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Welcome to the official website for Keys musician, writer, and the former Mayor of the City of Marathon. If you like the music of James Taylor, Tom Petty, Dan Fogelberg, or even (ahem) Jimmy Buffett, then the songs on the Keys Disease and Live From the Florida Keys CDs will appeal to you. Stick around a bit, come back often, and make yourself at home! Always remember that you can ORDER CDs & MP3/iTUNES DOWNLOADS SAFELY ONLINE!!!


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31st Anniversary Concert February 8 at Key Colony's Sunset Park - January 21, 2015


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 seem to attract a great crowd," Bartus said. "Last year's 30th anniversary concert was just off the charts."

Bartus will be performing songs from both his Keys Disease and Live From the Florida Keys Vol. 2 CDs, as well as songs from his upcoming new studio CD, Time & Tide. A special moment will be John's performance of "The Islands of Marathon," an ode to the Middle Keys and a staple of the nightly Key Colony Beach Sunset Singers gathering at Sunset Park.

What John calls his 30th Anniversary Perpetual Island Tour is about to turn 31 – and everyone is invited to celebrate another day in Paradise on Sunday, February 8th, 4:00 p.m., at Key Colony's Sunset Park!

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John Bartus is a Featured Performer at the Key Largo Original Music Festival - April 16, 2014

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 Frijoles at 5:00 p.m., then will perform his second slot at Cactus Jacks at 8:00 p.m. Music fans can wander from stage to stage to hear an eclectic mix of fabulous music from rock to country to blues and more throughout the four-day festival.

"I'm really excited to have been asked to be a part of this year's festival," Bartus said. "It's very cool to share my songs and stories in a festival that features all original music!" 

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John Bartus is an Official Breedlove Artist - December 15, 2013

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 there as well! You can check out my Artist page at 

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