In this episode, Mark Baratto sits down with Cristina Velardi, the creator and designer of Cocky Key West Apparel, to discuss her first ever party called Cockstock.

Cocky Key West is turning 5 years old in March! Come celebrate with us at the Cockiest Sandbar Party to hit the Keys.

About this event

Date and time

Sat, March 5, 2022
10:30 AM – 4:30 PM EST

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Meeting Location

Garrison Bight Marina
711 Eisenhower Drive 
Key West, FL 33040

Purchase a ticket to hop on one of our party charter boats, or simply purchase a ticket to attend with your own boat. 

  • Boat charter transportation provided by Barefoot Billy’s and Salty Bottom Charters
  • Musical magic all day provided by DJ Chaka of The Five Spot
  • Food provided by Graze Craze and Dion’s Quik Chik
  • Serving up all of your CockyTails, will be the Tutu Queen herself, Jenn Stefanacci of 22&Co.
  • The cockiest Bag-O-Swag
  • Sandbar Games

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For more on my previous episode on Cocky Key West, you can visit HERE.

Cocky Key West Website:

In the episode, Mark Baratto sits down with Kyle Carter to talk about a whole lot of live music… AGAIN!!

The first time we sat together was on December of 2019 and a lot has changed (listen to the previous episode here).

For one thing, Kyle and his team has added another festival called the RokIsland Fest, where the world’s greatest rock bands come together to smash eardrums.

What is RokIsland Fest?

The world’s greatest rock bands descend upon the island of Key West for a 4-day music festival in paradise.

When is RokIsland Fest?

January 14th – January 17th, 2022! Do not miss the inaugural event, this will be the rock show of the year that you just cannot miss.

Where is RokIsland Fest?

The southernmost city in the U.S., Key West, Florida! We utilize the Truman Waterfront Park Amphitheater, a beautifully designed facility on the Gulf waters of Key West. This boutique venue offers an unparalleled view from every conceivable spot; rather it is a VIP tent, or a blanket spread out on the grassy hill, every ticket level is sure to thrill.

When can I buy tickets to this incredible event?

Packages and Passes go on sale Monday August 9th, 2021 10 am EST. BE READY TO BUY, this is a small capacity show and tickets will go FAST (4,000 capacity venue…small island, cozy venue, BIG TIME ROCK & ROLL!)
Follow us on social media @rokisland for the latest news!




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Mile 0 Fest was founded in 2017, with it’s first year of production being 2018. It was created on the principal of producing a festival that checked all of the boxes: 

  • Fantastic Line-Up – that has repeat and fan favorites back every year, but also brings in new faces, and fresh talent. The best in Red Dirt Americana
  • Location, Location, Location – A destination that was enjoyable for everyone! Key West has everything, beaches, fishing, water-sports, history, shopping, dining, dancing, its the perfect vacation.
  • Fan Bliss – A festival that puts the fans first. No overcrowding here, we are a boutique festival with an attendance cap.  Over a short period of time our attendees have become family. With almost every state represented, music fans from all over the country come together once a year to celebrate the common thread that binds them. The Love of great music.
  • Flexibility – You want to come VIP and have all of your lodging, passes and extras taken care of with a one-stop shop? You got it! We have an incredible concierge staff that can make that happen. You want to book everything yourself and just get a pass to the festival? We can do that too! (Check out the Packages and Passes page for more detailed information) 

What is Mile 0 Fest? Mile 0 Fest is 5 Day Red Dirt/Americana Music Festival in Paradise (aka Key West). 

When is Mile 0 Fest?  It is held annually in January, with the dates announced late spring the year before and the line-up announced in July every year. 

Where is Mile 0 Fest?  Mile 0 Fest is held in Key West, Florida. We utilize numerous stages all over the island with our biggest stage being the Truman Waterfront Park Amphitheater. Local venues like The Smokin’ Tuna, Dante’s Pool Bar & Restaurant, The Southernmost Beach Resort & Cafe, The Southernmost House, Sunset Pier, Key West Theater, The San Carlos Institute, Fury Cruises and many more are also utilized through out the week to provide ample opportunity to check out Key West while enjoying your favorite Red Dirt/Americana Artists. 

Who Plays Mile 0 Fest? Only the best in Red Dirt & Americana. Past year’s performers have included, Jason Isbell, Whiskey Myers, Robert Earl Keen, Lucero, Trampled By Turtles, Turnpike Troubadours, Shinyribs, Mike & The Moonpies, Jamie Lin Wilson, Jamie Wyatt, John Moreland, John Fullbright, American Aquarium, Senora May, Will Hoge, Hayes Carll, The Great Divide, Cody Canada & The Departed, Bonnie Bishop, Todd Snider, Paul Thorn, Pat Green, Jason Boland & The Stragglers, Walt & Tina Wilkins, Jason Eady, Courtney Patton, Shane Smith & The Saints and many more. 2022’s Line-Up will be announced in July 2021. Click HERE to see past year’s line-ups. 





In this episode, Mark Baratto sits down with singer-songwriter Jeffrey Steele.

We talk about how he fell in love with country music, all the musicians that influenced his style, and what he’s up to lately.

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Jeffrey Steele, is an American country music singer and songwriter. Along with recording his own material, Steele has become a prolific Nashville songwriter, having co-written more than 60 hit songs for such artists as Montgomery GentryTim McGrawFaith HillLeAnn RimesRascal FlattsBilly Ray Cyrus, and others.

Between 1990 and 1996, Steele was the lead singer and bass guitarist in the country music band Boy Howdy, which recorded two albums and an EP on Curb Records, in addition to charting seven singles on the Billboard country music charts. After Boy Howdy disbanded, Steele embarked on a solo career, recording seven studio albums (one of which was not released). He also charted four singles as a solo artist, with the highest-peaking (“Somethin’ in the Water”) reaching No. 33 on the country charts in 2001.







In this episode, Mark Baratto sits down with Key West Yoga Sanctuary owner & Yogi, Erika Hawks.

We talk about how she got started in yoga, her daily practice, the studio, and a couple of small practices that have changed her life.

More on the Key West Yoga Sanctuary

Key West Yoga Sanctuary is a space for each of us to relax, learn, and connect. Yoga gives us the opportunity to slow down and connect to an awareness of ourselves that protects and promotes health and well being of the body and mind. Key West Yoga Sanctuary and Yoga for the Environment are passionate about taking an additional step to extend this awareness and consciousness from the internal to the external world. This can include learning about and understanding other cultures or utilizing and experiencing true eco-concsious practices with sustainable materials made with zero toxic emissions. In turn, these efforts will cultivate community, compassion, and peace in our yoga practice, our daily lives, and our universe as a whole




612 Fleming Street
Key West, FL, FL 33040

(305) 587-9199

In this episode, Mark Baratto sits down with Azie, the artist, designer and owner of the incredible Marrero’s Guest Mansion.

We talk about the properties history, hauntings, and all the properties they own.

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Marrero’s was originally a private home, built in 1890-1891 by Francisco Marrero, a prominent local cigar maker. He promised the house to his beloved, Enriquetta Marrero, as a forever home to raise their family together. Some say their legacy lives on in the form of a benevolently spirited energy passing through the halls of the old house.

Experience the grandeur of their stately Victorian home, thoughtfully updated and lovingly converted into a boutique hotel. The original architectural details of our historic estate remain intact while modern renovations throughout the house provide guests with the best of both old and new Key West hospitality. Our location in the heart of Old Town, just half a block from Duval Street, provides prime access to all of the restaurants, bars, and sights Key West is famous for.

Marrero’s offers twelve newly redesigned, resplendent guest rooms with hand-selected artwork and furnishings that create an approachable, curated aesthetic. Be our guest and unwind in paradise at Marrero’s Guest Mansion, a {verdigreen} hotel in sunny Key West.




In this episode, Mark Baratto sits down with Tiki Man Radio head DJ and creator, Danny Lynn.

We talk about how the station started, how he grew his fanbase, and how he has moved into the local event business, bringing the kind of music he loves, to the places he loves.

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Tiki Man Radio “Your Coastal Americana Radio”

Tiki Man radio is your place to escape the crazy round ball we all inhabit that at times seems to be spinning out of control.

Take a break from the daily grind with some island time and Tiki Man Radio.

We are committed to growing what we call Coastal American Music which in its nature means escapism






In this episode, Mark Baratto sits down with floral designer Natalie McIntyre. We talk about how she got started, her love for having flowers everywhere, and how she creates the perfect work-life balance.

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“I must have flowers always, and always.” Claude Monet.

Bespoke Floral Design was created with this famous quote in mind. Everyone should have fresh beautiful flowers always and always! Flowers aren’t just something you send; they tell a story on your behalf. We offer the perfect blend of contemporary and traditional arrangements, and located in the Heart of Old Town at the Historic Clinton Square Mall.

Bespoke Floral Design specializes in Weddings and Events of all sizes. We devote a discerning eye to every detail, making sure every event and arrangement is perfectly crafted and executed.

Our mission at Bespoke Floral Design is to operate with a constant enthusiasm for learning, being open to implementing new ideas, and maintaining a willingness to adapt to evolving trends and styles.




Bespoke Florida Design is the brainchild of Key West Native Natalie McIntyre and is a true culmination of her lifelong love affair with pretty things. McIntyre spent her childhood roaming the streets of Key West picking and plundering plumerias, gardenias, and any array of local foliage she could get her hands on (with permission of course). When she wasn’t busy hoarding blooms and making flower crowns, she could be found skimming the sea shore for sea glass and other treasures that she would later sell to visitors.

Bespoke Floral Design is the next chapter for the already accomplished florist and designer. The blonde and bougie beauty started at age 16 working at a floral shop in old town on Lazy Lane. It was there she cultivated and harnessed her never ending love for petals and blooms. She quickly discovered she had a knack and love for pruning and manipulating stems. McIntyre would eventually go on to help curate and plan hundreds of weddings for those in love as a premier wedding planner. Although she thrived as a planner, she could see there was niche missing in the floral market. She stayed close to her roots and found herself pawning to be back in the creative saddle. Within years, McIntyre would go on to open her own flower shop on Truman Avenue.There she operated as an in-house florist catering to an elite line up of clients. She created elaborate one-of-a kind floral bouquets for soon to be brides and delivered the freshest stems to deserving recipients. While operating and doing what she loved, McIntyre met her future husband. The two would eventually go on to get married and start a budding family of their own.

Today, the mother of three brings her love of all things luxurious and opulent to the very bouquets her fingers touch. Each arrangement is sculpted and trimmed to perfection courtesy of McIntyres eye for design and love for the craft. Her attention to detail is almost an obsession that guarantees the perfect arrangement.

As purveyor of fine things ,this luxury design connoisseur has created an aesthetically appealing and captivating space. Moss and ferns cover the walls while anthuriums sit pretty in the window begging for you to buy them. Located at the top of Clinton Square market in Old Town Key West, Bespoke Floral Design is a way to keep you getting and wanting more. Bespoke floral arrangements are created with your budget in mind while offering complimentary delivery in Key West.

Bespoke Floral Design houses a lush and tropical collection of foliage. Roses, Orchids, Calla Lilies, and birds of paradise line the freezer shelves waiting to be picked and pruned. The space showcases a variety of speciality and one of a kind items from fine jewelry to exclusive hand-pour candles that can only be found at Bespoke Floral Design. Completely custom and curated gift boxes and baskets are available for purchase at various price points.
You, more than anyone deserve beautiful things and of course all the flowers money can buy,