KEY LARGO, Florida Keys — An elite collection of musicians is to highlight the annual Key Largo Original Music Festival, featuring live knee-slapping and foot-tapping performances Thursday through Sunday, May 17-20.
The four-day festival includes music to excite all ages and tastes, offering attendees an intimate look behind the original hits of songwriters/performers from Nashville, Georgia, Louisiana, Texas and Florida — all excelling at country, folk, pop, rock and blues.
Five intimate stages at bayfront eateries and watering holes near mile marker 104 bayside include Breezers at the Marriott Bay Beach Resort, Sundowners, Señor Frijoles, Cactus Jack’s, and a festival finale and barbecue at the world-famous Caribbean Club.
Admission is free to all venues and music continues late into the evenings.
The packed lineup kicks off 6-10:30 p.m. Thursday, May 17, 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 join Nashville rising stars LaLa Deaton and Lockwood Barr for over four hours of live entertainment on the water.
Fans of NBC’s hit entertainment show “The Voice” can anticipate hearing Florida’s Sheena Brook, a finalist on the series’ season 12, during a performance that’s likely to include her hit single EP, “The First Time,” among others.
Audiences will want to bring their dancing shoes for the ‘70s-style country and rock of Saints & Angels (formerly Saints of Havana, a festival alumni), led by vocalist Lindsey Penner.
Attendees also can enjoy festival mainstays like Melody Guy and Georgia lyricist Julie Gribble, and a return of the tight, swirling harmonies of the multi-instrumentalist alternative country rock duo 33 Years.
For a full lineup, visit keylargooriginalmusicfest.com/lineup.
The finger-licking barbecue finale is scheduled Sunday, May 20, at the Caribbean Club and features nearly 20 live performances. Music starts at 2 p.m. with 90-minute multi-artist performances until 10 p.m. Tickets for the barbecue are $15 per person and available on-site for purchase.
Event information: keylargooriginalmusicfest.com
Key Largo visitor information: fla-keys.com/keylargo or 800-822-1088