Trop Rock

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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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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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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When I grow up, I want to be like Mac MacAnally

Jimmy Buffett is amazing, but as a songwriter, Mac MacAnally is my idol. Not only has he been the mastermind behind some of my favorite Buffett songs like In the City, License to Chill, Coast of Carolina and It’s My Job, but he’s written songs for artists like Kenny Chesney, Zac Brown Band, Martina McBride, Brad Paisely, Dolly Parton and Toby Keith. And that’s just in the past six years. He’s an amazing artist and an inspiration to every song writer worth their salt. 1601586_10202297648096359_605060311_n

I had the chance to meet Mac at Meeting of the Minds 2013, and he was every bit as nice and down to earth as I had hoped he would be. I told all my trop rock buddies that this is a picture of me giving Mac song writing tips and him taking notes, but that’s about the biggest load of bull I’ve ever shoveled. He signed my Sarasota Bay Parrot Head Club badge, and it’s something I’ll probably treasure forever.

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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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