November 9, 2009
In the 30 some years that I have been going to see live music, 500 plus concerts and almost 1000 bands, somehow there are still a few bands that slip by and I have never gotten around to seeing. Little Feat, a band that is celebrating their 40th year of existence, happens to be one that I somehow missed. That all changed when the Parrothead convention booked them to headline their Saturday night concert at the Casa Marina beach stage.
Emma & Dani
The day began early as Kathy & I joined hundreds of people who participated in the Zonta Walk/Run to raise money for cancer research. We were walkers, but we kept up a steady clip to complete the 5 K in around 45 minutes. It was a nice walk from Salute restaurant along the beach in a brisk wind.
Kathy & Michael
Tracy & Gretchen
After the walk, I headed over to check out the vendors at the Parrothead convention. I was surprised to find some friends among the vendors as my friend Charlie, who owns a bookstore in Marathon was hosting a book-signing for mystery writers Tom Corcoran & Tim Dorsey. Both authors set their books in Key West and both are worth checking out. Tom who has written songs for Jimmy Buffett (including crowd favorite “Fins”), was excited to share with me the new “Shoreline” CD by John Frinzi on which he co-wrote most of the songs.
Tom, Tim & Charlie
We were back at the Casa by early evening for the Little Feat show. The crowd seemed a little subdued at the start and it took a little time for the band to really get going, but they eventually did and the second half of the show was truly stellar. The weather was near perfect, a beautiful night with a stiff wind coming in off the ocean. The sound system they had was really excellent as well and the band seemed to enjoy the beautiful setting as well.
The parrothead convention wrapped up on Sunday with the final few events. One of these was the wonderful and jam packed Songwriters jam at Blue Heaven. I went and checked it out for a while, watching a variety of up and coming songwriters giving their best trop rock inspired performances. It was a mixed bag, but fun nonetheless. Next, it was over to the Oldest House on Duval where the Bahama Village Music Association was hosting a “Day Filled With Music” which featured a number of local bands performing to raise funds.
Dora & Larry
Our friends Larry & Dora and their band the MuseGurus were performing when I arrived, it was a nice little event, that was interrupted briefly by the loud sounds of the Powerboat parade that motored down Duval Street in the early evening. The events don’t seem to end in Key West this time of year and the World Powerboat Championships are on tap for this week. The parade of boats, heads down Duval before heading into Truman annex to the pits where they will reside all week.