Ben Solove

Ben Solove is a local radio personality and music promoter who loves to share his passion for music.

KEY WEST LOSES MUSICAL LEGEND BILL BLUE

(Editor’s note: As a tribute to the late musician Bill Blue, who died July 15 after a battle with cancer, the Key West Weekly is re-running a tribute column by Ben Solove from April 2021 with minor edits and updates.) Bill Blue was a Key West musical icon. The blues...

KEY WEST’S MUSIC SCENE IS HOT AS EVER

Music has been a significant part of Key West culture for over a century and is a huge part of what makes Key West an attractive place for tourists and locals. Dating back to the great Ellen Sanchez and her work in establishing Key West as a music hot spot,...

MEET GLASS CATS, KEY WEST’S HOT NEW BAND

A new band recently formed in Key West. Glass Cats has been playing their experimental jam-based, funky soul-filled grooves around town for the past couple of months. The four-piece band consists of Myles Mancuso on guitar and vocals, Mark King on bass and vocals, Michael Wingate on keys and...

TONY BALTIMORE & FRIENDS CELEBRATE ALBUM RELEASE

Conch Town Records recording artist Tony Baltimore released his latest single and video, “That Girl’s Got Eyes,” on Feb. 24. He is set to release the complete album and his third solo album “Let’s All Go Insane,” on June 19.  On the evening of Baltimore’s single release, Conch Town Records...

MEET NICK BROWNELL, KEY WEST’S ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR

Key West musician Nick Brownell was recently named Entertainer of the Year at the inaugural Key West Music Awards. “I’m so honored to have received the Iggy Award for Entertainer of the Year,” Brownell says. “I’m still riding high from the awards show.” Born in Kansas, Nick’s family moved to Sandusky,...

INAUGURAL KEY WEST MUSIC AWARDS PACKS THE HOUSE

Look out, Grammys, there’s a new award show in town. The first-ever Key West Music Awards, known as the Iggys, on Jan. 30 packed the house at the Key West Theater. Conceived and created by locals Ray West and Ben Solove, the awards are meant to “celebrate the hard-working musicians, songwriters,...

FINALISTS ANNOUNCED FOR INAUGURAL KEY WEST MUSIC AWARDS

The inaugural Key West Music Awards, aka the Iggy Awards, will take place at 7 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 30 at the Key West Theater on Eaton Street.  The nomination committee has completed its job and named the finalists in all 20 categories. The difficult decisions are now in the capable...

KEYS MUSIC: COCONUT KOALAS DUO IS GENUINE, REFRESHING & TALENTED

Solomon Underwood and Luna Clementine Fox met in Marathon in the Florida Keys in July 2019. The two hit it off immediately.“We met 2 ½ years ago in Marathon,” said Underwood. “In fact, that was also the very first time we played music together.” Underwood, 28, was born and raised...

THE IGGYS: KEY WEST LAUNCHES ITS OWN MUSIC AWARDS

A few months ago, believing I was the guy to help him out, my good friend and local musician Ray West reached out, with what he thought was a great idea: Our very own Key West version of the Grammy Awards. Not only did I think it was a...

BEN SOLOVE EXPLORES ALLMAN BROTHERS’ HOME-TURNED-MUSEUM

I spent a lovely September in Ohio visiting family and friends. I drove up and had planned to drive back down to Key West in early October to catch the Dead & Company concerts in West Palm Beach and Tampa. Unfortunately, those shows were canceled. So I made the...

MUSICIAN SPOTLIGHT: RAY WEST

Multi-instrumentalist singer/songwriter Ray West has been playing music in the Florida Keys since making Key West his home in 2008.  His journey is one of personal, professional and spiritual growth. West had a challenging childhood and upbringing. Moving from place to place and home to home provided little stability.  “I never had...

LONG LIVE ROCK – A VISIT TO THE HALL OF FAME

I was visiting family last week in Ohio. Despite having been born and raised there, I had never been to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland. I know, it’s hard to imagine a music junkie such as myself missing that. So we decided to check it...