn, Blake Esse

Hunter Smith will be playing at the Pierside Grill and Famous Blowfish Bar on Saturday. / Photo provided

Saturday, Sept. 25

Matanzas on the Bay

2:30 p.m.: Katie Lyon, Eric Durrance

4 p.m.: Nick Wayne, Hannah Ellis

6 p.m.: Liz Moriondo, J. Robert

7:15 p.m.: Angie K, Heidi Raye

Pierside Grill and Famous Blowfish Bar

2:30 p.m.: Heidi Raye, Angie K

4 p.m.: Brian Sutherland, Andrew McGinn

6 p.m.: Alex Rohan, Hunter Smith

7:15 p.m.: Jay Allen, Kristen Kelly

8:30 p.m.: Eric Durrance, Kylie Morgan

Sunday, Sept. 26

Matanzas on the Bay

1:30 p.m.: Kristen Kelly, Julianne Ankley

3 p.m.: Jay Allen, Kylie Morgan

Pierside Grill and Famous Blowfish Bar

1:30 p.m.: Heidi Raye, Johnny Bulford

3 p.m.: Trailer Choir