July 31, 2017

By Mark Faris “The Coast Bard”

Here at our little emporium on Whitehead Street in Bahama Village, we at COAST enjoy contributing to the well-being of our island community. We consider it a labor of love as much as our civic duty.

Such contributions may be offered in any form that assists in the negotiation of daily routine here in paradise.

So when word came down that a considerable chunk of ice had separated from the continent of Antarctica and currently is backstroking its way toward the Atlantic — perhaps even the Gulf Stream — our antennae went up.

At 2,200 sq. mi., the frosty flow is about the size of Delaware, contains roughly the same volume of water as Lake Erie (my favorite Great Lake) and has a 700 ft draft. So the likelihood of it sneaking-up unnoticed is considered slim, although it IS said to be a relatively quiet iceberg. At least, compared to those inhabited by polka bands.

The daunting news hardly went unnoticed here. Especially in the eyes of our seaworthy captain “Dollar” Bill Kearins.

Fortified with the mandatory mariners’ meal of Harpoon Harry’s acclaimed bloody Marys and bacon, and…

July 17, 2017

By Mark Faris “The Coast Bard”

Some years ago, it was written that yours truly is “a cat who doesn’t take serious things seriously.”

I didn’t mind the cat part. That was cool. Although I suspect cats may have taken issue.

I didn’t mind, either, that time and some — albeit limited — thought had been applied to address my own bad self. Someone had considered me worthy fodder.

But what did stick in the craw a bit was the notion I did not take serious things seriously. Could this be so?


After 29 seconds of massaging the gray matter and descending precariously into deep thought — all the while assembling a magnificent BLT on lightly toasted whole wheat, sans crust, and generously slathered with Blue Plate mayo — acceptable rationalization emerged in the form of another query: And just WHO IS IT that decides “serious”?

Much like beauty, determination of all that is “serious” rests solely with the beholder. I reckoned.

And what, you may be wondering, is cause for resurrection of such “serious” blasts from the past.

None other than the toast of Coast, himself,…

July 10, 2017

By Mark Faris “The Coast Bard”

It is an interesting story. Interesting enough, at least, to invest precious moments pecking it out here on the front porch of the Coast digs on Whitehead Street.

Sweltering July heat in Bahama Village is attention-getting. Even the old in-and-out (breathing) can be challenging. So if I can just get my little buddy, Grumpy here, to occasionally mop my expansive brow, I shall get on with it.

A while back, a quaint gent from the Red Hook neck of the Brooklyn woods, found his way into our studios on Stock Island and rented space. Said he wanted to train homing pigeons.

Nothing unusual about that. Right. At least not compared to a previous tenant who was trying to develop practical flip flops for chickens. That project, incidentally, never really got off the ground. Although it did pique considerable local interest.

At any rate the pigeon guy, doing business as Duke Riley, moved in, and soon had his project off the ground. In no time the feathered flappers were airborne over Key West and zooming in and out of the island on…

June 26, 2017

By Mark Faris “The Coast Bard”

There’s a lot to see from the front porch of Coast. Not the least of which is the eclectic mix of funky architecture lining Whitehead Street. It’s called Greek Revival, Queen Anne, Craftsman and amalgamations thereof. There’s the Key West Lighthouse, too. The towering beacon that would lead Hemingway home - a block from Coast - after evenings of cocktails and lively repartee on the stools of Sloppy Joe Russell’s Greene Street bar. The same sturdy edifice also is said to have provided inspiration for a lilting ditty titled “I Want to Marry a Lighthouse Keeper, So I Can Do Light Housekeeping.” How about that.

And then there are the tourists. The endless bebop of sweaty out-of-towners ambling in and out of Bahama Village, slurping, chirping and rubber-necking as oppressive humidity strives mightily to buckle their knees. But sometimes such distractions aren’t quite enough.

Sunday, the quest for amusement took me inside our little (circa 1850) shop for a closer look at the ever-enchanting inventory. Ah yes, lovely. Lovely, too. Then, aha, the venerable pocket tee. The only such style in the elaborate mix. You just don’t see that many…

June 19, 2017

By Mark Faris “The Coast Bard”

Finding comfort on the wood and stone porch of Coast’s 150 year-old digs deep in the heart of Bahama Village is not easy. But certainly worth a try. Especially on a sweltering Fathers’ Day in Key West. Often, in the midst of this quest, passersby will notice and stop to peruse the activity in hopes it is being offered as gratis warm-up for Punch & Judy episodes.

Sometimes, amid the backdrop of tasteful Hemingway likenesses framing my chiseled visage, not to mention the fact Papa’s one-time shanty is but a block down Whitehead, they will notice a similarity in appearance between yours truly and the late Key Wester. Especially if they have been snorkeling in the sea of rum in which our island constantly is awash. Testament to such tippling often is in the form of failed but dogged attempts at making music by blowing, cross-eyed, into conch shells. Occasionally even the inhabited variety.

On a recent Sunday, for instance, a dapper octet of Asian visitors — replete with the most charming array of parasols — happened by. Obviously in no particular hurry, they lingered before the porch casually observing…

June 19, 2017

Well, we’re starting another series. Probably not a big surprise to our cherished following — we’ve started about a dozen or so over the past four years. Some still in effect, some doomed from the start. You never really know where ideas will go or where projects and prototypes might end up, but I guess that’s kind of the beauty of it. So we cast them off the dock with a certain sporadic regularity to see if they’ll float.

​This particular series will feature the pensive pondering, reverie and cries for help from my old pal Mark, aka The Coast Bard. Never to be confused with actual deep thought, Mark’s reflections basically will be a blog series — hopefully once weekly​ and ideally available on Monday mornings so you can get your work week off on the right foot. Or left, if you prefer. But again, we’ll see. At any rate, before we drop the first episode on you, I thought it might do some good to offer the backstory, so here goes…

I met Mark reluctantly in 2002 — about a week after I started scrubbing decks on a couple of boats down at what was then…

May 10, 2017

We’re not even sure where to begin, because it was just a totally rad evening from start to finish, but in looking back at Friday’s G. Love & Special Sauce concert out here at COAST, a few things are worth noting…

1.) When the band and crew showed up in that 70 foot tour bus to our ragged tin shed on Stock Island, nobody inside knew what was going on. I’m not sure they’d played anything like this in 20 years. But soon enough they were walking around, checking out the place—smiling and laughing—and were stoked to be playing their first show ever in Key West.
2.) The Skank killed the opening and truly set the tone for the rest of the night.
3.) Forty-five people rode bikes to the show—so damn cool!
4.) Dozens and dozens of others took cabs or the free shuttle—that helped sooo much!
5.) The sheriffs showed up once to see what was going on and were ridiuclously cool and helpful. Said if we needed help with the next one to just give them a call!
6.) G. Love & Special Sauce hit the stage at 9:30pm and…

February 28, 2017

The first COAST shirt was printed back in late 2012 shortly after we stumbled upon our current home base and production headquarters on Front Street in rough and tumble downtown Stock Island. At the outset, we never imagined the shirts would end up as much more than a uniform for resident artists or a keepsake for our local friends who dropped by the space to say hi and have a beer.

But sometimes things happen that you don’t expect.

Over the past four years, we’ve continued printing our “COAST Live by it.” shirts and they’ve continued to sell not just to our friends but also to folks who, like us, stumbled upon the old tin shed on the edge of town and wondered what it was all about.

Throughout this time, we’ve always wondered if heading down to the crowded streets of Old Town would be a blessing or a curse. Would it ruin the slow pace and open space that we so appreciate or would it introduce us to another group of curious folks who we might have been missing all along?

Well, we’d never know if we didn’t try, so after seeing a “Space…

Saturday, Feb 25, 2017 @ Doors at 5:00pm

Nashville’s Rorey Carroll began making a big a name for herself from coast to “COAST” in 2016. And she’s headed back to Key West in late February after crowds fell in love with her a few months back.

In early November, the rising star in the folk and Americana music scene took the stage at our place for short sets as an opening act for the two sold-out Todd Snider concerts. Snider, a proverbial folk legend, has taken it upon himself to mentor the young singer—just as John Prine had done for him early on in his own career. And the relationship seems to be working.

Carroll ended 2016 with Rolling Stone magazine featuring her second album, “Love Is An Outlaw” as one of the top 15 country and Americana albums “you’ve never heard but should” while High Times magazine called her “Outlaw Folk’s newest star”.

When asked about her coming back so soon after her last appearance, COAST founder Billy Kearins said, “when Rorey took the stage back in November the crowd fell in love with her at first sight. Beyond the voice and songs, she, much like Todd, is a master of storytelling and she…

Friday, Dec 16, 2016 @ 9:00pm

​We’re excited to bring down these two for an intimate, acoustic set under the stars on December 16.
The show time is likely to be 9pm, but we are still working through some details. Tickets are currently on sale in our online store but they’re bound to sell out quickly.


Nov 01, 2016 - Nov 02, 2016 @ 8:00pm

​Todd Snider’s called many places home — Portland (OR), Austin (TX) and most recently East Nashville, Tennessee where he’s become a true folk songwriting legend in a town filled to the brim with musicians trying to make it big.

But Todd’s big break came in the mid-1990s by way of Key West (kind of) when our island’s own most famous troubadour — a guy by the name of Buffett — discovered him, took him on the road, and signed him to his label. The rest, they say is history.

Since then Todd Snider has played around the globe, entertaining audiences at his legendary live shows with a mix of smart, witty songwriting and between song storytelling that is as personal and hilarious as it honest and thought provoking.

We’re beyond excited to bring Todd down for two shows — both very different in their own way — and we hope you are, too. The first show is at The Studios of Key West on November 1 at 8:00pm and the following night we’ll host an encore show at our place in Stock Island.

Tickets will go fast — early interest has told…

Saturday, May 07, 2016 @ 2:00pm to 10:00pm

On Saturday, May 7th we’re stoked to host an afternoon and evening of original music culminating with the album release concert for Buffalo Pistol (aka Kris King), Key West’s most under-the-radar songwriter.

The local sailor, surfer, and stylemaster’s latest album was written, performed, produced and recorded right here in Key West over the past few months.

To kick it off, we’ll have a host of local and national artists taking the stage for a series of sets and rounds starting at 2pm.

Please note, Buffalo Pistol’s set will be a seated event.

Get your tickets
— children are free!

March 14, 2016

“Tomorrow is the Florida Presidential Primary and I’ll be voting.

It’s tough to mix business and politics, but for those who know me and appreciate what COAST stands for, one candidate just makes the most sense.

The beauty of our country is that everyone has a choice and no matter if you agree with mine or not, you can head out tomorrow and cast your own vote for whoever makes the most sense to you and to your dreams of a better future.

And at the end of the day, we can all still be friends.”

- Billy Kearins, Founder

*Shirts available in the shop

Dec 04, 2015 - Dec 05, 2015


It’s been a little over a year since these boys blew through town — dust flyin’, feet stompin’ and good times all around.

But they’re back for two nights this December 4 and 5. We’ll have one show in Old Town at The Key West Theater and one on our home court at COAST on Saturday. The Saturday show will be a full day festival and we’ll let you know more details as they come to life.

Tickets are available for both nights right here in our webshop.

Here’s a glimpse of last year’s performance…

December 03, 2015

By Britt Myers | Keys Weekly

Long before the hipster invasion took stride in mainstream America, the Hackensaw Boys string band pioneered a bluegrass crusade that has since become the mainstay modern muse. The interchanging ensemble of four have been finger picking Appalachian blends of bluegrass-fused melodies with jam band rhythms for the better part of two decades. Couple that with a bravura display of “rockabilly” styled live performances — and this weekend’s shows are a can’t miss in Key West.

After two years, the nationally acclaimed Hackensaw Boys will return to the Southernmost City for two eclectic gigs in two unique settings. The first show will take place this Friday, Dec. 4 at the Key West Theater, while a second performance goes down at COAST (6404 Front St., Stock Island) this Saturday, Dec. 5. Check out www.coastprojects.com for tickets and info on Saturday’s music festival.

The Keys Weekly caught up the Hackensaw Boys’ Ferd “Four” Moyse, who plays the fiddle beside his percussion, guitar and banjo counterparts.

Keys Weekly: The Hackensaw Boys band have played some of the largest outdoor music festivals in the world. Why is playing at a…

Friday, Oct 02, 2015 @ 7:30 pm (Doors)

​Nothing like throwing together a little last minute concert. Our largest concert to date no less. In what could possibly be the slowest week of the year in Key West from a tourism stand point. And then selling out in 36 hours!

But that’s because of the locals — pretty much the only people who know we exist out here on Stock Island. So thanks to everyone for the ridiculous support — it’s because of you that we could even consider trying to make this work.

As far as the sell-out goes, we’ll be announcing a couple of ways for people to still get their hands on tickets, so stay tuned on social media for more on that.

For those of you that acted fast, here’s some day-of info worth noting…

First off, we are trying hard to pull together a shuttle system so that we can alleviate parking issues and so that people can enjoy a few extras drinks during the show. We’ll follow up on this as soon as we have worked something out. Even if you do not intend on taking the shuttle, please consider carpooling, taking a cab, biking or walking. Parking…

August 26, 2015

It’s been a little over a year since these boys blew through town—dust flyin’, feet stompin’ and good times all around.

But they’re back for two nights this December 4 and 5. We’ll have one show in Old Town at The Key West Theater and one on our home court at COAST on Saturday. The Saturday show will be a full day festival and we’ll let you know more details as they come to life.

Tickets will go on sale in the coming weeks, so stay tuned…

Wednesday, Aug 05, 2015 @ 5:00pm

Together with Tucker’s Provisions we want to welcome you to join us for our first annual back to school party for all local Key West school children! It’ll be an evening to celebrate new beginnings with good friends in an “Old Key West” setting.

So please stop by this Saturday, August 8 starting at 5pm at COAST on Stock Island as we “kick it back to the old school”!

We’ll have live music, food, drink, games, and plenty of good times as we wind down the summer and turn a new chapter in our children’s lives. Entrance is free and everyone that attends has the chance to win fantastic prizes from both COAST and Tucker’s. There will even be chances to raise money for your own respective schools.

So dust off your dancing shoes, invite all of your friends, and for once, don’t worry about the babysitter because the kids are why we’re partying!

Hope to see you all here and thanks in advance for spreading the word.

The party is at COAST, but be sure to stop by Tucker’s Provisions, located at 611 Duval Street, for your classic Key West party threads…

Wednesday, Jul 29, 2015 @ 9:00pm

A mere three months into their existence, our house band, Patrick & The Swayzees, have decided to take the next big step toward…

Yes, they’re hitting the road for a tour of Florida and have bookings at a bunch of classic Florida venues along the coast.

Since this was a last minute tour and because of the timing they still have a handful of days open for bookings. They’ll be heading as far north as New Smyrna Beach and as far west as Tampa, so if you know of any great spots in between or south of those locations, let us know—or better yet, let your friends that own or work at those places know!

For now, they are excited to announce the following line up starting this Wednesday at COAST, which is fitting since it’s where they first jammed back in April…

  • Wednesday July 29—TOUR KICK-OFF @ COAST / Stock Island (9:00pm)
  • Thursday July 30—Green Parrot Soundcheck (5:30pm) and Late Night (9:00pm)
  • Friday July 31—Lorelei / Islamorada (6:00pm)
  • Saturday August 1—Gramps / Wynwood
  • Sunday August 2—Beachside…
Thursday, May 28, 2015 @ 6-10pm

​Sometimes a little miscommunication turns into something pretty cool. That’s what happened when we were talking with our house band, Patrick & The Swayzees last week. We pitched a last minute “pop-up” concert for Thursday but didn’t mention a date. They took it to mean this Thursday and we sort of thought next. We’re rolling with their idea.

So come by Thursday—yes, tomorrow—for a pop-up concert and live recording at our place.

Bring your dancing’ shoes and six pack of brews and let’s kick this summer off with some good ol’ fashioned surf rock and beach music…

Where: COAST / 6404 Front Street, Stock Island

When: Doors at 6pm / $5 cover with all proceeds to the band (kiddos for free)

May 12, 2015

Get ready for a summer full of skinned-knees, dirty clothes, untied laces and sun-kissed faces!

Just posting an update to pre-registered as well as yet-to-be registered folks and to run through the camp details, introduce the staff and let you in on an exciting new addition to the camp curriculum, so read along to get caught up on all of the latest COAST Camp news…

But before any of that, we want to first thank everyone for the tremendous early support and registrations so far this spring. It’s been pretty amazing to see!

And for those of you that haven’t yet taken the time to read about our camp, please peak through this letter and see what you think. Spots are filling up fast and some sessions only have one or two openings left, so if you’re interested, head on over to coastprojects.com/camp to register and secure your spaces!

Saturday, Apr 18, 2015 @ 6-10pm

This Saturday, April 18, starting at 6:00 pm, we’ll be co-hosting our monthly open mic, The Saturday Sessions, with the help of The Love Lane Gang frontman, Jerrod Isaman.

The new series, which launched in February, has been a tremendous early success offering local performers—well-known and not—the opportunity to take the stage to try out new works and songs in an intimate, comfortable setting.

Because of its gaining popularity and limited time, it is recommended that performers arrive early to sign up in order to ensure placement on the bill.

Mar 28, 2015 - Mar 29, 2015 @ Noon-4pm

​This Saturday, March 28, starting at noon we’ll be helping to host a fantastic double-feature!

First off, we are stoked to be part of The Studios of Key West Stock Island Studio Tours. Our friends at TSKW will be shuttling folks from Old Town and dropping them off at a handful of artist studios and collectives in Stock Island throughout the afternoon. We’ll be stop number two on the tour and are looking forward to introducing a new crowd to our life on “the rock”.

Additionally, we had been planning a follow up to our inaugural open mic, so we’ll be hosting a special mid-day Saturday Sessions from noon until 4pm to coincide with the studio tours. We’re expecting a bunch of super-talented local performers to take the stage for a few hours under the sun, so don’t miss it!

Stop by this Saturday, for great tunes, delicious eats from our Jamaican neighbors, and an abundance of mellow folk and good vibes!

March 18, 2015

News & Notes from the Ol’ Tin Shed by the Sea…

Well, we finally dusted off the ship’s log with all of the scribbles and scrap from people that have passed through the ol’ tin shed, so we’re going to give this virtual newsletter thing a try. And as much as we’d like to say it will be a regular thing from here on out, in all likelihood, it won’t be.

Since this is our first newsletter, we want to take this time to thank all of you for the support over the past (nearly) two years. Without all of you, we would not have been able to even start to realize the potential of that old shack (below) that we happened to drive by all those months ago.

It’s definitely been a trip—but the journey continues and we’re enjoying every minute of the ride!

That said, if you’re interested in more regular glimpses into our daily-doings, you can stay tuned on Facebook and Instagram!

Feb 28, 2015 - Mar 01, 2015 @ 6:00pm

​This Saturday, we’ll be adding a new series to our event line-up that has been a long time coming.

We’re calling it “The Saturday Sessions” and it’s a musical “open mic” format. The night will be co-produced by COAST and Jerrod Isaman of The Love Lane Gang and he’ll also host the event.

The evening gets underway at 6:00pm at our place — 6404 Front Street, Stock Island — and at the moment, we have a nearly full line-up…

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