Thanks for the great response to my request for photos and stories about the Key Palace Theatre and Charlie!
I’ve setup a dropbox account, just email keypalacetheatre@yahoo.com and I can add you a shared folder.
If you prefer to use email, you can use this link.
Keep the Blues Alive!

Check out the Official Big Bill site at www.bigbillmorganfield.net

From Gordon’s website: “Gordon Bonham brings together a mix of styles from the Mississippi Delta to the back alleys of Chicago, from big Texas shuffles to jumpin’ West Coast swing. After several years of tearing up the road, Bonham brings it all together in Indiana, the Crossroads of America…”  gordonbonham.com

All I remember was a great show and great crowd. Everyone was really excited to see Gordon at the `Key. Some acts took longer than others to schedule it seems, and by the time he made it to Redkey the house was more than ready. Fun show, great times.
-Allan

Doña Oxford and me, probably fall 2003 season. Check out her website at donaoxford.com!

My first season at the theater…

There can be no doubting the fact that Brent Brower got me the gig at the `Key.
I had been doing demos for the Barbecue Kings and he recommended me to Charlie, originally for a recording at the theater for Shirley King.
That recording happened, but I didn’t do the job. So when Charlie called me I was a little skeptical, but willing to give the mix a try.
Brent was the person bringing us together at the time, and I’ll always appreciate it.
All due credit goes to my old friend Kent Stohler for telling me about the theater years ago, just as Charlie was getting the whole place going.

-Allan

 

Here’s the flyer for the classic spring 2002 season at the Key Palace Theater.
Chock full of music legends.

Smokehouse Dave and the Barbecue Kings, Spike and the Bulldogs, Catfish Blues Revue Band, Sista Monica, Eddie House Rockin Shaw, Big Jack Johnson, Larry Garner and the Boogoloo Blues Band, Sean Costello, Chicago Rhythm and Blues Kings, Mem Shannon, Dog Talk,  Big Al the the Heavyweights, Stacy Mitchhart the Blues Doctor, Geneva Red, Saffire the Uppity Blues Women, Larry Garner.

“If you haven’t heard about the Key Palace by now, talk to someone who has!”

Upcoming Joe Moss Band Shows 2014

From: joemossband.com

Feb 19
House of Blues – Chicago
Chicago, IL | 9:00PM

Feb 28
Blue 5
Roanoke, VA | 9:00PM

Mar 4
Paradise Bar and Grill
Pensacola Beach, FL | 6:00PM

Mar 5
The Ale and The Witch
Saint Petersburg, FL | 8:00PM

Mar 7
Mangrove Mama’s
Summerland Key, FL | 6:30PM

Mar 8
Ace’s – Bradenton’s Live Music
Bradenton, FL | 9:00PM

Mar 9
Earl’s Hideaway Lounge
Sebastian, FL | 2:00PM

Mar 13
Englewood on Dearborn
Englewood, FL | 7:00PM

Mar 14
Bonita Blues Festival
Bonita Springs, FL | 8:00PM

Mar 15
Bert’s Bar & Grill
Matlacha, FL | 7:00PM

Commander Cody 2014 Show Dates

From: commandercody.com

Thursday Feb 13     SELLERSVILLE THEATER     Sellersville, PA

Friday Feb 14     THE WINCHESTER     Lakewood, OH

Saturday Feb 15     WOODLAND’S TAVERN     Columbus, OH

Sunday Feb 16     SPORTSMAN’S TAVERN     Buffalo, NY

Friday Feb 21     WELLSVILLE CREATIVE ART CENTER     Wellsville, NY

Saturday Feb 22     LANCASTER SMOKEHOUSE/PAUL HUNTLEY PARTY     Kitchener, Ontario

Thursday Feb 27     SPACE     Evanston, IL

Friday Feb 28     CALLAHAN’S MUSIC HALL     Auburn Hills, MI

Saturday Mar 1     MOONDOGS     Blawnx, PA

Sunday Mar 2     ABILENE BAR AND LOUNGE     Rochester, NY

Wednesday Mar 5     YOSHI’S     San Fransisco, CA

Saturday Mar 8     KZFR RADIO BENEFIT     Chico, CA

Thursday Mar 20     FRIENDLY CONFINES     Orlando FL

Friday Mar 21     ACES LIVE     Bradenton, FL

Saturday Mar 22     BAMBOO ROOM     Lake Worth, FL

Sunday Mar 23     EARL’S HIDEAWAY     Sebastian, FL

Friday Apr 4     THE RECORD COLLECTOR     Bordentown, NJ

Saturday Apr 5     THE HAMILTON     Washington, DC

Friday Jun 20     MAUCH CHUNK OPERA HOUSE     Jim Thorpe PA

Saturday Jun 21     HONESDALE ROOTS AND & RHYTHM FESTIVAL     Honesdale PA

Saturday Jun 28     C-NOTE     Hull, MA

Friday Aug 15     BLACK OAK CASINO     Tuolumne, CA

Saturday Sep 13     C-NOTE     Hull, MA

From:  duketumatoe.com

Saturday, February 8th, 2014
Bridges’ Scoreboard Restaurant and Sports Bar
9:00 PM
121 North Griffith Blvd Griffith IN 46319 219-924-2206

Sunday, February 9th, 2014
Some Guys Pizza
6:00 PM
12552 N Gray Rd Carmel IN

Solo Show
Friday, February 14th, 2014
Diesel’s Sports Grille
8:00 PM
20 W Main St Danville IN 46122 (317) 386-3024

Duo Show
Friday, February 21st, 2014
Kingston Mines
10:00 PM
2548 North Halsted Chicago IL 60614 US (773) 472-2031

Saturday, February 22nd, 2014
Kingston Mines
10:00 PM
2548 North Halsted Chicago IL 60614 US (773) 472-2031

Sunday, February 23rd, 2014
Some Guys Pizza
6:00 PM
12552 N Gray Rd Carmel IN

SOLO SHOW
Saturday, March 1st, 2014
Diesel’s Sports Grill
9:00 PM
20 West Main Street Danville IN 46122 (317) 386-3024

Duo Show
Sunday, March 2nd, 2014
Some Guys Pizza
6:00 PM
6235 Allisonville Rd Indianapolis IN

Solo Show
Saturday, March 29th, 2014
Leroy’s Hot Stuff
9:00 PM
333 W. Rt. 20 Porter IN 46320 US 219-926-6211

From: stacymitchhart.com

Thursday, February 6, 2014
SMB in Concert @ Bourbon Street Blues & Boogie
220 Printers Alley, Nashville, TN 37201
Set: 9:00 PM

Saturday, February 8, 2014
SMB in Concert @ Sambuca (Nashville)
601 12th Avenue S, Nashville, TN
Set: 7:00 PM

Sunday, February 9, 2014
SMB in Concert @ Bourbon Street Blues & Boogie
220 Printers Alley, Nashville, TN 37201
Set: 8:00 PM

Wednesday, February 12, 2014
SMB in Concert @ Bourbon Street Blues & Boogie
220 Printers Alley, Nashville, TN 37201
Set: 9:00 PM

Thursday, February 13, 2014
SMB in Concert @ Bourbon Street Blues & Boogie
220 Printers Alley, Nashville, TN 37201
Set: 9:00 PM

Sunday, February 16, 2014
SMB in Concert @ Earl’s Hideaway and Tiki Bar
1405 Indian River Dr, Sebastian, FL 32958
(772) 589-5700
Set: 2:00 PM

Wednesday, February 19, 2014
SMB in Concert @ Bourbon Street Blues & Boogie
220 Printers Alley, Nashville, TN 37201
Set: 9:00 PM

Thursday, February 20, 2014
SMB in Concert @ Bourbon Street Blues & Boogie
220 Printers Alley, Nashville, TN 37201
Set: 9:00 PM

Saturday, February 22, 2014
SMB in Concert @ BB King’s Blues Club (Nashville)
152 2nd Ave. N, Nashville, TN
Set: 7:00 PM

Sunday, February 23, 2014
SMB in Concert @ Bourbon Street Blues & Boogie
220 Printers Alley, Nashville, TN 37201
Set: 8:00 PM

Wednesday, February 26, 2014
SMB in Concert @ Bourbon Street Blues & Boogie
220 Printers Alley, Nashville, TN 37201
Set: 9:00 PM

Thursday, February 27, 2014
SMB in Concert @ Bourbon Street Blues & Boogie
220 Printers Alley, Nashville, TN 37201
Set: 9:00 PM

Saturday, March 1, 2014
Mardi Gras Y’all @ Riverfront Nashville
Nashville, TN
Set: 8:00 PM

Sunday, March 2, 2014
SMB in Concert @ Bourbon Street Blues & Boogie
220 Printers Alley, Nashville, TN 37201
Set: 8:00 PM

Tuesday, March 4, 2014
SMB in Concert FAT TUESDAY @ Bourbon Street Blues & Boogie
220 Printers Alley, Nashville, TN 37201
Set: 9:00 PM

Wednesday, March 5, 2014
SMB in Concert @ Bourbon Street Blues & Boogie
220 Printers Alley, Nashville, TN 37201
Set: 9:00 PM

Thursday, March 6, 2014
SMB in Concert @ Bourbon Street Blues & Boogie
220 Printers Alley, Nashville, TN 37201
Set: 9:00 PM

Sunday, March 9, 2014
SMB in Concert @ Bourbon Street Blues & Boogie
220 Printers Alley, Nashville, TN 37201
Set: 8:00 PM

Wednesday, March 12, 2014
SMB in Concert @ Bourbon Street Blues & Boogie
220 Printers Alley, Nashville, TN 37201
Set: 9:00 PM

Thursday, March 13, 2014
SMB in Concert @ Bourbon Street Blues & Boogie
220 Printers Alley, Nashville, TN 37201
Set: 9:00 PM

Friday, March 14, 2014
SMB in Concert @ Bourbon Street Blues & Boogie
220 Printers Alley, Nashville, TN 37201
Set: 10:00 PM

Saturday, March 15, 2014
SMB in Concert @ BB’s Jazz
700 South Broadway, St. Louis, MO
314-436-5222
Set: 10:00 PM

Sunday, March 16, 2014
SMB in Concert @ Bourbon Street Blues & Boogie
220 Printers Alley, Nashville, TN 37201
Set: 8:00 PM

Wednesday, March 19, 2014
SMB in Concert @ Bourbon Street Blues & Boogie
220 Printers Alley, Nashville, TN 37201
Set: 9:00 PM

Thursday, March 20, 2014
SMB in Concert @ Bourbon Street Blues & Boogie
220 Printers Alley, Nashville, TN 37201
Set: 9:00 PM

Sunday, March 23, 2014
SMB in Concert @ Bourbon Street Blues & Boogie
220 Printers Alley, Nashville, TN 37201
Set: 8:00 PM

Wednesday, March 26, 2014
SMB in Concert @ Bourbon Street Blues & Boogie
220 Printers Alley, Nashville, TN 37201
Set: 9:00 PM

Thursday, March 27, 2014
SMB in Concert @ Bourbon Street Blues & Boogie
220 Printers Alley, Nashville, TN 37201
Set: 9:00 PM

Friday, March 28, 2014
SMB in Concert @ Bourbon Street Blues & Boogie
220 Printers Alley, Nashville, TN 37201
Set: 10:00 PM

Saturday, March 29, 2014
SMB in Concert @ Sambuca (Nashville)
601 12th Avenue S, Nashville, TN
615-248-2888
Set: 7:00 PM

Sunday, March 30, 2014
SMB in Concert @ Bourbon Street Blues & Boogie
220 Printers Alley, Nashville, TN 37201
Set: 8:00 PM

 

Thanks  WavyDavey!

Fellow Key Palace fan David Weyant was kind enough to send in some photos of the theater. Thanks David, I know everyone must be enjoying the photos as much as I do!

`Most everyone knows that originally the Key was a working movie theater. While Charlie added to and improved the stage and remodeled the place, one thing that stayed the same was the original projection booth. The whole place was kind of  concrete, very utilitarian, with an additional room (for storing movie reels, one would presume) just past the room where the projector must have went. Basically nobody ever got to go up there, it was off limits by order of Charlie himself, since he treated it as his “inner sanctum” and private space. Although I helped at the theater for years, I can count the number of times I was up there on one hand (usually to retrieve an item Charlie wanted, or on a few occasions setting up video equipment). It was always a very cool thing to have the “birds-eye view” of the place- and to imagine what movies must have rolled there back in the day. So journey back, and check out the view most folks never got to see, thanks again David!

-Allan

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