In the episode, Mark Baratto sits down with Kyle Carter to talk about a whole lot of live music.

We talk about his involvement in the Songwriters Sessions, Songwriters Festival, and his own creation, Mile 0 Fest.

Kyle and his family were living, what most consider to be a “comfortable life,” but something was missing.

After falling in love with Key West, Kyle sold it all and took his love for music to his newly beloved island paradise.

Living a “comfortable life” may sound good on paper, but in the end, going after your dreams is what LIFE is all about.

More on Mile 0 Fest – (Jan 28 – Feb 1)

Mile 0 Fest was founded in 2017, with its first year of production being 2018. It was created on the principle of producing a festival that checked all of the boxes: 

  • Fantastic Line-Up – that has repeat and fan favorites back every year, but also brings in new faces, and fresh talent. The best in Red Dirt Americana
  • Location, Location, Location – A destination that was enjoyable for everyone! Key West has everything, beaches, fishing, water-sports, history, shopping, dining, dancing, its the perfect vacation.
  • Fan Bliss – A festival that puts the fans first. No overcrowding here, we are a boutique festival with an attendance cap.  Over a short period of time, our attendees have become family. With almost every state represented, music fans from all over the country come together once a year to celebrate the common thread that binds them. The Love of great music.
  • Flexibility – You want to come as a VIP and have all of your lodgings, passes, and extras are taken care of with a one-stop-shop? You got it! We have an incredible concierge staff that can make that happen. You want to book everything yourself and just get a pass to the festival? We can do that too! (Check out the Packages and Passes page for more detailed information) 

What is Mile 0 Fest? Mile 0 Fest is a 4 Day Red Dirt/Americana Music Festival in Paradise (aka Key West). 

When is Mile 0 Fest? The third annual Mile 0 Fest will be January 28th-February 1st. We have our Duval Street Kick-Off Party on Tuesday, January 28th, 2020. It is open to the public and is a free show for everyone. So although the festival is a four-day festival, you want to come in the day before and enjoy the kick-off party. 

Where is Mile 0 Fest? Mile 0 Fest is held in Key West, Florida. We utilize numerous stages all over the island with our biggest stage being the Truman Waterfront Park Amphitheater. Local venues like The Smokin’ Tuna, Irish Kevin’s, Durty Harry’s, Viva Saloon, The Southernmost Beach Resort & Cafe, The Southernmost House, Sunset Pier, Cowboy Bill’s, Key West Theater, The San Carlos Institute, Fury Cruises and many more are also utilized throughout the week to provide ample opportunity to check out Key West while enjoying your favorite Red Dirt/Americana Artists. 

Who Plays Mile 0 Fest? Only the best in Red Dirt & Americana. Past year’s performers have included, Trampled By Turtles, Turnpike Troubadours, Stoney Larue, Shinyribs, Mike & The Moonpies, Jamie Lin Wilson, Jamie Wyatt, John Moreland, John Fullbright, American Aquarium, The Great Divide, Cody Canada & The Departed, Bonnie Bishop, Todd Snider, Paul Thorn, Pat Green, Jason Boland & The Stragglers, The Mavericks, Walt & Tina Wilkins, Jason Eady, Courtney Patton, William Clark Green and many more. 2020’s line-up is looking to be the biggest yet with Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit, Robert Earl Keen, Randy Rogers Band & Whiskey Myers taking the headlining spots. Click HERE to see the full 2020 line-up and past year’s line-ups. 

Website: https://mile0fest.com

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mile0festkeywest

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/mile0festkeywest

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Mile0Fest

Florida Weekly Article: https://keywest.floridaweekly.com/articles/mile-0-fest

In this episode, Mark Baratto sits down with artist Eric Anfinson. We spoke about how the first time he picked up a paintbrush he hated the result but fell in love with the process.

It was this love of “doing” that had him coming back for more, eventually creating a client base around the world.

I particularly LOVE this episode because it touches on how important the process is.  If all you care about is the outcome, you may be in for a life of sorrow, but when you love the process, you will have a life of true fulfillment. 

More on Eric Anfinson

Eric Anfinson’s painting journey began in the fall of 2001 after he moved to a 2×4 mile island where the Gulf of Mexico & the Atlantic meet. 

Anfinson is part of a well-established creative collective in Key West, Florida . . . an island known affectionately by locals as ‘the rock’.  The remote location & unique community continue to offer rich subject matter for Anfinson’s work. 

The people that call this island home, & those who pass through, live on in the faces & figures in Anfinson’s paintings.

A self-trained painter, Anfinson’s work is in collections throughout North America & Europe. 

Anfinson, a native of Minnesota, paints full-time from his home-based Mockingbird Studio in Key West, Florida. 

Art is everything & sometimes simply an essence.
It is the tool that I use & that uses me in return. 
It is my best & most critical friend.
But these words mean nothing by themselves…
the work – the active process – is what matters most
.

– Eric

Website: https://ericanfinson.com

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mockingbirdstudio

STUDIO

Mockingbird Studio  –  owner:  Key West, FL  /  2007 – present

Represented by Gingerbread Square Gallery

305-296-8900
1207 Duval Street, Key West, FL

In this episode, Mark Baratto sits down at the Key West Theater with Brianna Gangi, the Marketing Director of the theater and of Rams Head Presents-Key West.

We talk about how Rams Head Presents is adding to the ever-growing music scene down here in Key West, and how up and coming artists are using Key West as a launching pad for their music career.

More On Rams Head Presents

Website: https://www.keywestconcertseries.com

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/keywesttheater/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RamsHeadPresentsKeyWest

Twitter: https://twitter.com/KWTheater

More on the Key West Theater

Website: https://www.thekeywesttheater.com

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/keywesttheater/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/keywesttheater

Twitter: https://twitter.com/kwtheater

Key West Theater Address

512 Eaton St.
Key West, Florida 33040
305-985-0433

In this episode, Mark Baratto sits down with Kassy Burnette and Stuart Damon at The Art Shack, a compound of art galleries and artist studios.

We talked about joining the community, getting a studio spot at The Art Shack, and why Stock Island is starting to emerge.

The Art Shack

We are a community of artists in a beautiful tropical compound! A fun hidden gem & taste of old Stock Island. 6404 Front St, Stock Island

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/artshack

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pg/DamonDesignsKW

In this episode, Mark Baratto sits down with artist, gallery and studio owner, Anna Sweet.

We talk about how she went from photographer to artist and hit pay dirt, her humble upbringing (1 of 9 kids), and how her competitive nature keeps her humble, yet drives her harder than ever to continue to grow.

More on Anna Sweet

Anna Sweet’s work marries a craftsman’s approach to material with an Art Nouveau influence. Known for her luminous underwater nudes, Sweet portrays the ethereal through harmonious modes of painting and photography. By employing radiant minerals and pigments, the artist reimagines familiar elements of nature and the female form, rendering them brilliantly new to the viewer’s eye. 

Raised in Charlotte, North Carolina, above her mother’s art gallery, Sweet and her nine siblings were immersed in the art world from a young age. Perennially inspired by the light of the sun and the movement of the body, Sweet’s hand evokes the dynamic sensuality of beauty in motion, capturing transient moments of swim or dance.

Revealing the sensuality and elegance of women throughout the most exotic waters of the world. Sweet engages minerals like mica, diamond dust, and glass on the image, Sweet’s mixed-medium approach offers an otherworldly experience. Sweet’s work mimics elements of her shooting environments and creates “effects like the glisten that occurs when the sun kisses the sea.” The photographic images and encased materials coalesce into a stunning, seemingly three dimensional representation of the subject. The subjects in this series are radiant displays of female beauty.

Anna Sweet Gallery

513 Duval St
Key West, FL 33040
Phone: 305-916-0578

Sunday-Monday 10am – 9pm
Tuesday-Saturday 10am – 10pm

Anna Sweet Studios

417 Southard St,
Key West, FL 33040

On Social

Website: https://www.annasweet.com

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/annasweetgallery

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/annasweetgallery/

Click here to read the full episode transcription: https://backyardsofkeywest.com/anna-sweet-key-west/

We are having a conversation between Mark Baratto and Rich Pesce.  MARK:           This is the Backyards of Key West Podcast and this is a first for me. Normally I go to other people’s businesses and I…

In this episode, Mark Baratto sits down with Rich Pesce to talk about how he started his construction management business in Lower Manhattan months before September 11th, and how he became a real estate investor in three Key West Bed & Breakfast Inns: The Inn on Fleming, Coco Plum Inn Bed & Breakfast, and Key West Bed & Breakfast.

We discuss the mindset needed when starting a business in one of the country’s hardest times, how to navigate the Key West real estate market, and how having the right business partner can make all the difference.

I had the great pleasure of conducting this interview in one of Rich’s homes in Old Town – known famously as the Calvin Klein Home (for the obvious reason 😎).

Web & Social

Website: http://merrickconstructiongroup.com

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/merrickconstructiongroup/

The Inn on Fleming

Website: https://www.theinnonfleming.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheInnonFleming/

Coco Plum Inn Bed & Breakfast

Website: https://www.cocopluminn.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/cocopluminn/

Key West Bed & Breakfast

Website: https://www.keywestbandb.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/KeyWestBandB/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/keywestbedandbreakfast/

Read the full transcribed episode here: https://backyardsofkeywest.com/rich-pesce-key-west/

In this episode, Mark Baratto sits down with Jenny Lorenz, the Director of Marketing at The Perry Hotel Key West.

We go over why the Hotel chose Stock Island to call itself home, all of the expansion plans happening in November (2019), and the truth about booking your hotel with an online company, compared to going direct (HINT – you get free upgrades when you go direct).

Attention Key West Locals!

Local Appreciation is ending on September 30th!! This means that there are only a few days left where locals can get the Buy 1 Dinner Entrée, Get 1 Free for sheer food bliss, at either Matt’s Stock Island Kitchen & Bar or The Salty Oyster Dockside Bar & Grill. Plus, add a growler of one of their new signature beers for only $15!

More on The Perry Hotel Key West

Inspired by Commodore Perry, the father of the United States Navy, The Perry Hotel’s easy, laid-back atmosphere has been thoughtfully cultivated to stay true to the seafaring roots of Old Key West. Discover a place transformed and a history reclaimed at the award-winning Perry Hotel, breathing new life into our beloved Stock Island.

Some Hotel Amenities

  • 100 guest rooms
  • Water views all around
  • Two restaurants, including pool/dockside bar
  • Indoor/outdoor dining
  • Waterfront swimming pool
  • Outdoor fire pits
  • Direct access to marina and ocean
  • Water activities available onsite
  • Dog-friendly hotel & rooms
  • Two dog parks
  • Local artist curations and studios
  • On-site scooter & bike rentals
  • Green Pineapple Boutique
  • ADA Accessible Features

Website: https://www.perrykeywest.com

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/perrykeywest

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PerryKeyWest

Twitter: https://twitter.com/perrykeywest

Location:
7001 Shrimp Road
Key West, FL 33040
+1 (305) 296-1717

**Music by MG Sound.  Check him out on SoundCloud at https://soundcloud.com/mgsoundmusic

Read the full transcripted episode here: https://backyardsofkeywest.com/jenny-lorenz-the-perry-hotel-key-west