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Featured Artist – Captn Jac

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Welcome to the Tiki Bar“A boy growin’ up in the heartland, surrounded by acres of grain.”  So goes the lyric from one of the songs on Captn Jac’s new album.  As the grandson of a Midwest farmer and son of a small town construction worker, he spent his youth learning how to plant crops and build homes.  By the time he’d turned 18, he decided on a different chosen career.  Music was to be the driving force in his life.  Since those early days, he has performed as a musician and entertainer in many styles of music.  He has played for crowds large and small all over the United States.  He attended the prestigious Berklee College of Music and performed on master recording sessions in New York, Memphis, and Nashville, TN.  The years spent in school and on the road finally lead him to discover his own voice as a songwriter.  In 2006 during a visit to the Caribbean island of St. Lucia, he was inspired to begin writing the songs that would eventually become the ‘Livin On The Hard’ album.  Released in 2010 by Pilothouse Music, it has been well received in concert and is widely available on most all the Internet music outlets. These days, the Captn and his “Crew” are performing in Florida playing music from the album as well as the “Gulf and Western”, “Trop Rock” and “Conch Country” sounds of other artists.  When the Captn is not performing, he loves sailing, diving, and spending time in the Florida Keys. Check out Captn Jac’s Site HERE


Wildwood seeking proposals for more beach concerts

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WILDWOOD — City officials want concerts like Kenny Chesney and the alternative rock show earlier this year to become regular events on Wildwood’s beach each summer.

To make that a reality, commissioners unanimously voted on a resolution to begin accepting qualified proposals for music festivals and concerts during a special meeting Oct. 17.

Ryan Troiano, who described himself as the “main person coordinating what will be done on the beach moving forward,” said that since the resolution was passed, about five packets had already been picked up from City Hall.

“Wildwood’s not a secret anymore,” he said.

Troiano, who is the son of Mayor Ernie Troiano, was hired in June as the confidential secretary of the commissioner of revenue and finance. He is also a city firefighter. He makes $30,000 in the new position, in addition to the $59,328 he earns as a firefighter.

He explained that the city chose to use requests for qualified proposals to give anyone the chance to pitch their ideas to the city. By doing that, he said, the city could then judge which events will be the most beneficial to the city’s taxpayers.

According to the resolution, “it is in the public’s interest to provide for events and activities on the city’s beach.”  It also states that the value of the concessions is dependent upon the proposals received by the city.

Troiano said that the bid packets explain that there is a $15,000 minimum flat fee to be paid to the city for use of the beach for a music festival or concert. The resolution also states that “there should be no cost incurred by the city because the concessionaire shall compensate the city for any public services required by the event.”

After the proposals are received, the city will then determine which events to allow on the beach. Some of the criteria officials will weigh, Troiano said, include how the city will benefit financially, as well as the aesthetic of the event. He added that the city hopes that the events will help add to the image of Wildwood’s beach as “world-class.”

To help attract potential proposals, Troiano said the city plans to spend the winter working on cleaning up the beach. One small aspect, he said, was power washing all the trash cans and repainting them, as well as other low cost clean ups and fixes.

To keep taxes stable, Commissioner Pete Byron has repeatedly said the city has to further investigate new revenue sources. In Wildwood, that means looking to its expansive beach.

“The beach is the greatest untapped source for potential new revenue,” Byron said earlier this month.


Zach Deputy brings his island-infused sound to Huntington

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Zach Deputy brings his island-infused sound to Huntington

Sep. 29, 2013 @ 11:36 PM

HUNTINGTON – Jimmy Buffett was off by just a day because come Tuesday, everything’s going to be all right.

2011 1201 WkndBestBets MainWell, at least this week.

That’s because Tuesday, Oct. 1 the V Club, 741 6th Ave., welcomes in the gentle Southern soul, Zach Deputy. He is well known in these parts and around the festival scene for his self-described, “one-man show of island-infused, drum ‘n’ bass, gospel-ninja-soul that has the energy and sound of a six-piece band.”

In between gigs in Florida and Kentucky, Deputy drops in for a 10 p.m. concert at the V. Tickets are $12 for the ages 18 and up show.

Deputy, who was chilling at his Savannah, Ga., home trying to finish up his new CD, said he’s stoked to be rolling back into the wild and wonderfulness of West Virginia, a place that embraced the acoustic island soul of Deputy long ago.

“To me it feels like it is family there,” said Deputy, who over Labor Day weekend surprised his friends with a visit to the Phamily Reunion in the New River Gorge, just to hang out. “I remember playing in front of like six people at the Empty Glass (in Charleston) and there being a couple people who were like ‘you are freaking awesome’ and so then the next time I came back I was playing in front of 30 people and then to 80 people and then to sold out. That was really cool to watch West Virginia happen. I felt like they caught on before a lot of the rest of the country. A couple places in the country like instantly got it and all of those places are like one stop from my heart.”

Deputy said that while these days he doesn’t have the ability to germinate most markets from the ground up like that, doing so here in West Virginia, seared his love into the fabric of the scene here.

“I got to watch it happen and be friends with people in West Virginia, like I know a lot of  people by name and they are my type of people,” Deputy said. “They’re people who are willing to help you out. West Virginia is not one of those places I am worried about breaking down in. They’d be like ‘oh yeah, well I’m on my way.’ There’s not too many places like that.”

Deputy said he appreciates that fan love of folks letting him just be his unique self — a South Carolina-raised boy who boils up the musical gumbo that is his Puerto Rican, Cruzan and Irish heritage with looping technology in some more than 250 gigs a year.

“Because my mom comes from the islands and is Puerto Rican I grew up listening to island music like most people listen to Top 40 and then my dad was all into the soul music and Motown music, Deputy said. “When I got into high school I got all jazzed out and then after that I returned to the things that I love. Reggae isn’t something I just got into when I was 18 and decided to play it, that’s not how it works. It has to be a part of your blood and upbringing.”

That ability to soulfully red stripe his music with both reggae and American Southern soul influences such as Ray Charles, has made Deputy a favorite on the festival scene where he’s played everything from Wanee and Mountain Jam to Jam Cruise and Jungle Jam in Puerto Rico.

This fall, he’ll join one of his buddies he met at the jam festivals, Karl Denson and his band Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, for a Ray Charles Boogaloo Dance Party at which Deputy will play a looping set before joining the band as the voice of Charles.

That West Coast tour runs the last two weeks of October and rolls into such historic spaces as The Fillmore in San Francisco.

Deputy said he’s ready to jam it out with the horn-laden Tiny Universe.

“We decided to do this for the first time at Jazz Fest at Tipitina’s in New Orleans and it was just awesome,” Deputy said. “We decided to take it around the country a little bit. I’m always putting projects together as much as I can. I’m a huge Ray Charles fan so I love to be able to go do his songs with the full horn section. We can actually give it the love and attention it deserves and do it right. You can’t have a four-piece Ray Charles tribute.”

Deputy, who is now a father, is also trying to give all the love and attention he can, when he can, to recording his songs.

Known for such records as “Another Day,” Deputy is done with everything but the mixing on a new CD that happens to be completely only his creation from producing to playing all the instruments and singing.

“It’s probably my most eclectic record and it is also the first record I am producing from every angle,” Deputy said. “No one has hands on it except me. I finally made it to this state in my career where I have enough confidence to make my own album, and I didn’t think about making it, which was the beauty of it. I’m just playing and making songs and I’m like oh, there is a whole album here. I kind of like that, I feel more organic about it. When I get home it’s like  it might be one in the morning and I’ll start goofing around and all of a sudden it is 4 in the morning and I need to go to bed. Then I’ll go back out and listen and it will be like this is cool. So I am just trying to let it happen and not trying to force it.”

Deputy said he wants the CD to capture at least some of that spontaneous feel of his rambling live shows.

“I like that feeling,” he said. “It’s kind of like my live shows where you get this one-time experience where we all go places where I didn’t even know I was going to go, and each show is different and I might sometimes go more country or sometimes more hip hop and sometimes way too much funk. That keeps me fresh as an artist.”

Kenny Chesney Tops Hot Tours Chart With $10.1 Million Gross

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Kenny Chesney Tops Hot Tours Chart With $10.1 Million Gross

Kenny Chesney is No. 1 among the current slate of Hot Tours with box office grosses totaling $10.1 million reported from the final two stops on the No Shoes Nation tour. The first concert included in this week’s tally was a sold out amphitheater show in Canandaigua, N.Y. with 14,638 fans in attendance on Aug. 21.  That performance at CMAC Performing Arts Center, the final shed date on the schedule, was followed by a two-night weekend run at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass., the last of 41 concert venues on the five-month tour that launched in March.  With a total attendance count of 109,207 for both performances, the Gillette concerts on Aug. 23 and 24 drew the largest crowds during the tour that included 17 stadium dates.

Behind the Boxscore: MetLife Stadium’s Ron VanDeVeen On Kenny Chesney’s Top-Grossing Concert

Chesney’s No Shoes Nation tour wrapped with ticket sales topping $90.9 million from 44 performances.  With an overall sold ticket count of 1,186,925, it is the tenth consecutive Chesney tour to pass the one million mark in attendance.

Eminem ranks fourth on this week’s list of ten top-grossing tours with totals reported from his Aug. 22 performance at the Stade de France in Paris, one of the dates from his brief European tour during August.  Touring behind the release of his new single “Survivor” and prior to the November release of his next album, the rapper played to a sellout crowd of 71,542 at France’s national stadium.  With a slate of support acts that included Kendrick Lamar and EarlWolf featuring Odd Future artists Tyler, The Creator and Earl Sweatshirt, the concert grossed €4.5 million ($6.1 million) at the box office.

Phish earns this week’s No. 5 Hot Tours ranking with multiple-show runs in two western U.S. markets during its 2013 summer tour that began in early July and ran through Labor Day weekend.  This week’s tally includes $2.6 million in grosses from two dates promoted by Bay Area concert producer Another Planet Entertainment.  First was a two-night stint at the Lake Tahoe Outdoor Arena at Harveys casino in Stateline, Nev. on July 30 and 31 with sellout crowds for both shows.  Three sold out performances followed at San Francisco’s Bill Graham Civic Auditorium on August 2, 3 and 4 with a total of 26,288 tickets sold.

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Intimate evening with Mayer, Mayer and Kirby

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Thursday, September 5, 2013

Scott Kirby


DOVER — Join Peter Mayer and Scott Kirby with special guest Brendan Mayer at Rivermill at Dover Landing for an intimate evening of incredible music and songwriting on Thursday, Sept. 12. Show 7:30 p.m. — doors open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $30 and include complimentary valet parking and are available by visiting

Peter Mayer and Scott Kirby have been collaborating for the better part of 20 years, since they met in Key West during the recording of Jimmy Buffett’s 1993 Album Barometer Soup. The combination of Peter, his son Brendan and Scott Kirby only happens a handful of times per year and the Rivermill show on September 12th is the only appearance in northern New England in 2013.

Peter Mayer will perform from his extensive repertoire, including from his new release, Goodbye Hello, which features incredible and inspired interpretations of his major influence, The Beatles. As a guitarist, vocalist, and songwriter Mayer has melded a unique and multifaceted writing style, a distinctive voice, and inspired musicianship to create compelling and accessible music that is electrifying in live performance. Mayer has culled influences from his childhood in India that ranged from traditional Indian music to The Beatles, and from his studying and teaching Jazz guitar at Webster University in St. Louis. Add the many years that he has shared the stage with Jimmy Buffett’s Coral Reefer Band, James Taylor, Mac McAnally, Sonny Landreth, Don Henley and others, and you begin to trace the musical storyline of Peter Mayer. Visit for more information.

Peter Mayer

New Hampshire native, Scott Kirby, one of the most requested artists on Sirius XM Radio Margaritaville, brings his brand of coastal-inspired folk rock sometimes referred to as “beach folk” to the stage. Although the comparison to Jimmy Buffett is natural because of Scott Kirby’s coastal life, his storytelling style of songwriting and often humorous live performances are reminiscent of folks like Harry Chapin, Jerry Jeff Walker and Steve Goodman with a dash of James Taylor thrown in. Kirby released his first studio CD in 1993, and followed up with four more through 2007 before his latest release “Row Me Home” in 2009, and he continues to tour extensively around the country appearing at festivals, clubs and theaters, performing more than 100 shows each year. for more information.

Brendan Mayer joins the tour for the second year. Brendan has been performing all around Nashville with the recently formed group, Brendan Mayer and the Marathon in addition to performing dozens of dates internationally as a duo and trio with Peter Mayer. Visit for more information.


Seating is assigned on a first sold/first assigned basis at a mix of 4-person and 6-person tables. Only tickets purchased together will be guaranteed seating at the same table. Additional standing room and high-top cocktail tables are available on a first come/first served basis the night of the event. Please go to for directions. A cash bar and light menu will be available.

Rivermill is located in the heart of downtown Dover, NH with a variety of great restaurants for you to choose from close by. Located at Two Washington Street in Dover, Rivermill at Dover Landing is the newest event space on the Seacoast. This artfully restored mill features high ceilings, exposed brick and panoramic views. Rivermill at Dover Landing is available for weddings, functions, corporate events and charity fundraisers.

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Quick Note From Dani Hoy

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It’s been a little while since I sent out a letter. Maybe that’s a good sign? The Summer has flown by, busy and crazy. Autumn is approaching and, happily, things are slowing down on the weekends. I’ve learned a lot this year about gigs and I’m going in a different direction next year, concentrating on events and concerts that will highlight my songs. I’ve written over 30 of them so I have plenty to play for you!

“Songs of Love & the Ocean” is doing very well having been released on August 22nd. I’m mailing out the pre-orders as quickly as I can and working on fulfilling the rewards for my Kickstarter folks. The CD Release party at the Big Owl Tiki Bar was a great success and I’m thinking the one at The Sandbox on September 14th is going to be a great time as well! I’ll be joined by Frankendread on percussion and Rudy Cox on bass. There is a a possibilty we will have a “celebrity chef” cooking for us and I’m excited about it! On September 15th we will have a brunch on The Deck on Perico Island just a short drive from The Sandbox. So, for $20 you get a night and a day of entertainment, my new CD, great food and a wonderful party! Get your tickets at this link!

This weekend I’m headed to Ohio for a house party at The No Name Yard on Sunday. Monday night I’ll be with Dennis King on Island Time Radio from 10pm-1am. Tune in for live music, songs from the CD and some giveaways.

At the end I head West for shows with Brian Fields in Albuquerque and then Sam Rainwater in Tempe in his backyard. Oh the tequila shots… &

Of course at the end of October I’m off to Key West for a week of music! I’ll be playing all over town between the last day of Fantasy Fest and the end of MOTM. I have lots of songwriter showcases and some other stuff in the works that will be coming together soon! Key West is my favorite place to be and where lots of great things happen for me. I wouldn’t miss Meeting of the Minds for the world!

Check out the links below to order your copy of “Songs of Love & the Ocean” if you haven’t gotten it already! Hope to see you down the road!

Hearts and waves,


Jimmy Buffett’s mellow ‘Songs From St. Somewhere’ includes Mardi Gras gem

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I have a new goal in life, thanks to Jimmy Buffett: I want to spend so much time drifting from one island paradise to another that I get completely careless about which one I’m actually on. “Where are you?” folks back home will ask when I take their calls. “Ahh, Saint somewhere-or-other,” I’ll reply, fiddling with the umbrella in my cocktail.

The tropical troubadour’s brand-new album is “Songs From St. Somewhere,” and if that sounds a bit jaded, the Gulf Coast native takes pains in his liner notes to explain otherwise. He gives credit to St. Barthelemy in the French West Indies as one of the sites where recording took place. And he explains that St. Somewhere is more a state of mind. “St. Somewhere is not a place you can get to by consulting your GPS or going on Google Earth … Music is the compass that charts your course to this imaginary rock,” he writes.

Still, when you can’t even come up with a real fictional name for your imaginary rock, you’re pretty mellow. And this is, even for Buffett, a relaxed album. His vocal approach is so easygoing that on some tracks it sounds more like spoken-word storytelling set to music than singing.

But he does invest himself in the stories, and they’re what stand out about this particular collection. A classic Cadillac and the circus performer who loved it? The ne’er do-well who steals a car from a Russian mobster? This is enjoyably weird stuff.

Buffett visits all his favorite ports of call, as he’s surely entitled to do at this point in his career. Want some jokey near-novelty songs? Here’s “Too Drunk to Karaoke,” with Toby Keith, and “Einstein Was a Surfer.”

Want to travel vicariously to some exotic locales? Cue up “Rue De La Guitare” or “I Want to Go Back to Cartagena.” Want some of those philosophical numbers where he arcs from his beach-bum image to metaphysical musings? Turn to “Somethin’ Bout a Boat” or “Tides” or “Colour of the Sun,” or check in with the “Oldest Surfer on the Beach.” (The last features guitar ace Mark Knopfler.)

In the middle of it all is “I’m No Russian,” an epic about a joyride in a borrowed Lamborghini. The real marvel isn’t that the references to drone warfare, the assassination of a Russian expatriate in England and the forcible suppression of a female Moscow punk band are all so completely facetious: it’s the song’s six-and-a-half minute runtime and Buffett’s funky willingness to delve deep into a shallow scenario.

A couple of notes on local flavor:

Firstly, Mobilian Will Kimbrough, who has worked with Buffett in the past, is featured as an “honorary Coral Reefer.” He’s credited as co-writer on “I Want to Go Back to Cartagena” and “The Rocket That Grandpa Rode,” and Buffett also includes a cover of his “Soulfully.”

Secondly, the rest of the world might miss this, but Mobile-area listeners won’t: In “Serpentine,” the pirate sings with considerable heart about the impact that Carnival season had on his formative years.

Beads and confetti were littering the air

When the Queen looked at me with her Ava Gardner stare

Though tomorrow would bring ashes and penance by the ton

Mardi Gras’s where I learned to have fun

There’s a flambeaux man with a gold earring

And the cold north wind smells like kerosene

I’m still in love with the Carnival Queen

Still want to wrap her in Serpentine

Like much of “Songs From St. Somewhere,” it’s on the mellow side. You couldn’t second-line to it. But I’ll bet you could slow-dance to it. And I’ll be that here in Mobile, at least, people will.

By Lawrence Specker | 

Photos from Southern Drawl Band’s Invasion of Clearwater, FL

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Photos from Southern Drawl Band’s Invasion of Clearwater, FL – October 2012

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