The Soul of Key West
Key West Music Scene

Continuing a journey that started in 2011 at the Key West Musicians Festival. The next installment of "The Soul of Key West, Volume II" will try to further define the dynamic Key West music scene. The goal of Volume II was to help explain the Key West music phenomena, provide some scale and scope to the understanding. It contains interviews with 65 musicians over 160 photos of their performances. A survey of most of the 54 venues for live music indicates over 16,000 performances are scheduled annually with over 300 gigs a week in a compact city the size of a small mid-western village. Attendance at the 30th annual Key West Musician Festival reached 18,000 in 2015, the Keystock Music Festival has been drawing over 3,000 for the past three years. Key West is becoming a music destination for visitors from around the world. Visitors enjoy warm winter weather and the robust music scene. If Nashville is considered Music City then Key West is Music Island.

The Soul of Key West Vol. I & Vol. II are available in most gift shops, The Island Book Store, and online at:

http://www.rwdepalma.com/shop

Amazon link:
http://www.amazon.com/The-Soul-West-Ralph-Palma/dp/061587889X/


Don't miss the Key West Music Festival. Its an annual two day gathering of all of our Key West talent and music.

http://www.keywestmusiciansfestival.com/

When it comes to music we are truly blessed. There is so much variety and talent in Key West. Its not very difficult to enjoy an evening of great music any night of the week. Friday its Soundcheck at the Green Parrot. Barry Cuda and the "Bong Hits For Geezers" entertain at BO's Fish Wagon on Friday. There are Blues almost every night somewhere in Key West - Caffiene Carl and plays his smoking guitar at Virgilios and the Smoking Tuna, the King of Soul Robert Albury at the Sunset Pier Thursday through Sunday, and so on, and so on.

There are over 50 venues in Key West that offer live music. A cover charge is unheard of. For the price of a few cold drinks -- and a gratuity for the band of course - you can walk a few blocks of Duval Street and hear 4-5 great bands any night of the week.

I walked into the Green Parrot recently on a Sunday afternoon for their Jazz Jam. I knew all five musicians on stage and it occurred to me after a little math in my head that there was over 140 years of musical experience performing.

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2017 Soul of Key West Calendar

2017 Soul of Key West Calendar

The Soul of Key West, Volume 1

The Soul of Key West, Volume 1

The Soul of Key West, Volume 2

The Soul of Key West, Volume 2

Crooks Second Line Celebration

Crooks Second Line Celebration

Mac McAnally

Mac McAnally

Key West Soul

Key West Soul

James Slater

James Slater

Coffee Butler

Coffee Butler

Bill Blue

Bill Blue

Caffeine Carl Wagoner

Caffeine Carl Wagoner

Paradise Big Band

Paradise Big Band

Fats Navarro Tribute

Fats Navarro Tribute

Key West Musicians Festival

Key West Musicians Festival

Terri White

Terri White

Keystock

Keystock

CW Colt

CW Colt

Barry Cuda

Barry Cuda

Johnny King Fundraiser

Johnny King Fundraiser

Paulie Walterson At 70

Paulie Walterson At 70

Key West Music Car

Key West Music Car

Southernmost Brass

Southernmost Brass

Dave Burns

Dave Burns

Claire Finley Collection

Claire Finley Collection

Zack Seemiller at TSKW

Zack Seemiller at TSKW

Wharfstock -That Old Hippie Band

Wharfstock -That Old Hippie Band

Jimmy Buffett at MOTM 2015

Jimmy Buffett at MOTM 2015

Jimmy Buffett on Duval St.

Jimmy Buffett on Duval St.

Howard Livingston and the MM24 Band

Howard Livingston and the MM24 Band

The Paul Cotton Band

The Paul Cotton Band

The Ramble by Nick Norman

The Ramble by Nick Norman

Sauce Boss & Bill Blue

Sauce Boss & Bill Blue

Key West Songwriters Festival

Key West Songwriters Festival

Scott Kirby

Scott Kirby

VNA Hospice 4th of July

VNA Hospice 4th of July

Denis Hyland at TSKW

Denis Hyland at TSKW

Peter Mayer Group

Peter Mayer Group

The Shoe Burnin

The Shoe Burnin

Annual Tribute to Bob Marley

Annual Tribute to Bob Marley

Ericson Holt

Ericson Holt

Richard Crooks

Richard Crooks

Larry Baeder

Larry Baeder

Caribe of Key West

Caribe of Key West

Deb Hudson

Deb Hudson

Larry Smith Music

Larry Smith Music

Fabulous Spectrelles

Fabulous Spectrelles

The Commotion on the Ocean

The Commotion on the Ocean

Love Lane Gang

Love Lane Gang

INS

INS

ConchFest

ConchFest

Green Parrot Ukelele Society

Green Parrot Ukelele Society

World Famous Headliners

World Famous Headliners

Keys Chorale 2014

Keys Chorale 2014

Pato Banton at the Sunset Pier

Pato Banton at the Sunset Pier

Adrienne Zolondick and Woody Jenkins

Adrienne Zolondick and Woody Jenkins

Blues Brothers with Larry Baeder

Blues Brothers with Larry Baeder

Goombay 2014

Goombay 2014

Amy Lee & Soul City

Amy Lee & Soul City

Randy Roberts

Randy Roberts

Matt Backer CD

Matt Backer CD

Terry Cassidy and Gary Hempsey

Terry Cassidy and Gary Hempsey

Solaris Hill String Band

Solaris Hill String Band

Rock Solomon

Rock Solomon

Libby York "Memoirs"

Libby York "Memoirs"

Carmen Rodriquez at the Green Parrot

Carmen Rodriquez at the Green Parrot

Carmen Rodriquez at the San Carlos Theater

Carmen Rodriquez at the San Carlos Theater

Bill & Howard for Habitat

Bill & Howard for Habitat

80th Anniversary of the Repeal of Prohibition

80th Anniversary of the Repeal of Prohibition

George Victory and Friends

George Victory and Friends

Mitch and the Rockin 88's

Mitch and the Rockin 88's

Wild Magnolias

Wild Magnolias

Adrienne Zalondick

Adrienne Zalondick

Zack Seemiller

Zack Seemiller

Valerie at the TSKW

Valerie at the TSKW

Very Valerie Holiday

Very Valerie Holiday

Maj Johnson Magical Night

Maj Johnson Magical Night

Skipper's Birthday Party

Skipper's Birthday Party

Caribbean Queen Junkanoo Band

Caribbean Queen Junkanoo Band

Spam Allstars at the Green Parrot

Spam Allstars at the Green Parrot

90 Mile Lounge

90 Mile Lounge

Cinco de Mayo

Cinco de Mayo

Tim & The Dude

Tim & The Dude

Key West Musicians Festival 2016 Day 2

Key West Musicians Festival 2016 Day 2