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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”

Midwinter Meltdown heats up Manassas

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Twelve years ago, Ally Taylor and her husband were bored during the long stretch of winter. The pair of Parrotheads – loyal fans of Jimmy Buffett – decided to throw a February party in their Centreville townhome with live tropical music, food and friends.

When the party returned the next year to more fanfare, Taylor thought it might be fun to do it on a larger scale.

With the help of their home club, Parrotheads of the Old Dominion, that small townhome party morphed into the Midwinter Meltdown. The annual celebration, held at the Best Western Battlefield Inn of Manassas Jan. 27 to 29, offers Parrotheads and like-minded folks a way to break up the chilly monotony.

Pirates of the Potomac, a Northern Virginia group of Buffett fans, is partnering with Parrotheads of the Old Dominion on the event.

Taylor estimates the Meltdown, now in its 10th year, hosts 250 to 300 people from across the country each yearly.

Parrotheads adhere to the mantra “Party with a Purpose,” and the Midwinter Meltdown doesn’t stray from that. Event proceeds from the festive weekend benefit SERVE, a local organization that helps families on the path to self-sufficiency.

“We’ve put together three days of music and fun, and the benefits have always gone to SERVE as our charity of choice,” Taylor said. “The businesses of Manassas have been very supportive of us, especially with SERVE being a local way to help people out.”

Most of the musical acts are in a similar vein of Buffett’s “trop-rock” style, though a few rock bands are included in the lineup as well. Plenty of local and regional acts combine each year in a musical mishmash on stage.

“A lot of these bands know each other, so what happens is a crazy collaboration from bringing people from different bands on stage and creating these very different sounds,” Taylor said. “And that really is kind of the beauty of Midwinter. If you’re a live music fan, what happens spontaneously on stage can be very fun to watch.”

The first night kicks off with the groups Without Static and the Calypso Nuts.

“Those two acts are good friends of ours that are a much a partner to us in this as the Parrothead club is,” Taylor said. “They are really the soul of Midwinter from a musical perspective.”

Other acts throughout the weekend include Ted Garber, John Frinzi and John Patti, Ramajay Acoustic and Tropical Soul.

For those grooving from a distance, Island Dreamz Radio will broadcast the entire weekend

Even with the strong Parrothead presence, Taylor stressed the event is open to anyone in search of a good time.

“Anyone who comes should be ready for a lot of fun and some really great music – and know that they’ll be tired Sunday,” she said with a laugh. “They will come away hopefully having met some really great, fun people, and hopefully come back next year.”

In fact, she added, it’s not unusual for friends to reunite year after year, a symbol of the Parrothead nation in a broader sense.

“We’re lucky that we’ve had this great event for 10 years, and we’re all like family together,” Taylor said. “We’re just a bunch of adults acting like children.”

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2012 BAD BOYS OF TROP ROCK – The Pyrates Behaving Badly on BeachFront Radio

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MOTM Hog’s Breath Saloon Web Cam Schedule

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Tall Paul & Crawdaddy – 1:00-5:00

Tropical Soul – 5:30-9:30

Hugo Duarte – 10:00-2:00


Tall Paul & Crawdaddy – 1:00-5:00

Tropical Soul – 5:30-9:30

Hugo Duarte – 10:00-2:00


Rob Mehl & Friends – 1:00-5:00

Tropical Soul – 5:30-9:30

Hugo Duarte – 10:00-2:00


Rob Mehl for SBPHC – 10:00-12:00

Rob Mehl & Friends – 1:00-5:00

Tropical Soul – 5:30-9:30

Hugo Duarte – 10:00-2:00


Rob Mehl & Friends – 1:00-5:00

Tropical Soul – 5:30-9:30

Hugo Duarte – 10:00-2:00


Rob Mehl & Friends – 1:00-5:00

Tropical Soul – 5:30-9:30

Hugo Duarte – 10:00-2:00


Tropical Soul – 5:30-9:30

Hugo Duarte – 10:00-2:00

Hog's Breath Saloon - Key West

Hog’s Breath Web Cam

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CD Review: Little Summertime – Dani Hoy

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Summer is a season we all relish as the time we can spend out-of-doors, running off to the warm sunny beaches, lounging by the pool with our margaritas, and not having to bundle up just to walk out to the car. Luckily for us, Dennis McCaughey and Tropical Soul has bottled summer up and applied to a shiny silver disc called Little Summertime.


With eleven original songs, there’s plenty of summer to soak in. The overall feel of the CD is breezy and joyful with an acoustic rock sensibility. Many of the cuts feature John Patti on steel drum and Doyle Grisham on steel guitar. The title song, which is the first cut on the CD, starts the fun right off the bat. “Little Summertime” the song is up-tempo from the first ukulele strum to the tight harmonies and handclaps over the chorus. “Richest Man in the World,” my personal favorite, has a wonderful strut and the chorus is infectious. It’s a great story, too, about making that musical leap into the unknown and the joy of doing it. “Made for You and Me” is a delicious duet between Dennis and Heather Sneeringer. It’s a very danceable romantic tune with gentle, easy harmonies. “Sweet Love” kicks up the country feel with background mandolin picking behind the chorus. This is a solid hit with Jere Groft on full drums and Doyle Grisham’s steel guitar. After hearing this one live I’m happy to hear it in full production on the CD.


Little Summertime doesn’t slow down much, but when it does it’s a sweet and rewarding change. “Paint the Sunset,” a song about making memories last, features finger-picking acoustic guitar and a prominent, sweeping steel guitar. Jere’s hand drums add to the mellow feel. Heather’s jewel-tone voice gives us “Light and Magic,” a hook-laden reggae bop. “Big Fish, Cold Beer,” co-written by Dennis and Alex Leist, is a straightforward rockabilly tune with a great driving beat and Crawdaddy wailing on the harp. The chatter over the end is priceless.


The CD rocks on with “Laidback Life” and “If Tequila Won’t Do It.” The beautiful and wistful “Back to the Boardwalk” is a soft acoustic ballad featuring Heather again. “Island Music” is full on Caribbean, shake your bottom, let’s-make-a-conga-line. “Hey oh oh-way,” the island music will carry you away, especially with Patti’s pans chiming along and the shaker percussion; a great ending to a great CD.


With winter coming, pick up a Little Summertime. You can pick one up at a performance near you, if you haven’t already. Go to for more information on the CD and how you can get one for yourself and a friend.


Written by: Dani Hoy