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John Bartus (Florida Keys Singer/Songwriter)

Acoustic Guitarist from Marathon, FL Will travel up to 3000 miles

  • Avg 5.0 | 2 Reviews
  • 4 Verified Bookings
  • Member Since 2011
  • 2 Awards & Badges
  • Virtual Services Offered
  • Accepts Online Payment
  • Starting at $400 per event

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Versatile, professional, original, and uniquely entertaining – audiences in the Florida Keys have kept John Bartus one of the busiest and most booked musicians since his arrival in the islands in 1984. John's solo acoustic act redefines what a one-man band can be! John has performed for events large, small, and everything in between. From sharing the stage with acts like Kansas, 38 Special, Rick Derringer, Edgar Winter, and Clarence Clemons, to the most intimate of acoustic performances, John Bartus makes each performance something to remember. John's songs cover a wide spectrum of topics – there are love songs, love-gone-wrong songs, and story songs about characters like the fun-loving Joe from “Vegas Town,” the Drifter from “Hit the Road Again,” the smuggler who ran out of luck from “Kiss Your Life Goodbye,” the dancer from “The Way It's Meant to Be,” and the follower of visions from “Velvet Elvis.” There are songs about dealing with life (“Victim of Gravity”) and death (“Goodbye”). There is the tribute to the Apollo I, Challenger, and Columbia astronauts as well as John's father, a Saturn IB launch team engineer (“Dawn's Early Light”). And there are the Tropical Americana songs – “Palm Trees in Paradise,” “Captain of His Own Destiny,” “The Islands of Marathon” – that show the influence of living in a tropical island town for more than 35 years. Rag Magazine wrote in an album review, “John Bartus could well be a force to be recorded with, in the very near future. The song, 'Velvet Elvis,' is reminiscent of the soft sarcastic style of Warren Zevon: a man, eating donuts in the Black Lung Cafe, receives a vision from 'The King' through a velvet Elvis hanging on a wall, and is inspired to go to Graceland to steal one for his own, even though it means jail time. The remainder of the CD is done in the story song style of Joshua Kadison with the Florida themes of Jimmy Buffett. A pure storyteller in a minstrel's soul, Bartus' voice is crisp and clear, and the music is easy to enjoy.” In addition to being one of the Florida Keys' best-known singer/songwriters, John has a repertoire of over 1,000 cover songs ranging from Jimmy Buffett to Tom Petty to Elton John and to even Pink Floyd. John is an accomplished singer, guitarist, and pianist, with a little harmonica added for good measure. His solo act features some real cool looping and harmony technologies that allow him to perform challenging material like Pink Floyd and CSN, all live and in real time with no pre-recorded material or "invisible computer musicians." As one of the most versatile — and totally live — solo shows anywhere, John can tailor the entertainment specifically for your event, whether it's club, concert, festival, corporate, or wedding. John also has all the sound equipment needed to cover everything from small clubs to large outdoor events. Find out why John Bartus remains in constant demand as a 40-year full-time professional musician and entertainer by hiring him for your next event.

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Avg 5.0 | 2 Reviews

Review by Brenda H.

Wedding ReceptionReviewed on September 13, 2014From Key West, FL

John was an absolute delight to have on our special day. He made the process extremely easy and worry free. Our guests loved him and appreciated the flexibilty he showed in accomdating special requests that we didn't even think of on our initial song plan. Thank you again John for making the music part a huge success! Louis and Brenda Severin

Review by Anne M.

Birthday Party (Adult)Reviewed on February 18, 2014From Key West, FL

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  • Melissa | Allman Brothers
  • Midnight Rider | Allman Brothers
  • How Much I Feel | Ambrosia
  • Horse With No Name | America
  • Ventura Highway | America
  • I Need You | America
  • Sandman | America
  • Tin Man | America
  • Lonely People | America
  • Sister Golden Hair | America
  • Daisy Jane | America
  • Seminole Wind | John Anderson
  • What a Wonderful World | Louis Armstrong
  • Love Shack | B-52s
  • The Weight | The Band
  • Night They Drove Old Dixie Down | The Band
  • ORIGINAL SONGS FROM MY CDs | John Bartus
  • Kokomo | Beach Boys
  • Let It Be | Beatles + Solo
  • The Long and Winding Road | Beatles + Solo
  • Here Comes the Sun | Beatles + Solo
  • Nowhere Man | Beatles + Solo
  • Norwegian Wood | Beatles + Solo
  • Oh Darlin' | Beatles + Solo
  • Yesterday | Beatles + Solo
  • Get Back | Beatles + Solo
  • Back in the USSR | Beatles + Solo
  • Yellow Submarine | Beatles + Solo
  • Something | Beatles + Solo
  • A Hard Day's Night | Beatles + Solo
  • Can't Buy Me Love | Beatles + Solo
  • A Day In The Life | Beatles + Solo
  • Ob-La-Di | Ob-La-Da
  • You've Got To Hide Your | Beatles + Solo
  • Fool On The Hill | Beatles + Solo
  • Rocky Raccoon | Beatles + Solo
  • Sgt. Pepper/Help From My Friends | Beatles + Solo
  • I Am The Walrus | Beatles + Solo
  • Hey Jude | Beatles + Solo
  • We Can Work It Out | Beatles + Solo
  • Golden Slumbers/Carry That Weight/The End | Beatles + Solo
  • While My Guitar Gently Weeps | Beatles + Solo
  • I Saw Her Standing There | Beatles + Solo
  • Twist And Shout | Beatles + Solo
  • In My Life | Beatles + Solo
  • Imagine | Beatles + Solo
  • Starting Over | Beatles + Solo
  • Woman | Beatles + Solo
  • Watching the Wheels | Beatles + Solo
  • Band on the Run | Beatles + Solo
  • Day-O | Harry Belafonte
  • On Broadway | George Benson
  • This Masquerade | George Benson
  • Johnnie B. Goode | Chuck Berry
  • At This Moment | Billy & The Beaters
  • Don't Fear the Reaper | Blue Oyster Cult
  • Wanted Dead or Alive | Bon Jovi
  • Amanda | Boston
  • A Man I'll Never Be | Boston
  • Space Oddity | David Bowie
  • The Letter | Box Tops
  • Everything I Own | Bread
  • Guitar Man | Bread
  • I'd Like To Make It With You | Bread
  • If | Bread
  • Friends in Low Places | Garth Brooks
  • The Dance | Garth Brooks
  • Shameless | Garth Brooks
  • Running on Empty | Jackson Browne
  • In the Shape of a Heart | Jackson Browne
  • Rosie | Jackson Browne
  • The Load-Out / Stay | Jackson Browne
  • Margaritaville | Jimmy Buffett
  • Pirate Looks at 40 | Jimmy Buffett
  • Changes in Latitudes | Jimmy Buffett
  • Volcano | Jimmy Buffett
  • Son of a Sailor | Jimmy Buffett
  • Come Monday | Jimmy Buffett
  • Havana Daydreamin' | Jimmy Buffett
  • Folsom Prison Blues | Johnny Cash
  • Taxi | Harry Chapin
  • Cat's In The Cradle | Harry Chapin
  • Better Place to Be | Harry Chapin
  • Saturday In The Park | Chicago
  • Colour My World | Chicago
  • 25 or 6 to 4 | Chicago
  • Beginnings | Chicago
  • Change The World | Eric Clapton
  • Layla | Eric Clapton
  • Promises | Eric Clapton
  • Wonderful Tonight | Eric Clapton
  • Crazy | Patsy Cline
  • You Are So Beautiful | Joe Cocker
  • Walking in Memphis | Marc Cohn
  • In the Air Tonight | Phil Collins
  • One Tin Soldier | Coven
  • Bad Moon Rising | Creedence/Fogerty
  • Have You Ever Seen The Rain | Creedence/Fogerty
  • Green River | Creedence/Fogerty
  • Proud Mary | Creedence/Fogerty
  • Who'll Stop The Rain | Creedence/Fogerty
  • Centerfield | Creedence/Fogerty
  • Old Man Down the Road | Creedence/Fogerty
  • Rock and Roll Girls | Creedence/Fogerty
  • Southern Cross | CSNY
  • Suite: Judy Blue Eyes | CSNY
  • Helplessly Hoping | CSNY
  • Just A Song Before I Go | CSNY
  • Ohio | CSNY
  • Wasted on the Way | CSNY
  • Don't Dream It's Over | Crowded House
  • Time in a Bottle | Jim Croce
  • Operator | Jim Croce
  • I'll Have to Say I Love You in a Song | Jim Croce
  • Bad Bad Leroy Brown | Jim Croce
  • You Don't Mess Around With Jim | Jim Croce
  • Long Haired Country Boy | Charlie Daniels
  • I Go Crazy | Paul Davis
  • Rocky Mtn. High | John Denver
  • Country Roads | John Denver
  • Annie's Song | John Denver
  • Leaving On A Jet Plane | John Denver
  • Sweet Caroline | Neil Diamond
  • I Am | I Said
  • Love On The Rocks | Neil Diamond
  • Cracklin' Rosie | Neil Diamond
  • So Far Away | Dire Straits
  • Sultans of Swing | Dire Straits
  • Money for Nothing | Dire Straits
  • Walk of Life | Dire Straits
  • Blueberry Hill | Fats Domino
  • Listen to the Music | Doobie Brothers
  • Black Water | Doobie Brothers
  • China Grove | Doobie Brothers
  • Touch Me | Doors
  • Light My Fire | Doors
  • Riders on the Storm | Doors
  • Roadhouse Blues | Doors
  • Life in a Northern Town | Dream Academy
  • Under the Boardwalk | Drifters
  • Up On The Roof | Drifters
  • All Along the Watchtower | Bob Dylan
  • Don't Think Twice | Bob Dylan
  • Hurricane | Bob Dylan
  • I Shall Be Released | Bob Dylan
  • It Ain't Me Babe | Bob Dylan
  • Just Like a Woman | Bob Dylan
  • Knocking on Heaven's Door | Bob Dylan
  • Lay Lady Lay | Bob Dylan
  • Like a Rolling Stone | Bob Dylan
  • Mr. Tambourine Man | Bob Dylan
  • Positively 4th Street | Bob Dylan
  • Señor | Bob Dylan
  • Shelter From The Storm | Bob Dylan
  • Tangled Up In Blue | Bob Dylan
  • Tomorrow is a Long Time | Bob Dylan
  • You're a Big Girl Now | Bob Dylan
  • Things Have Changed | Bob Dylan
  • Times They Are A-Changin' | Bob Dylan
  • Best of My Love | Eagles
  • Take it Easy | Eagles
  • Take It To The Limit | Eagles
  • Peaceful Easy Feeling | Eagles
  • Desperado | Eagles
  • Hotel California | Eagles
  • Wasted Time | Eagles
  • New Kid In Town | Eagles
  • Tequila Sunrise | Eagles
  • I Can't Tell You Why | Eagles
  • Seven Bridges Road | Eagles
  • Magnet and Steel | Walter Egan
  • From the Beginning | ELP
  • Bennie And The Jets | Elton John
  • Believe | Elton John
  • Candle In The Wind | Elton John
  • Crocodile Rock | Elton John
  • Daniel | Elton John
  • Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me | Elton John
  • Goodbye Yellow Brick Road | Elton John
  • I Guess That's Why They Call it the Blues | Elton John
  • Levon | Elton John
  • Original Sin | Elton John
  • The One | Elton John
  • Rocketman | Elton John
  • Someone Saved My Life Tonight | Elton John
  • Tiny Dancer | Elton John
  • Your Song | Elton John
  • Lights | Journey
  • Killing Me Softly | Roberta Flack
  • Leader of the Band | Dan Fogelberg
  • Same Auld Lang Syne | Dan Fogelberg
  • Run For The Roses | Dan Fogelberg
  • The Innocent Age | Dan Fogelberg
  • Longer | Dan Fogelberg
  • Hard to Say | Dan Fogelberg
  • The Reach | Dan Fogelberg
  • The Last Nail | Dan Fogelberg
  • Dancing Shoes | Dan Fogelberg
  • The Sand and the Foam | Dan Fogelberg
  • As The Raven Flies | Dan Fogelberg
  • Baby I Love Your Way | Peter Frampton
  • Keep Your Hands to Yourself | Georgia Satellites
  • Friend of the Devil | Grateful Dead
  • Drift Away | Dobie Gray
  • City of New Orleans | Arlo Guthrie
  • Sara Smile | Hall & Oates
  • Every Time You Go Away | Hall & Oates
  • It Never Rains in Southern California | Albert Hammond
  • Angel Eyes | Jeff Healey Band
  • Sunset Grille | Don Henley
  • Boys of Summer | Don Henley
  • End of the Innocence | Don Henley
  • Heart of the Matter | Don Henley
  • Last Worthless Evening | Don Henley
  • Little Wing | Jimi Hendrix
  • Purple Haze | Jimi Hendrix
  • Hey Joe | Jimi Hendrix
  • Sometimes When We Touch | Dan Hill
  • Long Cool Woman in Black Dress | Hollies
  • Let Her Cry | Hootie & the Blowfish
  • I Only Wanna Be With You | Hootie & the Blowfish
  • The Way It Is | Bruce Hornsby
  • White Wedding | Billy Idol
  • Locomotive Breath | Jethro Tull
  • Piano Man | Billy Joel
  • Scenes From An Italian Restaurant | Billy Joel
  • Captain Jack | Billy Joel
  • Honesty | Billy Joel
  • Just The Way You Are | Billy Joel
  • Movin' Out (Anthony's Song) | Billy Joel
  • Only The Good Die Young | Billy Joel
  • Say Goodbye to Hollywood | Billy Joel
  • A Matter of Trust | Billy Joel
  • Summer | Highland Falls
  • You May Be Right | Billy Joel
  • Chevy Van | Sammy Johns
  • No One Is To Blame | Howard Jones
  • Beautiful in My Eyes | Joshua Kadison
  • Dust in the Wind | Kansas
  • Carry on Wayward Son | Kansas
  • Stand By Me | Ben E. King
  • Beth | Kiss
  • Stairway to Heaven | Led Zeppelin
  • Rock and Roll | Led Zeppelin
  • If You Could Read My Mind | Gordon Lightfoot
  • If Children Had Wings | Gordon Lightfoot
  • Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald | Gordon Lightfoot
  • Sundown | Gordon Lightfoot
  • The Citcle is Small | Gordon Lightfoot
  • Spanish Moss | Gordon Lightfoot
  • Cool Change | Little River Band
  • Lady | Little River Band
  • Brandy | Looking Glass
  • Sweet Home Alabama | Lynyrd Skynyrd
  • Free Bird | Lynyrd Skynyrd
  • Redemptions Songs | Bob Marley
  • Heard it in a Love Song | Marshall Tucker Band
  • We Just Disagree | Dave Mason
  • Why Georgia Why | John Mayer
  • American Pie | Don McLean
  • Vincent | Don McLean
  • Two Out Of Three Ain't Bad | Meat Loaf
  • Cherry Bomb | John Mellencamp
  • Jack & Diane | John Mellencamp
  • Hurts So Good | John Mellencamp
  • Your Life Is Now | John Mellencamp
  • Overkill | Men At Work
  • Down Under | Men At Work
  • The Joker | Steve Miller
  • Nights in White Satin | Moody Blues
  • The Voice | Moody Blues
  • Have I Told You Lately | Van Morrison
  • Moondance | Van Morrison
  • Brown Eyed Girl | Van Morrison
  • Into the Mystic | Van Morrison
  • Wildfire | Michael Murphey
  • Garden Party | Rick Nelson
  • Mr. Bojangles | Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
  • Oh! Pretty Woman | Roy Orbison
  • Still the One | Orleans
  • Eye in the Sky | Alan Parsons Project
  • Time | Alan Parsons Project
  • You Don't Know How It Feels | Tom Petty
  • Mary Jane's Last Dance | Tom Petty
  • Running Down a Dream | Tom Petty
  • Breakdown | Tom Petty
  • American Girl | Tom Petty
  • Free Fallin' | Tom Petty
  • The Last DJ | Tom Petty
  • It's Good to Be King | Tom Petty
  • Learning to Fly | Tom Petty
  • Yer So Bad | Tom Petty
  • You Wreck Me | Tom Petty
  • Wildflowers | Tom Petty
  • Have Love Will Travel | Tom Petty
  • Wish You Were Here | Pink Floyd
  • Breathe / Time | Pink Floyd
  • Hey You | Pink Floyd
  • Run Like Hell | Pink Floyd
  • Comfortably Numb | Pink Floyd
  • Another Brick (Part II) | Pink Floyd
  • Learning to Fly | Pink Floyd
  • Crazy Love | Poco
  • Message In A Bottle | Police/Sting
  • Fields of Gold | Police/Sting
  • Can't Help Falling in Love | Elvis Presley
  • Suspicious Minds | Elvis Presley
  • Back on the Chain Gang | Pretenders
  • Purple Rain | Prince
  • Angel From Montgomery | John Prine
  • Whiter Shade of Pale | Procul Harum
  • You're My Best Friend | Queen
  • Baker Street | Gerry Rafferty
  • Right Down The Line | Gerry Rafferty
  • Whatever's Written In Your Heart | Gerry Rafferty
  • Dock of the Bay | Otis Redding
  • Losing My Religion | R.E.M.
  • The One I Love | R.E.M.
  • Unchained Melody | Righteous Brothers
  • You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling | Righteous Brothers
  • Easy | Lionel Ritchie/Commodores
  • Hello | Lionel Ritchie/Commodores
  • The Poor Side of Town | Johnny Rivers
  • Tracks of My Tears | Smokey Robinson
  • Wild Horses | Rolling Stones
  • Dead Flowers | Rolling Stones
  • Satisfaction | Rolling Stones
  • Brown Sugar | Rolling Stones
  • Start Me Up | Rolling Stones
  • Miss You | Rolling Stones
  • Jumpin' Jack Flash | Rolling Stones
  • Angie | Rolling Stones
  • Honky Tonk Women | Rolling Stones
  • The Last Time | Rolling Stones
  • Mixed Emotions | Rolling Stones
  • Smooth | Santana
  • Evil Ways | Santana
  • Black Magic Woman | Santana
  • Love Look What You've Done To Me | Boz Scaggs
  • Summer Breeze | Seals & Croft
  • Turn the Page | Bob Seger
  • Night Moves | Bob Seger
  • We've Got Tonight | Bob Seger
  • Against the Wind | Bob Seger
  • Main Street | Bob Seger
  • Runaway | Del Shannon
  • The Boxer | Simon (& Garfunkel)
  • Sounds of Silence | Simon (& Garfunkel)
  • Homeward Bound | Simon (& Garfunkel)
  • Mrs. Robinson | Simon (& Garfunkel)
  • Bridge Over Troubled Water | Simon (& Garfunkel)
  • Me & Julio | Simon (& Garfunkel)
  • Kodachrome | Simon (& Garfunkel)
  • Fifty Ways to Leave Your Lover | Simon (& Garfunkel)
  • Slip Sliding Away | Simon (& Garfunkel)
  • Born to Run | Bruce Springsteen
  • The River | Bruce Springsteen
  • Hungry Heart | Bruce Springsteen
  • I'm on Fire | Bruce Springsteen
  • Dancing in the Dark | Bruce Springsteen
  • Glory Days | Bruce Springsteen
  • As Time Goes By | Standard
  • Georgia On My Mind | Standard
  • House of the Rising Sun | Standard
  • Kansas City | Standard
  • San Antonio Rose | Standard
  • Slow Boat to China | Standard
  • Fly Me To The Moon | Standard
  • Stars Fell on Alabama | Standard
  • Summertime | Standard
  • Wind Beneath My Wings | Standard
  • Doctor Wu | Steely Dan
  • Reelin' In The Years | Steely Dan
  • Third World Man | Steely Dan
  • Born to be Wild | Steppewnwolf
  • Wild World | Cat Stevens
  • Peace Train | Cat Stevens
  • Where Do The Children Play | Cat Stevens
  • Morning Has Broken | Cat Stevens
  • Time Passages | Al Stewart
  • Year of the Cat | Al Stewart
  • Maggie May | Rod Stewart
  • I Was Only Joking | Rod Stewart
  • You're In My Heart | Rod Stewart
  • Give a Little Bit | Supertramp
  • Nearly ALL Popular JT | James Taylor
  • My Girl | Temptations
  • The Lion Sleeps Tonight | Tokens
  • Africa | Toto
  • End of the Line | Traveling Wilburys
  • Handle With Care | Traveling Wilburys
  • Happy Together | Turtles
  • With or Without You | U2
  • La Bamba | Richie Valens
  • Rocky Mountain Way | Joe Walsh
  • Life's Been Good | Joe Walsh
  • Behind Blue Eyes | The Who
  • Always On My Mind | Willie & Waylon
  • Luckenbach Texas | Willie & Waylon
  • On The Road Again | Willie & Waylon
  • Dream Weaver | Gary Wright
  • Harvest Moon | Neil Young
  • Heart of Gold | Neil Young
  • Like a Hurricane | Neil Young
  • Comes A Time | Neil Young
  • My My Hey Hey | Neil Young
  • Needle and the Damage Done | Neil Young
  • Rockin' in the Free World | Neil Young
  • Get Together | Youngbloods
  • Werewolves of London | Warren Zevon
  • Poor Pitiful Me | Warren Zevon
  • Sharp Dressed Man | ZZ Top

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Past Events

April 11, 2017 • Luau Party
Tue7:00 PM - 9:00 PM Key Largo, FL
October 8, 2016 • Wedding
Sat4:30 PM - 9:00 PM Key West, FL
September 13, 2014 • Wedding Reception
Sat5:30 PM - 8:30 PM Key West, FL
February 18, 2014 • Birthday Party (Adult)
Tue7:00 PM - 9:00 PM Key West, FL

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