Archive for November, 2016

LIVE MUSIC!!!

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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!

Article source: http://keywestmusic.blogspot.com/2016/11/live-music.html

Holiday in Brooklyn Sweepstakes

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Enter the Holiday in Brooklyn Sweepstakes for a chance to win tickets to see Jimmy Buffett, James Taylor, and Sarah McLachlan in concert. The contest includes 2 VIP tickets to the Holiday in Brooklyn concert at the Barclays Center on December 9th, round-trip airfare for the winner and a guest to New York City, and two night hotel stay.

The Jimmy Buffett Holiday in Brooklyn Sweepstakes ends at 12:00PM ET on December 2, 2016. Rules and details for entering are at Radio.com.

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Article source: http://www.buffettnews.com/2016/11/30/26327/

The Holiday Season is upon us…

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Another Thanksgiving has come and gone. Destin saw a big influx of tourist for the holiday. Heading home from work on Wednesday the traffic on 98 was heavy but moving.

Thanksgiving day saw Sunshine Cindy and I take Chaos to Cindy’s parent’s house for dinner. We had a nice dinner then spent time down at the dock. Chaos loved running in their big back yard and looking over the side of the dock into the water. We have not had any rain in many weeks so the water was crystal clear. Chaos kept us entertained. By the time we got home about 7 or so Chaos was a tired puppy and slept all night.

Black Friday was a special day for us. It was one year ago on Black Friday 2015 that we brought home Chaos from Alaqua. She was an 8 pound pup who didn’t know what was happening. Now one year later she is over 60 pounds and is the princess of the house!

We took Chaos down to the harbor as she loves to sniff all the smells down there. The harbor was packed with folks. Charter boats were coming in from a day on the water, sunset cruises were getting ready to go out and the restaurants and bars were busy. We parked by The Boathouse and walked towards Harborwalk Village. We stopped at Fishheads for a beer. Melisa was working and staying very busy as a steady stream of people were stopping and buying drinks.

Our next stop was at Crab Island Cantina. We got our usual spot at the outside bar. Bob was working the bar. Chaos was the star as folks were coming up and petting her and saying how beautiful she is. You really can meet a lot of folks when you have a dog.



We planned to walk back towards the car but at Hooks on the Harbor we saw Kerby and David. We stopped to chat with them and next thing you know we are there for an hour. Scotty was there and Tony stopped by too. We got some sad news there. Hooks was having their last day on Sunday. Their lease was not renewed as that prime land will be sold. We heard Alan from AJ’s might be getting it but we are not sure. Hooks was a good locals hangout. We don’t have many of those left anymore.

Sunshine Cindy, Chaos and I then headed to Duck Duck. Passing the Boathouse I saw Jack at his usual spot at the bar. I stopped in to say hello. Jack is a good guy and a fixture on the harbor and at the Boathouse. We got to Duck Duck and saw the sunset. It was another wonderful day. This was another night where Chaos got home and slept all night.

On Saturday I wanted to watch the Ohio State / Michigan football game at Charlie’s inside the Cantina. Carlos is a Michigan guy so one of us would be crying in our beer. Sunshine Cindy and I got there in the middle of the first quarter and stayed for the entire game. It was a great game as Ohio State won in double overtime. It was a lot of fun watching the game there as Carlos has changed things up a little. They have a 2 for 1 happy hour all day long as long as you order some food. That’s one of the best deals going. They are also now doing pizza on the weekends and it really looked great. I would be having one real soon!

After the OSU game we stopped at Landshark Pizza to hang out for a while. A big crowd was there watching the Bama / Auburn game as well as Wisconsin / Minnesota. We had fun talking to a couple of airmen who were sitting next to us. It was a nice end to the day.

So on Sunday I wanted to torture myself and watch the Browns play. Sunshine Cindy and I went back to Charlie’s. Wayne joined us. Josh was working the inside bar and took good care of us. Sunshine Cindy and Wayne both ordered one of their signature burgers. And yes, I got a pizza. It was really good. It was big and tasty. I highly recommend it. Having it helped with the pain of watching the Browns! LOL  And with that the holiday weekend came to a close.

Around Destin the construction of the “Baby Grande” is getting ready to get started. It is supposed to include a hotel, condo, retail and restaurant space. They have to do something before the end of the year or their permits will run out. So I expect to see some dirt moved and some type of small structures built.

The Donut Hole is having their usual December closure. They will reopen right before Christmas. And on the harbor across from Sexton some old buildings have been torn down. I understand there will be some type of condo going up there too. The building boom in Destin is not slowing down.

Have a great week. I will have a full Destin report next Monday!

Destin Steve

Article source: http://destinsteve.blogspot.com/2016/11/the-holiday-season-is-upon-us.html

Review: Sticky Fingers – Westway (The Glitter & The Slums)

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Sticky Fingers – Westway (The Glitter The Slums)
stickyfingers_westwayTrack Listing:
1.) One by One
2.) Outcast At Last
3.) Sad Songs
4.) Angel
5.) Our Town
6.) Westway
7.) Something Strange (feat. REMI)
8.) Flight 101
9.) Tongue Cheek
10.) Amillionite
11.) No Divide

The Pier Album Rating:

Release Date: September 30th, 2016
Release Date: Sureshaker Records
Official Website: Sticky Fingers Website

Artist Background:
Sticky Fingers are a chart-topping 5-piece out of Sydney, Australia. The band’s extraordinary popularity in Australia has quickly bubbled over into Europe, North America, and beyond. By artfully mashing together reggae, indie and psychedelic rock, Sticky Fingers have built themselves a sound all their own. Westway (The Glitter The Slums) is the band’s 3rd studio album. It follows a wildly successful sophomore album in Land of Pleasure, an equally revered debut album Caress Your Soul, and a pair of stellar EPs from the Stickies’ early days. Sticky Fingers are Dylan Frost (vocals/guitar), Paddy Cornwall (bass/vocals), Seamus Coyle (lead guitar), Beaker Best (drums), and Freddy Crabs (keys).

Album Review:
2 years after the dream-like high of their 2nd album Land Of Pleasure, Sticky Fingers return with a darker, more introspective album in Westway (The Glitter The Slums). Westway continues the band’s trend away from the laxed-out reggae-rock sound of their early material, choosing a transcendent path toward an entirely new atmosphere of music.

It’s hard not to miss the beautiful simplicity and youthful rawness of the songs on “Extended Play” and “Caress Your Soul,” but the Stickies’ musicianship, writing, and production on Westway reaches a new level. Sticky Fingers don’t just come up with a clever hook and mail it in for the rest of the song; they build up momentum and burst through the finish in a methodically haywire fashion. And despite the fact my American ears can’t always make out the exact words Frost is singing, it’s impossible not to sing along to every song.

Intro track “One By One” is an agreeable warmup that sets the table for an incredible stretch of songs. “Outcast At Last” is a an absolutely killer track, and deserves a nomination for song of the year. As the song heats up, Frost sings his lines with fervor while Freddy Crabs laces in a slick riff on the keyboard. Sticky Fingers have a knack for effectively using backing vocals, and nowhere is that more beautifully exhibited than on “Sad Songs.” “Angel” has grown on me, but overall it’s a pretty safe song, which is not exactly the band’s M.O.

The middle portion of Westway features a 5-song stretch, from “Our Town” to “Tongue Cheek,” that is simply brilliant. “Don’t be standing on the corner when we show up,” advises the bubbly, carefree track “Our Town.”

Title track “Westway” is subtle, but reveals itself more and more each listen. Slightly reminiscent of “Rum Rage,” once again it’s guitarist Seamus Coyle’s nimble fretwork that makes this an instant classic. “Something Strange” is just about the only song you’ll hear the vintage Sticky Fingers’ psych-reggae blend on Westway; So, perhaps it’s no coincidence that the track is a home run. Though the rap by guest vocalist REMI threw me for a loop at first, it actually fits in rather well, and the end of “Something Strange” is so nasty that it’s a moot point.

The orderly chaos of Frost heralding, “It’s the perfect day to throw it all away,” while Paddy Cornwall holds tight on the backing vocals is the best moment on the entire album. “Flight 101” is another stroke of genius, and contains a simple, but infectious hook. The Stickies’ rock it out one last time on “Tongue Cheek” before cooling things down with a couple slower ones.

“Amillionite” is really the only weak track on Westway. Sticky Fingers have crushed acoustic songs in the past, but “Amillionite” isn’t quite up to par. Finally, Westway is capped off by “No Divide,” a somber track that carries a ton of emotion. It even begins with an eerie pattering of rain.

Whether by choice or chance, Westway is distinctively darker than anything Sticky Fingers have released to date. Despite the meteoric success these guys have achieved in Australia, which is finally being recognized in the US, it’s clear they still experience struggle, drama, and depression. Perhaps it’s even more magnified than ever. And to it’s namesake Westway features the highs and the lows. Both the glitter and the slums. Fortunately, whether the Stickies’ are putting out heartbreak ballads or tripped-out reggae-rock anthems, they deliver over and over again.

Written Reviewed By: Brian Winters

[Editors Note: All reviews are reflective of the album in it’s entirety, from start to finish. These reviews are the honest opinion of each writer/reviewer expressing their feedback as a genuine fan of the music. Each star rating reflects their review of the album, NOT the band. Music is subjective. Regardless of the review or star rating, we encourage you to listen to the music yourself form your own opinion. Spread the awareness of all music in its art contribution]

Watch: Sticky Fingers – “Sad Songs”

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ATTENTION SONGWRITERS!

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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!

Article source: http://keywestmusic.blogspot.com/2016/11/attention-songwriters.html

Guest DJ on Radio Margaritaville & VIP Concert Tickets charity auction

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You can bid on a package that includes a Guest DJ on Radio Margaritaville and VIP Concert Tickets to the 2017 Show of your Choice at CharityBuzz

Jimmy Buffett fans rejoice! Bid now to Guest DJ on Radio Margaritaville.
This package includes:
– 1 Margaritaville Frozen Concoction maker
– Margaritaville Audio-Earbuds, Headphones and a Sound shot.
– Jimmy Buffett Concert tickets to a 2017 show of the winners choice along with VIP pre-party passes
– An autographed Tis The SeaSon CD.

Proceeds from the auction to benefit WhyHunger (www.whyhunger.org) a non-profit organization which raises money to fight hunger.

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Article source: http://www.buffettnews.com/2016/11/26/26325/

Morgan Heritage’s Deluxe Edition of ‘Strictly Roots’

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On December 9th, Morgan Heritage will be releasing a Deluxe Edition of their Grammy Award winning album Strictly Roots via their own CTBC (“Cool to be Conscious”) record label.
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The deluxe edition of Strictly Roots is a two-disc aural voyage that adds four new songs and three new remixes to a Grammy award winning album that will be re-released just in time for the holidays. In total, the album showcases unreleased tracks and remixes alongside features from Shaggy, J Boog, Flogging Molly, Eric Rachmany of Rebelution, Bobby Lee of SOJA, Chronixx, Jemere Morgan and Gil Sharone.

Of the 4 new songs added to this Deluxe Edition, one of them features a guest appearance by Flogging Molly with the song “Come Fly,” which is said to be a song “about freedom of the mind, body and spirit.” The other songs added to the Deluxe Edition include “Talk Dem Ah Talk, “Lion Order,” and “Rise Up.”

There are also 3 remixes to the song “Light It Up,” the original of which featured a guest feature by Jo Mersa Marley. Morgan Heritage hosted a remix contest for the song, asking fans, producers and DJ’s to submit their remix through Indaba Music. Morgan Heritage gives us a breakdown of the remix contest, explaining that: “The team at Indaba was amazing, and the selection process was tougher than we thought it would be because there were so many great remixes. We picked 3 finalists, all of who were eclectic and captivating, but ultimately went with a young, talented producer from Arizona named Silencyde. Two other re-mixers worked with us as well: 6 time Juno Award Winner/Nominee Dubmatix, Canada’s premiere dub and reggae producer, and Guido Craveiro, of the multi-platinum German band Seeed.”

Referred to as “The Royal Family of Reggae” or “The Rolling Stones of Reggae,” this group remains humbled, true to their culture and, yes, their roots. On tour in America through December, with a new album expected in April 2017, the band looks at this latest release as a gift to fans. “We’d like this Deluxe Edition of Strictly Roots to light up everyone’s holiday season with love from our family to yours.”

You can pre-order your copy of the Deluxe Edition of Strictly Roots on iTunes by clicking HERE!

Morgan Hertiage – Strictly Roots Deluxe Edition Track List:
mh_sr_coverDisc One
1.) Strictly Roots
2.) Child of Jah (feat. Chronixx)
3.) Light It Up (feat. Jo Mersa Marley)
4.) Rise and Fall
5.) Perform and Done
6.) So Amazing (feat. J Boog, Jemere Morgan Gil Sharone)
7.) Wanna Be Loved (feat Eric Rachmany of Rebelution)
8.) Why Dem Come Around
9.) We Are Warriors (feat Bobby Lee of SOJA)
10.) Put It On Me
11.) Sunday Morning
12.) Celebrate Life
13.) Keep on Jammin’ (feat. Shaggy)
Disc Two
1.) Talk Dem Ah Talk
2.) Lion Order
3.) Come Fly (feat. Flogging Molly)
4.) Rise Up
5.) Light It Up (Silencyde Remix)
6.) Light It Up (Guide Craveiro Remix)
7.) Light It Up (Dubmatix Blaze Up Remix

Morgan Heritage Tour Dates

Related Links:
Morgan Heritage Website
Morgan Heritage Facebook

Article By: Mike Patti

Listen: Morgan Heritage – “Come Fly” (Featuring Flogging Molly)

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MP3 Leak of the Week: J-Boog

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On Nov 18th, J-Boog released his 3rd full length studio album with Wash House Ting. As we continue to celebrate the release of his new album, we’re giving away his song “Good Cry” featuring Chaka Demus

You can download J-Boog’s new song, “Good Cry,” (feat. Chaka Demus) 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, Nov. 26th, 2016.

J-Boog – “Good Cry” (feat. Chaka Demus) – Download HERE (on The Pier homepage)
JBoog

J-Boog’s “Good Cry” Background:

During his tenure, J-Boog has released 2 full length studio albums with Hear Me Roar (2007) and Backyard Boogie (2011). He’s put out multiple EPs and has been a guest feature on enough songs to leave us anticipating another full length studio record with eager impatience.

The new 14-track album features guest appearances by Buju Banton, Gramps Morgan, Lion Fiyah, Gappy Ranks, Aarahdna, Tenelle, and the lovable Fiji. There are 3 songs from the Rose Petals EP that has made it’s way onto the new album with songs “Good Cry” featuring Chaka Demus, in addition to “Brighter Days” and “Rose Petals.”

When The Pier asked J-Boog about the song “Good Cry,” J-Boog sums up that “’Good Cry’ is about a couple/partnership that can’t get along at all but when it comes to the loving, there’s just no denying. I guess you can call it a dysfunctional love, good cry.”

As for Chaka Demus, he’s a Jamaican vocalist DJ who first found success in the 90’s with Pliers, whom together, had a number 1 album in the UK. They also teamed up with Alicia Keys for a live performance of “Murder She Wrote” in 2007 at the American Music Awards. A collaboration with J-Boog only seems fitting and we’re proud to offer this song as a FREE give-away for the week.

You can pick up a copy of J-Boog’s Wash House Ting via iTunes by clicking HERE!

Listen: J-Boog – “Good Cry” (feat. Chaka Demus)

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jboog

J-Boog Background:

Jerry “J Boog” Afemata, a reggae singer of Samoan descent, was born in Long Beach and was raised in Compton, California. Steeped in Samoan culture and as the son of a Samoan chief, J Boog’s large family has had a huge impact on his artistry. He is the youngest of seven brothers and one sister. He credits his sister with being one of his earliest musical influences. She played piano and he began to sing along when she brought home a Bob Marley songbook. Each sibling offered exposure to other genres, such as rap and RB, which allowed J Boog a sense of freedom to be himself. This variety of musical influence combined with Reggae’s feel good sound that was embraced by the whole Afemata family, J Boog was set on a path to creating his own unique reggae sound.

J-Boog has not taken a break since the release of his debut album Hear Me Roar in 2007. It was his close collaboration with island music pioneer, George “Fiji” Veikoso, whom he met in 2005, that has helped spur the creation of J Boog’s unique sound, as well as pave the way for many other Polynesian artists. Another great milestone in the creation of J Boog’s debut album was when he joined the Hawaii/San Francisco based musical family, Wash House Music Inc. This collaboration started J Boog on a journey that would keep him plenty busy and would also provide the influence for his follow-up album.

In 2008 J Boog teamed up with Yami Bolo and a member of reggae’s royal family, Ambassador Gramps Morgan of Morgan Heritage. He then traveled to Jamaica to experience the culture of Jamaican reggae. This being J Boog’s first visit to Jamaica he did not expect to find himself working in such amazing studios such as Bob Marley’s “Tuff Gong Studio,” Don Corlean’s “Hit Maker Studio,” Bobby Digital’s “Digital B Studio,” Shaggy’s “Big Yard Studio,” and Sugar Minott’s “Youth Man Promotions.” Guided by Gramps Morgan, J Boog found himself surrounded by several artists he himself had been influenced by and would later appear on his follow-up album, Backyard Boogie in 2011.

Since then, J Boog has released multiple EP’s, has collaborated with countless artists across multiple musical platforms, toured the nation, all culminating to the release of his third studio album, Wash House Ting.

J Boog Tour Dates

Related Links:
J-Boog Website
J-Boog Facebook

Huge thanks again to J-Boog for allowing us to download his new song “Good Cry” featuring Chaka Demus 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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MP3 Leak of the Week: J Boog

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On Nov 18th, J Boog released his 3rd full length studio album with Wash House Ting. As we continue to celebrate the release of his new album, we’re giving away his song “Good Cry” featuring Chaka Demus

You can download J Boog’s new song, “Good Cry,” (feat. Chaka Demus) 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, Nov. 26th, 2016.

J Boog – “Good Cry” (feat. Chaka Demus) – Download HERE (on The Pier homepage)
JBoog

J Boog’s “Good Cry” Background:

During his tenure, J-Boog has released 2 full length studio albums with Hear Me Roar (2007) and Backyard Boogie (2011). He’s put out multiple EPs and has been a guest feature on enough songs to leave us anticipating another full length studio record with eager impatience.

The new 14-track album features guest appearances by Buju Banton, Gramps Morgan, Lion Fiyah, Gappy Ranks, Aarahdna, Tenelle, and the lovable Fiji. There are 3 songs from the Rose Petals EP that has made it’s way onto the new album with songs “Good Cry” featuring Chaka Demus, in addition to “Brighter Days” and “Rose Petals.”

When The Pier asked J-Boog about the song “Good Cry,” J-Boog sums up that “’Good Cry’ is about a couple/partnership that can’t get along at all but when it comes to the loving, there’s just no denying. I guess you can call it a dysfunctional love, good cry.”

As for Chaka Demus, he’s a Jamaican vocalist DJ who first found success in the 90’s with Pliers, whom together, had a number 1 album in the UK. They also teamed up with Alicia Keys for a live performance of “Murder She Wrote” in 2007 at the American Music Awards. A collaboration with J-Boog only seems fitting and we’re proud to offer this song as a FREE give-away for the week.

You can pick up a copy of J Boog’s Wash House Ting via iTunes by clicking HERE!

Listen: J Boog – “Good Cry” (feat. Chaka Demus)

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jboog

J Boog Background:

Jerry “J Boog” Afemata, a reggae singer of Samoan descent, was born in Long Beach and was raised in Compton, California. Steeped in Samoan culture and as the son of a Samoan chief, J Boog’s large family has had a huge impact on his artistry. He is the youngest of seven brothers and one sister. He credits his sister with being one of his earliest musical influences. She played piano and he began to sing along when she brought home a Bob Marley songbook. Each sibling offered exposure to other genres, such as rap and RB, which allowed J Boog a sense of freedom to be himself. This variety of musical influence combined with Reggae’s feel good sound that was embraced by the whole Afemata family, J Boog was set on a path to creating his own unique reggae sound.

J Boog has not taken a break since the release of his debut album Hear Me Roar in 2007. It was his close collaboration with island music pioneer, George “Fiji” Veikoso, whom he met in 2005, that has helped spur the creation of J Boog’s unique sound, as well as pave the way for many other Polynesian artists. Another great milestone in the creation of J Boog’s debut album was when he joined the Hawaii/San Francisco based musical family, Wash House Music Inc. This collaboration started J Boog on a journey that would keep him plenty busy and would also provide the influence for his follow-up album.

In 2008 J Boog teamed up with Yami Bolo and a member of reggae’s royal family, Ambassador Gramps Morgan of Morgan Heritage. He then traveled to Jamaica to experience the culture of Jamaican reggae. This being J Boog’s first visit to Jamaica he did not expect to find himself working in such amazing studios such as Bob Marley’s “Tuff Gong Studio,” Don Corlean’s “Hit Maker Studio,” Bobby Digital’s “Digital B Studio,” Shaggy’s “Big Yard Studio,” and Sugar Minott’s “Youth Man Promotions.” Guided by Gramps Morgan, J Boog found himself surrounded by several artists he himself had been influenced by and would later appear on his follow-up album, Backyard Boogie in 2011.

Since then, J Boog has released multiple EP’s, has collaborated with countless artists across multiple musical platforms, toured the nation, all culminating to the release of his third studio album, Wash House Ting.

J Boog Tour Dates

Related Links:
J Boog Website
J Boog Facebook

Huge thanks again to J Boog for allowing us to download his new song “Good Cry” featuring Chaka Demus 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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Escape to Margaritaville

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The San Diego Union Tribune has an update on “Escape to Margaritaville” the musical built around the songs of Jimmy Buffett which is set to open at the La Jolla Playhouse in San Diego in May 2017.

“Escape to Margaritaville,” May 16 to June 25, 2017: The planet’s legions of “Parrotheads” (as Jimmy Buffett fans dub themselves) can rejoice. Playhouse artistic chief Christopher Ashley, who is directing this very likely Broadway-bound musical, says Buffett himself has been deeply engaged in the ongoing development of the show.

“He’s been very involved at every step,” says Ashley (who’s in the middle of directing the last pre-Broadway staging of another Playhouse-launched musical, “Come From Away,” in Toronto.) “He’s been part of every reading we’ve done, every staging workshop.

“He’s writing either one or two new songs for the score. And also just offering reflections on songs — talking about what the story impulse is in a song, and how do we bring it to theatrical life. He’s right there at the center of those conversations.”

The show, as mentioned previously, “is really not the story of Jimmy Buffett’s life — although some of his songs are biographical,” Ashley notes. “So various moments in his life have been given to various characters. I think if you know Jimmy Buffett’s biography very well, you will recognize lots of things.”

“Escape to Margaritaville” is written by Greg Garcia (“My Name is Earl”) and Mike O’Malley (“Survivor’s Remorse,” “Shameless”); the Playhouse has previously described it as “the story of a tropical island resort and its part-time bartender, part-time singer and full-time charmer who thinks he’s got life all figured out — until a beautiful, career-minded tourist steals his heart and makes him question everything.”

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Article source: http://www.buffettnews.com/2016/11/19/26321/