Toko Irie Reggae.

Island Fest is back again with a lineup that will appeal to music lovers across genres. Artists specializing in country, blues, rock, jazz, latin, reggae and more will take the stage at the 31st annual Island Fest, presented by the Islamorada Chamber of Commerce. 

The two-day festival, which also features the Taste of Islamorada, a gourmet food competition, a vintage car show and roughly 100 artists from around the country selling their goods, will take place on Saturday and Sunday, April 1-2 at Founders Park.

The start of Island Fest’s live music line-up will come shortly after the event’s 10 a.m. kick-off on April 1. Among that Saturday’s daytime performers will be Toko Irie & The Newton Band, a Keys reggae favorite, and I Land Vibes who will be playing joyful beach tunes. 

“We’re an island band,” said head musician Rayner Washington. “So, we perform popular American songs with an island twist. And we promise you’ll leave feeling happy.”

Sunday’s entertainment will kick off with faces that are new to the Island Fest lineup, Cortadito. Since its origins 10 years ago, the evolution of Cortadito has led them to become one of the torch bearers of a pop culture phenomenon that is two centuries strong. A traditional folk and acoustic band that focuses on performing one of the earliest styles of Cuban country music known as Son (pronounced sown), their sound can best be described as reminiscent of the famed Buena Vista Social Club. 

The dynamic trio will be followed by the smooth sounds of the Pitbull of Blues Band. Renowned local painter Pasta will be painting to the rhythm of the blues. Attendees will enjoy the “Taste of Islamorada,” sampling food from the best restaurants in Islamorada (only on Sunday). Sunday afternoon would not be complete without some sing-along country performed by the Coconut Cowboys on the beach – from Hank to AC/DC, Skynyrd to Metallica, Waylon to Guns-N-Roses and everything in between.

Band frontman Dan Furmanik said, “We are honored and excited to perform our brand of entertainment for all the beautiful folks that will be attending Island Fest 2023 for the final concert on Sunday, April 2 starting at 2 p.m.”   

Featuring music, art, food, classic cars and fun, Island Fest offers something for everyone. Admission is free and on-site parking is available for a $5 donation. The Islamorada Chamber of Commerce encourages the public to “Keep the Scene Green” and bring your own reusable water container. Make sure to bring lawn chairs and blankets for a fun-filled day at Founders Park. More information is available from the Islamorada Chamber of Commerce at 305-664-4503.