Hunker Down “…that’s what that TV man said”

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Hunker Down “…that’s what that TV man said” Anyone living in the Florida Keys during Hurricane season has probably heard the famous hurricane song by Bill Blue, officially titled “Hunker Down”. It’s an anthem that describes living through a hurricane only the way Bill Blue could describe it – in a song. Bill related his […]

a quiet important part of Key West music

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Fritz Sigler  – a quiet important part of Key West music Fritz Sigler grew up in rural Clinton, New Jersey. His interest in music began with The Rolling Stones and their song, “Satisfaction”. He took piano lessons as a child but his love was the guitar. Fritz had a younger brother who played keyboard and, […]

amazing, sad and bittersweet

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Steve Mello     amazing, sad and bittersweet Born March 10, 1954, Steve Mello was originally from Bermuda where his father owned several grocery stores. He had two sisters and a wonderful mother with strong family roots. The family moved to Melbourne, Florida where he finished school, graduating from Melbourne High School. Growing up, he listened to his […]

rhythm of a song is like dancing

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Denis Hyland –  the rhythm of a song is like dancing Denis Hyland was born in New York and raised in New Jersey. His father was a writer for Billboard magazine. As a young child performer, with incredible New York City influences, he was featured in the musical “Mame” until his voice changed. He was […]

Missing Piece of the Puzzle

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Coffee Butler Amphitheater  – the missing piece of the puzzle The story behind the Coffee Butler Amphitheater starts about twelve years ago with a Mason jar of blackberry moonshine and two guys floating in a pool at a campground on Sugarloaf Key. Real Estate mogul Joe Cleghorn and good friend and musician Howard Livingston were […]

a double buchi

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Chris Case    a Double Buchi Chris Case was born in New York and was raised in Bermuda and the Bahamas.  His family was in show business, traveling all over. They moved to the Bahamas when his father began working for Howard Hughes as manager of the Emerald Beach Hotel in Nassau. The first-time Chris saw […]

Key West is a kaleidoscope of talent

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Izzy Zaidman – Izak Gabriel Zaidman (aka Izzy) was born in the Washington Heights neighborhood of New York City. His father was a professional guitarist, teaching and performing roots blues and ragtime in the New York area. Izzy was twelve years old when his father bought him his first guitar. He attended Charles Evans Hughes […]

practices gratitude a lot

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Tantra Grillo    “…….. practices gratitude a lot” Tantra Grillo, a Southern California girl from a small suburb of Tustin near Santa Anna, began writing poetry at age fourteen. She was influenced by the pain and poetry of Tupac. She started recording at Hot Tracks Studio but the head of the studio told her that it […]

Key West’s King of Soul

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Robert Albury    “Key West’s King of Soul” Robert Albury, a homegrown Key West talent, grew up on the corner of Amelia and Whitehead Streets in Bahama Village, enjoying his older brother George’s singing. George toured with B.B. King for a short time before returning to Key West. Another brother, William, was a great singer […]

The management works tirelessly avoiding progress

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John Vagnoni    ” The management works tirelessly avoiding progress.” John Vagnoni grew up in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and graduated from Temple University in 1969. He arrived in Key West in 1972, after the Navy had closed the submarine base (now Truman Annex) and Key West’s economy was devastated. Duval Street was mostly boarded up, rents were cheap, […]

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