From June 30 through July 5, Dockside Tropical Cafe in Marathon is hosting the Americana Music Festival featuring more than 30 performers from all over the United States. Owner Eric Stone, a musician himself, has brought together bands and solo performers to take the stage at Marathon's eclectic waterfront eatery located at 35 Sombrero Blvd. The event is free and open to the public. Daily afternoon hour-long live performances are planned to "rock the dock," with headliners playing each evening.
The Dockside Tropical Café’s grand opening celebration was Dec. 9-15, 2013 and the parties have raged ever since. The Dockside Tropical Café is open daily from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Owners Eric Stone and Kim Hess-Stone have been in the food and beverage industry as bartenders and waiters but they got their feet wet with bar management when they became the operators of Pussers Marina Cay in British Virgin Islands and built up the three-hour happy hour from nothing to the most popular stop in the weeklong cruise circuit. Bringing this know-how, plus other skills earned in songwriting and performing for Eric and restaurant management and public relations for Kim, the two seized the opportunity for restaurant ownership in Marathon as they witnessed five former tenants fail to the bring Dockside to life.
Stone played music at the Dockside on and off through the years, as he traveled to and from venues in the Caribbean and throughout the world. He has been playing the guitar since the age of 10 and was a staff songwriter for Tony Records in Nashville. His music connections will serve to ensure a steady stream of exceptional music at the Dockside, he said. The state-of-the-art sound system and wireless speakers are a dream for many performers. Two acts Stone is looking forward to hosting in 2014 are the Spread the Love reggae band from Jamaica and the Sauce Boss who is known for making gumbo while playing music on stage. To learn more, call 305-743-0000 or visit www.docksidetropicalcafe.com.