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Tickets for five shows go on sale on Friday 1/22

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Tickets for the following shows go on sale to the public on Friday January 22nd starting at 10:00 AM EST via and

April 16, 2016 – Virginia Beach, VA (Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater)

April 19, 2016 – Birmingham, AL (Oak Mountain Amphitheater)

April 21, 2016 – Raleigh, NC (Walnut Creek Amphitheater)
with Huey Lewis and the News

April 23, 2016 – Charlotte, NC (PNC Music Pavilion)
with Huey Lewis and the News

Tickets for the Frisco TX show go on sale on Friday January 22nd at 10:00 AM CST via
May 28th, 2016 – Frisco, TX (Toyota Stadium)
with special guests ZZ Top


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Video: Morgan Heritage – “Wanna Be Loved”

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Featuring a guest appearance by Eric Rachmany of Rebelution, here is Morgan Heritages NEW Music Video for their song “Wanna Be Loved”. The song is off their Grammy nominated album Strictly Roots that was independently released on April 20th, 2015 on the group’s own CTBC Music Group label. You can pick up the album on iTunes by clicking HERE! Enjoy the song and video…

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Buffett remembers his friend Glenn Frey

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From the Miami Herald: “Jimmy Buffett remembers Eagles buddy Glenn Frey

The careers of the singer-songwriter, known for nautical hits like Margaritaville, Changes in Latitudes, Changes in Attitudes and Son of a Son of a Sailor and the California rock star whose made-in-Miami hits with his band like Lyin’ Eyes, New Kid in Town, Hotel California and Heartache Tonight defined a generation, are forever linked. After all, what fan of either act can forget Buffett’s hilarious induction speech for the Eagles at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame ceremony in 1998?

The Herald reached out to Buffett and he sent the following e-mail response on Wednesday afternoon.

“In August of 1975, I was sitting in a dressing room in the Columbia Coliseum in South Carolina, about ready to go onstage,” he writes. “It wasn’t your ordinary gig by any stretch of the imagination, and still gives me ‘chicken skin’ as I write about this morning. We were opening for the Eagles, the best American band of my generation and many to follow. Any band worth their salt started out as an opener for somebody. Opening for the right band at the right time, could be your stairway to heaven.

“Earlier in the afternoon Tommy Nixon, one of their road managers, had invited us to watch the Eagles sound check. I sat there with all the members of the Coral Reefer Band in awe, and when it was over, we strolled back through the empty arena towards our dressing room, and I said to my band, ‘that is the kind of band we want to become.’

“Waiting to go on that night seemed like an eternity. Mixed emotions were flowing, fear, excitement, and a lot of “what if’s” were running through my head, when the door suddenly opened and in walked Glenn Frey. That was the first time we met. He greeted me and the band warmly, thanked us for being there (duh?) and said to me how much he loved “A Pirate Looks at 40″. He wished us luck and then went back out the door. That was the beginning of a long and lovely friendship.”

Only a few people really know how significant Glenn, Don, Irving and the Eagles were to my rise through the ranks of bands trying to achieve just a sliver of the success that they had achieved. After that first night, Glenn and I went on to become close friends, songwriting collaborators and neighbors in Aspen. He and Don were instrumental in getting Irving Azoff to become my manager, and eventually open for the Eagles on the Hotel California tour of America, which was the rocket ship we rode to eventually becoming a headliner.

When the Eagles were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, they asked me to give their induction speech. I was humbled. Glenn was a true friend, a true professional, an inspiration and sometimes could be a handful. I cherish great memories of our time spent together and will never forget his kindness that first night and our friendship for all these years. My heart goes out to Cindy, Deacon, Taylor and Otis. He rocked all our worlds.


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Common Kings ‘Hits & Mrs Tour’ w/ Tomorrows Bad Seeds

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Common Kings is starting their Hits and Mrs Tour with Tomorrow’s Bad Seeds starting February 24th. Hits and Mrs is the title of Common Kings new 6-track EP released on October, 16th, 2015 featuring Megan Trainor. They will be touring the country playing old and new tracks with the Hermosa Beach boys, TBS, from February 12th to March 19th.

Common Kings, hailing from Costa Mesa in Southern California, released their third EP last October titled Hits and Mrs, with a full length to follow it up in early 2016 under the same name. The 6-track Hits and Mrs EP was a followed up to the bands previous two EPs (Summer Anthems and #WeOnTour Soundtrack both released in 2013) and numerous singles released under their own label.

Common Kings will be overseas for the first couple weeks of February before starting their stateside Hits and Mrs Tour to support the new album. The SoCal boys will be joined by other locals, Tomorrow’s Bad Seeds, from Hermosa Beach.

Luckily, Common Kings came through the Great Pacific Northwest just before the EP release and The Pier’s Blake Taylor caught up with them for a brief conversation before their show at The Showbox in Seattle back in October, and of course there was lots of excitement to share about the upcoming album and tour.

“We’re happy that it’s out, that it’s done. It’s the long awaited monkey off our backs…this is actually our first full length album; we’ve just been doing all this off our EPs and singles. That’s why we’re relieved, it’s just ‘finally!’ We’re doing everything backwards but we’re still keeping afloat because of our fans and our great team at Regime [Management]…this album is going to be great, it’s a little bit of everything and we’re just super excited to have it out. A lot of our fans have labeled our music as ‘feel good’ so we are just running with that and I think this new album will do just that.”
– Common Kings

Blake went a little deeper and asked about specific tracks that they are especially excited about:

Good In Goodbye, it’s on the EP. We love that one…JR kills the vocals. And then Beautiful Lies, we were wondering if the vocals should be turned down a little and then JR went in the booth and just screamed it out, so we were like ‘Nevermind!’ It’s the one song if we do live we need to bring it down like five whole steps. JR frickin’ grabbed his nuts and was like ‘AHHHHH!’
– Common Kings

Common Kings gained popularity with their feel-good blend of reggae, pop, and soul, and also partly through some key collaborations. Common Kings have previously toured with Fifth Harmony and Justin Timberlake, both of which have helped gain some cross-genre and overseas fans. Looking forward to their tour with Tomorrow’s Bad Seeds, we definitely expect some unique collaborations between JR, Moi, and whoever else might happen to be in town at the time of the show.

As mentioned inside our 2016 Most Anticipated Albums feature, both groups are expected to drop new albums in 2016 with Common Kings dropping their debut record. Read the details of each album by clicking HERE!

Make sure to check out the Common Kings on their upcoming tour with Tomorrow’s Bad Seeds as they hit up numerous cities across the U.S. in the next two months. The Hits and Mrs Tour officially kicks off on February 24th at Club Red in Phoenix, AZ and continues hitting up numerous states including Texas, Florida, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, New York, Colorado, and many more.

The Pier will be attendance for the closeout of the tour with back-to-back shows at Jazzbones in Tacoma, Washington so stay tuned for upcoming articles, pictures, and more coverage.

common kings Tour Dates

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Common Kings Website
Common Kings Hits And Mrs EP on iTunes
Tomorrow’s Bad Seeds Website

Article By: Eric Schoep

WATCH: Common Kings Ain’t No Stopping

WATCH: Tomorrows Bad Seeds – “Throwback” (ft. Garret Douglas)

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Writing a Book!

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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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Eagles member Glenn Frey dies at 67

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Eagles guitarist Glenn Frey passed away on Monday at the age of 67. The band’s website posted the news late Monday, writing, “It is with the heaviest of hearts that we announce the passing of our comrade, Eagles founder Glenn Frey, in New York City on Monday, January 18th, 2016.”

“Glenn fought a courageous battle for the past several weeks, but sadly succumbed to complications from rheumatoid arthritis, acute ulcerative colitis and pneumonia,” the statement continued. “Words can neither describe our sorrow, nor our love and respect for all that he has given to us, his family, the music community and millions of fans worldwide.”

He co-wrote the song “Gypsies in the Palace” with Jimmy Buffett, and Will Jennings.

There’s a video on Youtube of Glenn Frey and Jimmy Buffett performing “Margaritaville” at the Aspen High School 1976.


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Fun busy week in Destin

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Sunshine Cindy and I were on the go a lot this past week. It started out Wednesday evening. We headed to KC’s Sandbar to listen to Trop Rock musician Don Middlebrook play. Don was going to start at 7 pm inside the big tent on the sand. Ten minutes before he was supposed to start he told us he was cancelling the show because they allowed people to smoke and he is allergic to it. That was a bummer but we still had a good time with our friends who showed up for the music. We all sat around and still had a fun evening.

Thursday was Julies birthday. A group of us celebrated it at McGuires. There were twelve of us around a big table. It was cool as they had a big Lazy Susan in the middle of the table that was used to get drinks and food to those of us on the back side of the table. It’s always fun getting together with our friends like that. 

Friday was a beautiful day. I washed BadAss3 as it had been a while. The sun was out and it was nice and warm. Friday evening was a parrot head meeting at the new Landshark Pizza. Landshark is the clubs new home. Brian and his staff did a great job taking care of us. Jan and Kenny played for our entertainment and they sounded real good in there. We had over 100 people show up to party with a purpose. The new board did a great job on their first night on the job too.

Sunshine Cindy and I headed home after the party at Landshark. It was still a warm evening so we sat out on our back porch. Before long our neighbors joined us. We ended up on the porch till almost 1 am. Even Chaos had enough and went in the house and laid in her bed to sleep.

We pretty much relaxed on Saturday. The parrot heads were marching the Mardi Gras parade on the island but decided to stay home instead. We did some things around the house and on the computer but that was it. I did head out for a while to Landshark to watch some football. I sat at the pizza bar. Austin was working there. I had some wings and a few beers. Steve and Ida came in and sat next to me. Steve is a real character. I enjoy talking with him as you never know what he might say. I left Landshark as the Packers game was starting and the place filled up. I watched that game at home. It was the most exciting game of the weekend.

This must be our week for birthdays. Wayne’s birthday is today but we celebrated it on Sunday at Charlie’s Burger Bar inside Crab Island Cantina. We had a good turnout of friends show up. We ate, drank and watched some more football. A perfect Sunday Funday! Josh and Jasmine were taking of our group. Carlos had warned them we were coming. It ended with Alan and Jackie coming in too. They had just got back from New Orleans.

Speaking of New Orleans…A huge trop rock party, Pardi Gras, was held there this weekend. Over 500 of our friends were there. This is one intense party that starts on Thursday and does not end till Sunday afternoon with only a few hours of sleep each evening slowing everyone down. We hated to miss it this year but we will be there next year for sure!

The snowbirds are back in full force. It’s amazing how a few can give the entire group a reputation of being cheap. Sunshine Cindy and her parents went to Millers Ale House for lunch one day this past week. They had a bad experience there as a sign at the entrance highlighted $2 drafts of Kona beer. She and her dad got that special but when the bill came they were charged regular price. Sunshine Cindy went back out to look at the sign to confirm the price. The waitress was arguing with them the sign did not say that. While she was arguing the hostess went out and erased the special. They got the manager there and showed him you could still see the outline of chalk where it had been erased. Someone should be fired for this.

While talking to the manager they told him they were not snowbirds looking for a free handout. He laughed and told them about a couple that came in earlier in the week. The lady wanted some hot water. She then took the ketchup and poured it into the water. She then took some crackers that were on the table and put them in the water/ketchup mixture. That was her meal. You would think that if folks can afford to come to Destin they can afford to eat while they are here.

Have a great week. See ya next Monday….

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Anuhea Co-writes Music with a Fan!

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Recorded on Oahu at Sea Major Seven Studios and on her home island of Maui, Anuhea presents Shoulders, her new 6 track EP that is now scheduled to be released on Friday, February 5th!

As mentioned inside our 2016 Most Anticipated Albums feature, Anuhea describes the EP as a transitional piece that represents her as a female artist, sharing stories from her past, present and future.
When we spoke with Anuhea about Shoulders she disclosed some of the meaning behind the songs and how they serve a purpose on her album. “I wrote about my past relationships (Boy A or Boy B), my love for Hawai’i (‘Island Inside Me’), and an anthem to good FRIENDS around the world (‘Shoulders’). I wrote a super special song for my son ‘Ikena in the song ‘Love Child’, where I talk about how pretty soon he’ll be walking down the isle, holding the rings for his daddy and me… I tried to be really open and true.”

Using this album as a venture to reflect and grow, Anuhea creates one of the songs in a unique style that is absolutely unheard of today. Her story behind the making of “Island Inside Me” is a superb example of who she is as an artist while demonstrating loyalty and love to her fans.

“I co-wrote my song ‘Island Inside Me’ with a fan I met through my Kickstarter Campaign,” Anuhea explained. “He had never wrote a song in his life, but we worked together via Skype to write a story about a person coming to Hawai’i for the first time and falling in love with the islands (of course) but then having to go home to the mainland. But the island would forever be in his heart. It was so rad to take the lyrical ideas he had, and help structure them into melodies and chords, and finally into an island jam. He was stoked too!”

To read more about her upcoming EP, among other great records expected to drop this year, read our 2016 Most Anticipated Albums feature by clicking HERE!

Anuhea will not be wasting anytime after the release of Shoulders, as she starts her headlining west coast tour with Through the Roots in March. Following the west coast she will make a run through the east coast in April/May.

The next big show is scheduled at the end of this month in Las Vegas with Iration!

Anuhea Tour Dates

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Anuhea Website
Anuhea Facebook

Article By: Julia Goodman

Watch: Anuhea – “Island Inside Me”

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“Jamaica Mistaica” 20th Anniversary

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Twenty years ago (on January 16th, 1996) Jimmy Buffett, Island Records chairman Chris Blackwell, and U2 singer Bono and family were taking off in Buffett’s seaplane the Hemisphere Dancer in Jamaica when authorities opened fire on them mistaking them for drug traffickers. Nobody was hurt and no drugs are found, just a few bullet holes in Buffett’s plane. Buffett gets a song out of it “Jamaica Mistaica” which appeared on the album “Banana Wind”.


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New Album from Fireside Prophets

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Fireside Prophets, a trio of reggae rockers out of South Florida, showcase a distinctively brash sound on their latest album, Ignite. The SoFlo band builds captivating medleys with their back-and-forth exchanges of uptempo rock riffs, funky bass lines, slick rhyming and underlying reggae rhythms.

The October 2015 LP plays out a bit like a week of Spring Break in the Sunshine State, with energetic songs about girls, partying, taking in the sun and hanging by the beach. Ignite was recorded at Vanquish Studio in Fort Lauderdale, and produced by Ian Mercel.
Fireside Prophets came to fruition in 2008 after Justin D’Alfonso (Vocals/Guitar/Keyboard/Ukelele), Oren Gross (Bass/Piano/Guitar/Strings), and Travis Schmeider (Drums) met at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton. The Boca based band are now regulars at the beach side bars and venues along Florida’s Atlantic Coast.

The three musicians essentially threw each of their musical tastes in a hat, mixed them around with some Florida sunshine, and out popped Fireside Prophets. D’Alfonso grew up on grunge gods Nirvana and Pearl Jam as well as guitar geniuses Stevie Ray Vaughn and Jimi Hendrix, but Schmeider later schooled him on his hip hop favorites like 2Pac and Biggie. At heart, Fireside is a reggae rock group, but don’t be surprised if they slip Rage Against The Machine’s classic “Killing In The Name” into one of their live performances (which they did recently at Miami’s iconic punk rock joint, Churchill’s Pub).

Florida receives an abundance of year-round sunshine and is in no shortage of picturesque beaches, yet the reggae scene is relatively small compared to fellow ocean-side states California and Hawaii. But D’Alfonso is encouraged by the slow growth in the Florida reggae community, and by the emergence of young talented acts like Spred The Dub, Hor!zen, Hours Eastly, and SOWFLO. He also expressed his hope for the reggae roots bands in the Sunshine State to work together in an effort to continue building up a stronger reggae community within the state.

Anyone interested in checking out their music can find Fireside Prophets on Spotify and iTunes, as well as the band’s own social media sites. Prior to Ignite, Fireside Prophets also released a 2012 EP titled Resinate.

In support of the new album, they also recently posted two new videos, “Nice Guy” and “Hey Darlin”, the former you can view below.

Fireside Prophets Tour Dates

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Fireside Prophets Website
Fireside Prophets Facebook

Article By: Brian Winters

Watch: Fireside Prophets – “Nice Guy”

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