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Some Videos from the Nashville Show

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Some videos from Saturday’s show at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, TN are now available on Youtube.

Ringling, Ringling

Morris’ Nightmare

Something About a Boat (Song written by Django Walker)

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Kala Ukulele endorsing artist Bry Harris

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Kala Ukulele endorsing artist Bry Harris

I became a Kala Ukulele artist a few months ago and I have been interviewing some of the other Kala musicians in order to get to know them better (and hopefully help others to get to know them as well). Since I am waiting to hear from some of the other Kala artists, I thought I would share my own story as an introduction to the Kala community. I have really fallen in love with the Ukulele in recent years and view myself as a “Ukulele Ambassador” of sorts…. In addition to our band (the Parrot Island Band), I love to take the Ukulele into schools (and to senior groups) and teach them about the Ukulele. Since I have added the Uke as the main acoustic instrument in the band (in place of guitar), I have had many wonderful conversations about the Uke and I have made several “converts” to this neat instrument.

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I grew up in Tidewater, Virginia, and have had been drawn to the memories of lakes, rivers and the ocean ever since. When I graduated from high school, I was named “most likely to open for Jimmy Buffett” (ok, it was a ‘tongue in cheek” accolade and officially it was something like… “in 5 years Bryant will likely open for Jimmy Buffett”- but time has morphed into the “most likely to” reference ).

While I did play in bars and restaurants for awhile in college, I took and extended break from music (about 25 years!) and began playing again for others around 2006. I started a Jimmy Buffett Tribute Band that now includes my wife (steel pan) and good friend, Kevin Garrelts, (congas) and myself (vocals, guitar and, of course, Ukulele). While we started as a cover band, I have written around 30 songs that we add to our set lists and they have been very well received.

We recorded a Trop Rock CD, Parrot Island Getaway, which consists of original songs and has been played on Internet radio stations from Key West to California, New York to Alaska and even Canada. The Parrot Island Band has been nominated 3 times as Trop Rock duo/trio of the year at the Trop Rock awards that is held in Key West, Florida.

1) Where is home for you at the moment?

“I currently live in Acworth, Georgia… about 45 minutes to an hour north of Atlanta.”

2) What were your earliest/current musical influences?

“I started playing guitar when I was 12 years old in the 70’s. I was influenced by the likes of James Taylor, Grand Funk Railroad, the Eagles, many of the great singer/songwriters of my youth such as Dan Fogelberg and Harry Chapin. Probably the biggest influence on my music (and no surprise to those who know me) was Jimmy Buffett. I loved his fun-loving persona and tropical themed music. Jimmy’s music still influences me today!

“In addition to Jimmy Buffett, the music that I listen to today comes from a broad range of “Trop Rock” musicians that paint musical scenes of beaches and palm trees but are not necessarily known to the general public. I love musicians who play because of their passion for music… but like me, may never play in front of large crowds or on mainstream radio.”

3) When did you start playing the Uke?

“I have only been playing the Ukulele for a couple of years but I have definitely been bitten by the bug. I keep a Ukulele out at home to play while watching TV or just for the fun of it (and to relax and work on new song ideas). I also have another Uke in my office and take a break now and then to play a few chords (I find it boosts my creativity and makes the rest of my work day more enjoyable).”

4) What Kala Ukes are you currently playing?

“I play the Kala Acacia Tenor (KA-ASAC-T) with an added MiSi pickup. I also keep a Kala Long-neck Soprano (KA SLNG) in my office. I use this Uke when I go to preschools or elementary schools to teach them about the Ukulele (or sometimes just the letter “U”!).”

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

“Our first CD, Parrot Island Getaway, has been out for a few years now so I should be announcing our next CD (but we are still trying to figure out a way to get moving on that). I have written enough songs for a new CD and my plan is that when it comes out, it will be one that features the Uke, steel pan, congas and U-bass (so if there is anyone out there wanting to help us get this going, just let me know ).”

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

“Q: Jimmy Buffett is on the phone and wants to know if you would like to have lunch and play a few songs together?”

“A: Let me check my calendar and call you back (JUST KIDDING! ) Yes, just let me know where to go… I’ll be right there!”

I get an extra question since this is my idea…

“Q: Why did you switch from playing guitar to Ukulele?”

“A: While I have always loved playing the guitar, there is something about the Ukulele that relaxes me and moves me in a deep way. I feel as if I should have been playing the Ukulele all my life and that it is part of my “purpose in life” (to play the Uke and somehow bring joy to others through it). I am just beginning to explore how the Uke will be a part of this next chapter in my life and I am really looking forward to discovering the answer….”

All for now

I hope I can get in touch with some of the other Kala Ukulele artists and have more of these interviews in months to come… until then, pick up a Ukulele… strum a happy song and make someone smile…

Beaches and blessings,

Bry Harris

Kala Ukulele Artist

Kala Uke Artist Bry Harris

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Getting married in Destin

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Well, this was quite the weekend in Destin. Friday was Sunshine Cindy’s birthday. On Thursday we went out to dinner at Longhorn Steakhouse. We had a nice dinner of steak and shrimp. After dinner we stopped in at Sago Sports Bar for a while. There was a small crowd there watching the basketball playoffs and NFL draft. It is always a good time at Sago.

Friday we had a Parrothead meeting at KC’s Sandbar in Ft. Walton Beach. Our friend Jan was booked to play music for the meeting. A big crowd showed up as the weather was perfect for the outside venue. I had a big surprise planned for Sunshine Cindy. I worked it out with Jan that after everyone sang “Happy Birthday” to Sunshine Cindy I would hand her a card. The card was asking her to marry me. She was shocked to say the least. It was a great moment. I am a lucky guy!

We stayed at KC’s till Jan finished playing. It was a lot of fun. They had a jello shot eating contest. The difference with this contest was you could not use your hands to eat the jello. It was a blast watching everyone. Kenny won with Larry coming in a close second. A group of us headed to the Legion to sing some Karaoke. We pretty much took over half the place. As that wound down Judie, Kelly, Capt. John, Sunshine Cindy and I headed to Waffle House for some late night food. The entire night was a blast.

Saturday was taken up with a pool party at our friend Julie’s house. It was an all day party that turned out to be a lot of fun. The sky was overcast most of the day but we still got some tan. Good food, music and friends.

On Sunday our only plan was to get some pop-up tents for our upcoming party on May 18th.’s-SandBar–Grill.html We picked them up at Old Time Pottery that is right next door to Landshark Pizza. So of course we had to stop in and see Brian and Sue. Bruce came in and we all chatted for a while. They all wished us congratulations on our engagement. We left to drop off the tents at home and headed to the harbor. First stop was Crab Island Cantina. We waited out a rain storm talking to some tourist from Kansas City. Mike and Deb were nice folks who are in town for a week.

Wayne and Renae joined us there. We walked to Crazy Lobster. None of our usual bartenders were working. We had one and moved on heading to the Boathouse. We stopped in front of AJ’s for a minute checking out a fish weigh-in that was taking place when a guy in a big boat that was tied up at AJ’s recognized Sunshine Cindy. Turns out he is newly engaged too. We all talked about that. As we left to continue to the Boathouse I asked Sunshine Cindy who were those folks and she had no clue. They obviously knew her but she could not remember from where. Old age is catching up with her!

At the Boathouse Kerby, David and Kelly were at the entrance. We talked with them for while as we waited for a table to open up. I stopped Gigi the manager as she walked by to give her the good news about our engagement. Gigi is great and always takes good care of us and all the locals. Next thing I know half the staff that we know come over to congratulate us too. That was cool. Then a couple at another table called out our names and congratulated us. I had to ask Sunshine Cindy who there were. They are Parrotheads who were at KC’s Friday night. Now I was the one who felt old! LOL

We ended up running into a couple more friends there including Tony. Just another Sunday Funday at the Boathouse. We made one last stop at Coyote Ugly on the way back down the harbor. From there it was time to head home to get ready for the work week.

Looks like this week we will be doing some wedding planning. We are not sure if we are going to get married in town or maybe some place like Key West or New Orleans. We shall see but there will definitely be a reception in Destin somewhere. I think all the bars will be fighting for it! LOL

Have a great week. See ya Thursday.

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Cardiac Kids Foundation of Florida

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Mary and I volunteered yesterday at Clearwater Marine Aquarium for the Cardiac Kids Foundation of Florida. Please visit their site and see the kids that they have helped over the years. Also, you can make several different types of donations here.


The Mission of the Cardiac Kids Foundation of Florida is to provide assistance to families, and their children with heart disease. In addition we fund medical research, education, and charitable health care for children with heart disease through local charitable initiatives and life saving mission trips. Support is provided in the form of financial help and assistance to those families who can not afford prescription medications post surgery as well as travel related expenses for the related families of hospitalized children.

Our main research project involves the archiving and unification of worldwide terms through The International Society of Nomenclatures for Pediatric and Congenital Heart Disease. This is a tool that will assist Cardiac Surgeons throughout the world, now and well into the future.

A portion of our assistance goes beyond financial and involves the actual surgeries, training, education and supply of equipment to communities who otherwise would not have this available to them. For example, our yearly Jamaican Mission Trip headed up by Dr. Jeffrey Jacobs and his team is currently responsible for saving the countless lives through his efforts. The Larry King Cardiac Foundation has been a huge supporter of these annual trips.

New Tour kicks off in Nashville

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Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band kicked off the “Songs From St. Somewhere” tour last night at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, TN.

This year tour did not include the usual “Hot, Hot, Hot” intro song (played during the past 8 years). Instead there was an Opening Medley of Buffett songs (no vocals).

The opening song for the show was “Kinja”, a special St. Somewhere version.

The show included the premiere of four new songs from the upcoming album “Songs From St. Somewhere”: “Something About A Boat”, “Too Drunk To Karaoke”, “Useless And Important Information”, and “Oldest Surfer On The Beach”.

Some songs that have been added for this years tour include:
“Morris’ Nightmare”(last played November 20, 1999 in East Hampton, NY)
“Ringling Ringling” (last played April 29, 2000 in Irvine, CA)

Buffett performed “Bartender’s Blues” (dedicated to George Jones)

The set list is now available.

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The Absolute Ten Best Bars in The Keys!!

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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!

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Songs From St. Somewhere Tour kicks off in Nashville

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Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band perform tonight at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, TN. Listen to the show on Radio Margaritaville / SiriusXM 24 starting at 9:00 PM ET. The Radio Margaritaville’s Pre-Concert Broadcast Starts 8:30 PM ET. Follow along with the Set List and help us out.

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Destin Boshamps Oyster House

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The newest joint on the harbor has finally opened. Boshamps Oyster house opened on Monday. Sunshine Cindy and I have not been there yet. Each evening that I have driven by it the parking lot is packed. I have talked to a couple of people that have gone and they said it is nice but expensive. I guess they have to pay for all the work they have been doing some way. It looks great from the outside with a big deck and a sandy area. I wish the boardwalk went all the way down there as the parking is limited. I hope they do well.

After all the excitement of last weekend we have been taking it easy this week. I did get to Landshark Pizza Wednesday for their Wing Night. I talked with Steve for a while and relaxed watching some baseball. As I left I talked to Brian and Sue about bringing Jan back to play. Looks like we are going to target Sunday May 28th which is in the middle of Memorial Weekend. It should be another great time.

Driving to work this week I noticed the wrecking ball is taking down the old Holiday Inn. This was one of the first high rise buildings in Destin. There is a total rebuild taking place. It looks weird seeing a partially demolished building in Destin. The work is continuing on the Hampton Inn in Destin too. They had to rebuild from the ground up to comply with Hampton rules about all rooms having an interior entrance. They are building a big building now that is right across from the beach.

The summer season is almost upon us. We have a little lull right now but that won’t last too long. Some schools are already finishing up classes. The crowds will be here before we know we it. We hope that Crab Island Mambo has a big season. Don’t forget you can get your own Destin Crab Island Mambo tee’s, tank tops and long sleeve t-shirts right here on line.  Have a little of Destin shipped to you.

Friday is Sunshine Cindy’s birthday. The Parrotheads will be at KC’s Sandbar and Grill in Fort Walton Beach. Join the fun and wish Sunshine Cindy a happy birthday! She is 37 once again!!!

Have a great weekend. See ya Monday!

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Some upcoming tour dates for Mishka

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Mailboat Records #1 reggae artist Mishka recently released “Ocean is my Potion” EP featuring Jimmy Buffett. Mishka has a few upcoming tour dates mirroring Jimmy’s tour (playing the night before his show).

Friday, April 26 – 9:00 PM
Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville Nashville (indoor)

Saturday, April 27
Street Party / Main Stage
3pm show (60 min set)
Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville Nashville (outdoor)

Monday, April 29 – Mishka Acoustic
Terminal West, 887 West Marietta, Studio C, Atlanta, GA
Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm $10 /18+

Wednesday, May 1 – Mishka Acoustic
Bourbon Girl, 212 E 6th St, Austin, TX 78701
9:00 PM – Midnight Free / 21+

Friday, May 3 – Mishka – Acoustic
Lemon Bar, Frisco, TX 75033
Show: 8:30 – 11:30 $5 / 21+

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Atlanta concert to be livestreamed

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On April 30th, TouchTunes will stream Jimmy Buffett’s ‘Songs from St. Somewhere’ concert LIVE from Aaron’s Amphitheater in Atlanta to select bars in Chicago, Philadelphia, New York and Florida! Get more information and a list of locations here.

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