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Saturday, May 29, 2010

Durf, Gary Ek, Dan Simpson, KONKAM, Walfrido

Well, this week was Durf's X-Cellent Artprize Adventure fundraiser held over at Harpoon Harry's on Wednesday. For those not familiar with Durf, he is a solar artist based in Key West. Okay, so your next question is "What is a solar artist?" right? Well, what Durf does is hang out in the sun with a piece of plywood and a magnifying glass. From the rays of the sun, via the magnifying glass he burns the image into the wood. It's quite remarkable. Doesn't take but a second either. Durf even lights his cigarettes with the damn glass!

So, in effort to help spread the word, I posted notifications on my Facebook page and stated it was held at Harpoon Harry's, The Blue Bird Cafe of Key West. This is the truth. Every Monday night, the open-mic draws songwriters, both local and from afar. It's not exclusive to songwriters by any stretch, but every Monday songwriters congregate there and play their songs. So, I just came up with the moniker of The Blue Bird Cafe of Key West, in a salute to the Blue Bird in Nashville. Imagine my surprise when I got there for Durf's event and the manager (and excellent songwriter) Dave Aaron is wearing a Blue Bird Cafe T-shirt!

Durf's event went very well. A good turnout by a lot of fans and players. Durf's off to Michigan for a few months and it looks like he may have another Artprize Adventure on his return! Can't wait!

Walfrido, the amazing artist out of Hawaii, once again is visiting Key West at the small Wyland Gallery at 102 Duval St. for the Memorial Day Weekend. Be sure to stop by and say "HEY"!!!

On Friday night it was Gary W. Ek's birthday party which started at 10pm. The party was peppered with food, Yuengling on ice, and Mt. Gay Rum. A great time was had at Gary's new location with his new girl Sherrie. All sorts of people showed up from Gary's Key West based internet radio station, and as well as Sherrie's day gig at Southernmost Tattoo where she's the office manager. A great time was had by all!

Before Gary's party or Durf's Artprize event, I had the honor of being a guest at local Key West radio station KONKAM as a songwriter. Thanks to Deedee Infinitee and owner Guy DeBoer. Had a fun time there and with my up coming album expected to be recorded with Dan Simpson's Private Ear Studios this summer, it was the perfect primer to get that engine started. Dan Simpson is a great guy and is a joy to work with. I'm excited!

Alcohol libation of the blog would have to be The Doctor Shot of Mt. Gay in a shot glass stethoscope!!!!




  1. YES, a good time was had by ALL - thanks for being there CHRIS !!! Every opportunity to share my ART is a good day, and it was ALL "VERY SPECIAL" for me.
    Sorry for interrupting your set to raffle away some art! (sorry, you had the wrong tickets)

  2. YES- Almost All True, Dan Simpson who I have been working with since shortly after coming to Key West (6 years ago) is the Shiznet!
    Durfs' Artprize Advenure Blow Out Was a Blast, Durf is an amazing artist and lighting technician, and Dave Aaron was wearing a Bluebird Cafe Shirt...
    However my 378th (in dog years) birthday party (which you were at) was on THURSDAY May 27th !!!!
    -And the Angels - guided you Home!
    And you Left out the part where Your Host at KONK AM Deedee Infinidee (also a and Southernmost Radio Network Host was 20 minutes late to her own show...

    Soundman From Hell

  3. PS
    The Man Responsible for Creating the Shot Doctor - Scott Allen (aka The Island Doctor) was once the Bass player for a Band known as HUMBLE PIE !

    ~ Gary Ek
    Soundman From Hell