Combustion Music hosted the 2nd annual Hope Town Music Festival this past weekend on the beautiful island of Elbow Cay. Unfazed by initially iffy weather, and a plane full of songwriters that had to turn back for Florida before finally arriving, the event was a huge success playing 4 packed shows over 3 days, and raising more than $55,000 for local charities.
Armed with some of Nashville’s top songwriters; Matthew West, Ashley Gorley, Chris Destefano, John Pardi, Jimmy Robbins, JT Harding, Troy Verges, Matt Jenkins, Sara Haze and Chris Farren, the group wowed the crowd of locals and out of owners alike with hit after hit, surrounded by the incredibly blue waters of the island.
“This is my second trip to this incredible place, and I’ll keep coming as long as they’ll have me.” said hit writer Chris Destefano “This place seems to have a way of making everything right…the music, the friendship and the surroundings were all perfect.”
Combustion Music got the idea to host this event when Chris Farren, who has owned a home on the island for the past twelve years, decided it would be fun to bring a bunch of Nashville music to this little island where he spends much of his spare time. “Raising money for these three local charities was a no-brainer” says Farren.
“All of my friends donated their time and talents, and together with the local community and some incredible Nashville sponsors, we raised a bunch of money that will all stay on the island and make a difference…not to mention the fact we all had a blast.”
The event started on Friday night with an opening show at the Hope Town Harbour Lodge with guest appearances from Hope Town school teacher Donella Rolle and Karen from the Lodge, followed by another great show on Saturday at the Harbour’s Edge.
Sunday there was a daytime show at the Abaco Inn under beautiful blue skies, complete with an authentic Junkanoo parade, and Sunday night at the Hope Town Inn and Marina with a performance by the award winning Every Child Counts Drum Core and culminating with a spectacular fireworks display.
Suntrust Bank, The Academy of Country Music, Warner Chappell Music, Northwestern Mutual, MV2 Music, A Plus Storage along with the venues and many others were great sponsors all helped to raise money for Every Child Counts, Friends of the Environment and The Hope Town Fire and Rescue Department.
The event was a huge success all around and has already been confirmed for next year running Dec. 1-5, 2016. Be on the lookout for more details of this great event.