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 18-21.
The four-day festival includes music to excite listeners of all ages and tastes. Attendees are to be offered an intimate look behind the original hits of songwriters/performers from Nashville, Alabama, North Carolina, Texas and Florida who excel in country, folk, pop, rock and blues.
The 2017 fest "stars" three intimate stages at the bayfront: Sundowners, Señor Frijoles and Cactus Jack's eateries/watering holes, all located close together at mile marker 104 bayside. Admission is free to all venues and onstage performances continue late into the evenings.
The packed lineup kicks off Thursday, May 18, with a full evening of music from 5-10 p.m. at Sundowners. Nashville singers/songwriters Sebastian Garcia and Nick Britt are to be joined by local favorites Dave Feder, Adrienne and festival veterans Jim Halfpenny, Melody Guy and several others for five hours of live entertainment on the water.
Fans of Delta Blues are sure to enjoy Mobile, Alabama, native Abe Partridge, called one of the Gulf Coast's best-kept secrets, combining his rock, blues and folk with songs like "White Trash Lipstick" and the soulful "Escambia County."
Adding brunette spice to the country music world is Nashville's Lainey Edwards, a Chocktaw, Oklahoma, native who raises the roof with originals like "Barnstormin'" and "You're My Tequila," a time-honored broken-heart ballad.
Audiences also can enjoy the return of festival mainstays like Megan Conner, Guy and Texas lyricist Halfpenny. In addition the tight, swirling harmonies of alternative country rock duo 33 Years, each member a multi-instrumentalist, are sure to please listeners.
For a full lineup, visit keylargooriginalmusicfest.com/lineup.
The festival finale Sunday, May 21, features nearly 20 live performances at the Caribbean Club, 104080 Overseas Highway, in a Paella & Pig Roast event. Music starts at 2 p.m. with hourlong, multiartist performances until 10 p.m. Tickets for the 2-9 p.m. pig roast will be available on-site for purchase.
Event information: keylargooriginalmusicfest.com
Key Largo visitor information: fla-keys.com/keylargo or 800-822-1088
The four-day festival includes music at waterfront venues to excite listeners of all ages and tastes.
The alternative country rock band 33 Years features a singing duo, and every band member is a multi-instrumentalist.
Nashville's Lainey Edwards is an Oklahoma native who raises the roof with her originals.