Songwriter Speakeasy Series: Brian Roberts, Jesse Wagner, Larry Smith

Key West Theater and The Big Stage Productions presents

Songwriter Speakeasy Series: Brian Roberts, Jesse Wagner, Larry Smith

Sun, June 2, 2019

Doors: 6:30 pm / Show: 7:00 pm

Key West Theater - Back Stage Listening Room

Key West, FL

$25.00 - $45.00

This event is 21 and over

This event is 21 and over

Reserved table seating 

Early entry with free hors d'oeuvres from 6-6:30

Signed poster


An intimate evening featuring local songwriters and their original works. Hear the stories behind the songs in one of Key West's best kept secrets, the Back Stage Listening Room at the Key West Theater. Full bar // Limited seating

Brian Roberts
My passion for playing music began when I was 12 years old. Although I started with guitar lessons, I gravitated toward playing bass too. Through high school, I played bass in the jazz, concert and marching bands. In my senior year, I won the Louis Armstrong Jazz Award.

After graduation from the Academy of Culinary Arts in 1991, I made a full time move to the Florida Keys where I'd been a snowbird for most of my childhood. It didn't take very long for me to leave the restaurant industry and become a full-time musician in paradise. I started a group called Caprock, which eventually became my current band, The Prime Movers. With my band and as a solo artist, I have enjoyed providing live entertainment in the Florida Keys for events, weddings and club gigs for many years.

After writing original songs for a few years, I took my acoustic guitars and basses and headed into the studio. My first CD, At The Time, is a collection of all solo acoustic songs which I consider snapshots of my life. They are inspired by my time in the Keys, highlighting a five year period which included a divorce, a second marriage, an adoption, new band members, and the challenges of being a successful solo artist. It also includes cover tributes to two of my musical idols, Paul McCartney and Greg Lake. (In case you're wondering, John Wetton and Chris Squire are the other two.)

A musical project for my friends during the summer of 2005 turned into my second cd Christmas Music. I recorded twelve of my favorite Christmas songs, this time adding my electric bass, keyboards and banjo. In addition, I wrote an original song entitled Santa's Headed for the Keys for my two daughters. It is still played on radio stations throughout the Keys during the holiday season.

I perform over 300 gigs each year. One of my favorites is my long running Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons at Sloppy Joe's on Duval Street in Key West. My performances can be viewed online at www.sloppyjoe'

I continue to write original songs, and am working on my next CD. With song titles like Semi-Tropical Reasons, Barefoot Balladeer, and All Of This Way, my music embodies a unique island-rock genre. It's a perfect blend of my acoustic music and island lifestyle.

I am the owner of Semi Tropical Music, Inc., which is the umbrella company for my solo performances as well as my band, The Prime Movers. Semi Tropical Music is fully licensed and insured.
Jesse Wagner
Jesse Wagner plays guitar, sings, and writes songs. The songs come to him in waking dreams, in double wide trailers, and in the rain. He is a strange and transcendent musician and created the band, The Happy Dog.
Larry Smith
Larry Smith has enjoyed a long and successful career in almost all aspects of performing in the music business. Larry resides in Key West, Florida, and is currently showcasing his musical talents at Chicago's Night Club, as well as at The Little Jazz Room. Larry Smith started playing piano in Pennsylvania at age four and played clarinet professionally in his dad’s band by age 12.

Larry wrote, performed, and recorded for Don Kirshner (Columbia) which brought him to national prominence. He later went on to write, perform, musically direct, and record with The Allen Harris Band of Woodstock, N.Y. The band inked a record deal with Columbia’s Tappan Zee label, where Larry co-wrote and arranged many of the songs on the album “Oceans Between Us," which enjoyed wide critical acclaim. The record was produced by industry heavyweight Bob James (presently of Fourplay) and featured guest soloists Michael Brecker (tenor saxophone) and Hubert Laws (flute).

Larry went on to write music for CBS network television, signed a publishing, production, and record deal with Marshall Chess, played Hammond B3 on Gospel Records, and even started a jingle company. His production company created the Larry Smith Show, and the Central New York cable TV network that carried it, where he provided a showcase for the talents of Woodstock/NYC musicians. Larry toured with the Don Moore Band and also worked with him in the showrooms of the Catskill Mountain Hotels.

Larry has been living and performing in Key West for over 20 years where he continues his love of showcasing musicians by producing his weekly Larry Smith Sunday Showcase Series which has become a must-see Key West institution. The show features musicians from throughout the United States as well as international guests, most recently from Italy, Portugal, Canada, Iceland, Sweden, Holland, Turkey, England, and Japan.

Larry is married to singer/songwriter Christine Cordone. He also performs with his daughter, Journey Blue Heaven, a prolific singer/songwriter who currently resides in Woodstock NY. He continues to write, arrange, produce, perform, and record original music. His latest CD, "Four Man Vision" is a collection of his originals and features Dan Brubeck, Geoffrey Lowe, and Tim Mayer.
Venue Information:
Key West Theater - Back Stage Listening Room
512 Eaton Street
Key West, FL, 33040