Maiden voyage of SOASOAS tour is a memorable excursion

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From “Maiden voyage of sailor-themed Jimmy Buffett tour is a pleasure cruise in Kansas City

Jimmy Buffett’s nautical-themed concert at the Sprint Center in Kansas City took about 15,000 giddy passengers on a two-hour pleasure cruise on Saturday.

During the opening night of his “Son of a Son of a Sailor” tour, Buffett, 71, proudly proclaimed that “it’s actually true — I am the son of a son of a sailor.”

The added assurance wasn’t necessary. The storied singer-songwriter is beloved for his shaggy-dog stories, such as the woozy 1977 smash-hit “Margaritaville.”

His devotees are less like fans than members of a colorful cult of gregarious fun-lovers. Many enthusiasts in Saturday’s audience wore wacky costumes or Hawaiian shirts with leis.

Those fans are eager to buy whatever their hero is selling, a trait that has made Buffett a branding juggernaut and a serial entrepreneur.

One of his latest ventures is a pair of retirement communities named Latitude Margaritaville. During the mandatory rendition of “Margaritaville,” video footage promoting his current Broadway musical “Escape to Margaritaville” was displayed on an enormous screen behind the stage.

Most of the images that flashed behind the barefoot Buffett and his 11-piece Coral Reefer Band depicted tropical paradises, boat schematics and references to the revelry that causes his concerts to resemble Fat Tuesday, Halloween and New Year’s Eve celebrations rolled up together into wild beach-themed parties.

Buffett cited Mark Twain as an inspiration before performing the agonizing “A Pirate Looks at Forty.” Perhaps sensing that the atmosphere became uncharacteristically grim after singing the lyric “I feel like I’ve drowned,” Buffett ad-libbed “but I won’t wear a frown.”

Caroline Jones, a country-oriented artist who demonstrated formidable blues chops in a brief opening set, added additional depth to the forlorn ballad “Coast of Marseilles” in an enchanting duet.

The refreshed set list touched on all but two songs from the 1978 album “Son of a Son of a Sailor.” Only “Cowboy in the Jungle” fell flat.

An unusual array of cover songs ranged from inspired (the Beach Boys’ “Sail On, Sailor”) to dull (Van Morrison’s “Brown Eyed Girl”).

Buffett, a trustworthy navigator, mostly circumvented choppy waters. The maiden voyage of his “Son of a Son of a Sailor” tour made for a memorable excursion.


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Protoje Announces Release Date for New Album ‘A Matter of Time’

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On June 29th, 2018, Protoje will release a new full-length album titled A Matter of Time. The Jamaican artist, known for his  infectious reggae hip hop blend, will release his 4th album via Overstand Entertainment/In.Digg.Nation in conjunction with Easy Star Records. A Matter of Time features 10 tracks and is available now for pre-order.

In addition to the announcement of the album release date, Protoje also dropped a new single with Chronixx called “No Guarantee.” The new single follows up on the duo’s 2014 smash-hit “Who Knows,” which has garnered over 70 million views on YouTube. Chronixx and Protoje have been spearheading the Jamaican reggae revival for a few years now, and that trend continues on “No Guarantee.”

Other previously released singles from A Matter of Time such as “Bout Noon,” “Blood Money,” and “Truths Rights,” have drummed up excitement around the release, and gives a glimpse of the progress Protoje continues to make as an artist. A Matter of Time is produced by Protoje’s long-time accomplice Winta James.

Protoje will be touring the world this spring through the summer in support of his forthcoming release. He’ll also be linking up with Chronixx for a can’t-miss show at Coney Island’s Ford Amphitheater on May 27th, 2018 in Brooklyn, NY. After a string of shows in the US, Protoje takes his act overseas for a dozen performances in Europe. Tickets for the tour can be purchased on Protoje’s official website posted below. You can also pre-order A Matter of Time while you’re there!

Protoje – A Matter of Time Tracklist:
Protoje_AMatterofTime1.) Flames (ft. Chronixx)
2.) Blood Money
3.) Mind of a King
4.) Like This
5.) Bout Noon
6.) A Matter of Time
7.) No Guarantee (ft. Chronixx)
8.) Lessons
9.) Truths Rights (ft. Mortimer)
10.) Camera Show

Related Links:
Protoje Official Website / Pre-Order Link
Protoje Facebook

Article By: Brian Winters

Watch: Protoje – “No Guarantee” ft. Chronixx (Official Audio)

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Video: Tomorrows Bad Seeds – “Back To You”

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Tomorrows Bad Seeds is inching closer to their first album release in 6 years when they drop Illuminate on May 25th via Island Empire Records. The 13 track record sounds less like the Bad Seeds of old where they were known for rock ballads and reggae grooves. This album is more reggae, RB with poppy island flare. Their latest single, “Back To You,” is a testament to that sound as the song was co-written by label mate, Sammy Johnson. You can pre-order Bad Seeds new album via iTunes by clicking HERE! To catch them on tour, view their upcoming dates by clicking HERE! Enjoy the song and video…

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Buffett’s new tour kicks off in Kansas City

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Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band kicked off the 2018 Son Of A Son Of A Sailor Tour last night at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, MO.

The set list from the show is now available. The show included six songs from the album “Son on a Son of a Sailor” which was released 40 years ago. Songs from the album included the title cut, “Fool Button”, “Livingston Saturday Night”, “Cheeseburger in Paradise”, “Cowboy in the Jungle”, and “Mañana”.

Some of the other highlights from the show included “Tampico Trauma” and “Sail On Sailor” (last played Aug 19, 2003). There was an instrumental break with featuring Robert Greenidge on steel drums and Peter Mayer on guitar performing “King Of Somewhere Hot”. Buffett and the Coral Reefers included a Bluegrass Medley with the songs “Grapefruit Juicyfruit”, “Manana”, “Fool Button”, and “Piece Of Work”.


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Magaritaville Hotel to open in Alabama

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From WAFF: “Margaritaville Hotel coming to Town Madison

A new hotel chain will make its Alabama debut in Madison.

On Friday, Breland Companies announced the arrival of Magaritaville Hotel at Town Madison. This will be the first Margaritaville project in Alabama

The 150 room hotel will be adjacent to the recently announced baseball stadium over the center field wall. It will feature food and beverage concepts,a 3,000 square feet meeting space, a retail store and a water park that includes a lazy river and volleyball court.

“We are proud to bring the Margaritaville lifestyle of fun and relaxation to Town Madison,” president and CEO Judd Bobilin said in a news release. “We see this as a great opportunity to integrate the Margaritaville experience into an exciting mixed-used project and with a state-of-the-art baseball stadium.”

The hotel is set to break ground in late 2018 and is expected to open in 2020. Chance Partners LLC will develop this project.

“This is a huge win for our city,” Madison Mayor Paul Finley said in the release. “Margaritaville is an international brand known for high-quality and fun projects. Not only will this hotel attract guests from across the region, but it will add multiple new dining and entertainment options for Madison residents.”


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Mighty Mighty Bosstones Release New Single, Announce New Album

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Ska-legends Mighty Mighty Bosstones announced that on June 15th they will release a new 14-track record, titled While We’re At It, with new single “Wonderful Day For The Race” leading the way.

To say there’s excitement for 47 minutes of new Bosstones music after a 7 year album absence would be an understatement. This is the groups 10th studio album in what front-man Dicky Barrett claims to be angrier than most!


We caught up with Bosstones saxophonist Tim Burton and when asked what made this album angry, he dished: “Donald Trump! I think we felt very motivated to make a record and it happened kind of quick. Dicky called me around the holidays and asked if I had any songs. There was definitely a feeling among us that we wanted to make a statement about whats going on.” Tim goes on to share: “I think its a really cool record, there’s a lot of really fun songs. It’s like a lot of the Bosstones stuff where its political but at the same time its done in a poetic way. I wouldn’t say the music is angry, its a really fun ska record… Dicky usually has a vision for the message behind a record and seeing it as a whole. We’re children of the 70’s, some of us, and we come from that era where records were a statement!”

The Mighty Mighty Bosstones tapped producer Ted Hutt who has now produced the bands last three records which has evolved into sort of a musical trilogy so to speak with each of the albums being a cohesive statement in working with the same producer inside the same studio.

The albums first single “Wonderful Day For The Race” is a title inspired by an old saying front-man Dicky Barrett’s Dad use to say as Dicky tells Billboard: “As a dopey kid, I would go, ‘What race?’ And he would always go, ‘The human race.’ It’s a tribute to him as well as a good message. We’re lucky to have what we have. We have this day, and we have who we are in ourselves. If that’s your starting point, that’s pretty damn good.”


Dicky, who also serves as the announcer on Jimmy Kimmel Live! goes on to share: “That song was based on the insignificance of what we truly are, up against the importance of what we are. Our place in the universe and who we think we are versus who we really are. It flip-flops back and forth between those two thoughts, ultimately landing on the importance of love and unity.”

The artwork was done by Yo Yo Yosef who shared on his Instagram (@Yo_yo_yosef): “This project was a heavy dose of nostalgia for me; digging deep into the 1970’s for art inspiration, influenced by things from my childhood in the 80’s, while creating something new for a band I have loved since high school in the 90’s.”

You can pre-order the While We’re At It now by clicking HERE! In the meantime, go stream “Wonderful Day for the Race”, watch the video, find upcoming tour dates and additional links below.

Dicky concludes: “You can talk about the current political climate—I think people want to feel good this summer. Ska music is a way to do that. It’s worked in the past. Is it a coincidence? Maybe. As a guy that’s in a ska-punk band, am I hoping there’s some kind of resurgence? I don’t know. I’m going to do it anyway. I don’t need it to be a trend or be popular or anything. The Bosstones make Bosstones music whether it’s fashionable or not.”

Watch: Mighty Mighty Bosstones – “Wonderful Day For The Race”

Mighty Mighty Bosstones – While We’re At It Tracklist:
MMB_WhileWereAtIt1.) Greenbay, Wisconsin
2.) The Constant
3.) Wonderful Day for the Race
4.) Unified
5.) Divide
6.) Closer to Nowhere
7.) Walked Like a Ghost
8.) The West Ends
9.) Here We Are
10.) The Mad Dash
11.) Absolutely Wrong
12.) In Honor Of
13.) Hugo’s Wife
14.) After the Music Is Over

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Mighty Mighty Bosstones Website
Mighty Mighty Bosstones Facebook

Article By: Mike Patti
Photos By: David Norris

Watch: The Mighty Mighty Bosstones – “The Impression That I Get”

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Codename Coral

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Ocean Conservancy recently embarked on a partnership with Force Blue to support a coral restoration mission in Puerto Rico. Nathan Quinn, a member of Force Blue Team One deployed to Puerto Rico to assist NOAA, Sea Ventures and Puerto Rico’s Department of Natural Resources in October and has been there since. The Florida native and U.S. Army Veteran and Military Medic Instructor took some time to speak with us about his time in Puerto Rico. This is the second part of a four-part interview series. Click here to read the first installment and here for the second.

What does Force Blue’s diver training look like?

Nathan Quinn: After a rigorous selection process by our own Roger Sparks, Force Blue has an initial two-week training that includes courses from industry leaders like Lad Akins of REEF, Coral Restoration from Patti Gross Kirk of Coral Restoration Foundation, Underwater Photography from the world-famous Charlotte Church. There is some classroom instruction but there is simply no substitute for getting in the water and getting the work done. This kind of instruction is very familiar to those with experience in Special Operations; the best in the field tell you how it’s done and in no time flat you are in a controlled environment getting it done under observation—honing that skill to a sharp point. Everyone is fully focused knowing that soon enough it will be put to practice in the field. There is also continuing education, thanks to Force Blue’s Training Director Angelo Fiore, and these programs are only getting better. We come from a diverse background ourselves and have much to teach one another. When there are gaps in that, we find the best in the field to show us how it’s done. We’re lucky enough that they have said yes at every turn.

This effort requires local support and NOAA has been working with local dive company Sea Ventures on this projectwhat has it been like working alongside the locals who were most impacted by this storm?

Quinn: When you have a task at hand it can be easy to focus on that task and forget that the people working just as diligently at your side have a lot more going on. I remember building this house in Koh Phi Phi, Thailand after the Tsunami had demolished that otherwise idyllic island. As the sun set at the end of the long day it was just myself and the gentleman who would be living and working from the house. “I wish she could see this place, it’s going to be beautiful”. I let the phrase hang there for too long realizing that in focusing on the work I had forgotten why we were doing it. In the time it took us to split a warm beer I discovered that he had lost everything he owned and a staggering nine members of his family—including his wife. There’s a reason we call it a disaster.

27- Please credit @Jim Hellemn, forceblueteam.org27- Please credit @Jim Hellemn,
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Here in Puerto Rico, we are lending a hand to the local projects but it must be said that the lion’s share of the work is being done by dedicated locals who have in some cases lost their homes, their cars, everything. They are working in the blistering heat to rebuild their island of enchantment and coming home to houses without power, feeding their families from stores with barren shelves. Everyone gets tired. It’s a brutal job in difficult conditions. When you look to your left and right and see that level of dedication and appreciation what can you do? You put on a new tank, grab a hammer and keep going until the sun comes down.

Coral reefs have been referred to as the medicine cabinets of the oceanswith your medical background, were you aware of that before your work with Force Blue? What types of medical advances can be assisted by coral reefs?

Quinn: For many, the idea of getting medications from natural sources sounds suspect or even a bit ‘granola.’ In fact, many of the medications we use every day come from the environment around us. Julius Caesar and Cleopatra used Aspirin gathered from tree bark. Many modern heart and sea sickness medications come from plant sources like foxglove and nightshades. We discovered these vital substances through centuries of experimentation. It was only the comparatively recent invention of Scuba that allowed us to similarly explore the opportunities that the near limitless biodiversity of the reefs provide. Unsurprisingly, the world’s oceans hold an equal if not greater trove of medicines. Coral in particular, with their tremendous immune systems, seem to offer a huge opportunity for afflictions that take a particular toll on modern societies – Autoimmune Diseases.

Dozens of such medications have in this way been discovered as a result of the exploration of 5% of the world’s oceans. Just imagine what wonder medicines are in the other 95%.

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Help Us Change the Tide of Plastic Pollution

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Picture a sea turtle. Perhaps a baby, crawling to the ocean for the very first time, or a mother who just laid her eggs on the very same beach she was born. These images should invoke the most beautiful emotions of hope and best wishes for these beautiful creatures and it’s likely that the shoreline or sea you’re imaging is pristinely clean, with crystal clear waters and miles of impeccably spotless sand.

But there’s something about this turtle you probably didn’t think about.

She has never used a plastic bag, a single-use fork or a simple straw. But because we use them, and they all too often end up on these beaches, her life could be in danger. These disposable habits of convenience constitute a monumental problem that is slowly but surely filling our ocean with plastic.

In fact, by the time you’re done reading this blog, an entire garbage truck-worth of plastic will have entered the ocean. An entire truckload of our plastic waste.

And this happens every minute of each and every day.

The worst part? Not only is it disgusting and disheartening, it is also a completely preventable problem.

Here at Ocean Conservancy, we continue to serve on the front lines of coastal cleanups. We organize worldwide campaigns to clean our seas. We advocate for policy that protects ocean life and supports safe, unpolluted waters.

Our victories are possible because of supporters like you who donate time and resources to save our precious ocean, and we couldn’t be more grateful. But our work is not yet done.

We all are responsible for the ever-growing tide of pollution in our ocean. It will take all of us working together, day in and day out, to stop it.

Your gift today can help our conservation initiatives lead the way in protecting our ocean and the precious wildlife that grace her waters and coastlines.

You can help prevent sea turtles from ingesting harmful plastics.

You can help ensure fish and marine mammals are able to swim freely without the threat of entanglement.

You can help show the world that it’s only if we all take responsibility for our actions that we can treat the ocean and its creatures with the care and respect they truly deserve.

Give today, and you will play an active role in protecting our ocean and the countless wondrous marine wildlife species that depend on it as their home.

It’s time to clean up how we think about pollution and single-use plastics.

Together, there’s no doubt in my mind that we can change the tide.

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ESCAPE TO MARGARITAVILLE nationwide tour to kick off in Providence RI

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Frank Marshall, the producer of Jimmy Buffett’s Broadway musical “ESCAPE TO MARGARITAVILLE”, announced on Twitter the musical will be heading out on a national tour set to kick off in October 2019 at the Providence Center in Rhode Island. More cities to be announced in the coming months.


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Song Premiere: Iration – “2GÜD2BTRÜ”

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May 18th, Iration will begin their summer tour with Dirty Heads, The Movement and Pacific Dub. They will also release their 5th studio record, a self-titled release with 17 brand-new songs and we’re honored to have the first official leak of their new song “2GÜD2BTRÜ.”

One of our favorite songs on the record is the oddly spelled “2GÜD2BTRÜ,” pronounced “Too Good To Be True.” Guitarist Micah Brown tells The Pier: “I think we were just feeling real cheeky one day in the studio, and at one point our engineer asked us what the song title was going to be, and we started to get creative with the spelling, and after a lengthy discussion of the use of umlauts, we decided to go with it.”

It’s a progressively sounding Iration song with a pop surface and bouncy reggae foundation topped with melodic vocals. The song smells like sunscreen, ocean breeze and palm trees. The bassline is especially fun to follow around the beat and jumping keys. It’s a fun song, its fun to listen to and I’m sure it’s fun for the guys to play. The song itself is a tribute to the supportive women in their lives.

Micah goes on to tell The Pier: “‘2GÜD2BTRÜ’, to me, is an anthem for the wonderful women in our lives who sacrifice so much quality time and togetherness in support of our journey. Musically, it’s anthemic as well, kind of a feel-good, nostalgic, throwback singalong. It’s a personal song about the challenges of maintaining a healthy relationship while balancing life on the road. You always want to ‘be there’ for your loved ones, even if you can’t physically be there, and we are blessed to have found such strong, supportive partners who understand and embrace the path we’ve chosen.”

The album includes 17 tracks with guest appearances by Kyle McDonald of Slightly Stoopid, J Boog and Tyrone’s Jacket. You’ll be able to stream the album via most outlets on May 18th but you can own it by clicking HERE! Look out to hear their new songs on their summer tour that spans from May 18th – June 30th. You can find dates and links below.

Iration – Iration Tracklist:
IrationSelfTitled 1.) Already Gold
2.) Press Play
3.) Twisted Up
4.) Broken Promises (ft. Slightly Stoopid)
6.) Danger (ft. J Boog Tyrone’s Jacket)
7.) Losing My Mind
8.) Stay The Course
9.) Know Your Name
10.) Last To Know
11.) L.I.O.N. (Like It Or Not)
12.) Energy
13.) Hit List
14.) Borderlines
15.) Fly With Me
16.) Warm Waters
17.) All For You

Related Links:
Iration Website
Iration Facebook

Article by: Mike Patti

Listen: Iration – “Danger” (ft. J Boog Tyrones Jacket)

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