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Video: Nattali Rize – “One People”

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On January 18th, Nattali Rize released a new single with the track “One People.” The song came accompanied with a new music video that you can enjoy below. Before heading to Europe this April, you can catch Nattali Rize on tour throughout the US — View her upcoming tour dates by clicking HERE! You can pick up the new single on iTunes by clicking HERE!

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Sail on Howard Kaufman

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From Billboard: “Howard Kaufman, Veteran Rock Manager, Dies at 79

Howard Kaufman, a frequent collaborator of Irving Azoff’s and an influential artist manager whose clients have included some of the biggest names in rock n’ roll, has died, Billboard has confirmed. He was 79. The cause of death is as yet unknown.

Kaufman’s longtime management company, H.K. Management, had an artist roster that included Aerosmith, Stevie Nicks, Jimmy Buffett, Chicago, Lenny Kravitz and Def Leppard.

In 1974, Kaufman teamed with Azoff to form Front Line Management, which notably guided the careers of the Eagles, Steely Dan, and Buffett, among others. The company disbanded in the early 1980s, around the time the Eagles began their long hiatus, but was resurrected by the pair in early 2005. The revamped Front Line experienced rapid growth and in 2008 was acquired by Ticketmaster, which named Azoff CEO.

From Coral Reeferette Nadirah Shakoor: The music industry and the world lost a great man last night, Mr Howard Kaufman. He always told it like it was, straight no chaser. Howard was a colleague, a mentor and a friend. He definitely made his mark in history as one of the greatest! I am honored to have known him for over 30 years and my heart aches at his loss. If Prince and Michael need management on the other side they are in the best of hands. Rest in peace my dear friend you will be well remembered. My heart felt Condolences to his wife, three children, Jimmy and his many clients and friends


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Slightly Stoopid & Dirty Heads Lead Reggae Rise Up FL 2017

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What’s not to love about enjoying two days alongside some of the best-of-the-best artists within the reggae community in addition to soaking up the Florida sun? 2017 is shaping up to be a year to remember from a music festival perspective, as ‘Reggae Rise Up’ will be returning to St. Petersburg, FL – and its bringing another incredible lineup.

Entering its seventh year, Reggae Rise Up will be returning to Vinoy Park in St. Petersburg March 4-5 and will once again feature a stacked lineup for festival-goers to enjoy. Reggae Rise Up has gained notoriety and quite the following over the past several years for those who are local and those who are able to make the trip to the east coast. Reggae Rise Up 2017 at Vinoy Park will be headlined by Slightly Stoopid and Dirty Heads, and they will be joined by an outstanding supporting cast.

The full lineup for Reggae Rise Up 2017 (FL) will include:
Slightly StoopidRRU
Dirty Heads
Steel Pulse
The Green
The Hip Abduction
ZGE (Zion I, The Grouch, Eligh)
Fortunate Youth
The Movement
Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad
The Expanders
Through The Roots
Leilani Wolfgramm
Bumpin Uglies
The Late Ones
Jungle Man Sam
Summer Survivors

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While some of the festivals that have been announced for 2017 feature a top-heavy lineup, the St. Petersburg, FL edition of Reggae Rise Up has a well-rounded group of performers that goes pretty deep. In addition to featuring powerhouse groups Slightly Stoopid, Dirty Heads, Iration, Steel Pulse and The Green at the top of the lineup, Reggae Rise Up also provides a strong collection of additional bands to round out the lineup who are sure to astound, including and not limited to:

Artist: The Hip Abduction

Origin: St. Petersburg, FL
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Local to the area with Vinoy Park essentially in their backyard, The Hip Abduction are no strangers to energizing a live audience with their music. Fresh off their third full-length album release in March 2016 with Gold Under The Glow, momentum remains high for the The Hip Abduction as they continue to demonstrate their ability to stretch the reggae genre into a craft of their own. The Hip Abduction features seven members mixing reggae, rock, and African traditions to create their own unique sound. With heavy emphasis placed on African stringed instruments (kora, ngoni), dub-reggae-inspired bass lines, and funky afro-beat percussion, the band’s high-energy performances have won them a loyal statewide following. Veterans to shows of large capacity, The Hip Abduction have already shared the stage with 311, Ziggy Marley, Umphrey’s McGee, Thievery Corporation, Dawes and many more. Be sure to not to miss their set of authentically original music.

Listen: The Hip Abduction – “Come Alive”


Artist: Tatanka

Origin: Denver, CO
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Offering a truly unique sound like none other, Tatanka have been touring steadily over the past couple of years mastering their craft for live audiences. Having collaborated with a wide variety of notable artists over the years, the Colorado-based quartet incorporate an emphasis on dub and electronic synths on top of their reggae-driven sound with lyrics of positivity to get the crowds moving wherever they play. Vinoy Park is one of only four dates that Tatanka has confirmed thus far for 2017, so fans will want to work Tatanka’s Reggae Rise Up set into their schedule as a good counter-balance to the music already being played for the weekend.

Listen: Tatanka – “Easy”


Artist: Oceanstone

Origin: Indian Rocks Beach, FL
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A hidden gem portraying beach-reggae vibes with their EP released in 2016, Oceanstone is a Reggae Rise Up veteran having played the Vinoy Park location last year as well. With a self-proclaimed “deep rooted love of the ocean and enjoyment of music,” the band emphasizes a party-centric, danceable atmosphere for their audience while commanding the stage. Reggae-rock fans should also take a moment and familiarize themselves with their Easy Livin’ EP, even if they are unable to attend the festival. The gulf coast group will surely be playing several of their songs from the release for attendees to enjoy in a live setting.

Watch: Oceanstone – “Easy Livin’” [Live — Sugarshack Sessions]


Artist: LAW

Origin: Long Beach, CA
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If you haven’t heard of LAW yet, you probably need to take a moment and listen to their music immediately. Jakob Nowell, son of Sublime‘s late front-man Brad Nowell, formed the quartet from Long Beach in 2013 and the band has been gaining traction quickly. Listeners will hear the Sublime influences right away with rock-driven distorted guitar riffs on top of the classic reggae vibes Sublime incorporated in their music for so many years. But don’t get too caught up in the “second coming of Sublime,” –- Jakob Nowell and company are out to make their own name and they are well on their way. The band released their Toxic EP in 2016 and the tracks received high acclaim from many. Attendees can’t afford to miss Law’s Florida visit!

Listen: LAW – “You Know”


Reggae Rise Up Details:

Vinoy Park will offer plenty of merchandise booths to check out, games, relaxing stations, crafts and more. Beer wagons and a full bar will be available in addition to plenty of good eats offered by a plethora of different food vendors. Gates will open each day at 12:00pm (Noon) and will close up at 10:00pm.

General Admission Prices for the St. Petersburg dates are $45 for each day, with VIP options available for $75 per day or a weekend pass at $150. Early Bird passes are sold out; attendees are encouraged to purchase tickets sooner than later for the rain or shine two-day festival. Due to city codes, camping is not allowed at Vinoy Park, but there are plenty of hotel options available which can be found via the website below.

In addition to the St. Petersburg event, Reggae Rise Up will also include a weekend in Salt Lake City, UT at the Utah State Fairpark, in which Dirty Heads, Sublime with Rome, Tribal Seeds and The Movement performed at last year –- lineup and details for that location is yet to be announced — Stay tuned!

Related Links:
Reggae Rise Up Website
Reggae Rise Up Facebook
Reggae Rise Up Twitter

Article By: Brian Glaser

Watch: Reggae Rise Up Florida 2016 – Official Recap

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Buffett makes surprise appearance at McAnally’s show in Pascagoula

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Jimmy Buffett surprised an audience at Mac McAnally’s concert at the Grand Magnolia in Pascagoula on Saturday January 14th.

From the Sun Herald: “Jimmy asks the mayor why Pascagoula hasn’t spent more on Buffett Bridge

It was tearing up Facebook over the weekend — Jimmy Buffett made a surprise appearance at the Mac McAnally concert Saturday at the Grand Magnolia.

McAnally, an old stomping buddy of Buffett’s, played a few songs and then Buffett walked out on the stage to a crowd that caught on quickly and roared approval.

He played more than a half-dozen songs with McAnally at the beginning of the concert and returned again at the end. He was having fun, audience members said.

He quipped at the mayor, saying the lighthouse looked good, but asked why the city didn’t spend more coin on Buffett Bridge, a little span over a bayou near the city’s Buffett Beach.

“He did a lot of talking,” audience member Danny Smith said. “He was funny. He made jokes.”

He took requests.

And when the audience got to shouting them, “he said all the yelling sounded like a Trump press conference,” Smith said.

Buffett was in Mobile on Friday. He showed up at the Dew Drop Inn and there was talk of a documentary he was making with a relative.

So there were rumors he might show up at McAnally’s concert, but there was just as much debunking the rumors, Smith said. Word was he had to fly to Los Angeles for an event his wife wanted him to attend.

Then he showed up at Scranton’s Restaurant, where they were holding a VIP event for McAnally. So he and McAnally were able to rehearse a little before the concert.

There were 350-plus at the concert, an intimate venue at the Grand Magnolia.

“The crowd was kind of genuinely shocked,” Smith said. “Mac came out and did two songs, then Mac sat down at the piano and told the story about writing ‘When the Coast is Clear,’ a song that he and Buffett co-wrote in New Orleans.

“He starts playing the first verse and Buffett just appears on the other side of the stage, comes out and starts singing in the microphone. It was just incredible. Everyone started yelling, stood up and clapped, but it quickly died down so you could hear the song.”

Scranton’s owner Richard Chenoweth said they didn’t have more than five hours’ warning that Buffett might actually show.


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A quiet week in Destin

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For the next two months things will be pretty predicable in Destin. We have the snowbirds driving slow in the left lane, locals complaining about them driving slow, sunny and cool or warm and wet weather, and an overall nice slow pace to life. It’s a nice time of the year in Destin.

Sunshine Cindy and I got out and about a few times this past week. Thursday night we went to Mimmo’s for dinner. Mimmo’s is an Italian restaurant with excellent food. Mimmo was born in Sicily and uses recipes from his homeland. We actually got a chance to chat with Mimmo for a while. He is a young guy but he runs a fine restaurant. Sunshine Cindy had pasta carbonara and I had chicken parmigiana. Both dishes were excellent. Check it out if you are looking for good Italian food.

Friday we had to go to Fort Walton Beach for an appointment with our eye doctor. After the visit it was noon so we decided to stop at Anglers on the island for some lunch. We have not been to Anglers in a year or so. We walked in and no one was around. The bar was empty and no bartender was in sight. We didn’t even see anyone in the dining room although I suspect there had to be some folks on the deck area. We waited for a few minutes then decided to leave when no one showed up.

Rockin Taco is a newer place that opened last year on the Boardwalk. We headed there to check it out. We are glad we did. This is where Howling at the Moon used to be. The new owners put in over $1.8M in renovations into the place. It is open, airy and right on the beach. Sunshine Cindy and I sat at the bar outside as it was about 75 degrees and beautiful. The bartender was Tad who we remember from TGIFriday’s in Destin. Then I saw Roy who also used to work there. He is a manager here. Finally we saw the GM. It was JP who we have known for several years. We worked with him doing events at Anglers years ago. He came by and we talked for a long while catching up.

We had a fun time there. We shared some food and soaked up the sunshine. But we had to head home to take Chaos to her one year checkup. She is in perfect health although she was not happy about the shots she got. But Chaos is a trooper and did fine.

Friday night Sunshine Cindy decided to stay home but I went to the Parrot Head meeting at Landshark’s. Jan was playing for us. It was a fun time but I was tired and headed home a little early.

Saturday afternoon Sunshine Cindy and I wanted to see the Falcons game so we went to Landshark to watch it. A good crowd was there for the game. We enjoyed some brews, pizza and wings as the Falcons beat the Seahawks. Paige took good care of us. While there we talked to Glen and Bruce who stopped in. Brian and Sue were preparing for a big crowd for the Sunday Packers game. They had more tables brought in to handle the crowd they were expecting.

We hung around for a little of the second game but headed home to Chaos. We kind of watched the Pats game but mostly just played with Chaos! Lol

We planned to go out to watch some of the Packers game on Sunday but Sunshine Cindy got into some spring cleaning around the house and didn’t want to leave. I decided that I would go get us some food and headed to Hogs Breath. I watched the first half of the game then got a to-go order. The bars at Hogs were pretty busy with folks watching the game. I saw some pictures from Landsharks and they were packed. With the Packers winning that means next week they will be busy again! Good for them.

Around Destin it was announced the Destin Diner is getting new owners. It will now become a Mary’s Kitchen. There is one in Fort Walton but we have never been there. I hear they have good food so we will have to give it a try when they open.

The Waffle House in Destin by Airport Road is undergoing a complete renovation. They tore it down to some studs and it is being rebuilt. The place leaked a lot when it rained so it was overdue. We also heard the old Friday’s in Destin will be home to Panera’s as they move from the Commons.

In HarborWalk Village a new Italian restaurant is open above Crab Island Cantina. This is where La Famiglia used to be located at. (The La Famiglia in the Commons is still open.) The new place will be called Bella Sera and is co-owned by David Seering. David is a piano player that will bring his music to his new place.

On the island Pandora’s is closing. Pandora’s has been around for many years. The owner died last year and his children are running the place but they have decided to do other things. It sounds like a new restaurant or two might be opened on the island by them.

This Saturday is the Mardi Gras parade on the island. Come out and let the good times roll!!! I will have a full recap next Monday!

Destin Steve

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Buffett attends Cubs visit to the White House

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From the Chicago Tribune: “Obama welcomes Cubs to the White House: ‘It took you long enough’

After being honored at the White House on Monday afternoon, the Cubs revealed the real reason why they desperately wanted to make the trip before President Barack Obama left office.

Touring the White House and being celebrated for their first championship since 1908 was certainly fun for the team, but it wasn’t nearly as important as converting the die-hard White Sox fan into a Cubs fan, a task more difficult than turning Hillary Clinton supporters into Donald Trump backers.

The Cubs celebration was the last public White House event of Obama’s presidency. The audience in the East Room was filled with politicians like Sen. Dick Durbin, Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Attorney General Lisa Madigan, along with former Obama adviser David Axelrod and singer Jimmy Buffett, a longtime Cubs fan.

Buffett with David Ross



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Happy Hour – Key West

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When I was checking on our table at the host stand, a customer who looked like Nicolas Cage, asked the host how to get to Mallary Square. The host didn’t know where Mallery Square was. Odd. I helped Nicolas out, however. The directions are really easy from there.

On another evening there, a few years back, my friend Cyndi thought it would be fun to dress our friend, Doug, up in drag at Happy Hour at the Boat House! Doug is 100% straight, but he’s always up for a laugh… Boa and all!

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Buffett appears on Hawaii Five-0

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Jimmy Buffett had a cameo role as Frank Bama on the CBS show Hawaii Five-0 on January 13th, 2017. You can watch the episode online at (“Ua ho’i ka ‘opua i Awalua” Season 7 Episode 13)


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Passafire Wrapping Up Sixth Studio Album

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Rarely can artists be found with the ability to grow sonically, explore new territory and expand on their pre-existing sound with each release. Look no further than Passafire, who have established themselves over the years as a chart-topping reggae rock favorite and one of the hardest working artists in the music industry.

From electrifying crowds with their relentless touring schedule as well as captivating listeners with their constantly growing discography, the quartet from Savannah, GA has been hard at work wrapping up their forthcoming sixth studio album. Passafire achieved new levels of success with their latest release, Vines, in 2013 (debut release with Easy Star Records) which hit #1 on the Billboard Top Reggae Albums Chart. The album featured 13 tracks, highlighted by the instrumental and bass-driven “Earthquake,” the progressively heavy “Invisible” (caution: the outro may melt your face), and the layered exploration of “Go.”
One moment Passafire will take their listeners away to the island sun, the next banging their head to a heavy riff or jamming along to a keytar/melodica solo. The ability to take their music in any direction renders the overall sound of their forthcoming release challenging to predict — however the band did post several in-depth, behind the scenes clips from their studio sessions at the highly-touted Sonic Ranch in Tornilla, TX which can be seen below.

The band mentions that they embraced a more collaborative effort with their latest studio sessions for their new record. Nick Kubley mentioned in one of the clips that surfaced from Sonic Ranch that “It’s definitely been the most enjoyable time I’ve had in the studio.”

The band tracked their new songs collectively as opposed to individually and they believe the synergy will be reflective as listeners indulge in the new material. Vocalist/guitarist, Ted Bowne added “We’ve been doing over 120 shows a year. Our live performance is where its at; when people talk about us as a band I feel like they more so talk about coming to see a live show rather than our album, and we want to make an album that reflects that same experience.”

More details are expected to be released from Passafire in the coming weeks regarding their as-of-yet untitled album. With another heavy dose of tour dates lined up including support dates for Rebelution, notable festivals (Reggae Rise Up, One Love Cali Roots, California Music and Arts Festival) and a full-length tour expected in support of their forthcoming release, Passafire and their fans are in for an epic 2017.

Passafire Tour Dates

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Passafire Website
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Article By: Brian Glaser

Watch: Passafire at Sonic Ranch – Recording New Album – Day 1

Watch: Passafire at Sonic Rach – Recording New Album – Day 7

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Buffett visits Mobile and talks about an upcoming documentary

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From “Why was Jimmy Buffett in Mobile today?” Jimmy Buffett and reporter Jared Boyd talk about an upcoming documentary project chronicling the singer’s start on the Gulf Coast during a chance encounter at Dew Drop Inn on Thursday, January 12, 2017.

On the 1982 song, “I Heard I Was in Town,” Jimmy Buffett sings about walking the streets of his former stomping grounds. On a recent trip to Mobile, the renowned singer-songwriter was caught bringing the words of his song to life, stopping into the Dew Drop Inn in Mobile on Thursday afternoon for an impromptu chat with fans.

The late lunch encounter began with a table of women pointing out of the window.

“Jimmy,” I heard one of the women saying. “That is him,” she continued. “Jimmy Buffett.”

Sure enough, I caught a glimpse of the tropical-shirted figure stepping into a white late-model Nissan van in an adjacent lot on Old Shell Road.

Quickly, the woman sprang up from the table and sprinted out of the restaurant’s back door. Through the window, I could see her waving to flag Buffett down.

So, why was Jimmy Buffett walking “old streets again,” as he sings in his aforementioned song?

According to the man, himself, he’s saluting his Mobile roots in a documentary film about his early career. While in town, Buffett says he is gathering shots and meeting with local musicians who were integral to the making of his first records.

“I’m hoping to get out to McGill-Toolen in a minute,” the “Margaritaville” singer said of his alma-mater. “I’ve got some fond memories and some not-so-fond memories there.”

Of those not-so-fond memories, he joked that he was no stranger to trouble with the nuns and fathers on campus. “They would chase you around with rulers and pop you. That’s why our track team was always so good!”

Sarah Delaney Buffett, a filmmaker and Jimmy Buffett’s daughter, is among the list of names Buffett says is involved with the project.

“So, now you’ve got the scoop,” he said, after a short spiel.


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