Nonprofits to benefit from COAST tickets sold in October

Planning to attend the COAST Is Clear Music & Arts Festival?

Buy your tickets in October and know that the purchase benefits one of 10 Florida Keys nonprofits.

Set for 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 4, and co-produced and presented by Key West Art & Historical Society and COAST Projects, family-friendly festival will feature an entertainment lineup of world-class talent set to appear on three stages, along with an artist’s market, food vendors and a cash bar at the newly restored Parade Grounds of historic Fort East Martello, 3501 S. Roosevelt Blvd., Key West.

Originally born from the wrath of Hurricane Irma that ravaged the Florida Keys in 2017 and named for the fact that hurricane season is over and the “coast is clear,” the festival offers respite and connection for locals in need of some southernmost comfort.

“That year, 2017, a few musician friends of ours agreed to come down to lend a hand and lift spirits by doing what they do best,” producer and COAST Projects founder Billy Kearins said in a statement. “And since then, we’ve committed to bringing down top-notch, nationally acclaimed bands, paired with local art to make COAST Is Clear an annual festival — one that has been enjoyed equally by our local friends and traveling fans alike.”

This year’s guests can revel in the sounds of Grammy-nominated headliners Black Pumas — a psychedelic soul duo from Austin, Texas; singer songwriter and recording artist Phosphorescent (Matthew Houck) from Huntsville, Alabama; Nashville born indie folk-rocker Rayland Baxter; New Hope, Pennsylvania indie folk-rocker Langhorne Slim (Sean Scolnic); psychedelic-rocker Liz Cooper from Brooklyn; American indie rock band SUSTO from Charleston; and a bevy of locally based favorites to be announced.

In the spirit of locals helping locals, October ticket sales will benefit Bahama Village Music Program, Reef Relief, Tropic Cinema, Dolphin Research Center, Florida Keys Surfrider, Sigsbee Charter School, The Studios of Key West, Montessori Children’s School, The Music Room, and The Turtle Hospital. Simply visit www.coastisclearfest.com, select a charity and use the corresponding promo code when checking out and 20% of your purchase will be distributed accordingly. The event is rain or shine, with free admission for ages 12 and under, special discounts for teachers, military personnel, and first responders. COVID-19 safety protocols will be observed, including a cap on ticket sales. Chairs and blankets are welcome. Limited parking is available; bicycling encouraged. Information on ancillary VIP special events and advance ticket sales at www.coastisclearfest.com. This event is likely to sell out ahead of showtime; advance ticket purchase recommended. ¦

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