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10 Toe-Tapping Live Music Venues in Key West

Key West 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. The island has an array of live music venues to enjoy when the sun goes down, or for a summer afternoon of toe-tapping fun. Here are our top ten recommendations for live music venues in Key West:


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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.

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Goombay Is Near!

Every year, our little island of Key West plays host to a number of exciting festivals– from pirates to speed boats, there’s a celebration to fit everyone’s taste. The biggest, and most popular, is of course our legendary Fantasy Fest– ten days of crazy costumed parading, partying and other debauched activities. But equally fun is the festival that marks the imminent opening of Fantasy Fest: Goombay Festival, a celebration of the tastes, sights and sounds of Caribbean culture. We impatiently await the opening of Goombay each year–a family-friendly festival that offers incredible food, music, dancing, performances and a true sense of community– and we’re so excited that it’s finally only a few more days away!

For two fabulous days beginning this Friday, October 19th,  stroll down the length of Petronia St. and see how long your willpower lasts (ours usually gives in right around the time we see the first foodstall. Conch salad, anyone?) This festival, the end of which marks the official beginning of Fantasy Fest and all its crazy glory, is the perfect way to dip your toe into the Key West festival pool. We’re certain you’ll love it.

The festival runs all day and offers something for everyone. This Friday, be sure to head down to Petronia Street and learn all about Caribbean culture… we’ll save some Conch salad for you, if you’re lucky.

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“Kid’s Show” Happening Today

Kids of all ages will be happy to hear that the annual “KIDS SHOW” is back! Today, Saturday, August 25th, from 10AM to 3PM, kids and their parents are invited to stop by the Double Tree Grand Key resort by Hilton for a day of games & nonstop fun, as a hotel ballroom is transformed into a a large indoor playground! This fundraising event brings local businesses and community organizations together to offer offer games, magicians, clowns, dancers, educational displays and more– all in the comfort of an indoor, air-conditioned ballroom! It’s a wonderful way for families to relax and play, with proceeds to benefit a good cause.

Tickets are $2 for adults and $1 for children, with proceeds to benefits the Wesley House Family Services, a local charity with a huge presence and heart here in Key West.
For more information call 305-304-1026.

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Tomorrow Night: Reggae Under The Stars

We know you might need a night off after last night’s festivities. We do too! So take tonight and have a lazy evening with the family before you head out tomorrow night for some of reggae’s most famous acts, joining hands for the first time to play a laid back, full moon concert. Friday night’s schedule looks like this: Head down to Sunset Pier (located at 0 Duval, part of the Ocean Key Resort) at 7:00pm after getting your tickets at www.keystix.com ($25 if you do it ahead of time, or $30 at the door.) Then grab a drink and relax to the sounds of The Original Wailers (including members of Bob Marley and The Wailers band), Yellowman & the Sagittarius Band. Rinse, repeat.

You can thank us later.

For more information, call 305-296-6253.

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Tomorrow: South Florida Symphony celebrates Pride Month

Join classical music fans as South Florida’s favorite symphony converges at the Tennessee Williams Cabaret Theatre to play favorites such as Tchaikovsky’s String Quartet No. 1 in D Major, Opus 11 and more! Celebrate some of the world’s best composers and kick off Key West Pride Fest in style. Show begins at 7:00pm, June 6th 2012. Tickets are $35 for reserved seating or $25 for general seating.
Tickets can be purchased through KeysTix. Special offer: Type PRIDE into the ‘promo code’ section and receive a 10 percent discount
For more information, contact the box office at 305-295-7676
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Tonight in Key West: Albert Castiglia, John Nemeth and more

Music lovers looking to kick up their heels tonight will have plenty of acts to choose from, with heavy-hitters scheduled to play shows across the island. Our picks below….

The Green Parrot bar, 601 Whitehead Street. Playing two shows tonight (at 5:30 and 10:00pm) Albert Castiglia will bring his bluesy rock n’ roll to our little island for what promises to be a crowd-stopper of a show. Having toured with rock gods such as ZZ Top and Elvin Bishop, Castiglia is a Florida native who was voted “Best Blues Guitarist” by New Times magazine. Get there early for a spot near the front!

The Hog’s Breath Saloon, 400 Front Street. Stellar opening acts like Kenny & George Victory (on stage from 1pm – 5pm) and the gorgeous Jessie Brown Trio (5:30pm – 9:30pm) will get the crowd riled up and ready to dance, but the act we’re most looking forward to is John Nemeth, a veritable blues prodigy whose swagger-drenched, toe-tapping music seems pulled from another era. A rising star with an unstoppable voice, Nemeth’s supernatural blend of retro-modern blues and soul music will enchant purists and hipsters alike. Bring your friends and we’ll see you there!

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Reggae Moon-Splash Festival and Beach Party

This Saturday, May 26, 2012 at 6:30pm, join four great musical acts on Higgs beach for an incredible night of music, food, drinks and relaxing beachside fun. The annual Reggae Moon-Splash Festival takes place right on the sand and under the stars, with proceeds going to benefit the Rotary Club’s College Scholarship Fund.

Entertainment will include…

JULIAN MARLEY & THE UPRISING: the Grammy-winning son of Bob Marley accompanied by a 9-piece band!
THE SPAM ALLSTARS: Grammy winners as well, who play an eclectic mix of funky-groove-party-soul, with horns!
SUENALO!: Miami’s top party band, outrageously fun!
DJ LANCE-O: Jamaica’s finest.

Buy your tickets now at www.keystix.com. This event is going to be very popular, so don’t wait until they’re all sold out!

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Musician Gordon Ross Returns to Key West

On Friday, May 18th at 8:00pm, the talented and popular Gordon Ross will return to the Studios of Key West for a one-night-only concert, with tickets already selling fast!

Accompanied by his new Musical Director, Mr. Michael Robinson, the show will bridge a wide spectrum of styles– from jazz to show tunes, blues and even the Beatles! It’s an evening that is sure to enchant both new fans and old ones. This much-loved local vocalist is scheduled to perform only two musical projects this year — both certain to sell out — so get your tickets now, before it’s too late!

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Catie Curtis comes to Key West

Folk-rock goddess Catie Curtis will play a show at Key West’s own Studios of Key West on White Street this Saturday, May 12th. Part of the “Old Town, New Folk” concert series, this one-night only performance from the legendary songstress is certainly not to be missed. Buy your tickets now, as this event is sure to be popular.

For tickets, show information, etc., visit: http://www.tskw.org/events/catie-curtis-in-concert/

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Key West Songwriter’s Festival is happening now!

Looking for something to do tonight?

The Key West Songwriter’s Festival is currently under way, and the line-up for the next few days looks outstanding. With performances at some of the island’s best restaurants and venues, this event is sure to keep your ears happy. The festival runs today through Sunday, with performances beginning  at 12:00 noon each day and continuing on until midnight– so check out the festival’s official schedule online and go see some local talent!

Go to http://www.keywestsongwritersfestival.com/WEB_2012_SCHEDULE.pdf to see the full list of who’s playing when. Grab the family, some friends or your favorite music-loving dog; this event is a crowd-pleaser!

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