Musicians descend on Key Largo for music fest

Dallas Remington of Nashville and Grace Pettis of Austin entertain the crowd with original songs on a sunny afternoon.

More than two dozen elite musicians excelling at country, folk, pop and rock music will gather in the Florida Keys Thursday through Sunday, Oct. 15-18, for the Key Largo Original Music Festival.

Normally held in May but delayed this year due to the global COVID-19 crisis, the event consists of four days of live performances.

In socially distanced, outdoor Key Largo venues, attendees are afforded intimate behind-the-scenes experiences, hearing the original hits of songwriter-performers from Tennessee, New York and Florida as well as Florida Keys favorites.

The stages at six waterfront eateries and watering holes offer an individual flavor and ambiance for listeners, who pay nothing to attend other than the cost of an evening out for cocktails and/or dinner.

Music continues late into the evenings for several hours of live entertainment on the water at each venue, which include Sundowners, Cactus Jack’s, Jimmy Johnson’s Big Chill and the world-famous Caribbean Club, all around mile marker 104.

The lineup kicks off with singer-songwriters from 5 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 15, at Key Largo Fisheries, 1313 Ocean Drive. Music continues in the evenings Friday and Saturday, Oct. 16-17, with late-night jam sessions at Cactus Jack’s planned for 10 p.m. to midnight. The

festival finale and beach barbecue is from 2 to 10 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 18, at the Caribbean Club.

A full schedule is found at keylargooriginalmusicfest.com/lineup.Throughout the Florida Keys, COVID-19 visitor guidelines with safety protocols are in place. Officials require facial coverings to be worn in business establishments and other public settings including outdoor Tiki restaurants/bars. Individuals may remove their masks when seated and eating and drinking. More information is at fla-keys.com.

Chris Ferrara, from Nashville, Tennessee; Adrienne Z, a Keys local; AJ Gatio, also from Nashville; and Abigail Dowd, from Greensboro, North Carolina open the Festival at Sundowners in May 2019. KEYS WEEKLY FILE PHOTO
Lee Sharp, a Keys local, and Robinson Treacher, from New York City and Nashville, rock out under the Grand Tiki at Snooks Bayside.

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