Key Lime pie, flip- flops and happy hour. All of these things are synonymous with the Key West way-of-life.  The name Caffeine Carl certainly belongs at the forefront of this list.  It would be very difficult to find anyone who lives and/or has visited Key West that is not familiar with Carl and his unbelievable guitar playing and showmanship.

Carl Wagoner was born and raised here in Key West. A much quieter, military-based island back then, Key West was the perfect place for Carl to begin his musical journey. Carl’s first taste of music began at a very early age when he began messing around on his parents Thomas organ, slowly picking out melodies and eventually piecing together chord structures. This, paired with his brother’s “extensive” record collection, peaked his interest in music, especially rock n roll. On Christmas eve of 1980, Carl received his very first guitar at the age of 14 and he’s been “pickin’ and grinnin’ ever since”.

Today, Carl has his hand in an array of different bands and projects. His band Caffeine Carl and the Buzz can be found at the Smokin’ Tuna Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights and on Wednesday nights he is at the Lazy Gecko as part of a trio featuring himself, Tony Baltimore and Lee Venters. Carl can also be found playing along the likes of Nick Norman, Joal Rush, Scott Kirby, Claire Finley and many more. As a member of the Sunday Ramble Band, Carl joins many of these same Key West musician’s along with other special guests, to perform all-original music once every couple month’s at the incredible Key West Theater. “ The joy of being able to share the stage with all the other Key West musician’s you know, but rarely get to play with is what makes the Sunday Ramble so unique.”

Carl will take the stage at the Key West Theater again on February 20th, opening up for the incredible Robert Randolph & the Family Band. Named one of Rolling Stones “top 100 guitarist” Robert Randolph brings what is sure to be an unforgettable performance to Key West and Carl couldn’t be more excited. “ I am a huge fan of Robert Randolph and let me tell ya, we gonna blow the roof of the Key West Theater!”

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By James Whitehead