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38 Special & Chris Janson Rocked the First Annual Florida Bay Music Festival in Islamorada, Florida Keys on Nov. 3, 2018

Casting for Cats would like to give a huge thank you to all our sponsors and all who attended!

Casting for Cats, a 501C-3 organization, is proud to introduce the First Annual Florida Bay Music Festival on Saturday, November 3rd at Founder’s Park in Islamorada. Proceeds from the event support three great charitable organizationsCasting for Cats Rescue, Mangrove Mike’s Everglades Education and Big Dog Ranch Rescue. Tickets are available for purchase at the gate or you can purchase online here>>

38 Special

Opening the First Annual Florida Bay Music Festival was legendary powerhouse southern rock band 38 SPECIAL! With sales in excess of 20 million, these “Wild Eyed Southern Boys” are ready to rock Islamorada with their arena-rock pop smashes such as “Hold on Loosely,” “Caught Up in You,” “Fantasy Girl,” “Back Where you Belong” and many more! After more than three decades together, 38 SPECIAL continues to bring their signature blast of Southern Rock to over 100 cities a year with songs that are immediately recognizable from the first opening chord. And at each and every show, thousands of audience members are amazed by the explosive power of the band’s performance.

Chris Janson

Headlining the Festival was one of today’s hottest country music stars – Platinum-selling, high-octane entertainer Chris Janson! An award-winning singer/songwriter, Janson’s hits include “Buy Me a Boat,” “Fix a Drink,” “I Love This Life,” “How I’ll Always Be” and more! His current single, “Drunk Girl,” is climbing the country airplay charts while being hailed by the Tennessean as “a shoo-in for a Song of the Year nomination.” He is the youngest living member of the Grand Ole Opry! Janson closed out the 53rd ACM Awards with what Rolling Stone called a “must-see performance.” Currently on the “Life’s What you Make it Tour” with Jake Owen, we are grateful for him  making a stop to bring his chart-topping hits to the Florida Bay Music Festival!

What, Where and Win!

Gates open at Founder’s Park in Islamorada (MM 87) at 3pm on November 3, 2018. Southern Rock Band 38 SPECIAL opens at 5pm and country music star Chris Janson takes the stage at 7pm.  Tickets are general admission seating and can be purchased at the gate or online by clicking here. (Use promo code: FLKEY to save $20 on your ticket.)

Some of the Keys best food trucks will be there for your taste buds’ delight including (but not limited to) Marker 88, Green Turtle Inn, Tony’s Gourmet Food Truck, Craig’s Restaurant and Cheney Brother’s BBQ Super Food Truck and fresh hot Kettle Corn too.

Raffle tickets will be on sale ($10/ticket) for a chance to win exciting prizes including a cooler of Tito’s Vodka, a beautiful Dragonfly paddleboard and more!

If you prefer a VIP experience where you can dine and drink in a private area at the front of the stage, then the VIP Party Tent is for you! Only 30 tables (10 tickets each) will be sold in this area and will include private parking, private entry, private restrooms, open bar and a walkway to the front of the stage. VIP’s will enjoy delicious “endless apps” from Chef Andy of the Islander Resort, Chef Drew and Tom Smith from MEAT Eatery and Tap Room. To reserve a VIP Table call Sharon of Casting for Cats 305-664-2012 or 305-393-6174.

Important to note:


    Concert Parking will be at Coral Shores High School. There will be Free Shuttle Service to and from Founders Park.

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Community Sponsors:

Two Oceans Digital
Centennial Bank