Matanzas on the Bay to host musicians, music fans for Island Hopper Songwriter Fest on Sept. 28-30

Matanzas on the Bay is among eight sites on Fort Myers Beach hosting the final weekend of the 2018 Island Hopper Songwriter Fest, a multi-day music festival that features more than 75 singer-songwriters from around the country.

Island Hopper is a multi-city music festival that attracts thousands of music lovers to Southwest Florida. The event started Sept. 21-23 on Captiva Island. It then moved Sept. 24-27 to historic downtown Fort Myers before closing Sept. 28-30 on Fort Myers Beach.

Matanzas on the Bay has announced the following performance schedule for Island Hopper:

Bridgette Tatum

Friday, Sept. 28

  • 7-8 p.m.: Jeff Prince, Liz Moriondo
  • 8:15-9:15 p.m.: Bridgette Tatum, Keefe Klug
Cassidy Daniels

Saturday, Sept. 29

  • 2:30-3:30 p.m.: Jeffrey East, Chris Heine
  • 4-5 p.m.: Bridgette Tatum, Cassidy Daniels
  • 6-7 p.m.: Lockwood Barr, Karleen Watt
  • 7:15-8:15 p.m.: Reverie Lane
Katie Lyon

Sunday, Sept. 30

  • 1:30-2:30 p.m.: Katie Lyon, Kurtis John
  • 3-4 p.m.: Heidi Newfield, Tim McGeary

Island Hopper Songwriter Fest is produced by the Lee County Visitor & Convention Bureau, iHeartMedia, Cat Country 107.1 and BMI, the largest music rights organization in the U.S. For more information, please visit and follow the festival hashtag #IslandHopperFest on social media.

About Matanzas on the Bay

Matanzas on the Bay and Petey’s Upper Deck are best known for waterfront views, fresh seafood, and old Florida ambiance. They are located at 416 Crescent St. on Fort Myers Beach on Estero Bay. 

As part of its commitment to use as many locally sourced products as possible, Matanzas on the Bay offers seafood from Blue Star Seafood Company, produce from Pair-A-Dice Produce and draft beer from Fort Myers Brewery. Its upstairs sports bar, Petey’s Upper Deck, is popularly known for its Dave’s Dockside Pizza, named the best pizza on Fort Myers Beach.

Free car parking and boat dockage is available. To book your party or for more information, call 239-463-3838 or visit