10 March 2015
ISLAMORADA, Florida Keys — Backed by Florida Bay’s turquoise waters, a fresh lineup of musicians is to play from midday into the evening Sunday, April 19, at the 21st annual Bay Jam. The music festival takes place at the ICE Amphitheater at Founders Park, mile marker 87 bayside on Plantation Key.
Performers representing a wide array of genres are to come from around the country.
Highlights include South Florida’s progressive instrumental rock trio Featured On Fridays, plus California bands the Bootstraps and Tiffany Jane and the Kicks. Each brings a unique sound — raspy alternative lyrics and songwriting likened to Ray LaMontagne as well as soulful  rhythm and blues.
Pennsylvania’s The Dirk Quinn Band mixes a high-energy blend of funk jazz. Blossoming on the Americana scene, Miss Tess and the Talkbacks are to showcase their version of grooving rock ’n’ roll from Brooklyn, N.Y.
The event’s “jam” aspect typically features each band alongside guest musicians for a day filled with spontaneous, one-of-a-kind musical jam sessions. Music starts at noon and is scheduled to continue until 7 p.m.
Bay Jam’s festivities also include a variety of artisan booths and festival souvenir merchandise, cool drinks and island edibles. In addition, attendees can enjoy a swim at the bayside beach.
The nonprofit Islamorada Community Entertainment presents the daylong music festival, and admission is $15 per person. Children age 12 and under are admitted free with a paying adult.
Doors open at 11 a.m. Although coolers are not permitted, attendees can bring lawn chairs and blankets.
Proceeds from Bay Jam’s admission fees, parking, food, beverage and vendor sales have helped fund nearly $300,000 of in-school programs as well as art, music and dance scholarships to Upper Keys high school students.
Donations of nonperishable foods for a community food bank are welcomed at ICE events.
Event information: www.keysice.com or 305-394-2765
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