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Featured Artist of the Week – Jerry Diaz

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Jerry Diaz is a songwriter, solo perfomer, 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.
After leaving the band Key West, Diaz formed his current band, “Hanna’s Reef”, in July, 2002. Hanna’s Reef features the songwriting of Diaz, including both familiar favorites from the earlier years, plus new compositions. Hanna’s Reef recorded a live album in the summer of 2002 called “Reef Madness”. The band released their first studio CD, “Deja View”, in 2004.
In addition to songwriting, and playing lead guitar with Hanna’s Reef, Jerry also performs regularly as a solo entertainer, and with other songwriters and musicians. In his solo performances, Diaz mixes a combination of original tunes, Jimmy Buffett favorites, and other “tropical” tunes. Jerry covers songs by well known artists, as well as songs by fellow Texans, and coastal songwriters. When Diaz performs solo, he does so with an acoustic guitar only (no backing tracks!)
Diaz has performed in several “songwriter’s showcases”, with fellow songwriters, and good friends. Some of the folks Jerry has performed with include Kelly McGuire, James “Sunny Jim” White, Larry Joe Taylor, Brent Burns, John Reno, David Waugh, Kelly Brown, Jim Hoehn, Sonny Russell, Gordon Price, Jerry Gontag, Jim Morris, Matt Hall, Hugo Duarte, Wes Loper, Eric Stone, Gene Mitchell, Robert Frith, Gary Seiler, Mark Mulligan, Don Burke, and Rick Steffen.
Jimmy Buffett Tribute Show

Having a party,and want to make it a “Margaritaville” themed event? Then Jerry has the perfect solution for you! At your request, Jerry can do a 2-3 hour show consisting of all “Buffett” favorites.

If you are anywhere in the United States, you’re within our travel area. Contact Jerry for rates and availability We’d love to be a part of your event!

Current Schedule

To Book Jerry Diaz:

Wanna have Jerry perform at your venue, poolside party, or three hour cruise? You can contact Jerry directly, to check for availablity, rates, details, etc. You can do so at:

CELL 409-728-0033

(MARY D.) 409-893-8488

E-MAIL jerry@jerrydiaz.com

 

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Jerry and Mary Diaz (his wife) are also owners and operators of Sail Away Promotions and Entertainment. Sail Away presents several promotions throughout the year, including the annual event PARDI GRAS In addition, Sail Away presents several selected shows by other artists, in the Houston, Texas area.
Jerry & Mary Diaz reside in Nederland, Texas, near the upper Texas coast. They have two daughters, Danielle, and Casey. In addition to the music business, Jerry & Mary are also the local distributors of Pepperidge Farm products in most of Southeast Texas.

All Information is from JerryDiaz.com

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:
http://phip.com/MOTM_Schedule.asp

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. http://waldorfastoria.hilton.com/en/wa/groups/personalized/E/EYWCMWA-ZZPAR4-2012\1028/index.jhtml?WT .

To register for MOTM please go to:
http://www.phip.com/MOTM.asp

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!

http://www.latitudemusic.net/

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!

http://www.robmehl.com/
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.

http://wesloper.com/
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.

https://sunnyjim.com/
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!

http://www.redfishisland.com/
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.

http://www.tallpaul.com/

http://kbobal.com/
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.

http://www.tropicalsoul.net/
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”
phip.com