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Only on Little Palm Island…
Imagine your favorite act playing a private show, just for you. Instead of squinting to see small shapes on a distant stage, they'll be strolling on the sand beside you. What were once blinding lights are now replaced by a backdrop of the moonlit waters of the Atlantic Ocean. An intimate performance for only a limited number of lucky fans. The Sandbar Sessions on Little Palm Island are a once in a lifetime opportunity to truly get up close and personal as your favorite performers serenade a small audience of guests on the shore. Dine, dance and lose yourself in the moment at our Florida Keys events. A limited number of packages are available with exquisite dining options and luxury accommodations. Sandbar Session tickets are complimentary to guests of the island. Guests wishing to stay only one night are also welcome.
James K. Glassman
May 31st, 2016
Ambassador Glassman provides audiences with a unique perspective. His career has spanned finance, technology, business, diplomacy, academia, politics, national security, and media. He provides “one-stop shopping” for groups that want a broad sweep of the political and economic scene, both national and international. His usual topic is “What’s Ahead for the Economy.” He laces his speech with anecdotes from his time in government and journalism, and he adapts it to his audience’s interests and needs.
Invoke String Quartet
May 17, 2016
Nick Montopoli: “Travesty”
Erwin Schulhoff: Five Pieces for String Quartet
Ludwig van Beethoven: String Quartet in C# Minor, Op. 131
Maestra Sebrina Alfonso introduces the Symphony debut appearance of the Invoke Quartet in the first Chamber Music Concert of 2016. This contemporary string quartet has been described as “versatile and musically adventurous, way more than classical..."
Carpe Diem String Quartet
April 27th, 2016
The Carpe Diem String Quartet was founded in 2005 and is a classical string quartet based in Columbus, Ohio, in residence at Ohio Wesleyan University. The quartet's repertoire ranges from classical to contemporary chamber music.
The Eclipse Quartet
March 30, 2016
The Eclipse Quartet is an ensemble dedicated to the music of twentieth century and present day composers. The scope of their repertoire spans works from John Cage and Morton Subotnick to collaborations with the singers Beck and Caetano Veloso. Eclipse has the versatility to cross genres from works that include electronics and computer processing to the jazz compositions of Grammy award winning pianist Billy Childs.
March 22nd, 2016
In a career that took flight in 1985 with commercial and critical acclaim, guitar virtuoso Stanley Jordan has consistently displayed a chameleonic musical persona of openness, imagination, versatility and maverick daring. Be it bold reinventions of classical masterpieces or soulful explorations through pop-rock hits, to blazing straight ahead jazz forays and ultramodern improvisational works—solo or with a group—Jordan can always be counted on to take listeners on breathless journeys into the unexpected.
March 7th, 2016
For over 30 years, The Fabulous Thunderbirds have been the quintessential American band. The group’s distinctive and powerful sound, influenced by a diversity of musical styles, manifested itself into a unique musical hybrid via such barnburners as “Tuff Enuff” and “Wrap It Up”. Co-founder Kim Wilson, the sole original member, still spearheads the group as it evolves into its newest incarnation.
February 25th, 2016
This American rock guitarist, pianist, singer, and songwriter has played a variety of musical styles on his albums, including new wave, blues and country. Hiatt has been nominated for several Grammy Awards and has been awarded a variety of other distinctions in the music industry. He remains one of the most respected and influential American singer-songwriters
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductee, songwriter, and legendary guitarist Dave Mason has been making music since the age of 18 when he teamed up with fellow England native Steve Winwood to form the band Traffic. Since then he has penned dozens of hits, and has been linked with numerous other members of rock and roll elite, including Eric Clapton, Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, Fleetwood Mac,The Rolling Stones, Graham Nash, Stephen Stills, Rita Coolidge, Leon Russell, Ron Wood and Mama Cass Elliot. Mason has been performing to sold-out audiences for years and has sold millions of recordings worldwide.
March 26, 2015
Grammy award winning guitarist Lee Ritenour has received a rich cross section of exposure to jazz, rock and Brazilian music. From one of his first sessions at 16 with the Mamas and Papas to accompanying Lena Horne an d Tony Bennett at 18, his forty year eclectic and storied career is highlighted by a Grammy Award win for his 1986 collaboration with Dave Grusin, Harlequin; 17 Grammy nominations; numerous #1 spots in guitar polls and the prestigious “Alumnus of the Year” award from USC. He has recorded over 40 albums, with 35 chart songs, notably the Top 15 hit “Is It You,” which has become a contemporary jazz radio classic. For island packages call 800-343-8567
April 27th , 2015
Performs & Celebrates The Music of JEFFERSON AIRPLANE 50th Anniversary
Jefferson Starship, created by Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee and Jefferson Airplane founder Paul Kantner; and, David Freiberg, also a former Jefferson Airplane member and co-founder of the legendary Quicksilver Messenger Service – celebrated their 40th Anniversary in 2014. The band, descended from Jefferson Airplane – who performed at Monterey and Woodstock, at Altamont with the Rolling Stones, and shared the bill countless times with Grateful Dead & Janis Joplin, and whose music helped define a generation focused on civil rights, environmental awareness and anti-war activism – is set to perform the landmark recordings “Dragonfly” and “Red Octopus” – the latter catapulted them to the top of the charts twice in 1975.
In 2015, the band performs & celebrates the 50th Anniversary of Jefferson Airplane & The San Francisco Sound, Kantner & Freiberg were instrumental in creating.
May 5, 2014
A legend with his unique blend of voodoo mysticism, funk, rhythm & blues, psychedelic rock and Creole roots to the island.
March 27, 2014
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Composer, multi-instrumentalist and vocalist Taj Mahal is one of the most prominent and influential figures in late 20th century blues and roots music. Though his career began more than four decades ago with American blues, he has broadened his artistic scope over the years to include music representing virtually every corner of the world – west Africa, the Caribbean, Latin America, Europe, the Hawaiian islands and so much more. What ties it all together is his insatiable interest in musical discovery. Over the years, his passion and curiosity have led him around the world, and the resulting global perspective is reflected in his music today. Taj has been nominated for nine GRAMMY® Awards.
May 18th, 2013
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On May 18th, 2013, the legendary band AMERICA performed at Little Palm Island as part of the wildly popular Sandbar Sessions. An intimate group of 100 guests enjoyed an unforgettable evening in paradise. With 80 degree temperatures, an ocean breeze and great songs like “Ventura Highway” and “Sister Golden Hair” drifting over the crowd - the night was amazing.
Rickie Lee Jones
November 7th, 2012
Rickie Lee Jones has made a career of fearlessly experimenting with her sound and her persona. Her unforgettable 1979 debut landed her two Rolling Stone covers in two years, and elements of her image were absorbed into the culture, from the Chuck E. Cheese pizza chain to the interest in jazz and signature costume (fingerless gloves, spandex, hat) from so many female pop singers who followed.
Never content with one style or identity, though, she went on to create such masterworks as Pirates and The Magazine, and to delve into such daring projects as the pioneering electronic accompaniment of 1997’s Ghostyhead and her impressionistic representations of the words of Jesus Christ on The Sermon on Exposition Boulevard in 2007. Now she brings this exploratory bravery to The Devil You Know—to the desolation of the New Orleans lament “St. James Infirmary” and the solace of Tim Hardin’s “Reason to Believe".
March 21, 2012
Keb Mo is a master at blending blues, jazz, r&b and soul through melody and rhythm. Keb Mo captured the lucky island gathering with his musical spirit and virtuosity. Many die hard fans of the Sandbar Sessions returned for this event on March 21, 2012. May new guests enjoyed the show as well and vowed to return for the next session in this amazing setting. What a magical night in the tropics!
October 19th, 2011
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If you were lucky enough to be amongst the intimate crowd of 100 guests to attend the Aaron Neville Sandbar Session on October 19th, then we don’t need to tell you what a spectacular evening ensued. Aaron Neville serenaded the shores of Little Palm Island with his enchanting vocal melodies, inviting nostalgic and romantic memories with his classic hits. New, soulful tunes stunned the crowd as Aaron sang angelically in front of a sparkling ocean background. Make sure you don’t miss our next Sandbar Session. You never know which of your favorite artists will vie to play at this one of a kind venue. Check in regularly for new acts here.
Monday, February 21, 2011
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Oh what a night! For more than two decades, Indigo Girls Amy Ray and Emily Saliers have presented some of their best music in front of cheering crowds. Sometimes in the cramped confines of a small club, sometimes in a vast arena packed with thousands - but for 100 lucky guests, the sand at Little Palm Island proved to be the experience of a lifetime!
The Grammy-winning singer-songwriters celebrated their long-standing passion for live performances - featuring songs from their upcoming release, Staring Down the Brilliant Dream on IG Recordings/Vanguard Records. Available on June 29th, the two-disc CD features 31 songs, each hand-selected by the duo to capture the most memorable moments of their 2006-2009 shows.