Key West, Florida Keys,
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December
2023
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Europe/Amsterdam

Three Key West Music Fests to Feature Current and Classic Hitmakers

Three star-studded music festivals are to draw fans to Key West in January and early February, featuring current and classic icons of the hard rock, Red Dirt/Americana and country/pop genres performing outdoors in the island’s typically balmy “winter” weather.

Headquartered at the Coffee Butler Amphitheater in Truman Waterfront Park, the multi-day musical showcases are the Jan. 17-20 RokIsland Fest, the Jan. 23-27 Mile 0 Fest and the Key Western Fest set for Jan. 30 through Feb. 3.

Unlike large-scale arena venues, the amphitheater offers an atmosphere of intimacy and camaraderie that enhances the listening experience for spectators. Amphitheater shows typically begin about 5 p.m. each day and continue until 11 p.m. or midnight.

RokIsland Fest kicks off the trio of festivals with adrenaline-fueled performances by alternative and hard rock superstars. Headliners include Bret Michaels, Dee Snider of Twisted Sister fame, the Stone Temple Pilots, Night Ranger, Jefferson Starship, Lou Gramm of Foreigner and Tom Keifer of Cinderella among many others.

Hosted by renowned radio and television personality Eddie Trunk, RokIsland is designed to enthrall both young contemporary audiences and those whose musical tastes were formed in rock’s glory days.

The calendar continues with the Mile 0 Fest, featuring artists and groups that embrace the Red Dirt and Americana musical styles blending elements of rock, country and American roots traditions. The festival’s name refers to Key West’s location at the beginning of U.S. Highway 1 at mile marker 0.

Leading the talent roster are genre standouts including the Randy Rogers Band, Morgan Wade, William Clark Green, Shane Smith & The Saints, Wade Bowen, the Red Clay Strays, American Aquarium, the Band of Heathens, Jack Ingram, Django Walker and others.

The final event in the trio is Key Western Fest, this year starring some of the female performers who have helped define modern country music — all demonstrating the talent, spirit and sass that powered their success in the once male-dominated genre.

Audiences can anticipate high-energy shows by artists Wynonna Judd, Tanya Tucker, Jo Dee Messina, Lee Ann Womack, Sara Evans, Terri Clark, Deana Carter, Lorrie Morgan, Pam Tillis, Suzy Bogguss and many more.

During all three festivals’ amphitheater shows, spectators can purchase offerings from local food trucks, mobile bars and other vendors.

Attendees can also enjoy acoustic sessions and intimate sets at popular bars, resorts and theaters around Key West — as well as the attractions, eco-tours, on-the-water activities and warm weather that characterize the subtropical island.

Festival admission options include all-inclusive packages with accommodations, curated experiences, access to exclusive VIP tents and private parties with special artist performances. Multi-day and single-day admission passes without accommodations also are available, with each allowing entrance into festival venues and various perks depending on pass level.

For information and ticketing, visit rokislandfest.com, mile0fest.com and keywesternfest.com.

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