Hailed by NPR as a “lyrical and raw” singer-songwriter, Mancari followed a circuitous path to success – working as a janitor in South Florida, hopping trains with down-and-out songwriters in Virginia, seeking spirituality in India. It’s a route that’s worked, landing her several successful tours and an album that recently hit Rolling Stone’s ’40 Best’ list.
Cooper has logged millions of miles engaging audiences with his quick wit, insightful stories and commanding presence. He has performed on Austin City Limits, received the Spirit of Folk Award, and perfected a strumming style that is legend among guitarists. Celebrating the release of his 26th(!) album, this folk mainstay brings his storytelling to Key West.
Passepartout Duo, a percussion and piano collaboration, seeks to revitalize contemporary music through immersive events and compelling interdisciplinary projects that blur cultural and aesthetic borders. While in Key West for their residency, Nicoletta and Christopher presents a live set featuring new compositions inspired by their time on the island.
Enjoy an afternoon and evening of continuous piano music, courtesy of the fingers of eighteen pianists from Key West. This Piano Marathon benefits Hugh's View, The Studios rooftop visual and performing space opening to the public in 2020.
The contemporary quartet, Otherworld, blends jazz, classical and Middle Eastern influences into a unique sound that defies easy categorization, featuring intricate, cinematic compositions and soaring improvisations. This concert features music from their new album and favorites from their debut album, which placed in the top 10 at the Global Music Awards.
Cortadito brings explosive energy to early 20th century Cuban arrangements, evoking a time when Cuban music was influencing sounds throughout the globe. Occasionally, guest musicians back Cortadito, creating a sound reminiscent of the Buena Vista Social Club. Celebrate the release of the ensemble’s latest album, Canciones de Julio, with house-made mojitos and cigars hand-rolled on site.
Tara O’Grady’s music, which encompasses jazz, blues, folk and Americana, can be heard around the globe. The songstress channels the style of the 1920s and the energy of the 1950s in her foot-tapping live shows.
The largest festival of its kind in the world celebrates its 23rd year as both a tourist attraction and favorite of island locals. The festival revolves around five days and nights of big stars in intimate settings, introducing audiences to the faces, voices and stories behind the songs.
Glier brings his congenial stage presence back to Key West to perfect his songwriting skills in an artist residency. Taking a break from the creative process, he presents a stripped down outdoor show featuring favorite foot-stompers and new works. Join Glier “at home” on the back deck of the residency cottages for a unique springtime show.
"Mile Marker Zero" is a recital length solo marimba work comprised of fifteen short, audience friendly pieces - a potpourri of musical memories collected around Key West as part of the Residencies at Key West Studios program. Ranging from jazz, to rock, funk, classical and more, Ben Wahlund's eclectic voice on marimba and compelling storytelling for each piece is sure to engage audience members of all ages and backgrounds. (75 minutes)