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“Escape to Margaritaville” opening night

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Jimmy Buffett’s musical “Escape to Margaritaville” opened on Broadway on Thursday night. Several reviews of the show are now available.

Vogue: “The Jimmy Buffett Musical Escape to Margaritaville Makes Its Big, Boozy Broadway Debut

New York Times: “Review: ‘Escape to Margaritaville,’ Where Work Is a Dirty Word

New York Daily News: “‘Escape to Margaritaville’ review: A Jimmy Buffett Broadway jukebox

Variety: “Broadway Review: Jimmy Buffett’s ‘Escape to Margaritaville’

NPR: “How Jimmy Buffett Brings ‘Margaritaville’ To Broadway

Village Voice: “Wasting Away a Buffett of Songs in Margaritaville “How Jimmy Buffett Brings ‘Margaritaville’ To Broadway

Broadway World: “Jimmy Buffett Joins the Cast of ESCAPE TO MARGARITAVILLE for Opening Night Bows!

The Guardian: “Escape to Margaritaville review – Jimmy Buffett jukebox musical is charming but lazy “What You Can Learn About Branding from Jimmy Buffett and Margaritaville on Broadway


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Video of Jimmy Buffett on the Tonight Show

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On last night’s “Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon”, Jimmy Buffett talks about his Margaritaville “active living communities” for retirees, vertical tailgating for his Broadway musical, Escape to Margaritaville, and breaking liquor sales records at the theater. He also led the audience in a sing along of the iconic song ‘Margaritaville!’


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Morgan Heritage’s Pineapple Wine EP & Spring 2018 Tour

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On March 23rd, Morgan Heritage will release a Pineapple Wine EP that will include 4 versions of the track, one of which is a remix featuring Fiji and Common Kings. In addition to the EP release, the group will be on a west-coast tour this April with Fiji and Maoli Nomad on their Island Vibes spring tour.

The tour begins April 18th in Seattle, WA at the Nectar before wrapping up on May 5th at Elevtae in Salt Lake City, UT. There are 14 total dates across 7 west coast states. What we hope to see is an onstage collaboration between Morgan Heritage and Fiji — As mentioned above, Fiji guest appears on the “Pineapple Wine” remix along with Common Kings and this spring tour presents the perfect opportunity for that collaboration to come to life on stage.
The song was originally from their 2017 Grammy nominated album Avrakadabra. We reached out to Mojo Morgan who tells The Pier: “Late last year we performed ‘Pineapple Wine’ acoustically at The Acme in Nashville and as soon as we got off stage we said we would release the song as a single early next year. Ideas started floating around with the team and those ideas gave birth to doing 2 Remixes with our friends.”

Mojo goes on to tell The Pier that: “The title of the song kinda sorta guided us to doing an Island Remix with our fellow Island people. Fiji has been a friend of the family for almost a decade and Common Kings have been our homies for about 6 or 7 years now. Plus all 3 of us currently have the same managers and we felt it best to keep this one within the Regime.”

The song was originally written by Drew Davis from Nashville who lived in Hawaii for years. Mojo explains: “Upon moving back to the states, while reminiscing on his time in the islands, he wrote down some of those moments and memories. So when he played the song for us, his sentiments for the islands became intertwined with ours and we’ll forever share the thought of how sweet the ‘Pineapple Wine’ can be — Be that a lady, the land, the culture or the beautiful atmosphere when in Hawaii or any island laying on the beach.”

Morgan Heritage Fiji go back to 2009 when Gramps Morgan first met Fiji. That connection led to Gramps producing J Boog’s break-out record Back Yard Boogie and have since collaborated on several projects. As for the upcoming Spring tour, Mojo says “When we told our managers we want to put out a tour this Spring that unites Island people from all over the globe, they suggested Fiji. We immediately jumped for joy because Fiji is what we consider the Godfather of soul in the Polynesian Community. It’s an absolute honor to have him join us along with Maoli and Nomad.”

Find tour dates below and pick up the Pineapple Wine EP via Spotify HERE or iTunes by clicking HERE!

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Morgan Heritage Website
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Fiji Facebook
Fiji Twitter

Article By: Mike Patti

Listen: Morgan Heritage – “Pineapple Wine”

Watch: Fiji – “My Wife”

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Buffett adds Las Vegas to SOASOAS tour

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Jimmy Buffett The Coral Reefer Band
with special guests Huey Lewis The News
MGM Grand Garden Arena Las Vegas, NV
Saturday October 20th, 2018

Tickets On Sale March 19, 2018
AXS.COM PRESALE Starts: 3/16 at 10AM PST
American Express Presale begins 3/13/2018 10:00 AM
LIVE NATION Presale Starts: 3/16 at 10AM PST


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Dirty Heads & Iration Announce First Ever Tour Together!

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Add Dirty Heads and Iration to a line-up you’ve never seen on tour before. Yeah, they’ve shared the bill on misc. music festivals throughout the years, but they have otherwise never toured together. That all changes this summer when they hit the road beginning May 18th with opening performances by The Movement and Pacific Dub.

The reggae-rock genre is a close-knit community of artists and bands with a massive presence, growing influence and fan-base. Dirty Heads and Iration have long since been at the top of the bill with their presence and influence as DH_IG-1each band continues their trajectory into alternative rock and mainstream markets. Two groups who come from similar influences with similar tastes, playing a lot of the same festivals together and yet they have never toured together.

That will change on May 18th when Dirty Heads host Iration, The Movement and Pacific Dub on the first stop of the tour in Chula Vista, CA at the Mattress Firm Amphitheatre. The national tour will include 28 total dates across 23 states on a early summer tour that concludes on June 30th in Irvine, CA at the Five Point Amphitheatre.

Dirty Heads continue to celebrate the 2017 release of their latest record, Swim Team with hit single “Celebrate” featuring the Unlikely Candidates climbing the alternative rock charts. They’ll be performing the song Wednesday, March 14th on Jimmy Kimmel Live! Of the song, vocalist/guitarist Duddy B explains “It’s a look inside a band and touring as well as the journey you take to make it. We’re not bitching about anything, but you’re on the road and you miss your family. We all started doing this a while ago. None of us were married at the time. None of us had kids. Now it’s all different.”

[Related: Iration Teases New Album with New Single “Hit List”]

Iration will hopefully be playing brand-new songs from a new full-length album that we hope to see available on tour. They released a new single, “Hit List,” back in January and told The Pier they will have a new record this Summer. Also releasing a new album in 2018 will be The Movement who kicked off the New Year with a new single, “Cool Me Down.” Pacific Dub continues their resurgence in 2018 having released a new single, “Reaching” in January and before that, “Fly Away” featuring Bret Bollinger of Pepper last fall with a new album expected in time for the tour.

Needless to say, there will be a lot of great music around a reggae-rock line-up of bands we’ve never seen before.

Related Links:
Exclusive Dirty Heads Blog
Dirty Heads Website
Iration Website
The Movement Website
Pacific Dub Website

Article By: Mike Patti

Watch: Dirty Heads – “Celebrate”

Listen: Iration – “Hit List”

Listen: The Movement – “Cool Me Down”

Listen: Pacific Dub – “Reaching”

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Review: Perro Bravo – Case Pacific

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Perro Bravo – Case Pacific
PerroBravo_CasePacific 1.) Dr. Chopper
2.) For Chinaski
3.) Huevos Revueltos (feat. Roger Rivas Tim Wu)
4.) History Repeats
5.) DJ Product (feat. DJ Product 69 Roger Rivas)
6.) Wrong Direction
7.) Coastal Access (feat. Roger Rivas)
8.) Fish on the Line (feat. Roger Rivas)
9.) Pick Me Up (Off the Floor) [feat. Marc Ford Mike Malone]
10.) The Kelp Forest

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Release Date: January 31st, 2018
Record Label: Skunk Records
Official Website: Perro Bravo Website

Artist Background:
Perro Bravo is a band started by Michael “Miguel “Happoldt. Miguel began his musical adventure as a member of the group Sublime. He played with the group between 1991 and 1993 and produced and mixed the band’s first album 40. Oz. to Freedom. After signing with a major label the band recorded its break through record “Sublime.” Veterans of the stage and studio, Perro Bravo is more focused on grass roots approach to bringing music to the people and a do it yourself ethic in the studio.

The sound is similar to Sublime and Slightly Stoopid but is also more guitars based. Current stage line up is Mike Long (Capitol Eye) on bass, and Greg “Mudd” Lowther (Falling Idols, Corn Doggy Dog, Gluefactory, etc.) on drums.

Album Review:
If you’re a Sublime purist, this is a quality addition to your collection -— It has rock roll, surf-jams, ska-skanks, reggae and some hip hop with old school DJ scratching. There’s an undeniable Sublime demo, throw-back underground sound to the record. Heavy guitars and bass with melodic horn contributions reflect the albums depth of what Miguel explains as shameful compromise of personal liberty for the nanny state.

The thing with Perro Bravo releases is they have that grimey, old-school demo feel to it. The production isn’t bright and polished like Sublime’s self-titled, but more dark and muted like Sublime’s Robbin The Hood or Jah Wont Pay The Bills. The underground/demo sound doesn’t gain the same traction with fans these days as it did years ago with Cassettes, CDs or at the start of the MP3 era. What the album lacks in its stand-out production quality, it makes for in its artistry and musicianship. That doesn’t mean it translates into pop with a culmination of artistry that came up with songs drenched in general likability among a general audience — it just shows the foundation of what a bigger production could develop given the right producer and budget.

Stand out songs include “Pick Me Up (Off The Floor),” “Coastal Access,” and ”DJ Product.” The latter sounds like a hip hop mix right off Sublimes Robbin The Hood and likely sticks out more for its Sublime nostalgia as the song includes scratching by DJ Product 1969 who was also featured on Robbin The Hood.

“Pick Me Up (Off The Floor)” is a classic Rock Roll song bordering on country appeal that actually has pop sensibilities with cross-over potential to the likes of Tom Petty. This is a great example of how the right producer, like a Dave Kobb, and big enough budget could further it’s potential.

”Coastal Access” is more of a Tom Petty sounding, melodically stony jam that would be best paired with a blunt inside a dimly lit, smokey room. It’s bass heavy with a cool guitar solo that The Aggrolites’ Roger Rivas keeps pace with on the organ.

Miguel doesn’t have the strongest voice and he’s not hitting high notes or soulful melodies, even the lyrics can be hard to make out or understand, but he’s a great songwriter, producer and is a professor of dub with a background in punk. He likes to conceptualize and flashes glimpse of cross-over appeal as mentioned with the stand-out tracks, but as a start-to-finish record, there’s little to leave a lasting impression outside the aforementioned, but being a longtime biased fan, I welcome it as a great addition to a collection of art put out by a legend.

Written Reviewed By: Mike Patti

[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]

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Sublime’s 2018 Record Store Day Release

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Sublime has been one of Record Store Day’s most consistent participants since the events 2007 inception. You could say that since that time, Sublime has really opened up its back catalog to Vinyl and 2018 will include another early re-release from the Long Beach legends.
Limited to 3500 copies, Sublime has decided to release their very first cassette onto 10″ vinyl to commemorate the groups 30 year anniversary. The re-release will include 4 total songs:
A Side – “Don’t Push” / “Ball Chain”
B-Side – “Slow Ride” / “Date Rape Stylee”

[Related: Sublime’s 2017 Record Store Day Release]

With streaming taking over, it’s important that Record Store Day exists to provide that added value of being able to physically own the music. Sublime understands how important that connection is as they continue to roll out a platform of merchandise, not limited to vinyl, that now extends from everything to new clothing, artwork to a signature beer.

I can’t imagine there being anymore Sublime music that you could possibly put on wax, but one that comes to mind is the limited edition “Doin Time” single that came out in 1996 featuring 4 different mixes of the track, including one by Wyclef Jean and another featuring the Pharcyde — That would be a dope release on a 7″ or 10″ record.

Record Store Day will take place 4/21/2018 — A full list of participating stores for Record Store Day can be found at Sublime isn’t the only participating group of note as Slightly Stoopid, Cypress Hill, Eek-A-Mouse, The Police, Descendents, The Skatalites and Sly Robbie all have exclusive Record Store Day Releases. Whether or not your location will carry all of those specific records on 4/21/18 is another story — See the full list of participating artists by clicking HERE!

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Sublime Website
Sublime Facebook
Record Store Day Website

Article By: Mike Patti

Watch: Sublime – “Date Rape”

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Amp Live Releases New EP ‘Divine Delay’

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These days, most folks will find new music from Amp Live with fellow comrade Eric Rachmany of Rebelution through their side project Unified Highway. Having said that, Amp Live is still pressing on with releases of his own, and just dropped his latest EP Divine Delay featuring 6 new tracks via Strange Focus Records.

Across his illustrious career, Amp Live has assembled quite the resume. Known most notably as an alternative hip-hop producer and DJ with reggae influences across his EDM catalog, Amp Live has been AmpLive_Divine-Delay-Album-Coverreleasing music every year for the better half of a decade. Fans have likely sampled or made themselves closely acquainted with his 2010 release Murder at the Discotech or his most recent studio album Headphone Concerto from 2014. He’s remained well-entrenched in the underground hip-hop scene as well, as made evident having worked with Prof, The Grouch, Eligh and more. And while his releases may not always be in the form of full-length albums, they’re always diverse with plenty to offer.

His new release is no different, comprised of mellow moments, hip-hop beats and trappy EDM influences. The lead-off track “Don’t Stop No Rest” features none other than Eric Rachmany himself – matching his trademark vocals with chill-step instrumentals. “Many Reasons” features the above-mentioned rapper and producer Corey “The Grouch” Scoffern who has collaborated with Amp Live previously; Amp blends a heavy bassline with The Grouch’s hip-hop vocals and it pairs quite nicely.

The album closes with perhaps its most enjoyable track in “Poem for Princess” – a soothing and relaxing two-minute instrumental to lull the listener into a musical trance (I actually almost fell asleep, great ambient moments here). See for yourself and grab your copy of Divine Delay on iTunes by clicking HERE!

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Amp Live Facebook
Unified Highway Website

Article By: Brian Glaser

Listen: Amp Live – “Don’t Stop No Rest” (featuring Eric Rachmany)

Listen: Amp Live – “Signs” (featuring Eric Rachmany)

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Central Arctic Ocean: Next Steps on the Arctic’s Newest International Agreement

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A Bloomberg editorial described it as a “minor miracle” and Quartz magazine called it a “stunning victory” for global conservation in its 2017 retrospective. In December, 10 countries reached an agreement to prevent the start of commercial fishing in the Central Arctic Ocean (CAO) for at least 16 years while scientists study the effects of climate change on this pristine sea. As a member of the U.S. delegation, I’ve had a back-row seat on four years of talks leading to the culmination of this landmark accord. When I left the conference room where delegates had just politely applauded and shaken hands last December, I wondered what the next steps would be to translate this miracle into reality.

A group of lawyers from each country met in January to perfect the language of the text. Next, translators will render it into four official languages. And then, hopefully this summer, the countries will formally sign the agreement and each party will then ratify or approve it. Although the agreement won’t officially take effect until all of the parties have done this—which could take several years—each signatory has a duty to not undermine its purposes in the meantime.

Beyond these technicalities (as important as they are), the next substantive step is to start breathing life into the joint program of scientific research and monitoring called for in the agreement. The first goal of this scientific cooperation, according to the accord, is “increasing knowledge of the living marine resources of the CAO and the ecosystems in which they occur.” Because the CAO has been locked in ice for most of human history, very little biological research has been conducted in these distant waters—beyond 200 miles from Arctic coastlines. As ice recedes, we have an opportunity to conduct this research including: gather and interpret baseline data on the plankton, fishes, whales, seabirds, seals, and polar bears that likely inhabit the CAO; study their interactions; and begin to track changes in ecosystem dynamics and populations in response to continued ocean warming and sea ice melting.

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With a firmer understanding of life in this ocean and its response to climate change, such knowledge can inform the second purpose of the joint program: determining whether fish stocks exist that might be commercially viable on a sustainable basis without negatively affecting this ecosystem.

This kind of research is a tall order in the distant Arctic sea. Fortunately, all the parties to the agreement have scientists who specialize in the Arctic. And many Arctic countries like Russia, Canada and the U.S., as well as non-Arctic countries like South Korea and China, have some ice-breaking research capability that can reach the CAO. In addition, indigenous people who live on Arctic coasts have traditional knowledge to contribute. The agreement wisely recognizes their interest in healthy Arctic marine ecosystems and explicitly calls for the use of both science and traditional knowledge. So, the new joint program has some important resources to employ. It can coordinate existing research capacity and increase its efficacy and reach by helping to build international research teams and data-sharing protocols. It can also incorporate indigenous knowledge by involving Arctic indigenous experts from the beginning.

Now, how to best organize this joint program of scientific research? The Arctic already has a lot of research underway through cooperative networks although none of these projects explicitly focus on the CAO. A recent paper published by my colleagues analyzed the research gaps that the joint program will need to fill, as well as the capacity and geographic focus of existing research networks. They concluded that a new marine science organization was needed. Three panels of international Arctic researchers that convened over the last couple of years in China, Japan and Korea came to the same conclusion. And a similar idea has been recommended by the U.S. Arctic Research Commission and the Alaska fishing industry.

What happens after an agreement like this is signed? The work begins!

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Jimmy Buffett on the Tonight Show

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Jimmy Buffett is scheduled to appear on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon on Thursday March 15th to promote his musical “Escape to Margaritaville”.


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