Key West Songwriter’s Festival to Star More Than 100 Hitmakers May 2-6

KEY WEST, Florida Keys — The writers behind some of America’s hottest contemporary hits are to perform in casual island settings Wednesday through Sunday, May 2-6, during the 17th annual Key West Songwriters Festival. More than 100 performing songwriters are to take the stage for 30-plus shows during the lively five-day event.

Among those scheduled to showcase their talents are Dallas Davidson, 2012 Academy of Country Music Songwriter of the Year winner; Matraca Berg, co-writer of Kenny Chesney’s chart-topping duet … Read the rest

Parrot Heads to Spread Their Wings in Key West Nov. 3-6

parrots2KEY WEST, Florida Keys — Subtropical Key West is widely credited with inspiring singer/songwriter Jimmy Buffett’s smash hit “Margaritaville” and other tunes. Thursday through Sunday, Nov. 3-6, some 3,500 of Buffett’s “Parrot Head” fans are to spread their wings on the island during their 20th annual convention.

The convention is titled “Don’t Stop the Carnival,” recalling Buffett’s album and stage play based on the Herman Wouk novel of the same name.

Events include a concert by Buffett’s Coral Reefer Band, … Read the rest

Rockers to Star Nov. 3-6 at Lower Keys 12 Step Music Fest

SUGARLOAF KEY, Florida Keys — World-class musicians including Richie Supa, best known for his work with Aerosmith, are to headline the fourth annual 12 Step Music Fest, an entertainment-filled camping weekend in the Lower Florida Keys for members of 12-step recovery programs as well as individuals and families looking for a safe, sober music experience.

“Headliners” at the festival, set for Thursday through Sunday, Nov. 3-6, include support and fellowship for people in 12-step programs and performances by acclaimed recovering … Read the rest

17th Annual Bay Jam to Take Center Stage in Islamorada April 10

ISLAMORADA, Florida Keys — The annual Bay Jam music festival, presenting live entertainment by an eclectic range of musicians, is slated for Sunday, April 10, at the TIB Bank of the Keys Amphitheater at Founders Park, mile marker 87 bayside on Plantation Key. Attendees can savor the sounds from midday through sunset and into the night from the hammock-like performance center set against the aqua waters of Florida Bay.

The Bay Jam–packed talent lineup features nationally known musicians and favorite … Read the rest