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Winter on the Gulf

As a trop rock artist, the greatest part about winter on the Gulf Coast is being able to play for all the snowbirds, snow escapers and Parrot Heads who come down from the North to enjoy our warmer climate.295850_1727707890986_3717873_n

The snowbirds have the right idea. Who wouldn’t want to spend all winter in Florida, then head back up home when the weather is nice again. Well, except for maybe me. I prefer enjoying the beach year-round. But I get a real kick out of how excited they get to sip cold beer under a tiki bar when it’s in the 70s at 10pm in January. What’s not to love?

And because they enjoy it, I get to enjoy it too. Tonight I’ll be playing waterfront at Trader Vic’s, kicking back with a cold one and meeting new friends. It’s a good life.

As one of my favorite songs says, “I’d rather be here just drinking a beer than be freezing my ass in the North.”

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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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