Archive for February, 2013

Mailboat Records releases Mishka’s “Ocean Is My Potion”

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Celebrated recording artist Mishka’s new release, the “Ocean Is My Potion” EP, is a journey back to his musical roots. Like Mishka himself, the album is imprinted with the sounds and emotions of the islands, with influences that range from the heavy bass of Reggae to the gulf and western stylings of Jimmy Buffett.

Mishka first met Jimmy Buffett when he was an entrepreneurial five year-old delivering fresh croissants to Jimmy’s sailboat in the French West Indies. The musician and young Mishka formed a fast bond, and Jimmy wrote and recorded a song about him called, “Chanson Pour Les Petis Enfants” which translates to, “Song For Little Children.”

Recorded at the famed Shrimpboat Sound Studio in Key West, the album features Mishka’s take on the Jimmy Buffett classic, “Trying to Reason with Hurricane Season.” The track features both famed musician Mac McAnally and Jimmy Buffett himself.

Born in Bermuda and raised in the Caribbean, Mishka’s music is a natural fit for Mailboat Records. Caribbean at its core, with an eclectic sound that blends island beats with mellow acoustic ballads, the music is amplified by the messages of love and social justice that are delivered straight from Mishka’s heart.

Mishka has played and toured with many artists, most notably Kenny Chesney, Zac Brown, Dirty Heads, Matisyahu and the Roots.

Mishka – “Ocean Is My Potion” EP
1. Ocean Is My Potion (feat. Jimmy Buffett)
2. Love You (When I’m Close To You)
3. Rebel Soul
4. Love and Roots
5. When The Rain Comes Down
6. Constant Revolution
7. Trying To Reason With Hurricane Season (feat. Jimmy Buffett)

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Article source: http://www.buffettnews.com/2013/02/28/13464/

Typical Destin Week

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We are finally starting to dry out in Destin after almost 5 days of rain. Destin ended up with almost 10 inches of rain total over that time. That’s a lot for this time of the year.

Tuesday Sunshine Cindy and I stopped in at Sago Sports Bar. We wanted a bite to eat and to talk about Crab Island Mambo stuff. A good crowd was there. There was a big party going on. A girls basketball team was having an awards dinner. The beer was cold and the food hot so we were happy!

Wednesday I stopped at Landshark Pizza on the way home to meet Alan and Jackie. I had some Crab Island Mambo stuff to give them for an upcoming charity event they are having. I think I knew almost everyone in the place. Matt, Paige and Stephanie were working that night. It was wing night and almost everyone was eating wings including me!!! It was a fun night.

Every day I drive by the old Fish Bar restaurant on the Destin harbor. It was sold and is being remodeled. Actually rebuilt is a better way to describe it. The new place will be called Boshamps Oyster House. They started the construction last fall. The amount of work going on there is amazing. Lumber and pilings are stacked up everywhere. They are putting in a big covered patio type area. A boardwalk is also being built. I can see from the road parts of the building was torn down and bigger spaces are now there. I can’t wait for this place to open to see what it’s going to be like.

Monday we will have a full report on our trip to Tampa and “Music on the Bay” this weekend. It will be a fun Trop Rock weekend! See ya then…

Article source: http://destinsteve.blogspot.com/2013/02/typical-destin-week.html

U.S. Navy Key West, Truman Waterfront, The Mole Pier, Cuisine, Jimmy Block, New Website

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Music and events that happen in Key West as observed by Chris Rehm. “What Happens in Key West Stays in Key West” Wrong! Everyone wants to know what’s happening in Key West!

Article source: http://keywestmusic.blogspot.com/2013/02/us-navy-key-west-truman-waterfront-mole.html

Liquor Highlight Reel: February

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Highlight Reel: February
Turn images on to get the full picture.For the middle of winter, February is a pretty busy month—the Super BowlValentine’s Day and theOscars come in quick succession. Between all those occasions, we wanted to make sure you hadn’t missed any of our recent articles. Here are five of the best cocktails-and-spirits features from the past month. Cheers!

Behind the Bar: Movie Mixology:
Honor all the Oscar winners by reading cocktail legend and Liquor.com advisory board member Dale DeGroff’s story on his favorite on-screen bartending moments.

Spirited Cooking: Boozy Cupcakes:
Celebrate Valentine’s Day year-round by making your sweetheart these decadent adult treats from New York’s Prohibition Bakery.

Rum Boon: 2013:
We got Martin Cate, all-star mixologist and owner of acclaimed San Francisco watering hole Smuggler’s Cove, to share with us the five rums he thinks you should try this winter.

Raising the Bar: Erick Castro:
The talented bartender is opening a new joint in San Diego. We found out what drives him and what he has planned for the future.

All-American Super Bowl Punch:
No matter if your team won or lost the Super Bowl, feel like a champion by fixing this delicious whiskey and apple brandy punch from top Chicago barman Mike Ryan.

Kala Ukulele endorsing artist Kyle Heimann

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Kala Ukulele endorsing artist Kyle Heimann

Our next Kala Ukulele artist is Kyle Heimann. I’m really enjoying getting to know some of the other Kala artists and the wide range of musical styles and backgrounds of this group. Kyle and his duo look like my kind of people (a little “goofy” but a lot of fun ). After doing a little search online, I’m a little embarrassed to admit it but I think I could fit in with this group pretty easy (in fact I’m thinking about taking my Uke and stalking them for awhile   ). Without further adieu… here’s Kyle!

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Bio:

“Kyle is one-half of a musical duo called Popple (an acoustic, humor rock band). He mostly plays a tenor ukulele and kazoo, although the nose-flute and harmonica usually make an appearance. Popple travels around the country speaking and entertaining youth and they are bearded.” (Editorial note… I’m not sure if the band or the youth is bearded but I may just show up one day to find out!)

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1) Where is home for you at the moment?

“I live near Fort Wayne, IN.”

2) What were your earliest/current musical influences?

“My mom comes from a very musical family and her dad (my grandpa) taught music, directed groups and owned a music store. So, I kinda went from piano to trumpet to guitar to ukulele. There was probably a couple dozen other instruments that I have messed around with or currently do. I love goofing around with all kinds of instruments but ukulele is my main one, followed by guitar.”

3) When did you start playing the Uke?

“I bought a $35 ukulele in 2003. I was playing guitar with another guy (the beginnings of our band, Popple), and worked the ukulele into one song, then two . . . now, I usually don’t take a guitar to a gig.”

4) What Kala Ukes are you currently playing?

“I have a Utar (now discontinued) and a Kala KA-15S that are both fitted with electronics. I also have a Ubass that is tons of fun. But, mostly, I play a Kala KA-ASMTE-C and an Archtop, both tenors. They feel fairly similar and I can never decide which one I like better. That is 5 Kala instruments for those keeping track at home.”

5) Any current musical projects you would like to tell us about (tours/CD’s)?

“I am in a band called, “Popple.” We travel around playing mostly for youth groups, retreats, and other church functions. We call it ‘Acoustic-Humor-Folk-Beard-Rock.’”

6) Any question that you wished someone would ask but never has? with answer of course;-)

“I wish people asked me if I used steroids. That would imply that I look very strong. The answer would be, ‘No, this is all natural.’ “

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Any group that plays kazoos and Kala Ukuleles is OK by me and if they are ever nearby, they are more than welcome to sit in with us (the Parrot Island Band from Atlanta, GA).  Thanks to Popple for taking their music and reaching out to young people… keep spreading the Uke!

Beaches and blessings,

Bry Harris

www.parrotislandband.com

Article source: http://www.parrotislandband.com/2013/02/26/kala-ukulele-endorsing-artist-kyle-heimann/

Rainy weekend in Destin

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This was a weekend to keep the umbrella and raincoat handy. It poured off and on all weekend. Oh well, at least there is no drought to worry about. Friday night was a Parrothead phlocking at Howl at the Moon. Despite the weather there was a good turnout. It is always fun there with the dueling piano show. After leaving Howl at the Moon we headed home and called it a night.

Saturday we were busy during the day running some errands. Saturday afternoon we stopped in at Landshark Pizza. Julie joined us there. Renee and Stephanie were working. We tried some of their new Smoked Gouda Mac Cheese bites. They were fantastic. We will get those again. Alan and Jackie stopped in for a while. It was fun chatting with them. Brian also came in and sat next to us. Finally Wayne joined us. We had a fun time. We left Landshark and stopped in at McGuire’s. We sat at the bar and watched the people coming and going. This place is always busy.


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Sunday we had a brief break in the rain. With the nice weather, Sunshine Cindy and I went to Crab Island Cantina to hang out on the harbor for a while. The Daytona 500 was getting ready to start. Dave and Marilyn were there so we joined them at the bar. Alan and Jackie also came in and joined us. The bar was actually full and there was a good crowd of people walking through the village. The Cantina had a good crowd too. It was great to see. Carlos the owner also joined us and Julie also stopped in. We watched the entire race and had a blast.

We left there and went to the Rotten Apple. They were having a free crawfish boil. Scott, Mike, Terry and Michele were all there. Rose was behind the bar and Matt and Mindy were playing music. There was a good crowd of locals there too. We ended the night at Rotolo’s Pizza having some food and winding down the day. We managed to not get any rain all day but it came down hard during the night.

The ECPHC and Harborwalk Village is sponsoring a Chili Cook-Off on March 9th. This is a big fund raiser for Relay for Life. The cook-off will be from 3-7 pm. At 7 pm the Sauce Boss will be performing on the big stage at Harborwalk Village. There will also be a big announcement about a new tenant moving into Harborwalk Village. Could this be the day they finally announce Margaritaville??? We shall see. To enter the cook-off or if you just want to come and sample, click the link for all the details. http://ecparrotheads.org/news-updates/

Have a great week! See ya Thursday!!!

Article source: http://destinsteve.blogspot.com/2013/02/rainy-weekend-in-destin.html

Rainy weekend in Destin

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This was a weekend to keep the umbrella and raincoat handy. It poured off and on all weekend. Oh well, at least there is no drought to worry about. Friday night was a Parrothead phlocking at Howl at the Moon. Despite the weather there was a good turnout. It is always fun there with the dueling piano show. After leaving Howl at the Moon we headed home and called it a night.

Saturday we were busy during the day running some errands. Saturday afternoon we stopped in at Landshark Pizza. Julie joined us there. Renee and Stephanie were working. We tried some of their new Smoked Gouda Mac Cheese bites. They were fantastic. We will get those again. Alan and Jackie stopped in for a while. It was fun chatting with them. Brian also came in and sat next to us. Finally Wayne joined us. We had a fun time. We left Landshark and stopped in at McGuire’s. We sat at the bar and watched the people coming and going. This place is always busy.


Cajun Mike

Sunday we had a brief break in the rain. With the nice weather, Sunshine Cindy and I went to Crab Island Cantina to hang out on the harbor for a while. The Daytona 500 was getting ready to start. Dave and Marilyn were there so we joined them at the bar. Alan and Jackie also came in and joined us. The bar was actually full and there was a good crowd of people walking through the village. The Cantina had a good crowd too. It was great to see. Carlos the owner also joined us and Julie also stopped in. We watched the entire race and had a blast.

We left there and went to the Rotten Apple. They were having a free crawfish boil. Scott, Mike, Terry and Michele were all there. Rose was behind the bar and Matt and Mindy were playing music. There was a good crowd of locals there too. We ended the night at Rotolo’s Pizza having some food and winding down the day. We managed to not get any rain all day but it came down hard during the night.

The ECPHC and Harborwalk Village is sponsoring a Chili Cook-Off on March 9th. This is a big fund raiser for Relay for Life. The cook-off will be from 3-7 pm. At 7 pm the Sauce Boss will be performing on the big stage at Harborwalk Village. There will also be a big announcement about a new tenant moving into Harborwalk Village. Could this be the day they finally announce Margaritaville??? We shall see. To enter the cook-off or if you just want to come and sample, click the link for all the details. http://ecparrotheads.org/news-updates/

Have a great week! See ya Thursday!!!

Article source: http://destinsteve.blogspot.com/2013/02/rainy-weekend-in-destin.html

The Doc Is In – The Island Doctor

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The Doc Is In – The Island Doctor

Hi friends, allow me to introduce myself…. Most folks know me as the Island Doctor, but just for the sake of relating, let’s assume we’ve known each other for sometime now. We’ve weathered a couple of hangovers, we’ve danced the night away at a few tropical island parties, we were even shipwrecked once on a deserted island. On top of that, you told me your most fantastic dreams and I shared with you my most deep and darkest secrets. Ok ? So we’re old mates, which means from here on out you can refer to me as your long
time friend, “The Doc.“

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Here’s a few other things I’ve been meaning to share with you………….

I make my living as a traveling minstrel , performing, entertaining and mostly just enjoying those who have embraced the tropical mind set. Consider the Doc, as someone who likes to cure all the ailments of his fellow partiers with the likes of his upbeat island theme melodies.

Simply put…. I like my friends to forget about their daily grind, sip on a tropical drink at the tiki bar and then dance the night away to the sounds of the Island Doctor sending you on a well-deserved tropical vacation.

Maybe you belong to a yacht club, a marina or are just planning a party with friends down at the dock….. Shouldn’t you call the Doc?

Country clubs and resorts have island parties too.. I’ve been to a few…. Hotels, restaurants and bars with patios and decks……. what the heck!

Why not create the perfect island party ….

It’s all great fun….. When you provide the rum. So when you’re planning your next party……

How about considering entertainment that’s fun and exciting? Even better, how about an entertainer that actually encourages your guests to get involved in the party and the evening’s festivities. This is what the Doc is all about.. I provide my own unique island style party music by recreating some of the more popular island tunes along with my own tropical melodies creating the perfect beach party, luau and Caribbean party all wrapped up in one..

I’m able to customize my evening of entertainment to suit your needs and would be more than happy to accommodate your ideas and special requests. So to all my good mates and old salts that love to have parties and jam to the sounds of island style party music….

Isn’t it time for the Doc to make a house call ?……
The next time you’re planning a special event of any size…. whether it be a tropical theme party, business function, convention, grand opening, wedding reception, rehearsal dinner or any other type of special occasion that requires island style party music or any other style of music. Make an appointment with The Island Doctor…you’ll be glad you did.

* Doc’s musical remedy *

* Reggae * Soca * Calypso * Merengue * Ska * Island favorites

The Doc has played just about every style of music over the years but has always remained faithful to one of his truest loves:

“The music of the Caribbean“

You’ll enjoy the Reggae sounds of Jamaica from artists such as Bob Marley and Jimmy Cliff to the Soca and Calypso sounds of Trinidad from artists such as Byron Lee, The Mighty Sparrow and The Troubadours. Let’s not forget the music of Harry Belefonte and a large variety of other Caribbean known artists. Jimmy Buffet ?…Too many great songs not to cover some of them..

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Featured Artist Lightning Jack McGivern

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From ‘Lightning’ Jack himself.

Hello, I play Guitar,Steel Drum (Lead Pan),Bass,Piano,Percussion and Sing and have Pro DJ equipment for Break Music. I perform Music for Wedding Ceremonies,Cocktail Hour Music,Receptions,Corporate Parties,Clubs and Festivals.Music has filled my life for as long as I can remember.  I grew up in rural Illinois near the Mississippi River listening to Elvis, Johnny Cash and 70’s rock.  At about age 15 I picked up a guitar and started playing rock and roll and then discovered blues and jazz.  I studied locally at Blackhawk College in Moline Illinois.  Later I moved to Hollywood, California to study with some of the top studio musicians in LA at the Guitar Institute of Technology (GIT).  From there I traveled all over the United States playing in various blues and classic rock bands.  Eventually I made my way to Florida where I finally settled on Treasure Island.

A friend had a Steel Pan, and let me play around with it. I had always loved the sound of Pan music and now after playing one I knew I had to get one. I bought my first Pan from Tommy Rey at www.Tropicalhammer.com .  My heart was set on learning the steel pan so I signed up at St. Pete College to study under Joe Braccio.  Playing with Joe and the whole SPC Steel Drum Orchestra was the perfect stepping stone into steel drum music.  Joe not only taught me the basics but also opened my eyes to the endless possibilities that steel pan can add to my music. The powder coated pans I use were custom made for me in Trinindad from Merlin Gill’s Pan Shop. You can visitwww.gillspanshop.com for more info. Also check out Steel drums at www.SmartyPansMusic.com .
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For years I had been writing my own songs….just recording ideas on my acoustic guitar at home.  Now with the addition of the steel drum I had finally found that perfect blend of sound that I had been looking for.  It inspired me to finish writing my original songs and start working on the production of my first CD.  In April, 2009 my debut album, Treasure Island Blues, was completed. In 2011,I finished a Steel Pan Christmas Cd. My band is in the studio working on an Intrumental Island CD and new original Trop Rock CD which should be finished in 2013!Playing and writing music is without doubt one of my favorite things in the world. I hope to continue making music for years to come. -Jack

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Kala Ukelele endorsing artist Jim Mayer

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Kala Ukulele (U-bass) endorsing artist Jim Mayer

I first met Jim Mayer a few years ago at a Parrothead event (Tropstock) in Cocoa Village, FL.  While our band (the Parrot Island Band) opened the event, Jim, brother Peter, Nadirah Shakoor and Doyle Grisham (all members of Jimmy Buffett’s band, the Coral Reefers) were the musicians that everyone came to see (including me!).  There were a number of other Trop Rock bands/performers at the event and it was a thrill for me to be a part of the event that had some of “Jimmy Buffett’s band” to get to meet up close.

On Saturday of Tropstock, Jim (who also goes by “Uncle Jim” for his children’s music events) played for all of the children who had come to the event. I enjoyed seeing someone who plays for a band as big as the Coral Reefers also share another side to his music. I have since seen Jim present his IM4U Anti-Bullying program to elementary and middle school students in Alabama (organized by my friend, Derek Raulerson) and I was moved by his passion for helping young people through his message and music.

Jim Mayer can play with Parrot Island Band any time

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As I looked at the list of Kala Ukulele artists, I saw Jim’s name under those who play the U-bass (a baritone Ukulele that is built to be played as a bass). I thought it would be interesting to ask a few questions and hear about his current music projects (one of which includes the Kala U-bass)…

Bio (taken from http://www.unclejimrocks.com):

Jim’s talent shines on both electric and upright acoustic bass, playing with performers ranging from jazz legend Mose Allison to James Taylor to Ringo Starr. As a member of Jimmy Buffett’s Coral Reefer Band since 1989, Mayer has been writing, recording and performing worldwide with Buffett.

In addition to appearing on numerous television shows, some of Mayer’s career highlights have been: touring with and opening for The Moody Blues and Chicago as a member of PM [the Peter Mayer Group] (1989), performing as a Coral Reefer band member at President Clinton’s Inauguration (1992) and President Clinton’s White House Birthday Celebration (1995), performing with Joni Mitchell in a benefit for the New Orleans Homeless (1994), performing with Robert Greenidge, Michael Utley and Grammy winning artist Ralph MacDonald at the Trinidad-Tabago Jazz Festival (1996), and being featured on the XM Kids Rumpus Room Concert Series.

Mayer has played on over thirty studio recordings. Some recent recording credits include upcoming CD releases from Little Feat and JD Souther. And in his spare time, (spare time, what’s that?) he’s engineered and produced eleven CDs in addition to his own.
Jim resides in Nashville where he works continually to improve the lives of children and their parents with music and videos. He loves dogs, climbing trees, and chunky peanut butter.

Uncle Jim presents a compelling anti-bullying program entitled “IM4U” (I’m for you).

 

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1) Where is home for you at the moment?

 “Nashville, TN”

2) What were your earliest/current musical influences?

 “ Earliest: The Beatles
   Current: Brett Dennen

3) When did you start playing the Uke?

  “Four years ago”

4) What Kala Ukes are you currently playing?

   “U-Bass”

5) Any current musical projects you would like to tell us about (tours/CD’s)?

“Just finished recording the new Buffett release in Key West, FL. The Kala U-Bass was used on special songs and sounded fantastic and unique; the band was digging it. Will Kimbrough sat next to me and played an 8-string uke and rocked on it.

Personally I am working on a Bully Prevention Teaching Program for young children called ‘IM4U’.”

6) Any question that you wished someone would ask but never has? with answer of course;-)

“Q:What keeps music interesting and keeps you inspired?

A: 1) Believing that notes I play really matter and require my complete attention, dedication and focus.

2) Keeping perspective by having a sense of humor about where my notes fit into the larger scheme of things. The ocean, the sky, a forest, a lake are all amazing and inspiring.”

I have been a Jimmy Buffett fan for many years and I have also become a fan of Jim Mayer as well (both as a person and his music). Although I am not in the same league musically to Jim, it is neat for me to be able say that we are both Kala Ukulele artists. I look forward to hearing Buffett’s new CD when it comes out and I will be listening for Jim’s U-bass and Will Kimbrough’s 8-string Ukulele…

While we are certainly no Coral Reefer Band, our little Trop rock trio (the Parrot Island Band, a Trop rock/Jimmy Buffett tribute band from Atlanta, GA) is always ready to play some Buffett tunes while Jimmy and the rest of the band are filling their venues. I like to promote our little group as “Jimmy Buffett on a budget” and there are many groups like ours throughout the country who are thankful for the opportunity to share our love of Buffett music.

Thanks Jim, for taking the time to answer a few questions and always being ready to share your love for music and your infectious smile…

Beaches and blessings,

Bry Harris

www.parrotislandband.com

Article source: http://www.parrotislandband.com/2013/02/22/kala-ukelele-endorsing-artist-jim-mayer/