An eighteen year veteran of the Key West music scene, Alfonse Subarsky grew up on the Jersey shore in Belmar at 17th Avenue and B Street (just a few blocks from E Street of Bruce Springstein fame). At around age 12 Alfonse recalls seeing Ricky Nelson play guitar on the “Ozzie and Harriett” show and being mesmerized. It changed his life and that’s when he started teaching himself how to play guitar. His earliest musical influence was Surf Music and songs like “Walk Don’t Run” and “Wipeout”.
At age 17 Alfonse joined a band, and being the youngest member and still a minor, recalls having to get himself an underage license. He went on to play with a popular NJ show band called “Party Dolls” that played all around the tri-state area.
His first gig in Key West was in 1999 at Top of La Concha, which at the time was a Holiday Inn. From there Alfonse started playing all over town at spots like Captain Tony’s and Rick’s. For awhile he played in a popular duo with Clint Bullard who is from Texas, and given Alfonse’s Jewish heritage the duo was aptly named the “Lone Star of David”.
These days Alfonse can be heard playing around town with “The Prime Movers” with Brian Roberts on bass, Rob DiStasi on keyboards, and Ray Spence on drums. You’ll be able to hear The Prime Movers at the Mayor’s Ball on January 14, 2017.
Alfonse also plays solo at Ricks on Thursdays at 12 noon, Two Friends on Sunday morning from 8:30am-11:30am, and Pier House Beach Bar on Saturdays at 12 noon.
Staring in January he’ll be at Mangoes for happy hour on Wednesdays. His full schedule can be found at www.conchrepublicmusic.com.
His first CD, “Almost Live From Havana”, can be heard on SoundCloud.com. It has three originals and seven covers. He covers everyone from Buffet to Sinatra to Bruce and thinks that another CD is in his future.
Alfonse has kept very busy in Key West – as he likes to say, he woke up in 2016 and 18 years went by and he’s still here along with his dog Bailey. His advice to younger players is to be prepared for any ‘mandatory unemployment’ and to always concentrate on saving money so if a storm comes you don’t have to panic.