Elite musicians highlight the annual Key Largo Original Music Festival, featuring live performances Thursday through Sunday, May 17-20.
The four-day festival stars music for all ages and tastes, offering attendees an intimate look behind the original hits of songwriters/performers from Nashville, Georgia, Louisiana, Texas and Florida, in country, folk, pop, rock and blues.
The 2018 fest showcases five intimate stages on the bay: Breezers at the Marriott Bay Beach Resort, Sundowners, Señor Frijoles, Cactus Jack’s with a festival finale and beach barbecue at the Caribbean Club. All the eateries/watering holes are close together at MM 104 bayside. Admission is free to all venues, and music continues late into the evenings.
A packed lineup kicks off Thursday, May 17 from 6 to 10:30 p.m. at Sundowners. Nashville singers/songwriters RJ Comer, Ryan Robinette and Shawn Byrne are to be joined by local favorites Dave Feder and Adrienne Z, festival veterans Jer Gregg and Nick Britt and Nashville rising stars LaLa Deaton and Lockwood Barr and others.
Fans of NBC’s “The Voice” won’t want to miss Sheena Brook, finalist from Florida on Season 12 who was picked by Adam Levine to be on his team. After the show, Brook released her new EP “The First Time.” Look for her performances throughout the festival.
The 2018 festival welcomes back Robinson Treacher, who performed in 2015. At the crossroads of blues, folk and Americana, Robinson’s songwriting style is matched by his deeply passionate vocals. Robinson draws influences from all genres, including rock, country, folk & R&B.
Fans of Saints of Havana won’t be disappointed in their new lineup and the newly named band Saints & Angels, fronted by Lindsey Penner. Their musical style mixes country and rock and harkens back to the great musicality of the ’70s superbands.
Audiences can also enjoy the return of festival favorites like Nashville’s Sebastian Garcia and J Hartley, Georgia’s lyricist Julie Gribble, and the tight, swirling harmonies of alternative country rock duo 33 Years.
For a full lineup, visit keylargooriginalmusicfest.com
The festival finale and beach barbecue is Sunday, May 20, from 2 to 10 p.m. at the Caribbean Club. The show features nearly 20 live performances in 90-minute segments. Florida Keys award winning Chef Andrew ‘Drew’ Tsang will serve up barbecue at $15 per head throughout the day. Admission is free.