KEY WEST, Florida Keys — Performances by country music legends including the Oak Ridge Boys, Clint Black, Clay Walker and the Marshall Tucker Band await attendees Tuesday through Saturday, Jan. 31 through Feb. 4, at the inaugural Key Western Fest in the subtropical island city.
Attendees can enjoy four days and nights of main stage shows at Key West’s open-air Coffee Butler Amphitheater at Truman Waterfront Park, located at 35 E. Quay Road, plus a free kickoff party on the island’s famed Duval Street. Acoustic jams and songwriter swaps at other island locations are to round out the offerings.
The musical lineup features more than 20 bands and individual performers ranging from contemporary country superstars to classic hitmakers from years past. Headliners at the amphitheater include Neal McCoy, Clint Black with Lisa Hartman Black, Walker and the “Oaks” — all showcasing their talent for audiences backdropped by Key West’s typically balmy “winter” weather, blazing sunsets and bright nighttime stars.
Among other notables scheduled to take the stage are McBride & the Ride, Asleep at the Wheel, Sara Evans, Sawyer Brown and Deana Carter.
Events began with the Jan. 31 Duval Street kickoff party, a free-admission concert starring Little Texas and featuring Ricochet and Kendell Marvel. Performances were staged at Duval and Greene streets.
On subsequent days, main stage performances are to start at 5 p.m. at the amphitheater, each featuring a headliner and four other bands or individual artists. During the day, festival attendees can enjoy intimate performances and jams at island city locations from waterfront bars to a historic theater.
During the main stage shows, audiences at Truman Waterfront Park can purchase offerings from food and libation vendors and chalet tents with full-service bars.
Festival admission options include four-day “beach bum” and “VIP gold” passes as well as single-day passes.
Festival information and ticketing: keywesternfest.com
Key Western Fest attendees enjoy main stage shows at Key West's open-air Coffee Butler Amphitheater at Truman Waterfront Park. The Oak Ridge Boys performed Thursday, Feb. 2. Photo: Rob O'Neal
Singer-songwriter Mark Miller, frontman of the Ohio-based band Sawyer Brown gets air Thursday night Feb. 2 while doing his signature dance moves at the Key Western Fest at the Coffee Butler Amphitheater. Photo: Rob O'Neal