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Turning up the summer heat in Destin

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Last winter when it was freezing I said I would not complain about the heat this summer. I am not complaining but it has gotten hot in Destin. We have been in the 90’s the last few days with our usual high humidity. Last night it was still 89 degrees at 9:30 pm. But this is summer in Florida and I love the heat so no problem!

It was a busy weekend for Sunshine Cindy and I. Friday night I was stuck in a traffic jam getting home from work. The traffic was backed up all the way across the island. When I got home we decided to head to the harbor for a while. We went to Margaritaville for dinner. After that we made a stop at Fishheads. It turns out it was Melissa’s birthday and they were having a party for her. We wished her well and chatted with Tom and Becca who were both working.

From there we walked down to The Boathouse. We ran into a bunch of friends including Chris, Missy, Scott and Tony. Courtney was working the bar. Gigi was there and we had a chance to talk to her for a while. Jason was playing inside as a good crowd was hanging out. We left there and made one last stop at Rotten Apple on the way home. Rose was there. We have not seen her in a while. They have fixed up the place nice. They should be serving food soon.

On the way home we got stopped at a DUI checkpoint. I still find it hard to believe random stops with no probable cause can be legal in this country.

Saturday we had our 2nd Crab Island Mambo and ECPHC beach cleanup of the year. Once again the beach was in great shape. We did our usual cleanup and then enjoyed the perfect day. The Gulf water was refreshing. There was a lot of June-Grass seaweed in the water but that did not deter anyone. The party broke up about 3 pm as a group was heading to Pensacola to listen to Southern Drawl Band at Landshark Landing. Sunshine Cindy and I decided to stay home. The sun had done it job draining the energy out of the body! We watched a movie and relaxed.

Sunday had the Southern Drawl Band playing in Destin at Crab Island Cantina. The show started at 5 pm. Sunshine Cindy and I got there about 3:30 for some lunch. The guys were already there. Mike Nash, the lead singer, said he got to the Cantina by Jet Ski. He had been staying in Navarre. He and some friends from there all jet skied to Crab Island and hung out for a while. They then dropped Mike off at the Cantina. Not a bad way to get to a gig.

A huge crowd packed the Cantina. Tourist, locals, Mambo’ians…they were all there. The guys played on the inside stage. That was a good call as the sun would have been beating down on them outside. Paul, Larry, JD, David and Mike put on a hell of a show. People were dancing from the start all the way through their encores. They will be back at the Cantina on July 13th. Make plans to be there.

This is a short work week thanks to the holiday coming up. Get out and enjoy the summer heat. LOL  See ya Thursday!!!

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Video: Leilani Wolfgramm – Herbivore

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Written by singer-songwriter Leilani Wolfgramm, and featuring Ozzie from @weshouldsmoke, “Herbivore,” is the first single from Leilani’s upcoming EP, Rebel. After performing with her brothers’ in Orlando, Florida’s Reggae-Rock band Hor!zen, Leilani set out to make a name for herself, working and touring with Orlando based RAH RAH RAH Records supporting her debut EP, 2013’s Iburn. This new single, “Herbivore,” is the first sampling of Leilani’s work on the west coast with Producer E.N Young at Imperial Sound Recording Studio in San Diego. Be sure to check out “Herbivore,” and look for Leilani’s new EP Rebel on July 15th. Enjoy the song video…

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Marley: 30th Anniversary Edition of ‘Legend’

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On July 1, 2014, Universal Music Enterprises alongside Island Records and Tuff Gong, are celebrating the 30th Anniversary for one of the most infamous releases, with Legend 30th Anniversary Edition, a deluxe anniversary re-issue of Legend, packaged as a CD/Blu-ray Pure Audio Disc™ combo set, as well as on vinyl.

Bob Marley Legend 30th

Bob Marley’s Legend, originally released three years after his death, on May 8, 1984, is the momentous collection of tracks that represents the remarkable recording career of Reggae music’s most iconic figureheads. The world’s best-selling reggae album, Legend is an essential part in every Reggae collection with songs on this record that epitomize the Marley sound.

Paired with the originally released version of Legend, this new deluxe version offers the record’s 14 iconic hits and several others rarities, all upgraded to surround sound. Mixed in 5.1 by the Grammy® Award winning producer Bob Clearmountain on Blu-Ray Pure Audio Disc™ this version now includes the original, early studio version of “No Woman No Cry,” replacing the originally released 1975 live version. Also included are two unheard alternate takes of “Easy Skanking” and “Punky Reggae Party.” Found in the Marley vault, these two tracks replace the versions which were added to the Legend track-list for the remastered release in 2002.

Both the CD and Blu-Ray Pure Audio Disc™ are housed in a 28-page, case-bound book featuring extended liner notes, unseen photos and forewords written by Sir Paul McCartney, Stevie Wonder, and liner notes by author of the book Marley, Christopher Farley. Legend 30th Anniversary Edition will also be made available on tri-color,(yellow, green and red, vinyl and pressed as a double gatefold LP, allowing for a higher fidelity sound quality that is closer to the original source.

For more about Bob Marley, his music and legacy, check out the information below.

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WATCH: The Wailers – “Stir It Up” live 1973

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This One’s For You Tour Update

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Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band performed three shows this week for the 2014 This One’s For You Tour.

The set list from the shows is now available:
06/24/2014 – Blossom Music Center – Cleveland, OH
06/26/2014 – Klipsch Music Center – Indianapolis, IN
06/28/2014 – First Midwest Bank Amphitheater – Chicago, IL

At last night’s show in Chicago some changes to the set list included the addition of “Jolly Mon Sing”, “Knees Of My Heart”, and “Havana Daydreamin’”

The Cleveland Plain Dealer has a review of Tuesdays show: “Jimmy Buffett keeps a soggy Blossom Music Center crowd awash in happy sounds

Jimmy Buffett, who first sold out Blossom Music Center 23 years ago and came within a rainstorm of doing so Tuesday night, will never be a torch singer. But that doesn’t mean he isn’t passing one.

Or more accurately, helping in the passing of one. Or a few thousand.

The 19,000-plus who packed the soggy venue in Cuyahoga Falls featured the expected number of shall-we-say-VETERAN Parrotheads, whose natural feathers tended toward gray.

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MP3 Leak of the Week: O.G.T.

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Courtesy of our friends over at Silverback Music Management, we’re giving away an awesome instrumental titled “Alakazam” by the Organically Good Trio. Founded by Slightly Stoopid’s keyboard player Paul Wolstencroft, OGT have a new album coming out this July on Stoopid Records

You can download Organically Good Trio’s new song “Bad Mind People” for FREE on our home page, under the MP3 Leak of the Week section, on the right hand column! This Download will only be available until Saturday July 5th, 2014.

Organically Good Trio – “Alakazam”
“Alakazam” Background:
In speaking with Jon Phillips of Silverback Management about doing some FREE features via The Pier’s MP3 Leak of the Week, the first band he recommended was Organically Good Trio. These guys aren’t quite on the radar of The Pier’s day-to-day which makes them a unique addition to the feature. There are no vocals, just pure instrumental as we debut a new song from Organically Trio’s upcoming Record, w/the track “Alakazam”.

The record, out in July on Stoopid Records, features the amazing skills of Steve Fell on guitar, the reliable soulful grooves of Eric Kalb on drums (John Schofield, Charlie Hunter, Dap Kings) as well as Paul Wolstencroft of Slightly Stoopid on Keys. The album also features a ton of guests including Timo Shanko (G Love), Karl Denson (Greyboy Allstars, Tiny Universe) and Rymo (Slightly Stoopid).

Here’s what keyboard player, Paul Wolstencroft had to say about the new song: ‘Alakazam’ is an instrumental styled after the great organ trio albums of the 60′s. Influences range from Jimmy McGriff to Grant Green and Jack McDuff. This song is a soul jazz type of groove that i learned from playing with the great Melvin Sparks. Melvin was the guitar player for Lou Donaldson and Jack McDuff and was on literally hundreds of jazz records in the 60′s and 70′s. He was a big influence on the younger organ players.

Stay tuned next week for another FREE song from the Silverback Music Management Vault!

Organically Good Trio Background:
Organically Good Trio is a Hammond organ driven roots instrumental group out of Boston. Founded by Slightly Stoopid keyboard player Paul Wolstencroft, the band has a sound reminiscent of the great organ trio albums of the late 60′s. The music takes elements of jazz and incorporates a blues, RB and church sound. there’s a lot of feeling involved and a lot of Ray Charles influence, and even some hints of reggae.

At times they sound like Grant Green, the Meters or even Jimmy McGriff, but also can have hints of yournger bands such as the Mighty Imperials and the New Mastersounds. There’s a reason they use a Hammond organ in a church; it’s because it’s a very soulful instrument. It’s like an entire orchestra at your fingertips. Often imitated never duplicated, the Hammond organ is the organ sound everyone is after.

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Huge thanks again to Organically Good Trio Silverback Management for allowing us to share new song “Alakazam” to post up for FREE download. Free music is a privilege that we’re grateful for and we appreciate the work these artists do! Please feel free to download this song for free and spread the awareness to your friends!
Enjoy the FREE track on the homepage!

Article By: Mike Patti

Watch: Organically Good Trio – Live at the Middle East Corner 2/1/14 Cambridge MA

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Inna Vision’s “Orange Butterflies”

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Fresh off the Representing 2014 Spring Tour with Tribal Seeds and New Kingston, Hawaii’s Inna Vision is back with a new single titled, “Orange Butterflies.” The new track was officially released on May 23rd and is the second single off their upcoming album, Enjoy The Moment.
Featuring a verse from Hirie, “Orange Butterflies” is now available on iTunes, Pandora, Spotify, and all other major distribution sites. The band first started working on the track in October of 2013 and it wasn’t until the following January that they decided it would be used on the new album.

Inna Vision chose to have the recording done by Harrison Tatik at Maui Wave Studio while Ronn Ruff of Ruff Sound Studio in Las Vegas provided the mixing and mastering.

According to bassist and lead vocalist, Koa Lopes, this is Inna Vision’s first time working with Ron Ruff, who has also worked with other island artists such as The Steppas, Anuhea, House of Shem, Jboog, Common Kings and Maoli.

In the latest installment and final episode of their Representing 2014 Tour YouTube videos, the band explains how they have acquired a tremendous amount of knowledge from their recent nationwide tour with New Kingston and Tribal Seeds.

[Related: Inna Visions New Single Spring Tour]

Now that Inna Vision is back home, they are currently in the studio working on the upcoming album along with music videos to back up their singles. Aimed for a fall release, Enjoy The Moment will feature The Steppas, as well as a few other special guests that the band cannot reveal at this time.

“You can look forward to us coming back to the mainland this August for a fall west coast tour followed by another nationwide tour in Spring 2015,” says Koa.

You can pick up new single “Orange Butterflies” on iTunes by clicking HERE!

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Watch: Inna Vision – Representing 2014 Tour: Episode 3

Listen: Inna Vision – Find A Way

Watch: Inna Vision – Live at Imperial Sound Recording Studio

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Video: Michael Franti & Spearhead – 11:59

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This month Michael Franti Spearhead released the new music video for their single “11:59,” the second track off their 8th studio record, 2013’s All People. Recently traveling the globe shooting for the “11:59” documentary, this music video is backed by a collage of scenes from the journey. This new rendition of “11:59,” available as a single on July 8th, features London singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Sonna Rele, an artist who will be performing with Franti on tour.

For the summer, Franti is sharing the road with SOJA, Trevor Hall Brett Dennen. You can read about the Soulshine Tour by clicking HERE!. Enjoy the song video…

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Sharks in the Destin News

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It seems like sharks are in the news around here a lot lately and I am not talking about lawyers. This week a couple of brother showed off some pictures of them with two sharks they caught. There have been some other sharks sighted in the area too with several of the charter fishing boats bringing in sharks. And of course it seems like everyone is following Katharine the Great White Shark who is swimming out in the gulf and being tracked by a GPS tag.

For some reason sharks always seem to invoke a lot of interest. I guess when you are swimming where there might be something that can eat you it tends to make you notice them a little more. But in reality shark attacks are very rare. It has been many years since the last attack took place in the Destin area. When you think of all the people that are swimming in our waters every day, you really don’t need to worry about having a shark attack.

I actually saw a shark up close and personal about 8 years ago. I was sitting at the edge of the surf. It was a week day and there was nobody else around. I saw a fin about 2 feet out in the water heading my way. I thought that was pretty close to shore for a dolphin to be swimming. I stood up and I could see it was a 8 foot Hammerhead Shark slowly cruising in the shallow water. I took one step back and the big guy swam right in front of me. That was really cool.

Wednesday night Sunshine Cindy and I went out to discuss some Mambo business. We went to Island Wings. On the way over Wayne called to ask what we were doing. He said he might join us with a couple of the Southern Drawl Band guys. Sure enough they came to join us. Paul and JD were with Wayne. It was a great time catching up with the guys and hearing some of their stories from the road. We look forward to hearing the band this weekend. They are at Juana’s in Navarre on Thursday, Land Shark Landing on Pensacola Beach on Friday and Saturday night and at Crab Island Cantina in Destin Sunday afternoon. They put on a great show. You should try and see them if you can.

You can get all the news on things to do over the weekend by reading my Crab Island Mambo Weekend Update here:

After the guys left I thought I recognized Henri at the bar. It was him and we talked for a good while. We had not seen Henri for several months. He works at Millers Ale House and the Legion. He is now also working at Rick’s Crab Trap on Saturday’s. This is the Rick’s on Scenic 98 next to Majestic Sun. We will have to go see him there some time. He said Brandy is now doing karaoke there on Saturday’s too.

The other bit of news from this week was the closing of Hard Rock Café in Destin Commons. This really does not surprise me. This location has lost its luster. It was expensive and they didn’t have any kind of specials for the locals. Sunshine Cindy and I stopped in there once this past winter. I think there were only a couple of other people in there. The place has been open for 10 years but I think they didn’t keep up with the area with all the competition that is now here.

A lot happening this weekend. Get out and enjoy it. See ya Monday with a full report!

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Street Pharmacy’s New Pharmanomics EP

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Handsome Boy Records and Fontana North are delighted to announce the release of Street Pharmacy’s newest EP, Pharmanomics! The EP was released via iTunes on Tuesday, June 24th.
Pharmanomics is a special combination of genre-bending sounds in the form of reggae, pop, rock, folk and hip hop features an all-star line up of guest collaborations and producers. This is the first installment to a 2 part release. The second installment will be released on October 16, 2014.

Street Pharmacy is a reggae-rock band hailing from Welland, Ontario. Since its inception in 2006, Street Pharmacy has released six full-length albums and toured Canada relentlessly, spreading their unique hybrid of reggae, hip-hop and an alternative rock edge. In 2009, Street Pharmacy was featured on the popular MuchMusic show disBAND and were successful in becoming co-winners of the series. In 2010, the single “Stone Bricks Mortar” reached the number 1 spot on Much Music’s UR11 and held it for 8 consecutive rounds. In 2011, Street Pharmacy teamed up with multi-platinum Canadian pop act Walk Off The Earth to create a collaboration song/video that has received more than 3 million views on YouTube to date.

On the five-song EP, songwriter and vocalist Ryan Guay teams up with some of Canada’s most talented producers, including Adam Tune (Keys N Krates), Ian Blackwood (The Artist Life, Jersey), James Robertson (Skye Sweetnam, Down With Webster), Will Marr and John Doherty (illScarlett, Trouble Daughter).

You can purchase Street Pharmacy’s New Pharmanomics EP, on iTunes by clicking HERE!


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Article By: Mike Patti

Listen: Street Pharmacy – Pharmanomics EP

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Gulf Coast Cowboy: June 25 (7pm CST)

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Gulf Coast Cowboy: June 25 (The Trop Rock Songs of the Year)

The Trop Rock Awards are upon us! For all of our listeners, please visit and vote for your favorite songs, artists and radio stations! We won’t be upset if you vote for KBEC. This week’s show is dedicated to the songs that have been nominated for Song Of The Year. There are some that you’ve heard, and some that you haven’t. Enjoy and be sure to go vote!

Track Listing (LISTEN HERE)

1. Gone With The Wind – Southern Drawl Band

2. Party Til My Ship Comes In – Rick Steffen

3. Advice From An Old Sailor – Don Middlebrook & The Pearl Divers

4. Gone Native – Dani Hoy

5. Trapped In Paradise Again – Greg Dillard

6. Parrotheads Together We Fly – Jimi Pappas

7. Hurricane Sunset, Tequila Sunrise – Sam Rainwater

8. Don’t Hurry – Rob Mehl

9. Let’s Get Tropical – Steve Tolliver

10. Treasures (The Bucerias Song) – Brittany Kingery with Game Six

11. Cats of Hidalgo Street – Sunny Jim White

12. Party In Paradise – Todd Sparks

13. Beach Fix – Brent Burns

14. Chasing The Sun – Tim Charron

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