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Eric Burdon & the Animals to Rock Key West's Keystock Music Festival

KEY WEST, Florida Keys — Legendary rocker and bluesman Eric Burdon, one of rock and roll's most distinctive voices, is to enthrall audiences in Key West during the 2017 Keystock Music Festival. Burdon and the current incarnation of his band, the Animals, are scheduled to take the stage Saturday, March 4, at the San Carlos Institute theater at 516 Duval St.

The English-born Burdon and his original band, formed in the 1960s, were at the forefront of rock history and the famed "British invasion" of the U.S. music scene. Burdon was the driving force behind a long string of hits including "The House of the Rising Sun," "Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood," "We Gotta Get Out of This Place," "San Franciscan Nights" and the antiwar "Sky Pilot."

Still relevant and rocking decades later, he has been named "one of the 100 greatest singers of all time" by Rolling Stone Magazine. Burdon's recent tour marks a new chapter in his storied career.

Keystock's scheduled opening act is "trop rocker" Howard Livingston, a local favorite known for infectious tunes like "Livin' on Key West Time" and the whimsically named CD "Sell Your Stuff, Keep the Dog, Live on an Island."

Keystock is presented by Homes for Veterans Inc. and the Rotary Club of Key West. Homes for Veterans is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide active and inactive military personnel and their families with housing.

Doors are to open at 6 p.m. with the show set for 7 p.m.

Ticket prices vary and tickets can be purchased online at keystix.ticketforce.com or by calling 305-295-7676. For VIP seating with a complimentary two-hour "happy hour," call 734-244-3930. A cash bar is to be available after 8 p.m.

Event information: facebook.com/KeystockConcertAtTrumanWaterfront2013/

Key West visitor information: fla-keys.com/keywest or 1-800-LAST-KEY

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Burdon and the current incarnation of his band, the Animals, will showcase the festival.

Burdon and the current incarnation of his band, the Animals, will showcase the festival.

Performances this year are planned for the limited seating San Carlos Institute theater.

Performances this year are planned for the limited seating San Carlos Institute theater.