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Deep In Our Hearts – from Carol Ewald

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Hey Beachbums…..As most of you know, we lost our precious DJ Jeff this week.  The Beachfront is cloudy and we are all hurting from his departure.  But we are a family and will hold each other up and the music will help us escape and the sun will shine again.
Included with this email is a free download of St. Somewhere’s “Deep In My Heart”This was a special song for him (us) and will be for all of us because he IS deep in our hearts.Just click on the link above.

On Wednesday, Oct. 30th – from 12-5 (EST) there will be a “Celebration of Life” at the Smokin’ Tuna for Jeff. If you can not be there physically, you can tune into the Tuna Cam and join the celebration. There will be tributes to him at so many of the events during the week. Someone even said on a post that if Jimmy shows up this year…he will be upstaged by Jeff, LOL..

His passion was Beachfront Radio and the music, but also the Phins To the West DJ Jeff Fund.  This Fund helped relieve so much stress and when you’re dealing with a terminal illness…you need every stress reliever you can find.  But his wishes were that it goes onto help others.  That was Jeff…always thinking of others. So we hope you will donate in his honor on the Taking Care of our Own website..The Phins to the West  event has always been an amazing “Party with a Purpose” just as so many others are and they were the full backers of the Fund.  We hope you go out and support these events all over the country that Party With A Purpose. .

The Beachfront will NEVER be the same without him but the music has to go on. Your outpouring of support and love has not gone unnoticed and his loved ones and family. It has been amazing and so comforting.

As we head into the biggest phlocking, MOTM in Key West, he would want us to celebrate the music there as he was “Keeper Of The Flame”.  For many of us, it will not be the same without him but he lives through every song that is sung and will be missed by so many.

Carol Ewald


Greetings from Key West! Loren Davidson

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Greetings from Key West!

Today is my fourth day in the Keys, and I’m having a marveous time! A lot of you are here too, and that just makes it more fun.

Some of my friends have had time to listen to the new CD, “Of All the Rum Joints.” Several of those people have listened to it more than once, and like it more with each listen. That’s extremely gratifying to hear.

Some of my friends had a tough time getting here, because of the Muckin’ Great Storm. Some came early before the airports closed; some still aren’t here. My thoughts and prayers go out to those affected by the storms, with hopes that you’re staying safe and healthy and that things get back to normal soon.

I’ve written a blog post about my first few days here, that barely begins to cover it. Hope you enjoy that.

If you’re in the Bay Area, the party’s heading your way next week. My West Coast CD Release show will be at Forbidden Island on Sunday the 11th, and I hope you’ll come by. It’s worth it just for the decor and tiki drinks, but the music and the friendship will be worth it as well.

I hope to see you someplace soon!


Meeting of the Minds November 3, 2012 Entertainment

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Saturday, November 3rd, 2012. Key West, Florida. Meeting of the Minds!

Here is your schedule for the day as promised!

Here is the link to the Meeting of the Minds schedules that are now are now up on the web:

Just before I start with the schedule I want to tell you about a new discount you can use for the entire year of 2012 while visiting Key West. Many of you already have a Key West Bar Card in your wallets and purses from 2011. Now we have a special deal worked out just for you. You can get your card in advance and help out one of our favorite PHiP charities at the same time! Check out the link below for all the details!

Now on to the schedule! Starting our day on the beach at the Casa Marina will be our old friend Jim Hoehn!

An author of A Father’s Guide to Birth, Babies and Loud Children, Jim is a Milwaukee-based journalist and songwriter who discovered early that putting pen to paper was a legitimate way of avoiding any form of manual labor, leading to a career path that has included newspapers, magazines and wire services.
Hoehn currently resides in the world cubicle journalism as a production coordinator for JS Online, the website of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. For 11 years, he wrote a monthly magazine column, “Father’s ‘Hood,” described by one reader as “Erma Bombeck meets Dave Barry,” which won national recognition in the humor category from Parenting Publications of America.
A midlife crisis turned Hoehn’s writing attention toward music, where he has carved out a surprisingly successful niche as a performing songwriter despite a musical philosophy of “Six strings, five fingers, three chords, no problem.” As a songwriter he has performed at numerous festivals and events around the country and has opened for a wide variety of national artists, including the likes of Warren Zevon, Jerry Jeff Walker, Todd Snider, James McMurtry, Junior Brown, Robert Earl Keen, Don McLean, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and a memorable evening with songwriter-turned-mystery novelist Kinky Friedman.
Through a combination of shameless self-promotion and clerical errors, Hoehn also has appeared on a number of radio and TV shows, including The Mitch Albom Show on MSNBC.

Jim is a real talent and we all know him as a really nice guy. His stories and original music are not to be missed!

The 5th Annual Trop Rock Music Awards are up next! The Trop Rock Music Awards were established in 2007 to formally recognize the hard work, promotion, and preservation of the Trop Rock Music genre. Over the years, the program has grown to include 18 categories.

This awards show will be kicking off our Saturday Beach Bash at the Casa Marina this year and there are sure to be some performances from some of your favorite artists!

Be sure to join us at 1:00 on the beach and make yourself comfortable in a chair with your stock of cold beverages as we have a show set for you that is sure to have you rocking all the way through the night!

The Young Rebel Goombas hail from Long Island, New York. Tropical rockers, their sound is not so easily pigeonholed. Each member brings a rich and varied musical background to create the luscious Goomba sound.

Goomba means family. Like a big family, they share songwriting duties, and sometimes they bring friends into the mix.
I will tell you this band loves to have a good time on stage. The combination of decades of talent on everything from the heavy percussion and guitar playing inspired from Southern rockers like Duane Allman and Dicky Betts will have you out of your chair having a great time. Not to mention you get to hang with a couple of Emmy-winning band members for a two-hour set! See you there!

Next up is the Castaways Rhythm and Roll Review!

The Castaways were formed when pirates ran their land yacht aground and they found themselves marooned on a deserted island in the mountains of Appalachia. This splendid isolation allowed the Castaways to create their unique style of “Rock with a groove” music. “Incorporating many styles into the pocket” is their credo and it seems to be working… check out their high-energy antics on the main stage Saturday night!

I’m not going to tell you anymore about this band except I would make sure you have your fresh beverage in your hand when they take the stage.

You won’t want to miss a moment of this act!

Jimmy and The Parrots!
Everyone knows these guys can set a stage on fire; literally that was part of the act a few years back at Meeting of the Minds! I thought that was a very cool moment! They are as great performing the music as they are playing it!

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.

Finally. It’s time to announce the headline act for Saturday night!

Ladies and Gentlemen, all the way from Texas, Robert Earl Keen!

“The Road Goes on Forever and the Party Never Ends!” In this case the road does end right on your stage at the Casa Marina! The Robert Earl Keen Band is going to give you a show you won’t forget right under the beautiful palm trees with the moon shining across the water!

Here’s a link to a video of this awesome song being performed on Austin City Limits:

As singer/songwriter Robert Earl Keen has built a reputation as one of the nation’s finest musical storytellers, he has been guided by several self-imposed rules and traditions that are often the antithesis of music industry standards.
It’s a formula that has worked well for Keen since he began performing in 1981 and paving the way for a generation of songwriters and performers who make a living on the road. He paints musical portraits that are as vivid as sunsets over the great southwest and stories that are as compelling and timeless as Cormac McCarthy novels. But what separates the Americana music pioneer from other songwriters is that he matches this lyrical literature with irresistible melodies, resulting in music that attracts thinkers and dancers alike. His songs are infused with such deep insight and humor that a new meaning and perspective is revealed with each listen, allowing his songs to grow more profound with time. That’s why artists including George Strait, Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash, Lyle Lovett and the Dixie Chicks have chosen to record his songs over the years.
“For our generation of songwriters, he is the Townes Van Zandt, the songwriter’s songwriter,” says Randy Rogers, lead singer of the popular Randy Rogers Band. “I believe his place in the Hall of Fame is in stone. The places I have been fortunate enough to play all had Robert before anybody else. There was no scene until Robert created it. His formula works. Period.”

Here is a nice link to a recent video of Robert talking about his 16th and latest release “Ready for Confetti.”

“Merry Christmas From the Family”
Here’s a link to a video of a song for you to practice singing:

Folks Saturday is going to be one great party adventure from beginning to end!

Don’t forget to register! This will be a party you can’t miss!
Book your room at the Casa Marina now! The room availability is shrinking fast and we want to see YOU there. The last time I checked in with the Casa this past week we were over 70% booked!

When calling the Casa 888-303-5717 or 305-296-3535 to book your room we’d like to remind you to be sure and use the discount code “ZZPAR4” to get the Parrot Head Rate!

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Remember…LIVE RIGHT NOW! Tell ALL your friends and neighbors to tune into Radiomargaritaville at 6:00 PM EDT on Saturday night. Our friend Kirsten will be on the air and she will give you a little rap and a song or so about YOUR headline act for MOTM 2012 on Saturday night. Robert Earl Keen! So don’t miss it! Gather some friends, put the party on, and crank your Sirius XM radio UP!

Be sure to tell all your Parrot Head friends to “Like” PHiP, Inc. on Face book.

I’ll see you Sunday at 6:00 PM EDT for the final MOTM schedule update of the week!

Until Next time, I’ll see you, down the road.

Andrew Talbert
PHiP Director of Conventions
Meeting of the Minds 2012
“Another Trip Around the Sun”

Meeting of the Minds November 2, 2012 Entertainment

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Friday, November 2nd, 2012. Key West, Florida. Meeting of the Minds!

Here is your schedule for the day as promised!

Here is the link to the Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday schedules which are now up on the web:

Mike Broward starts the day off on the beach stage behind the Casa. Enjoy the morning as you lounge in a chair or even in the pool and listen to his music.
Mike is a solo entertainer and a recent transplant to the Nashville, Tennessee area. He works in a nation-wide niche of music that caters to the Trop-Rock crowd. He does club dates and many fundraisers, concerts and songwriter shows.
Mike has been associated with ASCAP since 1991, as a writer and publisher. Mike also works as a freelance writer for Premier Guitar magazine doing product reviews and profiles. Mike’s music is heard around the world on different Trop-Rock desk-top radio stations, and was recently used on MTV. He will make your morning a great one as the sun comes up over the stage on the beach. Check him out!
Now it’s on to Duval Street! We will have the street blocked off for our party right in front of the original Margaritaville! The crowd will be there and you will be feeling the excitement bouncing off the buildings around you. The palm trees will be swaying in the breeze and the drinks will be flowing cold in your hand.

The first band up is Michael Armstrong and the Key West Band.

Michael Armstrong, lead singer for the Key West Band since 1996 has released his recently released his first independent project, “This Ain’t The Tropics, but It’s Gonna Do”, featuring members of the Key West Band and guest appearances by John Patti, Doyle Grisham and Mac McAnally. The music will feature Trop-Rock with a bit more country flavor and should appeal to all Parrot Heads and music fans.

Key West is the band to have for a high-energy night of Caribbean influenced music. Voted the number one party band by the Roanoke Times and Best Local Band of 1997, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005 & 2006 by the Roanoker Magazine, Key West has opened for many national acts including The Tams, The Drifters, The Coasters, The Kingsmen, Jan and Dean, The Box Tops and Cravin’ Melon.”

Special guest and Coral Reefer Band member Doyle Grisham will be on the stage at the Duval Street party so be sure you acknowledge him!
You are going to love The Key West Band as they take the stage on Duval Street!
Jim Morris!
Headlining the MOTM Streetfest this year will be Jim Morris and the Big Bamboo Band!

Jim Morris is an articulate singer songwriter with a devotion to storytelling. Whether it is a thoughtful ballad about doomed love or an anthem to a night of drunken revelry, the listener can always count on well-crafted songs with carefully drawn characters, clever lyrics, and satirical charm.
Although Jim’s musical style is admittedly reminiscent of Jimmy Buffett and Jerry Jeff Walker, he has a knack for defying categorization. He mixes a whimsical island sound with a splash of Texas to produce a sound that is uniquely Gulf and Western.
Jim grew up in Georgia and has a heritage rich in music. His grandfather led a dance band, and everyone in the family either played an instrument or sang. At age 10 Jim taught himself to play the guitar by listening to Hank Williams records. After college (BA in English and graduate studies in English and Human Resources Management) while pursuing a career in human resources management, he continued to write songs and dream of the day when he could do it full-time. “After I graduated, I wanted to be a drifter and a writer; instead, I settled for corporate executive and closet entertainer.”
During his 15-year corporate career, his job allowed him to live in several interesting locales, such as Montana, New Orleans, and St. Simons Island, all of which would figure prominently in his writing. Following a business trip during which he renewed his love affair with the southwest coast of Florida, Jim took the leap he had been contemplating for some time and left the corporate world for good.

So fast-forward to November, 2012. You and over 3,000 of your closest friends will see a show on Duval Street that you can only experience at Meeting of the Minds. It’s that feeling when the parrot heads completely take over the street for an afternoon throw-down! Jim and his awesome band will be there will his legion of fans and it is a sight you will remember for a long time to come!

That will wrap the show downtown. I want you to hurry back to the Casa Marina for something brand new this year. Radiomargaritaville DJ JD Spradlin will be on the beach stage at 7:00 to play two and a half hours of the best classic and contemporary beach music! We are calling this the Friday Night Beach Party!

Have you ever wished you could go to Myrtle Beach and shag with the crowd there? Maybe you are a regular in the clubs on the South Carolina coast! Are you a fan of the West Coast sounds of the Beach Boys and Dick Dale? Remember the Ventures? Surf music? Frat parties?
Well you will be able to dance to your hearts delight on this Friday night! If you have never been to a beach music party this will be your chance. The beach will be lit and the music will be loud! All we need is You!

I will make some additional announcements about this event in the coming weeks so be sure to plan to pack your dancing shoes when heading down the road this year to Key West!
After the Beach Party winds up at 9:30 there will be a special Friday Night Jam with Jerry Diaz.

Jerry is hosting an invitation-only event of Meeting of the Minds musicians that you will really enjoy! The plan is to have a jam session which will combine some of your favorite artists trading licks and you just know that spontaneous sparks will fly! In fact you never know who might show up to play! That is always the cool thing about jam sessions. Don’t be the person who hears the story of how great this event was the next morning! Be there! We will see you there! This is a great way to end a day in Key West. Right on the water behind the Casa Marina…
Remember to go register. This will be a party you can’t miss!

Also be sure to register and book your room at the Casa Marina now! The room availability is shrinking fast and we want to see YOU there.

When calling the Casa 888-303-5717 or 305-296-3535 to book your room we’d like to remind you to be sure and use the discount code “ZZPAR4” to get the Parrot Head Rate!

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Before I go I need to add a couple of important things.
First I want to recognize the efforts of two PHiP Board Members. First the lady, Charlene Schultheis! She is our Director of Finance and a lady who really helps keep the wheels on the whole event.
Also I want to mention a guy most of you know. Director of Membership Bob Heffelfinger. He is the go-to-guy for all things Parrothead and PHiP.
Be sure to thank them for all the work they do behind the scenes all year to make the Parrothead Club life a great one! You ROCK!

Oh yeah! A nice thing for ALL of you to know! Tell ALL your friends and neighbors to tune into Radiomargaritaville at 6:00 PM EDT on Saturday night. Our friend Kirsten will be on the air and she will give you a little rap and a song or so about YOUR headline act for MOTM 2012 on Saturday night. So don’t miss it! Gather some friends, put the party on, and crank your Sirius XM radio UP!

I’ll see you Saturday at 6:00 PM EDT for the next MOTM schedule update! And I should say you might want to make your reservations now ahead of the rush…

Until Next time, I’ll see you, down the road.
Andrew Talbert
PHiP Director of Conventions
Meeting of the Minds 2012
“Another Trip Around the Sun”

Meeting of the Minds November 1, 2012 Entertainment

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Thursday, November 1st, 2012. Key West, Florida. Meeting of the Minds! Here is your schedule for the day as promised!

Here is the link to the Wednesday and Thursday schedule which is now up on the web:

It’s registration day. Thanks to our awesome registration chair Rick Fyffe and his co-chair Kathy Pfister as well as the many MOTM volunteers we are going to get you through that line in a record time. In the meantime we are going to make sure you have some awesome entertainment to listen to as well as a cold drink in your hand.
I should mention that all those gift bags have nice things in them thanks to PHiP board member Pege Wright and hard working volunteers like Robert “Bojo” Johnson. We also have a new person helping this year by the name of Rae Anne Swan. When you see these folks be sure to thank them for all the hard work. They work hard for YOU! And yeah we are all going to have a great time!

Brent Burns will be keeping everyone smiling throughout the morning as you register and visit with your friends. Music Ambassador of the Alabama Gulf Coast Convention and Visitors Bureau.” in 2008, Burns won three awards in the first ever Trop Rock Music Awards. Burns won “Entertainer of the Year,” “CD of the Year (for “Ragtops and Flip Flops”)” and a special WAVE award for his charitable work. 2010 brought more Trop Rock Music awards, CD and Song of the Year for “I’ve Got A Beach in My Backyard” and Songwriter of the Year.
Burns was all over the national scene with his songs and videos, “Pain At The Pump” and “Drill, Drill, Drill.” After the videos were posted on You Tube, CNN interviewed Burns and used “Pain At The Pump” in their special “4 Bucks! What’s Next? America’s Fuel Crisis.” When the BP oil spill struck his beloved Gulf Coast in April 2010, Burns took the oil giant to task with his song, “Drill, Drill, Drill.” The song and video were featured on CNN’s Headline News. Burns first tapped into the American public’s anger over rising fuel costs in response to the oil shortages of the 1970s and 80s. Burns wrote the hit song, “Cheaper Crude or No More Food.” The song sold 200,000 copies the day it was released and climbed the Billboard Charts after radio commentator Paul Harvey played it three times. It is the first and only song ever played in Harvey’s nearly 50 years of radio broadcasting.
A portion of Brent’s CD sales goes to charities including the American Cancer Society, Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo, and Habitat for Humanity. Brent is a great guy to listen to and to meet! Be sure to shake his hand as you go through the line for your credentials…in between songs of course!

Mark Mulligan who hails from Mexico is up on the beach stage by 11:00. Here’s what Mark will tell you: And God knew JUST what he was doing when he denied me fame and fortune. Cause I ended up south of the border, singing and writing songs, raising my kids in a place I love, spending time on the beach instead of in traffic, singing for people who dance to my tunes one night and the next day join me for charitable work with the “Castaway Kids”. Just think, had I scored that hit record, I could be in rehab by now…or maybe off trashing a hotel room and getting arrested for the tenth time. In the meantime you can visit his web site for more hints about his talent. I will tell you Mark skipped the part about being a great entertainer. Be sure you check him out and pick up a couple of his cds!

Thom Shepherd! Thom is not to be missed. If you have heard “Redneck Yacht Club” you know Thom’s music. He has written Grammy nominated songs and has a long list of artists recording his songs from George Jones to Montgomery Gentry, actually the list goes on and on.

He has moved from Nashville to Texas and we are pleased to have him at MOTM. His current single is “Band Aid On a Bullet Wound” and you can check that out on his web site.
I think this taste of his music will only wet your appetite for some more of his music. Be sure to check him out and take home a stack of his cds. I’ll see you there!
Jerry Diaz! Jerry Diaz is a songwriter, solo performer, and founder of the band “Hanna’s Reef”. The son of a merchant marine (R.L. Diaz) from the coast of Venezuela, and an artist (Irene Rivera) from Mexico, Diaz has both the nautical spirit and the gypsy flair running through his veins. Born and raised on the upper Texas coast, Jerry gives listeners a glimpse of the coastal lifestyle in just about every song he writes. From songs about Key West, Florida, to songs about New Orleans, and the Texas beach towns that he’s grown up in, Diaz takes you on a musical journey of boats, beaches, and bars.
As a songwriter, Diaz has accumulated quite a catalog of songs that have been enjoyed throughout the Gulf Coast, for the last several years. Jerry founded the band “Key West” in 1993, and performed with that band until April of 2002. During that time, Key West recorded three albums, which featured many Diaz originals. It is with Key West that Jerry developed his trademark high-energy “tropical” songwriting style that folks have come to know and love.
The story continues but you should know Jerry will be on our beach stage and YOU will enjoy it. If you haven’t registered you might want to consider doing that now before reading on!

At 5:00 on the main stage you will find the local favorite “Howard Livingston and the Mile Marker 24 Band
Howard Livingston and the Mile Marker 24 band are the real deal. They are an original tropical island band who has recorded five studio CDs filled with over fifty all originals that always please the crowd. 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.
Howard and company have become known as a Portable Party Machine! 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 all over and we are fortunate to have him on our stage once again at MOTM! 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. You will have fun so be there and be the one smiling while talking about this experience the next morning!

Homemade Wine! This band made quite an impression when they graced the stage at MOTM so they are back again this year!

Some say Homemade Wine is a tropical rock band. Some say Homemade Wine is a country band. Still others insist Homemade Wine is a southern-rock acoustic band. While any or all of these could apply, it is safe to say Homemade Wine is intent on creating a new genre of music, their own genre of music.
Be there for this band. Thursday night, we are going to have a great time!

John Frinzi and Friends!
Well all I can say is this is a MOTM tradition. John always attracts some of the cream of the crop musicians who are down for MOTM each year and they manage to pull off some really cool jam sessions.
I will let a little secret out. Coral Reefer Band member Doyle Grisham will be there on pedal steel guitar and you are sure to hear some really cool sounds from this gig.
There are other possible special guests due to come by and this show is not to be missed!
The friends on this stage in the past have been people like Freebo and others who have played on many of your favorite albums in homes all across America. Be sure to hang out for this one! I’ll see you there.

That’s it as by the time all this music stops it will be Friday morning in Key West and the moon will be high over the water.
Next up! Another fabulous MOTM Friday Streetfest!

I should mention two new PHiP board members who are working hard to bring MOTM to you this year…Your President Chris “Papa” Zuest and Secretary David Cohen.
Tomorrow I will introduce the rest of the PHiP Board but the point is they all work hard to make sure YOU and I both have a great time. And they Rock!

Remember to go register. This will be a party you can’t miss!

See you Friday at 6:00 PM EDT for the next MOTM schedule update!

Until Next time, I’ll see you, down the road.

Andrew Talbert
PHiP Director of Conventions
Meeting of the Minds 2012
“Another Trip Around the Sun”

Meeting of the Minds October 31, 2012 Entertainment

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Wednesday Meeting of the Minds October 31, 2012 Entertainment

You veterans know many of them and for you who haven’t seen these artists before you won’t forget a moment of this fun!

The online link to the schedule is:

Note you will only see one day of schedule at a time each night beginning today!

Be sure to register and book your room at the Casa Marina now! The room availability is shrinking fast and we want to see YOU there.

When calling the Casa 888-303-5717 or 305-296-3535 to book your room we’d like to remind you to be sure and use the discount code “ZZPAR4” to get the Parrot Head Rate!

Booking online you will not need the booking code.\1028/index.jhtml?WT .

To register for MOTM please go to:

First, WEDNESDAY. it’s bag-stuffing day!

Latitude will be performing to bring the energy to the crowd of volunteers starting at 08:30 AM.

Since 1996, Tom and Michelle Becker have been keeping the music flowing and the good times going with a fresh mix of beach, dance, and party favorites that’ll make even a “toe-tapper” jump into the conga line!
Sun-Kissed Melodies, Tropical Vibes and plenty of “Island Attitude” have made Latitude one of the most popular Artists in Trop Rock Music….but that’s not all
Tom and Michelle’s music brings sunshine, palm trees, sandy beaches and coastal breezes to fans worldwide — they’ve performed in 26 states, Europe and the Caribbean, and have the distinction of being the first Beach Music band to perform in Switzerland!
Latitude has performed at the National Jimmy Buffett Convention, “Meeting of the Minds” in Key West — FOUR TIMES!

Next up is Rob Mehl.
He is self-described as pretty mellow performing folk-style beach ballads and stories with little bit of jazz. He’s been blessed with a gift that lets him travel to beautiful places all over the world. Tropical waters and musicians like Gabby Pahinui, Kui Lee, Jerry Santos, Astrud Gilberto, Harry Nilsson, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Walter Wanderly, Marty Robbins, Paul Simon, Michael Franks and James Taylor have influenced his music.
Don’t miss his nylon-string guitar and ukulele as well as his storytelling in between songs! He’ll be right on the beach stage behind the Casa Marina!
Wes Loper!
Next on the Casa Marina stage…Growing up and residing on the South Alabama Coast, Wes Loper progresses into stardom and entertains professionally across the region. He has performed along the gulf coast for the past eight years and continues to mix Rock, Country, Blues, and Folk music to create his own style with a funky, beachside feel.
He finds a common ground with the audience and infuses his own flavor until everyone is singing along with the music. His shows are exciting, his voice is outstanding, and his fans are never disappointed.
Sunny Jim!
James “Sunny Jim” White was born in San Antonio, Texas. His earliest memories of live music are steeped in the sounds of the Texas swing bands to which his parents danced. The Texas twang of his guitar is part of his sound even today. James spent part of his adolescence on the Texas Gulf Coast in Corpus Christi, which sparked in him a love for the beach, surf music and the mystery of the eternal sea. He landed a gig at the world-class Hyatt Regency Grand Cayman and Britannia Resort where he was artist-in-residence for more than a decade. Life in the Caribbean was good!
He is a regular on Jimmy Buffett’s Radio Margaritaville, broadcasted on Sirius Satellite radio. A piece of trivia I really like is Sunny Jim was also a performer in the Tom Cruise movie “The Firm.” Cool huh?
For the past ten years, Sunny Jim has been an invited performer for “Meeting of the Minds,” the annual national Parrot Head Convention held in Key West, FL. He has also hosted fellow tropical troubadours at his yearly Sunday Songwriter’s Showcase at Blue Heaven, which has become a “must-attend” event for many wrapping up a wild weekend in Key West. Sunny Jim is also host of the annual Six String Music Festival in New Orleans.
Kelly McGuire
Kelly has made a living at music for 15 years before starting to write songs. Now 5 CDs later with songwriting awards, an Album of the Year award from the Texas Music Awards as well as nominations for Entertainer of the Year & Producer of the Year- he is living a dream!
He currently resides in the Clear Lake/NASA area of Houston near Galveston Bay and many of his songs reflect the Gulf, Boats, Islands, Sailing, Beaches, Buffett , Belize and his years as a yacht broker. There are also fan favorites about Life , Love, Guitars, Daughters & Mom & Dad!
He’s another regular on Radio Margaritaville, he is not to be missed!
Tall Paul and Kristie Bopal
This is a duo that will rock your socks off.
Drawing from church choir to marching Band, college bars to concert stage, Kristie’s vocals really get your attention.
From her love of Country music as well as an extensive Rock background, she has just last year recorded a cd with the help of several friends, many of whom are top session players in her home of Nashville, TN, “Blissful Magic Moment” is destined to find a frequent place on your playlist!.

Tall Paul (Paul Bobal) was born in Cleveland, Ohio and raised in Virginia Beach, VA, where he played keyboards in “garage bands” from the age of 11. After seeing Doc & Merle Watson perform for freshman orientation at Appalachian State University, he taught himself to play acoustic guitar and started playing the coffeehouse circuit in North Carolina. He then joined Stoney Creek, a band that opened for Hall & Oates, The Doobie Brothers, and Jimmy Buffett, before striking out on his own after graduation. Since his move to Nashville, Paul has played most of the clubs in the state as well as developing a southeastern college circuit where he currently performs to enthusiastic crowds, playing almost 200 dates a year! He has numerous cds to his credit and I know you will love this duo on the stage just a few feet from the beautiful clear water behind the Casa Marina Hotel.
Tropical Soul
To end a perfectly great day in Key West Tropical Soul will take the stage. Dennis McCaughey, (lead vocals, rhythm guitar and harmonica) is not a stranger to the Central PA music scene. He formed Tropical Soul twelve years ago, and prior to that, has been a member of the duos, Double Play and Jigsaw and his resume also includes a solo career that lasted several years. He has released four CDs, Days like These, in 1996, Tropical Soul, in November, 2000, No Plans At All, in November, 2004, and a live recording, We’re All Here, Come Hell or High Water, in November 2008.

Tropical Soul performs 150 plus shows per year, and Dennis performs another 40 or 50 as a solo artist. These appearances include openings for national artists such as Jimmy Buffett, Scott Kirby, Peter Mayer, Mac McAnally, Club Trini, and Bill “The Sauce Boss” Wharton, St. Somewhere, and have performed with John Frinzi, Doyle Grisham, James “Sunny Jim” White, Tall Paul and Crawdaddy, the Calypso Nuts and Jimmy and the Parrots, among many other Trop Rock artists. Musical collaborations include R. Scott Bryan, who spent five years with the Sheryl Crow Band and who played percussion and produced the Tropical Soul, No Plans At All and We’re All Here CDs, and Tina Gullickson, of Jimmy Buffett’s Coral Reefer Band. In addition, both Peter Mayer and Doyle Grisham of the Coral Reefer band played on the No Plans At All CD.
Plan to hang with us at the stage on the beach at the Casa Marina on Wednesday! We’ll see you in the crowd!

And don’t forget, the Thursday MOTM 2012 schedule will be posted tomorrow! Same channels, same time! Thank you Ms. Charley Gingrow for your talents on the web page. You rock!
Andrew Talbert
Director of Conventions
2012 Meeting of the Minds
“Another Trip Around the Sun”

Key West 2011 MOTM Summary from Tall Paul

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Key West 2011 MOTM Summary


this year’s event started out great, stayed that way throughout the week and even ended large!

the night before we left home we went to margaritaville in nashville to see don middlebrook play… several music city phins were in attendance and don was “on”

once on the road, our first stop was orlando and margaritaville there… our friend JD was broadcasting radio margaritaville live that day so we got to see him do his radio thing… he pulled me in to the booth and he let me do a quick run down on this year’s upcoming MOTM and then introduce “last train to kitty hawk” which he played next… my first time on radio margaritaville!

after a few drinks with JD, we went to see charlie d’s band play… charlie has a bunch of cool young cats in his band (including his nephew joey who rocks the electric guitar)… the band should be called charlie d’s school of rock since he is single handedly teaching these guys songs that are older than they are and, in doing so, keeping the songs alive

on to naples

we played a halloween party for the amazing grace swinford on saturday… the calypso nuts joined crawdaddy, kristie & me plus john patti, jimi papas & john friday did a few tunes… a huge turn out and loads  fun

on to key west

we had a 1-5pm show monday at hogs breath so sunday was a relaxing “calm before the storm” kind of day culminating with the drive thru the keys

monday at the hog started out wild and rocked the entire day… only a few songs in, a huge crew from a cruise ship invaded us… they had been drinking since breakfast and the energy level skyrocketed instantly… as we were adjusting i look up and see a couple really good friends from knoxville in that crowd grinning at me! what an awesome surprise… they stayed with us a couple hours, kristie did a few songs from her brand new CD and the crowd was “in it”!!

after the show we checked in to our ‘house for the week’ with the “nuts” and settled in for a long fun week

tuesday was another hogs breath show… this day, however, was more a listening crowd which allowed us to tell a few more stories, pull out some obscure originals and  grab some covers from the secret song vault!! the big crowd hanging on every note, crawdaddy & kristie on fire and a picture perfect day made for quite a show

we joined jd, mr frinzi, freebo, patti cakes and several of their friends for dinner at el siboney… a “must do” on my list each visit to kw

wednesday was my “welcome to key west” songwriters event sponsored by beachfront radio… this year was the 2nd annual event using this name

there were about 17 songwriters playing on the beach at the southernmost cafe in perfect weather…. highlights of the day for me were tropical soul, freebo, the goombas, dennis davis and sunny jim sporting a 12 string!

once we got packed up, we got dinner (again at el siboney) with the sunny jim family then headed down duval… we caught up with several friends and saw others performing… i do believe drinks were also consumed.. heather from tropical soul, lynley from the calypso nuts and kristie debuted a new act at the hog’s breath that evening called “girls rule”… their harmonies and energy really got the crowd going… everyone was cheering!!  we stopped in to key west kate’s surprise party and caught the peter mayer and friends show at smokin’ tuna before ending up at the casa marina pool bar with brad brewer, saxophone jedi from virginia beach, catching up on things and plotting and scheming the next few days’ antics

thursday was a BIG day

our official MOTM show at the casa marina started the day off at 1… we bolted from there and snuck in to kelly mcguire’s light house songwriters show to do a few songs, rushed over to the bottle cap to set up for and perform kristie’s CD release party, grab some pizza at bobalus, then set up and play at the green parrot… kristie may have been a touch nervous before her release party, but a few notes in, she took control of the stage and made all those songs totally hers…brad brewer was phenomenal at adding color and emotion to several songs…  the crowd response was fabulous and the room was absolutely full!

i have always wanted to play the green parrot and this was finally my day… i had invited a few folks to join in and everything fell in to place in a wondrous manner… crawdaddy & I got there first and set up… the band for the fist set was: freebo on bass, brad brewer on sax, chris baer on percussion, tom johnson on keys and “country” dave edmiston on electric lead guitar… all i can say is that it was a magical night… all the players were on their game and the music simply flowed… after our first long set, the band morphed throughout the rest of the night… tod sheley joined in on percussion and there were appearances by both jimmy maraventanos, several members of homemade wine and “big daddy” danny hall… it was a difficult cloud to come down from later that evening!

friday began with a duo show at dante’s highlighted by a newlywed couple requesting and dancing to “walking in memphis” then mr. buffett himself took the stage at the street fest and played for about 45 minutes for the thousands that were packed onto duval st… then we had a show for the virtual club at the bottle cap… brad and lynley joined crawdaddy, kristie & I for a real fun set while robbie experimented with crawdaddy’s new camera! we had a very good dinner at camile’s before heading to the hogs breath for another “girls rule” set and then pretty much collapsing (after an interesting incident with a tow truck)

saturday was supposed to be fairly laid back… right

we had our rum barrel show from noon till 4-ish… kristie, crawdaddy & I, calypso nuts & john friday were the musical performers and the rum daddy, paul artrip, provided deals on libations and introduced me to a very interesting rum… ron barcelo imperial

we went over to our friends’ boat for a visit with jeff & michelle, brent & tammy and kelly & brian in preparation for joining jimmy and the parrots on the main stage at the casa marina… this show is always extremely high energy and FUN… this year was no exception… the coral reefers went on next to close the day and enchanted us all… we got to spend a few minutes backstage catching up and telling stories before going back down to the halo for nightcaps and more stories

sunday kristie & I each had a time slot at sunny jim’s blue heaven songwriters event… we went up together and swapped songs with the sunny one accompanying us both.. there was ANOTHER “girls rule” set ant hogs breath (this thing is catching on!) then we cruised ducal saying hi to homemade wine & country dave along the way… we ended up at margaritaville for the boat drunks show with freebo sitting in… they did a cool beatles mini set highlighted by “the night before” with spot on harmonies! THEN rich sambora takes the stage and tears up the encores… it only seemed fitting to wander down to our favourite late night watering hole for drinks and tales… we closed the place!

monday was check out day and driving back to the mainland… john patti was gracious in allowing us a place to crash while we did our last couple shows together… drinks and storytelling was the order of business

tuesday we went to the linger lodge in bradenton for lunch… if i said the alligator chowder was amazing, it would be an understatement… the calypso nuts headed towards navarre and john kristie & I went to port charlotte for the parrothead club monthly meeting… we exected a potentially laid back show since MOTM was only days earlier, but over 200 parrotheads came out and parties with us, singing, dancing and drinking the night away… more poolside stories fueled by bobaritas and damaritas brought tuesday to a close

wednesday… BACK to the linger lodge for alligator chowder (seriously!) then a stop at the tervis store before driving to n. ft. myers and a gig at al’s tiki bar… i’ve known al & grit for several years and was excited to be playing at their brand new place… and a cool place it is! good vibe, nice tiki decor and great food.. there were probably equal part locals and parrotheads and everyone told us how much they enjoyed it…. that is a great feeling at a new place

we said our good byes and headed north after the gig

I drove to somewhere between valdosta and atlana before i couldn’t go any more… kristie took over and got us home by lunchtime!!!!!!!!!


Willie T’s MOTM Web Cam Schedule

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John Friday – 4:00-7:00


Jimmy Parrrish & Band – 6:00-10:00


Capt Josh – 3:00-6:00

Jimmy Parrrish & Band – 6:00-10:00


Conch Fritters – 12:00-5:00

Jimmy Parrrish & Band – 6:00-10:00


Conch Fritters – 12:00-5:00

Jimmy Parrrish & Band – 6:00-10:00


Capt Josh – 1:00-4:00

John Friday – 5:00-7:00

Trop On!

The Teddy Bear’s Fantasy Fest/MOTM Schedule – John Friday

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Tuesday, October 25th
Rum Barrel, Key West 7:30-11:30 pm
Wednesday, October 26th
Willie T’s, Key West 1:00-4:00 pm
Thursday, October 27th
KOA Campground, Sugarloaf Key 6:00-10:00 pm

Friday, October 28th
Aloft Hotel Tapestry Park, Jacksonville 8:30-11:30 pm

Sunday, October 30th
Freaky Tiki Party, Ft Myers 3:00 pm-???

Tuesday, November 1st
Willie T’s 4:00-7:00 pm
Wednesday, November 2nd
Dante’s (Big Owl/AG Welcome Party) 11:00 am-3:00 pm
Sebago Fury w/Jerry Diaz 5:00-7:00 pm
Rum Barrel w/Brent Burns 8:45-9:15 pm
Schooner Wharf (Midwest regional Party) 10:15 pm-??
Thursday, November 3rd
Rum Barrel 3:00-8:00 pm
Friday, November 4th
Green World Gallery w/Jimi Pappas 11:00 am-12:30 pm
Island Dogs Bar 1:00-5:00 pm
Saturday, November 5th
Rum Barrel 7:30-11:30 pm
Monday, November 7th
Willie T’s 5:00-7:00 pm

I’ll also be stopping in here and there to meet & greet!
Hope to see you all on the island!

Courtesy of John Friday


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Trop Rock Music Award Winner

Hey Friends!
There are some last minute changes to Brent’s schedule for MOTM and the trip to Key West! Here is the schedule as of this minute! If you aren’t in Florida and/or going to Key West, hit “delete” NOW! J
Thursday, October 27, 7-10PM
Rapscallions, 4422 Land O’ Lakes, Blvd., Land O’ Lakes, FL
Friday, October 28, 6-9:30PM
Venice Train Depot with Sunny Jim, 303 E. Venice Ave., Venice, FL
Doors open at 6PM, music at 6:30, $15 at the door
Saturday, October 29, 6PM
House Concert, Pine Island, FL, Contact Cindy for details,
Sunday, October 30, 2-5PM
Nav-a-Gator, 9700 SW Riverview Cr., Lake Suzy, FL
Monday, October 31, 7-9PM
“Welcome to Key West” reception
Jack’s Seafood Shack, Crowne Plaza La Concha, 430 Duval St., Key West 
Tuesday, November 1 and Wednesday, November 2, 7-10PM
Songwriters Showcase, The Rum Barrel, 528 Front St., Key West, $5 at door
Thursday, November 3, 8-11AM
MOTM Registration, Casa Marina patio, Key West
Thursday, November 3, 9AM-9PM
MOTM Mini-mart, Keys ballroom, Casa Marina, Key West
Thursday, November 3, 1-4PM
Jack’s Seafood Shack, Crowne Plaza La Concha, 430 Duval St., Key West
Friday, November 4, 9AM – Noon
MOTM Mini-mart, Keys ballroom, Casa Marina, Key West
Friday, November 4, 1-4PM
Jack’s Seafood Shack, Crowne Plaza La Concha, 430 Duval St., Key West
Friday November 4, 5-7PM
Sunset Cruise with Jerry Diaz – SOLD OUT
Friday, November 4, 9-11PM (NEW TIME!)
Margarita MAFIA Trop Rock Music Awards, Casa Marina, Key West
Friday, November 4, 11PM-1AM (NEW TIME!)
All Star Jam, poolside, Casa Marina
See you in Key West!