I always feel joy when leaving for a gig

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Brian Roberts … I always feels joy when leaving for a gig Brian Roberts is originally from Manahawkin, New Jersey. His parents, Ron and Linda Roberts had a pest control business in New Jersey and owned a winter home on Big Pine Key. During the winter, Brian attended Sugarloaf school and would then return to […]

The warmth and closeness of the Key West music brotherhood is uplifting

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Ross Brown  “The warmth and closeness of the music brotherhood is uplifting.” Ross Brown grew up in Allentown, Pennsylvania. His father and grandfather were musicians. His father always seemed to have a Blues band. Ross has been playing music all his life. He graduated from Drexel University, in Philadelphia with a degree in Computer Science. […]

Bill’s life is one big blues set at an amazing gig

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William Andrews Blue – “one big Blues music set at an amazing gig” Once in a while a special person comes along and has an impact on your life, music, and everything special. Bill Blue impacted everything and everyone he touched.  On July 14, 2022, we lost this extraordinary talented and well-loved blues musician. William […]

A Love Story of Cuban Music

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Buena Vista Social Club –   a love story of Cuban music Twenty five years ago, June 1997, a group of veteran Cuban musicians released an album that forever changed music, Cuba, and the world. The Buena Vista Social Club produced a phenomenon, and it happened at the perfect time. The music world took notice. On […]

Where Gospel and Rock n Roll Collided

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Jerrod Isaman   … where gospel and rock n roll collided Jerrod Isaman is from Olean, New York, near the Pennsylvania border. His father was a rock guitar musician. His first music mentor was his grandmother who was a huge Hank Williams fan. Jerrod never had a formal lesson but plays guitar, accordion, and piano. He […]

…. learn how to make life worth living

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Joe Dallas Jr.      “…. learn how to make life worth living” Joe Dallas grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. His father, Joe Dallas Sr., was a Hall of Fame jazz trombone musician, and his mother was an Arts educator. Early in life, he knew what career path he would take. He starting learning to play trombone […]

Royal Minstrel of the Conch Republic

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CW Colt – Royal Minstrel of the Conch Republic. Coul William Colt (aka: CW Colt) has been in Key West so long that when asked where he’s from, he quickly answers “here.” Music had deep roots in his family. His grandfather had an orchestra in Indiana. He was young when he began singing in the school […]

Legendary Levon Helm Was His First Mentor

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Myles Mancuso – legendary Levon Helm was Myles first mentor In 1995, Myles Mancuso was born near Poughkeepsie, NY into a family of Italian heritage. His parents, Rebecca and Nick Mancuso, have always been his biggest fans. At age eight, his father introduced him to the iconic 1978 film, “The Last Waltz”, a Martin Scorsese […]

366 Gigs A Year… Loved Every Minute

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Chris Rehm and Dani Hoy – “366 gigs in a year … loved every minute” Chris Rehm grew up in Ho-Ho-Kus, a small town in New Jersey. He started performing in the eighth grade with the grammar school band. They didn’t have a vocalist so Chris jumped in and started singing “Jumpin’ Jack Flash”. After […]

The Clarinet Came To the Rescue

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Channing Lynn Griggs  – the clarinet came to the rescue Channing Lynn Griggs and identical twin sister, Jillian were born in Pensacola, Florida to U.S. Marine Corp pilot Larry Griggs and Sheryl Lynn, a nurse.  The young couple already had a set of five year-old identical twin boys and  doubled the size of their brood […]

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