Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Island Dogs Featured Artist: Tim Charron

Tim Charron's entry into the entertainment field started as a teen in Warwick, R.I., singing, writing and performing in rock bands. His career continued as a pop rock artist in Miami and then to Nashville, Tenn., where he’s now based.

Tim spends his time touring the country, hence the moniker: Rock & Roll Gypsy. He has opened for country music's 10-time platinum selling artist Clint Black; Shooter Jennings, country music and Southern Rock singer/songwriter; performed with members of Brooks & Dunn, and on many a stage and at festivals from California to Tennessee.

“When I tour, I stay with local friends, fans or I camp and get immersed in the local culture: food, art, sports, people,” Charron told us.

Tim recently stayed at a hippie commune in Venice Beach, Calif., and on a houseboat in Key West, Fla. He’s an avid volleyball player and plays at beaches all over the country on his tours.  He also recently began surfing in California.

“Many times, I’ll write songs that reflect those places,” Charron said.

Like a lustful ballad inspired by a stormy day on Miami Beach ("Desire"), meeting a girl at the ocean's edge in Costa Rica ("Tequila Talk") and “Roadside Road”, an ode to life on the road, touring, and taking the road less traveled. His music reflects his working-class upbringing and his nomadic, jet set lifestyle, he said.

Tim's music and shows are heavily influenced by the likes of Kenny Chesney, Keith Urban, John Mellencamp, Sheryl Crow, and Jack Johnson.

Tim Charron's last performance for March at Island Dogs is tomorrow night, March 24, at 6 p.m. Be there or be bitten.

To contact Charron for booking or to tell him how awesome his music is, shoot him an e-mail at or give him a call at 305-772-7870.

This post also appeared on The Rum Barrel Bar blog

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Free shots of Jameson?

No, really. Free shots of Jameson today at 3:17 p.m. After all, it's 3/17. Stop by!

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Feeling irie lately?

So have we!

This week's featured phood is our one and one signature hot dog spiced to perfection with jerk seasoning and topped with delightfully sweet plantains.

Hey, we never said we were ordinary! Stop by when you're ready to step outside the Key West culinary box... ;)

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Harley and Roberts rockin' the dawg

Top U.K. slider guitarist Martin Harley (left) accompanies
well-known Key West singer and songwriter Tony Roberts
on the Island Dogs stage March 9.
Last night, Martin Harley took to the Island Dogs stage to accompany Key West's own Tony Roberts. And tonight, Harley will make his U.S. debut with a solo performance at The Dog.

The story of how the two musicians met is actually pretty cool. Harley ran into Roberts in Barbados while surfing; the two were actually both on the island to perform their own gigs at the Virgin Holiday's Music Festival. They hit it off and ended up doing an impromptu "show" then and there for surfers and islanders alike. Then they did a set at the music festival together.

We're stoked to have Harley at Island Dogs tonight! See you there?

Monday, March 7, 2011

The Perfect Storm

Though it may seem we're obsessed with Malibu,
it's really just good times in general. Really.
Ask Island Dogs' David Thibault (the coolest managing partner there ever was) what's his favorite drink served up at Island Dogs and he'll tell you it's The Perfect Storm.

Want to make one at home? Here are the 'ingredients'. Mix and match to your tastebud's and tolerance's desire!

The Perfect Storm
Served in a 32-oz. bucket and no bib

Coconut Malibu
Passion Fruit Malibu
Banana Malibu
Pineapple Malibu
Melon Malibu
Fresh OJ
Lime Juice
Topped off with 151