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sailor jerry and pineapple juice at the green parrot

National Rum Day

“Three ingredients is a cocktail. Two ingredients is an emergency”-Peggy Olson on Mad Men With National Rum Day August 16th, upon, it may serve us well to take a look at where The Green Parrot stands on the state of rum today. In a tropical-drink world overrun with tiny umbrellas, excessive garnishes, too many splashes of Grenadine […]

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June 1st: Time For COLBY’S OFFICIAL GREEN PARROT HURRICANE PREPAREDNESS KIT.

As is our custom at the start of each Hurricane season, a new devotional candle has been placed in the small handmade wooden cabinet next to the Benjamin Franklin shutter just inside the Parrot’s front door. The candle, the centerpiece of The Green Parrot Hurricane Preparedness Kit   sits ready to be whisked off to […]

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Green Parrot Drink and Draw

Green Parrot Drink & Draw Tuesday 8 pm

Green Parrot to Hold “First-Tuesday Drink & Dr aw Night” The Green Parrot will host a Drink and Draw Night on the first Tuesday of each month beginning on Tuesday, May 2nd, from 8:00 to 10:00 p.m. The Green Parrot and our first guest host, local artist Tony Gregory invites artists of all skill levels to come Drink & Draw at The Green Parrot. Bring a sketchbook, pens, and paper with you, and if you come empty-handed, […]

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An Homage to Records and Rogues on National Record Store Day

This Saturday shops across the country observed the eleventh 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 […]

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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 […]

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Green Parrot Dog Amnesty

Green Parrot Dog Amnesty Day or “Get A Long Little Doggie”

One of the highlights around the Green Parrot neighborhood on New Years Eve Day is the Annual Daschund Parade which begins just a block away from us on the corner of Fleming and Whithead streets. We decided a few yers back that it was only fitting that we lift our ban on dogs for the […]

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Hendricks Nativity Scene

“No Room At The Gin”: The Hendrick’s Gin Nativity Scene

“I know what we’ll be drinking in Hell”-Vicki Roush I just want to say that whoever came up with this idea (Nick) had a lot more than visions of sugarplums dancing around in their head. Inspired originally by the very adorable miniatures of Hendrick’s Gin, the small-batch, hand crafted Scottish Gin infused with cucumbers… …John […]

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Green Parrot Shawon-o-meter

A Brief History of Our Shawon-O-Meter, or Go Cubs!

As the snake-bitten Chicago Cubs franchise prepares to take the field today and even-up their NLCS series with The Dodgers, overcome 108 years of failure, and mercifully end the longest World Series drought in MLB history, I thought it timely to again examine the Cubbies section of our Green Parrot Sports Wall, particularly the centerpiece,  an original, authentic  SHAWON-O-METER First, a bit on the […]

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Kentiopsis pyriformis

Emergent Leaf of Kentiopsis pyriformis

I would walk past this small, but lovely, palm each morning, a Kentiopsis pyriformis,  and since it was just feet from our gate, I would pass it several times a day and for months, six months at least, this one emergent frond would look exactly the same, never changing. I knew it was a slow growing palm. one […]

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My Father's day post for The Green Parrot

Father’s Day

Here’s a post I put up last year for Father’s Day that and I still can”t  think of a better way to honor all these Fathers in my family who helped make me a better dad….and a better person. Thank You all. On this Father’s Day I’d like to taken a moment to honor not only my […]

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National Negroni Week

National Negroni Week, first launched in 2013, is the brainchild of Imbibe magazine,  and was devised as a way to encourage bars across the country to serve up more Negronis,  and support an effort to raise money for charitable causes around the world.  While, not unlike the Aperol Spritz I mentioned last week, you probably won’t be asking […]

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Muhammed Ali “The Greatest: January 17, 1942 – June 3, 2016

Two of my favorite pieces on the walls here at The Parrot are images of Ali. The photo on the left, taken by Beatles photographer Harry Benson, (which I found in a pile of old photos in a junk store and bought for two dollars I believe) shows Ali, then still known as Cassius Clay, […]

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The Aperol Spritzer 1-2-3

I gotta tell ya. you’re probably not gonna order an Aperopl spritzer in the Green Parrot. But I will say is when I stepped out of The Parrot, while it wasn’t steamy, there’s no doubt it was summer,it might have been the last remnants of the day’s heat coming off the asphalt on Whitehead street […]

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Green Parrot Little Free Library: Memorial Day

Sprucing up our  Little Free Library a bit  this morning for our Bootleggers visit tomorrow, as well as curating with the another  holiday weekend in mind, and looking I suppose for some  beach-reads,  I spied among recent donations,  some  vintage hard-backed Earle Stanley Gardner, as well as some Steven King, Other fiction turned up Isabel Allende’s The Japanese Lover, […]

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Refreshing Summer Cocktail Supplies From Green Parrot Liquors

With summer and Memorial Day upon us,   one of the the first things that comes to mind  is picnics. And when I think of picnics I think of watermelon. I imagine myself reaching elbow-deep, arms stinging, into a washtub filled with block-ice, sodas and beer, and wrangling out a ice-cold watermelon, cutting a deep, […]

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Henricks Gin, Mint and Lime, Perfect Summertime Ingredients

A day as steamy and muggy as today seemed to catch everyone in Key West off guard, so when our bartender Beaver remarked to me this afternoon that he received a text today saying the temperature today seemed liked 111 degrees than the 103 degrees Weather Underground was touting,  it made me think of ways to beat […]

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Candye Kane’s Tupperware Party

When Kathy Fatica mentioned,  in a Facebook comment, Candye Kane’s Tupperware Party , it just reminded me of what a wonderful and unusual person she was offstage. The Tupperware Party, arranged by Vicki at Tom Luna’s house as I recall, was a Green Parrot-first for any touring band. And pictured here, between sets, or after the show, she […]

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Parrot Moms Rock

While the bond between mother and child is honored each Mothers Day, perhaps too often overlooked is the bond Moms have for other Moms. Not so in this picture taken today, where, sporting their “Parrot Moms Rock” gear, Parrot Moms gathered on this special day to show some props for each other. Parrot Moms, here’s […]

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Candye Kane, La Diva Grande, Passes

As a way of remembering Candye Kane, who passed away on Friday, here’s a note I got from her when she got written up in The New Yorker, along with the caricature. “Its my birthday month and what better birthday gift than to grace the pages of the world famous New Yorker magazine? Although they […]

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Steve Cropper

Of the been many, many memorable nights of great music at The Green Parrot. Rocker Mick Taylor of the Rolling Stones was memorable for his chops, Calypso legend The Mighty Sparrow was memorable for his charismatic, playful energy, and the one-two punch of Tony Joe White and Robert Earl Keen a few years back was […]

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Submariner Ben and Gloria at The Green Parro

Submariner Ben Remembers The Brown Derby

The backstory to this photo, begins with Ben,  in the foreground,  handsome  former United States Navy Submariner, and his wife Gloria, smiling broadly across the table last Sunday afternoon at The Green Parrot Bar’s Fats Navarro Jazz Tribute.  At that time, a  few folks were innocently horsing around  in  the window by the table, taking photos, and when asked […]

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Beatles Tribute at The Green Parrot

Beatles Tribute

Touching briefly on sartorial notes before musical ones, pictured here at the Beatles Tribute today at The Green Parrot we have Jeff Clark with an homage to John Lennon’s white Abbey Road suit and Tony Baltimore opting for an earlier look typified by the Greek Fisherman’s Cap Lennon wore on the Beatles’ original American tour […]

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Andrew Duhon at The Green Parrot

Andrew Duhon Trio at The Parrot

Andrew Duhon Bring NOLA Folk/Blues to The Parrot Stage The New Orleans-based Andrew Duhon Trio makes their long-awaited return to The Green Parrot  with shows at  5:30 and 9 PM on Wednesday, February 17th. A Blues & Folk influenced singer/songwriter, and a New Orlean’s native,  Andrew’s star is rising, with his latest album, “The Moorings” earning a Grammy nomination, and in 2012  Duhon garnered the […]

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Green Parrot Tradesman's Pass

Tradesman’s Appreciation Day Thursday 5 PM

The Green Parrot will celebrate their 21st Annual tradesman’s Appreciation Day on Thursday, September 17th, beginning at 5 PM. More than two decades ago, great American sculptor John Martini, whose Key West studio was just around the corner from The Green Parrot, would frequent The Parrot to quench his thirst after long, late-night sessions creating […]

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Photos from The Green Parrot 18th Annual Tradesman’s Appreciation Day

The assembly line for Tradesman’s cards begins   Photos are taken outside   A vintage Tradesman’s Nail Apron   Archival footage, the first flyer   Jimbo of “Where’s Jimbo…” fame   Red Dog and Norman   Smiling Artist shows her card     “Molar Mechanic”   Buco raffles off the Strunk Hardware Gift Certificates   […]

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“Is it Rolling Bob?”

“Is it Rolling Bob?”, A few wonderful obits for legendary record producer Bob Johnston . On the intro to the track “To Be Alone With You”, on Dylan’s 1969 Nashville Skyline album, Dylan asks, “Is it rolling Bob?” The Bob in question was Bob Johnston and the answer is yes, it was rolling. “As a […]

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Green Parrot Bar celebrates National Tequila Day

WHAT WE’RE DRINKING For National Tequila Day IS TEQUILA-WATERMELON PUNCH

Another National Tequila Day has come and gone but not unnoticed by Green Parrot Package Goods and Spirits. Always on the lookout for  something to celebrate and and always looking to beat the summer heat, we broke out a recipe we’ve tried before, adapted from a NYT article we spied last summer. Keeping it simple, which […]

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bacardi

making a green-parrot-dauquiri   Last evening before dinner I opened an old Sunday Times magazine to a story on the daiquiri and how accessible it was: Rum, Citrus, Sugar.   Well it struck a chord, my pantry seemed up to the task and I dug up the Bacardi light, a ruby red grapefruit, the limes  and […]

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Dock Ellis’ legendary LSD no-hitter

I love this story and animation so much, we need to post it annually In celebration of the greatest athletic achievement by a man on a psychedelic journey, No Mas and artist James Blagden proudly present the animated tale of Dock Ellis’ legendary LSD no-hitter. In the past few years weve heard all too much […]

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The Best Baseball Story….Ever.

My thanks to Cabinet Beer Baseball Club for reminding me what day it is. and I love how Cabinet Beer Baseball Club describes themselves: “We’re like a library with a warning track or a bartender with reading recommendations”

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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, […]

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The Duhks at The Green Parrot
Suenalo plays green parrot bar

This Weeks Green Parrot Press Release

The music this week seemed so compelling  so eclectic I felt I needed to share this with more than the press corps. Two days with Paul Cebar, then Suenalo, followed by Town Mountain, and then topped off with The Duhks. Throw in a Bill Blue Soundcheck and you’ve abut covered it all. Enjoy! Paul Cebar’s Tomorrow […]

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valentines tom

“Dare To be Dateless on Valentines Day at The Green Parrot “

Tom Robinson, looking more like the antidote for amour than the mythological God of Desire, is pictured here a few years back as our very own Valnetine’s Day Cupid Years back, The Green Parrot, was mentioned in Cosmopolitan magazine as “the home of Key West’s most terminally eligible bachelors,” and I believe many of our […]

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new books

Thanks Again to Bookleggers for Supporting The Green Parrot Little Free Library

I’d like to thank Nathaniel Sandler of Bookleggers, the Miami-based, mobile, pop-up public library. who recently donated a trove of quality books  to The GP Little Free Library. And special thanks to my son Nick and his wife Ingrid who delivered the volumes down to us from Miami. It was during the Bookleggers meet-up on The Green […]

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Another “Hold on to Your Hats” Week of Green Parrot Music

The next several days promises to be another of those “Oh Boy, they’ve done it again” weeks of music at the Green Parrot. If you plan on catching some good shows at the Parrot this week, you better pack a lunch! Starting with the “Human Jukebox” Juliano Brothers for a Tuesday, February 10th 5:30 soundcheck. These […]

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Yarn at the green parrot bar

Yarn

Led by singer/songwriter, Blake Christiana, pictured below at last year’s Green Parrot debut, Yarn, the Grammy-nominated, genre-defying, Brookyln-based Americana/Alt Country band will make their much-anticipated return to The Green Parrot, with shows at 9 PM on Tuesday, February 3rd and 5:30 and 9 PM on Wednesday, February 4th. With a sound that owes as much […]

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Green Parrot named one of the Diviest Dive Bars in America

GP Named #4 Diviest Dive Bar in America

 Featured in a recent list of “The Diviest Dive Bars in America”, tucked neatly  between The Number 3 “Snake and Jakes Christmas Club Lounge” in New Orleans,  and Number 5 “Canters Deli/Kibitz Room”  in Los Angeles is your very own Green Parrot Bar. Impulcity, a popular and wide-reaching internet city-guide that steers folks to “The Best […]

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Merry Christmas from The Green Parrot Little Free Library

We’d like to take a minute to say Merry Christmas from The Green Parrot Little Free Library and to thank everyone in the neighborhood for continuing to support us here at the Library. I find newly-donated books nearly every day, and find books that have been taken out and are being returned nearly every day […]

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Green Parrot Fireplace

Happy Thanksgiving from The “Toasty-Warm” Green Parrot Stage.

With the mercury plunging and the Holidays upon us we decided, “Why should the folks up North have all the creature comforts and all the fun! Straight from Ebay to 601 Whitehead just in time for Thanksgiving and our cold front  (63 degrees) comes our vintake, circa 1960 fireplace. All we need now is a […]

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Key Lime Pirates at The Green Parrot Bar

KLP Soundcheck, Ukulele Night, & KW Film Festival After-Party with “The Front Man”

  Looking ahead at this week’s music, Wednesday, Nov 12th,  it’s  The Key Lime Pirates, Jeff Clark, Claire Finley and Randy Morrow, doing 5:30-7:00 PM  Soundcheck   then re-assembling at 11 PM for the Key West Film Festival After-Party, a tribute to their stamina as well as their skill-set. Jeff will also co-host the Ukulele Association monthly Uke Out, sandwiched […]

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A new Tony Hillerman novel arrives in The Green Parrot Little Free Library

Tony Hillerman and Sunday Morning at The Green Parrot Little Free Library

Curating The Green Parrot Little Free Library on a rainy Sunday morning, with more rain on the way.I spot a newly-donated volume, no dust jacket,  but the name catches my eye: Tony Hillerman.  Could be a perfect day to spend some time with The Tribal Police in the land of the Navajo. Thanks, Green Parrot […]

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Jose Elias presents Cortadito at The Green Parrot Bar

Cortadito, Wed. Oct 1st 9 PM

Cortadito Brings Music of The Buena Vista Social Club to Green Parrot  The Green Parrot presents  Miami’s premier Cuban Son group Cortadito on Wednesday, October 1st at 9:00 PM   This is the latest project by Spam Allstars guitarists Jose Elias, joined by guitarist Julio Cesar Rodriguez, their music could best be described as sounding like the Buena Vista Social […]

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Our new Green Parrot Session Ale Tap Handle

It’s Official: Green Parrot Session Ale Has Arrived

The Green Parrot Bar has collaborated  with Maine’s craft-beer pioneers, the award-winning Shipyard Brewing Co, to release Green Parrot Session Ale.  What Shipyard has created for The Green Parrot is an easy-drinking, “English-style Session Ale”,  a  fitting  reference to it’s balance and hearty English ale yeast presence and it’s session- friendly,  quaff-able  4.15% abv”. With […]

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GPS Green Parrot Session Ale says "move over" I've arrived.

Green Parrot Session Ale is Launched

The Green Parrot Bar, the iconic Key West saloon that  has become as recognizable to Keys travelers as The Hemingway House or The Seven Mile Bridge has collaborated  with Maine’s craft-beer pioneers, the award-winning Shipyard Brewing Co, to release Green Parrot Session Ale.  The official launch is scheduled for Thursday, August 28th, at 9 PM,  at […]

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Hanna plays over the rainbow at Ukulele night

Green Parrot Ukulele Night 8/20/14

Green Parrot Ukulele night again proved to be sure-fire delivery system for joy again last night with a few examples that bear repeating. The first example was a spontaneous affair that started with a tropical summer shower.  Early Thursday evening, a family visiting from London was caught in a brief shower and took shelter in […]

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Green Parrot August Cultural Calendar

The Green Parrot Introduces “Wednesday Summer Sessions” “If not for the culturally elite, certainly for the cultural deprived”

The august cultural calendar is posted, and with our Wednesday Summer Series  a month in, it’s probably a good time to revisit just what The Wednesday Summer Series all about. As first conceived, besides just giving our patrons an excuse to step out  for an early-evening, mid-week visit to The Parrot, we wanted  to use this […]

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two new additions to the Green Parrot Little free Library

Trouble in Paradise? Two New Volumes for GP LFL Today

Curating the Green Parrot Little Free Library, as I do each morning,  I spied these two newly-donated books. Today’s assignment, class,  is to compare and contrast these two clearly distinct, yet not wholly-unrelated volumes and while you’re at it suggest where I should file these two beauties in the stacks: Self-Help, Erotic Memoirs, DIY? Anyone? Anyone? […]

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Wed. Summer Sessions: Morikeba Kouyate

Senegal’s Morikeba Kouyate/Spam Allstars Jose Elias Bring West African Roots to Parrot Stage As a special cultural edition of the Green Parrot’s Wednesday Summer Series, on Wednesday, August 6th, beginning at 9 PM, Ancient roots sounds will be supplied by Senegal’s Morikeba Kouyate whose 30-year career celebrates a 700-year lineage in West Africa. He performs […]

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This Week at The Parrot

Jeff Clark Brings “Good Company” to Parrot Stage   Never one to dissappoint, on Thursday, July 10th, beginning at 9 PMJeff Clark brings, Good Compnay, his latest incarnation to The Parrot stage for what promises to be a very danceable night of funk, rock, ska and reggae.  Spam Allstars Electonic Descarga Returns to The Green […]

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New additions to the Green Parrot Little free Library

Green Parrot Little Free Library: Beach-Reads and Beyond for the 4th.

  Curating our Little Free Library this morning with the the holiday weekend in mind, I thought I’d go a bit heavy on the beach-reads: mysteries and the like. Placing some emphasis on writers with a local connection.I came up with a handful , specifically: local author John Leslie, a few from ever-popular Carl Hiaasen, […]

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Library Books Sitting on the Bar

New Additions to Green Parrot Little Free Library

Over the past few weeks since we opened the doors of The Green Parrot Little Free Library, Sunday morning seems to have become the default day to curate our selections. There have been lots of new additions this week, with the shelf space provided for, of course, by those folks taking books. As our Spiritual Leader and Janitor Emeritus, Jimbo […]

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Green Parrot Beverage Academy/ Session 2

Green Parrot Beverage Academy and Premier Beverage presents “Simple Summer Sensations” The Green Parrot beverage Academy is a monthly mixology class sponsored by The Green Parrot and Premier Beverage  that  focuses on essential cocktails, seasonal classics, mixology tips, and trends in Cocktail Culture. The latest installment of The Green Parrot Beverage Academy, “Simple Summer Sensations”,  was […]

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Negroni ingredients at The Green Parrot Package Store

What We’re Drinking Tonight is a Negroni

National Negroni Week, the brainchild of Imbibe magazine, was devised as a way to encourage bars across the country to serve up more Negronis,  the classic Italian Campari-based cocktail that has made bitterness palatable for generations of drinkers. Its easy-to-remember 1:1:1 ratio of equal parts gin, Campari and sweet Vermouth means it’s super easy to mix up at home.  […]

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The Newly-iinstalled Green Parrot Free Little Library
memorial Day at The Green Parrot Bar

Memorial Day, 2014 Thank You.

A welcome sight this afternoon, a sight that used to be a much more familiar sight when the Navy Base was just down the street. We told them The Parrot used to be THE Submariners bar and they liked that a lot. Great to see you here in The Green Parrot and THANKS FOR ALL […]

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Sangria with fresh fruit

Eppa Red Sangria: Phase one

Begin by muddling the fruit on hand: oranges, cherries, watermelon, pineapple, a plum, some lime, some fresh basil. Add the Eppa organic red sangria from Green Parrot Package Goods and Spirits, lots of ice, a splash of club soda and enjoy.

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Robert Albury at The Green Parrot

Get on the Good Foot with Robert Albury,

Good God, Y’all! Here’s Key West’s own King of Soul, Robert Albury onstage at The Green Parrot Bar this past Sunday as part of our Sunday Jazz show. Robert makes you feel thankful for his own energetic style of soul music, guaranteed to keep you dancing and singing along all night long. Get on the good foot and […]

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St Augustine Florida Cane Vodka Now Available in Key West

  Craft Spirits Made From Fresh Florida Crops New on the Shelves of Green Parrot Package Goods and Spirits is St. Augustine Florida Cane Vodka. Pot-distilled from 100% Florida-farmed sugar cane, their cane is cut by hand, ensuring only the best quality spirit goes into each bottle of this super premium small batch Florida cane […]

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Love Lane Gang Portaits

A few portraits of The Love Lane gang’s last incarnation here

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What We’re Drinking Is Tequila-Watermelon Punch

With summer and Memorial Day right around the corner,  one of the the first things that comes to mind  is picnics. And when I think of picnics I think of watermelon. I imagine myself reaching elbow-deep, arms stinging, into a washtub filled with block-ice, sodas and beer, and wrangling out a ice-cold watermelon, cutting a […]

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red elvises poster

Red Elvises Bring Kick-Ass Rock and Roll from Siberia

Red Elvises Deliver Kick-Ass Rock ‘n Roll from Siberia Famed Siberian surf rockers, The Red Elvises, roar back into The Parrot with shows at 10 PM on Wednesday, May 14th and at 5:30 and 10 p.m. on Thursday, May 15th. Promising two big nights of kick-ass rock ‘n roll, Igor says they’re ready to “blow […]

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John’s Sierra Nevada Beer Camp #114 Adventure

 Pictured above is our class photo from Sierra Nevada Beer Camp #114. That’s me on the far right in the yellow shirt and kneeling down on the front left is  Aldo, for whom our beer, “O Brother Where’s Aldo”, a Belgian Red IPA, was named. This Wednesday, May the 7th, at 8 PM, The Green Parrot […]

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Norman Van Aken’s Green Parrot Chicken & Waffles seen on CBS

Here’s Norman at last year’s Chicken and Waffle Jazz Brunch and Tribute to legendary be bop trumpeter and Key West native, Theodore “Fats” Navarro. Norman is peched behing a copy of his latest cookbook, “MY Key West Kitchen” and is preparing to serve up Chicken and Waffle platters to all the faithful. Thanks to our […]

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Green Parrot Launches Beverage Academy

  Green Parrot Package Goods and Spirits, celebrating  it’s First Anniversary,   held it’s inaugural meeting The Green Parrot Beverage Academy. Hosted by Premier Beverage The Green Parrot  Beverage Academy is a monthly mixology class that will focus on essential cocktails, seasonal classics, mixology tips, and trends in Cocktail Culture. The first session, hosted by Cecil and […]

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GP Liquor celebrates 1st Birthday, Launches Beverage Academy

This week Green Parrot Package Goods and Spirits celebrates it’s First Anniversary.  With it’s  convenient Old Town location, thoughtfully-curated selections, and great prices, we’ve been hard at work, constantly improving our inventory, steadily gaining popularity with locals and tourists alike.  As part of our Birthday celebration, along with Premier beverage, we are instituting The Green Parrot Beverage […]

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view from the bench

While sitting on the bench across from the bar and adjusting my camera on my lap I inadvertently snapped this shot and recorded this animated, if quizzical look from this passerby.

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by the mirror wall (nee bottle wall) or, another reminder of why I love this city I live in.

  I was walking early this morning  past the city cemetery and past the house fronted by what we used call the bottle-wall.   The wall is knee-high, and was so-named for the dozens of  old bottles troweled into it’s cement. It’s bottles  were long ago broken, (once catastrophically by a car failing to negotiate the turn) […]

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Gabriel Garcia Marquez Passes

One Hundred Years of Solitude: I’m fairly certain this is the edition I had. The one I read and re-read. I say I’m fairly certain only because in the years I was a barman  here and conversations on languorous nights in the saloon would turn turn to letters, which they did more often than one […]

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Bulleit Rye, Available in Green Parrot Package Goods & Spirits

Watching the return of Mad Men the other night naturally got me thinking of those boozy, sophisticated drinks everyone seemed to be ordering back then,  and how, nowadays, thanks to some very highly-crafted bourbons and rye whiskeys now being produced  they seemed to be making a comeback. Add to this trend the fact that mixologists […]

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Happy Birthday, Al

Two photos, my dad on the left, me on the right, each of us, I’m thinking, about the same age, early 20’s. Happy Birthday, Al. I don’t want this day to pass without wishing my father a happy birthday on what would have been his 100th.

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Selfie taken in Green Parrot Band House

Doing a walk-through before Entrain arrived I snapped a shot of the place all tidied up. I’ll share some more detailed photos another time.

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April Uke Out Wed. April 9th

The next meeting of The Green Parrot Ukulele Association will be held on Wednesday, April 9th at 8 PM with co-hosts Jeff Clarke, Tim McAlpine and Jay Gewin.    Following the format as in past shindigs, the meeting will begin with a Workshop for those just starting out on the instrument at that time, basic […]

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Cow Key Channel Bridge Run After-Party, or, “Trails End”.

After a long day on the trail, tumbling along, urging, “get a long, little doggie”,  no wait, that’s the daschund parade, anyway, these two are hunkered down on the porch of The Green Parrot for the official after-party, having “survived” the Cow Key Channel Bridge Run. Congratulations to everyone who courageously lined up and took […]

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Green Parrot Bingo

Tom Robinson, a Hero Then, Our Hero Now!

Sitting in a rocking chair on the porch of The Green Parrot Liquor store Saturday night University of Dayton Alumni and Green Parrot employee Tom Robinson was pondering The Dayton Flyers bold if ill-fated run in this year’s NCAA basketball tournament. Seeming to be in an expansive mood, Tom pulls out  a small velvet pouch from […]

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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 […]

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Country Blues/Folk Legend, Bob Dylan Mentor Spider John Koerner plays Green Parrot

Spider John Koerner Returns to Parrot  Bob Dylan Mentor, Country Blues/Folk Legend    Legendary country blues/folk musician “Spider John Koerner” will perform at the Green Parrot Bar on Thursday, March 27th, at 5:30 p.m. Koerner hit the folk-blues scene in the early ’60’s playing the Minnesota coffee house circuit with Bob Dylan, and with his […]

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Green Parrot Named Zagat’s #1 Best Music/Performance Venue in South Florida

The Green Parrot has been named The Best Music/Performance Venue in South Florida in the 2014 Zagat Survey.  This is a real honor, we are pleased the hard work of everyone here has not gone unnoticed.  As I’ve said before  at times when we’ve showed up on someone’s radar in this way, this kind of  recognition […]

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Doo Wop Is Forever at The Green Parrot Sunday

Joey Dale has Parrot patrons in the palm of his hand at a recent show here. Dress up in your favorite bouffant, duck tail, bowling shirt or leather jacket, poodle skirt or any of your other favorite 50’s fashions and head down to The Green Parrot on Sunday, January 26th at 5:30 P.M. because Joey […]

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National Popcorn Day, Sunday, January 19th

In what seems like a day tailor-made for us here at the Green Parrot, Sunday January 19th, although the exact date is actually a matter of debate, (see what I mean by being tailor made for the Green Parrot) is National Popcorn Day.  To celebrate you’d think it would be logical to offer free popcorn to […]

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Xperimento, Hendrix Tribute, Love Lane Gang and Biscuit Miller Hit Parrot Stage!

Cumbia/Funk Fusion Xperimento Returns to The Parrot  Xperimento the 7-piece Columbian-roots/cumbia funk/reggae band returns to The Green Parrot stage  on Friday and Saturday, November 22nd and 23rd , with shows at 5:30 and 10 p.m. Voted Miami’s Best Fusion Band 2011 by Miami New Times, Xperimento   is something only Miami could cook up. It plays a blend of cumbia, reggae, salsa, funk, […]

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Green Parrot Goombay/Fantasy Fest Entertainment

You Better Pack A Lunch When I looked at the late October Entertainment Calendar today, even though I knew for months what was coming, I was blown away by what we had on deck. It’s Eric Lindell and Suenalo It’s Burlesque and The Red Elvises It’s The Wild Magnolias and The New Riders What I’m […]

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Sanchez Family Portrait Gifted to The Green Parrot

Yesterday, Debbie DiStefano (Sanchez) a member of the Sanchez family, visiting from Tampa, called on us at the Green Parrot and generously gifted a family photo that includes the patriarch Antonio Sanchez,  world-famous folk artist Mario Sanchez as a little boy and a score of other relatives including Debbie’s grandfather.  The photo was taken in […]

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Green Parrot Travel Club Revisited

 Here’s the photo that launched The Green Parrot Travel Club back in 2005.  Good-Time Charlie at The Great Wall in a Green Parrot t-shirt.Send us your photo in your Green Parrot Gear to green parrot@gmail.com with your name and a brief description of the setting and we’ll post it on the Green Parrot web site […]

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Bong Hits for Geezers, NOLA Legend Alfred “Uganda” Roberts Do Sunday Parrot Soundcheck

Bong Hits for Geezers will be appearing at the Green Parrot Sunday, July 14th, beginning at 5:30 PM.   Joining  Barry Cuda, Kenny Fradley and Richard Crooks performing “Roots Americana and minimalist traditional jazz”  will be legendary New Orleans conga player Alfred “Uganda” Roberts. Born and raised in the historic Treme neighborhood of  New Orleans,  “Uganda” Roberts was introduced to New Orleans pianist Henry […]

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Colby’s Official Green Parrot Hurricane Preparedness Kit.

As is our custom at the start of each Hurricane season, a new devotional candle has been placed in the small handmade wooden cabinet next to the Benjamin Franklin shutter just inside the Parrot’s front door. The candle, the centerpiece of The Green Parrot Hurricane Preparedness Kit   sits ready to be whisked off to […]

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Green Parrot Supports Bahama Village Music Program

  Last week Larry Baeder, Justin VanAken, Daryl Brookes, and myself visited the campus of the  Bahama Village Music Program to meet with program director Katchen Duncan in their new location behind the Douglass Gym at Emma and Olivia Street.      ….an amazing, and loving space, and lively, with classes just starting to get rolling when we arrived. […]

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Hendricks, Mint and Lime

 When Beaver the bartender remarked to me this afternoon that he received a text today that said the temperature today seemed liked 111 degrees out, a steamy  day like today have made me think of ways to beat the heat and brought to mind a refreshing drink using some of my favorite summertime ingredients, namely, Hendrick’s Gin, fresh […]

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Batuke Brings SambaFunk to Parrot Stage

Batuke Samba Funk debuts at The Parrot Coming highly-recommended by Parrot staples Locos por Juana and Xperimento Batuke Samba Funk makes their Green Parrot debut with shows at 5:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, April 12 and 13. The Full BatukeSambaFunk Attack A high-energy Brazilian band, Batuke mixes rhythms like 70’s funk with Afro samba, Brazilian […]

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The Boom Booms: From Vancouver to Key West

The Boom Booms, a Vancouver-based six-piece indie band,  brought their mash-up of pop, hip hop, reggae, soul, and funk. to the Green Parrot on Thursday, April 4th.

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Green Parrot Ukulele Association Meeting April 3rd

This month’s Green Parrot Ukulele Association meeting  was, as usual,  spirited, and well attended

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Honey Island Swamp Band

Sunday, March 31st, Easter Sunday, 5:30 PM will be your last chance to see the Honey Island Swamp Band perform their brand of Bayou Americanathis time around,  Chris Mulet Guitar, vocals Aaron Wilkinson, guitar, mandolin, vocals Trevor Brooks, Hammond B 3 organ, vocals Garland Paul, drums, percussion, vocals Sam Price, bass,  vocals        […]

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The Honey Island Swamp Band

Denver-based  photographer Steve Ramsey stopped in yesterday to check out The Honey Island Swamp Band with a few of our friends from new Orleans and left us a few choice shots The Honey Island Swamp Band never disappoints us. The New Orleans band packed the house and had the crowd on their feet for 90 minutes. They […]

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Happy Smirkday Coming Up

Monday, April 1st at 5 P.M. join with well-wishers from near and far, past and present, to wish Green Parrot Icon “Smirk” a happy and healthy 38th Birthday. They grow up so fast. Yes it’s been thirty eight years since since that enigmatic countenance, that sphinx-like kisser, appeared on the plywood shutter on the Southard […]

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Today’s Daily Smirk

Here’s a smirk from the world of sports Come on Brett, whadya thinkin’?

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Smirk-a-Thon: a countdown to Smirk’s Birthday

 Smirk’s Birthday is fast approaching. We thought it might be fun to  have a sort of Smirk-a-thon, showcasing daily some of the greatest smirks we’ve seen.   Here’s a pair of my favorites that are in a class by themselves. What are your favorites? Smirk-in-Chief The Man Who Would be Smirk

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The Green Parrot: Your Southernmost Center for Culture of All Kinds.

  I thought I’d  give a cultural snapshot of the next 30 or so days, beginning with The Green Parrot Ukulele Association monthly meeting on Wednesday, March 6, up to  Monday, April 1st: Smirk’s Birthday Party. Ukulele Night, in its second year, has been a a ton of fun every month and shows no signs of ever being less fun.  […]

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Parrot Sponsors Kayakers in Everglades Kayak Fishing Tournament

The AFWC (Adventure Fishing World Championship) is a new format of kayak fishing that combines: fishing, strategy, navigation and paddling resulting in a true Everglades Adventure!  On Saturday March 2nd, 2013  teams of two anglers will compete to reach and catch fish at a minimum of 3 out of  5  eligible checkpoints, in any order,and […]

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Green Parrot April Cultural Calendar

In response to a Facebook request I’ll post the most up-to-date version  of our Green Parrot Cultural calendar for April. I often do not post our calendar until all dates are confirmed, and even then, schedules are subject to change.With that disclaimer out of the way here goes.  Monday, April 1st, Smirk’s Birthday Party, 5:30 PM […]

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The Piper Road Spring Band at The Green Parrot

The Piper Road Spring Band makes their annual pilgramage from Wisconsin to The Green Parrot, with shows at 5:30 and 10 PM on Wednesday, February 28th. Randal Harrison on fiddle Bob Mason on Mandolin Barry “Blacky” Riese on guitar Billy “Kangaroo” on washboard Johnny Widdicombe on bass

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Spam Allstars at The Green Parrot Februry 22-23, 20113

Spam came in for the weekend and delivered two pelvis-grinding nights of Latin, funk, hip hop and dub that did not disappoint. The typical Spam crowd comes in clusters and is informed, enthusiastic, and, always, always, in the groove. and committed. DJ Le Spam, Andrew Yeomanson, blends imprvosational electronic elements with a live band to […]

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Last Year’s Cajun Dance Party with Magnolia

Magnolia Brings Authentic Cajun Dance Party to Green Parrot for Fat Tuesday Magnolia put on a good ‘ol Cajun fais do do or dance party. See a video here Featured performers are Magnolia Cajun Band, a traditional Cajun dance band whose music has been thrilling Cajun music enthusiasts from Nova Scotia to Louisiana for almost […]

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Bob Marley’s Birthday Tribute at The Green Parrot to Benefit Bahama Village Music Program

To give a little background to The Bob Marley Birthday Tribute held Wednesday, February 6th at the Green Parrot, the show was the inspiration of long-time Key West Reggae Musician Duane Scott. Duane has been a fixture on the Key West music scene for decades and has been responsible for some of the more memorable […]

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Locos por Juana last night at The Parrot

As promised, Locos last night delivered a sonic assault of cumbia, merengue, reggae and rock. As promised, they will return at 10 PM tonight. Mark Itaguey The Band Alex and Lateen The Crowd

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Former Johnny Sketch violin player Harry Hardin predicts possible Super Bowl wardrobe malfunction

Harry looking mischievous Our friend Harry Hardin, former violin player for Johnny Sketch and The Dirty Notes, writes on Facebook this morning,: “Psyched to be playing with OneRepublic this Saturday (NFL Honors 8-10pm CT on CBS) and Sunday (Super Bowl pre-game) with Natalia Cascante, Raúl Gómez, Marc Paradis, and Helen Gillet! They told me I couldn’t wear my Saints jersey, […]

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Suenalo Brings 10-piece funk/afro-latin/jam band to The Parrot stage

What’s it like at The Parrot on A Suenalo Weekend? Have a look.  Suenalo, The Miami-based 10-piece Afro-Latin-funk-jam band, exploded on to The Green Parrot Stage for two of funk, mambo, hip-hop, and jam-band-style this past Friday and Saturday. Any Parrot patron present  will not forget the barrage of music that’s simultaneously Afro-Cuban, Dominican hip-hop, […]

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Mike Dillon Band Last Saturday Night? Anyone? Bueller??

I’m still soliciting reviews of last Saturday’s performance by The Mike Dillon Band from New Orleans. I was not there but I know it was busy and I’m just looking for a few comments.Here’s a shot from the show.Someone’s gotta have a take on this.

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Mike Dillon Band Brings Rock/Funk with Hardcore Edge to Parrot Stage

Those who saw Mike Dillon Saturday Night, I’m curious how you enjoyed the show. Comments, thoughts? Mike Dillon, one of the most dynamic and multifaceted percussionists in the country, best known for his unforgettable live performances, unorthodox percussion rig and distinct original sound, brings his Rock/Funk quartet to The Green Parrot for one night only on […]

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Yojimbo Brings funk, hip-hop, rock and improvised experimentation to Parrot stage

 Yojimbo Means Funk at The Green Parrot  Yojimbo returns at 5:30 and 10 PM today, Friday, January 11th,  with their bodacious blend of funk, hip-hop, rock and improvised experimentation to the Green Parrot   The story of three selcouth savages (rare, untamed artists) who arrived in a hip music town to act as Guardians of the Groove for the […]

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Green Parrot January Ukulele Association Meeting

Melody Cooper A Full House Ukes and more ukes The Uke brings people together Lil Rev was unable to attend, we’ll get him next time!

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Braille Blues Daddy Bryan Lee Returns to the Parrot at 5:30 for the Sunday Soundcheck

                               Bryan Lee Returns to the Parrot at 5:30  Sunday Braille Blues Daddy Bryan Lee Returns to Green Parrot Legendary Bourbon Street Bluesman Bryan Lee returns to the Green Parrot with shows 10 p.m. on Saturday, January 5, and 5:30 p.m. on  Sunday, January 6. For years, […]

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Parrot Bartenders Agree, “Chivers Know How to Order a Drink”

The Chive website posted this invite to all their kindred spirits who might  be in the vicinity to meet up for a drink at The Green Parrot on Sunday night.  http://thechive.com/2012/12/28/meet-us-at-the-green-parrot-in-key-west-on-sunday/#KEtUPq2jgEmtSaEZ.99 We were at first flattered and at the same time a little anxious not knowing what to expect. Well over the course of the […]

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Donna The Buffalo at The Green Parrot

Tara Nevis and Donna The Buffalo onstage tonight as they begin their 3-day residency at The Green Parrot

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Watermelon Slim Thursday, December 6th 5:30 and 10 PM

Watermelon Slim Plays The Green Parrot:  “a one-of-a-kind pickin’ and singin’ Okie Dynamo” with an ever- expanding career of ramshackle grandeur. While preparing the Press for this weeks music I started to get an idea for just how much of a treat we are in for this Thursday when Watermelon Slim hits the boards. With a […]

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Applebutter Express Soundcheck

Kyle and Shannon and The Applebutter Express’ Uke/Funk?Pop/Rock Fusion blew the room away at today’s soundcheck.With great originals and inspired covers ranging from Paul Simon to The Band and from The Beatles to Sly Stone.

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Green Parrot Ukulele Association November Meeting to Feature Applebutter Express, “Good-Time Ukulele Funk”

The Green Parrot Ukulele Association November meeting will be kicked up a notch when Kyle Bliss and Shannon more bring their Applebutter Express, a Tampa-based jam-bluegrass outfit to The Green Parrot monthlu Uke gathering this Wednesday, November 14th at 8 PM.. Wednesday night they will appear as part of our regular monthly Green Parrot Ukulele Association […]

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Green Parrot Monday Night Bingo to Benefit GP Kayaker Andy, Wookie and Dude pay it forward.

 Tonight’s Green Parrot Monday Night Bingo, along with The Green Parrot Kayak Society, will benefit our friend Kayak Society  member Andy, who was seriously injured when his kayak was his by a powerboat  a few weeks ago.  Bingo begins at 7 PM, callers tonight are Buco and Dennis, pictured below, with Jello shots by Ginger King. […]

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The Real Heroes of Tradesman’s Day

Here’s to Candice, Christine nd Dixie, the hard-workin’ tradeswomwn who made this day happen!Thanks for all you do!

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Green Parrot celebrates 18th Annual Tradesman’s Appreciation Day

More than two decades ago, great American sculptor John Martini, whose Key West studio was just around the corner from The Green Parrot, would frequent The Parrot to quench his thirst after long, late-night sessions creating metal sculptures. He came, too, looking to recruit for his projects some of the able-bodied, often elusive skilled tradesmen […]

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Jimbo Mathus; “Like a Cadillac Driving Off a Cliff”

I put a post up on Facebook today to inform our patrons that we would be closed tomorrow and to urge them to stay safe.I included a photo of myself and Jimbo Mathus, and mentioned  that he would be shortening his weekend here due to Isaac.As an aside I said it had been a great […]

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It was a Win-Win at The Parrot on Saturday

 I’m not sure what I can say about Saturday’s event down on our corner that has not been noted already, either on Facebook, or by word of mouth on the street, or in Mandy Bolens’ column in the Sunday Citizen, where she seemed to suggest that there was an alternative for those people who spend […]

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Beaten but not defeated

Update: The Key West Citizen reports this morning (8/3/12) that prosecutors have filed felony charges against the suspects. You can view the article on the Facebook page set up in support of Tim and Adam. As many of you may have heard, two of our bouncers–or ‘dance instructors’, as we like to call them–Tim “The […]

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Sanchez Corner Memorialized

The Green Parrot building, built in 1890, sits diagonally across the street from the Monroe County Courthouse, erected the same year. In it’s earliest years, it was grocery, owned by the Antonio Sanchez, the paternal grandfather of renowned folk artist Mario Sanchez, a self- taught master of the woodcut. Antonio was also a musician and […]

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David Wegman’s “Napolean’s Caddy”

Pictured above is a painting by one of our favorite artists, David Wegman. David is a frequent contributor  to our  archives. Titled “Napolean’s Caddy”, this particular Wegman hangs above our back bar doorway. In 1998, Wegman, sailing from South Africa to St. Barts on the final leg of his circumnavigation, joined by our good friend […]

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G.P.U.A.’s First Birthday

The Green Parrot Ukulele Association celebrated its first anniversarylast night in grand style!

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Green Parrot Ukulele Association Celebrates One Year Anniversary

Green Parrot Ukulele Association Celebrates One Year Anniversary The Green Parrot Ukulele Association will celebrate its first anniversary on Wednesday, July 11, from 8 p.m. with a workshop, open mic and group strum-along. Spawned on a whim, or some might say a dare, after Bar Manager John Vagnoni found a ukulele on the sidewalk outside […]

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Green Parrot Ukulele Association Meeting on Wed. June 13th

Green Parrot Ukulele  Association June Meeting The next meeting of The Green Parrot Ukulele Association will be held Wednesday, June 13th, with co-hosts Jeff Clarke, Tim McAlpine, and Jay Gewin. Following the format as in past shindigs, the meeting will begin at 8 p.m. with a workshop for those just starting out on the instrument. Basic instruction […]

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The State of the Parrot

It’s been a year since Pat Croce and I forged our new partnership at The Green Parrot and I’d like to report that The State of The Parrot is Good. I think folks’ greatest fear–change–has been put to rest. As we used to say back in the ’60s, “Things are more like they are now […]

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Soul Rebels from NOLA

The Soul Rebels from New Orleans burned down the house last night. It was a  Monday Night Dance Party, Love-In, Sonic-Beacon  that rocked The Parrot like it ain’t been rocked in awhile! “The Missing Link Between Public Enemy and Louis Armstrong”They will be back tomorrow, Tuesday, with sets at 5:30 and 10 PM. We urge […]

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Bluesman Michael Burks 1957-2012

Michael Burks, once billed as the future of electric blues passed away yesterday from an apparant heart attack at the age of 54. An imposing figure onstage with lightning in his hands, Burks was a man of few words offstage, meticulous with his sound and protective of his band and appeared at The Parrot several […]

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London Souls Invade Parrot

Representing a rock tradition, rock’s most elemental line-up, the power trio The London Souls return to the Green Parrot with shows at 10 PM on Wednesday, May 9th and 5:30 and 10 on Thursday, May 1oth. Built on roaring chords and flashy solos on guitar, insistent drumming and straight-ahead vocals, The London Souls wear their influences on their sleeve, inspired […]

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Headliners Blow The Room Away…

 With a raucous near-two hour set that belied the collective age of those on stage The World Famous Headliners treated Parrot regulars and out-of-town songwriter-types to a blend of everything from stomping rockabilly to honky tonk, barroom weepers and modern country barn-burners all the while delivering cliche-free, hook-filled lyrics that made you shake your head in a […]

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Derby Day at The Parrot

 Derby Day at The Parrot Mint Juleps All Lew needs is the Racing Form Sticking out of his pocket Post Time

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Damon Fowler’s Soundcheck performance at The Key West Songwriter’s Festival

Damon Fowler  at Key West Songwriters Festival Green Parrot Soundcheck Edition   Damon tore it up. with lap steel guitar and slide

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Green Parrot Uke Out This Wednesday, May 2nd at 8 PM

“In terms of improving one’s mood and general outlook, I consider the ukulele to be the big gun.”– Louden Wainright III The Green Parrot Ukulele Associatrion will hold it’s AprilMeeting on Wednesday, May 2nd, beginning at 8 PM. Following the same format as our previous well-attended, high-spirited shindigs, the meeting will begin with a Workshop […]

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Never Forget

 Although to some the memory of last weeks’ invasion of smirk’s personal space seems to have faded, we must be ever-vigilant and ask ourselves, how do we prevent acts like this in the future?  Bulletproof glass like the Mona Lisa, a web of laser beams like Topkapi, a moat perhaps? Perhaps a super elite/Delta Force […]

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Smirk Bombed by Cultural Terrorists, Bounces Back.

Saturday evening  Smirk, arguably the most widely recognized and beloved face of The Parrot was defaced by cultural terrorists. Apparantly using  Sharpies comandeered from a nearby table where the Conch Republic Foster Childrens Fund had set up shop for a fundraiser, two still-to-be-identified women handed the Sharpies out to unwitting tourists crowded in the bar beneath Smirk.  Using […]

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Music Man Murray

For those looking to bulk up their vinyl collection…call Murray. Read the NPR story here.

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Red Elvises Deliver Kick-Ass Rock ‘n Roll from Siberia

Red Elvises Deliver Kick-Ass Rock ‘n Roll from Siberia Famed Siberian surf rockers, The Red Elvises, roar back into The Parrot with shows at 10 PM on Wednesday, April 18th and at 5:30 and 10 p.m. on Thursday, April 19. Promising two big nights of kick-ass rock ‘n roll, Igor says they’re ready to “blow […]

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Newly-Arrived, Green Parrot Ale

Here’s our friends and long-time patrons Al from Melbourne, Florida and Dave from Chicago being the first customers to enjoy a Green Parrot Ale and both looking pretty pleased about it. Green Parrot Ale, newly-arrived that day, is a craft beer brewed for us in New Hampshire

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Some Kindred Spirits of The Uke Kind

This from The Mana Maddy home page: A monthly ukulele mini-fest at Actual Cafe in Oakland/Emeryville, with group ukulele lesson, uke-centric performances and a love and beer-fueled singalong. Hosted by Mana Maddy These folks at Actual Cafe’s Monthly Ukulele Love-In in Oakland sure look like our kinda people. This from their Facebook page: “Ukuleles will […]

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Hot 8 Funks It Up at The Parrot

For Koy Hot 8 tore up the joint last night, I fully expect to find a crater on the corner this morning instead of a bar! From covering Marvin Gaye’s Sexual Healing to drawing the whole room into a call and responce of Snoop Dog’s “Yipee aye Yippe oh”, to belting out New Orleans staples […]

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Smiling Faces All Around at Last Night’s Uke Out.

If there ever were any doubts that “In terms of improving one’s mood and general outlook, I consider the ukulele to be the big gun.” these pictures should dispel them.

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Some Props to Hot 8.

Says filmmaker and New Orleans native Royce Osborn, “Those first few parades after the storm, the Hot 8 carried us, they literally lifted the city on their big, brawny shoulders and carried us through the street, insisting that the shit was going to get better.” Don’t miss this chance to see one of New Orleans’ […]

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The Hot 8 Brass Band at The Parrot Thursday, April 5th at 5:30 & 10 PM

“Put on your dancing shoes and break out the fire hoses, kids….Hot 8 is in the house! The underground legends, the band the kicks off every Mardi Gras Day leading the Zulu Parade, the NEW undisputed Brass Band Champions, and the only band that requires a fire engine at every performance, is back at The […]

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Earl Scruggs Passes

When I came home from work tonight, returning from an evening of listening to, and visiting with Spider John Koerner at the bar, I glanced at my computer screen I saw the news that Earl Scruggs has passed away. I can think of no finer obit for earl than this piece that appeared earlier this […]

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Sold Driven Train Covers Paul Simon’s Obvious Child

Sol Driven Train Covers Paul Simon’s Obvious Child

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A Full House for The March 7th Green Parrot Ukulele Association Meeting

Green Parrot Ukulele Association Meeting, March 7th “All Together Now“ Roger, visiting from Nashville, threw his baritone uke in the car at the last minute, not even knowing there was a Uke Night in Key West A Uke that was signed, sealed and apparantly, delivered for someone’s birthday bash. Full House, and don’t forget the […]

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The Gig Isn’t Over Till The Paperwork’s Done, Green Parrot Style.

While the band loads the van and prepares for the trip back to New Orleans, Davis Rogan finishes up his paperwork with the bar As Davis ponders the wisdom of signing a recording release, one of our crack liquor reps, Vicki Roush, prepares an early-morning sampling of tequila for us . Always a salesperson, Vicki […]

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Davis Rogan Ends 14-year Hiatus, Brings Killer NOLA Quartet to Parrot This Weekend.

Davis Rogan last night Anyone who is a fan of Treme will recognize Rogan as “The Real Davis” of the critically acclaimed series that effectively captures the post-Katrina New Orleans music scene. Longtime Parrot patrons may recognize him from his Green Parrot gigs a dozen or so years back when he exploded onto the Parrot […]

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This Week at The Parrot

Here’s what’s coming up this week at the bar. Davis Rogan, “The Real Davis” of Treme appears Fri-Sat-Sun. Davis Rogan, “The Real Davis” of HBO series Treme, will appear at the Green Parrot this weekend with shows at 5:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. on Friday, March 2; 10 p.m. on Saturday, March 3; and 5:30 […]

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“We LIve The Music”

Big Sandy and His Fly-Rite Boys bring Roots, Western Swing andRock-a-Billy to the Parrot Big Sandy and His Fly-Rite Boys bring their brand of American Roots music, Western swing and Rock-a-Billy to the Parrot stage on Sunday, February 19, at 10 p.m., and Monday, February 20, with shows at 5:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. “I […]

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World Inferno Friendship Society

A few more shots from last weeks show and see a video here

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Civil War Re-enactors Salute The Green Parrot

Every year around this time Civil war reenactors converge on Fort Zachary Taylor and on their way to the fort always pause to offer a salute to The Green Parrot Bar. This year they stopped and had their Brass band play for us. See a video of their Brass Band playing Battle Hymn of the […]

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World/Inferno Friendship Society Brings Cabaret Punk to The Parrot

Thursday Night at The Parrot, see a video here. NYC’s disturbingly cult-like, circus-related, Halloween-tent-revival orchestra, The World/Inferno Friendship Society performed at The Green Parrot on Thursday, February 9, at 10 p.m. The longstanding Brooklyn-based collective plays cabaret punk with a style that merges punk, soul, klezmer and jazz, while its collective membership features horns, piano […]

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NFL Flashback, “You can get up now, Taylor”,This (expletive deleted) game’s over.”: Chuck Bednarik

Every Super Bowl Sunday my thoughts turn to the Eagles victory over the Packers in the 1960 NFL championship game Shown in this photo taken in the Parrot this morning, to the upper left of the Budweiser poster announcing this years Super Bowl, is a vintage photo taken game day, December 26th, 1960 at Franklin […]

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Wayne Hammond’s Festivus (for the rest of us) Plays Green Parrot

Wayne Hammond’s Festivus (for the rest of us) Plays Green Parrot Wayne Hammond’s Festivus (for the rest of us) will appear at The Green Parrot with shows at 5:30 and 10 p.m. on Friday, February 3, and 10 p.m. on Saturday, February 4, for two days of Funk, Rock and Reggae.Even if you didn’t watch […]

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Second Annual Boogie Woogie Throwdown at The Green Parrot

The Green Parrot Bar hosted its 2nd Annual Boogie Woogie Throwdown last night. Consisting of three rounds, , this long-awaited rematch pits “The Pianamal” Barry Cuda against “Mr.Rocket 88” Mitch Woods with Key West’s own world famous drummer Richard Crooks reprising his role as referee. With two pianos on stage at one time, it was […]

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Hackensaw Boys, High-Octane, Old Timey Barn-Burners return to Parrot

In bluegrass and 0ld-timey related news the return visit of The Hackensaw Boys is imminent. These Charlotttesville, Virginia-based, rough-and ready, nationally-touring acoustic string combo last visited us in 2007. They’ll be here Monday at 10 PM and Tuesday at 5:30 and 10. So watch out! If you want to check out what they were like […]

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Eric Lindell Groupie

Our own Charlie with Eric Lindell and his bandmates, Will and Miles.

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a visitor from Denver

This Green Parrot visitor from Denver sported this t-shirt with an admirable spin on a night out.

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Eric Lindell at The Green Parrot

Eric Lindell continues to just blow the doors off the place , day after day. Don’t forget 10 PM Saturday nightand 5:30 PM Sunday afternoon.

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Etta James Dies at 73

Etta James in the studio in Chicago with the Chess Records founder Phil Chess, left, and the producer Ralph Bass in 1960.   Etta James, whose powerful, versatile and emotionally direct voice could enliven the raunchiest blues as well as the subtlest love songs, most indelibly in her signature hit,“At Last,” died on Friday morning […]

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The Green Parrot Ukulele Association January Meeting

Epic Uke-Out Last Night! Tim Wegman’s A 440 Studio set up shop Education as well as commerce Great workshop session and great turn-out Great players as usual Love to see the regulars And some new faces Sarah and Justin Kazoo time Inspired cover tunes Great pickin‘ a visitor from Glascow by way of Manhattan This […]

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Charles Kaczynski Brings Gypsy Jazz Violin to The Parrot

Gypsy Jazz at The Parrot Last Night Last night World-renowned violinist/composer Charles Kaczynski presented an evening of Gypsy Jazz in the style of gypsy jazz greats Stephane Grapelli and Django Reinhardt. Gypsy jazz, also known as gypsy swing or hot club jazz, is a style of jazz music said to have been started guitarist Jean […]

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Spam Allstars Last Night

Our thanks to Andrew of The Spam Allstars for the props he gave the Green Parrot in an interview with Miami New Times the other day. We love having them here and are glad they enjoy the vibe as much as we do. Here’s a look at what went down last night and we plan […]

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What’s Up This Week at The Parrot.

Welcome to another great year of music! photo credit Michael Blades The month, and the year, started started out smokin’ with two nights of Donna The Buffalo and as anyone will tell you that was there, “You shoulda been there” photo credit Michel Blades Next up wasThe Carter Brothers doing the first Friday soundcheck of […]

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Otis Redding’s White Christmas

Otis Redding’s White Christmas, released in October, 1968. 10 months after his death. Such a beautiful version of the song. It’s like Otis is wishing us all a Merry Christmas from Heaven!

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John Lee Hooker’s “Blues at Christmas”

John Lee Hooker’s Blues for Christmas recorded in 1949.Blues for ChristmasBaby I ain’t got a dimeBlues for ChristmasBaby I ain’t got a friggin’ dimeI’m just ain’t and they’re wastedI hang my head down baby, I’m cryin’Baby I’m cryin’ Santa ClausBring my baby back on homeSee I ain’t got a lot of moneyBut my baby, she’s […]

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Buco rides the Bull at SanatCon 2011

SantaCon 2011, Buco rides the Bull at Cowboy Bills.

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Cheap-Suit Santas Descend on Parrot Tonight

A snapshot from the SantaCon 2010 Holiday Album. That would be our Tim seemingly intervening with police on behalf of one SantaCon reveler. Some sage advise from a veteran Santacon participant, “Yeah, thats’s right, it’s almost time. Be sure to have your bail money with you…”

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Uke Cover of Neko Case song “Star Witness”

Kate Macdonald and Janelle Blanchard record a version of Neko Case‘s brooding “Star Witness” on a school staircase. Check out this exceptionally haunting cover of the Neko Case song Star Witness with an exceptional backstory. Two high school students record a gorgeous version (youtube) of Neko Case’s Star Witness in their high school stairwell. The […]

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Our Fantasy Fest Sampler

With the Holidays fast approaching, and as we gear up to welcome those snowbirds expected to visit our tiny island in coming weeks and months, our staff would like to pass on this bit of home-spun philosophy first opined by our own Vicki Roush and posted here as a sort of disclaimer for that horde.

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Coco Robicheaux’s Second Line

Graham Wood Drought posted this photo on his facebook page and wrote: “This is why I love New Orleans. 2000 people came out to the second line for Coco. That’s Dancing Man Holding the photo. Very moving shot.” Read the story on NOLA.com here. Read the Offbeat magazine story and see a truly amazing video […]

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Coco Robicheaux, New Orleans hoodoo bluesman, has died

Coco Robicheaux played many gigs at The Parrot in the mid-eighties and as a matter of fact was the closest thing to a house band the Parrot ever had, playing three or four nights a week with Chris, a keyboardist he had brought with him from New Orleans, and whatever local musician cared to sit […]

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The Courthouse Deli Bench: “The Early Years”

Now that The Bench has sort of gone public, I thought it wouldn’t mind if we rolled back the clock a little and look at some of the bench’s “baby pictures”. I mean we’re all friends here, and they grow up so quick.  Here’s Sonoma County, California-by-way-of-New-Orleans soul/funk guitarist Eric Lindell enjoying a cafe con […]

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Jim Fossum’s Natty Root Sailor Tops Field in Drink Contest

  Last Sunday, The Green Parrot was the final stop in The Sailor Jerry Hori Smoku Screening and Bar Crawl   Bartenders from participating bars were invited to submit their favorite Sailor Jerry drink recipes and our own Jim Fossum came in with the top recipe.    Here’s how to make Jim’s Natty Root Sailor: Fill […]

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The Green Parrot Ukulele Association December Meeting to be held on Wednesday, November 23rd

“In terms of improving one’s mood and general outlook, I consider the ukulele to be the big gun.”– Louden Wainright III The Green Parrot Ukulele Associatrion will hold it’s December Meeting on Wednesday, November 23rd, beginning at 8 PM. Following the same format as our previous well-attended, high-spirited shindigs, the meeting will begin with a […]

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Legendary J.C.’s Bring Soul Party to Parrot, Thursday and Friday Night, Friday “soundcheck”

“The Legendary J.C.’s Lonesome Soul Revue” brings their hands-to heaven, old-fashioned R & B rock ‘n roll revue to The Green Parrot bar for three soul-stirring shows: Thursday, November 17th at 10 PM and Friday, November 18thwith a 5:30 “soundcheck” and a 10 PM show.Take Sam Cooke with hints of James Brown and Sammy Davis, […]

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Tall Paul & Crawdaddy at The Parrot

Origunally Billed as Tall Paul & Crawdaddy The stage fillled with friends and kindred spirits with names like Swim Skinny and Country Dave. Obviously crowd -pleasers, as witnessed by this photo, they packed the stage; Tod Sheley, Dave Edmiston and Lynley Tolls, and as is that were not enough, Bonnie Raite’s longtime bassist Frebo filled […]

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Green Parrot Shutter Art Contest Winners

First of all, we’d like to thank all the artists who submited sketches for the new Green Parrot shutters There were more than thirty submissions and choosing was be no means easy, and when they were all spead out together for review it was something to behold. The imagination used showed works that were as […]

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Green Parrot Ukulele Night Tomorrow

“In terms of improving one’s mood and general outlook, I consider the ukulele to be the big gun.”– Louden Wainright III The Green Parrot Ukulele Associatrion will hold it’s October Meeting on Wednesday, November 2nd, beginning at 8 PM. Following the same format as our previous well-attended, high-spirited shindigs, the meeting will begin with a […]

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Greeen Parrot’s Locals’ Night to Howl!

Let us not forget that tonight, October 31st, The Green Parrot will host their 39th annual (we think) Halloween Party and Costume Contest. This is locals night to howl, the party we all train for. We would like to remind you to dress up since mystery judges will be awarding cash prizes for the best […]

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Some images from Eric Lindell’s Tuesday Show

Some images from the Eric Lindell show on Tuesday Two Caymans, two sons of two great dads Tubby Love Tubby Love onstage w/ Eric Lindell Tubby and Eric Tutu Dancer and Eric Eric Lindell Steve King Wants to take a picture of your Aura Steven King (that’s right) Man with a Camera Look out behind […]

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Fantasy Week Continues with Eric Lindell

Eric Lindell takes the stage again tonight

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Parrot Fantasy Week features Octopus, Entrain, Zombies, Classic Horror Films

Fantasy Week kicks off at the Parrot with Entrain, some folks from The thousand-strong Zombie Bike Ride and a lot of Parrot regulars Some Classic Horror Films from Will Thompson’s Library, and lots more to come!

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“The Hardest Working Kenyan in Show Business”

Blasting The Parrot area with their brand of African pop and soukous, Amandla Tunesmith, fronted by Zakayo Mutsache, “The Hardest Working Kenyan in Show Business”, They are a pastiche of rhumba, Cuban, and reggae-esque rhythms; Caribbean consonant color; and an Afro-beat instrumentation similar to “Graceland”

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“Drinking Made Easy” to Air Green Parrot Visit October 26th

I’m reprising this post from May as a way of informing people to tune in to HDNet television on Wednesday, October 26th at 8 PM ET to see the Key West episode of Drinking Made Easy, which features The Green Parrot among other Kew West ginmills, including The Rum Barrel and Island Dogs. I also […]

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Shutter Art Contest Deadline Approaches

Artists, The four green shutters pictured below is your canvas. Use your imagination. Have some fun. You have just 24 hour left to submit your design for The Green Parrot Shutter Art Contest.  Numerous entries have been received but there is still time to submit yours and win immortality and $250.00.The shutters are the four […]

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The Green Parrot Bar Ukulele Association covers Obla Di Obla Da at last nights meeting

Continuing to reinforce our mantra month after month “In terms of improving one’s mood and general outlook, I consider the ukulele to be the big gun.”- Louden Wainright III, the monthly meeting continues to be a high-spirited, inspiring, fun event with last months September meeting being the best yet it terms of turn-out, quality and […]

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The Lee Boys Bring Sacred Steel Gospel Music to The Green Parrot

 The Lee Boys, Florida’s finest African-American Sacred Steel artists, will transform the Green Parrot into the Green Parish with shows at 5:30 and 10 p.m. on Friday, October 7; 10 p.m. on Saturday, October 8; and a 5:30 p.m. Soundcheck on Sunday, October 9. The Lee Boys deliver powerful music with an exciting steel twist that […]

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First-Rate Second-Liners Invade Parrot

The Hot 8 Brass Band on The Parrot Stage Last Night The Hot 8 Brass band brought their thunderous brass attack to theParrot stage for two shows of pure horn muscle yesterday New Orleans’ Hot 8 Brass Band has epitomized New Orleans street music for over a decade. the band plays the traditional Second Line […]

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James Kerr’s Oil Painting of The Parrot

This oil painting by James Kerr was offered to me some time ago by the Gallery on Greene and though I loved it and coveted it, for many reasons it was not meant to be.I like the jesters hat. Check out the link to James Kerr above to see how The Green Parrot fits in […]

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If there was ever a casting call I felt uniquely qualified to give, this would be it.

Audition Notice: “Bye Bye Liver: The Key West Drinking Play” Calling Actors, Actresses, Musicians for Intoxicating Sketch Comedy Revue It seems our old friend Casey Scott, whose booking agency, Highway Key Touring in years past was responsible for delivering some of the best blues America has to offer directly to the Parrot stage has a […]

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Green Parrot Cultural Calendars

I put October up a few days ago and thought folks would like to see how the next few months are shaping up. It’s a work in progress with a few TBA’s and tenatives but you get the idea. We are always open for suggestions you know, so tell us who you’ve liked in the […]

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Murderer’s Row: Green Parrot Style

When I looked at the October Entertainment Calendar today, even though I knew for months what was coming, I was blown away by what we had on deck. It’s Murderer’s Row, but instead of Gehrig and Ruth it’s Spiritual Rez and The Hot 8. It’s The Heavy Pets and The Lee Boys. It’s Eric Lindell […]

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Loco por Juana Last Night

Locos por Juana,which roughly translates to ”Crazy About Jane”, delight in genre-crossing. With members hailing from Colombia, Venezuela, and Puerto Rico, the band mixes Ska, Rock, Salsa, Jamaican Dancehall, Cumbia, Reggae, Hip-Hop, Funk and Electronica – sometimes in one song Itaguey Alex Zapata Mark Javier on Drums and Daniel on Congas

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Diana Nyad and Buco’s adventure

Here’s a photo just taken showing our friend Buco, in the white kayak in the foreground, staying close by early this morning after what Diana’s blog described as “a challenging night” that included multiple jellyfish stings. Everyone here at The Green Parrot is pulling for you Diana! And Buco, from all the Walter Mittys at […]

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A Willy The Burner Update

“Can you dig it Brother?” Burner gives us the high sign! Just got this email update for our dear friend, long-time patron and elder statesman, Willy the Burner. Sounds like he’s keeping his chin up and his powder dry. When the expense of island living and lack of proper elder care facilities made his move […]

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Sailor Jerry Airstream to Visit Parrot

Here’s a shot from the last time the Sailor Jerry gang paid us a visit here at The Parrot. We’re not sure what to expect when they show up this Friday night but we do know how they’re getting here.. In this Sailor Jerry vintage airstream trailer The Sailor Jerry Airstream Trailer will be stopping […]

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Bingo for Frank The Cat

As you may or may not know, last night’s Green Parrot Monday Night Bingo was held to help defray the medical expenses incurred when our own Frank The Cat was attacked by another cat in a savage and unprovoked attack. Frank is recovering nicely but those weekend visits to the vet did add up, as […]

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A Touching Footnote to Frank The Cat’s Bingo Night

When it was all over, all the balls put away, the prizes all won, the pudding shots all gone, Frank sat on the back porch in his carrier waiting for his ride across town, his ride back home. When, out of he darkness, out of nowhere, comes Frank’s sibling Otis. Otis who made his home […]

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Monday Green Parrot Bingo to Benefit Frank the Cat

Monday Green Parrot Bingo to Benefit Frank the Cat Green Parrot Bingo will host a special edition on Monday, September 19th to raise money to cover medical expenses incurred when our own Frank the Cat was injured in an unprovoked attack by another cat in front of his house last month. Frank‘s injury, while no […]

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Green Parrot Ukulele Association Update

How About “One Ukin’ Family”? The fourth monthly meeting of the Green Parrot Ukulele Association was, I believe, the best yet, although it would be hard to top the first meeting for shock value alone, when at least 25 uke enthusiasts showed up out of the blue to participate. This month’s meeting brought out the […]

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Viewers Like You…

I get emails and facebook comments like this often, people telling me how much they like to get down with our webcam at home, no matter where home may be. Ernest Copenhaver posted on The Green Parrot’s Wall: “Miss the Green Parrot… Watched Bobby Lee Rodgers on the bar’s stage cam with the computer plugged […]

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Bobby Lee Rodgers to Headline Green Parrot Ukulele Association

“In terms of improving one’s mood and general outlook, I consider the ukulele to be the big gun.”- Louden Wainright III The next meeting of The Green Parrot Ukulele Association will be held on Monday, August 15, at 9 p.m. with co-hosts Tim McAlpine and Jay Gewin and this month’s special host jam/jazz guitar phenomBobby […]

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Buco, from all the Walter Mitty’s around The Parrot, Thanks for the vicarious thrill!

According to an NPR blog this morning: by EYDER PERALTA Half-way through what was scheduled to be a 60 hour swim, 61-year-old Diana Nyad had to abandon what she called her “Xtreme Dream” — a 103 mile swim from Cuba to Florida. “It’s over. She lasted 29 hours in an heroic attempt,” said Elaine Lafferty, […]

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Good Luck Diana, Good Luck Buco !

Buco’s greenparrot.com kayak ready to make the trip Long-distance swimmer Diana Nyad prepares for her Cuba to Key West swim Green Parrot Kayak Society Member Buco Pantelis prepares to escort, and protect her. Here’s our old friend Buco, bartender alumnus, Green Parrot Mr. fixit, our animal rescue engineer, our quality control expert and nominal head […]

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Bobby Lee Rodgers to Headline Green Parrot Ukulele Association Mon., August 15 th at 8 PM

“In terms of Improving one’s mood and general outlook I consider the ukulele to be the big gun.”-Louden Wainright IIIThe next meeting of The Green Parrot Ukulele Association will be held on Monday, August 15th, beginning at 8 P.M. with co-hosts Tim McAlpine and Jay Gewin and this month’s special host jam/jazz guitar phenom Bobby […]

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Another Look at Diana Nyad’s Unimaginable Swim

Alyce Torzsen, team nurse, takes a closer look at an area of chaffing on the shoulder of swimmer Diana Nyad after a nine-hour workout swim off the coast of Key West, Fla. The sea salt rubs skin raw and swells the tongue. From The Halifax, Nova Scotia Chronicle-Herald: ANY DAY NOW, Diana Nyad will set […]

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Amy Winehouse,”derailed by alcohol, drugs and bad choices”, dead at 27.

There has been much said about the tragic death of Amy Winehouse. Much was said with compassion, some not so much. Ben Pareles informed but impassioned New York Times articles provides a fitting coda to her brief career.He begins, “She was just getting started. Amy Winehouse, dead at 27, was only two albums into a […]

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Funky Meters’ Brian Stoltz Returns to Parrot Stage

New Orleans’ King of Funk Guitar Brian Stoltz returns to Key West, Florida, and The Green Parrot for his first appearance in over a year, along with his South Florida rhythm section of Carl “Kilmo” Pacillo on bass and Jeff Renza on drums. Shows are at 5:30 and 10 p.m. on Thursday, July 21, and […]

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Apollo 11, A Darker Side of The Moon Landing

Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin walked on the moon 42 years ago today. But what would have happened if tragedy had fallen on the Apollo 11 mission? A piece in today’s L.A. Times noting the 42nd anniversary of the first lunar landing addresses that issue. The story quotes William Safire, Richard Nixon’s speechwriter, as he […]

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Was the Extra Two Hours Really Worth This?

Well the portals of the Parrot swung open two hours earlier than the usual due to the repeal of a decades-old blue law that forbade the sale of alcohol in Key West before noon on Sunday. We were excited by the hype and the anticipated new business. Would it be some well-heeled tourists looking for […]

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An Open Letter to Frank The Cat

We said it was going to happen, and we said it was going to happen soon, and we were right. Frank the Cat, aka Frank Skids, has come out to mention his part in the Green Parrot’s freshly-minted mention by Tavern/Saloon maven and author Christine Sismondo, naming the Green Parrot as #3 on her Top […]

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Green Parrot Lands Top Ten Bar Honors

Not to sound like we’re boasting, but, you know, if there was one thing my mother taught me, it was was, “Johnny, don’t hide your light under a bushel.” So, that said, I’d like to proudly announce that the Green Parrot has been named one of the Top Ten Bars in America by Christine Sismondo, […]

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2nd Green Parrot Ukulele Association Meeting

Regan looks like he was born with a Uke in his hands Co-host Tim McAlpine poised to begin Folks Sign Up to Join The Green Parrot Ukulele Association a first-time guest belts one out Tim McAlpine’s Special Mikes A participant trinidad joe Jeff Clark co-host all together now A special uke message gather round Ashley […]

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Pope uses his own finger to tweet

The Pope used his inaugural tweet to announce the launch of news.va, a Vatican news and information portal. He added “Praised be our Lord Jesus Christ! With my prayers and blessings, Benedictus.” The tweet was sent from the Vatican News Twitter account, with roughly 12,000 followers but sure to skyrocket following the Pope’s tweet. Vatican […]

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Almost Comatozing

And has got to be my favorite Uke video,For a taste of what’s out there in the Uke World.. I saw this video and thought, “Wow, and that was their X-mas song. I’m surprised one of those kids didn’t scrawl “Help Me” on the back of their Uke.”

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“Stop me if you’ve heard this one”, please.

An Australian television presenter attempted to tell a Dalai Lama joke to the man himself, but struggled to raise a smile. Karl Stefanovic from the Today show had to have elements of the joke translated to the Tibetan leader, and the play on words were met with a blank stare until the Dalai Lama laughed […]

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Yuengling Light Contest Heats Up

The contest to see who can sell the most Yuengling Light Lager appears to heating up, these are just the results from yesterday afternoon, twenty seven pints, not bad. Chicken has jumped out to a commanding lead.

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Sign Still Lost, But New Beer Found

The (Still) Missing Boca Chica Bar Sign They say that when a door closes, a window opens up.Well we at The Green Parrot felt that when a piece of memorobilia, a sign from a long-gone historical saloon went missing a door of Key West History had sort of closed up. Well, shortly after that loss, […]

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Elvis/Hemingway Slapdown Reenactment

Here’s our own Kenny providing the narrative to set up the scene between Elvis and Ernest. I was Kenney, you’ll recal from a previous post who noticed the upcoming bicentennial and suggested the reenactment. Good job Kenny. It was also Kenney who, when we needed a narrator at the last minute, stepped into the breech […]

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Durty Birdie Burlesque at The Green Parrot

It was another of those “oh-boy-they’ve-done-it-again” performances last night to when Key West Burlesque and The Blue Vipers of Brooklyn, two throwback troupes, combined forces to seemingly transform the Parrot as we know it into some sort of Gin Mill on The Bowery . The combination of Key West Burlesque’s classic peep-show revue and the […]

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“We’re like a library with a warning track or a bartender with reading recommendations”

Another reminder to follow Cabinet Beer Baseball Club: “We’re like a library with a warning track or a bartender with reading recommendations” And check out their archives, great, great stuff.

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Green Parrot July Entertainment Calendar 2011

Green Parrot July Entertainment Calendar 2011 Friday, July 1st, Damon Fowler 5:30 PM “soundcheck” Friday, July 1st, Damon Fowler, 10 PM show Saturday, July 2nd, Damon Fowler, 5:30 PM “soundcheck” Saturday, July 2nd, Suenalo, 10 PM show Sunday, July 3rd, Bill Blue, 5:30 “soundcheck” Sunday, July 3rd, Suenalo, 10 PM show Tuesday, July 5th, 5:30 […]

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Marlins’ Streaker Has Nothing To Hide

When we first saw the video, and later learned the man in the video was not only a local but one of our good customers, I recalled having put a nice photo of him on the Green Parrot blog a few weeks earlier.Not wanting to embarrass him any further by identifying him, I made the […]

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Green Parrot First-Ever Uke Out

First-Ever Green Parrot Uke Out I don’t know what to say about Thursday night’s Uke-Apocalypse except it was amazing. I want to thank everyone who showed up whether young or old, amateur or professional, and either to listen or to participate. You made it happen. It was a perfect example of the Parrot being the […]

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Last Night’s Uke Out

“In terms of improving one’s mood and general outlook, I consider the ukulele to be the big gun“, Louden Wainright III

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Key West Waterfront Park

Since it’s Memorial Day I thought I would reprise a post from a few years back that describes The U.S Coast Guard Cutter Mohawk, newly arrived in Key West for display on the waterfront. There’s also a little sidebar in this blogpost that describes my fathers role in World War II. Down the street from […]

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Durty Birdie Burlesque at The Green Parrot

We are proud to announce that Key West Burlesque will be sharing the Green Parrot stage with The Blue Vipers of Brooklyn on Tuesday, June 14 beginning at 10 PM When Billy and the rest of The Blue Vipers performed at The Parrot in March some members of The Key West Burlesque were in attendance. […]

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The Kids, As You Can Imagine, Are Heartbroken.

In a case of what surely must have been mistaken identity, that is someone mistaking Treasure for Trash, the vintage Boaca Chica Bar sign is missing from The Green Parrot. It appears to have vanished from a pile of other signs that were taken down from the bar’s ceiling for routine maintenance and were stacked […]

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Calling all ukulele lovers: Uke-apocalypse at The Green Parrot

While perusing Ukulele Perspective, a usually upbeat and sunny ukulele website, I read: “The Night of 1000 Ukuleles @ Satchel’s has been temporarily suspended. We may well resume, if there is enough interest, in August or September. If you have thoughts on whether we should meet monthly, let me know and we’ll see how it […]

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Tell me It Ain’t So, Shoeless Joe!

Upon further, and closer review, too close really, it was revealed that the Marlins-Cubs streaker was not only a Key Wester but perhaps a Parrot customer.

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Johnny Sketch and The Dirty Notes

Johnny Sketch and The Dirty Notes tore it up again tonight with their killer NOLA Funk, their inspired covers (Spinal Tap to Chocolate Milk to Sgt. Pepper) and their rapport with the crowd that just gets better and better every time.Johnny Sketch, in an unsolicited testimonial, said, “I don’t usually drink Jaeger, but when I […]

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Key West Baseball Outing Goes South

Video: Naked Caveman Streaker Tackled In Last Night’s Marlins-Cubs Game Here’s a link to a story in the Miami New Times that gives an account plus an accompanying video of a streaker at last night’s Marlins-Cubs game. The news account goes on to the poster of the video who claims the nude streaker came from […]

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Change is Good…You Go First.

To quote poet Paul Violi, “Veni, Vidi, Velcro”, “I came. I saw, I stuck around” We all know there been a lot of talk for the last few months about what’s going on at The Parrot. I joked that one afternoon in Publix, cornered by inquiring minds, I felt like I was giving a press […]

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Brown Chicken Brown Cow

High-Octane Barn Burners Chicken Brown Cow bring their Old Timey Music to The green Parrot on Wednesday, May 18th with shows at 5:30 and 10:00 P.M.Our string band from West Virginia…Xander Hitzig, Justin Morris, Orion Hitzig and Matt Del Olmo are BrownChicken BrownCow StringBand Charlie Hatcher is also an original member playing Bass and Singing. […]

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Coy LeBeau’s Obituary in The New Orleans Times-Picayune on May 10, 2011

LeBEAU Coy James LeBeau passed away on Saturday, April 23, 2011, in New Orleans, at the age of 41. He is survived by his sweetheart Cerulleal “Featherhead” Saturnine (who affectionately called him “Papi”), his mother Beverly LeBeau, his siblings Susan Seybt, Carl “Bubba” Joseph LeBeau, Jr., and Kathy Anderson, his nieces and nephews, and myriad […]

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Smiling Faces at The Green Parrot

Celebrating a Birthday and a Graduation at The Green Parrot

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Coy’s “Funeral with Music”

It wasn’t planned as a jazz funeral, but if you walked into the Green Parrot Saturday afternoon you could have heard these lines from St. James Infirmary: “When I die want you to dress me in straight lace shoes I wanna a boxback coat and a Stetson hat Put a twenty dollar gold piece on […]

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Memorial for Coy Lebeau Saturday at The Green Parrot

There will be a Memorial for Coy Lebeau at The Green Parrot Bar this Saturday, May 7th at 1 P.M.Fittingly, Saturday is the big day at Jazzfest in New Orleans.We invite all who knew Coy to come and share their memories of this extraordinary gentleman with the many, manyothers who knew and loved him.Bring a […]

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Green Parrot Old Time Fiddlers’ Contest 2011

Here’s 14-year old Tommy McKinney from Romulus, Michigan as he prepares to play his first tune in yesterday’s 18th Annual Green Parrot Old Time Fiddlers’ Contest. Tommy’s Dad Jim, also a fiddler, called the bar a few weeks ago after hearing about our contest on the internet and wondered if they could still enter and […]

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Bobby Lee Rodgers Trio

The Bobby Lee Rodgers Trio on The Green Parrot stage Thursday night.Bobby Lee returns with shows at 10 P.M on Saturday, April 30th. and again at 5:30 P.M. on Sunday, May 1st A stellar songwriter, vocalist and guitarist, Bobby Lee Rodgers was for years the mainstay of The Codetalkers, a jazz, rock and roll band […]

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Cradle of Green Parrot Live Music Revealed

Here’s a photo, more like a flyer actually, that apparently percolated up from the bilges of Dashboard Dave’s archives, to be hand-delivered just today by Dave himself, touting, with all the subtlety of a ransom-note, Modern Dave and The Teenagers as the the First Live Band at The Green Parrot, dated 1980.Although the photo was, […]

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The Brown Derby:an air-conditioned sailor’s bar

From The Key West Citizen50 YEARS AGOThe Brown Derby Bar, an air-conditioned sailor’s bar managed by Gladys M. Burgert, was at 601 Whitehead St. Submarine sailors still come in from time to time, and ask “whatever happened to Gladys?” She must have been something special. a href=”http://www.conchs.com/”>Key West Conchs web site: That photo got me […]

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Key West Citizen Channels The Onion

I had to share this. Vicki Roush writes on her facebook page: “If you were wondering about the Secret Command Center, look no further. It’s open, and here’s how to get there. KW Citizen front page headlines: “Secret Command Center Opens” Complete w/ photo of entrance.Where to start?”

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Spam Allstars this past weekend

Looking like the parrot’s answer to the Hal 9000,our new digital soundboard, with our ipad perched next to it, ready to reproduce the best Spam Allstars sound yet.Tomas Diaz, all smiles and drawing smiles in return. There is no vibe like the vibe created when this band, the true Miami sound machine, plays.Looking towards the […]

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Easter in Joshua Tree

This post is a post from a few years back that I believe needs to be reprised every Easter. By way of a disclaimer,on holidays I sometimes take the liberty to digress from bar stuff.This post has nothing to do with the bar except these people are my relatives. These are some unsolicited photos sent […]

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Coy LeBeau 1970-2011

Sadly, so sadly, we received the word that our friend Coy LeBeau has passed away in New Orleans.Coy, looking impish as only he could, displays his freshly-minted, one-of-a-kind Green Parrot Tradesman’s Card.It was that kind of look that almost got him burned at the stake in The Bahamas, when, to hear Tom Robinson and Beaver […]

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Joey Dale Does Sunday Soundcheck

Joey Dale and The Gigolos, South Florida’s premier Doo Wop group doing the Green Parrot’s Sunday “soundcheck” and singing all the hits that people love to hear. Joey Dale Has the Audience in The Palm of His Hand. Sea of Love, Come and Go With Me, The Wanderer, At The Hop, Tempts Jam, The Four […]

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Meet Me at The Parrot

Given the Green Parrot’s proximity to the Monroe County Courthouse, (diagonally across the street), the bar has always served as kind of either a pit-stop or a meeting place for those unfortunate enough to be headed that way. Whether one was stopping in before court, (to bolster one’s courage) or after court, (to drown ones […]

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Smirkfest 2011

Smirk’s 36th Birthday party at Friday’s Souncheck was a blast. What’s a birthday party without a cake. Ane what kind of party would it be without music. That’s Vince Scardina fronting the V Ray Blues Band. Vince was around when Smirk was just a tot so it was only fitting he lead the crowd in […]

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Watermelon Slim at The Green Parrot

The critically-acclaimed, award-winning blues artist Bill “Watermelon Slim” Homans brought his hard-driving, road-tested blend of slide guitar, harmonica and gravel and chains vocals to The Parrot yesterday at soundcheck and again last night.Scheduled to do a ninety minute set Slim played from 5:30 to nearly 8 PM in a near two and half hour set […]

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Tony Gregory’s SmirkDay Photos

Some of Tony Gregory’s photos of Smirk’s Birthday Party. More to follow.

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Last Year’s Smirk’s Birthday Bash

Here’s what to expect this year and here’s to all those masked well-wishers who turned out last year to honor Smirk on his special day, all of you never looked better and Smirk didn’t look a day older than he did in ’75.The Front Porch CrewHelene brought the cakeYikes!Some of the masked revelers, I think […]

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A Few Thoughts on Spider John Koerner’s Gig, Serendipity, Shel Silverstein, and Oranges

Folk/country blues legend Spider John Koerner last night at The Parrot While I was speaking with local fiddler Gary Zimmerman outside the bar on Wednesday night the gentleman in the ball cap approached us to report, somewhat incredulously, that Spider John  Koerner was about to start playing inside. “Spider John Koerner…inside…right now”, he repeated. Gary […]

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In The Gloaming…

It was that special time of the day, that certain time of the year, sun slanting in at at just the right angle again…described in previous post as The Parrot’s Dutch Masters LightOn this occasion it was Will who was the one bathed in this eerie glow, with Mutsy’s radioactive -looking drink next to him. […]

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Pinetop Perkins, Delta Boogie-Woogie Master, Dies at 97

Two weeks ago we noted the passing of Bluesman Eddie Kirkland and last week learned that Delta Bluesman Big Jack Johnson, another Green Parrot performer has died.Today’s paper tells us that Pinetop Perkins is also gone. Pinetop Perkins, the boogie-woogie piano player who worked in Muddy Waters’s last great band and was among the last […]

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Watermelon Slim Sunday 3/27 at The Green Parrot

While preparing the Press for this weeks music I started to get an idea for just how much of a treat we are in for next Sunday when Watermelon Slim hits the boards.With a bio few can match and awards piled up like cordwood Slim appears to be the real deal. He’ll be appearing on […]

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Green Parrot 2011 April Cultural Calendar

Happy Birthday! Green Parrot 2011 April Entertainment Calendar Friday, April1st, 5:30 PM “soundcheck and Smirk’s Birthday Party with” Bill Blue Friday, April 1st , Xperimento 10 PM show Saturday, April 2nd Xperimento 10 PM show Sunday, April 3rd, Sunday Jazz Showcase 1 PM Sunday, April 3rd 5:30 “soundcheck” TBA Wednesday, April 6th, Michael Burks, 5:30 […]

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Eddie Kirkland Live At Banana Peel

This exactly the way I remember Eddie Kirkland.The Banana Peel is a Blues Club in Belgium and we corresponded a good bit with folks there via email. They would watch our web cam and see blues acts that had been to the Banana Peel and comment on them. It was one of the first times […]

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Eddie Kirkland’s New York Times Obituary

The New York Times published this obituary of Bluesman Eddie Kirkland.Eddie Kirkland, then 84, pictured above on the Green Parrot stage a few years back. I mentioned some of these things a few days ago but reading this New York Times piece today made me revisit those memories. Eddie liked to load in early, sometimes […]

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The Parrot Has Feng Shui Out The Ass

Not without CAUTION, the boys try to evaluate the geographical, psychological, philosophical, mathematical, aesthetic and astrological impact of the new Green Parrot awning they have just built in relation to the space and energy flow of the bar.This post is from may ’07 when we rebuilt the awning

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Yea, we’ll miss him

Another shot of Eddie Kirkland at The Parrot. This photo reminds me of what a sweet, sweet man Eddie was.I’m still looking for more photos of his vintage Country Squire, with the spare on the roof, the rear-view mirror held on to the driver’s side door using a guitar string (what else)for baling wire, and […]

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Green Parrot Sartorialist or…The Lady Gaga of Middle East Dictators

I suppose if Terri Gross can talk about Khadaffi’s sartorial changes…so can we See The Vanity Fair piece and complete slideshow here.

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Oscar Night with Hendrick’s Gin

The Green Parrot/Hendrick’s Gin Tribute to The Oscars, with apologies to Stanley Kubrick.

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Go Figure

It’s another of those “go figure” moments Green Parrot Testimonial History.We were truly honored a few years back when Playboy magazine named us one of the top bars in America.  We were flattered just a few months ago when Florida Monthly told us we were voted The Best Live Music Venue in Florida for 2010.  […]

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Sol Driven Train at The Green Parrot Bar in Key West 2/11/11

Sol Driven Train tears it up at The Green Parrot last night

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Sol Driven Train Covers Warren Zevon’s “Lawyers, Guns, and Money” last night.

Sol Driven Train Covers Warren Zevon’s “Lawyers, Guns, and Money” last night.

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Big Sam Bring Noladelic Powerfunk to Parrot Faithful

Big Sam’s Funky Nation Returns to The Green Parrot bar for two Funky Nights, with shows at 10 PM on Wednesday, February 23rd, and 5:30 and 10 PM on ThursdayThurs, February 24th. Big Sam’s Funky Nation is led by “Big Sam” Williams, formerly of the Dirty Dozen Brass band, who has been celebrated as “the […]

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A Tragic Story but a Great Obit

J. Paul Getty III, 54, Dies; Had Ear Cut Off by Captors Read the New York Times obituary here. J. Paul Getty III, who was a grandson of the oil baron once believed to be the richest man in the world and who achieved tragic notoriety in 1973 when he was kidnapped by Italian gangsters, […]

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Sol Driven Train- “Believe”

This Friday, Feb.11th at The Parrot,shows at 5:30 and 10

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So lDriven Train’s CD “Believe” was voted Top Album of 2010 by popular vote by The Home Grown Music Network.

Sol Driven Train’s Musical Express Speeds into 2011 It’s not easy being in a touring group. Non-stop travel does most bands in within a few short years or sometimes months. Constantly coming up with new material and recording and releasing new albums takes its toll and many are just not up to the grind of […]

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Magnetic Fields – The Book Of Love

The Magnetic Fields are the music of songwriter-producer-instrumentalist Stephin Merrit

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Another Great Week of Music at The Parrot Will Have Them Diving Out of Their Seats

All the planets are lining up for another great week of music at The Parrot. Stand by for classic rock from South Jersey/Philly , Horn-heavy rock and funk from Charleston, Classic Soul and Afro-Latin Funk from Milwaukee, Sunday Jazz with the Locals, and Powerhouse Rock and Soul from Brooklyn. The Juliano Brothers Band: “1200 Pound […]

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Piper Road Spring Band

The Piper Road Spring take the stage at The Green Parrot Thursday night, a favorite stop on their annual Keys tour.Tearing it up as usual, left to right, Randal Harrison on fiddle, Bob Mason on mandolin, Billy Kangaroo on washboard, John Widdicombe on bass, and Andy Trout on guitar.The two above photos were taken just […]

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Dutch Masters Light

In The late afternoon, at certain times of the year, natural light pours into the bar through one or another of the doors or windows at just the right angle, and for a just a few moments bathes the Green Parrot in what Brig, Patrick and a few of the other regulars once described to […]

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Just 4 Kids Sidewalk arts and crafts sale

Saturday, Jan. 29th the Green Parrot Bar located at 601 Whitehead St. will be having a sidewalk arts & crafts show / sale. This is a charity event to raise funds for the Just 4 Kids art center. the show is from 10am to 5pm with music from Ray West, Richie Chevy and friends starting […]

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Marino’s Fake Spike

For those of us who are not all caught in the fervor surrounding this year’s Jet’s winning season. here’s a look back at one of their not-so-great-moments.The Fake Spike Game was one of the worst games in the history of the New York Jets, one of football’s most snakebitten franchises:in the way they lost it, […]

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Eric Lindell, Greensky Bluegrass at Parrot

Eric Lindell Brings Blue-eyed Soul, Dive-Bar Credibility and RompingNew Orleans R & B to The ParrotCalifornia-born, New Orleans-schooled R & B singer/songwriter EricLindell bringshis blue-eyed soul, blues and boogie back to the Parrot stage for threefunky, rootsynights with shows at 10 P.M Thursday, January 6th, 5:30 and 10 P.M. on Friday, January 7th and 10 […]

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Johnny Sketch and The Dirty Notes Bring NOLA Funk, New Year’s Cheer, to The Green Parrot

Johnny Sketch and The Dirty Notes, one of the hottest emerging bands on the fertile New Orleans music scene bring their special brand of NOLA funk to the Green Parrot with shows at 5:30 and 10 PM on Friday, December 31st, 5:30 and 10 PM on Saturday, January 1st,and 5:30 PM on Sunday, January 2nd. […]

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Green Parrot Parties “Local-Style”

The Green Parrot was flattered to find themselves mentioned in Florida Travel and Life Magazine as one of only five”insider’ local spots in Key West. We hope to always retain that distinction.We found ourselves in good company being mentioned along with with Virgilio’s, just around the corner, and our friend Pete’s Seven Fish restuarant on […]

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Green Parrot Christmas Party Tonight 9 PM

The Annual Green Parrot Christmas Party is tonight at 9 PM featuring musical guests The Blue Vipers of Brooklyn, a vist from Santa and a live broadcast from Bill Hoebee. Don’t miss it.

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Green Parrot January and February 2011 Cultural Calendar

Johnny Sketch and The Dirty Notes Green Parrot January 2011 Entertainment Calendar Saturday, January 1st, 5:30 PM soundcheck and 10 PM show, Johnny Sketch and The Dirty Notes Sunday, January 2nd, 5:30 PM soundcheck Johnny Sketch and The Dirty Notes Thursday, January 6th,10 PM show Eric Lindell Friday, January 7th, 5:30 PM soundcheck and 10 […]

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Avant-garde musician Captain Beefheart Dies

Avant-garde musician Captain Beefheart died this morning in California from complications of multiple sclerosis. He was 69. An all-time favorite of rock critics — and known to readers of lists of the best rock albums of all time as the guy with the hat and the fish face — Beefheart earned a reputation for making […]

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Bobby Lee Rodgers Trio Brings Post-Bop Jazz, Muscle Shoals Soul, Epic Rock to Green Parrot

The Bobby Lee Rodgers Trio returns to The Green Parrot stagewith shows at 5:30 and 10 P.M. on Friday and Saturday, December 17th and 18th. Bobby Lee Rodgers taps into the primal mojo of ’50s pioneers embellished with the captivating twists & turns of post-bop jazz, Muscle Shoals soul, fleet fingered acoustic picking, and huge […]

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There Once Was a Man….

In what seems like a fitting post for the start of Fantasy Fest it seems The Man From Nantucket was cited for…well, you guessed it. What do they say, “If you got it,….”Arrest Date: 10/25/2010 Time: 07:30 CAD #: Offense #: KWPD10OFF005464 Name: XXXXXXXXXXX DoB:05/22/1973 Age:37 Sex:M Race:W Address: XXXXXXX ST, KEY WEST, FL Occupation: […]

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Soulgrass Rebelllion brings Appalachian/Caribbean Fusion to Green Parrot

Soulgrass Rebelllion brings Appalachian/Caribbean Fusion to Green Parrot Soulgrass Rebellion brings their mix of rggae, bluegrass and rock and roll to The Green Parrotstage with shows beginning at 10 P.M. on Friday, October 1st and 5:30 and 10 P.M. on Saturday, October 2nd.Soulgrass Rebellion is about a family of friends making music, making people dance, […]

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Ben Prestage Brings Delta Blues on Slide Guitar and Diddley-Bow to Parrot

Ben Prestage Brings Delta Blues on Slide Guitar and Diddley-Bow to Parrot Hailed by some as “the future of Southern music”, Ben Prestage willperform true American roots music and down-home Southern CountryBlues on slide guitar and diddley-bow at The Green Parrot with 5:30 P.M.soundchecks on Friday, October 1st and Sunday, October 3rd.Hailing from the Dirty, […]

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Renaissance Woman, Plus-Size Voluptuary Candye Kane Returns to Green Parrot

Renaissance Woman, Plus-Size Voluptuary Candye Kane Returns to Green Parrot The island is buzzing with the news of Candye Kane’s return to TheGreen Parrot Thursday, October 7th,with shows at 5:20 and10 P.M.. Continuing nearly two decades of relentlesstouring, the seven-time San Diego Best Blues Award winner is on a 26city tour in support of her […]

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Green Parrot to host Heavy Pets and MOFRO’s Daryl Hance

“Perfect Jamband” Heavy Pets Return to Green Parrot “The Heavy Pets return to The Green Parrot on Friday and Saturday, September 24th and 25th with shows at 5:30 and 10 P.M.The Heavy Pets are an American rock and roll band whose contagious vibe blends rhythm and blues, jazz-funk and reggae fusion with homegrown rock and […]

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“Dude, you have no Koran.”

As with so many things in America these days, a planned Koran-burning in Texas last week that seemed as if it might end in tears, instead ended in Auto-Tuning. While much of the planet was focused on the possibility that the pastor of a tiny Florida church might burn copies of the Koran to mark […]

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Crime Blotter Has a Regular: Yankees Caps and Why Does This Not Surprise Us

Two men and a woman broke into a locker at a Manhattan gym in February and stole credit cards, the first in a series of similar thefts.Three months later, in May, a young man tried to rob a Chase bank in the Bronx armed with only a note, which he slipped to a teller. She […]

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“The Pets just might be a perfect jamband”

“Perfect Jam band” Heavy Pets Return to Green Parrot “The Heavy Pets return to The Green Parrot on Friday and Saturday, September 24th and 25th with shows at 5:30 and 10 P.M.The Heavy Pets are an American rock and roll band whose contagious vibe blends rhythm and blues, jazz-funk and reggae fusion with homegrown rock […]

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“Here’s Frank” Green Parrot Calendar

Someone came up with an idea today to make a Green Parrot Calendar featuring FrankCould he be any more photogenic?.Yesterday he was just sitting at the window…looking at the rain…I mean, really…

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The Green Parrot Bar Named the Best Live Music Venue in Florida

The Green Parrot Bar has been named the Best Live Music Venue in Florida for 2010 by Florida Monthly Magazine. The announcement will appear in Florida Monthly Magazine’s September issue. The Green Parrot replaces Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park for the top spot. “This is a real honor,” said Bar Manager John Vagnoni “We […]

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Louie’s Tan, Rested and Ready.

Louie in his throwback Redskins Billy Kilmer Gear.

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J.P Soars & The Red Hots Play Parrot for Poker Run

Blues Award Winners J.P. Soars and The Red Hots Play Green Parrot International Blues Challenge First Place winners J.P. Soars and The Red Hots will appear at The Green Parrot Friday and Saturday, September 17th and 18th with shows at 5:30 and 10 P.M. J.P. SOARS & THE RED HOTS took the Blues world by […]

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Jacuzzi Boys Open for Dash Rip Rock at Green Parrot Saturday

Jacuzzi Boys The Miami garage-rock trio Jacuzzi Boys bring their ’60’s-inspired haze of fuzzy, Florida swamp rock to The Green Parrot for one show only on Saturday, August 14th, beginning at 9 PM. Jacuzzi Boys’ three-chord sound is not only infectious, but tight, and their onstage presence and charisma shows the hype surrounding the promising […]

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Country Punksters Dash Rip Rock at Green Parrot

Great Southern Rock and Roll with a twist of the obscene! The South’s most notorious band of country drunkster-punksters, thelegendary Dash Rip Rock, are at it again, and no Florida road trip would be complete without a stop at The Green Parrot Bar. These psycho-billy roadwarriors will explode onto The Parrot stage on Friday and […]

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From Sunday’s Key West Citizen:

Jim Bean, owner of the Green Parrot Bar, died suddenly at his home in Excelsior, Minnesota, on July 31, 2010. Jim was born December 6, 1946, and after graduating from Minnetonka High School (’64) he served valiantly in the Marines during Viet Nam, receiving the Purple Heart in recognition of his combat injuries. Back in […]

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Remembering Mr. Bean

Bean’s memorial celebration and party in Key West:Sunday, August 29Further details to follow. ::

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Linda Bean’s Address

Many of you have been inquiring, so here it is. Linda BeanBean’s Greenwood Marina21945 Minnetonka Blvd.Excelsior, MN 55331 Thank you all for the tremendous outpouring of affection for Bean. We all miss him terribly. ::

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A Sad Day At The Parrot

It is terribly difficult to let all of you know that The Green Parrot will be closed today in honor of Jim Bean, who passed away last evening as a result of a sudden heart attack. John thanks everyone for their concern, and will keep everyone informed as to the arrangements being made in Minnesota, […]

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Updated Green Parrot Cultural Calendar

Here’s a more up-to-date Cultural Calendar through November. Remember, all dates are subject to change and for more information call the bar ar 305-294-6133 Green Parrot August Entertainment Calendar Sunday, August 1st, 5:30 PM “soundcheck” Vince Scardina Friday,August 6th, 5:30 PM “soundcheck” MuseGurusFriday, August 6th, 10 PM show Spam AllstarsSaturday ,August 6th, 5:30 PM “soundcheck” […]

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Man Arrested For Breaking Into Bar, Selling Drinks

Suspect Served Drinks To Customers For Four Days Before Being Arrested Arrested Only After Newspaper Published An Article On The Bar’s ReopeningTravis Kevie in a picture featured in the Auburn Journal article about the re-opening of the landmark Valencia Club. Kevie was arrested the day after the article was published. An Auburn, California man has […]

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“Perfect Jamband” Heavy Pets Return to Green Parrot

“The Heavy Pets return to The Green Parrot on Friday and Saturday, July 23rd and 24th with shows at 5:30 and 10 P.M.The Heavy Pets are an American rock and roll band whose contagious vibe blends rhythm and blues, jazz-funk and reggae fusion with homegrown rock and roll. The Heavy Pets are known for powerhouse […]

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Green Parrot August, September, October, November Entertainment Calendar

All Shows Subject To Change Without Notice, please call 305-294-6133 To Confirm Dates and Times Green Parrot August Entertainment Calendar Sunday, August 1st, 5:30 PM “soundcheck” Vince Scardina Friday,August 6th, 5:30 PM “soundcheck” TBAFriday, August 6th, 10 PM show Spam AllstarsSaturday ,August 6th, 5:30 PM “soundcheck” TBASaturday, August 7th, 10 PM show Spam Allstars Sunday, […]

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Albert’s Folks, Buster & Esther

Following Albert’s Saturday afternoon show we had the great pleasure of meeting Albert’s parents, Buster & Esther.The boys are both sporting their Green Parrot Soundcheck shirts.

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“Set the Wayback Machine” or Tell Cave-Man Dave we Got His Beer in

Since we’ve started serving Dogfish Head 60 minute IPA at The Parrot we’ve had a few posts about Dogfish Head owner San Calagione’s penchant for resurrecting long-lost recipes for malt beverages, such as Midas Touch, created from sediment found on drinking vessels in the tomb of King Midas in Turkey, or making a batch of […]

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Hori Smoku Sailor Jerry

The Green Parrot Bar hosts  a screening of The Sailor Jerry documentary Hori Smoku Sailor Jerry: A Film About The Life and Times of American Tattoo Master Norman Collins. Norman”Sailor Jerry: Collins.A bona fide Green Parrot Cultural Event, sponsored by Premier Beverage and Sailor Jerry Rum, the screening also included Sailor Jerry prizes and giveaways, and […]

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Parrot To Screen “Hori Smoku, Sailor Jerry”

a vintage photo of Norman”Sailor Jerry: Collins. On Thursday, July 15th, beginning at 8:30 P.M., The Green Parrot Bar will host a screening of The Sailor Jerry documentary Hori Smoku Sailor Jerry: A Film About The Life and Times of American Tattoo Master Norman Collins. This bona fide cultural event, sponsored by Premier Beverage and […]

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Abe’s Strange Trip

Of course we all know that there’s a story behind every object that graces the walls of the Parrot but this is one of the better ones.Seeing the story in today’s Key West Citizen about the family of Dr.Mudd visiting Key West this week prompts me to tell the story of the day we hung […]

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The Spam Allstars at The Green Parrot Bar, Saturday, July 3rd, 2010.

Blending latin, funk, hip hop and dub, The SpamAllstars make theirhighly anticipated return to The Green Parrot for twopelvis-grinding nights.Well known in Miami for their innovative sound, the SpamAllstarshave become the true Miami sound machine, giving South Florida apremium blend of nostalgic, obscure, and retro sounds which has beendescribed as retro-Cuban and even as deconstructed […]

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Robert Albury at The Green Parrot, Good God, Y’all!

 Key West’s own King of Soul, Robert Albury appears at The Green Parrot Bar  this Friday, July 2nd  with shows  at 5:30 and10 PM and Saturday, July 3rd at 5:30 PM.  Robert makes you feel thankful for his own energetic style ofsoul music, guaranteed to keep you dancing and singing along all nightlong. Get on the good foot this Friday at The […]

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Spam Allstars Return to Green Parrot

Andrew Yeomanson, a/k/a DJ Le Spam leads the Spam Allstars back to the Parrot for 4th of July weekend Blending latin, funk, hip hop and dub, The Spam Allstars make theirhighly anticipated return to The Green Parrot for twopelvis-grinding nights, Saturday and Sunday, Juyy 3rd and 4th,beginning at 10 P.M.Well known in Miami for their […]

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When the Booty Band Hits the Stage, Everybody Dances!

Yo Mama’s Big Fat Booty Band blew the doors off theGreen Parrot on Friday and Saturday night.See the youtube clip here. Fresh from pulling off a hat-trick of prestigious music awards, namelyThe Home Grown Music Awards #1 New Band of the Year Award, The HomeGrown Music Awards Studio Album of the Year, and, last but […]

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Father’s Day Photos I Was Looking For…

This is really the Father’s Day photo. or photos rather, that I was looking for yesterday. They were on my fridge for a very, very,  long time.  Always, it seemed, so I just assumed they would be there yesterday, when I needed them.But they were not. I’m thinking we’re both about 22.

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“Yo Mama’s Big fat Booty Band” to Funk Up The Green Parrot

Award-Winning “Yo Mama’s Big fat Booty Band” to Funk Up The GreenParrot: When the Booty Band hits the stage, everybody dances! Fresh from pulling off a hat-trick of prestigious music awards, namelyThe Home Grown Music Awards #1 New Band of the Year Award, The HomeGrown Music Awards Studio Album of the Year, and, last but […]

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LOWELL, MASS

As a kind of footnote, here’s a Billy Collins’ poem I’m fond of that kind of reminds me of a lot of dads, including mine. LOWELL, MASS. Kerouac was born in the same town as my father, but my father never had time to write On The Road let alone drive around the country in […]

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Victory HopDevil, Score One For The Home Team

Victory Hopdevil Pale Ale is the newest addition to The Green Parrot stable of draft beers.  What did it replace you ask?   The British Royal Navy ship HMS Manchester  has weighed anchor after a week in port here, but not before our key west soccer team edged their ship’s team nine-zip, and then in the World […]

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Paul Cebar’s Tomorrow Sound: Classic Soul Meets Afro-Funk

Well known for shaking up the Green Parrot Bar’s stage, Paul Cebar’s Tomorrow Sound. (formerly Paul Cebar andthe Milwaukeeans) return to the Parrot for an unprecedented three pelvis-grinding days and nightswith shows at 5:30 and 10 PM on Friday and Saturday, June 11th and 12th and 5:30 P.M. onSunday, June 13th.Cebar’s long-awaited return to The […]

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American Craft Beer Week, May 17-23, 2010

Check out The South Florida Beer Blog for a list of South Florida events  celebrating American Craft Beer Week. The Green Parrot’s draft beer list, as presented so invitingly here by bartender alumni Eric Bissel,  while still interesting,  by virtue of  our geography and demographics,  of necessity remained fairly mainstream.  I can remember over the years various […]

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Suenalo Last Night BringsTheir 10-piece funk/afro-latin/jam band to the Parrot Stage

Suenalo, the Miami-based 10-piece Afro-Latin-funk-jam bandexplodes on to The Green Parrot Stage with its polyrhythmic display offunk, mambo, hip-hop, and jam-band-style Green Parrot patrons will be dancing, twisting and shouting for threepelvis-grinding nights as Suenalo brings a their 10-piece funk /afro-beat / jam band to the Parrot stage. a barrage ofmusic that’s simultaneously Afro-Cuban, Dominican […]

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Sailor Jerry Rum Brand Ambassador Lisa Hare Pays a Visit to The Parrot

Sailor Jerry Rum Brand Ambassador Lisa Hare pays a visit to The Parrot as a guest of Premier Beverage.Here she clutches some of Bob Sexton’s homegrown tomatoes as Tommy The Fisherman (left) and  Premier Beverage Salesperson, our own Vicki Roush (right), looks on. That’s some tomato from  Bob the Farmer. Who knew? No, that’s some […]

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Suenalo on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, May 28th, 29th, and 30th

Suenalo, the Miami-based 10-piece Afro-Latin-funk-jam band explodes on to The Green Parrot Stage with its polyrhythmic display offunk, mambo, hip-hop, and jam-band-style on Friday,Saturday and Sunday, May 28th, 29th, and 30th with shows beginning at 10 P.M.Green Parrot patrons will be dancing, twisting and shouting for twopelvis-grinding nights as Suenalo brings a their 10-piece funk […]

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Key West Burlesque 2nd Annual Bike Parade …7 miles….5 Bars…

Key West Burlesque Bike Parade Hits The Green Parrot

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At High noon today, in what could be billed as a Subway Series, The Green Parrot squares off against Cowboy Bill’s.Let’s Go Get ‘Em!

Harking back to the Glory Days of  Roddy, Frenchy,  Jimbo, Buco, Joe Dog, Fireball Frank and John,  the Parrot is again within striking distance of the championship cup. At High noon today, in what could be billed as a Subway Series,  The Green Parrot squares off against Cowboy Bill’s. Let’s Go Get ‘Em!The Green Parrot […]

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The Carter Brothers Bring NewGrass to Green Parrot

Sons of North Carolina, and pioneers of emerging folk-rock,bluegrass/newgrass, The Carter Brothers Tim and Danny will make areturn appearance to The Green Parrot Bar on Saturday, May 22nd, with shows at 5:30 and 10 P.M., and Sunday, May 23rd at 5:30 P.M.True American originals, Tim and Dan are blood related to A.P.,Sarah and Maybelle Carter […]

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Sleepy and me

Here’s a shot of Sleepy LaBeef and myself. I’m only in the picture to show the scale of the subject.I really think it’s just that hat that makes him look so much taller than me.

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Robert Earl Keen Backstage

Here’s myself with Robert Earl Keen after his show at The Green Parrot. He said he totally enjoyed playing at The Parrot and hoped Parrot folks felt the same. Love that shirt.

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What’s Coming Up This Weekend at The Parrot

Black Blondie Brings All-Female, Twin Cities Experimental R & B to the Parrot StageBlack Blondie, the all-female experimental R & B group from Minneapolis, will bring the tried and true fundamentals of strong melodies, tatsty arrangements and searing passion to the Parrot stage on Thursday, May 20th with shows beginning at 5:30 and 9 P.MThe […]

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Green Parrot May-June-July 2010 Entertainment Calendar

May 2010 Entertainment Calendar Saturday, May 1st, J. P. Soars & The Red Hots 5:30 &10 PM shows Sunday. May 2nd J. P. Soars & The Red Hots 5:30 P.M. show Wednesday, May 5th, Cinco de Mayo Party with The Bobby Lee Rodgers Trio Thursday, May 6th Bobby Lee Rodgers 10 P.M. show Friday, May […]

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4/20

Here’s our own Kenny at a national NORML convention a few years back and I guess I don’t have to tell you where he is or what he’s up to.and here’s what he’s up to today…

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Red Bull Gives You Wings Indeed

The Spanish police have stopped what appears to have been a daring strategy by an enterprising band of drug smugglers, who the police say tried to use the Dakar Rally in January to cover up their tracks.Agence France-Presse reported that the smugglers disguised a truck to look like a race support vehicle for the rally, […]

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Robert Earl Keen at The Green Parrot

It’s official. Robert Earl Keen will appear at The Parrot Friday night, April 30th at 10 PM as part of the Key West Songwriters Festival. We couldn’t be happier to have him on our stage. It will be a great night. For information go to the Key West Songwriters Festival website.

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Smirk Birthday Party and Group Photo

This Thursday, April 1st at 5 P.M. join with well-wishers from near and far, past and present, to wish Green Parrot Icon “Smirk” a happy and healthy 35th Birthday. They grow up so fast. Yes it’s been thirty five years since since that enigmatic countenance, that sphinxlike kisser, appeared on the plywood shutter on the […]

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New Scooter-rental business?

. Actually, some plumber in England was getting tired of people trying to cut him off. From Mail Online, “It is the ultimate road rage revenge vehicle – a scooter that fires 12ft flames. Colin Furze rigged his 60mph bike with a rear-facing flamethrower because he was fed up with drivers cutting him up. It […]

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R.I.P. Duke Randall

I got word of Duke’s passing through a phone message at the bar yesterday. I passed the news on to Captain Conch who sent me a photo and a brief, but near-perfect eulogy, Thanks, Bruce Duke Randall, one of the island characters from the pirate days of Key West is dead. Later on he moved […]

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See The Lower Keys on Your Hands and Knees (kinda)

News of the bizarre brings us to an official Romanian government crossing sign: : From Jonathan Turley’s blog: Romanian officials have posted signs to deal with a growing problem: cars running over drunks. Mayor Petru Antal explained that “we have to target the drivers because by the time the pedestrians get into this state they […]

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Today’s The Day

In just about one hour, Bobalu’s will open up shop at their second location, right next door to the Parrot and we can’t tell you how thrilled we are to have these guys right next door.New Haven-style pizza, subs and salads, all this and great neighbors to boot.Here’s their new shirt, front and back…Thanks for […]

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Damon Fowler 5:30 and 10 PM Today

Guitar Phenom Damon Fowler Brings Stinging Slide Guitar to Parrot Stage Playing a hybrid of roots rock, blues, and sacred steel, young guitarphenom Damon Fowler brings his stinging slide from Tampa, Florida toThe Green Parrot stage with shows at 5:30 and 10:00 P.M. on Saturday, March 6th. Influenced by a broad range of artists,with incredible […]

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Ana Popovic

Aaron and Angie, with some friends from Minnesota, check out Serbian blues/rocker Ana Popovic

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Life Imitating Art

Here’s Linda, from Sugarloaf Key, the model for Steve Heuel’s “No Cover, No Minimum, No Wonder” Tripitych, which can be seen behind her.I mention this because they were both in the bar today.

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Happy Birthday Blanche!

Due to an unyielding social schedule, Miss Blanche has been detained at home and will be unable to celebrate her birthday with us here in Key West. Happy Birthday, Ma’am. We will continue the tradition of having plenty of cocktails in celebration. Give your mom a hug for us, too! Love,Your Pals at The Green […]

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Frenchy’s Tour de France

As I write this we are at the half way point of Frenchy’s 5 day memorial service, his posthumous pub crawl, which was described by him in an addendum to his will and is being carried out by Buco in meticulous detail that would make Frenchy proud. “Following my death to accomodate the hundred if […]

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Super Bowl party lands one man in hospital

Following  is a story that appeared in Monday’s Key West Citizen describing a Super Bowl Party gone horribly wrong.I particularly like the offhanded “Other than that Mrs. Lincoln, how was the play?”  tone of  the last line of the citizen story and I’ve also included a few of the headlines the story generated in the […]

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“Wreck The Hoose Juice” or “Forget The Jaeger Bomb, Gimme a Buckie!”

For Scots, a Scourge Unleashed by a Bottle of “Wreck The Hoose Juice”    “It’ll blow your head off,”Buckfast is 15 percent alcohol by volume, a bit stronger than most wines. Each bottle has as much caffeine as eight cans of Coke. Buckfast has emerged as a symbol of Scotland’s entrenched drinking problems at a […]

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Frenchy, 1940-2010, au revoir

” I want my ashes to be thrown out to sea as far as it could be so the Gulf Stream would carry them slowly to the coast of my native Brittany {France} where the Gulf Stream ends.”

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Full Moon Over The Parrot

photo credit Ian RowanA peacful photo of the full moon rising above The Parrot that belies the lunacy within.

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El Loro Verde

Chantelle, Marina and Frances….mid-eighties…who remembers which window this is?

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FRANK ROBERT CARROLL JR. 1956-2010

Friends of Frank Carroll gathered at The Parrot this morning to raise a glass and join in spirit with his family’s memorial service  being held at the same hour in New Jersey.The gathering which was nearly spontaneous, was extremely well attended and a testament to the good will and love that Frank constantly displayed in […]

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Locos por Juana presents xperimento at The Green Parrot bar in Key West

This is just a sample of what locos por juana will be doing all weekend at The Parrot

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Chambeyronia macrocarpa

The aptly named flame-thrower or red spear palm did it’s thing this morning.

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The New Old Way to Tote Your Beer

Growlers — 64-ounce glass vessels that look like a moonshine jug — have become the beer accessory of the moment. And the jugs, filled at taps in bars and stores, are not just the toys of the bearded, flannel-shirt, beer-geek set. Liz Thorpe, vice president of Murray’s Cheese, said she had two to four growlers […]

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Damon Fowler covers Merle Haggard’s “Swinging Doors” The Green Parrot Bar in Key Westa

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How Parrot Patrons Can Contribute to the Haitian Relief Effort

Here’s our Kenny as he prepares yet another cocktail with Barbancourt Rum.  It was Kenny’s idea to figure a way to use the Haitian-produced rum to generate funds for the Haitian relief effort so we decided, simply enough, that  the proceeds for every Barbancourt we pour will become  a donation to Paul Farmer’s Partners in […]

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Sugar Shack – Damon Fowler Group

This weekend at The Green Parrot. Shows at 5:30 and 10 PM Friday and Saturday.

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Sugar Shack – Damon Fowler Group

This weekend at The Green Parrot. Shows at 5:30 and 10 PM Friday and Saturday.

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If You Ever Want to See Your Weed Again…

Marathon – Monroe County Sheriff’s Office Special Investigations detectives employed an unusual tactic to arrest a suspect who was growing marijuana. They left a note in place of the plants asking him to call; in return for cash they offered him his plants back. “Thanks for the grow! You want them back? Call for the […]

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Sleepy LaBeef Delivers a Soundcheck of Seismic Proportions.

Here’s the post from Sleepy’s last Parrot show,in December of 2006. Sleepy LaBeef climbed onstage for the afternoon soundcheck and delivered a set of seismic proportions. Covering tunes by everyone from Bob Wills to Rockin’ Sidney, the songs were flying by like white center lines on Thunder Road, with hardly a breath between them, it […]

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Green Parrot February Cultural Calendar

Wednesday, February 3rd, The Piper Road Spring Band5:30 “soundcheck”, 10P.M. show Thursday, February 4th, Jason Ricci, 5:30 “soundcheck”,10 P.M. show Friday, February 5th, Jason Ricci, 5:30 “soundcheck”,10 P.M. show Saturday, February 6th, Bobby Lee Rodgers, 10 PM show Sunday, February 7th, Bobby Lee Rodgers, “soundcheck”,10 PM show Thursday, February 11th, Albert Castiglia, 10 P.M. show […]

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Sleepy Labeef, Parrot Favorite, featured in Literary Magazine

“If  you screwed a jukebox to a choo-choo train powered by a nuclear reactor and gave it a guitar, you’d have some idea of Sleepy LaBeef.” Titled “the rockabilly iron man”, so begins Joe R. Lansdale’s profile of Sleepy LaBeef in The Oxford American,  an American quarterly literary magazine that features writing and art from Southerners or about […]

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Key West Annual Dachshund Walk or get-a-long little doggie

Walkin’ in a Weinie WonderlandA record 168 dachshunds  gathered with their humans at high noon on New Years Eve on the steps of the Monroe County Courthouse for their annual promenade.Either simply on the end of a leash or in more elaborate costume…it was quite a sightthey provided their own crossing guardssmiling facesa poserthe real […]

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Festivus at The Green Parrot

Wayne Hammond’s Festivus, with Bobby DeVito on Guitar, Teddy Molet on trombone and Keyboard, and Randy Morrow on drums cover a Jeff Beck-inspired version of Albert King’s “Down”.

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Festivus at The Parrot plays I Dream of Jeannie theme

Wayne Hammond with Teddy Molet on trombone, Randy Morrow on drums and Bobby Devito on Guitar stun the audience with a complete, uncut cover of the I Dream of Jeannie theme, including the bridge and a “thank you, master” homage to Barbara Eden.

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Festivus at The Green Parrot channels Dion

Wayne Hammond and Festivus do a ska version of Dion and The Belmonts’ version of Teenger in Love with a little Santo and Johnny and some TV cultural references worked in.

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Ben Prestage

Hailed by some as “the future of Southern music”, Ben Prestage performs  true American roots music and down-home Southern CountryBlues on slide guitar and diddley-bow.To the unique sound ofBen’s homemade diddley-bow (made by a friend, John Lowe of Memphis,TN) he adds another homemade instrument, thelap-steel-guitar (made by his father Kenneth Prestage.) Thecombination of these two instruments […]

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The Year Before the Flood: The Ponderosa Stomp

A great post among several great posts  from Boing Boing guestblogger Ned Sublette with an excerpt from The Year Before the Flood  wherein author, historian, photographer, and roving singer-songwriter  Sublette “replays the last year the city of New Orleans was whole, 2004-05.”  The exerpt is memorable for so many reasons not the least of which […]

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WPA-Produced Depression- Era Guidebook

A story in today’s citizen about an upcoming Monroe County Public Library retrospective of Key West during the Great Depression made me think of this post I made from a few years back after I found an old WPA-sponsored brochure designed to market a down-and-out Key West as a tourist destinationPlease note that the story […]

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‘Aint No Party Like a Lee Boy Party

People Get Ready: Lee Boys Bring Sacred Steel Gospel Music to The Green Parrot People Get Ready! The Lee Boys, Florida’s finest African-AmericanSacred Steel artists are ready to transform the Green Parrot into theGreen Parish with shows at 10 P.M. on Friday and Saturday, December 18th and 19th.Fans of all different genres of music will […]

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Suenalo at The Green Parrot Bar in Key West

Suenalo plays the Green Parrot on December 11, 2009. Chad Berenstein on conch shells

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Hendrick’s Gin Tasting with Jim Ryan

At first glance, Hendrick’s, a small-batch, hand-crafted gin produced in Scotland, with a kind of a “wonky bottle”, as Jim described it, looks like it would be more at home on an apothecary shelf than a bar rail. And it just gets weirder from there. Enjoying a sort of cult status in this country, Hendrick’s […]

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Further at The Parrot?

Check out Pollstar to see who’s coming to the Parrot Thu 12/31/09 Johnny Sketch & The Dirty Notes 0 | Fri 01/01/10 Johnny Sketch & The Dirty Notes 0 | Sat 01/02/10 Johnny Sketch & The Dirty Notes 0 | Sat 01/09/10 Toubab Krewe 0 | Fri 01/22/10 Damon Fowler Group 0 | Sat 01/23/10 Damon […]

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“Queen of Swing” Norma Miller Does Green Parrot Sunday Soundcheck

“Queen of Swing” Norma Miller returns to Key West for her 90th birthday celebration and makes The Green Parrot Sunday “soundcheck” a part of her “Birthday Bash”. Known to many as the Queen of Swing, Norma Miller is an author, choreographer, dancer, comedian and actor whose career spans over seven decades. Discovered at the age […]

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Sharkey’s Tavern Alumni

Former Sharkey’s Tavern bartender Bob McLauglin and his wife visit the Parrot on Saturday night. Great to see them both and talk about the old days at Sharkey’s, i.e. locking the doors at 2 AM which was the closing time by law, but locking themselves in with some customers so they could watch the end […]

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Here Comes Christmas

Live Blogging here finds the elves infiltrating the bar with their ornaments

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our own Kenny at a national NORML convention

Being NORML’s 26th annual Key West Legal Seminar this week it seemed like a perfect opportunity to reprise this post from last year’s convention and resurrect this snapshot of our own Kenny at a national NORML convention a few years back and I guess I don’t have to tell you where he is or what […]

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Busted

From The Brown Derby and Conchology to The Gobi Desert and archeology with this story of one man’s well-hidden stash.Seen here is a 2700-year-old stash of marijuana, found in a Gobi Desert grave near Turpan, China. Ethan Russo, a visiting professor at the Chinese Acadmy of Scineces, and his colleagues report the discovery in the […]

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Green Parrot 1981

Here’s a photo and comment posted by someone on our Green Parrot Facebook Fan Page. What a great shot. Check out the roofline (or lack of roofline) above Smirk. I remember when Buco, Burner and Bink added the section of roof above that window, (sans building permit or HARK approval I might add). I’d love […]

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December and January Cultural Calendar

Green Parrot December 2009 Entertainment Calendar  Friday, December 4th, 5:30 “soundcheck” The Honey Island Swamp Band Friday, December 4th, The Honey Island Swamp Band 10 P.M. show Saturday, December 5th, The The Honey Island Swamp Band 10 P.M. show  Sunday, December 6th, Norma Miller’s 90th Birthday Bash 5:30 P.M.  Friday, December 11th, 5:30 The Michael Dixon BandTBA […]

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Hey, we play Bingo…, we have chickens…

Chicken shit bingo at Ginny’s Little Longhorn Saloon in Austin, Texas. They put a giant bingo card on a pool table, set the chicken on the card and place the cage on the table. Fifty tickets are sold at $2 a pop and then the actions on (if you want to call it that). You […]

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Just In Time For Hanukkah, “Major League Dreidel”

With the Holidays fast approaching, this just in from our sports desk:The first ever “professional” dreidel league will host its debut matches in Williamsburg on Dec. 12 — the second day of Hanukkah. In an article laden with Borscht Belt-style puns, the Brooklyn Paper reports on Major League Dreidel, which is expected to draw 100 […]

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This Weekend

Honey Island Swamp Band  Returns to the Green Parrot Honey Island Swamp Band from New Orleans will return to the Green Parrot with shows on Friday, December 4th  at 5:30 and 10:00 PM. and at 10 PM on Saturday, December 5th. For most of the past decade, Aaron Wilkinson and Chris Mulé established themselves as top-notch musicians and songwriters, most […]

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The KTUU 2008 Sarah Palin turkey interview

I believe watching this video is destined to become a Thanksgving tradition around our house

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DR. FEEL GOOD Take this and call me in the morning.

An article in today’s Sunday New York Times takes note of how, “bartenders, normally dispensers of pleasure, have lately been playing doctor behind the bar.”       Serving up drinks like the Flu Shot, a drink on the menu at Drop Off Service, a bar on Avenue A in Manhattan. It’s a mixture of garlic-infused […]

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Bill Blue Plays Fantasy Fest at The Green Parrot Bar

Bill Blue and The Nervous Guys Play Fantasy Fest at The Green Parrot Bar in Key West

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A Big Week of Music

For Immediate ReleaseJohn Vagnoni –305-587-1527November 9, 2009 Bernard Allison, “Son of The Blues” Plays Green Parrot Bernard Allison, the guitar-playing, singing and songwriting son of the late, legendary blues guitarist Luther Allison will appear at The Green Parrot with shows at 10 P.M. at 5:30 and 10 P.M on Thursday, November 12th. Bernard Allison totes […]

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Pimps of Joytime Brings Funk and Soul, Second Line, to Green Parrot

Brooklyn-based multi-ethnic funk and soul afro-beat-latin whatever mash-up band, the The Pimps of Joytime will will make their Green Parrot debut with shows at 10 P.M. on Saturday and Sunday November 14th and 15th.Hear The Pimps of Joytime NPR interview hereSee The Pimps of Joytime live on Youtube here and especially here The Pimps of […]

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Candye Kane in The New Yorker

Here’s a note we got from Candye Kane this morning: “Its my birthday month and what better birthday gift than to grace the pages of the world famous New Yorker magazine? Although they still label me “adult entertainer turned blues diva,” it is an amazing accomplishment to be enough of a personality to get a […]

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You Are Being Shagged by the Rare Parrot

From the BBC – natch. . A large Kakapo green parrot from New Zealand. Flightless. (via Rachel Maddow)::

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Root

ROOT, a new, artisanally-produced root liqueur, recently released  as a small-batch spirit by crafty collective Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction in collaboration with the producers of Hendrick’s Gin and Sailor Jerry Rum, could be a good fit for us. Based on a Pre-Prohibition recipe, but with a provenance going back to Native Americans’ […]

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The Hobo Nephews of Uncle Frank

 Minnesota’s The Hobo Nephews of Uncle Frank will appear at The Green Parrot Bar on Thursday, October 1st with shows at 5:30 and 10 P.M.   Playing Americana that’s at times raucous, a Minnesota-bred blend of The Band and Avett Bros, The Alexy brothers, Ian and Teague, grew up in the New Jersey shore town of Somers Point – the town […]

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Hobo Nephews Of Uncle Frank ~ Go on Back Home

The Hobo Nephews of Uncle Frank’s will appear at The Green Parrot Bar on Thursday, October 1st with shows at 5:30 and 10 P.M

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Way to Go Charlie

Abe gives Charlie as “Atta’ Girl” This Letter to the editor appeared in the Key West Citizen and the heroine is none other our Charlie of Ron and Charlie. While we commend her for her honesty it doesn’t surprise anyone who knows her because, “hey, that’s just the kind of hairpin she is”. The Letter […]

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Lonely Planet Review

Hot on the heels of Fodor’s uncluttered, white-bread, but broadly positive description of the “sometimes rowdy” Parrot comes another publication with their distinctly different, edgier, yet almost whimsical take on us. It’s The Lonely Planet Guide wherein we’re branded as a “rogue cantina” (I like that) and then for good measure they throw in clouds […]

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“I’ll Show You Rowdy!”-Eric Bissell

Maybe this was the afternoon they came in for their review.

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Fodor’s Review

Fodor’s gives the Parrot a positive if somewhat innocuous review here.“Pause for a libation at the open-air Green Parrot Bar. Built in 1890, the bar is said to be Key West’s oldest. The sometimes-rowdy saloon has locals outnumbering out-of-towners, especially on weekends when bands play.” a few sometimes-rowdy locals at The Parrot’s Old Time Fiddler’s […]

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From Our Archives

We’ve lately been looking over some images for a web-site face-lift. Here’s a few, picked at random, with brief captionsMIchelle and Girard with Suenalo TonyJollyInaugural DayBrand New Funky President 1501The FlakesBrown Derby GuyFlames w/ Diddly BoBen’s Cigar Box GuitarBen PrestageSongwriter FestThe Parrot Has Feng Shui Out The Ass but not without CAUTION, as the boys […]

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Robert Albury live at the Green Parrot

Good God, Ya’llRobert will be at The Parrot this Friday, beginning at 10 P.M.

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More Dogfish Head Chicha

The folks at Dogfish Head Brewpub in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware show how they made chicha, a South American fermented beverage that sometimes involves chewing maize to convert the starch into sugar.

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Hep Cat Boo Daddies

Some shots of The Hep Cat Boo Daddies from a few years back. They’re  here this Saturday with shows at 5:30 and 10 PM The Boo Daddies tore the place up for two days.

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The most inappropriate logo of all-time

Yes, this is an actual logo designed in 1973 for the Catholic Church’s Archdiocesan Youth Commission. It even won an award from the Art Directors Club of Los Angeles.

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Any Suggestions…

I think I remember seeing it there this afternoon, sort of,  but seeing it tonight,  I think, how could I not have stopped to take a closer look. But, here it is…. A Suggestion Box, securely attached to a two x four, then bolted to a conch cruiser then moored to  the perpetually-ignored “One Way Do Not […]

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You did what in my beer?

THE PERUVIAN WAY Sam Calagione, left, and two professors chew corn to make chicha, a beer.Photo Credit Ryan Collerd for The New York Times By JOYCE WADLER for The New York TimesPublished: September 8, 2009 SAM CALAGIONE, the founder of Dogfish Head Craft Brewed Ales, has a taste for exotic brews. There is Midas Touch, […]

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September/October Cultural Calendar

September 2009 Entertainment Calendar Friday. Sept. 4th , 5:30 “soundcheck” TBA, Robert Albury 10 P.M. show Saturday, Sept. 5th Spam Allstars 10 P.M. show Sunday, Sept. 6th , 5:30 Soundcheck, The Big Spiesy” , Spam Allstars 10 PM show Friday, September 11th, Mike Zito, 5:30 soundcheck, 10 PM show Saturday, September 12th Mike Zito 10 […]

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Rubles For Clunkers

Red Elvises Van for Sale“With 7 musicians to transport we had to get a bigger tour vehicle. Now we are selling the old one in Los Angeles. Email Jamie to find out more about purchasing the sexiest van in the West. Winning bidder will be able to stalk us across the country in style.”Read the […]

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David Elsewhere Around Town

This new Volkswagen ad features the music of Parrot regulars The Spam Allstars with the vocals of Amin DeJesus from Suenalo. Good Work.

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Parrot To Reprise Key West TV Series

Pictured above: Fox Network’s Idea of Key West “characters” Parrot to show Key West TV Series, Concert Videos, Roll Back Prices to 1993. Being the repository of Key West Cultural History that it is, The Green Parrot Bar will begin airing on its big screen episodes of Key West, The TV series, the snake-bittten 1993 […]

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IKO IKO LIVE at the Green Parrot

IKO IKO perform Junko Parto LIVE at the Green Parrot in Key West, Florida. March 9, 2007

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IKO-IKO Returns to Parrot

KO-IKO Returns to Parrot Graham Wood Drout returns to the Parrot stage with hislegendary south florida swamp-blues band IKO IKO for two big nights onFriday and Saturday August 21st and 22nd beginning at 10 P.M. plusspecial 5:30 P.M. “soundcheck” on Friday. A genuine underground phenomona, Drout writes songsincorporating an eclectic mix of southern musical traditions, GulfCoast […]

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The Stock Island Tree Snail or “Thar She Blows”

Granted, it doesn’t get one’s heart thumping as much as say, whale watching,  but for what it’s worth, right out in our  yard this morning.  we spotted and correctly ID’d this guy as  The Stock Island tree snail,  or Orthalicus reses reses, seen on Flickr here, a federally-listed threatened species of mollusk. Not often one gets to find […]

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Afrobeta Late Night

photo credits Justin HarrisAfrobeta’s Cuci Amador and Tony Smurphio (dubbed the hardest working ‘fro in show business and also the keyboardist from Suenalo), brought their colorful explosion of feel good lyrics, electronic beats and psychedelic mischief to the Green Parrot’s stage late-night.Afrobeta so completely encapsulates so many different aspects of Miami music it’s hard to […]

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Woodstock Remembered

Here’s my friend Steve outside the Parrot last night while Suenalo was on break.  Standing there we heard someone mention that it was exactly forty years ago this weekend that Woodstock happened. Steve said he was there and from his memory bank  offered up  a few personal anecdotes of that weekend.  He was 15-year old  who […]

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Been there, Done that!

Joining others who have “Been There, Done That” by showing off their Green Parrot Apparel around the world is Jess Vagnoni donning her Parrot Gear with Mt. Rushmore as a backdrop. In appreciation for her submission we will be sending Jess something from the latest Green Parrot Fashions Collection. Want some new Parrot Gear for […]

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Les Paul – Inventor, Innovator, Overdubber, Looper

Word today that Les Paul has passed. Will sent us this clipfor the blog.

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Suenalo Brings 10-piece funk/afro-latin/jam band to the Parrot Stage

Suenalo, the Miami-based 10-piece Afro-Latin-funk-jam bandexplodes on to The Green Parrot Stage with its polyrhythmic display offunk, mambo, hip-hop, and jam-band-style onFriday and Saturday, August 14th and 15th with shows beginning at 10 P.M.Green Parrot patrons will be dancing, twisting and shouting for twopelvis-grinding nights as Suenalo brings a their 10-piece funk /afro-beat / jam […]

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AfroBeta Brings Late Night Electronic Beats and Psychedelic Mischief to the Green Parrot.

As if Suenalo wasn’t enough on Friday and Saturday, August 14th and 15th the music continues when Afrobeta’s Cuci Amador and Tony Smurphio (dubbed the hardest working ‘fro in show business and also the keyboardist from Suenalo), bring their colorful explosion of feel good lyrics, electronic beats and psychedelic mischief to the Green Parrot’s stage […]

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Washboard/ Harmonica Virtuoso Jimmy Sweetwater at The Green Parrot Bar

Washboard and harmonica player extroidinaire Jimmy Sweetwater will appear at The Green Parrot Bar on Sunday, August 16th beginnng at 5:30 P.M. A local fixture of the San Francisco music scene for over fifteen years, Jimmy Sweetwater has developed a reputation as one of San Francisco’s premier washboard and harmonica players, having performed and recorded […]

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’59 Tailfins

As a preview to this Sunday’s Doo Wap show, here’s the New York Times recent take on ’59 Tailfins. and the related article.

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Sloan Labels Bill “A Weenie”

The headline of the story in today’s Citizen was:“Nude beach won’t be on ballotSupporters urge commissioners to decide issue”but I think the following single paragraph is all one really needs to see the level of discourse and philosophical debate attained with regularity at our city commission meetings. “A lengthy and heated discussion preceded the vote, […]

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Belated Apology

I’d like to apologize for not posting anything for over a month. But hey,  I was on vacation,  and even when returned I had a tough time getting it together to put anything up.  But, moreover,  I’m sorry that the post that I left everyone to view for that month gave me the appearance of […]

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Great Pizza If You Can Find It

a  facsimile ham and pineapple pizza.  The New York Times announced this afternoon that Brooklynite Sam Sifton, currently the cultural news editor at the Times, will be taking over the job of the paper’s restaurant critic, starting in early October,  replacing the articulate but demanding Frank Bruni, NYT restaurant critic since 2004.   In response to today’s announcement, […]

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“Wazzzzzzup!”

Obama Beer Summit at 6 P.M. Today Trying to smooth over the racially-tinged brouhaha resulting from the arrest of black Harvard professor and Obama-buddy Henry Louis Gates a few weeks back, President Obama has invited Gates and arresting officer Jim Crowley to have a beer together at the White House. This could also be viewed […]

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Our Homage to The King of Pop

The Video posted below is an tribute to Michael Jackson’s worldwide celebrity, at his peak, save Muhammed Ali, probably the best known face in the world.

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Filipino Prison Thriller Remake

To show just how far-reaching the celebrity of Michael Jackson had become, we post this video of inmates of a Philippines jail – Cebu jail, a bizarre take-off of his entertainment career hit high-water mark — “Thriller,” from 1982, certified 28 times platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America.

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Green Parrot July Entertainment Calendar

Patrick Marshall checks out Tony Gregory’s T shirt design, made specially for the Green Parrot’s Sidewalk Art show. The design features an image of at John Martini sculpture recently added to the Parrot’s collection.Green Parrot July Entertainment CalendarThu 2 Jason Ricci, 5:30 PM soundcheck 10 PM showFri 3 Jason Ricci, 5:30 PM soundcheck 10 PM […]

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Green Parrot August Entertainment Calendar

Green Parrot August Entertainment Calendar Saturday, August 1st, 10 PM show, Brian Stoltz Sunday,August 2nd, 5:30 PM “soundcheck” TBA Thursday, August 6th, 10 PM show, Technodread Friday,August 7th, 5:30 PM “soundcheck” TechnodreadFriday, August 7th, 10 PM show Technodread Saturday, August 8th, 10 PM show TBA Sunday, August 9th, 5:30 PM “soundcheck” TBA Friday, August 14th, […]

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In Lanes 1, 2 and 3…flips, beehives, and bouffants

Watching reruns of American Gladiator in the back bar last week everyone got a kick out of the seriously outdated hair styles of the Gladiators, both men (mullets) and women(teased), but underneath all the hype (and gel) we realize this was after all show business, not really athletics.That said, check out the Sports Illustrated cover […]

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Call Me Old Fashioned…

Our friend Graham Wood Drought of IKO IKO posted this note on his facebook page: ” I think having a big birthday party bash for 80’s drug smuggler Cocaine Cowboy Mickey Munday at Tobacco Road is a very bad idea. What do you think?“Hey, call me old fashioned but I tend to agree.

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What’s It Like Out?

As a service to our readers, and a kind of homage to the start of Hurricane season I’m posting a link to my favorite Weather page. Consider this as as an alternative to those verbose and paranoid Weather Channel Guys. Let’s keep it simple why don’t we.

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Blue Redux

Bill Blue, playing to a packed house at the Parrot’s Sunday Soundcheck, formally announced his return to the Key West music scene. Bill, along with a local cadre of bandmates, tore it up.l to r: Bob Boyd, Bill Goldner, Bill Blue, Caffeine Carl, Richard Crooks,(Bill Blue, 1981) and Danny Simpson.Danny swears that not only is […]

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Tony’s Ship Comes In

Here’s Green Parrot Bartender Alumni Tony Jonas, AKA Parrot Tony or Russian Tony. Tony was staple around the Parrot throughout the 70’s and 80’s. His parties at his house around the corner from the bar, feasts for scores and scores of people really,were legend. Tony was 7 years old in 1952, when he and his […]

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Hendrick’s Gin

Here’s a post from a while back that I’ve reprised as kind on an intro to a link I received today about a Hendrick’s Gin-sponsored event held recently in New York. Here’s the link on EMBURY COCKTAILS Maybe The Green Parrot could have a Hendrick’s Croquet Tournament on the lawn at The Little White House, a […]

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Why doesn’t the Parrot Tweet?

I mean – it seems natural, no? @vickiroush follows @bonerama for example. OK, Tweeple. Follow us @GreenParrotBar ::

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Walk Score

So, if you lived at The Green Parrot, your Walk Score would be an impressive 92 points! How do you score? (Assuming you don’t actually reside at The Parrot.) ::

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Keys Quiz

Which of these three owes their fame to life on the lam?a. Tanyab.Moniquec.Richardd.all of the above a.b.c.

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Jake LaMotta vs Bob Murphy

Sorry, About half-way through the round I realized that was not OUR Bob Murphy. This Bob Murphy did not have the Thanksgiving dinner tattooed on his arm.

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Bob Murphy LIVE at the Green Parrot

Bob Murphy at the 15th Annual Green Parrot Old Time Fiddlers’ Contest in 2009

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Green Parrot 15th Annual Old Time Fiddlers’ Contest

The Winner Woodshedding behing the ParrotThe Judges

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The Sauce Boss

Bill Wharton, “The Sauce Boss”, stirs up the crowd as well as the roux last weekend at The Parrot

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“Tell me It Ain’t So, Shoeless Joe”

Framed by a white light worthy of a Speilberg movie, Vicki hands her card over to Annie B for the momentous swipe that will end the “cash only” era of our historic watering hole Next in line with plastic, and initially clueless to their imminent place in Parrot History, one of this trio from the […]

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Rapture Index Goes UP!

Beating John to the punch: After the WebCam, credit cards were the next logical step. First credit card used at The Green Parrot!! . .John will be back for more.

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Green Parrot Entertainmnet Calendar April 2009

Stationed within earshot across the street from the bar…our crack staff of sound engineers say,“…Just text us if there’s a problem” Friday, April 3rd, The Dave Shelley Band, 5:30 “soundcheck”,10 P.M. show Saturday, April 4th, The Dave Shelley Band 10 P.M. show Sunday, April 5th, Bong Hits for Geezers, 5:30 “soundcheck” Thursday, April 9th, Cedric […]

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The Ricotta Cheese Incident

left to right Michael Travis, Frank Pentangeli, Jason Hann

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Eoto Brings Non-Stop Dance Party, Sonic Assault to The Green Parrot

The left coast breakbeat/glitch-hop/house duo, EOTO (pronouncedE-oh-toe). brings their non-stop dance party into the Green Parrot forone night only on Tuesday March 10th, beginning at 10 P.M.Consisting of one third of the members of The String CheeseIncident, the wildely successful touring progressive jam sextet,EOTO steps out from behind the instruments that made them famous andembarks […]

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New Orleans Super-Group Papa Grows Funk Brings Booty-Shaking Mardi Gras Funk to The Green Parrot

New Orleans’ powerhouse super-band, Papa Grows Funk. will explode onto the Parrot stage for two blazing nights, Wednesday and Thursday, March 18th and 19th, beginning at 10 o’clock.
Papa Grows Funk’s tight grooves re-define the funk-jam band. Tethered by the slinky Hammond B3 and gravel pit vocals of bandleader John “Papa” Gros,” the band is a […]

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Jahfe Brings 11-Piece Reggae, Afro-Beat to The Green Parrot

On Friday and Saturday, March 13th and 14th beginning at 10 P.M. Jahfé, one of the hottest roots/reggae groups to come out of Miami in years, will appear at The Green Parrot Bar.Jahfe’s infectious vibe flows from the stage, onto the dance floor and into the crowds whipped up in a frenzy of clapping, shouting […]

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And We Thought We Clung To The Past…

This Sunday morning, just a few blocks from the bar, on the grounds of The Little White House, the clock was rolled back to a gentler, more refined era as Womankind hosted their annual Croquet tournament A fine looking couple.These people laugh and joke but they don’t play. Notice the player on the left being […]

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Taxidermy Update or “Stefan We Hardly Knew Ye”

.Details emerge.The African Blue Fronted Amazon now hanging in the bar was donated to us by John and Lee Mitchell of West Virginia. Stefan was John’s beloved pet since he was hatched in 1977, which, coincidentally, was also the year John first set foot in the Green Parrot Bar while visiting Key West on Spring […]

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New Parrot Ephemera

Arriving in a box large enough to hold a major appliance, stuffed with styrofoam peanuts and with not even a note to provide some sort of provenance, was this spendid stuffed blue fronted amazon parrot.I have a pretty good idea where it came from. More on this later.It looks a lot like the painting above […]

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Friends from Charleston

You may remember these friendly visitors who appeared on our blog a few years back(pictured below). On their return this year they had something new to share, namely a tradesman’s tattoo.

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HASBRO’s Word of The Day

As a kind of shout-out to Parrot Scrabble players, we saw this today.Over at Hasbro.com right now on Sunday afternoon, the official “SCRABBLE Word of the Day” is, er, “DILDO.” For 7 points. Click here for screenshot of full Web page

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Lynne Noble & Albert Castiglia: Two Miami Blues Legends on the Parrot stage for a Friday “soundcheck”

Pictured here shortly after Lynne joined Albert onstage and treated a packed Parrot house to an inspired, show-stopping cover of Sonny Boy Williamson’s “Help Me” “Help me babyI can’t do it all by myselfHelp me babyI can’t do it all by myselfIf you won’t help me I’m gonna have to find somebody else”

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How March is Shaping Up

March 2009 Entertainment Calendar Sunday, March 1st, 1 to 4:30 P.M., Sunday Jazz Showcase with Lonnie Jacobson, Gordy Michael and Richard Crooks Ben Prestage 5:30 P.M. “soundcheck” Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, March 3rd, 4th, 5th The Nighthawks 5:30 and 9 PM Friday, March 6th, The Bubba System, 5:30 P.M. “soundcheck” Friday, March 6th, The Stray Dogs, […]

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Love Blooms

Ah, my favorite Valentine. It reminds me soooooo many nights at Ye Olde Green Parrot. (Aw shucks, I’m just waxing sentimental, now) Happy Valentine’s Day, all.

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Estelle Bennett, a Singer for the Ronettes, Is Dead at 67

Ms. Bennett in 2007.The Ronettes in 1966. From left, Estelle Bennett, Ronnie Spector and Nedra Talley-Ross.By BEN SISARIOEstelle Bennett, one of the beehived queens of 1960s girl-group pop as a member of the Ronettes, has died at her home in Englewood, N.J. She was 67.She was found on Wednesday in her apartment by a friend, […]

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Our Homage to Lincoln

Kenny on a halloween pastKenny today sporting his Abe Lincoln gearAbe Grande Abe salutes the Parrot during last year’s Cival War reenactment at Ft Zachary taylorAbe agrees to stop back for a cold one later

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Zachary and Bird

Zachary and Bird stopped by to have a few yesterday. Oddly enough, the African Grey Parrot is named Zachary and the gentleman goes by the name of Bird.

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Meanwhile…back at the gorge

last weekthis weekcoral rock walls and a huge exposed caprockthe start of a waterfallsome palms

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Locos Por Juana: Grammy Nominated, L.A. Bound

“Miami is Our Time Let’s Get it” Score one for the home team as we got a call today from Locos por Juana, pictured here in their last Parrot peformance, to excitedly inform us they had been nominated for a grammy and will be flying out to L.A. manana for the awards ceremony on Sunday […]

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Marty’s Salsa Party + The Milwaukeeans

Marty, Kenny, Rolando and Fritz are joined onstage by Paul Cebar’s Band

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She’s one ‘tough’ act to follow

Musical chronicles hard life and times of blues singerWe just got this email from Candye telling us about her new play and her sale on ebay. Hello Everyone,I have just listed some more fabulous stage clothes and other items on Ebay and more will follow. My ebay handle is Kanecandye but all items should be […]

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Portrait of the Artist

Visiting artist at The Studios of Key West, Helsinki-based American photographer Curt Richter has set up a studio around the corner from the bar. We dropped in on Curt and his 8 x 10 view camera the other morning.See what Curt has been up to at The Key west Literary Seminar here.

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Brand New Funky President

We’ll be following today’s exciting inaugural festivities at The Parrot! Take it away, Godfather Mr. Brown: . Alert the webcam viewers ::

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Eagles-Cardinals 1948 NFL Championship Game

In what I certainly believe must be the last time these two teams met for any kind of title, in blizzard-like conditions the Philadelphia Eagles play against the Chicago Cardinals in the 1948 NFL championship game which they won, 7-0, at Shibe Park. To read more about this game, including a mention of how Hall […]

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Wounded Warriors Project

Just before noon today members of The Wounded Warriors Project passed the Green Parrot With scattered groups of flag-waving citizens cheering them along U.S. 1 Friday, three dozen war veterans wounded in recent conflicts bicycled from Key Largo to the Disabled American Veterans in Marathon, and across the Seven Mile Bridge to Naval Air Station […]

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Go Iggles!

Enjoy your meat products, gooey cheesy products, fried items, and of course, beverages of your choice. Sr. Vagnoni recommends Italian. ::

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Ron Asheton, Guitarist in the Stooges, Dies at 60

Ron Asheton, in glasses, with other Stooges members in 1972, from left, James Williamson, Iggy Pop and Scott Asheton. By BEN RATLIFFPublished: January 8, 2009Ron Asheton, a guitarist of the Michigan proto-punk band the Stooges, and the guiding hand of some of the most simple, satisfying and copied riffs in rock ’n’ roll, including “TV […]

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Eartha Kitt, “C’est Si Bon”

Eartha KittJanuary 17, 1927 – December 25, 2008photographed here by Gordon Parks See Eartha Kitt “C’est Si Bon” On herself: ‘They said; she’s too strange, too weird’ American singer, dancer and actress Eartha Kitt has died at the age 81, her friend and publicist has said.Kitt died of colon cancer on Thursday, Andrew Freedman said.She […]

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This Is How January’s Shaping Up

The Spam Allstars,Fri., Sat. & Sunday January 16th, 17th 18th Green Parrot January 2009 Entertainment Calendar Thursday, January 1st , Rockin’ Jake’s Annual “5 PM Breakfast” Friday, January 2nd, The Doerfuls, 5:00-8:00 PM “supersoundcheck” Friday, January 2nd, Rockin’ Jake, 10 PM show Saturday, January 3rd, The Doerfuls, 5:00-8:00 PM “supersoundcheck”Saturday, January 3th, Rockin’ Jake, 10 […]

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Vikings, Eagles among winners in race to playoffs

Ryan Longwell’s 50-yard field goal with 5 seconds remaining in the game clinched the N.F.C. North for the Vikings (10-6)Minnesota needed the last-gasp field goal to book a playoff berth versus wild-card Philadelphia next week in Minneapolis. Philadelphia pummelled Dallas to punch their postseason ticket on a hectic final day of the National Football League […]

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Tradesman’s Tattoo

Doorman Justin proudly sports his Tradesman’s tattoo for sculptor and long-time patron John Martini, creator of “where’s jimbo and the other giants of the building trade”, the iron sculpture, bolted to the parrot wall, our adopted parrot icon, and model for Justin’s tattoo.

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“The Alliens”, Spawn of “The Survivors”, Invade Parrot.

“Yes, they’ve landed. There is no runnin, hidin, cryin, or tryin tochange your fate.” Allien Zeph (left) atttempts to turn Pat (right)into a pod person but it appears The Brotherman, scoffing, is having none of it. With shows scheduled at 5:30 P.M.Sunday, December 21st, and 9:00 P.M Monday and Tuesday, December 22nd and 23rd, The […]

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Snow in New Orleans

We got a call from A-ron, the bassist/mandolin player from eric lindell’s band this morning.”..hey man, it’s snowing here…for real, well, yea, it’s comin’ down hard…WTF” Check out these palms…let’s see a follow up video in a few weeks

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NOLA Snow

On Bienville Street, a sight not often seen…A Gringa in New Orleans blog has more photos. A few more snow shots here.The last snowfall in the New Orleans area was on Christmas Day in 2004. Before that, 1989 was the last significant snowfall. The sight is so rare that many children were seeing snow for […]

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Suenalo explodes on to The Green Parrot Stage

Suenalo, the Miami-based10-piece Afro-Latin-funk-jam band willexplode on to The Green Parrot Stage with its polyrhythmic display offunk, mambo, hip-hop, and jam-band-style playinoFriday and Saturday, December 12 and 13th, beginning at 10 P.M. Green Parrot patrons will be dancing, twisting and shouting for twopelvis-grinding nights as Suenalo brings a their 10-piece funk / afro-beat / jam […]

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Wayne Hammond: The Gold Standard Bingo Caller

Band Leader/Bassist/ and one-half of Kings of Adult Comedy Duo Pete and Wayne, Wayne Hammond takes the helm at Green Parrot Monday Night Bingo. Flanked by Bingo organizer and bingo-card shill Dixie from the MARC House and assisitant/bodyguard Big E, Wayne proceeded to set a new record by selling over 600 cards and thus becomes […]

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Marty Stonely’s Fun Raiser

A great turn out and more than that, great to see Marty back on our stage.

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bonghitsforgeezers.com

Barry Cuda, Kenney Fradley and Richard Crooks do Sunday “soundcheck at The Green Parrot

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Locos por Juana presents xperimento at The Green Parrot bar in Key West

Locos por Juana presents Xperimento at The Green Parrot Bar Friday “soundcheck”

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Papa Mali at The Green Parrot in Key West

Papa Mali covers Neil Young’s “After The Goldrush” and the traditional “When I Lay My Burden Down”

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Joey Gilmore at The Green Parrot in Key West Part 2

Joey Gilmore works the room at a Friday “soundcheck”

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KTUU 2008 Sarah Palin turkey interview

The most surreal of all the Palin interviews.

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Rest In Peace, Pat Ramsey:

Here’s a note I got from Graham Drout of IKO IKO just a few minutes ago. I’m sure he’d like to share his thoughts.Rest In Peace, Pat Ramsey:Pat Ramsey passed away November 17, 2008, at 3:11 pm, ET. Considered by many to be the greatest of the Rock ‘n’ Roll harp players, Ramsey fought a […]

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A Few Things I Didn’t Know About Wisconsin Liquor Laws

Being long-time members of a Responsible Vendors Program here in Florida we are always interested in what goes on in other states. It sseems that in Wisconsin when a 15-year-old comes into a bar looking for a cold beer, the bartender is happy to serve it up — as long as a parent is there […]

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“I Got Your Cannolis Right Here”

Some of The family from Mazzaro’s Italian Market of St. Pete and Pittsburgh dropped in the parrot to shoot a little stick on Saturday night. I believe that’s a Mazzaro in the photo below way in the background getting ready to sink a ball..The shirt is what caught my eye first.Make sure you check out […]

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Some High Contrast Stuff

the spam allstarscabaret diosathe red elvisescandye kanefantasy fest parade nightvince welnick

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Ax-Mangler Pistol Pete Brings The Canon of Jimi Hendrix to The Green Parrot

Chicago blues-rocker Pistol Pete returns to Tthe Green Parrot withshows at 5:30 and 10 PM on Friday, November 14th, 10 P.M. Saturday,November 15th and a 5:30 to 8:30 P.M. “supersoundcheck” onSunday,November 16th. Besting thousands of other ax-manglers, Pete was the winner of the JimiHendrix Electric Guitar Competition Midwestern Division and runner-upin Seattle for the finals.Pete […]

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And Then There Were None: Mitch Mitchell Dies at 62; Drummer for Jimi Hendrix

Noel Redding, far left, Jimi Hendrix and Mitch Mitchell in 1967. Mitch Mitchell, the jazzy and versatile British drummer in the Jimi Hendrix Experience, died on Wednesday in a hotel in Portland, Ore. He was 62 and had recently finished a national tribute tour, Experience Hendrix. The cause was unknown, said Bob Merlis, publicist for […]

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Jay and the Boy’s Dolphins’ Road Trip

wookie pounds a hot dogwho stole my cameraseahawks td passjay at jacksin the pocketgoon with herbiedolphin stadiumcheerleaderscast of characyersa seahawk wookiea necesssary pit stop

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Jimmy Carl Black, Rocker, Dies at 70

Jimmy Carl Black in Hollywood, Ca., in 1975 The morning paper brought news of the death of Jimmy Carl Black, who along with other former members of the Mothers of Invention Don Preston and Bunk Gardner, appearing as the Grandmothers graced the Parrot stage several years back and gave our patrons two nights of Vintage […]

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“Is This Heaven?”