Live Music in Key West, Florida

Live Music in Key West, Florida

Live Music in Key West, Florida

With its plethora of amphitheaters, outdoor music bars and festivals, there is always music playing in Key West, Florida. Check out the local haunts and up-and-coming acts along Duval Street, or experience a festival at any of the famed venues in the city. Wherever you go, you are bound to have an unforgettable time in this gorgeous island city. Use this guide to find some of the top places to listen to live music in Key West. 

Key West Bars With Live Music 

From dive bars to jazz clubs, there is plenty of fun to be had at these popular Key West music bars.

Green Parrot Bar

Named one of the best live music venues in Florida, the Green Parrot Bar showcases musical acts from around the country every week. The famous bar offers afternoon, evening and late-night performances. Free popcorn, delicious drinks and a lively dance floor make the Green Parrot Bar a must-visit destination on your next trip to the Keys.

Little Room Jazz Club

One of the more intimate venues on Duval Street, this venue is devoted entirely to jazz. Its cozy atmosphere, craft beers, cocktails and snacks make this a low-key spot to sit back and enjoy a late-night performance. From piano bar happy hours to visiting acts from all over, expect endless entertainment when you visit this treasured venue. 

Sloppy Joe's

Sloppy Joe's is one of the most well-known bars in Key West, and you will typically find it bustling with people on any given night. The stage sits directly beside the bar, and there are live music acts from the area and beyond from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. every day of the week. The bar also includes a separate taproom for sports-watching, so you never run out of things to do at Sloppy Joe's.

Schooner Wharf Bar

Experience some of the best live music Key West has to offer, and hit up Schooner Wharf Bar. Just a few blocks from Duval Street and overlooking the harbor, this laid-back venue is known for its amazing live acts, friendly service and rustic charm. Sit and relax in the open-air hangout while enjoying delicious seafood, dockside views and musical acts from around the area. 

The Bull & Whistle Bar

The first floor of The Bull & Whistle Bar is The Bull — an old-school bar featuring a large open area to grab drinks and enjoy local music acts each night. The open-air bar books rock bands and singers of various genres to its small stage, with one act in the afternoon and another at night. Upstairs, The Whistle Bar features another bar, pool tables, games and a balcony where you can watch the crowds go by on busy Duval Street. 

Key West Music Festivals 

Key West hosts several music festivals throughout the year.

Key West Songwriters Festival

The Key West Songwriters Festival (KWSF) is the largest of its kind in the world. The festival takes place over five days and nights and is known for kickstarting the careers of household names like Kacey Musgraves, Jake Owen and Florida Georgia Line. Today, the festival has become a top destination for music lovers traveling to Key West to witness veteran songwriters and up-and-coming acts alike.

Rokisland Fest

Every January, Key West welcomes Rokisland Fest, an anthem to rock beneath the starlit skies of the island city. Featuring legendary artists and various immersive experiences, the festival is ideal for rock enthusiasts traveling to the area. The event has been headlined by rock icons like Bret Michaels, Night Ranger and Jefferson Starship, showcasing the likes of classic and contemporary rock. 

Mile 0 Fest 

Mile 0 Fest is a five-day music festival featuring Americana and red dirt music every January. Enjoy a lineup that blends artists from these beloved genres, including smaller stages and intimate performances, a waterfront amphitheater, and late-night shows and after-parties. In addition to music, the festival boasts various experiences, including cruises, pool parties and charity events, offering a space to connect with fellow fans and enjoy all that Key West has to offer. 

Key Western Fest

The Key Western Fest is a four-day Key West country music festival, welcoming classic bands and newer performers for a memorable time in the sand and sun. The popular event is held at the Truman Waterfront Park Amphitheater, which offers stunning views as artists pay homage to the golden age of country music. The festival has proudly featured icons like Pam Tillis, Lorrie Morgan and Terri Clark. 

Key West Music Venues 

From amphitheaters to classic indoor venues, Key West has plenty of places to sit and enjoy live music.

The Coffee Butler Amphitheater

The Coffee Butler Amphitheater is located at the Truman Waterfront, featuring assigned seating and a general admission lawn where you can dance or set up a blanket, depending on the mood. Catch stunning views of the Gulf of Mexico from the top of the lawn, and witness a famous Key West sunset during show days. 

This amphitheater's sloping lawn, intimate reserved seats and panoramic backdrop make this the perfect entertainment space for music fans visiting Key West. 

RockHouse Live Key West

Just a minute's walk from Sloppy Joe's, RockHouse Live features various musical acts from around the country, including intimate unplugged and acoustic shows. Its breezy patio and easygoing atmosphere make this a must-visit venue for music lovers wanting a casual night out.

Key West Theater

This indoor theater was named Best Performing Arts Venue in 2022 by the Key West People's Choice Awards. Originally a church, the building has a rich history. It was once a dance club and a concert venue before evolving into the performing arts center it is known as today. The sizeable stage has featured big-name acts, with past musicians including Bret Michaels, David Crosby and Arlo Guthrie.

Tennessee Williams Theatre

Established more than 40 years ago, the Tennessee Williams Theatre is a hub for cultural experiences in Key West. The nonprofit hosts national and international touring shows and performers, as well as community events throughout the year. Be sure to check their calendar and purchase your tickets before heading to the Keys. 

Book Your Stay at Kampgrounds of America

From lively and intimate music venues to exciting music festivals, Key West attracts millions of visitors every year for its thriving music scene and stunning oceanside views and attractions. When planning your next trip, book your stay at Sugarloaf Key / Key West KOA Resort. With luxury campsites and a host of amenities, this KOA makes camping in the Florida Keys an unforgettable time for all. 

Appreciate a year-round open poolside pub and direct access to a private shoreline with boat, kayak and paddleboard rentals. Whether you are visiting for a weekend getaway or an extended vacation, there is something for everyone at this waterfront campground. Book your stay today.

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