Trop Rock world update

There’s so much going on in my Trop Rock world in the next few months that I figured I’d better get started on filling you in…

From January 23 through January 25 is the 7th Annual celebration of Fruitcakes In the Alley (FITA), held in the northern Orlando community of Altamonte Springs.  FITA is a weekend long, charity bowling/music event, which benefits Juvenile Arthritis research and treatment.  In fact, this event, which is organized and run by my PHriends in the Parrot Heads of Central Florida, has raised over $147,000 for Juvenile Arthritis since its inception.  Attendees will have the pleasure of singing along with bands and solo artists like the Trop Rock Junkies, Ronnie Tsunami and the Wave Riders, Bill Cockrell, deciBel, the Conch Fritters, Captain Josh, Jim Morris and the Big Bamboo Band, Nowhere to Rum, Jimi Pappas and, of course, yours truly!  We plan to exceed last year’s total contribution of $35,210.

Then, from February 28 through March 1 is the 4th annual celebration of Music on the Bay, held at Whiskey Joe’s Barefoot Beach Bar in Tampa. This wonderfully philanthropic event has been crowned the Trop Rock Music Association “Event of The Year” for both 2013 and 2014. Last year, Music on the Bay attendees partied with a purpose and through their generous support and gifts from their hearts raised $31,000 for Shriners Hospitals for Children! The list of artists performing is impressive and long, and includes Sunny Jim, Charlie Imes, John Frinzi, Jerry Diaz and Hannah’s Reef, Highway 1, Trop Rock Junkies, Jimmy Stowe and the Stowaways, The Boat Drunks, Jim Asbell and the Tropiholics, Latitude, Renn Loren, the Sauce Boss, Young Rebel Goombas, Jimmy and the Parrots, Ramajay Intercoastal, Captain Josh and Banjody, Michael J. Weiss, Jack Mosely Band, Jim Morris and the Big Bamboo Band, and of course, me again!  We’d all love to see you there!

It certainly is an honor to be included in these amazing lists of performers and to perform for such effective charitable events, and there’s more coming… But I’ll spare you the rest of the details for now, except to say that I love being a part of the Trop Rock community and truly look forward to performing every event including PHlockings at many Parrothead Club socials, Happy Hours, Birthday Parties, and yes, even Cruises to Cozumel (more to come on that in a later blog)!

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Another Meeting of the Mind for the Record Books!

Another Meeting of the Minds come and gone, and like all my Parrot Head Phriends, I’m sad it’s over, more than a little exhausted and a bit dehydrated. My favorite part of this annual Key West event, even possibly more than seeing all of my fellow trop rockers, is re-connecting with the many Parrot Heads I don’t often see. I got to see friends old and new from Parrot Head Clubs in Atlanta, Pennsylviania, Central Florida, Las Vegas, Tampa Bay, Indiana, Space Coast, Southwest Florida, Kentucky, Coastal Jersey, Charlotte Harbor and many, many more.

Thanks again to Koz from Koz’s Green World Gallery for being such a great supporter of trop rock!

Give me a day or two to recover, and I’ll be ready to turn around and do it all again!

 

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The Wave 4Thanks again to the Sarasota Bay Parrot Heads for having me play their happy hour at The Wave Bar & Grill in Venice last week!

My Mom was in town from New York (she’s also a member of the club), and she couldn’t stop talking about how friendly and welcoming everyone was. So thanks to everyone who hung out with my Mom! It’s always enjoy playing trop rock for my home club and look forward to doing it again sometime soon. 

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The venue was great! The Ramada has undergone a huge renovation, and I think everyone was really impressed. It felt like being in a boutique hotel in South Beach, not a Ramada in Venice. I definitely recommend it! 

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Music on the Bay!!!!

Got some big news this week — I’m booked to play Music on the Bay in February, which is one of the top Parrot Head trop rock festivals of the year! The event takes place at Whiskey Joe’s Barefoot Beach Bar in Tampa, Feb. 26-March 1.

While the full line-up has not yet been officially announced, I’ll be on stage Saturday, Feb. 28 twice in the evening.  Mark your calendar, because this is a trop rock event you won’t want to miss!

 

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Had a great time at the Sandbox on Anna Maria Island!

Sandbox5I’m kicking back with a glass of bourbon after a hectic but amazing two weeks of gigs! Last night I played the Sandbox on Anna Maria Island, one of the most personable and enjoyable places I’ve ever played, and probably my favorite gig on the calendar each year! Good friends, loads of food, hanging out by (or in) the pool and enjoying some good trop rock. What more could you want? In true Key West style, we also break for sunset, which is always a highlight of playing at the Sandbox. 

Sandbox audienceWe had a full house with PHriends from the Sarasota Bay Parrot Head Club, Parrot Heads of Central Florida, as well as family, neighbors and new friends.

A special thanks to Pablo and Diana for hosting me, and to Lightning Jack McGivern and Kid Conch, Rick Schettino for joining in on steel drums, guitar and percussion. 

I’m going to enjoy a much-needed one-week rest, then will be back playing around Florida. Check out my Tour Dates page for a list of upcoming gigs!

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Booking Bonanza!

Just when I thought I could kick back and enjoy some quiet beach time, my summer season has kicked into full gear and I have quite a few gigs coming up! With only 16 days to go in July, I have 10 gigs to fit in before my August 2 performance at The Sand Box on Anna Maria Island. If you’re in the Sarasota area this month, check my tour dates calendar and stop by to see me! I’m playing some of my favorite venues in St. Armands, Siesta Key, Bradenton, Osprey and Sarasota, ranging from a Parrot Head party to some awesome beachy bars. I’m really psyched about joining up with some other trop rock musicians, and also trying out a few new venues. now-playing-tropical-isle.jpg

I’m also getting close to announcing a major festival booking that I can’t wait to announce! I can’t say anything now, but watch Facebook for the announcement. 

In the meantime, stop by and see me at an upcoming event. And if you haven’t reserved your spot for the Sand Box performance on Aug. 2 on Anna Maria Island, you can register on my tour dates page. This is one of the best shows of the year that you won’t want to miss! 

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Who likes wine? Join me at the Rosa Fiorelli Vineyard May 10!

This year for Mother’s Day, get a head start in celebrating by bringing your mom, wife, or whoever to the Wine and Dine in the Vines at the Rosa Fiorelli Winery and Vineyard. I’m playing a special dinner there on the night before Mother’s Day from 5-8 pm, May 10. It’s not a Mother’s Day event, so feel free to come if you just like wine and trop rock! This place is really beautiful, and there’s nothing like kicking back under the stars with great wine and great music in the middle of a vineyard.

The event features a full dinner, from passed appetizers and salad to baked tilapia and chicken. And, of course, wine! 19-300x224

It’s only 15 minutes outside of Sarasota, and the place is beautiful! My friends can get a 10% discount, so make sure you call the winery and say you’re coming to see me to receive the discount. If you book online, you’ll be charged the normal price.

Rosa Fiorelli Winery and Vineyard, Wine and Dine in the Vines,  4250 County Rd. 675 E., Bradenton, FL-recervations can be made on the link, or call 941-322-0976 for 10% discount as a friend of mine

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Busy week of gigs coming up. Can’t wait!

If you’ve been wanting to get out to one of my trop rock gigs, the next week is your chance! This Thursday I’m playing for the Sarasota Bay Parrot Heads at Sun-n-Fun from 6-9. This is my home Parrot Head Club and a great bunch of people, so it’s always one of my favorite gigs.

Spanish Pointe Tiki Bar, Osprey, Florida

Spanish Pointe Tiki Bar, Osprey, Florida

Then this weekend I’m playing at Spanish Point on Saturday (6:30-9:30) and Cha Cha Coconuts in St. Armands Circle on Sunday afternoon (1-5). If you’ve never been to Spanish Point, this is the ultimate tiki bar on the water, and one of the best places to watch the sunset in Sarasota aside from the beach.

Then I’m playing at Cha Cha’s again on Wednesday from 7-11. If you come, order the fish tacos or the pulled pork sandwich — excellent!

Check my Tour Dates page for other upcoming gigs. And if you would like to book a trop rock house party, give me a call. Hope to see you soon!

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Don’t miss the Parrot Head meeting this Thursday!

So I got my dates mixed up — the Sarasota Bay Parrot Head Club elections are not this Thursday. But I am definitely playing, so I hope you’ll come out and spend time with your favorite PHriends and enjoy some good tunes. I can’t wait to hear all your stories about the Buffett concert!

 

 

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What an amazing weekend! Loved playing in Orlando, Sand Box, St. Armands Circle and Nokomis!

Wow, what a weekend! I kicked off the weekend early at the Bayside Grille in Nokomis, one of my favorite mom and pop bar and grills on the Gulf Coast, with great food and great prices. Kim and Joe are amazing — you walk in and they make you feel welcomed right away.

Schooner played for the Parrot Heads of Central Florida PHlocking -- one of his favorite events!

Schooner played for the Parrot Heads of Central Florida PHlocking — one of his favorite events!

Friday I played for the Parrot Heads of Central Florida‘s monthly PHlocking, which is one of the best Parrot Head clubs I’ve known. This is such a great group of people. Pam Hausle, el president, has such a passion for raising funds for charities that it’s inspiring to me. I always love traveling up to Orlando to play for these folks.

The next day I was up early (noon, which is early for a trop rocker) and headed up to Anna Maria Island for a gig at the Sand Box with Kid Conch (Rick Schettino) and Lightning Jack. The Sand Box was named the #1 house party venue by Beachfront Radio last year, and is one of my favorite places to play. Paul and Diana are such gracious hosts, and I’ve always had an amazing time playing there. Mark your calendar — I’m playing my annual concert at the Sand Box on August 2, so I hope you’ll come and join me!

Schooner has several dates coming up at Cha Cha Coconuts in St. Armands Circle!

Schooner has several dates coming up at Cha Cha Coconuts in St. Armands Circle!

Then I finished up the weekend playing Cha Cha Coconuts in St. Armands Circle on Lido Key just off the coast of Sarasota. All in all, the weekend definitely didn’t suck. The fact that it was 80 degrees and sunny didn’t hurt. Man, I love living in Florida!

I’m booking the spring and summer up and have  some great gigs coming up, so I hope you’ll come out and see me! Visit my Tour Dates page for a complete list of upcoming gigs. See you soon!

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