"The Islands of Marathon" music video! 

MARATHON, FLORIDA KEYS – John Bartus' song, "The Islands of Marathon," is now a music video starring the people and places of our tropical island community! "The Islands of Marathon" is already the official song of the City of Marathon, and the video is a fitting tribute to the islands that have been Bartus' home for the last 33 years.

Produced in conjunction with Cliff Rydell from Marathon TV 88, the video begins live at John's 33rd Anniversary Concert at Sunset Park in Key Colony Beach. It then morphs…

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John Bartus to perform at Florida Keys Day at State Capitol 

Florida Keys singer/songwriter John Bartus will perform at the State Capitol in Tallahassee for Florida Keys Day on April 18. This event takes place each year as representatives from local Keys governments and organizations converge in Tallahassee to make state legislators and officials aware of our special circumstances and problems in the islands. Conceived by Leadership Monroe County, and hosted by our State Representative Holly Raschein, this annual event is a tremendous opportunity to lobby on behalf…

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John Bartus Live in Nashville! 

This is a video shot at the Commodore Grille in Nashville at a writers' round performance. I played a song that will be featured on a new CD that will hopefully be out later this year, Time & Tide. The song is called "I've Let You Down for the Last Time." 

JADE STORM to Headline July 4th at Sombrero Beach! 

(MARATHON) - Jade Storm, a popular local band featuring John Bartus, Adrienne Z, Glenn Faast, Rob Garza, and guitar wizard Steven Miller, will headline the City of Marathon's July 4th Celebration at Sombrero Beach. Jade Storm will play from 5:00 p.m. until the fireworks after sunset. The Rotary Club of Marathon will co-sponsor the event and raise funds for their scholarships and other community projects by selling burgers, dogs, beer, soda, and water. 

Local favorites (and Marathon High School graduates)…

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‘Happy Xmas’ for the Holidays – free! 

As a special gift this Holiday Season, I’m making available as a free download a live recording of John Lennon’s “Happy Xmas (War is Over)” on my website – just go to the Music page link and click on the “MP3 download whole song” link. I recorded this song live at a Christmas Eve show at Hawks Cay Resort back in 2010, and I hope you enjoy it! 

Jade Storm to Co-Headline Beer & Bubbly Fest 

Jade Storm, the new group featuring singer/songwriters Adrienne Z and John Bartus, will co-headline the 2ndannual Florida Keys Craft Beer & Bubbly Fest at the Marathon Community Park Amphitheater on Sunday, December 27. Drummer Glenn Faast, guitarist Steven Miller, and bassist Rob Garza round out the Jade Storm lineup. The band, rich in vocal harmonies and tasty instrumental arrangements, will take the stage at 5:00 p.m., after sets by local trop-rock favorites Tim Dee & Jim Hill, and the jazz-pop-soul…

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John Bartus (and a whole lot of friends) will rock Sombrero Beach on July 4! 

MARATHON - John Bartus, Adrienne, and their band Jade Storm will rock Sombrero Beach on July 4th! Expect some solo performances from John and Adrienne, a couple of acoustic duets, and a big set featuring John and Adrienne along with Glenn Faast, Rob Garza, and Steven Miller as the bands Storm Watch and InJade fuse into Jade Storm! Classic rock, a little blues, and the original songs of John and Adrienne will provide the soundtrack of the afternoon, leading into the best small town fireworks in the USA…

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31st Anniversary Concert February 8 at Key Colony's Sunset Park 

KEY COLONY BEACH, FL - Florida Keys singer/songwriter John Bartus will celebrate his 31st anniversary of performing in the Keys at a special concert that's the kickoff of the seasonal "Concerts in the Park" series Sunday, February 8, 4:00 p.m., at Sunset Park in Key Colony Beach. Presented by the Key Colony Beach Community Association, the Concerts in the Park series features a variety of Middle Keys musicians in a beautiful tropical seaside setting.

"I really enjoy playing these concerts, and we always…

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John Bartus is a Featured Performer at the Key Largo Original Music Festival 

John Bartus takes the stage twice on Saturday, May 17 at the Key Largo Original Music Festival! Hit songwriters from Nashville, Tenn., and around the United States will take the stage at multiple venues during the Key Largo’s four-day original music festival. They’ll be joined by individual singers and bands, both local and national, to provide a unique and eclectic musical celebration.

The Festival will feature multiple stages and entertainment areas. On Saturday, Bartus will appear first at Senor…

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John Bartus is an Official Breedlove Artist 

People have always asked me about the acoustic guitars I have been performing with since 2005. That was the year I got my first Breedlove. Since then, I have acquired eight more, and I love them all. I really haven't played any other acoustics on stage since then. I am proud to say that I am now an Official Breedlove Artist! Breedlove is a great company out of Bend, Oregon, and they build amazing guitars in different styles and price ranges. Check them out, and maybe you'll find the guitar of your dreams…

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