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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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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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Pandora doesn’t get trop rock

I like to vary my online listening habits, from Beachfront Radio and Radio Margaritaville to some of my other favorite trop rock stations. I’ve also been listening to Pandora a lot  lately, but they clearly don’t understand trop rock. Type in “Jimmy Buffett,” and you’ll get a few relevant options — certainly some Buffett (around every 10th song or so), mixed in with a small amount of Zack Brown Band and Bob Marley. Every once in a while they’ll throw in some Harry Belafonte, but that’s about where the trop rock ends.

Somebody at Pandora must have decided that Jimmy Buffett is easy listening (what?!), because most of what comes out of my speakers is James Taylor, the softer side of The Eagles and Jack Johnson. Don’t get me wrong — I’m a huge fan of all of these artists. However, they are by no stretch of the imagination considered trop rock.

While I get that the true trop rock artists who haven’t hit the mainstream are probably limited from Pandora due to contracts and contacts, they might want to take another look at their algorithms. Because there are plenty of songs out there that I would consider trop rock, even if the artist isn’t a full-time trop rocker. Come on, people!

– Schooner

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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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Thanks to our Phlock of supporters

I was just spending a few minutes updating the information I have on my “links” tab and was reminded that there are so many people who travel in Trop Rock circles who do so much, simply for the love of what they’re doing and for others.  This may come off as a”Duh” kind of moment.  Because many of you are Parrot Heads, you are already aware of the selflessness of others in the Phlock, but there are a few non-Parrot Heads that are fans of my site.  That in mind, I wish to give a shout out to some of those hard working, giving Pholks who dedicate so much time for the benefit of song writers and trop rock in particular.

There are several good peeps out there who run the internet radio stations that we, as trop rockers, count on to be heard.

Of course, a huge thanks goes out to  DJ Jeff at Beachfront Radio, who, along with Captain Cali and Cheeto Gyrl continue to promote Trop Rock everywhere.  They’ve won the award for Top Trop Rock Station several years in a row and are well deserving!

Thanks to Koz of Koz's Green World Gallery in Key West -- a great supporter of Trop Rock!

Thanks to Koz of Koz’s Green World Gallery in Key West — a great supporter of Trop Rock!

There are several others out there, who not only play Schooner tunes (and other trop rockers), but also do what they do for little or no reward.  Please check them out!

  • Bret Walton is the CEO and Music Director at Island Radio, a great destination for tunes that take you to your favorite destinations!
  • At The Shore, Contact Don “Da Pyrate” Winfield to request an artist on this terrific trop rock station!
  • At Island Time Radio, DK the DJ serves ’em up every Monday night!  Check him out!
  • Sam Densler oversees Song Writers Island, a wonderful haven of original Trop Rock tunes.

In addition to these great stations, there are so many others who have always supported original and Trop Rock music.  There’s one that I wish to mention now, though I know there are so many.  If you haven’t met Koz from Koz’s Green World Gallery in Key West, you’d better get up and go!  Koz is an amazing artist, A HUGE supporter of Trop Rock, and one hell of a nice guy!

I suppose this is me saying thanks to these and other great supporters of Trop Rock. It’s also my reminder to you, to do the same.  Face it, our lives just wouldn’t be the same if we didn’t have them to help us lose ourselves in our own little Margaritaville!

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Happy 2013!

As I sit on my Sarasota balcony in 75-degree sunshine listening to Beachfront Radio, it’s hard not to reflect on where I’ve been in the past year and where I hope to go in 2013.

As I’m sure can be said for all of you, 2012 saw so much change. I moved to Florida, left my good friends in the Conch Republic band (where I was the lead singer) and embarked on a solo career, put out my first CD, played Meeting of the Minds, embraced the Florida lifestyle, and said goodbye to my father. He passed away from cancer on Dec. 9 — a fate that has unfortunately followed so many of the  New York Firefighters and other first responders of 911. While this last event certainly had the most impact on me, I think all of these things changed me, mostly for the better.

Chief Dick McGuire of the NYFD.

Chief Dick McGuire of the NYFD.

While I’ve never been one to stick to New Year’s resolutions, here are a few that I am hopeful to embrace in 2013:

  1. I want to establish a scholarship fund in my father’s name, to help a needy football player with his tuition to St. Anthony’s High School in Long Island. My dad was a football coach there for many years, and he donated his salary each year to pay for a student’s tuition. I’d like to keep that tradition going, so expect to see some fundraisers and tip donations this year.
  2. After my taste of the trop rock lifestyle in 2012, I’m hungry for more.  More gigs, more tours, more collaborations with other trop rockers, another CD, and more purchases from Tommy Bahama.
  3. Getting more fishing in and spending more time napping on the beach are definitely on my list of priorities for 2013.
  4. It wouldn’t be a New Year’s resolution without admitting that I want to live healthier. We’ll see  how that goes.

Overall, 2012 was a good year. Here’s to making 2013 everything that we all hope it will be! Cheers!

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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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Mid-Life Vices is Launched!

 
Schooner’s first solo CD is in! If you’ve ever pondered how to satisfy your Mid-Life Vices , you’ll be able to identify. Songs include In Arrears Drinking BeerThe Shit Hit the Fan and Pier Pressure, among others.
 
You can purchase the CD online at Beachfront Radio, during Meeting of the Minds in Key West (check the “Tour Dates” page) or purchase a hard copy via PayPal (details to come!)
You’re also invited to the official release party at Koz’s Green World Gallery on Friday, Nov. 2 at 2pm. If you’ve never been to see our friend Koz, a great supporter of trop rock, his gallery is at 712B Duval Street, just south of Angela Street. He’s just three blocks away from Schooner’s old house on the cemetery (yes, Schooner lived across the street from the Key West Cemetery), which is one of the best parts of Duval.

 

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