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Las Vegas show on April 1st Confirmed

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From AXS.com: JUST ANNOUNCED — Jimmy Buffett The Coral Reefer Band at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Saturday April 1st! Tickets On sale Monday Feb 13, 2017 at 10:00AM PST.

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Article source: http://www.buffettnews.com/2017/01/31/26519/

Buffett to play Las Vegas in April 2017

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According to several Parrot Head Clubs look for Jimmy Buffett to add a show at the MGM Grand Las Vegas NV on April 1, 2017. Ticket information will be announced soon.

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Article source: http://www.buffettnews.com/2017/01/31/26515/

Buffett to play Wrigley Field in July 2017

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From the Chicago Tribune: “Jimmy Buffett returns to Wrigley Field in July with Huey Lewis

Jimmy Buffett will be returning to Wrigley Field in July, with Huey Lewis and the News in tow.

The last time Buffett played Wrigley was 12 years ago. The upcoming stop, scheduled for 7 p.m. July 15, is part of the legendary singer/songwriter’s “I Don’t Know” tour.

In 2005 Buffett raised the curtain on Wrigley as a concert venue. The stop will be part of a busy year for the singer, whose “Escape to Margaritaville” musical will also be making its debut in California in May. Pre-Broadway stops are also scheduled for Chicago, New Orleans and Houston.

Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Feb. 10, at www.Cubs.com/JimmyBuffett or via phone at 800-843-2827.

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Article source: http://www.buffettnews.com/2017/01/31/26511/

Mark your calendar for May 20th!!!

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If you like Tailgate Parties then you need to be in Destin on Saturday May 20th. The Emerald Coast Parrot Head Club is sponsoring an all day party at the Mattie Kelly Cultural Arts Village in Destin. The gates will open at 10 am for a Buffett like Tailgate Party with music at the amphitheater going from noon to 6 pm. Advance tickets will be $25 per person. Details on how to get your tickets and the musical lineup to be announced soon!

Come to Destin and make an entire weekend of it. Trop Rocker Jim Asbell from Atlanta will be playing at Crab Island Cantina on Friday May 19th from 5-8 pm. No charge for this show and everyone is welcome to party with Jim and his crazy fans.

So mark your calendar and get your plans started. There will be a host hotel with discounted rooms, a special local charity will be the benefactor and many more details to follow very soon!

It was a busy week for Sunshine Cindy and myself. Wednesday afternoon with the Board of Directors of the ECPHC we visited the Mattie Kelly Cultural Arts Village to get a feel for the layout and finalize the lease agreement. From there we all headed to LuLu’s where Paul Roush was going to be playing.

The weather was perfect with temps in the upper 70’s. I had the top down on BadAss to soak up the sun and warm air. At LuLu’s they had the back bar open and a good crowd was taking advantage of the nice afternoon. Paul and Paula got there and Paul set up. Mark Stephanie and Brodie also came out to party and listen to Paul. We took over a couple tables right in front of Paul and everyone had a good time. Our friend from Alabama Keith even showed up. He was in Destin working and heard about Paul playing. It was a fun time.

Friday morning we took Chaos to Airport Road Vets to get her nails trimmed. She does not like having that done. Lol  After we finished with that Sunshine Cindy and I headed to Fort Walton Beach to run some errands. It was lunch time when we were done so we stopped at AJ’s on the Bayou. It was our first time there and we were impressed. The transformation from what it was to now is amazing. The staff was fun and the food was good. We will be back!

Friday night was a Parrot Head meeting at Crab Island Cantina. A big crowd of almost 100 folks showed up to Party with a Purpose. Lynley from the Calypso Nuts provided the music. This was her first solo show for a Parrot Head club. She did great. The highlight of the evening was a lick’um, bite’em, shoot’em and eat’um contest. It’s is basically you do a shot of tequila (with the salt and lime) and eat a tamale. Who can eat the most in 2 minutes wins. I entered the contest and won eating almost 2 entire tamale’s in the two minutes. It was fun!

Saturday the Board had a special meeting at Hogs Breath to finalize our desire to move forward with the “Tailgates Down, Phriends All Around” May party. Sunshine Cindy was named the committee chairperson who will be responsible for the planning and execution of the party. It was a good meeting and you could not beat the location!

When the meeting ended Sunshine Cindy and I stopped at Landshark Pizza. We were invited to a retirement party later that evening at Landshark and we wanted to get a gift certificate for the guest of honor. By the time we got home we only had a couple hours before we headed back to Landshark.

It was a combination birthday and retirement party for Bobby. Want to know how dedicated Bobby is? His last day was Friday and he stayed an extra hour to make sure stuff was done. That is the kind of person Bobby is. The party at Landshark was a blast with almost 100 folks there to celebrate. Congrats Bobby and enjoy your retirement!!!

And on Sunday we rested. Well almost. We spent the day at home cleaning up, doing laundry, changing light bulbs, playing with Chaos…Normal at home stuff!

Around town the new Funkys Blues Shack will open today, Monday the 30th. It is in the old Chili’s building across from where Friday’s used to be. It was reported in the Destin Log that Dick’s Sporting Goods is still coming to the Beals Shopping Center. I will believe it when I see it. And next to Club Destin the lot where a building was torn down is in the planning stages to bring a new Surf Style shop there. They had a location there but are building a bigger place. Just what Destin needs, another bigger tee shirt shop!

I want to mention that Sunshine Cindy and I took Uber on Saturday evening. We have used Uber several times now and each time it has been fast, easy and a lot less than a cab. We will not hesitate to use it at any time. We are hooked. Cities that won’t allow it to protect their “good old boy” taxi companies (I’m looking at you Key West) need to give the people what they want. Clean cars, professional drivers and a good price. What’s not to like.

This Saturday in Harborwalk Village in Destin is the ECPHC chili cookoff. About 20 restaurants will be there as they try to win the best chili in Destin award. The cost to taste the chili’s is $20 per person at the gate or $15 if you purchase tickets early. I even have some for sale if anyone wants some. And yours truly will be a judge too. I am looking forward to it. All proceeds from the sales of the tickets will benefit The Arc of the Emerald Coast.

For Super Bowl Sunday we will be at Landshark Pizza. Go Falcons! Have a great week. See ya next Monday.

Destin Steve

Article source: http://destinsteve.blogspot.com/2017/01/mark-your-calendar-for-may-20th.html

Buffett performs at the River Spirit Casino Resort in Tulsa

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From TulsaWorld.com: “It’s 5 o’clock in Tulsa: Jimmy Buffett performs at namesake casino resort

At 5 o’clock Saturday afternoon, it was Margaritaville in Tulsa. And at the stroke of 5, the man who wrote “Margaritaville” and the chief Parrothead himself, Jimmy Buffett, declared it so.

“To the city of Tulsa, it’s great to not only play here, but to be part of the city,” Buffett said to the nearly 3,000 Parrotheads in attendance at the new River Spirit Casino Resort venue, Paradise Cove.

Saturday served as a grand opening party for the Margaritaville addition to the River Spirit Casino Resort, a feather in the cap of a $365 million renovation that has opened in stages over the last six months, starting with the Margaritaville casino and restaurant, then the hotel tower and music venue.

Buffett played just over an hour at the venue, a departure from the festivals, stadiums and arenas he’s used to, but neither he nor his fans seemed to mind the change in atmosphere. It was still a party in Tulsa on Saturday night.

Margaritaville’s first ever Facebook live is a cool walk through of the beautiful new Margaritaville at River Spirit Casino in Tulsa, along with some of Buffett and the band’s soundcheck.

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Article source: http://www.buffettnews.com/2017/01/29/26506/

Key West Happy Hour

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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/2017/01/happy-hour-key-west-bagatelle.html

Review: Common Kings – Lost In Paradise

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Common Kings – Lost In Paradise
CommonKings_LostInParadise_Cover_FinalTrack Listing:
1.) Lost in Paradise
2.) Mary Wanna
3.) I Want Your Body
4.) Take Her
5.) License to Smoke
6.) Stretch
7.) Run
8.) Everybody Wants to Fool the World
9.) Speaking My Language
10.) Always Beside You
11.) Pray
12.) Wide Awake

The Pier Album Rating:

Release Date: February 3rd, 2017
Record Label: Island Empire Records
Official Website: Common Kings Website

Artist Background:
Originally from Orange County, CA -– Common Kings have been continuing their forward charge after picking up steam with their recent Hits Mrs EP from 2015. Building on their momentum, they’ve been able to grab the attention and turn heads of their listeners with every track release and live show, blending their unique style of reggae with hints of RB, pop and classic soul influences. Over the past couple of years they have had the opportunity to support and collaborate with many artists including Justin Timberlake, Ballyhoo!, Tomorrow’s Bad Seeds, Meghan Trainor and more. The group prides themselves on drawing their influences from every direction and genre of music imaginable, which is made evident by the way it ingrains itself into their music. The group is comprised of lead vocalist JR King, guitarist Taumata Grey (T Grey), bassist Ivan Kirimaua (Uncle Lui), and drummer Jerome Taito (Rome).

Album Review:
While Common Kings has a couple of EP’s and plenty of song releases already under their belt, Lost in Paradise is their debut full-length album and is their best work yet. The general feel of the album certainly contains their own unique style of reggae and island-centric mannerisms, but Lost in Paradise can be highlighted by its overall relaxing vibes, chill tones and radio-friendly selection of tracks with an overarching reggae-pop feel.

The biggest contributor to the album is far and away the self-titled lead-off track “Lost in Paradise.” Already considered to be a top hit within the reggae community upon its release as a single in December, the highly dance-able track help sets the tone early led by the simplistic guitar vibes, a sneaky, catchy chorus and top-notch vocal efforts from JR King (which you will find is a common theme for the duration of the album). The song ebbs and flows from start to finish and dares you not to play it again before progressing to the rest of the album –- good luck with that.

Moving on to the rest of the album, listeners are greeted with a strong second track “Mary Wanna” -– layered with a compelling bass/guitar duel-intro and progressive drumming, all the while building towards another appealing chorus. “I Want Your Body” is next in the lineup with tough shoes to fill from the first two tracks. The song is highlighted by another this-will-get-stuck-in-your-head chorus and more rhythmic guitar work accompanied by some nice, deep bass. “Take Her” follows up as the fourth and shortest track of the album, allowing listeners to retreat to a more mellow state of mind; one of several songs that offers more of a romantic theme for the duration of the song. “License to Smoke,” follows suit as the next track with a relaxing aura and more solid guitar work from T Grey.

Listeners may not know it right away, but as the sixth track “Stretch” invades their speakers, they are listening to a track co-written by Justin Bieber and notable producer Jason ‘Poo Bear’ Boyd (who has previously worked with Usher, Lupe Fiasco, Justin Bieber and more). The track slows things down with its majestic introduction and helps listeners unwind with its ‘loosen-up’ feel. “Run” immediately follows to kick things back up a notch with more cohesive instrumentals to define itself as perhaps the most definitive reggae track on the album.

A hidden gem late in the album, “Everybody Wants to Fool the World” is up next -– The song lures in listeners with a quiet and simplistic intro and progresses quickly to reveal a loaded and contagious chorus. “Speaking My Language” lulls the listener to sleep with its tender, candle-lit feel assembled from more light instrumentals and is carried by more great vocal support from JR King. “Always Beside You” enters next with a dance-able piano intro and incorporates a light horn section throughout the song, and is followed up by “Pray”, a quick yet progressive and uplifting track with positive messaging. The album concludes with another soothing track “Wide Awake,” embracing and emphasizing the take-it-easy vibes made evident throughout the rest of the album in its entirety.

A fresh dozen from the rising Orange County quartet highlighted by the exceptional self-titled single, Lost in Paradise has plenty of substance to give itself an identity. Common Kings make a statement with Lost in Paradise that they are one of the leading artists who most successfully infuse an overall pop sound into their music. There is plenty of feel-good imagery in Common Kings’ music that will leave you longing to be somewhere tropical and the songs render themselves very repeatable for plenty of listens after the first. Overall, this is a great debut from a group with massive potential for the future.

Written Reviewed By: Brian Glaser

[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: Common Kings – “Lost In Paradise”

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Frisco Texas tour date in June 2017 to be announced soon

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A reliable source says that Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band will be playing at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, TX on June 10th, 2017. An official announcement will be out soon along with ticket on sale information.

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Article source: http://www.buffettnews.com/2017/01/24/26499/

It rained on our parade…

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The big news from Destin this past week was the weather. We went from foggy mornings and nights during the week to severe thunderstorms over the weekend. Unfortunately the storms caused the Mardi Gras parade on Okaloosa Island to be cancelled. We had a lot of rain and strong winds hit Destin and Okaloosa County but we did not get the tornado’s that hit Mississippi and Georgia killing about 18 folks. Our prayers go out to those affected.

Even though the parade was cancelled the Emerald Coast Parrot Heads still had a group get together and party at Anglers, Rockin Taco and Helen Back. A little rain didn’t slow them down!

Wednesday evening Sunshine Cindy and I went to Crab Island Cantina to listen to BT play. Julie, Suzanne, Alan and Jackie were also there as a small crowd enjoyed BT’s music. It was eerie as the fog rolled in making it feel like we were in San Francisco. BT did his usual fun show. He is performing each Wednesday starting at 4 pm for the snowbirds playing till 7 pm. Get out and listen to him if you get a chance.

On Sunday Sunshine Cindy and I went to Landshark Pizza to watch the Falcons / Packers game. Landshark is a Packer Backer bar and it was filled with fans. We had 8 at our table and we were all rooting for the Falcons. We were definitely outnumbered. We got there at 12:30 for the 2 pm start and we were lucky to get a table. Landshark had a hot wing eating contest using their Liquid Death sauce. I swear this stuff could melt metal it is so hot. They use Ghost Chili peppers to make it. It’s not for the novice! LOL 

The winner ate his ten wings in about 7 minutes. Not bad but not close to the record time of 1 minute and 32 seconds set a few years ago. Of course just eating those wings should get you some kind of metal. The game saw the Falcons destroy the Packers. It was real quiet except for the few Falcons fans that were there. Brian, Sue and the entire Landshark team does a great job. It was tough on them to see their team play so badly but on the bright side, they did make it that far which is better than the majority of teams. Being a Browns fan I always say we will get them next year and they were saying the same thing.

Sunshine Cindy and I stayed for a while talking to some folks while the Steelers / Pats game started. Out on Hwy 98 there was a wreck as a truck flipped. I didn’t hear how the driver was doing and don’t know what happened but there always seems to be something happening on this stretch of road.

Around town the new Dunkin Donuts and Baskin Robbins stores are getting ready to open. It looks like it could be any day now. They are located almost across from Big Kahuna’s.

This weekend the Parrot Heads will be meeting at Crab Island Cantina in Harborwalk Village on Friday starting at 5:30 pm. Come out and Party with a Purpose as the Parrot Heads raise money for Alaqua Animal Rescue.

Have a great week. See ya next Monday!

Destin Steve

Article source: http://destinsteve.blogspot.com/2017/01/it-rained-on-our-parade.html

Margaritaville Beach Resort Grand Cayman opens February 2017

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Reservations are now open for Margaritaville Beach Resort Grand Cayman, the multi-million-dollar renovation project situated on Grand Cayman’s famous Seven Mile Beach.

Nightly rates start at US$229, depending on room type, for stays beginning after Feb. 4. Each of the 285 rooms will feature a work desk, walk-in shower or tub, 55-inch LCD television, high-speed Wi-Fi, Keurig coffeemaker and more.

Other hotel amenities include the 5 o’Clock Somewhere Bar Grill, now open during the resort’s soft opening phase. Following shortly thereafter will be License to Chill Bar and Margaritaville Coffee Shop. A complete soft opening will also include 109 guestrooms, the resort’s main pool and a signature steakhouse called YARA.

Once complete, Margaritaville Beach Resort Grand Cayman will feature an activity pool with a waterslide, a large pool with swim-up bar, a zero-entry kiddie pool area, an adult-friendly pool, live entertainment, retail shops, complimentary kids club, 24-hour fitness centre, flexible meeting and event space, an on-site Red Sail Sports Desk, and six food and beverage venues.


For more information go to MargaritavilleResortGrandCayman.com

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Article source: http://www.buffettnews.com/2017/01/22/26491/