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Jimmy Buffett set to play Verizon Arena in Little Rock

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NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (Verizon Arena) – Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band return to Verizon Arena for a night of fin-tastic music and fun on Saturday, December 7th at 8pm as part of Jimmy Buffett’s “Songs From St. Somewhere” Tour 2013. Tickets will go on sale Friday, September 27th at 10 a.m.

Local Parrotheads won’t want to miss their chance to soak in the full Margaritaville experience.

Bob Roux, the Co-President of North America Concerts at Live Nation Entertainment said, “We are thrilled that we have the opportunity to bring Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band back to Little Rock. Saturday night, December 7th is going to be a Christmas Party like none before it; Caribbean style at the Verizon Arena.”

“The Verizon Arena is thrilled to have Jimmy Buffett return to Arkansas,” said General Manager Michael Marion. “His last show was a true spectacle that had everyone wanting more. We look forward to the return of the Parrotheads and all their revelry, as well as an evening of great music. Saturday, December 7 will be a super fun night on the river and we hope everyone will join us.”

Jimmy recently released a new record, titled Songs From St. Somewhere, on Mailboat Records, which debuted at #4 on Billboard’s Top 200 albums the week of September 7th. The album, with 15 new songs plus a bonus track, was recorded this spring in various locales including Key West, Nashville, Miami, St. Barts and London. “Too Drunk To Karaoke”, the first single, is a duet with Toby Keith and the video was shot in Nashville. Jimmy has been performing this song, as well as “I Want To Go Back To Cartagena”, “Somethin’ ‘Bout A Boat” and “Oldest Surfer On The Beach” on the current tour.

Parrotheads on Ice: Jimmy Buffett

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Jimmy Buffett performed to fans that swarmed Key West, Fla., in 2011 for the Parrotheads Convention.

Twin Cities Parrotheads finally get to see their man Jimmy Buffett perform in town again, but they’re probably going to have to wear Sorels to the show instead of sandals.

The icon of beachside slackerdom and margarita-soaked afternoons will hit Xcel Energy Center on Dec. 3 with his Coral Reefer Band as part of their “Songs from St. Somewhere” tour. Tickets go on sale Monday, Sept. 30, but prices have not yet been announced. You can probably count on them being top-shelf.

It will be the “Margaritaville” hitmaker’s first local gig in nearly a decade, an absence that can largely be attributed to the Twin Cities’ lack of a large amphitheater (he’s an outdoor venue kind of guy). The 66-year-old singer-songwriter’s “Songs from St. Somewhere” – the title of his new record – includes the new single “Too Drunk to Karaoke,” a duet with Toby Keith. Excuse me while I go clean up my coffee spit.

Buffett to play St Paul MN on Dec 3rd

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From the Star Tribune: Twin Cities Parrotheads finally get to see their man Jimmy Buffett perform in town again, but they’re probably going to have to wear Sorels to the show instead of sandals.

The icon of beachside slackerdom and margarita-soaked afternoons will hit Xcel Energy Center on Dec. 3 with his Coral Reefer Band as part of their “Songs from St. Somewhere” tour. Tickets go on sale Monday, Sept. 30, but prices have not yet been announced. You can probably count on them being top-shelf.

It will be the “Margaritaville” hitmaker’s first local gig in nearly a decade, an absence that can largely be attributed to the Twin Cities’ lack of a large amphitheater (he’s an outdoor venue kind of guy).

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Article source: http://www.buffettnews.com/2013/09/20/13772/

The Deck at Perico Island

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The Deck at Perico Island

DSCF4655We had the privilege of sitting down with Trop Rock fans Gary Lindblom and Cathy Pizzo on Saturday. They have transformed their home into a “One of a Kind” house concert venue. It provides a tremendous intimate setting. Basically, the setup is poolside, yet the entire stage and seating is covered. This provides relief from the sun during the hot Florida summers. During the cooler months the stage is to be moved into the open air closer to the pool. In the case of a rain storm like the one that came on Sunday, everything happens acoustically inside.

This a whole new approach to the house concert scene. Their events will be held on Sunday afternoons, in the form a “Jam Session”.

DSCF4657On Sunday, they had the first of these Jam Sessions. Dani Hoy was the featured artist. Allen “Frankendread” Holland not only provided smooth music and vocals, he also provided an amazing lineup of food. Local artists joined the featured artist for an absolutely amazing session.

It appears that Frankendread’s music and cuisine will be an integral part of this. Let’s get back to that food thing. Brace yourself. You’re about to get hungry as I tell you about the menu. There was succulent pork loin with a curry mustard crust and, bacon wrapped peaches with basil, black pepper and a balsamic vinegar drizzle, prosciutto and mozzarella wrappers, marinated mozzarella with sundried tomato topping, a cream cheese sweet jalapeno jam spread, a non-alcoholic ginger punch with agave, plantains, and a special island rum punch that was more of a slap than a punch. It was perfect for the occasion.

DSCF4660Did we mention that Gary and Cathy’s house is the former house of Mitch Miller (Sing-A-Long With Mitch)? Mitchell William “Mitch” Miller was prominent in the American music industry. He was involved in almost all aspects of the industry, working as a musician, singer, conductor, record producer, A&R man and record company executive. This is an amazing house and setup. No wonder the music seems to be the perfect complement to this incredible spot.

For those of you unfamiliar with the area, Perico Island is located on beautiful Anna Maria Island.

DSCF4667During our Saturday visit with Gary, my wife Mary disappeared with Cathy and Allen. We found them playing some classics with Allen on the acoustic guitar and Cathy on the drums and Mary on the camera. We got some behind the scenes footage of Allen teaching Cathy to play a full drum set. On a previous visit, we found out Cathy had learned to play two songs on the steel pan. Gary and I made our way upstairs to the Music Room. We were able to catch the tail end of the Allen & Cathy show. It Seems as though Frankendread has a passion for teaching the music as well.

Be sure to check them out on Facebook.

We will also have their scheduled events in our Trop Rock Calendar.

Perico Island.

It is as nice as it sounds.

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Big gator in Destin

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This has been a slow week here in Destin. Sunshine Cindy and I have stayed in so far this week as we work to get things done with Crab Island Mambo. One thing we got completed was getting our Long Sleeve Tee Shirts back from the printer. They had forgot to do the printing down the sleeve. We have the words, “Embrace the Chaos!” down the sleeve but the printer forgot that. All of the long sleeve shirts are back now and looking good! You can purchase your own Crab Island Mambo tee’s here: http://www.crabislandmambo.com/Crab-Island-Mambo-Merchandise.html

One unique item from the news this week was the gator that was caught and brought to the docks. I believe it was about 11 feet long and weighed over 400 lbs. It was a monster. I don’t know where it was caught but they brought it to the docks where folks got to see it.

There was more information about the house that blew up the other day. It was actually a car that blew up damaging the house and destroying a nearby boat. They have still not figured out why it blew up but do not suspect foul play. The house was owned by a doctor from Illinois. He remains in critical condition. A second person from Illinois was killed. They were from the same area of Illinois as friends of ours. I have not talked to our friends yet to see if they knew these folks.

Friends Brian and Sue, who own Landshark Pizza, are in Germany this week visiting their son. They have been posting tons of pics showing a great time. Judging from all the pictures with them drinking I think they will need a few days to dry out when they get back home! LOL

This weekend our good friend Jan Patton will be playing in Panama City Beach for the local Parrothead club over there. Jan will be at Spinnakers on the gulf. This is a great gig for Jan as he gets to play for a new audience and a new area. He will do great. I don’t think Sunshine Cindy and I will be able to make it there for the show but we will be there in spirit.

We don’t have any firm plans for this weekend. Right now they are calling for rain Saturday and Sunday. Sure, rain on the weekend! No matter. We will still have a good time. Enjoy your weekend. See ya Monday!

Article source: http://destinsteve.blogspot.com/2013/09/big-gator-in-destin.html

Captain Frankendread’s Show Tonight 7pm EST

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Ahoy mateys!

Line ’em up! Tonight………

Pirates on the left and wenches on the right!

It’s International Talk like a Pirate Day and we are going to party like it’s 1699!

Captain Frankendread cracks open the grog and raises the Jolly Roger on this episode on Ship 2 Shore Radio….

Raise your Jolly Roger on the Quarterdeck at 7 pm est!

Arrrrrrrrr!

 

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2 Tour Dates Added – Louisville & Little Rock

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From Margaritaville.com: Two new tour dates announced today!

Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefers
Saturday November 30th, 2013 – Louisville, KY
Tickets go on sale September 27th

Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefers
Saturday December 7, 2013 – Little Rock, AR
Tickets go on sale September 27th

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Article source: http://www.buffettnews.com/2013/09/19/13770/

Arrrggg You Serious? How to Truly Talk Like a Pirate

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PirateBuccaneer enthusiasts will be donning their finest eye patches and throwing planks across their backyard pools for an annual cult celebration tomorrow: International Talk Like a Pirate Day, an excuse for shenanigans that comes around every September 19.

Businesses are using the holiday as an excuse for promotions. Long John Silver is giving away free whitefish if you just say “Arrr!”, and Krispy Kreme will dole out a donut to anyone yakking like a scoundrel on the high seas. Radio station DJs have promised to broadcast in pirate-ese. And Mango, a company that produces language-learning software, has put together an elaborate tutorialto help you “parley” in “perfect Pirate” for the occasion. You can even find out your pirate name using this pirate name generator. All of which begs the question of what, exactly, it means to talk like a pirate.

It’s easy to list off quick tips: say aaargh a lot, use ye instead of you and sound more British than a chimney sweep. But those tips have no relation to many of history’s pirates, aquatic robbers who could have been speaking Chinese as they set sail in the 1800s or Somali last Tuesday—without wearing so much as a tricorn hat. A swashbuckler isn’t even a pirate per se, just someone who swashes (lashes with a sword) at someone’s buckler (a small round shield).

Our modern impression of pirate speech, with all its yo-ho-ho-ing and timber shivering, was largely born from books like Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island and Hollywood films like Robert Newton’s 1950 adaptation of that novel. While there’s talk of captains letting out “inarticulate growls” as far back as Sir Walter Scott’s 1822 novel The Pirate, scholars haven’t found the same hard evidence in historical records. Still, the pop culture caricature has some links to history. Here are a few annotated tips to help you earn a breakfast treat in true pirate fashion tomorrow:

Use me when you would have used my.

Much like using ye—as in “ye be takin’ me cup o’ grog at yer own peril”—this imitates pronoun usage from early modern times, says Mark Hanna, a history professor at the University of California at San Diego who specializes in marauders. Bad grammar from that era, like using me instead of my, suggests that the speaker is lower class, and aristocrats were hardly regulars on the pirate circuit. Though, Hanna notes, captains would adopt language used by those above their rank in an attempt to assert authority over unruly crews.

Don’t be afraid to slur your words.

One truth about pirates, Hanna says, is that they were often deep in their cups, though that wasn’t necessarily because pirates just loved the taste of rum in their tum. Once anti-piracy laws in the late 1600s made it harder for them to spend their plunder and settle down on the mainland, the life became less appealing, he says—and the prospect of getting all you can drink was used to lure new recruits onboard.

Think nautical, matey.  

Virginia Lunsford, a maritime historian at the U.S. Naval Academy, says the “golden age” of piracy spanned from about 1530 to 1730, an age of exploration when sailing was a major occupation. “Sailors had a distinctive way of speaking,” she says. “So pirates, as a subset of that demographic, would use nautical language.” Hence, while “Yo ho ho and a bottle of rum” is strictly a Stevenson invention, true pirates may have referred to compatriots as matey, greeted pillager pals by saying ahoy, gotten attention by yelling avast and exclaimed heave ho as they lifted anchor. (Note: Shiver me timbers, another phrase from fiction, is an oath synonymous with let my wooden boat break to pieces, like a poetic sailor’s version of may the Lord strike me dead.)

Threaten people.

“Early modern people didn’t think piracy was silly and fun,” Lunsford says. “It was dangerous business.” So while taking part in tomorrow’s festivities is strictly a playful endeavor, violent threats will give your character a greater ring of truth. In The Pirate Primer, author George Choundas collects some menacing phrases, such as to die by inches (to suffer slow, prolonged torture), to hang from the yardarm (to swing from seagoing gallows), to give someone to the sharks (to throw him overboard) and to eat candles (to feed someone candles). Apparently pirates could be pretty literal, even if modern interpretations of them take a bit more license.

In honor of the big day, here’s a mashup of some of our favorite, pop-culture pirate moments:

Read more: http://newsfeed.time.com/2013/09/18/arrrggg-you-serious-how-to-truly-talk-like-a-pirate/#ixzz2fKxA2BF6

Jimmy Buffett coming to the Waikiki Shell

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Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band return to the Waikiki Shell for a night of music and fun, Saturday, December 14 at 7:30 p.m.

The concert is part of Jimmy Buffett’s “Songs From St. Somewhere” Tour 2013.

Tickets go on sale Friday, September 20 at 9 a.m.

Jimmy recently released a new record, titled, “Songs From St. Somewhere,” on Mailboat Records, which debuted at #4 on Billboard’s Top 200 albums the week of September 7.

The album with 15 new songs plus a bonus track, was recorded this spring in various locales including Key West, Nashville, Miami, St. Barts and London.

Tickets available at Ticketmaster.com and all ticketmaster outlets, charge by phone #800-745-3000 and the Blaisdell Box Office.

Jimmy Buffett to play Dec. 5 at Tulsa’s BOK Center

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Jimmy Buffett is making a long-awaited return trip to Tulsa.

The “Margaritaville” singer and his Coral Reefer Band will play at 8 p.m. Dec. 5 at the BOK Center as part of Buffett’s “Songs From St. Somewhere” Tour 2013.

It will be the chief Parrothead’s first performance at the BOK Center, the venue announced today.

“After celebrating our fifth anniversary of the BOK Center, we can’t imagine a better way to kick off another year of concerts than with Jimmy Buffett. It’s been nearly three decades since he played in the state of Oklahoma, so we know Buffett fans are going to be as thrilled as we are with this announcement,” said BOK Center General Manager John Bolton in a news release.

Tickets will go on sale at 10 a.m. Sept. 28.  There will be an eight-ticket limit per customer.

Tickets will be available at Tickets.com, all Tickets.com outlets and the venue box office, or customers can charge by phone at (866) 726-5287. Ticket prices subject to applicable fees.

“We are ecstatic that we finally have the opportunity to bring Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band for their long overdue return to Tulsa and their first concert at the BOK Center. Christmas in the Caribbean comes to Tulsa on December 5,” said Bob Roux, the co-president of North America Concerts at Live Nation Entertainment, in the release.

Buffett, 66, recently released a new record, titled “Songs From St. Somewhere,” on Mailboat Records. It debuted at No. 4 on Billboard’s Top 200 albums the week of Sept. 7. The album, with 15 new songs plus a bonus track, was recorded this spring in various locales, including Key West, Nashville, Miami, St. Barts and London.

“Too Drunk To Karaoke”, the first single, is a duet with Oklahoma country music superstar Toby Keith, and the video was shot in Nashville. Buffett has been performing this song, as well as “I Want To Go Back To Cartagena,” “Somethin’ ‘Bout A Boat” and “Oldest Surfer On The Beach” on the current tour.

For more information on Buffett’s Tulsa show, go to www.bokcenter.com.