Music and events that happen in Key West as observed by Chris Rehm. “What Happens in Key West Stays in Key West” Wrong! Everyone wants to know what’s happening in Key West!
Announcing the Lineup for the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association’s 19th Annual Key West Songwriters Festival
Presented by BMI, Benefitting The Shepherd Center SHARE Military Initiative
in association with Visit Florida, Comcast, Jagermeister and
the Key West & Florida Keys Tourist Development Council
NASHVILLE, February 18, 2014 – Broadcast Music, Inc.®, (BMI®), global leader in music rights management, announces the lineup for the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association’s 19th Annual Key West Songwriters Festival presented by BMI, benefitting the Shepherd Center SHARE Military Initiative, set for May 7-11, 2014. The Key West Songwriters Festival will again feature many of music’s most beloved songwriters heading to the southernmost point for five days of one-of-a-kind showcases and concert events dotting venues across the island.
“Our involvement with the Key West Songwriters Festival is just another way we at BMI demonstrate our full commitment to our songwriters, getting their music exposed in meaningful, unique settings,” said BMI’s Executive Director of Writer/Publisher Relations Mark Mason. “We are honored to have the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association on board to make this year’s festival the biggest and best yet.”
The impressive 2014 list of performers includes headliners Sara Evans, Anders Osborne, 2014 GRAMMY Award winner Kacey Musgraves, Robert Earl Keen, Kree Harrison, DJ DU, Matraca Berg, Tony Joe White, and 2013 BMI Country Icon Dean Dillon.
Additional performers include The World Famous Headliners, Natalie Hemby, Wendell Mobley, Chuck Cannon, Colin Lake, Jeff Hanna, Even Stevens, Hugh Prestwood, James Slater, Steve Bogard, Doug Johnson, Love and Theft, Gary Chapman, Pete Abbot, Dean Alexander, Seth Alley, Dylan Altman, Marshall Altman, Al Anderson, Kelly Archer, Misa Arriaga, Sammy Arriaga, Sherrie Austin, Matt Backer, Phil Barton, Ty Bates, Jabe Beyer, Brinn Black, Blackwater Bride, Callaghan, Shawn Camp, Jessica Campbell, Mark Case, Tommy Cecil, Wiley Chandler, Jeff Cohen, Adam Craig, Rob Crosby, Jalan Crossland, Colby Dee, Josh Dorr, Mason Douglas, Erik Dylan, Brooke Eden, Amanda Flynn, Marti Frederiksen, John Frinzi, Ashley Gearing, Lacy Green, Sam Grow, Haley & Michaels, Michael Hardy, Sara Haze, Kat Higgins, Elisha Hoffman, Rebecca Lynn Howard, Courtney Jaye, Paul Jenkins, Bryson Jennings, Kimberly June, Kristen Kelly, Kingston, Shannon Labrie, Jesse Lee, Lindsey Lee, Marjory Lee, Sonia Leigh, Toby Lightman, Megan Linville, Little Feather, Misty Loggins, Loving Mary, Cheryl LuQuire, Phil Madeira, Josh Matheny, Erin McCarley, Clay McClinton, Pat McLaughlin, Suzie McNeil, Phoenix Mendoza, Mike Mentz, Jake Mitchell, Heather Morgan, Liz Moriondo, Maren Morris, Greg Morrow, Danny Myrick, Kallie North, Shane Piasecki, Patrice Pike, Danika Portz, Jacob Powell, Michael Ray, Tyler Reeve, Michael Rhodes, Jesse Rice, Jon Roniger, Ben Rue, Kylie Sackley, Aaron Scherz, Emily Shackelton, Lucie Silvas, Haley Steele, Adley Stump, Sundy Best, Bridgette Tatum, The Massacoustics, Michael Tolcher, Guthrie Trapp, Brianna Tyson, Walker McGuire, Bruce Wallace, Taylor Watson, Jason White, Channing Wilson, Jessy Wilson, Billy Yates, Kate York, and many more.
“The Key West Songwriters Festival blends the best in the music business with a lively city that encompasses the Florida experience, and we are thrilled to sponsor the event,” said Carol Dover, President and CEO of the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association. “This year, we feel the diverse talent lineup will encourage people to take a trip to the state’s southernmost point to hear the stories behind the big hits and go on an adventure to a unique destination.”
After 2013’s record-breaking year, the 2014 edition of the festival promises to deliver even more finely-crafted music and stories behind the hits. Anders Osborne is set to headline the festival’s kickoff concert on Wednesday, May 7 on the Sunset Pier at the Ocean Key Resort. Over the course of five days, more than 50 free shows and in-the-round showcases featuring some of the nation’s finest songwriters will follow, including a free concert on Duval Street with Sara Evans, co-presented by RCA Records Nashville. Last year’s Duval St. concert saw a record audience of over 5,000 people.
Six ticketed shows will pack the historic San Carlos Theatre, Tropic Cinema, and The Studios of Key West. 2014 GRAMMY Award winner Kacey Musgraves will close out the festival with a must-see performance on the Casa Marina Resort beach. Tickets will go on sale mid-March and can be purchased at keywestsongwritersfestival.com. Specific lineups and venue information will be announced soon.
For updates, follow @BMI on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook, and use hashtag #BMIKeyWest.
Proceeds from the Key West Songwriters Festival will benefit SHARE Military Initiative at Shepherd Center, a comprehensive rehabilitation program that focuses on assessment and treatment for service men and women who have sustained a mild to moderate traumatic brain injury and PTSD from the Afghanistan and Iraqi conflicts.
For a complete listing of sponsoring hotels, local businesses, participating songwriters and more, visit www.keywestsongwritersfestival.com.
About the Key West Songwriters Festival
The Key West Songwriters Festival is the largest festival of its kind in the world. The event’s 1995 debut was small but memorable, featuring Mickey Newbury and Shel Silverstein. BMI stepped in as a partner and sponsor in 1996 and has helped it grow into both a tourist attraction and favorite of island locals. The festival revolves around five days and nights of more than 30 free shows, staged at an array of the island’s most popular drinking holes and hot spots, where live music introduces crowds to the faces, voices and stories behind the songs. Diverse lineups featuring more than 100 top songwriters deliver rare, “Key West-only” moments. More info available at
Broadcast Music Inc. (BMI) is a global leader in music rights management, serving as an advocate for the value of music. BMI represents the public performance rights in more than 8.5 million musical works created and owned by more than 600,000 songwriters, composers, and music publishers. The Company negotiates music license agreements and distributes the fees it generates as royalties to its affiliated writers and publishers when their songs are performed in public. In 1939, BMI created a groundbreaking open-door policy becoming the only performing rights organization to welcome and represent the creators of blues, jazz, country, and American roots music. Today, the musical compositions in BMI’s repertoire, from chart toppers to perennial favorites span all genres of music and are consistently among the most-performed hits of the year. For additional information and the latest BMI news, visit bmi.com, follow us on Twitter @BMI or stay connected through Broadcast Music Inc.’s Facebook page.
Drew Maynard, BMI
Here is the preliminary daily schedule for the event. Remember that you must be a member of one of the Castaways clubs in order to register and attend.
Wednesday, June 4
Goodie bag stuffing
Pre-event outing at Smokin’ Tuna Saloon
Thursday, June 5
Check in/credential pick up
“P-Jammin’ Pajama Party” at Doubletree Ballroom – music by the John Patti Project, with opening act Roger Jokela
Friday, June 6
Pool party all afternoon – music by John Patti, Jimi Pappas and John Frinzi
Fun, relay-type pool games
You can sign up for Kokomo Joe’s Off Duval Bar Crawl, which involves stops at 5 bars where you will receive a free drink at each. A portion of the proceeds from this outing will be donated to Care Camp. For more details and to sign up for that, please go to http://kokomojoeskeywest.com/. It’s a fun night!
Saturday, June 7
Annual Hangover Classic Walk to Hurricane Hole – music by Frankendread, followed by Dennis McCaughey of Tropical Soul
While there, attendees can rent jet skis, paddle boards, kayaks, speed boats and more
Snorkel trips, trips around the reef and other fun available
Food and drink specials
Private, attendees-only concert at the historic San Carlos Theater by Howard Livingston and the Mile Marker 24 Band!
Sunday, June 8
All-day outing to Snipe Point – includes lunch, free beer, wine and rum punch – concert by Howard Livingston’s trio.
The San Carlos and Snipe Point outings are limited seating so register early to assure your spot! Registration is now open.
Music and events that happen in Key West as observed by Chris Rehm. “What Happens in Key West Stays in Key West” Wrong! Everyone wants to know what’s happening in Key West!
Yeah, this really IS a different country alright! HA HA HA!
KEY WEST ARTISAN MARKET!!!
For those in Key West, once a month, be sure to check out the new Key West Artisan Market! This is a fabulous addition to Key West and is getting rave reviews by all that have attended! This month’s is this coming Sunday, February 23, 2014!!! The event is held in the parking lot of The Restaurant Store, on Eaton St. Live music, crafts, fresh produce, and…. BEER!!!! The beer is brewed on premises at the Rastaurant Store, by Bone Island Brewing and this Sunday’s event will be the official grand opening of the Brewery! 9 am – 2pm.
Here’s their Facebook page, so you can check it out!
June 5 – 8 – Meet Me In The Keys, Key West, Fl – The John Patti Project, The JP’s (John Patti and Jimi Pappas), John Frinzi, Dennis McCaughey and Howard Livingston and the Mile Marker 24 Band!
July 10-13 – Laid Back Attack Seattle, Wa – Jim Morris & the Big Bamboo Band, Jimi Pappas. John Patti, Don Middlebrook and the Pearl Divers, Brittany Kingery & Game Six, Scott Kirby, Mark Mulligan, Gene Mitchell, Thom Shepherd, Dani Hoy, Sam Rainwater, Dave Calhoun, Dan Hower, Dave Roberts.
Fun news for the day! My Facebook page has garnered #5 in the Top Ten Tropical Pages!
It’s great to have the acknowledgement and know that promoting Key West to the world pays off in appreciation! I run this blog with the same thing in mind. So many people the world over, love Key West and the Florida Keys, I try to help those who love it here to make it a part of their daily lives from afar. Even if it’s just for a few seconds on Facebook, or perhaps a bit longer and more in depth, here on the blog, it’s great to know it’s all worthwhile! Thank you Ed Robinson!!!
Also, check out Ed Robinson’s book, which is inexpensive and available on Amazon as a download “Leap Of Faith”, an autobiography on saying the heck with the rat race and buying a boat and living on it!
BAR TENDING WITH BORIS
I started doing the Bar Tending With Boris videos almost two years ago. I started calling myself Boris because it fit with the word Bar Tending and also, it was my nickname in grammar school. In my school, everyone had a nickname. There was Gonzo, Dirk, Gabe, Fudd, Phonzo, Bunk, … the list went on and on! My nickname was “Boris” after Boris Badenov in the Rocky and Bullwinkle cartoons. HA HA!
So it wasn’t like I just pulled the name out of thin air… I just pulled it out of mothballs!
The fun thing about doing it was that the first take is never right. The drink may sometimes need tweaking, but the video always does. Not being a believer in waste, naturally the drink in the bad take must be consumed. So, you can imagine what it can be like by the third or fourth take! :-O
Over time I’ve also had several assistants who have helped me out on these comic endeavors. Up to this last week, we’ve had Bobby DeVito (a.k.a. Bobby D.), Cindi Hogan, Doug Bittner, and Rick Hogan. The locations have also been in my own kitchen, 90 miles and three blocks from Havana, in Key West, as well as up on Cudjoe Key, twenty-two miles north of here. It’s been quite a laugh!
I say “comic”, as although the drink recipes are quite refined and authentic, the presentation is really, quite off the wall! First of all, there’s a bar tender named Boris and second, after three or four takes, he’s often hammered!
No, these are not bar tending videos that have some guy in a three piece suit, ruffled shirt, and a bow tie, who doesn’t know how to break a smile, being very, very serious in his drink making instruction. No, these are FUN videos and funny at the same time. After all, the ONLY reason people drink is to alter their consciousness, hopefully for the right reasons. What Bar Tending With Boris offers is something that is focused on the fun side of bar tending. If someone wants to see some guy acting like he just ate a lemon and has a stick up his ass, there are hundreds of them on Youtube to be seen. However, if someone wants to have fun and a good laugh, Bar Tending With Boris is for them!
In addition, the recipes we’re doing are actually second to none. I’ll put these recipes up against anything out there that the lemon eating, stick up the ass, bow tie bar tending, Youtube bar tendering brigade can offer. Don’t get me wrong. Their recipes are very good, but ours are on the level with the best of them, just a whole lot more fun to watch! In all the comic mayhem in the videos, if anyone who sees them tries the recipes, they’ll be amazed. They are all great recipes! Try them!
In the last two editions that have been done, we’ve added my roommate my Dani Hoy, who has contributed immensely! First of all, there’s her marvelous personality and magnetic smile! Second, there are her video editing skills. In the past I’ve always just took a full take. There was no editing. With Dani here we now have intros, intro music, great editing, and the recipe written out for the viewer at the end! The game has stepped up! Here’s the first one we put together, The Mojito, or The Key West Earthquake Mojito, as we had an earthquake about 40 minutes earlier that day.
After that, Dani and I boarded our friends Larry Poff and Michelle Dougan’s boat “Transition”, here in Key West and set sail with our friends from Albuquerque Michelle and Brian Fields, as well as Chris Robinson. This was the first Bar Tending With Boris where our location was on a boat sailing! This time we had Michelle and Brian as guest bar tenders and they made us a marvelous variation of the Margarita from Albuquerque, The Cucumber and Jalapeno Margarita! As I write this on January 25, 2014 this is our latest video installment!
We’re always trying new things, so who knows what will be next? One thing is for sure however, we WILL be doing more on the high seas, celebrating both the cocktails and the waters of Key West. I mean seriously, if the opportunity is there, when in Key West, who in their right mind would not head out on the beautiful water here?
We made a Facebook Page that have all the Bar Tending With Boris videos and will also have the newest ones as they come out! Please feel free to join the page!!!
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Thank you everyone!!
Austin’s newest concert venue will open at 8 p.m. on April 5 with an inaugural performance by country superstar Kenny Chesney.
The Austin 360 Tower Amphitheater is located in the center of the Circuit of the Americas (COTA) race track underneath the iconic 220 foot tall observation tower. Show capacity at the theater is about 15,000 with just over 5,000 seats and a large grass berm for general admission. COTA calls it the largest permanent stage in Austin.
The show represents one more step in COTA’s plan to make the circuit a 365 day events destination. Last week COTA made a bid to host the ESPN X Games from 2014 through 2017 and is looking to add tennis to their sports schedule. In addition to sports and concerts, COTA is hosting a number of conventions and last month began hosting gala events.
Chesney, the biggest ticket seller in country music and four time CMA “Entertainer of the Year,” is set to kick off his “No Shoes Nation” American tour March 16. He just added 26 new dates to the tour, expanding to 46 stops including Austin. Kacey Musgraves will open for Chesney.
“We’re thrilled to open our new Tower Amphitheater, which will be the largest outdoor entertainment venue in Central Texas, with the No. 1 ticket seller in country music today,” Circuit President Steve Sexton said in a press release.
“Kenny Chesney is a remarkable and engaging performer, a true fan favorite and one of the elite touring artists in the world. The Tower Amphitheater will showcase the biggest names in music, and for our very first show, it doesn’t get much bigger than Kenny Chesney.”
Tickets for the show start at $45, which does not include parking — and you will need parking — that will cost an additional $12.
December started off with a bit of a twist for me. For quite some time I’ve been dealing with heart disease and now and then it rears it’s head. My issue is cholesterol which causes blockage in the arteries that are in my heart. The good news is that I have a great cardiologist and his team, here in Key West, Dr. Bruce Boros. I drove up to Miami Beach and was in and out of the hospital in less than 24 hours. The solution is having a stent put in, which opens up the artery and the blood flow returns to normal. The weird thing about this is that there is virtually no recovery period! One minute you’re feeling like you’re ready to check out, the next you’re ready to run around the block! Many thanks to Dr. Boros as well as the team in Miami Beach headed by Dr. Berger.
The great thing here was the fact that it required a drive back through the Keys to get home! I always tell anyone coming to Key West to be sure to take your time driving through the Keys to appreciate them for what they are. In English we have a saying for this that goes “Take time to stop and smell the roses”. I elected to do this as well. Prior to moving to Key West, I lived in the southern area of Miami/Dade County and consequently I’d hop in the car and take a 30 mile drive (49 Km) to Key Largo. What a perfect excuse to head and stop there on my way home! I found myself at one of my favorite haunts which is one of the best bars in the entire world, The Caribbean Club. Some may remember the Caribbean Club from my blog a while back naming the ten best bars in the Florida Keys?
I arrived about an hour before sunset, which is always impeccable, as the back of the Caribbean Club is on Black Water Sound.
Caribbean Club Panorama
Boat leaving to parts unknown
I made a rendezvous with my dear friend Nina while I was there and we headed over to another place in Key Largo, Sharkey’s (also see ten best bars in the Keys) where our friend Mike was playing. I’ve known Mike for nearly twenty years, from my days in Miami/Dade! What a great thing it was to go as well! I ended up getting to sit in with his band for a couple of songs. Here I was, only hours out of the hospital after a heart procedure and I’m sitting for a couple of songs! Thank God for medical science!
I stayed overnight in Key Largo and continued my trip in the morning after grabbing a breakfast at a restaurant in Key Largo that I often go to, Mrs. Mack’s.
My next stop was in Islamorada, a town south of Key Largo consisting of about five or six islands. For me, my stop there this time was Robbie’s. Robbie’s is really just a shack. It’s a lot like stepping into a time warp actually. What is so unique about Robbie’s is that off their dock, you can feed the tarpon with buckets of fish that you can buy at the shack. A tarpon is a good sized game fish. They are not edible. Here we’re not fishing for them, but rather feeding them! There are also a lot of pelicans hanging out there as well, who are more than happy to compete with the tarpon for the fish!
Leaving there, my next stop was just a pedestrian bridge, built on the old traffic bridge. These are all up and down the Keys, this one being at Lower Matacumbe Key. I was amazed at the strength of the current. Bear in mind that this is that the bridges are where the Atlantic Ocean meets the Flor8ida Bay/Gulf of Mexico. Driving south, you’ll have the Atlantic Ocean on your left and the Gulf of Mexico on your right. The tidal currents were amazingly strong here!
I’ll continue this trip on the next blog!
I hope everyone had a fantastic holiday season!
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Happy New Year!!!!