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February 25 @ 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
An event every week that begins at 6:00 pm on Thursday, repeating until February 25, 2021
Young Sam Carlson was only planning to come down to Key West for a few days at the end of a long road trip in 2017. Previously, he had been working just outside of Boston as an outdoor educator for middle school students. “My friend was a bass player, and another played accordion and we payed music whenever we could. There were day trips with the students, and then we played all night. “ Originally, Sam was going to teach in Boston, but began busking and while traveling, got gigs in California. “I had never been west of the Mississippi. I met a friend in New Orleans who knew Jerod Isaman (Billy & the Squid, Love Lane Gang) who told me to seek him out in Key West. Another friend said go find “Happy Dog” if you go to Key West. So the destination became Florida. I played music, and my friend made and sold jewelry and we traveled all over the country. I was lucky when I came to Key West. Someone gave me a place to sleep. On the third day on the island, Raven Cooper invited me up on stage. She got me my first gig at Captain Tony’s.”
Faced with a life decision, Sam had to decide to decide to pursue the Masters program and teach, or make music, writing songs, and becoming successful here in Key West. “I grew up singing all the time started in church.” Self taught on guitar Sam was surrounded by folk and bluegrass music close to his house in college. With “Billy and the Squid” we sing three and four part harmonies.” Sam plays solo as well as rhythm guitar in the Key West band “Billy and the Squid”. You can see him with wIth “Billy and the Squid” at Sunset Pier Wednesdays and Fridays 7:00 – 9:00 PM, at Salute’s Sundays 6:00 -9:00 PM. Sam plays solo at Blue Heaven Thursday nights, Viva Saloon Sunday and Monday’s 12:00 – 3:00 PM.
Sam’s also working on a couple of other local musical projects that we can expect to see soon: Bea Bea Banda a gypsy band led by Martin the violinist, and a Jug Band project at Mary Ellen’s complete with a tuba, banjoleles and kazoos. Sam will also take some time this summer to record some of his songs.“The niche Im trying to go for is country blues / country folk, like Pokey LeFarge.”
“I want to thank Pete Jarvis and Raven Cooper who helped me a lot to get my first gigs, and Jesse Wagner and Jerrod Isaman for their musical guidance and friendship. Walking through the doors that opened have led me here. It all just happened when I got here! Been a good year!”