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Featured Artist – Jimmy and the Parrots

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Grab your beach chair, your suntan oil, and your favorite drink, and get ready for a trip to the islands! From the West Indies and Jamaica to cities all over the US, Jimmy and the Parrots have been playing to delighted crowds for over 10 years. The band has performed at the annual Meeting of the Minds Parrot Head conventions in Key West, Florida, as well as well-known Key West venues such as Schooner Wharf, Sloppy Joes, The Rum Barrel, and Rick’s Cafe. Additionally, the band has rocked the original Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville Café stage on Duval Street several times to rave reviews.

Internationally, the band has traveled to Ocho Rios, Jamaica, Basseterre, St. Kitts, West Indies, Cap Cana, Dominican Republic, and the Atlantis Resort in the Bahamas. They’ve been part of two Yea Mon cruises; the first found them performing on board as well as during our port stop in Nassau, Bahamas, at Senor Frogs. Our next cruise will have them performing during our port stop in Key West; there will will take the stage at the Smokin’ Tuna Saloon.

The title track from their debut CD, “Yea Mon,” was included in a beach music compilation CD entitled, “Thongs in the Key of Life, Vol. II.” In October 2004, they released their CD of all-original tunes, “Better Than New,” to rave reviews. In March 2006, they released “Island Jam,” a 3-CD set, which has already sold over 40,000 copies nationwide. That was followed up with another 3-CD set, “Sun Jams, and most recently, the band released another CD of original tunes, “Back to the Bayou.”

One of the most requested Jimmy Buffett cover bands in the country, Jimmy and the Parrots perform not only all the great Buffett songs you love, they also play new and classic rock ‘n roll, as well as outstanding original songs written by lead singer/guitarist Jimmy Maraventano. Their cover songs include favorites by the Beach Boys, Zac Brown Band, Toby Keith, Jerry Jeff Walker, Harry Belafonte, and Bob Marley, among many others. The band truly appeals to all ages and all musical tastes.

Jimmy and the Parrots wrote a beautiful anthem to commemorate the SS United States . The Conservancy would like to personally thank Jimmy Maraventano and his band of Parrots: Lance Hyland Stark, Jimmy Maraventano, Jr., and Hal B. Selzer.

Additionally a personal thank you to Manager Mary Beth Rotella for providing the lyrics which follow.

Words and Music by Jimmy Maraventano
Copyright 2010

She floats as only she can
Proud and majestic is she
Colors of grandeur none can compare
Could you picture her on the high sea

Kings and queens were the guests of her time
Persons of fortune and fame
Can you recall the time it was
When the whole word would utter her name

She’s a symbol of America
Built with American hands
She cuts through the seas with amazing ease
She stills holds the Blue Riband

Flagship of our nation
The strongest and fastest to date
We cannot stand by we will not accept
That this is to be her fate

Her contours split the horizon
Defying the endless tides
Though faded and rusting you’ll see right through
Her beauty her grace and her prime

But now broken, alone, no place to call home
She sits and wait patiently
To ride the waves, fly her flags
Fulfill her destiny

She’s a symbol of America
Built with American hands
She cuts through the seas with amazing ease
She stills holds the Blue Riband

Flagship of our nation
The strongest and fastest to date
We cannot stand by we will not accept
That this is to be her fate

For fifty odd years she continues to fight
The ravages of the sea
Time will win out as it always does
Fade into history

Now is the time is to hear her call
Let’s end these years of neglect
A second chance to serve again
She deserves at least that much respect

For she’s a symbol of America
Built with American hands
She cuts through the seas with amazing ease
She stills holds the Blue Riband

A symbol of America
Her namesake the United States
Let’s do this for our country
Before it is too late.

A symbol of America.

“Honest to God, I loved Jimmy & the Parrots more than anybody I saw all weekend. And as you know, everybody else was great too! The energy on stage, the sound, the songs, everything, loved it! Can’t wait to see them again sometime in the future.”

Dennis “DK” King
Island Time Radio Show, WBWC 88.3 FM
Berea, OH

“Our Beach Party was a success, and we’d like to personally extend our thanks to you and the members of Jimmy and the Parrots for providing us with the music to guide our night along. We estimate more than 550 people attended this year’s inaugural event. Your upbeat attitude and harmony kept the event running smoothly. We would like to extend our deepest gratitude to all of you and congratulate you on a job well done!”

Lisa O’Neill
Ocean County Parks and Recreation Department
Toms River, NJ

“Jimmy and The Parrots were fabulous. Guests of all ages were dancing in place, moving and grooving as they walked around the show. I even noticed that the catering staff was choreographing their food and drink service to the beat.

One senior executive at PNC commented to me that she thought it was the best Flower Show Dinner yet because of the band — she thought Jimmy and The Parrots made the party. That is quite a compliment considering PNC has been doing this event for 15 years.

It was a pleasure working with you all. ”

Barbara Sheehan
Sheehan Events
West Chester, PA

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Featured Artist of the Week – Howard Livingston & the Mile Marker 24 Band

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Howard is a native of the mountains of eastern Kentucky. His mother spawned his love for music by introducing him to the guitar at age five. While the love of music never did leave him, his career pushed him in a different direction. While building his business, he traveled to the Florida Keys, where he developed a severe case of “Keys Fever” He never wanted to leave. The more he visited, the more music, and the keys called out to him. Finally, he surrendered. The islands called both he and his guitar. He teamed upo with this group of talented musicians and Mile Marker 24 was born and the island music goes on and on.

Howard Livingston and the Mile Marker 24 band are the real deal and an all original tropical island band capable of supporting both small and large events. The band has recorded five studio CDs filled with over fifty all originals that always please the crowd. The band is also flexible and fully functional from an intimate two-piece to a ten-piece including a horn section. Howard is also available as a solo performer. The music of Mile Marker 24 offers universal appeal with an easy going lilt and sway that celebrates the human spirit while being underscored by steel drums, guitars, marimba and subtle strings.

Mile Marker 24 has been on the fast track, growing in popularity from the most popular band in the Florida Keys to clearly a favorite nationwide.

Livingston’s self-released fifth album, Tunes in a Tropical Key, provides the latest example of this carefree caress. Like his four earlier efforts, Livin’ On Key West Time (2005), Meet Me In The Keys (2006), Blame It On The Margaritas (2007), and I’m Living on an Island (2008) much of the new album is based on Livingston’s life – the life he loves in the Florida Keys. Songs that share his love for the Florida Keys (It’s A Pretty Good Life), to the humorous (Get Your Own Cousin & Tropical Nightmare). This album joins Livingston’s other albums as a soundtrack to a lifestyle – the lifestyle of flip flops and tank tops!

Livingston and company have become known as a Portable Party Machine supporting corporate events, weddings, and tropical parties. With the 1952 Johnson outboard motor – turned margarita maker – that became well known when making margaritas with Al Roker (Today Show), Dave Price (CBS Early Show), Sam Champion (Good Morning America), and Samantha Brown (The Travel Channel), Livingston performs many events in the Florida Keys, fairs and tropical parties in the Southeast US, and tours the Midwest and Eastern USA. He has shared the stage with the likes of Mac McAnally, Little River Band, Cowboy Troy, America, Jerry Jeff Walker, Hank Williams, Tim McGraw, Big and Rich, and Keith Urban. Livingston has also been a headliner act at Meeting of the Minds (2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011), Jimmy Buffett’s annual international fan club convention.

All Information copied from Howard’s Website

10 Questions for Jimmy Buffett By Jimmy Buffett

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Is it still fun? Be honest.—Peter Smith, MERRIMACK, N.H.
Yeah. I wouldn’t do it if it wasn’t fun. You know, I just played a show in Virginia where 26,000 people stood in the rain to hear us. That makes a mark on you. We’re showing people how, in a pretty crazy and whacked-out, dangerous world, you can still have fun.

What is the most memorable concert you’ve ever attended?—Barbara Bernacchi, CHICAGO
Back in 1976 I was, I think, in Chicago, and Bob Marley was touring then, and I didn’t know who he was. I was working a little club, and a waitress told me, “You gotta see this guy.” I went, and it probably changed my musical life ever since.

If you could work with one artist you haven’t already worked with, who would it be?—Thomas Schisler, BALTIMORE
Jerry Garcia and I had always talked about doing a Parrothead-Deadhead show together. Unfortunately, we can’t do that now. I love what Jack Johnson does. He believes in what he does, and it works. I know how that feels. I would love to do a big show with Jack.

When you’re writing your books, do you do a lot of revising, or does it just come out nearly the way it ends up?—George Wolfe, CONCORD, N.C.
Oh, no, it’s edit, edit, edit. It’s almost like getting a boat ready to go to sea. You’ve still got a countless number of things left to fix, but you’ve just got to go, “O.K., everybody get on the boat. We’re going, ready or not.”

“Party with a purpose” is the motto of many local Parrothead fan clubs. Do you have any new plans for helping your followers do more good in the world?—Julie Eliza, TALLAHASSEE, FLA.
I think if I lead by example, that’s the best thing. I come from a pretty environmental kind of background, but I’ve got toys [yachts, planes, etc.]. So you know, the obvious thing next is to try to green myself up first and lead by example. It’s a hard one, but I’m working on it.

What is your opinion of the U.N.’s removal of Everglades National Park from endangered status?—Debbie DeNeese WILTON MANORS, FLA.
You know, I don’t know enough about it right now. Is it good news? Just based on personal experience and under this Administration, anyone who announces that something is off an endangered list, I’d be looking for bulldozers behind ’em, you know? [Laughs.]

Who do you like in the next presidential election, and why?—Dave McCrudden, NORRISTOWN, PA.
I am still looking because I’d like to see a little bit of something out of the norm. Coming out of this presidency and the damage it has done everywhere, I think that there’s a great opportunity. I travel, and I see that people abroad have a very amazing way of loving American culture even if they don’t like our politicians.

Your music got me through some pretty stressful deployments. Have you ever done a USO tour?—Nathan Methvin-Terry, CHICO, CALIF.
I have not been to Iraq or Afghanistan. But I work a lot with a veterans’ organization called Wounded Warriors. No matter what I think of the ridiculous way this war has been carried out, I think we owe those kids something, and I am going to do what I can to help.

After all your success, what’s left?—Chris Hildebrandt, PITTSBURGH, PA.
When it is all said and done, I am going to teach. There comes a point where you want to share your wisdom if you get to do the things I’ve done. Of course, if you want to see me teach, I don’t think I will be at Fargo in February. You might have to find me at the University of Hawaii.

Can we switch places for a day? You know, I go fly around the Caribbean, and you work my lame-o day job?—Stephen Feinberg, OAKLAND, CALIF.
Switch places for a day? Well, I don’t know. I got it pretty good. I never had a real day job. I consider this a summer job, but it has lasted quite a long time. I would suggest you go out and look for a summer job. Maybe you will have as much luck as I did.

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If Jerry Jeff Walker had never driven you down to Key West, what would you be doing now and where would you be doing it? —Zach Cato in Madisonville, Kentucky
If Jerry Jeff hadn’t driven me to Key West, I would have gone anyway. It was definitely on my radar. I had been there in college and had been very, very much acquainted with the literary history of Key West. Key West didn’t have really much musical history then—it was much more of a literary history, and a history of a really interesting, intriguing place at the end of the road, so I would’ve gotten there anyway. It’s just I opted for going in luxury with Jerry Jeff.

Do you enjoy listening to your own music and what’s your favorite album of yours? —Carson Grubb in Spokane, Wash.
You know, I don’t listen to me much. I listen to Radio Margaritaville [on Sirius satellite radio]. The good thing about having your own radio station is they play everything you ever did. [laughs] That is not something that happens in normal earth-bound, terrestrial radio. So as I’m cruising along, I more or less listen to Radio Margaritaville because I hear things and I go “wow, that song’s pretty cool, maybe I should put that back in the show.” That has happened a lot since we had the radio station.
I think the favorite album is Volcano, not necessarily for the contents of the album, but it was the adventure that went along with it… the whole idea of how we went to this island against a lot of odds and in crazy situations and actually came out with an album on an island that literally blew up later.

I’m a long-time fan who now lives in Reykjavik, Iceland. This North Atlantic island has something special that I think you’d appreciate. What are the chances of bringing Continental Drifter here? —Michael Sheehan in Reykjavik, Iceland
Well, I actually have been to Reykjavik and Keflavik several times because it’s a stop when I fly back and forth—‘cause I’ve flown the Atlantic a lot. Iceland is the natural land bridge across the North Atlantic. I’ve been to the Hard Rock there, I’ve been salmon fishing, I’ve been to the pools. I like it. It’s kind of interesting because, you know, in the summertime, it never gets dark there. I was exploring that once: the theory of how you go out at night even when there’s no night. The Icelandic people have figured that one out. It’s a beautiful, beautiful country. [Continental Drifter is] my boat — in its third version right now. I’m looking at the Scandinavian countries that have very good boatyards there, because there’s a possibility of a fourth version. And if there ever was a fourth boat, we could well drop a hook in Reykjavik.

Do you sometimes wish you were still a small-venue troubadour instead of a really rich guy with a lot of toys and way more responsibilities? —Linda McDaniel in South Fulton, Tenn.
No. You get dealt a deck of cards and you go where you wanna go. And, I can be a small-time troubadour and still be the same person. I’m looking at the next ten years of what I’m going to be doing performing-wise, and if you look at what has just happened, I mean, I’m playing less large shows. In the beginning of this year I did a show in Anguilla, just on a little island next to St. Maarten, because I thought it would be cool. Then I went to Paris about 3 weeks ago and played a 400-seater. So there’s a lot more of that kind of stuff on my agenda. Right now I’m pretty happy with the balance of going and doing smaller venues, which we definitely still do, as well as looking at neat places to play and then still playing [big shows] to the faithful.

I go to Margaritaville in Las Vegas several times a year, but I never see your band playing there. When is that going to happen? —Julie Geer in Seattle
My band has played there. We played there several times. We opened the place. The great thing is the unpredictability of when and where we might show up in a small venue. We know how cool it is when you do that because people don’t expect you to do it. I kind of got the idea from the Rolling Stones many years ago: they’ll go play little small venues, because when you come out of those places you feel so kind of at home. It’s where you got good.

What is your opinion on our latest immigration woes along the border? —Mario Quintero in Indio, Calif.
You can’t lump everything into one piece of legislation, I don’t think. I think we are a country of immigrants and I see hardworking people every day who come here and I believe it to be our greatest asset. So you better not be throwing the baby out with the bathwater. Just look at who is driving cabs and who is in the kitchens. It is the latest people who got here, you know? It’s the entry-level jobs. You can sit there and raise all the hell you want about an immigration bill and building borders. But we all seem to assimilate pretty well, that is just my attitude on it. It is a tricky issue but I don’t think we are built to be an isolationist country—we never have been.

What was your best experience while a struggling singer and songwriter? —Barbara Bernacchi in Chicago
I think it was the first time that I heard somebody who had recorded one of my songs. It was an old country singer called Lefty Frizzell and the first song of mine that anybody else recorded was called “Railroad and Lady.” I was living in Nashville and trying to make a living as a songwriter as well as a performer, which was really hard, because nobody wanted to hear what you had to say. It was very competitive and very controlled. Still to this day, very few people recorded my songs, but the list is pretty cool. It includes Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, and people like that. But after that first one, yeah, you figured you were in the game.

Do you think you will ever really retire? And if so, what will you do then? —David Harty in East Norriton, Penn.
There is the answer to your question. What would I do? As long as this is fun and I am healthy, it’s an amazing run. I go out for a show and I have to pinch myself. Longevity is not something you get into songwriting for. We are four decades into this and still going strong and I am just eternally grateful, so leaving it would be very hard for me. It is kind of like Joseph Campbell used to say: if you have found your bliss, it is like a great old car. You don’t want a new car, you just want to paint the bumper, change the seat cover: you just want to treat it well, not get a new car. That is how I feel about performing. Retiring is not an option for me, because what else would I do? I have plenty of time to go do the things I want to do now, but there is still something very unique about getting on the stage, that very few people get to do. And I am not quite ready to not do it.

As a survivor of an era of drugs, booze and crazed behavior, what was the moment that helped you transition to the next stage of creative fulfillment? —Mak Wolven in Den Haag, Netherlands
When hangovers started turning into surgical recovery days, I figured I couldn’t lose this time or this gift. I had to do something about it.

How do you stay in good health and condition at your age? —Rick Sintes in Las Vegas
I am an avid surfer. I surf every morning I possibly can in my summer home up in New York and when I am in the Caribbean. Not only is it fun, but just ask anybody who does it: there is much more to it than just the fun of riding a wave. There’s the exercise part and the fact that it is a very connected thing. I consider it almost like religion, since I am not a very religious person. I think the ocean is the place where I am most peaceful on this planet. So I ride my bicycle, I surf and I do a little yoga. So far so good.

You have multiple albums with an awesome variety of music. Why do the radio stations only seem to have two of your songs on hand? —Dolores Gormley, Scottsdale, Ariz.
Well, I think that’s the way radio has always been. It is a controlled business—you have to sound a certain way to get on it. I never altered my music to do that. I made some albums where I might have bent my music, and they probably weren’t some of my best efforts. But I always knew that if I had that parallel performing career, radio wouldn’t be a real important thing for me. What was nice was having people pay their hard earned money to come in and have you entertain them for a couple of hours. That was much more important to me, always.