Upcoming Events

The Bahama Village Music Program invites the public to help them celebrate their 20th anniversary with a Birthday Bash on Sunday, March 29, 2020 from 12:00pm – 6:00pm at the Coffee Butler Amphitheater. The free, family-friendly event will be a day filled with music jamboree with performances by Key West’s finest musicians and BVMP students, audience jam-alongs, an artisan market, a cash bar, food trucks, a silent auction, a kid’s zone, and of course, birthday cake. Special to the event will be the inaugural presentation of the Key West Music Hall of Fame inductees, which include Coffee Butler, Ellen Sanchez, Fats Navarro, and Buddy Chavez.

The 20-year-old program started in a storage room with three keyboards in 1999 and is now a comprehensive music school with 200 students at their main location and outreach programs. Since then, Bahama Village Music Program has given over 20,000 free music lessons taught by more than a dozen student teachers, professional instructors, and dedicated volunteers to over 2,000 children who could not otherwise afford them.

Join them as they celebrate the sense of pride and community spirit that has resulted from this important program that fosters important mentor relationships between local teenage musicians and their students, offers free summer camps for BVMP students, collaborates with Dance Key West to offer free dance lessons to BVMP students, offers yearly full-tuition scholarships and grants to student teachers to attend the Berklee College of Music’s Aspire: Five-Week Music Performance Intensive, and facilitates full-scale musical theater productions with Keys Kids Junior and House of Pan Steel Pan Band at Horace O’Bryant School— inspiring children island-wide to discover the musician within. For more information and sponsorship opportunities, call Executive Director Katchen Duncan 305.504.7664 or email info@bvmpkw.org. Celebrating 20 years of free music education. It takes a village.

Key West Artisan Market celebrates ‘The Art of the Art’ Edition February 23rd 10 am to 2 pm at Clarence H. Higgs Memorial Beach, Key West with the Bahama Village Music Program. Many Keys artists will be demonstrating their artistic process and the children will perform today as part of the The X Key West variety show. School staff and volunteers will also be on hand to talk about how The Bahama Village Music Program (now celebrating their 20th year) brings free musical education and instruction, to children aged 6 & up in our community.

Come enjoy bloody’s, mimosas along with a full bar from Great Events Catering, coffee, smoothies, natural juices and cut fruit, multiple food trucks and stalls offering eat-here or take-away. Shop a curated outdoor market offering fine crafts, art and jewelry from talented Florida Keys makers. Stock your pantry and fridge with fresh produce, artisan cheeses, local seafood, honey, pickles and so much more. Listen to awesome musicians, catch The X Key West radio show live, support our featured charity, Bahama Village Music Program and meet celebrity authors from the Key West Writers Guild.

The market is conveniently located close to the Higgs Beach Dog Park, free West Martello Tower botanical gardens, White Street Pier and of course, the alluring Atlantic ocean across the street at Higgs Beach. Open 10 am to 2 pm every other Sunday in season, by locals, for locals.

Free entry, free parking. Please BYOB (bring your own bags)
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Be sure to bookmark Key West Artisan Market for this season’s dates. Email Sean@dailyplan-it.net to become a vendor or register here ==> http://bit.ly/KWAM-Vendors

Join Dorothy, the Scarecrow, Tin Man, Lion and Toto on The Yellow Brick Road from Kansas to Munchkinland to Oz. All of your favorite songs and scenes. Witches and mean monkeys and a Wizard make up this joyful production. All with our talented middle school performers.

Sponsored in part by the Community Foundation of the Florida Keys, Keys Kids Junior’s 4th production under BVMP’s umbrella will be a great show!


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On Sunday, January 26th, the Crooks Annual Second Line will march up Duval Street once again. Benefitting The Bahama Village Music Program, this free annual event celebrates the lives of those we have loved and lost.

Begun in 2015 after Key West lost the world class drummer Richard Crooks. The traditional New Orleans second line send off was attended by hundreds. The event became an annual event in 2016, in memory of Richard’s mother-in-law, Nancy Robinson.

The parade will dance and march from The Hog’s Breath up Duval to the Green Parrot, with performances along the route. Join us in festive attire at noon at the Hog’s Breath for music, raffle, and a Bloody Mary, sponsored by Bombara Vodka, Key West Bean Company, and the Hog’s Breath Saloon. Parade paraphernalia will be for sale. At 2 p.m., we will march along with the accompaniment of the Key West Funeral Band, the Bahama Village Music Program Joyful Voices, and assorted other musicians. Bring your instruments!

The parade will culminate at about 3 p.m. at the Green Parrot with a brief memorial program and a jam led by Key West’s incomparable Bill Blue Band.

For a $100 donation to honor your loved one you will receive a photo placard to carry in the parade as well as a permanent spot on the CASL website. If you participated in past years, bring your photo placard. You are welcome to make a donation in any amount. Submit your honoree before January 2nd to have their name on the 2020 t-shirt.

Sign up to join us, volunteer or donate, or obtain more information by going to our website crookssecondlinekw.com; by visiting our Facebook page, The Crooks Annual Second Line, (Please like and share!); by emailing crookssecondlinekw@gmail.com; or by calling 305-504-7664.

Sign up to Volunteer! Get a free Crooks Crew T-shirt!

Honoree Submission is closed for the 5th Annual Crooks Second Line due to printing deadlines but please join us on January 26th!

Past Events
Sugarloaf Oktoberfest{ Oct 06, 2019 - Sunday
7th Annual Sugarloaf Oktoberfest to benefit the Bahama Village Music Program, Sunday October 6th from 3-7pm at the Sugarloaf Lodge Tiki Bar, MM17. Delicious Pork Dinner by South of the Seven with yummy German fixin’s, Amazing Silent Auction Items and of course Wonderful Music provided by the B...read more >
Send Leia and Mercedes to Berklee{ Jul 06, 2019 - Aug 09, 2019