Admission to the daylong music festival is free, with donations of non-perishable food for community food bank, but donations to the charity are highly encouraged.
Bay Jam 19 features nationally renowned musicians and exceptional local performers throughout the day including award-winning Canadian country artist Joanne Mackell; 20 Wt, The Doerffels, The Aviators, Rod MacDonald; Uproot Hootenanny; (taking the Florida Bluegrass scene by storm) Dave Feder, Raiford Starke, Scott Youngberg, and the phenomenal Men of Leisure.
Bay Jam’s festivities also include a variety of artisan booths and festival souvenir merchandise, cool drinks and island edibles, and festivalgoers can enjoy a swim at the bayside beach. Check out the work by our local High School Artists from Coral shores and ICS.
Presented by the nonprofit Islamorada Community Entertainment (ICE), Bay Jam proceeds have helped fund nearly $300,000 for in-school programs as well as art, music and dance scholarships to Upper Keys high school students.
Doors open at 11 a.m. and the music starts jamming at noon, scheduled to continue until 8 p.m. Although coolers are not permitted, attendees can bring lawn chairs and blankets and well behaved dogs on leash.
Proceeds go to upper Keys youth arts scholarships and in-school arts grants. www.keysIce.com
A veteran singer/songwriter with a voice that could stop a Mack truck and songs that make you remember the first time you fell in love. Her passionate delivery, outstanding vocal range and commanding stage presence consistently raise the roof and rock the house.
Everyone's favorite "Renegade." He walks a thin line with a lightning bolt attached by a guitar. The Raiford Starke Band lights the crowd on fire. From rock to roots, to his band's funky Florida swamp sound, then on to Flat Pickin' country and into at times, "An Urban Cow Punk Mayhem." Someone once described them as a Freight Train barreling down the tracks out of control but always staying on course.
Rod MacDonald was a big part of the 1980s folk revival in Greenwich Village clubs, performing at the Speakeasy, The Bottom Line, Folk City, and the Songwriter's Exchange at the Cornelia Street Cafe for many years. A tenor with a clear voice and wide range, MacDonald is often cited for both his musicality and the content of his songs about political and social events.
Brewed deep in the culture of the Florida Keys in 2001, 20 WT (Twenty Weight) moved to Jacksonville in 2003 to be more centrally located for its fans across the Southeast. The band intelligently combines elements of ska, roots reggae, and groove metal to create a unique new sound.
Great local band from the Upper Keys with an all-original modern pop rock fusion sound. These young artists are the most refreshing sound to hit South Florida yet.
The Doerfels are one of the most exciting and unique new bands to come along in a very long time. Their progressive music is a blend of rock and acoustic music. The Doerfels grew up in a musical family and these five brothers and one sister were playing instruments from the time they could walk.
Lead by the wistful siren Leah Sutter, this impressive young original Soft Rock band is making waves here in the islands.
A five-member band, plays the most entertaining and unique brand of Folk, Rock, Pop, Celtic, Bluegrass, and Country music. The band plays the East Coast, Florida, and regular stints in Ireland.
Guitarist and songwriter David Feder plays original Hillbilly Flamenco, Blues, Latin Jazz. Dave's music is heard worldwide and has been a favorite on the World Music Scene for over 20 years.
Keys singer songwriter who plays original music with his own special flair.