When folks ask me what brought me to Key West, I answer the water and the weather...but I tell them, I stayed for the people and the music. Ah, the music! in Key West, the music is so much of the fabric of daily life that it becomes second nature to most of us who call Key West home. Music is everywhere, in our restaurants and clubs, on our streets and beaches, even in our houses of worship. Any occasion is an excuse for a parade, with floats and bands, and even our funerals frequently include a Jazz March to the cemetery.
We have our share of Music Festivals, too. This one, the Key West Musicians Festival, is dear to me because it celebrates local music and gives locals the opportunity to enjoy it. Scheduled in September, traditionally an “off” month for our tourist industry, the KWMF gives locals a chance to sit and relax and take in the music. This free festival features two days of a variety of music playing to a local audience in one of the best music venues in town, the Smokin’ Tuna Saloon.
Rather than wandering up and down Duval and various side streets...hoping to catch a set or at least part of a set from some of the greatest musicians around...we are able to stay in one location and have the best of Key West come to us. Two afternoons and evenings of incredible music...all in one spot. Heaven!
Donating 20% of the proceeds to the Sister Season Fund (a local charity dedicated to helping service workers in need), giving our local talent a showcase and listening to the best music in town, all combine for a wonderful festival. Join us!