PANAMA CITY — The fourth annual Panama City Songwriters Festival returns to downtown and has partnered with Downtown After Dark to deliver an exciting weekend for music lovers.
The festival will feature local, regional and national musicians taking the stage in downtown venues, transforming them into an intimate musical atmosphere. This year’s event kicks off on November 3 with Downtown After Dark and continues with the Songwriters Festival on November 4-5.
Organized by Bay Youth Music Association and Destination Panama City, locals and visitors are invited to experience the historic downtown as artists perform original songs.
Festival organizer Will Thompson has led the Panama City Songwriters Festival since its inaugural event in 2018. He is also the founder of the Bay Youth Music Association, a non-profit organization created to help provide instruments and funds to music programs throughout Bay County.
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“This festival gives listeners the opportunity to hear the inspiration and creative process behind each song,” Thompson said. “You definitely don’t have to be a musician to enjoy this festival. We want everyone to listen.”
Downtown after dark
This year, Destination Panama City has partnered with the Bay Youth Music Association to bring together Downtown After Dark and the Panama City Songwriters Festival.
“Panama City has a thriving performing arts scene,” said Jennifer Vigil, President and CEO of Destination Panama City. “We are thrilled to partner with Will Thompson and bring the Downtown After Dark experience to the Panama City Songwriters Festival weekend.”
Downtown After Dark will host two concerts to kick off the festival on November 3 on the #LovePC at Destination Panama City, 101 W. Beach Drive. Tickets start at $10 and are on sale on the Eventbrite website. VIP tickets are also available, which include early entry, food, drink, and access to the VIP room.
The show kicks off at 6 p.m. with multi-Grammy-nominated musical duo Michael and Lisa Gungor best known for creating inclusive and eclectic spiritual music. At 7:30 p.m., The Red Clay Strays, a Mobile, Alabama-based rock band, will take the stage playing classic country, rockabilly and gospel-fueled soul tunes.
Additionally, food trucks, vendors and artist merchandise will be on hand during the event.
Panama Songwriters Festival
Nearly 40 talents will perform at six walkable venues November 4-5 in downtown Panama City for a free family event.
Venues include Panama City Center for the Arts, 19 E. Fourth St., Downtown Boxing Club, 320 Luverne Ave.; The Bright Room, 306 Harrison Avenue; Millie’s Cafe, 228 Harrison Ave; Trigo, 119 Harrison Avenue; and Tom’s Hot Dogs, 416 Harrison Ave.
Young songwriters are also encouraged to perform at a songwriter competition for young people held over the weekend.
In partnership with Destination Panama City and the Bay Youth Music Association, festival sponsors include the Downtown Improvement Board, St. Joe Community Foundation, Beachy Beach Real Estate, Centennial Bank, Southern Supply and Safety, and Wayne Enterprises.
For more information on the Panama City Songwriters Festival, visit pcsongwriters.com.
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Schedule for November 4
Panama City Center for the Arts: Joshua Sinclair, Calliope Petis and Melissa Bowmen at 4:45 p.m.; Laura Vida, Weston Hine and Logan Vath at 6 p.m.; Melissa Joiner, Daniel Thomas Phipps and Nathan Evans Fox at 7:30 p.m.
Downtown Boxing Club: Season Ammons, Ricky Duran and Garrett Brown at 5:30 p.m.; Lauren Nicole Frihauf, Chris Alverado and Dean Johanesen at 7 p.m.; and David Ryan Harris at 8:30 p.m.
The Light Room: Chuck Foster, Gary Nichols and Lauren Spring at 5:00 p.m.; Kelsey Eiman at 6:30 p.m.; and Eliot Bronson and Abe Partridge at 8 p.m.
Millie’s Cafe: Delany Ramsdell and Woods The Band at 5:15 p.m.; Anna Katarina, Scott and Shawn and Ryan Balthrop at 6:45 p.m.; and Blue Mother Tupelo and Wes Loper at 8:15 p.m.
Trigo: Lindsey Thompson, Anthony Peebles and Ashe Watson at 5:20 p.m.; Benjamin Dakota Rogers at 6:35 p.m.; and Michael and Lisa Gungor at 8:05 p.m.
Tom’s Hot Dogs: Trapper Haskins and Leana Carter at 5:45 p.m.; and Joshua Reilly and Shawn Byrne at 7:15 p.m.
Schedule for November 5
Panama City Center for the Arts: Trapper Haskins and Leana Carter at 4:45 p.m.; Ashe Waston, Wes Loper and Anna Katarina at 6 p.m.; and Garrett Brown and Ricky Duran at 7:30 p.m.
Downtown Boxing Club: Woods The Band, Joshua Reilly and Dean Johanesen at 4 p.m.; Daniel Thomas Phipps, Blue Mother Tupelo and Ryan Balthrop at 5:30 p.m.; Will and Lindsey Thompson and Abe Patridge at 7 p.m.; and Michael and Lisa Gungor at 8:30 p.m.
The Light Room: Calliope Petis and Laura Vida at 5 p.m.; Benjamin Dakota Rogers at 6:30 p.m.; and Weston Hine and Lauren Nicole Frihauf at 8 p.m.
Millie’s Cafe: Chuck Foster, Gary Nichols and Delany Ramsdell at 5:15 p.m.; Anthony Peebles, Nathan Evans Fox and Lauren Spring at 6:45 p.m.; and Logan Vath and Season Ammons at 8:15 p.m.
Trig: Scott and Shawn, Melissa Joiner and Kelsey Eiman at 5:10 p.m.; Eliot Bronson and Shawn Bryne at 6:40 p.m.; and David Ryan Harris at 8:10 p.m.
Tom’s Hot Dogs: Melissa Bowmen and Joshua Sinclair at 5:45 p.m.; and Stephen Sylvester and Dean Johanesen at 7:15 p.m.