Both a drummer and lead singer, Jim Simonian is an exciting musician that has quickly become an integral part of the Key West music scene. Jim is half of the Jim & Jared Konersman Show that performs at Irish Kevins 10:00 PM until closing, six days a week.
Originally from Cleveland, he first started playing trumpet as a kid, then became a drummer when he turned fifteen. It wasn’t long before he was playing in local bands. Jim became a lead singer in his 20’s while living in Boston and performed in a metal band. With a powerful Rock voice he became a singing drummer and toured all over the country. Jim played in a backing band for Eric Carmen, and toured with Jimmy Jameson from Survivor.
Part of his touring years included performing with Ron Gregorcik of the Durt Bags (Durty Harry’s) touring the Florida panhandle in the 80’s in a metal band called the “Cocktones”. The band also played at Key West venues like Sloppy Joes. Taking time off from working on the road, Jim took a job in the record as a National Account Manager Capitol – EMI.
But Jim’s favorite thing to do is being a singer / drummer. So when a friend called three years ago and offered an him the opportunity to join him in a steady gig in Key West, he jumped on it. That duo evolved in to what is known today as the Jim & Jared Konersman Show, playing six nights each week at Irish Kevin’s.
They are a high energy duo that performs and sounds like a full band. Jared on guitar and vocals, Jim on drums and vocals. They built a successful brand that has become the closing act at Irish Kevin’s, largely built on a performance style where the band never takes a break (performing four hours straight) and go all out to play the songs their audience requests. More about the duo at facebook.com/jaredandjim Jim describes performing at Irish Kevin’s the audience “is like being the guest of honor at a party” .
When asked about how he likes Key West and the music scene here, Jim was quick to reply “nothing else like it …the ability to be full-time musician and have a community of working musicians that get along and support each other exists nowhere else.”