Archive for December, 2016

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from Destin

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The holiday season is in full swing in Destin. You can’t turn around without seeing a Santa or two! Sunshine Cindy and I went up to Niceville on Saturday to celebrate her Dad’s birthday. It was a nice day as we sat outside and gave her Dad a proper birthday celebration.

When we headed back to Destin we decided to stop at Hogs Breath for a while. We were sitting at the outside bar. Rikki was working and a good crowd was there. We were sitting by Bill who is a parrot head. We didn’t know Bill was 85 years old. He is always out and enjoying himself. Good for Bill.

We also got to talking to Robert and his wife. In the “it’s a small world” category we found out Robert was the person who originally was going to by the house we now live in. Sunshine Cindy got it when Robert backed out because of a fence that was going to be built. It was a new build and we have a lake right behind us. For safety purposes a fenced was going to be built. Robert was told it would be a solid 8 foot fence which would have blocked the view of the lake. So when he backed out Sunshine Cindy jumped in and they ended up putting in a small fence. That was wild talking to them about it.

Sunday Funday saw us at Charlie’s inside Crab Island Cantina to watch football. The Browns lost again. Nothing new there. Ken, Donny and Chad joined us. At least their team won. Brian, Julie, Alan and Jackie all showed up too. We had a fun time. Christmas carols were sang, jokes were told and everyone had a blast.

Saturday morning I took a bike ride. I rode over 9 miles. Come along for the ride.

I pulled out of our sub-division and rode up Commons Drive and then up to Hwy 98 at the roundabout by Home Depot. I crossed over 98 and headed east to Matthews Blvd. The new Henderson Resort is open. They are doing more building both north and south of the resort. It looks like some townhomes or something similar is going in. Now I turned east down Scenic 98 and headed towards the Crab Trap. The wind was hollowing and blowing right in my face so I cut into the Crystal Beach area and started to loop back.

Now I was heading west on 98. As I got to Restaurant Row I passed the new Home Suites hotel. They have also just opened. They actually built this place pretty fast. I stopped for a few minutes to enjoy the Gulf of Mexico watching the waves pound the shore. Some brave paddle boarders were out riding the waves. I crossed back over 98 at The Track and headed to Airport Road. I rode by Beach Liquor and went to Commons Drive.

I rode into the shopping center with Beals and then onto the Wal Mart center. There is still the big hole in the Beals center where Dick’s Sporting Goods was going to open. Last I heard the shopping center was sold and no one knew if Dick’s was still coming in. It sad because businesses were closed to make room for Dick’s and now they sit empty with For Lease signs on them. What a waste.

From there I headed back home. The entire trip took a little over an hour and I got a lot of fresh air and exercise!

Sunshine Cindy and I want to wish all of our Blog Friends a Merry Christmas. We hope Santa is good to you! See ya next Monday!

Destin Steve

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Buffett performs Jingle Bell Rock

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Jimmy Buffett performs “Jingle Bell Rock” from his new Christmas album ‘Tis The SeaSon’ live in the SiriusXM Studios. Buy or download the album “Tis the SeaSon” at Amazon.

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Article source: http://www.buffettnews.com/2016/12/19/26376/

Sail on “Uncle Tom” Moffatt

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Legendary Hawaii concert promoter and radio DJ Tom “Uncle Tom” Moffatt passed away in the comfort of his home on Monday. He was 85 years young.

Jimmy Buffett posted on Facebook while visiting Cuba this week: Tom Moffatt was the voice of Hawaii to locals and visitors alike. As a promoter, he brought every kind of music imaginable to the islands. I happened to be one of those lucky coconuts that dropped from his tree.

The first time I ever played for him was in October 1979, opening for the Eagles at Aloha stadium. When I met Tom the first time at that gig, I remember thinking, “This guy has the best job in the world. He lives in paradise, plays music on the radio and promotes shows under the stars.” It wasn’t long before we were doing more than business together. We became friends. (continue reading)

From Venues Today: Moffatt was a true gentleman and everyone liked him, to the extent that big name acts like Elton John and Jimmy Buffett wouldn’t play Hawaii with anyone but Moffatt. Bradley recalled when Moffatt took Buffett to Tahiti many, many years ago and when they landed, they asked the venue manager how many tickets had been sold. He said, “None, but we’ve had some phone calls.”

Moffatt and Buffett immediately hit the street handing out flyers and saved the day. That was before Tahiti became a good routing option, especially for reggae.

Photo: Buffett and Tom Moffatt on the set of Hawaii Five-0 back in 2013 (read more).

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Article source: http://www.buffettnews.com/2016/12/17/26372/

Buffett makes Forbes list of Wealthiest Celebrities

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Jimmy Buffett comes in at #13 on the Forbes magazine list of America’s 20 wealthiest celebrities of 2016.

1. George Lucas $4.6 billion
2. Steven Spielberg $3.7 billion
3. Oprah Winfrey $2.8 billion
4. Michael Jordan $1.2 billion
5. David Copperfield $850 million
6. Sean Combs $750 million
7. Tiger Woods $740 million
8. Dr. Dre $710 million
9. James Patterson $700 million
10. Jerry Seinfeld $670 million
11 Jay Z $610 million
12. Madonna $560 million
13. Jimmy Buffett $550 million
14. Bruce Springsteen $460 million
15. Howard Stern $450 million
16. Jon Bon Jovi $410 million
17. Rush Limbaugh $400 million
18. Phil Mickelson $375 million
19. Barbra Streisand $370 million
20. Kathy Ireland $360 million

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Article source: http://www.buffettnews.com/2016/12/16/26369/

Parrot Heads Documentary coming January 2017

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A new documentary about Parrot Heads answers the questions on how they got started, what they do, and where their fins go will be released on January 3rd, 2017.

A trailer for the movie is now available along with pre-order on iTunes.
Directed by lifelong Parrot Head Bryce Wagoner, it is the story of the rise of the most dedicated fans in music and the present day world that they’ve created. Partying with a purpose, original genre music, and Scott Nickerson, the man (other than Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefers) that brought them all together into one fantastic phlock. Featuring never before interviews with Jimmy Buffett, this feature length documentary is the first film under his Mailboat Records and distributed by Gravitas Ventures! More details on Facebook.

A video posted by Parrotheads (@parrotheadmovie) on Dec 14, 2016 at 7:16pm PST

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Article source: http://www.buffettnews.com/2016/12/16/26363/

Chronixx Announces Debut Album & Tour Dates

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Reggae’s heir apparent Chronixx has announced that his highly anticipated debut album, expected to drop early 2017, will be titled Chronology. The 24-year old Jamaican singer also revealed an extensive North American tour to support his forthcoming release. To top it off, Chronixx put out a new music video for “Majesty,” a single expected to be on his new album.
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The Chronology North America Tour will be Chronixx’s biggest tour to date. Chronixx and his band, Zincfence Redemption Band, will be hitting all corners of the US and Canada, stopping in 38 different cities over 2 months. The tour kicks off in New Haven, CT on March 2nd, 2017 and concludes in Huntington, NY on April 30th, 2016.

“Majesty,” the first visual from Chronology, is Chronixx’s spin on the 1971 song “I’ll Be Around” by Otis Gayle (originally sung by The Spinners). The music video was directed by Chronixx and Che Kothari, and filmed on the picturesque property of Strawberry Fields Together in Jamaica’s St. Mary parish. “Majesty” was also featured on the Roots Chalice mixtape that Chronixx released earlier this year.

The momentum behind Chronixx has been growing steadily since 2014, when he burst on the scene with his EP Dread Terrible. Since then, the Spanish Town vocalist has put out a number of hit singles and mixtape titled Roots Chalice. He’s also rocked the stage at major festivals like Coachella and Governor’s Ball, in addition to opening for the legendary English rock group The Stone Roses in Manchester’s Etihad Stadium.

While no official date has been set, Chronixx’s team has indicated that Chronology will drop sometime in early 2017. Be sure to jump on tickets for his North American tour, and check back shortly for the official release date of the new album. In the meantime, check out the brand new video for “Majesty.”

Chronixx Tour Dates

Related Links:
Chronixx Website
Chronixx Facebook
Chronixx SoundCloud

Article By: Brian Winters

Watch: Chronixx – “Majesty”

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Video Premiere: Ernie Ball’s String Theory by 311

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Here is the Video Premiere for the latest episode of String Theory, courtesy of Ernie Ball. String Theory is a web series from Ernie Ball that explores the sonic origins of some of music’s most innovative players. In this episode Ernie Ball artists and 311 guitarists Nick Hexum and Tim Mahoney discuss their influences, their history with playing guitar, and their Ernie Ball strings. You can view more episodes of String Theory by clicking HERE! Enjoy the video…

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Christmas in Destin

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It was a festive holiday week in Destin and along the Emerald Coast. It was supposed to start on Monday with the Fort Walton Beach Christmas parade but rain and wind postponed the parade till Tuesday evening. A big crowd enjoyed the parade that night.

The city of Destin held it’s Christmas parade on Saturday. The parade started about 10:00 am and went till almost noon. Then on Sunday there was the lighted boat parade in the Destin harbor. A couple dozen boats got decorated and cruised up the harbor where a fireworks display ended the evening. Well, the fireworks almost ended the evening.

The fireworks are shot off from a barge in the East Pass. Somehow the fireworks started a fire in the parking lot at White Trash Beach. This is the parking lot at the southwest corner of the Destin bridge. Pictures show a big brush fire but the local fire departments were able to get it out. That’s the first time that has happened.

Sunshine Cindy and I took Chaos to the parade on Saturday. We went to Landshark Pizza to watch it. One of the first places we ever took Chaos last year was to the parade. She was barely 10 pounds. Today she is a big strong 60 pound plus bundle of energy. Chaos had a good time. Wayne, Loujean and several others were there to watch the parade and drink Bloody Mary’s. After the parade many Parrot Heads showed up to keep the party going. We ended up heading back home about 3 in the afternoon. Chaos was a tired puppy!



On Friday night the Parrot Heads had our monthly meeting at Landshark. BT provided the music and had everyone up and dancing. Elections for the 2017 board of directors was held. I am actually going to be on the board next year as the club secretary. An ugly sweater contest was held and a check to a church charity for $1000 was presented. For the year our club has donated about $12,000 to various charities.

We didn’t go to the boat parade on Sunday night but I did go to Charlie’s BBB Bar in the harbor to watch the Browns lose again in the afternoon. Josh was working the inside bar, Mike was outside and Carlos was wondering around too. Brian came and joined me as we watched the Browns try hard again but still fall short. Jose came by and told me to hang in there. He’s a 49er’s fan so he knows my pain! LOL 

When I left I saw Alan and Jackie sitting at the bar. I stopped and talked with them for a few minutes when the old GM of the Cantina, Judy came in. She moved to Louisiana early this year. I have not seen her since and it was nice talking with her for a few minutes.

I have been talking about how dry it had been in Destin until we got some rain last week. I looked and it was dryer than I had thought. We had NO rain in September and only .7” in October. That’s less than one inch in two months. But in the first seven days of November we had received 8.8” so we are back to normal around here.

The Destin Log reported last week the widening of Hwy. 98 will begin. They will be adding a lane in each direction from Airport Road east into Walton County. It will take several years to complete. Get ready for even worse traffic while they do this work but it should help in the end. 

The route of the Destin Christmas parade was right down 98. It started in the parking lot of Old Time Pottery at Main street. Then it was about 2 miles down to Stalhman Ave. at Whataburger. The west bound lanes were shut down and all traffic was directed onto the east bound side. The city and the sheriffs were very efficient in getting the route set up and then back to normal. There were thousands of folks lined up along the highway with the kids scooping up candy and beads.

In addition to Landshark Pizza having a viewing party there was also big crowds at Hogs Breath and Mama Sherry’s. The weather was good…cool but sunny and dry. And of course Santa came up at the end riding in the bucket of the high rise fire truck. It is a lot of fun living in a small town and see how everyone comes together for an event like this parade.

Less than two weeks till Christmas. I hope you are ready! See ya next week!!!

Destin Steve

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Buffett performs at the Holiday in Brooklyn concert

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Jimmy Buffett performed last night along with James Taylor and Sarah McLachlan at the “HOLIDAY IN BROOKLYN” special concert at the Barclays Center. If you went to the show please help us out with the set list (send an email to info@buffettnews.com)

“How Sweet It Is” – James Taylor, Jimmy Buffett, and Sarah McLachlan

“Son of a Son of a Sailor” – Jimmy Buffett and James Taylor

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Article source: http://www.buffettnews.com/2016/12/10/26338/

Mac McAnally to perform in Pascagoula

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From GulfLive: “Eight time Country Music Association Musician of the Year Mac McAnally is coming to Pascagoula

Multi-talented Mississippi musician Mac McAnally has bounced around from the back roads of Belmont to the beaches of Biloxi over the past several decades.

He’s comfortable no matter where he lands. And in mid-January, he will once again find his way back to the Mississippi Gulf Coast for a pair of shows.

He has written, recorded, performed and produced with the likes of Kenny Chesney, George Strait, Zac Brown Band, Alabama, Martina McBride, Dolly Parton, Sawyer Brown and Keith Whitley as well as George Jones, Brad Paisley, Toby Keith, Billy Joel, Trisha Yearwood, Reba and of course the Pascagoula native Buffett over the years.

“Jimmy is my longest running co-writing relationship,” said McAnally. “We wrote ‘Coast Of Carolina’ as a sequel to ‘Come Monday.’

“Jazz Fest Unplugged” is a live music concept that takes national and regional artists that have played at the greatest music festival in the world in recent years and puts them together in a unique up close and personal setting for the enjoyment of live music fans.

Showtimes for both shows is 8 p.m. Pascagoula’s own Libby Rae Watson will open the show in Jackson County, while Radio Margaritaville DJ Matt Hoggatt will open the show in the Bay.

A limited amount of VIP tickets are available for $50 apiece, and include a pre-show audience with McAnally as well as a meet and greet photo opportunity and guaranteed reserved seating in front of the stage. General admission (standing room only) tickets are $35 apiece.

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Article source: http://www.buffettnews.com/2016/12/08/26335/