2017-05-18 / Arts and Entertainment News

“The Best of Key West, Volume Three” CD release party

(And Bucky’s 59th ‘Silly Hat’ Birthday Party)
Florida Weekly Correspondent

It’s tough to sell CDs nowadays. Most computers don’t have CD players built in anymore and most stores won’t stock them. Music sales have moved to digital downloads, which hurts good, local musicians more than it does international stars with massive publicity campaigns from PR firms and constant radio and TV airplay.

However, for tourists coming to town who want to take home a slice of Duval Street sound, or for those who love and support the Key West local music scene and would like to share it as a gift, there’s nothing better than an actual CD in hand to take home.

Key West’s best treasure may not be in silver or gold, but in the quality of music one might find in the bars and clubs along Duval Street for the better part of any day. When these musicians take the time and money to lay down some piece of their heart and soul in a recording studio, something that will outlast them long after they’ve stopped playing live, they deserve an opportunity to be heard. And I can assure you, what they produce is as good or better than any pre-packaged ‘hit’ spoon fed to us by conglomerate music executives.

On Tuesday, May 23, the release of the third installment of the “Best of Key West” CD series will be held at the Smokin’ Tuna Saloon, from 5 p.m. till close. Many of the musicians from all three CDs will be playing at half-hour intervals, followed at 9 p.m. by local legends Nick Norman and Caffeine Carl, both of whom appeared on the “Best of Key West, Volume One.”

Featured performers on volume three are: Marjory Lee Mitchell, Lance Taylor, Ericson Holt, Ted St. Clair and the Eaton Street Project, Kim Jade Fry, Paul Cotton (from the 70s super group Poco), Andy Westcott, Chris Toler, the Carter Brothers, Liz O’Connor, Craig Jolly, Billy the Squid and the Sea Cow Drifters, Cory Heydon, Ross Brown (featuring Lilliana H. Balance), Cory Young, Bo Fodor, Ray West, Black and Skabuddah, the Red Elvises and the Loons.

All three CDs will be available for perusal and purchase, with proceeds benefitting the Sister Season Fund of Key West. It’s also my 59th Silly Hat Birthday Party, and as the producer of these CDs, I will be presenting the Sister Season Fund with another check for $500 from previous sales.

Silly hats are welcome but are not required. A box full of silly hats will be provided for convenience. ¦

Smokin Tuna Saloon 4 Charles St. www.smokintunasaloon.com

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