HIP TO THE SCENE: IT’S ALL ABOUT HARMONY

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Harmony: the sound of more than one note played simultaneously. The definition seems simple enough, but harmony and its effects on the brain have been the subject...

HIP TO THE SCENE: WHO WON THIS YEAR’S KEY WEST MUSIC AWARDS?

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Winners of the 2024 Key West Music Awards Entertainer of the Year: Bria Ansara Song of the Year: Gary Hempsey Album of the Year: Tony Baltimore Songwriter of the Year:Tony Baltimore Rising...

HIP TO THE SCENE: DISTORTION — THE ART OF NOISE

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Distortion is something to be avoided — in most applications. It’s viewed as a plague, a deal-breaker. But in rock music distortion is the signature, the benchmark...

HIP TO THE SCENE: THE RENEWED STATE OF REGGAE

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Reggae Lou had always intended to make it to Key West. Leaving his home in San Diego, he and his family worked and lived in Lake Worth, Florida...

HIP TO THE SCENE: NICKY’S CELEBRATION ON FEB. 29 RECALLS A LIFE CUT SHORT

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On Thursday, Feb. 29, Nicky’s Celebration will take place at the Key West Theater. Now in its sixth year, the event raises money to help the families of...

HIP TO THE SCENE: FOR THE LOVE OF ORIGINAL MUSIC

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The passing of Jimmy Buffett affected everyone on this island. For a few days, even those of us who weren’t necessarily fans couldn’t help but feel the...

HIP TO THE SCENE: A SONG IS A SNAPSHOT

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Writing a song. Creating something from nothing. Crafting something tangible to encapsulate, represent and communicate an intangible quality that’s difficult to measure but easy to observe.  Some...

HIP TO THE SCENE: THE ANATOMY OF THE ANTHEM

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“We will, we will rock you.”  Most of us perk up a bit the moment we hear those six words. Our head starts to nod a bit aggressively...

HIP TO THE SCENE: ALL ABOUT THAT BASS

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The bass player. To many people they are simply another guitar player. Though they rarely seem to be the main focus of the band, they do seem...

HIP TO THE SCENE: RELATIVELY PITCH PERFECT

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A bat, a wolf, a dog, a gerbil, a bird and one person out of 10,000 all walk into a bar. A band is setting up on...

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