Bay Jam 15
First Ever Keys Blue Grass Festival Features Grammy Winner,
Free Admission

Click on these links to hear their music and learn more about ICE’s BayGrass Bands:

The Matt Flinner Trio

Mike Compton and Joe Newberry

The Rowan Cunningham Band

Scott and Amanda Anderson Band

Myakka River Bluegrass Band

The Barstool Sailors

ISLAMORADA, Florida Keys—For the first time ever, visitors and residents can enjoy a blue grass music festival on the shores of Florida Bay. ICE present the first annual BayGrass Blue Grass Music Fest, a mix of some of the best old-time blue grass musicians and some of the new up and coming stars, including one Grammy award winner.

The bands will play Sunday, Jan. 20, at the Capital Bank Amphitheater in Islamorada Founders Park (MM87). The festival will run from 11 a.m. - 10 p.m., music begins at noon, and admission is free.

“Blue grass is one of few true American music forms, and features superb musicians, beautiful harmonies, and distinctive voices,” said David Feder, ICE president. “The event offers good clean fun for the entire family and great American music.”

Grammy winner Mike Compton, Matt Flinner, the Roland Cunningham Band, and Amanda and Scott Anderson are the featured performers.

“Pickers should bring their instruments since we will have offstage jam sessions going all day long,” notes Co-organizer Robby McClung.


Grammy award winner Mike Compton, has earned a worldwide reputation as one of the modern masters of bluegrass mandolin, and is especially known for his the fiercely hard-driven, rhythmically intense style. He teams up with Joe Newberry -- prizewinning guitarist, fiddler, singer, as well as a powerful and innovative banjo player.

Matt Flinner Trio -- Flinner was as a banjo prodigy banjo before he took up the mandolin. He won the National Banjo Contest in 1990 and took the mandolin award the following year. According to Jazz Times, “Flinner continues his reign as perhaps the most exciting and creative mandolin player on the scene today.”

Rowan Cunningham Band -- featuring brothers Chris and Lorin and Sue Cunningham – brings a new sound to the acoustic music scene. The trio is a musical tour de force, working with guitars, mandolin and fiddle. They create unique sounds with the brothers’ soaring harmonies and Cunningham’s sultry vocals.

Amanda and Scott Anderson -- After years of playing separately, daughter and father began performing as a duo in 2008. Amanda handles most of the lead vocals in the duo, as well as supplying sweet fiddle lines. Scott adds harmony and lead vocals as well as guitar and banjo. Their repertoire includes Americana and bluegrass and their dazzling fiddle and banjo duets are favorites at every show.

Myakka River Bluegrass Band -- These accomplished musicians have been performing bluegrass music in the Southwest Florida area for several years.

Bungled and Botched -- Hailing from South Florida, this band has emerged on the scene with a love of traditional country and bluegrass and a new flavor and passion for the music and culture that follows it. The band features guitar, upright base, and electric fiddle

Barstool Sailors -- Along with his band, Micha Gardner is a songwriter, musician, fisherman, and tour guide and local fixture in the Florida Keys music scene. The band’s music is a mixture of reggae, bluegrass, pop and folk, from which he forms an earthy, breezy Keys style. Grey Lily will also appear.

Bay Grass Blue Grass Fest has everything needed for a 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 Amphitheater stage. Great local food will be provided by vendors including: Kayio, Green Turtle, and the Coral Shores Band Boosters. Beer, wine, soft drinks, and snacks will be available. A variety of vendors will be selling jewelry, crafts, etc.

Attendees can bring blankets and lawn chairs, but coolers are not permitted.

ICE…cool entertainment 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.






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