Performances

Who else is ready for Parrot Head house party season?!

One of my favorite times of the year is summer because it’s Parrot Head house party season! I have met so many awesome Parrot Heads at the house parties I’ve played and attended, and I think I have as much fun as the audience does. While I sometimes need to tone the show down a bit (for the more sensitive ears in the restaurant), house parties are different. Not only do the Parrot Heads and beach worshipers want to hear my crazier songs like Shit Hit the Fan, they also want to hear about the inspiration for the song. Not that my show is raunchy — it’s definitely not — but there are a few songs that are a little nautier than others.

Rich "Schooner" McGuire playing a house party at the house of Sarasota Bay Parrot Heads' president on Siesta Key.

Rich “Schooner” McGuire playing a house party at the house of Sarasota Bay Parrot Heads’ president on Siesta Key.

House parties also give me a chance to go a little deeper in my play list. While we all love Jimmy Buffett’s Songs You Know By Heart, the house partiers usually want to hear some songs that are a little more off the beaten track. It’s also a blast to bring other trop rockers up on stage who might be in the audience (and there are usually a few).If you’re hosting a house party this summer, whether it’s on the deck, by the pool, on the beach or in the basement, I’d love to play for you. But contact me soon, because dates are filling up. See you soon!

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Meeting of the Minds

It’s that time of year Parrot Heads — time to start planning for Meeting of the Minds! It’s rumored (as it always is) that Jimmy Buffett is going to make an appearance on the main stage at the Casa Marina Saturday night, and I have it on good authority that it’s true. So set your compass toward Key West and get ready to get your trop rock on!

Looking forward to playing for Koz again at Koz's Green World Gallery in Key West -- a great supporter of Trop Rock!

Looking forward to playing for Koz again at Koz’s Green World Gallery in Key West — a great supporter of Trop Rock!

I’ll be performing at The Rum Barrel, Koz’s Green World Gallery and Durty Harry’s, and am announcing new dates each week, so keep “A Weather Eye” on my tour dates page. I’ll also be releasing my second CD, Footsteps in the Sand at Meeting of the Minds.

So mark your calendar, get your lei and grass skirt ready, and join me in Key West for Meeting of the Minds. It’s one of the greatest weeks of the year for Trop Rock!

See you there!

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Schooner booking summer house parties

photo-6Parrot Head Phriends, Schooner still has some summer dates available for house parties in Florida, southern Georgia, between Florida and eastern Pennsylvania in late July, and the Carolina Coast in early August.

If you’re looking for a trop rocker who can sing your favorites along with clever tunes of his own that are sure to connect with your guests, such as In Arrears Drinking Beer, Pier Pressure and Mid-Life Vices, give Schooner a call for open dates. 

Voted Beachfront Radio’s 2012 Bad Boy of Trop Rock, Schooner has played top trop rock venues like Tropical Isle on Bourbon Street in New Orleans; the Sand Box, voted #1 house party venue by Beachfront Radio; Meeting of the Minds; and for Parrot Heads across the country! 

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Just Add Bourbon!

Just returned from the first leg of my Just Add Bourbon summer trop rock tour. Playing at Pompano Joe’s in Destin is a memorable one — perhaps the most beautiful view from the stage that I’ve ever seen, and plenty of Parrot Heads in the crowd!

Schooner played Pompano Joe's in Destin to kick off his Just Add Bourbon summer tour.

Schooner played Pompano Joe’s in Destin to kick off his Just Add Bourbon summer tour.

Usually that turquoise water that the Gulf of Mexico is famous for is my backdrop, but this time I got to look out over the white beach and aqua water as I played.

I then moved on to Tropical Isle in New Orleans on Bourbon Street. What a cool place! While the neon green Hand Grenades — New Orleans’ most powerful drink — were quite tempting, partaking in such a beverage and still being able to remember the words to my songs would not have been possible. Not doubt, a potential “Fool Button” episode. So I abstained…this time. A big thanks to Pam and Earl for having me! I was particularly impressed with Pam’s Hand Grenade-green Porsche , custom designed and painted to match the drink.

Schooner with Julie Nevius, manager of Tropical Isle on Bourbon Street, New Orleans.

Schooner with Julie Nevius, manager of Tropical Isle on Bourbon Street, New Orleans.

Big thanks also to  their manager Julie Nevius, who is a big Parrot Head. Also can’t forget the bartenders, Britney, Sasha and Paige, who clued me into the cool way the patrons sent tips and song requests to the stage through the little sucky tubes (like at the bank drive-thru, very cool!)

Make sure to stop by next time you’re in the Big Easy, and vote for Tropical Isle for Best Trop Rock Venue in the Beachfront Radio awards this year!

A special thanks to Derby City Dave, who stopped by with family and friends while in town for the Zydeco Music Festival. It was great seeing a good friend and Parrot Head extraordinaire from home.

For more summer dates on the Just Add Bourbon tour, check my tour dates page.

— Schooner

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563547_483260531732578_1267443842_nDuring the time I’ve lived here in paradise, I’ve been so fortunate to become friends with other musicians who have followed the call to the beach.  Although I have had many musicians influence my music, I can honestly say that those I’ve met chasing the  trop rock dream, have been the most open, friendly and giving people that I’ve ever met. 

My brushes with Trop Rock greatness probably began with Sunny Jim, who I had the pleasure of meeting at Meeting of the Minds in 1999.  Aside from being one of the most talented writers and performers that I’ve met, he and his wife, Adela, are some of the most genuinely friendly people I’ve ever met. 

Since that great weekend 14 years ago, I’ve also had the pleasure of performing with the likes of the Conch Republic Band from Lexington, Kentucky — one of the most energetic live shows you’ll ever see, and again, some of the nicest guys and gals you’ll ever meet!  My travels have also allowed me to perform with the likes of the Chris Sacks Band, Gary Philips, Mike Mangum, Dani Hoy, Mike Armstrong, David McKenney, Duane Harlick from the Tropoholics, Jimi Pappas and many others.

Recently I’ve had the pleasure of jamming with my friend, Rick “Kid Conch” Schettino at some really cool venues.  We first performed together at the Lazy Gecko in Key West and since then have been on stage together at the Sandbox on Anna Maria Island and the Hideaway Cafe in St. Petersburg, Florida  He’s a great writer and an incredibly accomplished musician.  It’s relationships like this that allow all of us to mold our ideas into the tunes you all come to hear us play, and I’m grateful to Rick and all others who share my vision and continue to raise the bar for Trop Rock Music.  Good on ya!

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Schooner adds new dates in St. Armands, Osprey and Destin!

Check out Schooner’s Tour Dates, because we’ve added several new ones! We continue to announce new dates for Schooner’s Just Add Bourbon Tour — June 4 at Pompano Joe’s in Destin (one of Schooner’s favorites!) Why bourbon, you might ask? Well, aside from the fact that it’s delicious, Schooner is heading to Bourbon Street in New Orleans to play June 7 at Tropical Isle, voted #5 Trop Rock Venue by Beachfront Radio listeners. We’ll make a stop in Destin along the way.

Beach Bum it with Schooner on June 4 at Pompano Joe's in Destin.

Beach Bum it with Schooner on June 4 at Pompano Joe’s in Destin.

New dates also include several spring dates for Spanish Pointe in Osprey — Tiki Bar Extraordinaire — and ChaCha Coconuts in St. Armands Circle next Tuesday night. Come out for the most excellent fish tacos in Sarasota that we’ve tried so far!

If you’re along the route from Sarasota to the Big Easy — Tampa, Gainesville, Tallahassee, Pensacola, Mobile, Pascagoula, Gulfport, Whatever — Schooner is also booking house parties. So contact him if you’re interested in booking a Trop Rock house party.

Fins Up, Parrot Heads!

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New Orleans or Bust

DSC_7979Mark your calendars! Schooner is playing June 7 at Tropical Isle on New Orleans’ Bourbon Street, which was just voted the #5 Top of the Trops Trop Rock Venue by listeners of Beachfront Radio.  This will be the midpoint of his Gulf Coast tour, so Parrot Heads, we hope to see you there!

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Meeting of the Minds: Day 3 (a bit belated)

Let me just say that by Day 3 of Meeting of the Minds in Key West, I was so exhausted that I never got the chance to blog. Of course, the fact that I was hanging out with the Parrot Heads and my trop rock friends, and playing at Lazy Gecko until the wee hours, may have had a little to do with it…

Had a blast playing with Chris Sacks and the guys for the Sarasota Bay Parrot Heads!

Saturday was perhaps the best day of all. After relaxing on the beach at the gorgeous Casa Marina, I played for the Sarasota Bay Parrot Heads (my home club!) at the Ocean Breeze Inn. They had shots of jello, shots of concoctions that tasted like apple pie, shots Rum Jumbie…an awesome day, to say the least!

I joined some trop rock favorites on stage. Chris Sacks and his band were a blast to play with, and were definitely some guys I could hang with. They played the same kind of music I like — rockin’ trop rock. Mike Mangum sat in, cool guy; and Gary Philips joined on guitar, also a great guy; plus Duane Harlick from the Tropoholics — awesome voice, best version of Bob Seger’s “Night Moves” that I’ve heard. Lastly, John Frinzi took the stage — a charismatic guy with a great voice who apparently the girls really love! Had a blast playing and watching. Good times.

Enjoyed playing with Gary Philips at Meeting of the Minds. Great guy!

Took my family to the Southernmost Hotel Cafe for a late-afternoon lunch. My 8-year-old son and I were very pleased to know that the beach there, which the restaurant overlooks, has a bikini top-optional beach. The second pair of boobies my guy has seen so far (the first was on the jumbotron at the Cincinnati Buffett show). He seems pretty pleased with that. Wish my wife had let me take a picture to share.

Had a late night at the Lazy Gecko to play again with Chris Sacks and the boys, and hang out with John Friday and Danni Hoy (love her new CD!), then back home to Sarasota. Thank God I didn’t have to fly back up north to where it’s snowing. I don’t miss those days one bit. If my worst case scenario is Siesta Key, I’m doing pretty good in life!

The ladies in the Sarasota Bay Parrot Head Club loved John Frinzi.

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Meeting of the Minds — Or Bust!

ROAD TRIP!!

As soon as trick-or-treating is done, Schooner is heading down to Key West for some trop rock, Jimmy Buffett loving, margarita drinking Meeting of the Minds with the Parrot Heads!

Will you be there? We’d like to invite you to come out and meet Schooner — Beachfront Radio’s Bad Boy of Trop Rock 2012 — and hear some of his new songs from the Mid-Life Vices CD, like Shit Hit the Fan, In Arrears Drinking Beer and Pier Pressure.  Pick up an autographed CD as a MOTM memento at the following events:

Nov. 1 (11 am-ish) — Irish Kevin’s, sitting in with Mike Armstrong

Nov. 1 (3:30-4 pm) — M.O.T.M. Tropical Songwriters Showcase, T’s Bistro & Bar, 1114 Duval Street, Key West

Nov. 2 (2-2:40 pm) — M.O.T.M. CD release party, Koz’s Green World Gallery, 712B Duval Street, Key West

Nov. 3 — Sarasota Bay Parrot Heads M.O.T.M. Party, Ocean Breeze Inn, Key West, FL

You can also message him at @schoonerrat on Twitter for updates on where he’ll be performing. Hope to see you there!

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