Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Barefoot Bob

Barefoot Bob is dead. Robert Salamone, originally from Chelmsford, MA, a hop, skip and jump away from Tyngsboro, MA where I spent my high school years, passed on on June 22 in Key West. Robert -- Bob -- operated the bar known as Barefoot Bob's during the 1990s. If I have it right, the club was first at the Duval St. location of today's Willy T's. And I remember going just once to Barefoot Bob's on Telegraph Lane. It was a Deadhead hangout then, a dark place with black and strobe lights, walls painted in psychedelic scenes and colors, and a booming sound system playing stoner tunes.

I didn't know the gentleman, though I knew of him. You can't say that you know anyone from what is written in his or her obituary, but his reflected a caring person to me, someone in the business he was because he liked people, liked being around people having fun.

I kinda wish I had come to know him.

13 comments:

Anonymous said...

thanks Bob Kelly. Barefoot bob was a very good lifelong friend of mine, and I feel very comfortable saying the world is worse off for his loss. His love of life was infectous, setting the tone for many a good time. If you had met him, you'de know what i mean. Thanks, Bob, for a real good time! Kevin Harrison, Chelmsford Ma.

Wes Watters said...

Very sad news.
Miss Ya Brother.
Wes Watters
http://www.myspace.com/wes_expressed

Holz said...

Thanks for the kind words, man. Bob was my step-father, and finding this entry from someone who didn't even know him well brought a smile to everyone who read it (I've read it aloud multiple times already).

Michael Blades said...

Thanks for posting this Bob, i posted about him on our blog as well if you or others are interested.

http://michaelandkathy.blogspot.com/2009/06/iconic-losses.html

keywestagirl said...

Never knew Bob, but loved Barefoot Bob's in the 90's. A band called Crispy Critters played there and always closed with Play that Funky Music. And everyone danced that last dance. Old, young, drag, local, vistors - it was AWESOME! Great vibes! So thanks Bob for all the good times!

Anonymous said...

Wow - just found this site. I was blessed to call Bob my husband. He was kind and loving and created a wonderful life for me and my children. Bob's was a place that turned strangers into family and our connections still remain forever. Wes - man - hello - Wes made all the Tee Shirts and was and still is one of my favorite artists ever. Thank you al for the kind words and for carrying on his memory

JamesLooby said...

Hi all,

I too just stumbled upon this site/blog. It is impossible to convey what Bob and Kathy did for Key West and our extended family. They gave us some wonderful years and we are all forever grateful.

Thank you and peace to all,

Crispy Critters Saxophonist James Looby

JamesLooby said...

I too just stumbled on this site. Bob and Kathy created a Key West phenomena and extended family that was an extension of their caring, kindness and love.... for this we are forever grateful,

Thank you and peace,

Crispy Critters Saxophonist - James Looby

Anonymous said...

Years later and I just came across this. Even now, words can't express the kindness and love bob shared with all. his infectious love of music and people helped bring light to all who knew him. Thanks for recognizing at least some part of why Bob was special to us all. Peace, La.

Anonymous said...

My wife and I wandered into Barefoot Bob's many years ago, before we had kids, during a long, lazy visit to the Keys. We loved the atmosphere of the bar so much, we ended up coming back the next 2 nights as well. We had a great conversation with one of the bartenders, as well as with some of the other patrons, both local and tourist.

I still had my Barefoot Bob's tee shirt until recently, when i lost it. Does anyone know if it's still possible to get one?

Matt LJ said...

I'm another somebody who happened across this blog 4 years too late to effectively share my condolences with Kathy and the community that Bob and Kathy created. All my best goes out to you all...

Anonymous said...

Hi,
I am also wondering if there is a place to get a T shirt to replace a rather shredded one from so many years ago. Barefoot Bob's--many memories.

Alan E Smith said...

No,the first was a place called The Charcoal Hut.

 
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