Key West Florida Weekly

COAST Is Clear announces lineup

Shakey Graves will headline the COAST Is Clear Music & Arts Festival, set for Dec. 1-4. COURTESY PHOTO

Shakey Graves will headline the COAST Is Clear Music & Arts Festival, set for Dec. 1-4. COURTESY PHOTO

While the fifth annual COAST Is Clear Music & Arts Festival — a locally produced, hurricane-season-ending cultural celebration — is still six months out, the hype for the event has just made landfall.

The December festival’s weekend-long program builds on last year’s success at Fort East Martello, with four days and nights of music at iconic venues across the island featuring acclaimed bands in the Americana and indie folk-rock scene.

Shakey Graves of Austin, Texas — a top-of-bill mainstay at major festivals from coast to coast — headlines the lineup with help from the New Orleans based musical institution Preservation Hall Jazz Band, as well as Hiss Golden Messenger, Fruit Bats, Grammy-nominated folk trio Bonny Light Horseman, Festival veteran Langhorne Slim, Americana up-and-comers Neal Francis and Katie Pruitt, and more.

This year’s celebration kicks off on Thursday, Dec. 1, with intimate, ticketed events that night and Friday at yet-to-be disclosed venues in Old Town. Saturday and Sunday’s sets will take place primarily at the Parade Grounds at Fort East Martello with late night encores at downtown locales.

For full details on the festival, including artist profiles, footage from last year, ticket package details, sponsorship opportunities, and more, visit and stay tuned on Instagram @coastisclearfest.

The COAST Is Clear Music & Arts Festival was founded in 2017 by Coast Projects to celebrate the official end of the Atlantic Hurricane Season through art and music.

It is still produced locally in Key West through its partnership with Key West Art & Historical Society. This year’s event takes place at venues across the island Dec. 1-4. All ticket purchases directly support KWAHS and other partnering local charities. ¦

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