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Hello, it’s been a while… Not much, how ’bout you?

Hello, it’s been a while… Not much, how bout you? Well, that ’s not entirely true… There’s a bunch going on that I finally am thrilled to share with you.  

2022 has been a year of transition for me.  For starters, early this year, I spent my last few months performing with the Cabana Dogs.  Nothing negative there. I enjoyed my time with the Dogs and care about them very much.  The time away has given me the chance to focus more on returning to writing, recording, and performing as a solo act.  I truly wish the Cabana Dogs well and hope to be able to share the stage with them on occasion sometime in the future! 

I have continued to enjoy performing as the guitar player and as a vocalist for the Celtic/World Band-Eireann’s Call.  We spent many weeks on the road in 2022 everywhere from South Florida on up through Amherst, Massachusetts playing in some wonderful theatres, festivals and the occasional Celtic watering hole.  We are on the road again before the year closes out bringing our show to our friends in North Carolina, Tennessee and Florida.  We hope to see you out there!

My renewed focus on my solo act has led me back to Hideaway Studios in St. Petersburg, FL with my friend/producer/engineer/and amazing musician, John Kelly.  We are finishing up work on the final tracks of my newest CD with an expected release prior to the end of 2022!  I’m thrilled with the results to this point, and can’t wait to share the new tunes with you!  I have taken the liberty of “leaking” one or two of the tunes to a few of our favorite radio stations, so keep listening to all of those fine stations that support our trop rocking’ genre.

I’m putting plans together to take the new CD as well as some of my older favorites out on the road, hopefully coming to a house concert venue near you soon.  Additionally, you will see me again at Music on the Bay in Tampa in early March.  If you were one of the kind fans that was first to buy tickets that included this year’s Thursday night VIP Party, we appreciate it!  Again, you will be able to sing along with all of the artists in attendance that weekend, in a truly intimate, party setting.  It’s always one of my favorite events of the year!  Oh, yea… I will be taking the stage at MOTB on the Sunday of the event with some of my musical buddies.  I will share the line up in the next few weeks!  Again, can’t wait!

Well, that’s where we are to this point.  I will do my very best to keep you up to date more frequently as 2022 concludes.  Thank you for all of your support!  I look forward to seeing you out on the road!

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It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year!

As I sit on the pool deck this morning with my 120 pound canine companion beneath the beautiful blue sky that’s emerging as the sun rises beyond the palms, I can’t help but to reflect on all of the amazing things that are happening in my musical world! I thought I’d share ’em with you!

You may already know that, aside from my solo career, that over the past year, my good friend, Jimi C. and I have put together the Cabana Dogs. We are a high energy modern party band with big harmonies and great guitar licks.  Cabana Dogs are a mix of modern country, classic rock,  and a Trop Rock vibe. Jimi and I have been joined by a couple of great guys and fabulous musicians to fill out the foursome.  Our great friend, the Duke of Depth, Mike Salitsky has joined us on bass, and talented rhythmatist, Cody Edgar is along for the ride on the drums. We are thrilled to be releasing our CD, Big Island Love, at our performance at this years Music on the Bay in Tampa on March 2!  Additionally, we’re very excited to be taking our show on the road in May, as we play for audiences everywhere from South Florida, up through the Carolinas and on up into New York City and back.  If you’re interested in adding your town or club to the calendar, shoot me a message…

And yes, I also continue to play many shows as a solo act.  If you find yourself on Lido Key or Siesta Key, you’ll probably stumble into a tiki bar where I’m manning the mic.  A new solo CD has been written and is in the process of being recorded.  I’m hoping to release that by the end of 2018. I’ll keep you updated.

Well, Dani has left my side in hopes of catching a squirrel that’s been teasing her all morning, and I’m gonna head in and pour myself another cup of coffee before I head to rehearsal.  I can’t thank you enough for all of your support. I truly appreciate you and look forward to seeing you at an upcoming gig! Embrace the day!

 

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A Long Overdue Update…

OK, It’s been a while… I know:(  I promise to be more diligent with updates in the coming weeks.

It was an amazing musical summer!  When most musicians suffer from venues shutting down live music in the off-season, I have been blessed with relationships with many live music venues and Parrot Head clubs that have kept me just as busy as ever!  Of course, I love playing at my “home base”, Cha Cha Coconuts in St. Armand’s Circle.  I get to play tropical music in one of the most desirable tourist destinations on the west coast of Florida. The staff at Cha Cha’s is like family and the recently updated menu makes it an absolute “Must Do” if you’re on vacation in this area.  Of course, the fact that the place is also packed with its fair share of locals at any given time, is testimony to the fact that Cha Cha Coconuts is the place to be!

Other places you’ll find me in my hometown area include the Dockside Waterfront Grill at Marker 4 in Venice, Captain Jack’s in Tarpon Springs, Hurricane Charley’s in Punta Gorda, Gilligan’s Island Grill on Siesta Key, and the Paradise Grill in Nokomis.  All of these terrific venues offer a tiki themed style with terrific food and drink, and of course, me! Please check out my Tour Dates page on this site to see where you can come and sing along with me.

A huge thanks to the Parrot Head Clubs that continue to be supportive of my music and invite me to play at so many cool events that have my musician friends jealous!  The Sarasota Bay PHC, Tampa Bay Parrot Head Club, Parrot Heads of Central Florida (Orlando), the Heartland LakeShark Parrot Head Club (Lake Placid), The Villages PHC, Parrot Heads in Natural Settings (Jacksonville), and the Space Coast PHC (Greater Brevard County area) are just some of the Clubs that have had me perform this year and there are many more to come on the schedule.

Although there’ll be much more to mention on this subject in the near future, I must tell you about Cabana Dogs, which is my latest band project with guitarist/bassist/producer Jimi C.  We are a four piece Trop Rock Party Band that promises to keep you on your feet from the very first strum and hit, until the venue closes!  We can also modify to a duo or a trio, based on your needs.  Check out http://www.cabanadogs.com for all information on this project.  We are thrilled to be scheduled to play several Parrot Head Holiday Parties and Birthday Parties.

Also, be sure to check us out at, the award winning, Music on the Bay Festival at Whiskey Joe’s in Tampa during the first weekend in March of 2018.  The Cabana Dogs are the house band for the MOTB VIP Party on Thursday night, March 1st, 2018.  We’ll be jamming many of our own tunes and then, bringing up all of the stars of Music on the Bay to jam all night long.  If you were one of the first registrants for this amazing weekend, you will have received an official invitation to this rocking party at the Bay Harbor Hotel.  On Friday, March 2nd, 2018, Cabana Dogs takes the big stage at MOTB from 10am-12noon.  We couldn’t be more excited to showcase our upbeat rockin, trop rockin’ style, and to have you all sing along!  Don’t miss it!

Alright, I think that’s enough for now.  Thank you for cheering me on. I love seeing you wherever I play.  I’ll see you soon, somewhere down the road!

Rich and Jimi C at WJ

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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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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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It’s Beach Wedding Music Time!

Just booked my first beach wedding of the summer, and I’m pretty pysched. I’ve performed for weddings many times over the past decade, but this is my first Anna Maria Island wedding. (Yes, just call me the wedding singer. But at least I’m the Sarasota wedding singer! ) My wife and I were married almost 20 years ago on Fort Myers Beach on a beautiful September day, so I’ve always had a fondness for beach weddings. Of course, I’m fond of just about anything that involves a beach. SAMSUNG DIGIMAX A503

My summer is booking up, but I’ve still got dates available if you or someone you know is hosting a Florida beach wedding and looking for beach-style entertainment. As you can see from my site, I specialize in creating that Jimmy Buffett vibe by playing a variety of tropical tunes plus my own originals. You can check out my song list page for a sample of the songs I regularly sing. If your special wedding song isn’t on there, I can learn it.

To book a wedding or other event, just visit my contact page. call me at (941) 387-6650 or email schoonertunes@gmail.com.

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Raising money for Relay for Life

1506456_10203462381785919_1526604745_nMy mom is down from New York enjoying the warm Sarasota weather (can you blame her?) and took a night out of her vacation to join the Sarasota Bay Parrot Head Club and help raise money for Relay for Life. Our family has been touched by cancer more than I’d care to say — my dad, mother-in-law, aunt and grandfather were all taken by this terrible disease. So we’re big supporters of the Relay for Life event each year. Even though she won’t be here for the actual Relay event (unless we can convince her!), she contributed quite a bit during this visit. And I’m proud that she’s joined the ranks of the Parrot Heads!

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Join us at The Sand Box on Anna Maria Island Saturday, August 3 — 5:30-6:30 meet and greet, 6:30-9:30 performance. Tickets are $10 per person, BYOB.

The Sand Box

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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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Sand Box, Here We Come!

It’s Sand Box season, Parrot Heads! I’m so fortunate to be just 20 minutes from Beachfront Radio‘s #1 trop rock house party venue, The Sand Box. Schooner‘s scheduled to play solo later in the summer. But this Sunday, April 7 from 2pm to til our PHriends decide to leave, you’ll be able to see several trop rock PHriends trop rock out on stage. Come out and see Mike Mangum, Kid Conch (Rick Schettino), Captain Nick, John Friday and Schooner rock Anna Maria Island on the Gulf Coast! I may be looking forward to this even more than you. Anytime I can play with such a talented crowd is a good day in paradise!

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