Posts Tagged With: St. Armands Circle

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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Busy week of gigs coming up. Can’t wait!

If you’ve been wanting to get out to one of my trop rock gigs, the next week is your chance! This Thursday I’m playing for the Sarasota Bay Parrot Heads at Sun-n-Fun from 6-9. This is my home Parrot Head Club and a great bunch of people, so it’s always one of my favorite gigs.

Spanish Pointe Tiki Bar, Osprey, Florida

Spanish Pointe Tiki Bar, Osprey, Florida

Then this weekend I’m playing at Spanish Point on Saturday (6:30-9:30) and Cha Cha Coconuts in St. Armands Circle on Sunday afternoon (1-5). If you’ve never been to Spanish Point, this is the ultimate tiki bar on the water, and one of the best places to watch the sunset in Sarasota aside from the beach.

Then I’m playing at Cha Cha’s again on Wednesday from 7-11. If you come, order the fish tacos or the pulled pork sandwich — excellent!

Check my Tour Dates page for other upcoming gigs. And if you would like to book a trop rock house party, give me a call. Hope to see you soon!

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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 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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