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Jimmy Buffet plays Duval Street in Key West

“I heard I was in town”, Jimmy Buffet said as he took the stage in front of thousands of fans packed together on Duval Street in Key West Friday afternoon. The 20th annual “Meeting of The Minds”, an official gathering of the unofficial Buffet-loving “Parrot Heads” group, brought 3,500 fervent fans to the island on a pilgrimage. The Parrot Heads’ “Party with a Purpose” motto has generated millions in charitable donations and volunteer hours world wide from its over 200 international organizations. Those who attended the convention this year were rewarded with perfect weather and a free Buffet show.

Jimmy played 15 songs: “The Great Filling Station Holdup”, “Makin’ Music For Money”, “Pencil Thin Mustache”, “Grapefruit-Juicy Fruit”, “Tin Cup Chalice”, “Woman Goin’ Crazy On Caroline Street”, “They Don’t Dance Like Carmen No More”, “Why Don’t We Get Drunk and Screw”, “Life Is Just A Tire Swing”, “Cuban Crime Of Passion”, “Migration”, “Nautical Wheelers”, “A Pirate Looks At Forty”, “Last Mango In Paris”, and “It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere” for an encore. See Kevin Redding’s pics from the show on our Facebook page: (click on the FB section on the right). See FloridaKeysTV video on youtube here:

FYI, Kevin and El Jefe are members of the Key West Chapter of “Parrot Heads”

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Pato Banton Concert Recap from Lower Keys Reggae Festival

Pato Banton at Lower Key Reggae Festival

Pato Banton energized the crowd at the Lower Keys Chamber of Commerce’s 3rd Annual Reggae Fest on April 2nd. After Calton Coffie’s last minute cancellation Pato played a two-hour plus “superset” that had children dancing on-stage and locals freestylin’ with the band. Reggae fans caught rhythmic performances from Marijah, Bongo D, and Pato’s Now Generation Band on scenic Sugarloaf Key. Keep checking for more details on the re-broadcast of the concert.

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3rd Annual Lower Keys Reggae Fest

Have a Rum Punch in paradise and Join at the 3rd Annual Reggae Fest on Sugarloaf Key (Mile Marker 17 Gulfside) from Noon to 6pm, Saturday, April 2nd. Grammy-nominated Reggae legend Pato Banton is headlining the show with performances from Grammy Winner Calton Coffie from Inner Circle (“Bad Boys” from Cops), Bongo D, and Marijah. will be recording the full show for later broadcast.

Sugarloaf Key is the perfect tropical island setting for an unforgettable Reggae show. Vendors are creating tasty festival food with Island Spice and hand-made crafts for their booths. The bar is already stocked with plenty of Margarita Mix, Jamaican Rum Punch, and the essential ingredients to make the perfect Bahama Mama. The music will play on until the sun sets over the glistening waters of the Bay and the party will continue all night at the Sugarloaf Tiki Bar (

Buy tickets on-line at for $20 in advance or $25 at the gate. No coolers, back packs, picnic baskets, or pets.

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