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Workin’ and Playin’ in Los Angeles and Irvine

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Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band brought the Workin’ n Playin’ tour to California for two shows. They performed on Thursday October 22nd at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles CA and on Saturday October 24th at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater in Irvine CA.

The set list from the Los Angeles show had 23 songs including “Scarlet Begonias” and “Oldest Surfer On The Beach”.

The set list from the Irvine show had 25 songs including “Take Another Road”, “Uncle John’s Band (last played March 30 2012), and “Tin Cup Chalice”.

There is only one show remaining that is scheduled for this year: December 31st at the Barclays Center in New York.


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Interview with Chef Dante Giannini

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Dante Giannini is the head chef and founder of Farm to Fork Chef and is contracted as Jimmy Buffett’s private chef.

I am a classically trained chef. I went to the Culinary Institute of America right out of high school in 2006. I truly believe my most important education came on the job while working in restaurants across the tri-state area.

What inspired me to become a chef was growing up in a tight knit Italian American family where food brought us together. The satisfaction of when someone eats your creation and loves it is really special.

I was found by the Buffett family through a very high end concierge service based in NYC. I had worked for another prominent celebrity before Mr. Buffett, and it’s a very small world.

Mr. Buffett’s favorite entrée and dessert, hmmmm tough question cause he’s a true foodie. If I had to narrow it down it be a simple local fish ceviche with island flavors (it is Jimmy Buffett after all) and dessert would be a well prepared cheesecake.

Most unusual dish I’ve created for him has to be Grouse, which is a game bird that that he foraged himself. He brought it to my kitchen and I stewed it, it was a crisp autumn day.

Ingredients I enjoy using must be local, seasonal and at the peak of freshness, Simple as that!

Other celebs I’ve cooked for include, Madonna, Rebecca Minkoff, David Lauren Bush Lauren, and some others I cannot name for confidentiality reasons.

Do I have a favorite spot to eat at, also a tough one because living in NY there are so many great options. At the moment I’m loving Toro on the West side of Manhattan.

Do I like Mr. Buffett’s music, of course!! He’s my boss and he’s a legend, his music appeals to all ages. Is it cliché to say my favorite is “Cheeseburger in Paradise”? Haha. I not only listen to his music but I also enjoy his beer from time to time, Landshark.

For more information on Dante Giannini and some recipes visit Farm to Fork Chef


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‘Clarks in Jamaica’ Reggae Compilation

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On October 16th, Greensleeves, in conjunction with One Love Books, released Clarks in Jamaica, the album companion to DJ Al Fingers’ critically acclaimed book of the same name. The book, which was originally released in 2012, was inspired by the iconic footwear brand’s role in Jamaican culture and chronicles the celebrated status of Clarks shoes in Jamaica.

Founded in the 19th century by a pair of Quaker brothers and long considered a symbol of working class Englishmen, the status that Clarks represented was viewed much differently just an ocean away, as they became an icon of luxury for Jamaican youth in the 1960s. Odds are that compilation albums and footwear aren’t something you’d think of as belonging together, but that’s exactly what DJ Al Fingers has done with his Clarks in Jamaica project. Clarks-in-Jamaica-CD-LP-book-pack-shot-hi-res-m

“Growing up in England I’ve always been fascinated by the Jamaican love of Clarks shoes and the way the brand is referenced within reggae and dancehall music,” says Fingers. “Vybz Kartel’s tune ‘Clarks’ brought the phenomenon to many people’s attention in 2010, but the relationship goes back a lot longer, and I wanted to bring attention to that, highlighting the work of artists such as Dillinger and Little John who sang about Clarks many years before.”

Oddly enough, Clarks stopped selling on the island in 1973 after Jamaican Prime Minister Michael Manley imposed a ban on foreign shoe imports. Despite the ban, Clarks remained in high demand, which led musicians who traveled to Britain to become distributors when they returned home with containers full of the beloved shoes. The fascination with Clarks stems from the ban, and continues to this day.

The compilation, which is available on CD, Vinyl and Digital Download, contains over twenty-one songs that either reference or pay homage to the iconic shoe brand. Click HERE to purchase the compilation that’s been wearing out the soles of Clarks shoes in dance floors all over Jamaica.

CD Track List:
1.) Little John – Clarks Booty
2.) Richie Davis – Lean Boot
3.) Trinity – Clarks Booty Skank
4.) Dillinger – CB 200
5.) Laurel Hardy – Dangerous Shoes
6.) Ranking Joe – Clarks Booty Style
7.) Super Cat – Trash Ready
8.) Little John – Brandy
9.) Scorcher – Put On Me Clarks
10.) Early B – Pedestrian
11.) Culture – She Want Money
12.) Robert French – Rebel Girl
13.) Josey Wales – Love I Want
14.) Papa Dimes – Thru Me
15.) Little John – Joycie Gone
16.) Billy Boyo – Going Back To School
17.) Eek-A-Mouse – Wa-Do-Dem
18.) Little Harry – Leggo Mi Queen
19.) Papa Michigan General Smiley – The Ghetto Man
20.) Nicodemus – Tubby’s Daddy
21.) Michael Palmer – No More Lean Boot

Article By: Andrew Aroche

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Workin’ and Playin’ in Albuquerque

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Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band brought the Workin’ n Playin’ tour to the Isleta Amphitheater in Albuquerque, NM last night.

The set list from the show is now available. Buffett and the band played 23 songs including “Pencil Thin Mustache”, “Banana Republics”, “Bama Breeze”, and “Back Where I Come From”.

The tour continues on Thursday October 22nd with a show at the Hollywood Bow in Los Angeles, CA.


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Live: It’s Not Dead Festival (10-10-15)

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Its Not Dead

Date: October 10th, 2015
Location: San Manual Amphitheater. San Bernadino, CA

The Pier was in attendance for the history making It’s Not Dead Festival at the San Manual Amphitheater in San Bernardino, CA on Oct. 10, 2015. The artist line up put previous year’s Vans Warped Tours to shame. Over 22,000 punk and ska fans stuffed into the venue as multiple circle pits kicked up clouds of dust. Around thirty bands spread across three stages in the 100-degree heat. It was a punker’s paradise!

As I sat down to write this article it became clear this was going to be the most difficult concert write ups I have attempted. I could summarize the day for you but fans of punk music can only imagine what it was like to witness the greatest assemblage of skate and street punk bands in one day. You just had to be there. IND-crowd-2

Back in the days when a “selfie” took a few days to develop and the “hashtag” was known as a pound sign this group of Southern California musicians changed the musical landscape forever by playing harder, faster, and louder than anyone else.

What appeals to me about the Southern California punk scene is the way it sneaks outside of the lines by breaking the rules. They became a voice for the voiceless by taking our feelings of angst and anger towards politicians and executives who feel it is their selfish duty to enhance their own agenda and bank accounts with a clear disregard for their fellow man. When you are at a punk show, everyone is equal. No one person is more or less important than another and that includes the individuals on stage.

“Because it depends on tolerance and shuns denial, Punk is open to all humans. There is an elegant parallel between Punk’s dependence on unique views and behaviors and our own natural genetic predisposition toward uniqueness.” – vocalist Greg Graffin of Bad Religion (A Punk Manifesto)

Punk rock gave us a chance to be ourselves without caring about society’s definition of the way life should be lived, how we should act in public, and what is considered good music. Punk is our escape from the facade of Americanism that tells us we either need to be Democrat or Republican, liberal or conservative, elephant or jackass, asshole or bigger asshole.

Punk is unafraid to call out society’s claims of progress through perpetual war, class separation, and the loss of civil liberties. Public service has become a myth among our leaders and deals such as the Trans-Pacific Partnership are threatening to secure the corporate stronghold while subsequently erasing any existence of the word freedom. What we needed was one day where all of the punks who changed the landscape of art and politics got together and said: “We are still here, don’t piss us off.”
Warped Tour founder Kevin Lyman became one of the most successful concert promoters by bringing an all day festival of our favorite bands on the road every summer. There is a reason all of these legends agreed to play the festival, as he was able to get one of the most incredible line-ups in the history of our scene into San Bernardino, CA for one day to prove otherwise.

The artist schedule was released the morning of the event and seeing every band was out of the question; sacrifices had to be made. Even the order of the last four headliners (Descendents, Bad Religion, NOFX, and Pennywise) was decided throughout the day by the almighty wheel.

Over sixteen headliners were slated to share the main stage over a 12-hour period. How Kevin Lyman was going to pull this off was anyone’s guess. The gates opened and the aging punks filed onto the grounds as Duane Peters Gunfight kicked off the festivities. The stage rotated at the end of the set as their music faded revealing H20 already set up and ready to go.

Bands were able to tear down their gear as the next act set up while the current group breathed in the dust and smoke from the rowdy crowd. It would behoove every other music festival to adopt this ingenious method. It prevented any lulls and kept the distorted guitar blaring consistently throughout the day.

No Kevin Lyman event would be complete without Vans and a slew of professional skaters and BMX atheletes. As the music played professional skateboarders Steve Caballeros, Christian Hosoi, Neil Hendrix, Alex Perelson, Omar Hassan, Josh Borden, and Lizzie Armanto entertained us on the ramp. BMX pros Mat Hoffman, Rick Thorne, Dennis McCoy, and Coco Zurita also showed off their breathtaking skills.
The It’s Not Dead art exhibit featured work inspired by the punk scene in addition to pieces created during the Hollywood heyday. Punk rockers are also known for the literary talents as well and those who were able to make it away from the stages were able to attend book signings from author’s including Bad Religion’s Greg Graffin with his latest book Population Wars.

Vendors lined the outskirts of the festival grounds with various companies and nonprofits. We were able to talk with Chad from To Write Love On Her Arms, the suicide prevention organization dedicated to helping those suffering from depression and addiction.

All of the artists that performed have begun to show their age. Gray hair and wrinkles are inevitable, especially among those who have spent the last few decades on the road. One thing that has not changed is the attitude. It may be a little safer in more controlled environments but the feeling has remained alive. The message is the main attraction and has fortunately held strong. It seems nearly every other genre has become more of a fashion show and popularity contest using social media to display good looks rather than a conscious message. Narcissism and inflated egos are easily quashed in punk music, which every other style of music cannot easily admit.

The bands have not lost their intense fervor for social justice as well. As Anti-Flag appeared on the revolving stage, lead singer Justin Sane made it known: “We usually don’t allow bigots on stage but today we’ll make an exception” as he threw a piñata effigy of Donald Trump into the mosh pit. It wasn’t thirty seconds before his paper mache head was removed and could be seen circling amongst the dust cloud being kicked up. Anti-Flag indeed inspired the audience to participate in a little civil disobedience.
One stand-out moment involved a crowd surfer who found his way into the photo pit. Instead of being escorted to the side of the stage by the occupied security staff, he saw his moment to climb the rafters shaking his fists and signing along. When he was finally coerced down he received a hero’s ovation by everyone not wearing a uniform and was escorted off the premises.

People call it a scene but it is clearly more of a family. Reel Big Fish’s horn section performed quite a few Goldfinger’s songs that also featured Mike Hererra of MXPX on bass. Tim Armstrong made a surprise appearance with The Interrupters on one of the smaller stages. I even ran into long time producer Ryan Greene in the middle of the crowd during Lagwagon’s set who told me Descendents drummer and long-time producer Bill Stevenson reminded him they had both worked with nearly every band on the line up between the two of them. The bond created by this music was instantly put into clear perspective.

[Related: Producer Spotlight – Ryan Greene]

Some of us have a little more gray hair than others. Many artists and concertgoers brought their kids to what will hopefully become a new generation of punk rockers dedicated to breaking the mold of music and everyday life. We move a little bit slower and act a tad less belligerent. Whether it is age, the heat, or sixteen-dollar beers, the focus was on the music. It has become what Mike Wiebe of The Riverboat Gamblers called a “wiser nihilism.”

As a fan, it was a relief to see over 20,000 people from 48 states and 14 countries show up to support bands that have been around for decades. I hope the bands understand how much it means to us they are still making music and they were apart of this historical event. It verifies the massive chunk of our lives spent sweating, knocking each other over, and losing our voice in hole in the wall venues. Continuing that tradition keeps us young. It’s not dead and, as long as there are those who believe they hold some sort of indiscernible power over others, punk rock will not die!

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It’s Not Dead Fest Facebook

Article by: Blake Taylor
Photos by: Maria Hilario Studios

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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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Cooler temps invade Destin

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I know some parts of the country had some snow over the weekend so I won’t make a big deal out of it but we had some low temps in the 50’s Saturday and Sunday mornings. Yes, I am complaining. I don’t like cold weather. I want Summer to come back!

There was a lot going on in the area this past weekend with the Mullet Festival in Niceville, Southern Drawl Band in the area and a craft beer fest at Baytowne Wharf in San Destin. Sunshine Cindy and I took it easy though. Friday evening we stayed in hanging out on our back porch listening to Trop Rock music while having a few beers. Our neighbors came over for a while too. It was a gorgeous night and very relaxing. 

On Saturday afternoon we headed to the harbor and The Red Door Saloon. We wanted to get out for a while. A big crowd of locals had the bar full. College football was on and the beer was cold. We had some food and enjoyed the atmosphere at the bar. When we left we went back home and ended up watching some football and hockey on the TV. Both Tampa in hockey and Ohio State in football won their games.

On Sunday we finally got to see our friends with Southern Drawl Band perform. They had been playing in Pensacola and Navarre but on Sunday they were back at Crab Island Cantina. Opening for Southern Drawl Band was Kitty Steadman and Melanie Howe. Kitty is an up and coming country music star. Melanie is one of the most versatile percussion players in the business and they did a great show. Folks were stopping and staying at the Cantina to listen to them.

Then Southern Drawl Band did another one of their fantastic shows. These guys are so much fun and fantastic performers. We had a good crowd there to party with us. Folks were up and dancing from the first song to their last song. The band is heading south this week with shows in Tampa, Punta Gorda and then to Key West for almost a month of shows. Be sure to check them out!

Speaking of Crab Island Cantina…They will be closed for about two weeks starting November 1st. Above their kitchen is The Veranda. This space is being turned into several condo units. The construction will impact the kitchen as new piping will need to be run so the Cantina will be temporarily closed a couple weeks.

We also noticed the Harbor Shack is closed. Harbor Shack is next to the Boathouse. Sunshine Cindy and I stopped in there on several occasions this past year. It had been fixed up nice, they had the Big Red Truck selling food in the parking lot and it was a great people watching spot. I don’t know if they are closed for good or just for the season. It sure looks like it is closed for good though.

It was nice seeing Barry this weekend. Barry is a longtime friend of Wayne’s from Cincinnati who came down to Destin for a visit. We have not seen Barry in about 3 years. I think one of these days he might move to Destin. He loves it here.

Have a great week. See ya next Monday!

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Gussie Clarke’s Reggae Anthology

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On October 9th, 17 North Parade, the vintage branch of VP Records, released a 2 CD/DVD music catalog that spans over 40 years of music from iconic reggae producer Gussie Clarke. Including hits from artists such as: Augustus Pablo, Big Youth, Gregory Isaacs, Dennis Brown, The Mighty Diamonds, Bunny Wailer, J.C. Lodge, Shabba Ranks, Sizzla and more, this anthology is a must-have for classic reggae enthusiasts.

In the early 1970s, Clarke’s breakthrough success with deejay-style vocalists like Big Youth and I Roy put him at the forefront of the new rebel sound because he was able to blend this style with more instrumental records.
This double-disc compilation spans Gussie Clarke’s catalog of hit productions from the 1970s to today, accompanied by a DVD that takes an in-depth look of the man behind the controls. All the music is re-mastered and coupled with deluxe packaging and extensive liner notes. In addition, a vinyl companion piece of the same name is available, which features exclusive tracks not available on the CD and digital version.

The first portion of the anthology includes a previously unreleased version of Clarke’s 1972 debut, U-Roy’s “The Higher The Mountain” featuring Big Youth, plus a never-before-heard extended version of Dennis Brown Lennie Hibbert‘s “To The Foundation.” The set carries into more classics like Augustus Pablo’s “No Entry,” Hortense Ellis’ “Unexpected Places” as well as the influential 1981 Mighty Diamonds hit “Pass the Kouchie.”

The second half of the collection delves into Clarke’s productions during the late 1980s when he launched his own Music Works studio. This was around the same time when the digital reggae era began, so the studio was fully equipped and ready to adopt the new style, but was still able to maintain the traditional roots reggae sound with musicians recording live instrumentation. Standout tracks include Dennis Brown Gregory Isaacs’ massive radio hit “Big All Around,” Home T, Cocoa Tea Shabba Ranks’ “Pirates Anthem,” and Gregory Isaacs’ 1988 summer smash “Rumours.” Clark was always able to evolve to the times and remain one of the most consistent hitmakers in the business.

To get your hands and ears on this iconic collection, you can place your order on iTunes or through VP Records HERE!

Gussie Clarke – From The Foundation – CD Track Listing

Disc 2:
1.) Larry Alvin – Throw Me Corn
2.) Tetrack – Trappers
3.) Pam Hall – Late At Nights
4.) Freddie McGregor Dennis Brown – Raggamuffin
5.) Dennis Brown Gregory Isaacs – Big All Around
6.) Gregory Isaacs The Mighty Diamonds – Rough Neck
7.) Gregory Isaacs – Rumours
8.) J.C. Lodge – Telephone Love
9.) Gregory Isaacs – Mind Yu Dis
10.) Home T, Cocoa Tea, Shabba Ranks – Pirates Anthem
11.) Deborah Glasgow Shabba Ranks – Mr. Lover Man
12.) Krystal Shabba Ranks – Twice My Age
13.) The Mighty Diamonds, Bunny Wailer, J.C. Lodge, Genieve Bailey, Yami Bolo, Dennis Brown, Mutabaruka, The Grace Thrillers, Judy Mowatt, Carlene Davis, Mikey Spice Richie Stephens – Get Well Soon
14.) Cocoa Tea Richie Stephens – Gang War
15.) Daddy Rings Cocoa Tea – Herb Fi Bun
16.) Sizzla – Put All My Trust In Jah
17.) Mey Vidal – Ting A Ling Ling

Gussie Clarke – From The Foundation – Vinyl Track Listing

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Article By: Andrew Aroche

Listen: The Mighty Diamonds – “Pass The Kutchie”

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Workin’ and Playin’ in Las Vegas

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Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band brought the Workin’ n Playin’ tour to the MGM Garden Arena in Las Vegas last night.

The set list from the show is now available. Buffett and the band played 24 songs including “Elvis Presley Blues”, “Take Another Road”, and “Piece Of Work”.

The tour continues on Tuesday October 20th with a show at the Isleta Amphitheater in Albuquerque, NM.


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MP3 Leak of the Week: Mrs. Skannotto

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Alternative Ska-Rock group Mrs. Skannotto is gearing up for a November run of shows along most of the east coast. This comes ahead of their new record due out in 2016 as we’re giving away their song “Cadence” which is track 9 off their 2014 album release, Outlier

You can download Mrs. Skannotto new single “Cadence” 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, Oct. 17, 2015.

Mrs. Skannotto – “Cadence” – Download HERE
“Cadence” Background:
In 2014, Mrs. Skannotto released Outlier, an 11 track album exploring a divergent array of musical genres while staying within their signature sound of Alternative Ska and Rock. The album was created while the band was taking a victory lap following two years of national touring — and they have crossed the finish line with overflowing creative energy and a musical depth that comes only when experience and passion are this deeply rooted.

From reggae and third-wave ska to punk and heavy rock, Outlier reflects the eclectic musical backgrounds and styles of its six Rochester, N.Y.-based musicians. As for the song “Cadence”, vocalist Joe Harmon told The Pier that the song is about: “a family dealing with mourning in different ways, and trying to maintain or redefine their relationship with one another in the wake of a loss.”

Mrs. Skannotto is currently holed up in the studio at Hope Alive Media in Farmington NY, where they are reuniting with audio engineer Matt Goodwin and sound mixer Matthew Saccuccimorano, who they worked with on last year’s Outlier LP.

When pressed for hints as to what fans can expect from the new record, bassist Dan Carter says, “I’d say the focus will be on tight compositions, and further developing new ground explored on the last album. The music itself is different. We keep evolving musically.”

Grab “Cadence” on the homepage for FREE before it expires and keep checking back for more details on Mrs. Skannotto and their new album as we look forward to providing more updates on this forthcoming release.


Mrs. Skannotto Background:
Rochester, NY alternative ska/rock outfit Mrs. Skannotto is a band that’s hard to classify. Their distinct sound reflects the eclectic musical backgrounds and styles of each band member of the 6 piece Alt. Ska group. The group consists of Joe Harmon on Vocals, Mike Frederick on the lone Guitar, Justin Lloyd rocking Trumpet, Dan Carter slappin’ da Bass, Evan Dobbins bumpin’ the Trombone, and Alex Bochetto on the Drums.

Joe Harmon explains, “We spend a lot of time trying to explore the boundaries of what genres like ska, reggae, rock and punk can do, mixing in elements of jazz, funk, and classic and progressive rock. We all have a wide range of tastes and influences, and bring those influences in to the writing process and our performances.”

Originally formed in 1998, the current lineup has been together for 4 years. The band’s commitment to touring has kept them on the road for much of that time, and it’s paying off. Harmon says, “We’ve learned a lot about playing and writing with one another since this lineup first came together. We keep getting tighter as time goes on.”

The group will be setting out on an East Coast run of dates starting November 6th in Providence, RI with The Feel Goods. The tour will be 9 total tour dates inside 9 cities and 8 states. Check the tour dates and links below for more information.

mrs. skannotto Tour Dates

Related Links:
Mrs. Skannotto Website
Mrs. Skannotto Facebook

Huge thanks again to Mrs. Skannotto for allowing us to share “Cadence” 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

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