Archive for May, 2012

Memorial Day Weekend

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We are about to start our Memorial Day Weekend. Be sure to think about all the men and women who have served and the ones that gave the ultimate sacrifice so we can enjoy our freedoms in the greatest country in the world. It is because of them that we can do the things we love!

This week we have been playing catch up after the big party. There were a couple of evenings spent working on the computer and getting all the supplies back into order. Tuesday we received some new merchandize. Our new tank top t-shirts came in and they look great. Like almost all of our merchandize and our regular t-shirts, the tanks are Made in America. We are proud to sell American Made merchandize and keep fellow Americans employed.

Sunshine Cindy and I did get out Wednesday night. We headed to Crab Island Cantina for some food and to enjoy the great view down on the harbor. Since the Cantina opened, they appear to be doing a good business. The food is good and not too expensive considering you are in the middle of a tourist area. Add to that some great Margarita’s and you have a nice spot to stop in and relax. It will be interesting to see how well they do as the summer season kicks in. From there we walked down to the Tipsy Turtle. Matt was working and small crowd was around the tiki hut. We had a few beers and chatted with Matt. At one point a young lady who works at one of the local places came by and asked Matt if she could use his phone since hers was dead to call her boyfriend to come and pick her up. A few minutes later the phone rang again and it was the boyfriend calling back to say he was there. Off went the lady but not where the BF was. Another call came in and Matt had to convince the guy she left. Kind of funny how trying to help you can still get in the middle of things. LOL

While there Sunshine Cindy got a phone call. It was our friend Julie. She was checking to see if Sunshine Cindy wanted to go boating Thursday. She couldn’t go as she had plans but it was decided we would all go on Friday. Julie also invited us over to have a drink with her and her friend Dean who just got into town from Louisiana. We stopped and chatted with them for a while. We are all looking forward to going to Crab Island Friday. The start of a fun weekend!!!

See you all Monday…..

Article source: http://destinsteve.blogspot.com/2012/05/memorial-day-weekend.html

The Frozen Gringos 2012 Finale: May 20th 2012

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The Frozen Gringos 2012 Finale: May 20th 2012

The story goes something like this…….. Hugo Duarte was playing Hog’s Breath in Key West when Ole’ Jeff Pike crossed in front of the stage…. The sound shook and rattled Jeff as Hugo said “You’re Jeff Pike!”….History was in the making. But it would take another meeting for these two fine young guys to get together.

As time went by these two artist crossed paths again. That my friends is when they pulled out their guitars and had a picking contest. They played till they decided they were both great.

Well we can all say Thank You Hugo for having an idea and bringing it to life. These two are living a life of Friendship, Laughter and Love for music lovers everywhere. House Concert Roadsters they are. They will tell ya the have played alot of states and towns with The Frozen Gringo Tour. They have never played for strangers… They have added to their music family.

We were so excited to be The Frozen Gringo finale. Don’t worry if ya missed them this year, because these two are gonna stay on our Wanted List. Thats right TRockers…. The Frozen Gringo 2013 Tour is coming to a Town near you… If I were you I would not wait too long to add your name to the booking list.

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Articles on Jimmy Performing at Margaritaville Biloxi

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From the Sun Herald: “Margaritaville Biloxi opens with a concert heard ’round the country

Native son Jimmy Buffett came home Tuesday and opened Margaritaville Casino Restaurant in Biloxi, the town where his career began.

Buffett reminisced with the crowd of about 4,000 invited guests who danced at the foot of the outdoor stage and watched the hour-long concert from the casino balconies overlooking Back Bay.

Those who didn’t have VIP tickets formed an impromptu Parrothead yacht club near the marina and listened from their kayaks and party boats.

His sister Lulu Buffett and New Orleans Saints general manager Mickey Loomis were spotted in the crowd, along with Buffett’s longtime Biloxi friends.

From Local15tv.com: “Jimmy Buffett Celebrates ‘Margaritaville’ Opening With Fans”

The newest branch in Jimmy Buffett’s ‘Margaritaville’ franchise is open for business. The restaurant and casino on Biloxi’s Back Bay celebrated with a grand opening ceremony Tuesday, led by none other than the king of Margaritaville himself.

“You know what I like to do? Before all the hoopla starts cranking up I like to spend a little time with the people who built it,” Buffett told Local 15 News.

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Article source: http://www.buffettnews.com/2012/05/23/13109/

Buffett Performs at Margaritaville Biloxi Grand Opening

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Jimmy Buffett and some members of the Coral Reefer Band performed at the grand opening of the Margaritaville Biloxi Casino and Restaurant on Tuesday.

The set list from the show is now available:

01 Stars On The Water
02 It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere
03 License to Chill
04 Pencil Thin Mustache
05 Changes in Latitudes, Changes in Attitudes
06 Son of a Son of a Sailor
07 Pascagoula Run (thank you Uncle Bill!)
08 Bama Breeze
09 Volcano
10 Come Monday
Band Intros – Peter Mayer, Roger Guth, Jim Mayer, Nadirah Shakoor
11 Margaritaville (with some special lyrics)

Encore
12 Fins

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Article source: http://www.buffettnews.com/2012/05/22/13107/

Quick Note from WFR – Barbados

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I will be moving on at sunrise tomorrow.  The weather is beautiful today with fairly strong easterly winds that will provide headwinds for us as we travel to Barbados tomorrow.  The island lies a little over 100 miles to our east south east and there is a a good chance we will be sailing into some fairly strong rain and thunderstorms.  Welcome to the tropics…

I love this life.
WFR…on island time in paradise.

Margaritaville Casino and Restaurant Biloxi Photos

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Some photos of the new Margaritaville Casino and Restaurant in Biloxi

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Article source: http://www.buffettnews.com/2012/05/22/13103/

Margaritaville Casino in Biloxi opens today

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The doors open for the new Margaritaville Casino and Restaurant Biloxi tonight at 8:00 PM. Jimmy Buffett performs at a Sneak Peek event, broadcast LIVE on Radio Margaritaville (6pm ET / 5pm CT/ 3pm PT).

From Local15tv.com: “Sneak Peek Inside Jimmy Buffet’s Margaritaville Casino

NOLA.com has an interview: “Jimmy Buffett expands his Margaritaville brand to Biloxi casino

NOLA: How naked did you feel at Jazz Fest without the Coral Reefer Band?

Buffett: I thought that, on Thursday (and) on such short notice, not that many people would show up, maybe 10,000. But it was big. I liked it. I had a good time. It’s interesting to sit down and play at Jazz Fest, I must say. Maybe I’m looking into the future, but everybody seemed to dig it. It worked so well that we’re going to put (an acoustic segment) into the summer tour.

NOLA: You’re not partnered with a national casino chain in Biloxi.

Buffett: It’s us with some investors. I certainly don’t have any expertise in the casino world, but it’s like running a band. You go out and try to find the best people who understand who you are and what you do.

The thing was to try to take Margaritaville to the casino world. We were able to do it in Las Vegas. The initial feedback is that it’s fun. It’s the only casino out there with windows in it, which is a big deal, I guess.

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Article source: http://www.buffettnews.com/2012/05/22/13101/

"Trop Rockin Rocky Bayou"

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What a fantastic, fun filled and somewhat exhausting weekend it was. It was our big Crab Island Mambo “Trop Rockin Rocky Bayou” Backyard party. Sunshine Cindy and I have been planning this for about 7 months now. This was the big weekend. It started out Friday with all the set-up in her parents backyard. They have a beautiful home that sits right on Rocky Bayou. It is the perfect backdrop for a party. Friday we had a tent, stage, tables and a port-a-potty delivered. We set up all the tables, put up 4 different pop-up tents and did all the pre-decorating. Wayne was a big help to us as was Jim and Pam, the hosts of the party.

Chef Larry came by about lunch time to drop off all the food and his cooking stuff. Everything was getting in order. After working in the hot sun all day with very little breeze, Sunshine Cindy and I got checked into our hotel room at the Hampton. It’s right across the bayou and they take good care of us there as our host hotel. After getting cleaned up, we decided to head over to Schooners at Bluewater. We ran into some folks we knew, had a beer and moved on to Beef-o-Brady’s for some dinner. We love their dry rub blacked wings. After that we went back to the hotel, grabbed a few beers and went down to the pool. While there we met a nice couple from Michigan, Jack and Karen that we chatted with for a while.

Saturday was the big day of the party. Chef Larry was there at 6 am to start cooking. We got there about 8:30 to finish setting up. Guest started arriving about 11:30. Steve was helping Larry cook and the food was smelling great. Brent Burns was the first musician to get there with Jerry Diaz and his band right behind. The show started right at 1 pm as the crowd continued to flow in. The rest of the day was pretty much a blur. The music was great, the food fantastic, the weather perfect…yep, a great day. We had a special treat as old friend Eric Stone showed up. Jerry talked him into doing a few songs too. That was great.

Jerry and the band played on past 6:30. We hated to see it end. Over 120 people showed up to party with us. I believe they all had a wonderful time. We worked on getting some cleaning up done and then headed back to the hotel where we took over the pool for a party. Jeff broke out his guitar and did some songs for us. David ordered 5 pizza’s, the drinks continued to flow and the party went on till almost 1 am. Bud was telling stories and everyone had a great time.

Sunday was a tough day. We had to finish cleaning up at the house then we headed to Anglers as we had Bwana Ray playing for us. It was hard to get started but we had everything back to normal at the house by 11:30. We made it to Anglers about 12:45 for the start of the 1:00 show. We had a few of our friends show up and were able to sell some merchandize to some tourist. It was relaxing and we ended up having some dinner there with Ray, Loujean, Jan and Wayne. A perfect way to end the weekend. Exhausted, we were asleep early!

This week will be a little slower! Till Thursday….

Article source: http://destinsteve.blogspot.com/2012/05/what-fantastic-fun-filled-and-somewhat.html

"Trop Rockin Rocky Bayou"

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What a fantastic, fun filled and somewhat exhausting weekend it was. It was our big Crab Island Mambo “Trop Rockin Rocky Bayou” Backyard party. Sunshine Cindy and I have been planning this for about 7 months now. This was the big weekend. It started out Friday with all the set-up in her parents backyard. They have a beautiful home that sits right on Rocky Bayou. It is the perfect backdrop for a party. Friday we had a tent, stage, tables and a port-a-potty delivered. We set up all the tables, put up 4 different pop-up tents and did all the pre-decorating. Wayne was a big help to us as was Jim and Pam, the hosts of the party.

Chef Larry came by about lunch time to drop off all the food and his cooking stuff. Everything was getting in order. After working in the hot sun all day with very little breeze, Sunshine Cindy and I got checked into our hotel room at the Hampton. It’s right across the bayou and they take good care of us there as our host hotel. After getting cleaned up, we decided to head over to Schooners at Bluewater. We ran into some folks we knew, had a beer and moved on to Beef-o-Brady’s for some dinner. We love their dry rub blacked wings. After that we went back to the hotel, grabbed a few beers and went down to the pool. While there we met a nice couple from Michigan, Jack and Karen that we chatted with for a while.

Saturday was the big day of the party. Chef Larry was there at 6 am to start cooking. We got there about 8:30 to finish setting up. Guest started arriving about 11:30. Steve was helping Larry cook and the food was smelling great. Brent Burns was the first musician to get there with Jerry Diaz and his band right behind. The show started right at 1 pm as the crowd continued to flow in. The rest of the day was pretty much a blur. The music was great, the food fantastic, the weather perfect…yep, a great day. We had a special treat as old friend Eric Stone showed up. Jerry talked him into doing a few songs too. That was great.

Jerry and the band played on past 6:30. We hated to see it end. Over 120 people showed up to party with us. I believe they all had a wonderful time. We worked on getting some cleaning up done and then headed back to the hotel where we took over the pool for a party. Jeff broke out his guitar and did some songs for us. David ordered 5 pizza’s, the drinks continued to flow and the party went on till almost 1 am. Bud was telling stories and everyone had a great time.

Sunday was a tough day. We had to finish cleaning up at the house then we headed to Anglers as we had Bwana Ray playing for us. It was hard to get started but we had everything back to normal at the house by 11:30. We made it to Anglers about 12:45 for the start of the 1:00 show. We had a few of our friends show up and were able to sell some merchandize to some tourist. It was relaxing and we ended up having some dinner there with Ray, Loujean, Jan and Wayne. A perfect way to end the weekend. Exhausted, we were asleep early!

This week will be a little slower! Till Thursday….

Article source: http://destinsteve.blogspot.com/2012/05/what-fantastic-fun-filled-and-somewhat.html

Featured Artist of the Week – Dani Hoy

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Dani Hoy

“A breath of fresh air. An incomparable artist.”

“The best musician in the world. EVAH!” 

“Her unique voice will entrance you…” 

While I’d like to say those things were said about me, they weren’t. Someday I hope to have a list of real, actual quotes about my music. For now, I can dream. 

So, here’s a little something about me that’s true: I was born in Baltimore and spent most of my life on one side or the other of the Mason/Dixon line. (I always explain that my parents couldn’t make up their minds which side they preferred.) Throughout my life, I’ve loved music. The radio was always on in our house and in the car. I could never get enough of songs and singing. My brother, cousin and I would put together musical variety shows for our parents complete with costumes and sets. I don’t know how good the shows were, but we loved putting them on.
 

Most of my singing experience comes from theater, choirs and other singing groups. I started playing guitar when I was 12, but only starting really learning songs about four years ago. A friend of mine encouraged me to go to open mics, a great opportunity to hone your performance skills. Playing and singing at the same time was a challenge, at first, but now feels a lot more natural. Marti, my Martin, and I are getting along just great! 

I wrote my first song, “Tropical Man,” about two years ago. I was inspired by the music on an internet radio station. Most of the songs were about guys quitting their jobs and running off to the Keys to live a carefree life. I noticed there weren’t a lot of women singing about escapism and thought it would be fun to write about this from a woman’s perspective. I’m honestly not that materialistic, but it seems to me that women tend to be more practical. The fact is most of what I’m singing about is unattainable, but so what. It’s my fantasy. 

One day, someone took a chance on me and everything changed. I played over a weekend at an event called Spring Phling, in Wildwood, New Jersey, and someone asked me if I had a CD. Then some other folks asked me that question. Before I knew it, I was writing more songs and seriously contemplating a CD. That weekend was an incredible amount of fun, with meeting musicians and performing. If you don’t grab an opportunity you may just miss out on something wonderful. I suddenly found myself doing and saying unexpected things. The adventure has begun.


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My first CD, TropiGal, will be out soon. My experience in the studio has been wonderfully positive. I have no idea what is coming down the road after this CD, but, if nothing else happens, I know I’ve done something I’ve only dreamed about. So far, the journey has been magical.