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The Day Hawai’i Stood Still

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Almost three months of non-stop presence on Mauna Kea is bound to culminate with a clash between construction crews and the protectors who have kept a watchful eye on the sacred Mauna on Wednesday. Hawai’i Governor David Ig has declared the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) Corporation has the legal right to proceed with building the $1.4 billion astrological facility.

[Related: Protect Mauna Kea]

TMT Chairman and CEO Hsin-Chi Su has announced construction will resume this Wednesday, June 24, 2015 stating the last two months have allowed the company to become better stewards of the land and they would commence building with the support of a “majority of Hawaiians.” With over 60,000 signatures gathered opposing what would be one of the largest telescopes in the world and only 7,000 signatures collected in favor, one could only imagine where he gets his facts.
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Last month the Office of Hawaiian Affairs came under pressure from the Hawaiian community to rethink their support of TMT. After a poll was completed, which overwhelmingly showed the Hawaiian population does not want another telescope built amongst 13 other telescopes, the OHA decided to rescind their support, with a last minute vote falling short of declaring their opposition to the project.

The successful social media campaign has brought the issue to the world’s attention including other indigenous tribes in the United States and Australia, as well as celebrities Jason Mamoa and Rosario Dawson. The Hawai’i Supreme Court has also agreed to review the lawsuits brought against the telescope for environmental reasons in August.

All eyes will be on the Mauna Wednesday morning as construction crews make their way to a wall of dedicated Hawaiians armed with Hawaiian flags, signs, and kapu aloha. Awareness of the issue on protecting sacred lands and recognizing indigenous rights was brought to light in April and thirty-one Hawaiians were arrested for exercising their peaceful right to protest.

Hawaiian artists have also come together in multiple ways to help show support and raise awareness of the issue. The Aloha Aina Music Festival is scheduled for this Saturday, June 27, 2015 at the Waikiki Shell on O’ahu. Island legends Fiji and Henry Kapono will be joined by Maoli, Paula Fuga, Kaumakaiwa Kanakaole, Weldon Kekauoha, Brother Noland, Shawn Pimentel, Sudden Rush, Amy Hanaialii, John Cruz, Mana’o Co., Hapa, and special guests for the all day festival. All “proceeds to help save Mauna Kea other sacred lands.”

Whether or not an armed National Guard will accompany the construction crew and Big Island police force is yet to be determined. The only thing we know is this battle is far from over.

Help raise funds for KAHEA – The Hawaiian Environmental Alliance to help fight the legal battle against TMT by clicking HERE!

Article by: Blake Taylor

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Shooting Stars over Destin

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It has been an interesting few days around Destin. The town is packed with Summer tourist. This is as crowded as I have ever seen the town this early in the Summer. Some people have money that’s for sure.

As I mentioned last week, LuLu’s has opened in Destin by the Mid-Bay bridge. Sunshine Cindy and I went to check it out on Friday. They have done a fantastic job with the place. It is big, open and airy. We sat at the outside bar that overlooks the bridge and the bay. We got there about 3 pm and there was a good sized crowd for the middle of the afternoon. We had many friends show up including Doug, Mike, Corlee, Terry, Mark, Stephanie, Steve, Dottie….you get the idea. It was the place to be.

The place got packed as dinner time came around. There were four bartenders at the outside bar and they ran their butts off all night. Prices are good, the food was good and we had a fun time. It looks like LuLu’s will be a big hit in our opinion.

When we got home from LuLu’s I sat on our back porch for a while. At one point while looking up at the stars I saw a shooting star. That was cool as it has been a long while since I had seen one. I went in and told Sunshine Cindy about it then I went back out. Less than 30 seconds later I saw another one. Two shooting stars in the span of about 2 minutes….wow!

I made a few stops around town on Friday. I stopped in at Landshark Pizza. Brian said they have been so busy each evening he has to have extra staff on hand to take care of the crowds. Good for him. I also stopped in at Rotten Apple for a quick beer. Everyone there was talking about the traffic. We have to get used to it and have some patience for the next two months.

One way to avoid the traffic is to not go anywhere. Saturday Sunshine Cindy and I stayed home and used our pool to relax in. The water felt like bath water it was so warm. We talked to some neighbors and had a nice afternoon. Then we went home and sat on our porch and listened to some music. Sunday we visited with her parents for Father’s Day. We had a nice time with them.

Last week down on the harbor Johnny O’Quigley’s new place opened. The Ale House and Tailfins plus the boardwalk bar are all open now. We will have to get there to check it out. It looks great from the outside.

This week Hobby Lobby is opening next to Target. We keep getting one new place after another.

This Saturday is our Crab Island Mambo and ECPHC beach cleanup. We will be on Okaloosa Island at Beachwalk #2. We always have fun with the cleanup and then beach party afterwards.

Enjoy your week. See ya next Monday!

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Live: Mike Pinto (6/17/15)

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Mike Pinto

Date: Wednesday, June 17th 2015 @ 8:30pm
Line Up: Mike Pinto, The Sindicate, The Mystic Arrows, and The Lights
Venue: Nectar Lounge. Fremont, Seattle, Washington


Live: Mike Pinto Summer Tour 2015 @ Nectar Lounge. 5-30-15

Mike PintoThe Storyteller, Mike Pinto, stopped in Seattle, Washington in the middle of his Summer Tour and The Pier made sure to get right up front for the show. Mike put us on the list and took time prior to his set to discuss his enjoyment of touring, his thoughts on acoustic versus band-backed performances, and how the Seattle show almost had to be canceled.

Mike Pinto has traveled the world touring the past ten years playing his own unique style blending reggae, rock, ska, and surf. He has sold out shows and built a fan base in places as far away as Guam, Japan, and most recently performed a two-day festival in Mexico with Donavon Frankenreiter and Tomorrow’s Bad Seeds. But after returning home across the border to San Diego, he unfortunately found his vehicle broke-down and therefore unable to make the drive to the Pacific Northwest as originally planned. Lucky for Washington and very unfortunate for Oregon, Mike Pinto had to cancel his show in Portland, but was able to find a flight just in time for the Seattle show.

The current Summer Tour is being performed acoustic without any backing band, which prevented the Seattle show from having to be canceled along with Portland. When asked what he likes and does not like about touring and playing acoustic shows, Mike shared his enjoyment of light-weight and flexible travel when necessary, just like what was needed for the Seattle show to happen after having vehicle trouble.

“Unfortunately, the Portland show was canceled but I just had to come back to Seattle! So I grabbed my guitar, threw some clothes and CDs in my bag for the merch booth, and hopped on the plane.”

Mike PintoThe flexible and light-weight travel comes with some pros and cons though. Although he was able to make the trip, he was also seen the majority of the night working his own merch booth without assistance. Undoubtedly making for a long night, the fans in attendance enjoyed the extra time to get to know Mike and enjoy a close, intimate performance.

The venue was a great location for this all to go down! Fans filled the dance floor in front the stage and enjoyed the open air, smoke-friendly, “epic” patio according to Mike. The venue has a wide stage with ample lighting, and a shallow layout in front that brings fans up close and personal with the artists. Mike played a late set going past midnight after solid performances from The Lights, The Mystic Arrows, and The Sindicate.

When taking the stage, Mike told the crowd to keep yelling out requests and played a custom lineup on the fly as the night went along. The crowd of course requested all our favorites…throughout the night Mike performed crowd requests from old albums, new albums, and even taught all of us his new single, Supply and Demand. Wednesday night’s custom set-list included “Tricky Nicky” and “One More Time” off the 2005 album Little District, “Temptation” and “Backburner” from the 2007 self-titled album Mike Pinto, and “Everything I Got” from the 2011 album The West Is Still Wild. And there were multiple songs from the 2013 album Truthful Lies including “Where The Beach Meets The Ocean”, “Tornado”, and one of Mike’s favorite to play live acoustic, “Truth Serum”.

Mike PintoIt is always interesting to hear the differences between acoustic and band-backed performances of the same artist. During our pre-set discussion, Mike’s answer was understandably brief: “I miss the horns!”

Well, don’t we all! Although Mike has previously performed with members of the Slightly Stoopid horns section, he does just as well on his own! Songs that include horns on the recording (like many from the latest album, “Truthful Lies”) still sound great live without a full band. Listening to just Mike play acoustic allows fans to see his true talent and creativity in using an upbeat guitar, soothing voice, and his unique storytelling ability. He uses various tricks in place of the missing horns including guitar solos, whistling riffs, and “la di da” jazz-type scat lines.

Mike’s set that Wednesday night was just that… His creative guitar and vocals, with a few songs to close out the night with a local friend, Taylor, on the bongos. The stripped down set-list and close intimate venue provided the means to an amazing performance, and one that over-shot expectations for my first Mike Pinto show!

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A 1968 Buick crashes into a telephone pole on Angela St., a small one way street. The accident happens just past where Grannell St intersects with it, at the graveyard. The street is big enough for one car only. The telephone pole, which carries the power line, actually sticks out in the street, instead of being off the street. The Buick takes out it’s own headlight and cracks the battery located behind it. The pole splits in two and electrical lines send wild sparks cascading to the ground as the electrical lines fall, dancing on the ground in a macabre voodoo style. It’s actually an entertaining, brief light show. Fortunately, no one is hurt. Meanwhile, for the rest of the town, it’s “lights out”. The power is out again.

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When cooking for friends, particularly visiting friends, I keep things to a Key West theme or recipe. Seriously, the main reason people come to Key West is to get away from where they live. Key West encompases so much as well! To start with, it’s a tropical island. Second, it’s part of the United States. Third, along will all of the other Keys, The Florida Keys have an air of their own. With this in mind, why would anyone want to eat the exact same thing they eat at home? Really? When I make dinner on the grill, it has to taste like it came from the Keys, not Sheboygan, Wi. or  Schenectady, N.Y. What’s the point of coming here if they don’t want local cuisine? They could just go downtown in their hometown and get whatever they want right there. When they’re here, they are in the Islands and at my place, we have island cuisine. Mostly pork or chicken, done various island ways. Secret marinades, or rubs may be used, perhaps also with my homemade BBQ sauce.

Island living! Key West is four miles long (6.5km) and a mile and a half (2.4 km) wide. Some will tell you it’s two miles wide (3.2km), however they are misinformed. Regardless, the point being, it’s a small island. I bought a van three years ago. It was used, but new to me. a 2003 Dodge conversion van. I could almost live in the damn thing! Having said that, most of the traveling I do on the island is either by foot, or bicycle. When I need groceries I’ll take the van, or for anything else on the other side of the island. Yesterday I went grocery store (you guessed it! For last night’s BBQ!) and I looked at the odometer. As I mentioned, I bought the van three years ago. Yesterday I noticed that I’ve put 10,000 miles (16,200kn) on it since I bought it. Island Living.

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The Pier: Catching Up With Tribal Seeds

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A staple within the American roots-reggae genre, Tribal Seeds will soon hit the road for their upcoming Summer Smoke Out Tour with The Expanders and Arise Roots. We talked with one of Tribal Seeds’ founding members, Tony-Ray Jacobo, to discuss the tour as well as the state of his progressive reggae band.

Fresh off a packed performance on California Roots’ main stage, the members of Tribal Seeds were a major presence beyond their Sunday set on May 24th. Joining the stage with a few of their fellow collaborators, Tony-Ray told us that the Monterey festival provides the band a unique setting to interact with the community of like-minded artists.

“A lot of the bands that played California Roots are good friends of ours. It was great to come together and share the stage with them; it was like one big party. Touring is cool but to be in a festival where we are able to get together with our friends from other bands, it was just an awesome experience.”

A couple of Tribal Seeds’ members, E.N Young and Ryan Gonzalez AKA Gonzo, are starting to become established solo artists in their own right. E.N performed a set of his own at California Roots and Gonzo’s second album, Red, reached #6 on the Billboard Reggae charts.
[Related: Live: E.N Young at Cali-Roots 5-24-15]

“E.N and Gonzo are doing their own thing with their music and tours right now and we totally support that. It is awesome that those guys are able to have that creative outlet and get out there and do it on their own.”

Not to be outdone, Tony-Ray is starting to branch out and create some different music outside of the band as well. While he is hesitant to provide us with details at the moment, the part-time producer will surely have fans awaiting the impending release.

“I am starting my own side project as well. The band is called Reach Out and there will be some pretty awesome features on the music that looks to be released sometime in the summer. That is all I can say right now.”

Based in the southern California city of San Diego, it comes as no surprise that Tribal Seeds is influenced by the popular reggae music of Latin America. For those who are unfamiliar with the Spanish-speaking sect of our genre, Tony Ray gives us a couple bands to listen to.

“There is a lot of good reggae music coming out of Puerto Rico right now like Gomba Jahbari. He is one of our favorites and we have also been listening to a lot of the Chilean group Gondwana. We listen to a lot of Latin American reggae and those are just a couple that stick out.”

As for the possibility of any new Tribal Seeds songs in the works, Tony-Ray tells The Pier that fans may have to wait until after the band is off the road to hear any new music.

“We are writing some new songs but we are not going to play them on tour. Those songs are still in the beginning stages of the process but we will play a lot of material off of the latest album, ‘Representing’.”

Tony-Ray and the rest of the Tribal Seeds crew start their Smoke Out Tour with both The Expanders and Arise Roots on August 24th in Tucson, Arizona. In the meantime, the group will play several notable events such as the Ottawa Bluesfest on July 12 (a festival whose lineup includes Kanye West and Lynyrd Skynyrd) and Rootfire At The Beach on August 2nd.

The band’s latest album, Representing, was released in 2014 and debuted at the number one spot on Billboard’s Reggae Charts. Besides Tony-Ray, Tribal Seeds lineup consists of younger Jacobo brother Steven Rene (vocals and guitar), Carlos Verdugo (drums), Victor Navarro (bass), E.N Young (keyboards and vocals), and Ryan Gonzo (guitar and vocals).

Tribal Seeds Tour Dates

Related Links:
Tribal Seeds Website
Tribal Seeds Facebook

Article By: Keenan Donath

Listen: Tribal Seeds – Representing (Full Album Stream)

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MP3 Leak of the Week: Bag of Toys

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This Tuesday, June 23rd, San Fransisco, CA Wilmington, NC based Bag of Toys will drop their 5th studio album titled Eating Monsters. As a result, Bag of Toys have agreed to give away their new song “Stinky Gorilla” which is about the lead-singer’s son. Grab the song on the homepage and read more here…

You can download Bag of Toys NEW single “Fight” for FREE on our home page under the MP3 Leak of the Week on the right hand column! This Download will only be available until Saturday June 20th, 2015.

Bag of Toys – “Stinky Gorilla” – Download HERE
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“Stinky Gorilla” Background:
We’ve covered Bag of Toys in the past as they had music inside our FREE MP3 Massive Section for a couple of years. When we were contacted by guitarist/vocalist Robert Tait regarding their 5th full length album, we were excited to share the news with the FREE download of a song to drive home the suggestion.

The song is called “Stinky Gorilla” and here is what Robert told The Pier regarding it’s origins:
“This song came about on a long, overdue trip back home last summer. I was kicking back on the porch surrounded by my stinky kids just thinking how F’ing awesome it was to be surrounded by family. ‘The Stinky Gorilla’ so to speak, is my son Hayden. This song was written to mentally take me back to that feeling and moment.”

Their newest album Eating Monsters includes 16 eclectic, head bobbing grooves written, recorded and mastered entirely by the band. Best way to describe the style is a laid back surf-rock sound with some subtle reggae influences written around the coast. It’s Smooth and fun.

You can purchase Bag of Toys new album Eating Monsters on iTunes by clicking HERE!

Bag of Toys Background:
Bag of Toys is a high energy four piece acoustic surf-rock band founded in San Francisco in 2005 and currently based in Wilmington, NC. The band has sold more than 30,000 copies of their three albums across the globe and has delighted fans with hundreds of successful live shows throughout the western and southeastern United States.

They have also had the distinction to share the stage with bands including O.A.R., Fishbone, Pato Banton, Mike Pinto, The Expendables Sean Kingston (to name a few). In addition to impressive album sales, Bag of Toys has amassed more than 1.5 million streaming song plays online, over 800,000 YouTube plays and has had their original music licensed for use on a national Microsoft commercial, an episode of “Bones” on the Fox network, two Universal Pictures movies as well as numerous surfing DVDs and online videos. The band has been fortunate enough to work with respected industry recording professionals such as Dave Collins (Jack Johnson, No Doubt, Ben Harper), John Cuniberti (Dave Matthews, The Grateful Dead, Aerosmith), and Todd Burke (Foo Fighters, Norah Jones, Ben Harper).

Bag of Toys is…
Robert Tait – Vocals, rhythm guitar
Steve Cowgill – Lead guitar
Brandon Hawks – Bass
Justin Gaines – Drums

Nooner (full lp) – release date 2006
Afternooner (full lp) – release date 2008
Stripped Alive (full lp) – release date 2009
Santa, Bring More Beer (single) – release 2010
Access 10 (full lp) – release date 2011
Eating Monsters (full lp) – release date 2015

Bag of Toys Tour Dates

Related Links:
Bag of Toys Website
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Huge thanks again to Bag of Toys for allowing us to share their song “Stinky Gorilla” 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!

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Workin’ and Playin’ in Bristow VA

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Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band brought the Workin’ n Playin’ tour to Jiffy Lube Live last night in Bristow, VA.

The set list from the show is now available. Buffett and the band played 25 songs including “Surfing in a Hurricane” (last played Sept 2, 2011 Bristow VA), “It’s My Job” (last played Sept 23 2012 Melbourne AU), and “Tin Cup Chalice” for the final encore.

Before the show began Jimmy performed “Somewhere Over The Rainbow” with Mac McAnally and Peter Mayer on guitars. Buffett also announced that Huey Lewis and the News will be the opening act for the New Year’s Eve show at the Barclays Center in New York City.


The tour continues on Tuesday June 23rd at the Riverbend Music Center in Cincinnati, OH.



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Buffett in People Magazine

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Jimmy Buffett is in the June 29th issue of People Magazine on page 88 in the Second Look feature (see if you can find the differences in these two pictures).  The photo is from the Jurassic World premiere after party in Hollywood on June 9th. Click on the picture below to enlarge.

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Video: Third World – “Yimmasgan”

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The Damian Marley produced song is a fresh take on the 1974 original track by The Abyssinians. Yim-mas-gan means let him be praised in the ancient Ethiopian Amharic language. This is the second song written by The Abyssinians that Third World recorded. The first was “Satta Massagana,” released in 1975 on Chris Blackwell’s Island Records. You can pick up this cover by Third World on iTunes by clicking HERE! Enjoy the song and video…

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Jurassic 5’s Summer Tour 2015

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Fresh from a spring tour of Australia, New Zealand and Japan, powerhouse hip-hop group Jurassic 5 is preparing for a summer tour of Europe and the U.S.

Since disbanding and reuniting at Coachella in 2013, J5 has enjoyed a resurgence in popularity, including a series of sold out performances, as well as an immensely popular Record Store Day wood box re-release of their classic album Quality Control.

[Related: Jurassic 5’s Record Store Day Release]
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The U.S. leg of the tour kicks off July 8th in San Diego at Humphrey’s Concerts by the Bay, and continues through Los Angeles, Seattle, Oakland, Las Vegas, Denver and Bellvue before ending at the Belly Up Aspen in Aspen, CO on July 20th.

From there, the group will fly out to Europe and play a show in Belgium in late August before moving on to France, Sweeden, Ireland, the U.K. and more. Formed in 1994, this will be Jurassic 5’s longest tour of the U.S. since celebrating their 20 year anniversary last year during the 2014 Word of Mouth Tour with Dilated Peoples and Beat Junkies.

From “Concrete Schoolyard” to “The Way We Do It,” J5 fans can expect to hear a good mix of the group’s classic hits and more recent releases. Although the band has no immediate plans to record an album or release new material as of yet, its individual members will continue to work on their solo projects, such as vocalist Chali 2na’s newly released EP Bloodshot Fisheye, the third EP in his five EP music box set and art book series entitled Against The Current.

Fans who’ve been longing for new Jurassic 5 music may be disappointed, but by going to one of their shows, they’ll be treated to an unforgettable performance from one of the best hip-hop groups around.

Jurassic 5 Tour Dates

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J5 Website
J5 Facebook

Article By: Andrew Aroche
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WATCH: Jurassic 5 – “The Way We Do It”

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