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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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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!
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/
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!