Archive for January, 2014

2013 Top of the Trops

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Beachfront Radio’s Top of the Trops

YOUR TOP 20 TROP ROCK SONGS

1. SIX PACK & A TAN – Howard Livingston
2. BEACH LIFE – Don Middlebrook
3. ROCK THE DOCK – Eric Stone
4. TEQUILA HAPPY – Jake Thomas
5. BACK TO LAID BACK – Mark Mulligan
6. MAGIC IN KEY WEST – Howard Livingston
7. HURRICANE SUNSET, TEQUILA SUNRISE – Sam Rainwater
8. BEER IN THE COOLER – Jerry Diaz
9. TOP DOWN KIND OF DAY – Steve Tolliver
10. TOO MUCH FISHIN’, NOT ENOUGH WISHIN’ – Mark Mulligan11. ODE TO THE SUN – Steve Tolliver
12. AIR SUNSHINE – Jambo Joe Bones
13. HELLO SUMMER – Jim Morris
14. GONE NATIVE – Dani Hoy
15. GONE WITH THE WIND – Southern Drawl Band16. BACKDROP – Rob Mehl
17. OCEAN MIGRATION – The Calypso Nuts
18. CAN YOU NOT HEAR ME NOW – Sam Rainwater
19. SOL SEARCHIN’ – Scott Kirby
20. TREASURES – Brittany Kingery

TOP 5 TROP ROCK ALBUMS

 


1. SIX PACK & A TAN – Howard Livingston and the MM 24 Band
2. KEY WEST CONNECTION – Don Middlebrook
3. ON A BEACH IN MEXICO – Jerry Diaz & Hanna’s Reef
4. BUCCANEERS, BALLADS AND BELLYFLOPS – Jambo Joe Bones
5. SONGS OF LOVE AND THE OCEAN – Dani Hoy

TOP 5 FEMALE VOCALISTS

Songs of Love & the Ocean
1. DANI HOY
2. LYNLEY TOLLS
3. MICHELLE BECKER
4. HEATHER SNEERINGER
5. BRITTANY KINGERY

TOP 5 MALE VOCALISTS

1. HOWARD LIVINGSTON
2. DON MIDDLEBROOK
3. ERIC STONE
4. JERRY DIAZ
5. MARK MULLIGAN

TOP 5 TROP ROCK MUSICIANS

1. MICHAEL “CRAWDADDY” CRAWLEY
2. JIMI PAPPAS
3. DON MIDDLEBROOK
4. JOHN PATTI
5. ERIC STONE

TOP 5 LIVE TROP ROCK PERFORMANCE

1.  THE SOUTHERN DRAWL BAND
MOTM StreetFest 2013
2. HOMEMADE WINE
San Carlos Theater – MOTM 2013
3.  PHINS TO THE WEST ALL STAR BAND
Pttw 2013
4.  LATITUDE
John Denver Tribute – 2013
5. TROPICAL SOUL
Hog’s Breath – MOTM 2013

TOP 5 TROP ROCK BANDS

1. HOWARD LIVINGSTON & THE MM 24 BAND
2. THE ERIC STONE BAND
3. THE BOAT DRUNKS
4. JIM MORRIS & THE BIG BAMBOO BAND
5. THE SOUTHERN DRAWL BAND

TOP 5 TROP ROCK EVENTS

1. MEETING OF THE MINDS – Key West, Fl
2. MUSIC ON THE BAY – Tampa, Fl
3. PARDIGRAS – New Orleans, La
4. PHINS TO THE WEST – Laughlin, NV

5. MEET ME IN THE KEYS – Key West, Fl

TOP 5 HOUSE CONCERT VENUES

1. CONCHY JOE’S – Lansdale, Pa
2. THE SANDBOX – Holmes Beach, Fl
3. THE YARD – Tampa, Fl
4. THE BATCAVE – Shiloh, Il
5. AMAZIN’ “GRACES” TROPICAL COURTYARD –
Naples, Fl

TOP 5 TROP ROCK VENUES

1. THE NAV-A-GATOR – Lake Suzy, Fl
2. DOCKSIDE TROPICAL CAFE – Marathon, Fl
3. SMOKIN’ TUNA – Key West, Fl
4. BOONDOCKS – Ramrod Key, Fl
5. TROPICAL ISLE – New Orleans, La
Beachfront’s Original Post HERE
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Fun News!!! Bar Tending

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FUN NEWS!!!!
Fun news for the day! My Facebook page has garnered #5 in the Top Ten Tropical Pages!

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It’s great to have the acknowledgement and know that promoting Key West to the world pays off in appreciation! I run this blog with the same thing in mind. So many people the world over, love Key West and the Florida Keys, I try to help those who love it here to make it a part of their daily lives from afar. Even if it’s just for a few seconds on Facebook, or perhaps a bit longer and more in depth, here on the blog, it’s great to know it’s all worthwhile! Thank you Ed Robinson!!!

Also, check out Ed Robinson’s book, which is inexpensive and available on Amazon as a download “Leap Of Faith”, an autobiography on saying the heck with the rat race and buying a boat and living on it!

http://quityourjobandliveonaboat.wordpress.com/2014/01/14/top-ten-tropical-facebook-pages/


BAR TENDING WITH BORIS

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I started doing the Bar Tending With Boris videos almost two years ago. I started calling myself Boris because it fit with the word Bar Tending and also, it was my nickname in grammar school. In my school, everyone had a nickname. There was Gonzo, Dirk, Gabe, Fudd, Phonzo, Bunk, … the list went on and on! My nickname was “Boris” after Boris Badenov in the Rocky and Bullwinkle cartoons. HA HA!

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So it wasn’t like I just pulled the name out of thin air… I just pulled it out of mothballs!

The fun thing about doing it was that the first take is never right. The drink may sometimes need tweaking, but the video always does. Not being a believer in waste, naturally the drink in the bad take must be consumed. So, you can imagine what it can be like by the third or fourth take! :-O

Over time I’ve also had several assistants who have helped me out on these comic endeavors. Up to this last week, we’ve had Bobby DeVito (a.k.a. Bobby D.), Cindi Hogan, Doug Bittner, and Rick Hogan. The locations have also been in my own kitchen, 90 miles and three blocks from Havana, in Key West, as well as up on Cudjoe Key, twenty-two miles north of here. It’s been quite a laugh!

I say “comic”, as although the drink recipes are quite refined and authentic, the presentation is really, quite off the wall! First of all, there’s a bar tender named Boris and second, after three or four takes, he’s often hammered!


No, these are not bar tending videos that have some guy in a three piece suit, ruffled shirt, and a bow tie, who doesn’t know how to break a smile, being very, very serious in his drink making instruction. No, these are FUN videos and funny at the same time. After all, the ONLY reason people drink is to alter their consciousness, hopefully for the right reasons. What Bar Tending With Boris offers is something that is focused on the fun side of bar tending. If someone wants to see some guy acting like he just ate a lemon and has a stick up his ass, there are hundreds of them on Youtube to be seen. However, if someone wants to have fun and a good laugh, Bar Tending With Boris is for them!


In addition, the recipes we’re doing are actually second to none. I’ll put these recipes up against anything out there that the lemon eating, stick up the ass, bow tie bar tending, Youtube bar tendering brigade can offer. Don’t get me wrong. Their recipes are very good, but ours are on the level with the best of them, just a whole lot more fun to watch! In all the comic mayhem in the videos, if anyone who sees them tries the recipes, they’ll be amazed. They are all great recipes! Try them!


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In the last two editions that have been done, we’ve added my roommate my Dani Hoy, who has contributed immensely! First of all, there’s her marvelous personality and magnetic smile! Second, there are her video editing skills. In the past I’ve always just took a full take. There was no editing. With Dani here we now have intros, intro music, great editing, and the recipe written out for the viewer at the end! The game has stepped up! Here’s the first one we put together, The Mojito, or The Key West Earthquake Mojito, as we had an earthquake about 40 minutes earlier that day.


After that, Dani and I boarded our friends Larry Poff and Michelle Dougan’s boat “Transition”, here in Key West and set sail with our friends from Albuquerque Michelle and Brian Fields, as well as Chris Robinson. This was the first Bar Tending With Boris where our location was on a boat sailing! This time we had Michelle and Brian as guest bar tenders and they made us a marvelous variation of the Margarita from Albuquerque, The Cucumber and Jalapeno Margarita! As I write this on January 25, 2014 this is our latest video installment!

We’re always trying new things, so who knows what will be next? One thing is for sure however, we WILL be doing more on the high seas, celebrating both the cocktails and the waters of Key West. I mean seriously, if the opportunity is there, when in Key West, who in their right mind would not head out on the beautiful water here?

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We made a Facebook Page that have all the Bar Tending With Boris videos and will also have the newest ones as they come out! Please feel free to join the page!!!

https://www.facebook.com/BarTendingWithBoris


Also My CD is available on iTunes, CD Baby, CD Universe, Rhapsody, and Beachfront Radio.
Search: Key West Chris

Thank you everyone!!

Article source: http://keywestmusic.blogspot.com/2014/01/fun-news-and-bar-tending.html

Two Florida Tour Dates Announced

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Jimmy and the Coral Reefers will be heading to Tampa on Saturday, April 19th and to West Palm Beach on Saturday, April 26th! Both shows go on sale at Ticketmaster on Friday, January 31st.

Jimmy Buffett The Coral Reefer Band
MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre (FL State Fairgrounds), Tampa, FL
Saturday, April 19, 2014
Onsale: Fri, 01/31/14 10:00 AM EST

Jimmy Buffett The Coral Reefer Band
Cruzan Amphitheatre, West Palm Beach, FL
Saturday, April 26, 2014
Onsale: Fri, 01/31/14 10:00 AM EST

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Article source: http://www.buffettnews.com/2014/01/24/13884/

Destin sports…

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So far this week we have been recuperating from our trip to New Orleans. Sunshine Cindy and I have been doing the usual stuff…unpacking, laundry, grocery store run, get new livers….all the usual things.

In Destin the new Hampton Inn has opened. They tore down the Hampton Inn that was there and they rebuilt a brand new hotel. We thought it was strange they would level a relatively new building and put up a new one. But I guess it has something to do with the Hampton Inn brand wanting all of their locations to have inside entrances to the guest rooms and the old place had doors that were outside. The new building does look nice though.

The Destin Log had a story the other day wondering if retired football player Kevin Greene was going to move back to Destin now that he has given up his assistant coaching job with the Green Bay Packers. Kevin and his wife used to live in Destin before he took the coaching job. I actually ran into Kevin in my dentist office one day. I remember hearing my dentist remarking about how Kevin’s teeth were perfect despite a career in the NFL. Kevin said he never wore a mouth guard but never lost any teeth either. He was lucky.

Kevin used to play for Pittsburgh. He was one of the first players to have the long flowing blond hair sticking out of his helmet. He was a real good player but of course with me being a Browns fan, I never cared for him. As he was leaving the dentist office he walked right by me. He was wearing shorts and I noticed how skinny his legs were. I would have thought he would still be some muscle bound guy. I almost made a remark about his chicken legs but thought my health was more important! LOL

I have noticed a couple new smoking vapor shops have opened in Destin. They sell the items that are called E-Cigarettes. These devices help people get off the real cigarettes. All they are doing with the device is getting the nicotine and none of the other harmful tars and such. The shops seem to be run by young folks but they are really taking off. I hate to see it but the government is getting involved with these products. Some places are saying you can’t smoke them indoors even thought all they emit is a vapor. Somehow I think Big Tobacco might be behind some of this too. At least until they get into the business.

This is going to be another cold weekend in Destin with temps only getting into the 50’s. It continues to be long pants weather. We will stay warm with a couple of parties at Sago Sports Bar. Friday night the ECPHC is having a get together at Sago and then on Saturday night Crab Island Mambo is having a “Hockey Night in Destin” party. We will  watch the Tampa Bay Lightning game while having a good time. Everyone is invited to join us.

With the cold weather don’t forget, we have Crab Island Mambo long sleeve tee shirts to help keep you warm while you are “Embracing the Chaos!” in style. Our shirts are Made in America too. Check them out here: http://www.crabislandmambo.com/Crab-Island-Mambo-Merchandise.html

Have a great weekend. See ya Monday for a full wrap-up!

Article source: http://destinsteve.blogspot.com/2014/01/destin-sports.html

British Virgin Islands Tourist Board

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Discover paradise in the British Virgin Islands in 2014. The 60+ islands and cays of the BVI provide authentic Caribbean culture matched with uncompromising hospitality and pristine natural beauty. To learn more visit www.bvitourism.com or call 800-835-8530.

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Best Cruises for Destinations

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Check out the 14-day itinerary that skips the A-list stops in lieu of locales with indie cred: English Harbour, Antigua; Les Saintes, Guadaloupe; Willemstad, Curaçao; Cartagena, Colombia; and Isla de Coba, Panama. Book Now.

 

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VIDEO: Soar Above Secret Bay Resort

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Secret Bay is sexy. Picture this: A treehouse built on the cliffs of Dominica overlooking the mountains and the waves. The view’s even better with a drink in hand from the stocked wine cellar. The pinot, the beach and the cedar wood filling the bedroom fight for the best aroma. The floor-to-ceiling windows give the sensation of floating above this world, but the world can’t see you. This is taking privacy to new heights.

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Aruba’s No. 1 Alternative All-Inclusive

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The first sign that my hotel stay is off to a good start: Instead of having to line up in the lobby I’m whisked to the top floor of the 388-room Palm Beach resort to be checked in privately at the members-only Tradewinds Club. I already feel special (and just a tiny bit smug).

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Palace Resorts

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On top of unmatched all-inclusive luxury amenities and services, Palace Resorts offers guests staying 5-8 nights a $1,500 Resort Credit that can be used towards the following services and amenities. Applicable Resort Credit depends on length of vacation and is applied per room/per stay. Also, beginning December 24, 2013 and accessible via a branded card, guests who do not utilize their entire Resort Credits, can roll the cash value over to subsequent stays at any of Palace Resorts seven oceanfront properties. Additionally, guests can now gift the accrued cash value of the Resort Credit to friends or family that plan on visiting Palace Resorts in the future. Resort Credit becomes exchangeable two weeks following the transferring parties stay at any Palace Resorts property, and the resort credit cash value balance is redeemable for up to twelve months after the original stay. Subject to additional terms.

Terms Conditions:
Amounts shown are the maximum credit that can be applied towards each product/service for a maximum cumulative amount equivalent to $1,500 per room/per stay with a 5-8 night stay, up to the equivalent of $750 per room/per stay with a 4 night stay and up to the equivalent of $500 per room/per stay with a 3 night stay. The maximum credit for stays of 9-11 nights is $2,000 per room/per stay and for stays of 12 nights or more is $2,500 per room/per stay. Reservations for services and amenities must be requested at the resort upon arrival and are subject to availability. †Palace Resorts: Resort Credit is applicable to Palace Resorts Wedding Collections for weddings at these properties. Does not apply any other package or optional services. Resort Credit is only applicable towards wedding collections with a price value of $3,000 or higher. If Resort Credit is not used towards a wedding package, all other services and amenities must be requested upon arrival. ††Maximum credit amount towards scuba diving at Isla Mujeres Palace is $300 for 5-8 nights and $150 for 3-4 nights. Resort Credit for scuba diving at Cozumel Palace or Isla Mujeres Palace is valid for certified, non-certified divers and beginners. As of Jan 1, 2014 all guests redeeming Resort Credit are subject to cover a 16% operational fee. *Valid for resorts in Cancun and Riviera Maya. When using Resort Credit for My Palace Memories, Resort Credit Shop. These taxes and fees can be paid with cash, credit card or other authorized means. Percentages are subject to change based on local VAT. • Promotion applies to all groups regardless of size provided that meeting rooms and/or function space is not required. Unused credits can be valid for up to 1 year from the check out date and is transferable once to one guest. This does not apply towards Spa services when using the remaining of the Resort Credit. The information on this flyer is subject to change. Certain restrictions may apply.

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Ports Of Call Resort Turks and Caicos

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Book any Deluxe Pool View room and receive a $200 resort credit towards bar, food, diving, or snorkeling.

Terms Conditions:
Applies to new bookings only. One $200 credit per room. For travel between February 1st to April 30, 2014. 4 Nights Minimum Stay Required.

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