Key West is special to Barry Cuda. It’s small, very safe, and easy to walk around.
Some people come once a year, often from Miami. Live music abounds, with a variety of patrons supporting a large variety of music.

Once while Cuda was playing at Sloppy Joe’s a woman came up to him with an urn containing her brother’s ashes. She explained her brother was a big fan. His will requested that his remains be taken around to his favorite "watering holes.” She wanted to know if she could sit the urn on Cuda’s piano while he played a song. As requested, Barry got rowdy and played like Jerry Lee with his elbows and feet. The urn vibrated off the piano and landed on the first table just as people had been served their dinner. The urn broke and ashes were all over their conch fritters. As the lady tried to scrape up some of her brother, Cuda just kept playing.

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