The Coconut Cabana Concerts at Villa Key West are held poolside (weather permitting). Bring a chair and your favorite beverages. Concerts are free, however, donations are greatly appreciated, all donations go to the performers (suggested donation $25 per person).
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Halley Neal is a folk-pop singer and songwriter based in Nashville, TN. Inspired by 70’s artists like Joni Mitchell and Fleetwood Mac as well as modern day singer-songwriters, Halley’s sound has been said to reference a 70's pop sound and a 90's folk sound, all with modern folk writing. Shortly after graduating from college, Halley moved to Nashville, TN where in her first few months, she was a chosen finalist for “Nashville Rising Song,” a premiere songwriting competition. Just recently she was a finalist in the 2022 Rocky Mountain Folks Festival Songwriter Showcase and performed on the main stage of the festival. Her second album called “Beautiful & Blue” is coming out at the end of the month on September 30th.
We recently saw Halley perform and was moved by her incredibly beautiful voice and vocal range. We think you will agree she is a talented upcoming star to watch closely!
Some artists document their lives through their music. Others chronicle their times. It’s a rare artist who can do both, telling their own story through songs that also encapsulate the essence of people and places who have helped define their era overall. Woody Guthrie comes to mind, and so does Bob Dylan. Bruce Springsteen certainly as well. Ellis Paul is one of those gifted singer/songwriters, he is a singular storyteller, a musician whose words reach out from inside and yet also express the feelings, thoughts and sensibilities that most people can relate to in one way or another, regardless of age or upbringing. The exhilaration of the open road. A celebration of heroes. The hope for redemption. Descriptions of those things that are both near and dear. The sharing of love..., intimate, passionate and enduring. Listen to "The World Ain't Slowing Down" used in the Jim Carey movie "Me, Myself and Irene.
Liz and I saw Ellis perform at a packed show in Virginia several years ago, since then, we have been waiting and hoping this incredible songwriter/storyteller's tour would bring him near us again, we are tired of waiting so we are bringing him to St James City!
A country singer and songwriter with a big voice and a working-class sensibility, Cliff Cody embraces the classic themes of country music, hard work, hard times, broken hearts, and the occasional glass of whiskey to smooth away life's rough edges. Originally from Texas, Cody has spent time in Tennessee, New York, Ohio, and Florida as he's chased his dream of finding a bigger audience for his work. Making his debut with the 2014 album Homegrown, Cody's music has a potent classic rock influence.
Cliff Cody’s Charts and Other Stats * Billboard Country Album chart for 2 weeks in August, 2019. #21 and #37 * #27 Billboard Independent Album (all genres) * #12 Billboard Heat Seekers Up & Coming Album (all genres) * #2 on iTunes Albums Chart * Top 10 Amazon Best Sellers Album * Apple Music Hit List * Texas Country Hit-List * #10 Billboard Heat Seekers S. Atlantic * #3 Heat-Seekers East/N. Central. * 20,000 monthly listeners on Spotify. (All since the album dropped on August 9, 2019) * 260,000 spins (Spotify + Apple Music) First month after release. * Featured Video on Country Rebel Facebook Page: 234,000 views to date. (Guardian Angel) * His first cut off the album “On A Boat Somewhere” was a featured song on the “Bar at the End of the World” series on Kenny Chesney’s No Shoes Radio in August.
We have seen Cliff perform many years in a row as a regular at The Key West Songwriters Festival. He is a spectacular crowd pleaser and there couldn't be a nicer, more down to earth guy. We are thrilled he accepted our invitation to perform and meet our friends in little ol' St James City!
In November, Lee won Female Vocalist of the Year and Music Video of the Year at the Trop Rock Music Awards. She released her 10th album on New Year's Day. “This album kind of blends a little bit of beachy flavor, some classic country that I love along with a modern pop-country vibe," Lee said. " I feel like it brings in the roots of country where country has gone and a little splash of fun at the beach with a little salt.” A prolific songwriter who has penned songs recorded by dozens of Nashville artists, including Mark Bray, the late Alabama Outlaw Legend Wayne Mills, Thomas Fountain (Recent Georgia Country’s Male Artist of the Year, The Viper Creek Band (Australia’s hottest new country band), Preston Summerville and more. Sunshine has shared the stage with legends Maren Morris, ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons, Tommy Tutone, John Michael Montgomery, Randy Houser, David Allan Coe, David Nail, Brett Eldredge, Cam, Jack Ingram and more.
Liz and I have seen Erica perform many times and we even got an ever-so-slight cameo in her "Bad Bitch" video, filmed in Key West (okay, yes...we may be "Sunshine-heads"), Erica is a huge favorite of ours and we are thrilled to have her as our guest in The Coconut Cabana Concert Series!
Sam Robbins describes himself as an "old soul singer songwriter." A Nashville based musician whose music evokes classic 70's singer songwriters like James Taylor and Neil Young, Sam adds a modern, upbeat edge to the storyteller troubadour persona. An avid performer, he has gained recognition from extensive touring and as the first artist to perform a Jim Croce song on NBC's The Voice. In 2021, Sam was chosen out of over 700 submissions as one of the six winners of the Kerrville Folk Festival New Folk competition, one of the largest and most prestigious songwriting competitions in the country. Listen
We saw Sam perform in Feb 2022 at a house concert, his incredible vocal, guitar and songwriting skills immediately jumped out at us. You will see why he was on television's "The Voice". Best way we can describe him is: If James Taylor and Jason Mraz had a "love child", Sam Robbins would be it.
A native of Belleville, IL, writer/artist, Brett Sheroky moved to Nashville in 2009, he spent over a decade on the outside of the music scene focusing on the craft of songwriting. In 2020 he signed his first publishing deal with SeaGayle. Brett has already landed songs on two major artist's records; "Man Made" with Granger Smith and "Bible Verses" with Blake Shelton. While still writing for other artists, Brett Sheroky has also been crafting songs for his own artist release. His sound is dynamic and falls somewhere between 90s country and 70s rock. Brett has just completed a nationwide tour with Phil Vassar. His music is available on iTunes and his website.
Liz and I are so excited for you to meet Brett this year at YOLOFEST! The first time we saw Brett was him opening for Phil Vassar in 2020, he completely "wowed" us with his songwriting and performance. Do NOT miss this opportunity to one day say "I saw Brett Sheroky up close and personal at a show in St James City!"
Florida native John Allan Miller is making waves in Music City as one of its most creative and entertaining songwriters. Miller has found recent success as both an artist and as a songwriter. JAM's song "Just Add Water" is on its way to 1 million streams on Spotify and has been featured on the platform's popular Party Cove playlist. As a songwriter, over 50 artists have recorded songs that he cowrite, including "Finally Free", the Bailey James single that reached #42 on the Billboard charts.
John Allan Miller "eatdrinkbehappy" is another standout songwriter that Liz and I first met in Key West for the Songwriters Festival. We are thrilled we reconnected and he is joining us at YOLOFEST '22!
Jason Bonham, professionally known as "Thunderbear" is a singer songwriter originally from Ohio. In 2014, he won a contest on 96K-Rock (Ft Myers, FL) winning an opening slot on a 3 Doors Down show. Afterwards he traveled to Nashville to record songs (Dangerous Addiction, Set Me Free, and Popcorns A Smokin) with Greg Upchurch and Chet Roberts of 3 Doors Down. While in Nashville he performed at the legendary Tootsie on Broadway. We are happy Jason is returning to YOLOFEST 2022.
This is Jason's third time performing at The Coconut Cabana. He has a true talent and is a true friend, we welcome him back! See why he may become known as the "Kazoo King"
Mickey was born in Annapolis, Maryland and started playing the piano at age 5. He has been playing professionally ever since. His formal music education includes studies at The Berklee College of Music, Boston, MA. Though you may know Mickey through his work in jazz music, he has also recorded, performed and toured with many of the world's top entertainers: Kenny Rogers, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Barbara Mandrell, Urbie Green, Dottie West, Jerry Reed, Dolly Parton, Randy Travis, Lonnie Mack, Roy Clark, Stan Lassiter, Charlie Pride, Lenny Breau, B.J. Thomas, Brenda Lee, Lynn Anderson, Tris Imboden, John Snyder, Cristy Lane, and Kathie Lee Gifford. ning to YOLOFEST 2022.
Jason and Mickey have teamed up to perform together created a duo of talent that you do not want to miss!
Chris is an American songwriter & musician, best known as the singer and guitarist of the band The Push Stars and for his song “This Time” from the film “August Rush” (Warner Bros). Chris embarked on a successful solo career, touring all over the globe and releasing nine full-length albums to date. Trapper's songs can be heard in several major studio films including “There’s Something About Mary”, The Devil Wears Prada”, “Some Kind Of Beautiful” & “August Rush”. His songs have appeared on television shows such as Pepper Dennis, ER, and Malcolm in the Middle.
A relentless live performer, Trapper has performed an average of 150 shows a year for more than a decade. On October 12, 2018, Chris was inducted into the Buffalo Music Hall of Fame. Previously, he earned a SOCAN award for his songwriting contribution to the album Sea of No Cares by Great Big Sea in 2003.
Chris wrote Liz and I's adopted personal theme song "Skin", he has been our favorite performer and songwriter since we first saw him open for Colin Hay (Men At Work) in 2013. We are so thrilled to have him as our guest at Villa Key West.