Memorial Day

This being Memorial Day  thought I would share this photo. That’s my father, Signal Corps Staff Seargant Al Vagnoni on the left, wearing the hat and the impish grin. Oh, wait, they’re all grinning. I’m picturing Al now,  sitting with his headphones on,  in a tiny, steamy radio shack in the middle of a vast […]

hms lancaster weighs anchor at the Green Parrot

HMS Lancaster Drops Anchor, Buster Delivers Verse

When the Royal Navy Frigate HMS Lancaster made an unannounced call to Key West  Monday due to  mechanical problems scores of royal sailors hit the streets and the first bar many of them happened on was the Green Parrot and, timing being everything,  they arrived just in time to hear Jack Hackett, pictured below, deliver […]


An Homage to Records and Rogues on National Record Store Day

This Saturday shops across the country observed the ninth annual nationwide celebration of in-person commerce known as National Record Store Day. Organized by coalitions of independent record stores, many record labels use the occasion to release collectible vinyl, limited-edition CDs and live material. As a kind of footnote to that blurb: Pictured above is Records […]

Elek at Ukulele night at the green parrot bar

April is Jazz Appreciation Month, Thank a Musician Today!

  Make it a point to go to see some live jazz this month. No Live jazz nearby? Then visit your favorite musician’s website or Facebook page and leave a message, tell them how much you appreciate what they do for you each day and how much it enriches your life. Tell them the world […]

National Poetry Month with Tortuga Jack at The Green Parrot

Irony and Culture Invade Green Parrot

“One For The Road”, Jack Hackett’s Poem-A-Day For National Poetry Month Irony and Culture will rear its ugly head every day in April at The Green Parrot Bar when, as our  contribution to  National Poetry Month,  we are proud to present  “One for the Road”, a Poem-a-Day delivered live in our barroom each day by Key West […]

chuck bednarik

Eagles Legend Chuck Bednarik Dead at 89 OR “YOU CAN GET UP NOW TAYLOR, THIS F@#%ING GAME’S OVER!”

EAGLES LEGEND CHUCK BEDNARIK DEAD AT 89 OR “YOU CAN GET UP NOW TAYLOR, THIS F@#%ING GAME’S OVER!” Philadelphia’s Chuck Bednarik celebrates after the Eagles’ 17-13 victory over the Packers in the N.F.L. championship game on Dec. 26, 1960, at Franklin Field. Several years after this game, I was hitchhiking from Avalon, New Jersey to […]

Green Parrot Makes Rukkus Top 100 List

Rukkus Lists Green Parrot in Top 100 Venue List

Rukkus, the online ticket-seller and self-described NYC-based colony of live music junkies has included us in their latest run-down of their favorite live-music venues in America. (see # 33) Coming on the heels of our inclusion in the list of Top Dive Bars in America, we are again both humbled by the props offered and, […]

The Duhks at The Green Parrot

St. Patrick’s Day at Sharkey’s Tavern

Another St. Patrick’s Day at The Green Parrot. With that in mind, here’s a shot of a St.Patrick’s Day that’s long gone. This photo was taken either in 1956 or 1957 at Sharkey’s Tavern, my father’s bar, outside Philadelphia.In the foreground, behind the bar, sporting a broad grin, a Hibernian string tie, and some sort […]