Friday, April 17, 2009

Bay Jam 15, All Day Music Fest on the Bay in The Florida Keys This Sunday, April 19, 2009

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ISLAMORADA, FL Keys – The Waybacks, one of the hottest bands in the country -- playing a genre-hopping blend of bluegrass/jamgrass, honky-tonk, swing, classical music, and blues and pop -- headline Bay Jam 15, held April 19 in Islamorada Founders Park.

“The Waybacks bring real star power to this year’s Bay Jam and are spectacular live,” said David Feder, president of ICE. “In addition, this event showcases the Keys’ best music with great local bands, is family-friendly, and tops it off by using the proceeds to award thousands of dollars in art and music scholarship to local students.”

Gates open at 11 a.m. for the all-day annual outdoor music fest. With free admission for kids 13 and under, $10 for adults and just $5 for students, Bay Jam is affordable for everyone. A total of 14 bands will play including David Feder and son Nyan, a reunion of the popular Blackwater Sound, and Marley Fest-favorite Baga Tricks.

The Waybacks, from San Francisco, have been described as “purveyors of acoustic mayhem.” The band has produced five albums to date and have a dedicated following. Wherever they play, high praise follows: The Washington Post described band members as “…virtuosos sharing a singular mind-set." Billboard Magazine said “These guys can play like bandits,” and the San Jose News called them "…geniuses … whose playing stacks up to anything you'll find." (The Waybacks (from left to right) are: bass player Joe Kyle Jr., guitarist Jim Nash, drummer Chuck Hamilton, and fiddler Warren Hood.)

Bay Jam has everything needed for day of music and fun in a spectacular setting on the Florida Bay. Concertgoers (especially families and kids) can enjoy a swim at the bayfront beach just steps away from the TIB Bank of the Keys Amphitheater stage. A variety of food will be provided by two well known local restaurants – Craig’s and the Green Turtle. Soft drinks, beer, wine, and snacks will be available. Commemorative T-shirts will be on sale, there will be an art show, and noted artist Pasta Pantaleo will paint various aspects of Bay Jam as they occur.

Bay Jam, now in its fifteenth year, raises money for art and music scholarships for local high school students and in-school programs and necessary supplies. Feder proudly notes that to date, Bay Jam has awarded more than $125,000 in scholarships to local students. “It’s the community’s chance to have a great time while financially supporting the musical and artistic dreams of talented local kids,” said Feder.

Scheduled to appear are: Guitarist David Feder will perform his popular hillbilly flamenco style and son Nyan, 14, will amaze with incredible guitar talents; C.W. Colt plays tropical swamp blues; Baga Tricks brings unique rock/ Reggae; Jimmy Hawkins is the island king of the Blues; Steve Miller and Blackwater Sound play classic rock; Second Chance Band performs inspirational rock; Micah plays Caribbean country; Luke Sommer Glen Band plays Southern-fried rock; Steve Venini is a talented acoustic singer/songwriter; Stereo Underground is Key Largo’s rock warrior; and the Coral Shores High School Jazz Band brings the big band sound to the stage. The band schedule will be posted on the ICE website prior to the event.

Attendees can bring blankets and lawn chairs, but coolers are not permitted. For detailed information about Bay Jam or and the musicians, go to

ICE is a non-profit organization dedicated to bringing quality entertainment and cultural events to Upper Keys residents and provides musical and arts scholarships to local students.

BAY JAM 15 Basics

This event is “Family Friendly”

What: The Keys’ Premier Outdoor Music Fest – with 14 great bands playing bluegrass, rock, jazz, reggae, country, Hillbilly Flamenco and more! Art show, food and drink vendors, beach access, fabulous family fun.

When: Sunday, April 19, 2009 Gates Open at 11 a.m.

Where: Islamorada Founders Park, TIB Amphitheater, Mile Marker 87,
Florida Keys

Web Site:

Tickets: At gate only. $10 adults, Students $5, Free for 13 and under

Payment: Cash or Check Only -- No Credit or Debit Cards (includes food, beverages, T-shirts, posters, CDs, etc.)

The WAYBACKS – Bluegrass/Jamgrass/Acoustic Mayhem
Dave Feder and Nyan – Hillbilly Flamenco
C.W. Colt – Tropical Swamp Blues
Blackwater Sound – Key Largo Classic Rock
Jimmy Hawkins – Island King of the Blues
Baga Tricks – Reggae Rock
Micah – Caribbean Country
Luke Sommer Glen Band – Southern Fried Rock
Steve Venini –Acoustic Singer/Songwriter
Stereo Underground – Hot Pop Rock
Second Chance Band – Inspirational Rock
Scott Youngberg – Soft Acoustic Rock
Coral Shores High School Jazz Band – Big Band Jazz

Band Schedule: Posted on web site – – Wednesday, April 15

Beach Access: All concertgoers (especially kids) will have access to the beach area on Florida Bay near the Amphitheater. Changing rooms are available.

CD Sales: Many bands and performers will have CDs available for purchase

T-Shirts: Bay Jam $15 each. ICE long sleeve $20. Many bands will have T-shirts available for purchase

Art Show: Coral Shores High School and Island Christian High School art students will display their works. Noted artist Pasta Pantaleo will paint as musicians perform. Several other artists will display their works as well.

Food: A wide variety of food will be available and catered by two notable Keys restaurants – Craig’s and the Green Turtle

Beverages: Water, Soft Drinks, Beer, Wine

Lawn Chairs: Concertgoers are encouraged to bring lawn chairs, blankets

Coolers: No coolers permitted, no glass permitted.

Proceeds: All proceeds go to provide art, music and dance scholarships to local students. Proceeds are also used to purchase art and music supplies for students and their teachers and instructors.

ICE is a non-profit organization dedicated to bringing quality entertainment and cultural events to Upper Keys residents and provides art, music, and dance scholarships to local students.

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