Lower Keys Event Features Band Members From Billy Joel, Aerosmith and Joan Jett, But Leave the Beer Cooler at Home
Grab the sleeping bag, dig out the tent – and don’t forget the cooler of beer, with beer huggies from Jack’s at Florida City, of course – and head to the Florida Keys the first weekend of November.
Well, that’s what I first thought when I got a press release about a music festival on the Lower Florida Keys. It’s at a KOA Campgrounde and features Richie Supa, best known for his work with Aerosmith, plus Supa, guitarist Ricky Byrd, formerly with Joan Jett and the Blackhearts; Kasim Sulton of Utopia and Todd Rundgren fame; and Liberty DeVitto, who was Billy Joel’s drummer for decades.
Seems like a perfect party to the PubClub.com Bar Blogger!
But my excitement suddenly hit the breaks like a traffic jam on the Overseas Highway when I read deeper into the release. That’s when I noticed it’s an event for members of the 12-step alcohol recovery programs. So much for that cooler of beer!
I suppose the name “12 Step Music Fest” should have been a clue, but sometimes I get too excited about a potential party too fast. But that’s okay, I still want to report on it, because this is definitely an event and cause worthy of proper attention.
The festival is Thursday through Sunday, Nov. 3-6 and includes support and fellowship for people in 12-step programs and performances by acclaimed recovering musicians. It’s at the beachfront Sugarloaf Key KOA Campground, Mile Marker 20, with the entire campground open to music fest attendees.
The event is produced by No Matter What Productions Inc., a 501c3 nonprofit organization, and is described by organizers as a mini-Woodstock, but without drugs or alcohol.
Alcohol, drugs and gambling of any kind are prohibited during the event.
Attendees can purchase three- or four-day tickets that include general tent camping or single-day tickets. There is an additional charge for RV sites or reserved camping that includes power and water.