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The More You NOAA: Score One for Our Ocean

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Nobody said it would be easy. Thank you for stepping up for our ocean!

More than a year ago, we brought you some frightening news. The Trump administration had proposed a shocking $1 billion cut to NOAA, our nation’s premier ocean agency.

After that awful news broke, a remarkable thing happened. From all corners of the country, people that depend on and love our ocean started sharing their stories.  You signed a massive letter calling on Congress to reject harmful cuts to NOAA, bringing together everyone from scientists and ocean experts to local volunteers. You called your Representatives and Senators. You sent them emails and you visited their offices around the nation and in Washington, DC. And we began to see progress, especially in the U.S. Senate, who four months later proposed funding NOAA at much more reasonable levels.

The news media heard you as well, publishing articles from Maine to Florida to Alaska about the threat the proposed NOAA cuts posed to coastal communities and the ocean economy.

This week, we see the results of these efforts. Congress has delivered a final federal budget for this fiscal year that completely rejects harmful cuts to NOAA and replaces them with smart investments in our ocean we all depend on. Programs receiving robust funding include ocean acidification research that is providing tangible benefits to business owners, programs that support marine mammal first responders helping wildlife along our coasts, and the ocean navigation and observation work that protects mariners and out environment.

So thank you to everyone who called and emailed their elected officials, everyone who shared a story about how NOAA helps their job or their community, and especially to every Member of Congress who saw the threat of drastic cuts to NOAA and simply said “no way.”

It worked! We couldn’t have done it without you and we are ready to work with you to hold onto these important investments. Congress funds the government every year for just a single year. So this accomplishment is sweet, but short-lived, and the fight has already started ensure that we repeat this important accomplishment again next year.

But for now, our ocean thanks you, and so do we!

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Buffett talks about Escape to Margaritaville on SiriusXM

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Who does a musical hitmaker turn to for advice when attempting to launch a Broadway phenomenon? Well, Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda seems like a pretty good bet these days. Jimmy Buffett, whose Broadway musical ESCAPE TO MARGARITAVILLE debuts this week, did just that by enlisting his friend to give notes on the show as he was developing it. The two hitmakers talked about their friendship and buzzworthy projects during a Town Hall moderated by Justin McElroy on Buffett’s own SiriusXM channel Radio Margaritaville (Ch. 24).

Encore airings on Radio Margaritaville (Ch. 24): 3/23 at 6am, 5pm 11pm ET; 3/24 at 1pm 10pm ET; 3/25 at 9am, 2pm, 6pm 1am ET; 3/26 at Noon ET; 3/27 at 9pm ET; 3/28 at 3pm ET

Encore airings on SiriusXM On Broadway (Ch. 72): 3/23 at 8am 12pm ET; 3/24 at 5pm 10pm ET; 3/25 at 2pm ET; 3/26 at 7am 9pm ET

When picking the theater for his new Broadway show, Jimmy Buffett wanted to make sure his fans could tailgate in New York City. To his delight, the theater is across from a large hotel that allows his fans to, what he calls, Vertically Tailgate for his show.


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Video: Tunnel Vision – “IDK”

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San Clemente, CA’s Tunnel Vision released their sophomore album Days Away on March 9th via Law Records. The album includes 15 total songs of surf-rock inspired reggae punk accented by horns and soulful singing. Their latest single from the record, “IDK,” is now accompanied by a music video directed by one of their hometown buddies. Go stream Days Away or own it by clicking HERE! Enjoy the song and video…

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Jimmy Buffett wants to play King George in Hamilton

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From The Wrap: “Jimmy Buffett Tells Lin-Manuel Miranda He Wants to Play King George in Hamilton

Jimmy Buffett, the singer-songwriter behind the new Broadway musical “Escape to Margaritaville,” seems to have caught the theater bug — and he’s not throwing away his shot.

In a joint interview with Tony-winning “Hamilton” composer-star Lin-Manuel Miranda that aired on Sirius XM Friday, Buffett said that he really would like to play King George in Miranda’s hit hip-hop musical about founding father Alexander Hamilton.

“I can get some high-heel boots and then there we go,” Buffett said, after performing a few bars of the British monarch’s Act 1 number “You’ll Be Back.”

Buffett even suggested that he take on the role when Miranda reprises his Tony-nominated performance as Hamilton next January for a limited run in Puerto Rico.

“Can you imagine Jimmy Buffett as King George in Puerto Rico?” Miranda said to great laughter.

Responding to an audience question at the Sirius town hall, Miranda had originally suggested that Buffett might make a good George Washington in his show. “I mean, Jimmy is clearly the father of our country,” he joked.


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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!

Related Links:
Morgan Heritage Website
Morgan Heritage Facebook
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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