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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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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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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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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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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New dates!

Hey Parrot Heads, Schooner’s “Just Add Bourbon” tour is expanding! Check out our tour dates page for an updated list of trop rock concerts including new bookings in York, Pennsylvania. And if you live in the Destin, Florida or New Orleans area, make sure you stop by Schooner’s gigs in those areas the first week of June.

Schooner is also booking private Parrot Head house parties throughout Florida for the summer. Any open date is an option. Take a look at the tour dates and let us know if you’d like to book one of his openings. Fins up!

 

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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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