Annual Put-In-Bay Music Festival in Key West

Sloppy Joe’s Bar has bottled up a bit of Lake Erie’s summer and will open it up in Key West Florida from February 9-11 to celebrate one island’s culture to the other. Put-in-Bay’s best entertainers perform alongside Key West’s most popular performers at the Put-In-Bay Music Festival.

Scheduled to perform again this year are the absolute best performers that Put-in-Bay Ohio has to offer: Just Allie, Westside Steve, island rock god Ray Fogg, and Pat Sheppard. Take it from us, if you want to go then book your hotel rooms NOW rather than later, because finding last minute accommodations is near impossible (we tried last year)!

This event is a great way to put some Put-in-Bay fun into a long winter season and see your island friends that you don’t usually see between seasons.

Schedule of Put-In-Bay Music Festival Entertainers

Wednesday, February 5, 2020

5:30 pm – 9:30 pm … Pete and Ray “Twas the night before Put-In-Bay Days”

Thursday, February 6, 2020

12:00 pm – 1:30 pm … Just Allie
1:45 pm – 3:15 pm … Westside Steve
3:30 pm – 4:50 pm … Tipsy and the Donuts
5:00 pm – 6:20 pm … Ray Fogg
6:30 pm – 8:00 pm … Pat Sheppard
8:10 pm – 9:30 pm … Pete and . . .
10:00 pm – 2:00 am … Klass Kings

Friday, February 7, 2020

12:00 pm – 1:30 pm … Just Allie
1:45 pm – 3:15 pm … Westside Steve
3:30 pm – 4:50 pm … Tipsy and the Donuts
5:00 pm – 6:20 pm … Ray Fogg
6:30 pm – 8:00 pm … Pat Sheppard
8:10 pm – 9:30 pm … Pete and . . .
10:00 pm – 2:00 am … Klass Kings

Saturday, February 8, 2020

11:00 am – 12:30 pm … Just Allie
12:45 pm – 2:10 pm … Westside Steve
2:20 pm – 3:50 pm … Tipsy and the Donuts
4:00 pm – 5:20 pm … Ray Fogg
5:30 pm – 6:50 pm … Pat Sheppard
7:00 pm – 8:20 pm … Pete and . . .
8:30 pm – 9:30 pm … Put-In-Bay Music Fest Finale
10:00 pm – 2:00 am … Klass Kings

Sloppy Joe’s History

The official beginning of Sloppy Joe’s Bar, the famous and infamous Key West Florida saloon, was December 5, 1933. That is the day Prohibition was repealed and the day Joe Russell officially sold liquor legally. The bar ended up going through two name changes and a sudden change of location before it would become Sloppy Joe’s. It has been visited by millions of visitors to Florida’s southernmost outpost.

Key West was a haven of free thinkers even in the thirties, much like Put-in-Bay is today. Prohibition was viewed as an amusing exercise dreamed up by the government. Joe Russell was just one of the enterprising individuals who operated illegal saloons (speakeasies). Even Ernest Hemingway, who made Key West his home at the time, stepped over to Russell’s on occasion to buy illegal bottles of Scotch whiskey, and the two struck up an enduring friendship.

End of Prohibition

When the government’s Great Experiment ended as anticipated in failure, Joe Russell became a legitimate barkeeper-proprietor of the Blind Pig, a beat up and rundown building that Russell leased for only 3 dollars a week.

The rowdy, come-as-you-are saloon was renamed the Silver Slipper after the addition of a dance floor. That didn’t matter though as it remained a place of shabby discomfort, good friends, gambling, 15 cent whiskey, and 10 cent shots of gin. The Put-In-Bay Music Festival had not been invented yet.

It was Ernest Hemingway, a favorite patron of Russell’s bar from the start, who encouraged its name change to Sloppy Joe’s. The new name was adopted from the Jose Garcia Rio Havana Club. It remodeled itself by selling liquor and iced seafood. Because the floor was always wet with melted ice, his patrons taunted this Spanish Joe with running a sloppy place… and the name stuck… Sloppy Joe’s!

Annual Put-In-Bay Music Festival in Key West

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201 Duval Street, Key West, FL 33040, USA

Feb  05 - 08 , 2020

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