By Shayne Benowitz

When we started the Commotion on the Ocean almost four years ago, we knew there was genius in the plan: live music on a boat as the sun melts into the ocean. What more needs to be said? It already sounds like the perfect start to a fun night. Well, since then the Commotion has become one of the most popular sunset trips in Key West.

I had the chance to hop aboard last night and grab some video footage of the band that has made the Commotion what it is today. Cory Heydon with band mates, Tom and Terry are a well-oiled machine. Cory is the frontman on lead guitar who breaks into the occasional harmonica solo. Tom keeps it funky on the bass while Terry beats the rhythm with his eclectic percussions, and the two of them rock a killer harmony with backup vocals.

The music they cover ranges from John Mayer to Jimmy Buffett, as well as a few much-loved original songs. My personal favorites include Cory’s unique medley of “Georgia on my Mind” transitioning into “New York State of Mind.” I also love The Who’s “Pinball Wizard.” When I was out last night, the crowd went wild for “Sweet Home Alabama,” “Jenny: 867-5309,” and, as you can see in the video, “Fat Bottomed Girls.”

While you’re swaying to the music or spinning on the dance floor, your Fury crew members are hard at work serving up pitchers full of our delicious margaritas and beer. There’s also an appetizer buffet of chicken wings, meatball, cheese trays, and veggies to hold you over until dinnertime.

From a one-man band playing twice a week to a three-piece band selling out nearly every night, Cory, Tom, and Terry have become serious Key West rockstars! You’ve got to check these guys out!

Shayne Benowitz is a Fury crewmember and freelance writer working on her debut novel. For more travel stories and a daily dose of what’s cool around the globe visit her Wanderlust Website at

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Last Updated 03/18/2024