Florida Keys fish and crustaceans will be the featured attractions of Key West Seafood Festival scheduled from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 19, and from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 20, in Bayview Park
Included with the two-day $5 admission to the 14th Annual Florida Keys Seafood Festival is a fantastic entertainment lineup with a diverse musical variety to suite everyone's tastes. On Saturday, January 19, at 11 am, enjoy the Latin/American stylings of The 3Amigo's followed by the island rhythm band Cayó Ritmo at 1 pm. Billy the Squid and the Sea Cow Drifters takes the stage at 3 pm offering Outlaw Country and rockabilly from Key West's only Honkey Conch band. At 5:45 pm the Cuban dance troupe Key West Comparsa will perform and rounding out the night is classic rock band Haywire playing hits from the 70s to today.
On Sunday, January 20, singer songwriter John Emil drops in from the mainland to offer Delta blues and American roots music on acoustic Hawaiian Lap steel guitar and Dobro. At 1 pm The Happy Dog will take on everything from Marley to the Dead and finally at 3 pm until close, The Beatle Band will offer a musical tribute to the Fab Four with a collection of some of Key West's finest musicians; Tony Baltimore, Hiram Garzaro, Chris Thomas & Jeff Clark.
$3 Beers and $6 wine, rum runners and rumritas will be available for purchase along with a variety of reasonably priced fresh seafood caught, cleaned, cooked and served by your local fisherman. Seating available; lawn chairs permitted. For more information visit www.floridakeysseafoodfestival.com or facebook.com/flkeysseafoodfestival/
Saturday, January 19
11 am - The 3Amigo’s is a power trio featuring 3 of Key West’s Finest Musicians. Rolando Rojas (Keyboards/Vocals) Hiram Garzaro (Drums/Vocals) and Rick Fusco (Guitar/Vocals). Without a doubt, this diverse trio will have you up & dancing to their choice selection of Latin and American Music!
1 pm - Cayó Ritmo means "Island Rhythm”. Guitarist Ross Brown leads this group of some of Key West's finest local musicians. The band performs in an eclectic mix of island sounds with emphasis on rhythm and percussion featuring Reggae, Calypso, Soca, Latin, Funk and Rock.
3 pm - People who get the opportunity to see Jerrod perform with Billy the Squid and the Sea Cow Drifters are amazed by the group’s ability to seem as though it has been transported right out of the hot-rod era. Their voices, their electric guitar riffs, their clothing, are so incredibly authentic you wouldn't know the difference between then and now. Come enjoy Outlaw Country from Key West's only Honkey Conch band.
5:45 pm - Key West Comparsa is an all-volunteer dance group that has been sharing the historic Cuban style comparsa dance with the Key West community since 1999. This eclectic group consists of eight flamboyant dancers decked out in their traditional red, white and blue Comparsa costume dress.
6 pm – Haywire. In late 2012 a lightning bolt hit Key West and from the smoke and ash emerged five musicians, all Key West locals who formed an awesome cover band playing rock hits from the 70's to today. Screaming guitars, driving rhythms and great vocals cover alternative, classic rock, new rock, old rock, and even a country song or two will have you screaming for more. Lead Vocals: Paul Wachter, Guitar & Vocals: Steve Kessler, Guitar: Dave Henschen, Bass & Vocals: James Fleetwood and Drums: Vinny Smith.
Sunday, January 20
11 am - John Emil is a singer songwriter playing Delta blues, American roots music on acoustic Hawaiian Lap steel guitar and Dobro. He performs is own compositions and arrangements of Delta blues and American roots songs. Equally adept with the acoustic Hawaiian lap steel guitar and dobro, Emil first appeared on the South Florida music scene in 2000. Fans hear haunting, subtle hints of Delta bluesmen Son House and Blind Willie Johnson, but Emil ultimately creates a unique style all his own by integrating country blues, folk, bluegrass and lush Hawaiian sounds into his repertoire.
1 pm - The Happy Dog is a sound zoo. Live shows can take on an improvisational spirit that may swing between any of their influences ranging from the Talking Heads to Bob Marley to the Beatles to the Grateful Dead. The sound is amplified by more modern influences such as Wilco, Ween, Radiohead, Animal Collective, and T.V. on the Radio. The band is based in Philadelphia, and regularly plays throughout the region, from Key West to New York.
3:30 pm - The Beatle Band isn’t just a tribute to the Fab Four. It’s a group of talented local Key West musicians that are close friends and share a common love for Paul, John, George & Ringo. It’s a fabulous side project they’ve formed in order to perform the music of the greatest band that ever was. The Beatle Band consists of Tony Baltimore, Hiram Garzaro, Chris Thomas & Jeff Clark.