DTSP Songwriters Festival Kicks Off at Mahaffey

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Ed Roland & Jesse Triplet of Collective Soul and The Warren Brothers Perform November 1  

St. Petersburg, FLA (October 8, 2019) –  It’s an invitation to experience the stories behind the music that we love. Day one of the Songwriters Festival, hosted by Funky Buddha Brewing, will feature a concert at the Duke Energy Center for the Arts – Mahaffey Theater on Friday, November 1st at 8:15pm. Guests can experience an Acoustic Evening featuring Ed Roland & Jesse Triplett of Collective Soul and The Warren Brothers plus special guests. Tickets are $35.60, $57 and $137.35 and can be purchased online at www.TheMahaffey.com, by phone (727) 300-2000, or at the Box Office located at 400 1st St. South Downtown St. Pete. The Box Office is open 11am – 5pm Monday through Saturday. 

“St. Petersburg’s fun, funky and eclectic vibe makes it a natural home for America’s next great songwriters festival,” said St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman. “When combined with the city’s art and culture scene, and scenic beaches just a short drive away, the DTSP Songwriters festival is bound to become a destination for visiting fans and locals alike.”

The DTSP Songwriters Festival is largely free to the public to attend, with the exception of a few select shows. The festival’s full lineup can be found at www.dtspsongwritersfestival.com.  The Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital Music Therapy Department will be the beneficiary of money raised at select events.

“Creating experiences that connect fans and artists is at the heart of what we do at CMG,” added Dan Connelly, CMG Director of Special Events. “The DTSP Songwriters Festival represents a tremendous opportunity to establish St. Petersburg’s next heritage event while also impacting an organization that is using music to empower children undergoing medical treatment in our community.” 

In conjunction with the announcement of the DTSP Songwriters Festival, Cox Media Group has launched DTSP Songwriter Radio on the 107.3 HD-2 channel. This station showcases music from participating event singer-songwriters, featured interviews from songwriters detailing their craft, as well as segments highlighting festival venues and the invaluable contributions being made by the music therapy department at Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital.

The Duke Energy Center for the Arts – Mahaffey Theater under the management of Big3 Entertainment, is one of Tampa Bay’s top-rated performing arts venues. Home to the Florida Orchestra, the world class Mahaffey Theater hosts top-quality national and international artists and performances – pop, rock, comedy, theater, dance, classical and interactive engagements and exhibitions. Located in the heart of downtown St. Petersburg, the 2,031-seat cultural jewel boasts spectacular waterfront views and is located only minutes away from white sandy beaches and world-renowned museums. Additionally, the theater supports the highly successful Class Acts program, which enables school children to experience the performing arts through in-theater performances as well as in-school outreach and extension programs.

Bill Edwards Foundation for the Arts supports performing arts programming at the Duke Energy Center for the Arts – Mahaffey Theater. We provide arts education programs for youth, community outreach programs, and performances as well as concerts for the entire community with emphasis on diverse programming for youth, underserved audiences and families. Each year more than 20,000 school children are provided a field trip experience to learn Florida State curriculum through a live theater performance. This Class Acts Educational Performance series is in its 27th season and serves students from six counties. Additionally, the Foundation ensures that funding is in place to continue providing diverse programming in the theater for the general public.

ABOUT COX MEDIA GROUP

Cox Media Group (CMG) is an integrated broadcasting, publishing, direct marketing and digital media company. The company’s operations include broadcast television stations, radio stations, daily newspapers and non-daily publications. Additionally, Cox Media Group operates the National Advertising Platform businesses of CoxReps, Gamut and Videa; and offers a full suite of local and regional advertising services through its Local Solutions and Ideabar businesses. For more information about Cox Media Group, please visit www.coxmediagroup.com.

ABOUT BMI

Celebrating over 78 years of service to songwriters, composers, music publishers and businesses, Broadcast Music, Inc.® (BMI®) is a global leader in music rights management, serving as an advocate for the value of music. BMI represents the public performance rights in 14 million musical works created and owned by more than 900,000 songwriters, composers, and music publishers. The Company negotiates music license agreements and distributes the fees it generates as royalties to its affiliated writers and publishers when their songs are performed in public. In 1939, BMI created a groundbreaking open-door policy becoming the only performing rights organization to welcome and represent the creators of blues, jazz, country, and American roots music. Today, the musical compositions in BMI’s repertoire, from chart toppers to perennial favorites, span all genres of music and are consistently among the most-performed hits of the year. For additional information and the latest BMI news, visit bmi.com, follow us on Twitter @BMI or stay connected through Broadcast Music, Inc.‘s Facebook page. Sign up for BMI’s The Weekly™ and receive our e-newsletter every week to stay up to date on all things music.

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