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Music, Mojitos and Mardi Gras Moments in Key West This May

Key West Songwriter’s Festival in May 2014

Key West’s party spirit is set to soar this spring to the tune of the annual Songwriters’ Festival, the largest of its kind in the world, which will take over the island for five days from May 7th through 11th.

Key West Songwriter's FestivalAll images are compliments of the Key West Songwriter’s Festival

As you venture from one venue to another during your vacation, you’ll be greeted by a diverse line-up featuring over 100 songwriters all delivering unique “Key West-only” moments, including informal adaptations of Nashville’s signature in-the-round acoustic showcases. At the peak of the event will be the enticing, colorful street concert adding a Mardi Gras feel to the festival.



A Festival Line-up That Can’t be “Beat”

With some of the biggest names in the world of songwriting descending on Key West for the festival, we’re excited to see a phenomenal line-up of headliners including Kacey Musgraves, Sara Evans, Anders Osborne, Robert Earl Keen, Kree Harrison, DJ DU, Matraca Berg, Tony Joe White and Dean Dillon.


For more details on the line-up and show schedule during the Songwriters’ Festival, visit


10 Toe-Tapping Live Music Venues in Key West

If you can’t make this year’s May festival, Key West has an array of live music venues throughout the year to get you in a toe-tapping mood. The island is famed for many types of music, from techno, hip hop, jazz and raggae, to calypso, blues, country and western, so a night out will always feature a show that appeals to all musical tastes. Here are our top ten recommendations for live music venues in Key West:

Schooner Wharf Bar, 22 William Street. Laid-back, comfortable and oozing with character, this bar is just a few blocks away from Duval Street and overlooks the harbor. It’s popular for its live music, friendly service and rustic charm.

Little Room Jazz Club, 821 Duval Street. Renowned for being Key West’s finest blues lounge, the cosy Little Room Jazz Club is on the quieter side of Duval Street. It’s one of the top local spots for sipping beer whilst enjoying some of the island’s best jazz.

Smokin’ Tuna Saloon, 4 Charles Street. This popular venue is home base for the Songwriter Festival. Throughout the year it stages some of Key West’s hottest acts with  a music schedule on offer every night alongside a tempting menu of fresh seafood.

Sloppy Joe’s, 201 Duval Street. Famed for being Ernest Hemingway’s favorite watering hole, Sloppy Joe’s is one of the most iconic bars in Key West. Expect a lively party atmosphere with its regular live music schedule.



Willie T’s, 525 Duval Street. If it’s a cool mojito you fancy whilst checking out the latest quality live music acts, head to Willie T’s. The mojitos here are legendary and the walls are decorated with dollar bills from patrons past.

Island Dogs, 505 Front Street. One of Key West’s coolest hang-outs, you’ll find live music most nights at Island Dogs where the Key Lime Pie Martini is a must-try, along with the chargrilled oysters.

Hog’s Breath Saloon, 400 Front Street. Locals and visitors have been coming to Hog’s Breath Saloon for around 25 years for its daily schedule of live music and friendly service.

Green Parrot Bar, 601 Whitehead Street. Another Key West icon, Green Parrot Bar is loved by locals and welcomes visitors every night with its exciting line-up of live music which makes the venue fun and bursting with energy.

Turtle Kraals, 231 Margaret Street. Catch the latest live music from the harbor-based Turtle Kraals which not only offers the best views of the Key West Historic Seaport, but serves up a refreshing selection of drinks, including the delicious Key Lime Margarita.

Bull and Whistle Bar, 224 Duval Street. Here you’ll find two bars under one roof with live music showcased on the Bull stage. The party atmosphere entices large crowds most nights, making it one of Key West’s most popular venues for musical entertainment.


For more details on the Key West Songwriter’s Festival, visit


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Sculpture Key West Spices up the Island With Amazing Outdoor Art

Sculpture Key West is a unique (and free) Key West art exhibition that places selected artworks in the community for your enjoyment. Sculpture Key West believes that art isn’t something we should have to make plans to see, or buy a ticket to visit. Instead, they believe that art belongs in our everyday environment where we can bump into it, where it can unexpectedly alter our day and our world. Artists from eight states are represented in the exhibition and their works are showcased in a wide variety of traditional and experimental media. Some sculptures were constructed on site, while some incorporate native materials such as local plant life. The exhibit is available for viewing through March 23, 2014 at West Martello Tower and adjoining Higgs Beach in Key West.

Artist John Martini’s sculpture art can be seen around Parrot Key Resort and some of his works are also part of the Sculpture Key West exhibit. Scroll down to see some of Martini’s work, along with other amazing art sculptures. View the Sculpture Key West Facebook Page


Eric Troffkin, “Communications Vine,” 2013
Welded red and white steel tubing
40″ L x 3.5′ W



Sunil Garg, “Will They Too Soon Be Gone”
Predator No1
Wire mesh, nylon thread, air currents, programmed RGB lights


Sculpture Key West

Adam Russell, “Watchmen,” 2013
3 ceramic sculptures approximately 85″ tall

Darryl Lauster, “Homage to Brancusi,” 2013
Welded steel and high fired porcelain
11′ 2″ tall, various dimensions



John Martini, “Big Rat,” 2013
Welded Steel
85″ x 74″ x 38″



Bill Lorraine, “Man Looking Up,”  2013
Carved out of indigenous stone, Miami Oolite
15″ tall x 23″ x 12″
Pedestal 10′ tall x 24″ x 15″



James Racchi, “Untitled Column,” 2013
Polychromed steel
48″ high x 20″ W x 18″ D

Lorrie Fredette, “Evade Invasion,” 2013
Beeswax, tree resin, muslin, brass, nylon line
11′ H x 36″ W x 36″ D (approximate)



Gereon Krebber, “Conchie,” 2012
Cast concrete, variable dims



Joel Erland and Kate Kaman, “Conch Republic,” 2013  
3 Forton glass fiber reinforced concrete
5′ max length in any direction



Ursula Clark, “Palm Goddess,” 2013
Palms, branches, shells, pods and stones as embellishments
10″ H x 6′ in diameter bottom of skirt

John Martini, “A Blakean Tale,” 2011
Welded Steel
96.5″ tall



Simran Johnston, “Untitled: Semi Circle 1 and 2,” 2013
Sticks, plaster, paint polyurethane, nylon 6′ x 4.5′ and  2.5′ x 4″



Richard Brachman, “Tank” (Camouflaged), 2013
Wood, chick wire, vines, leaves, sticks, coconuts
6′ W x 10′ L



William Bennett, “Belly Scepter,”  1987 – 2013
Laminated stone, steel, bronze, plastic, gold leaf
86″ x 13″ x 13″

Liliana Crespi, “Shadows,” 2013
6 life size figures: wire crocheted
72″x 15″ x 8″ ea

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