Margaritaville Isla Nublar

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Margaritaville Isla Nublar appears in the upcoming movie Jurassic World that comes out on June 12th. The movie takes place 22 years after the events of Jurassic Park.

You can see Margaritaville Isla Nublar in the trailer for Jurassic World (at about 2:11).

From Margaritaville.com: Enter to win an escape to Margaritaville Isla Nublar – as seen in Jurassic World! Enter for a chance to win a trip for 4 to the Jurassic World movie premiere in Hollywood, CA! Weekly drawings will also be held for Margaritaville gift cards. Check out more about Jurassic World, which includes Margaritaville Isla Nublar, and make plans to see the movie starting June 12th!

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The 2nd Annual & 2015 Reggae On the Block

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Reggae On The Block will return a second time to the historic downtown core of Orlando Florida. Showcasing an excellent sampling of today’s top touring reggae-rock bands, on Saturday May. 9th mellow music will fill the streets, including performances from Tribal Seeds and Iration!

Last May, The Pier was fortunate to attend the first annual Reggae On The Block festival. Featuring 14 bands, the day was jam-packed and didn’t allow attendees a minute of rest. As soon as one band ended, the party picked right back up with another band starting on the opposite stage. We could not be more excited to see the event return in 2015!

About The City: Orlando, FL

Orlando is a city that has excellent environments for all types of entertainment. While famous for its amusement parks, Orlando also has several great live music venues. Over the past two decades the event-production company known as Foundation Presents has consistently brought live music to the heart of downtown Orlando. Associated with the area’s infamous room known as The Social, and the adjoining Beacham Theater, for years these concert-promoters have been able to fill these halls, hosting many of the bands that come through the city. A major market in Florida for all sorts of live music, over the recent past these venues, while booking bands from all varieties of musical genres, have been a good host to the growing reggae rock scene. Centrally located, it’s a hub that allows coastal residents from cities on both sides of the state to easily meet up and see a show on any given weekend night.

Foundation Presents seems to understand this market segment. Dedicated in scheduling their fair share of alternative reggae acts throughout the year, typically booking a night on every reggae-rock tour that comes through the state. It’s always a fun show, with a nice mix of fans, and sets from a couple of our favorite bands. Fortunately for all the reggae-rock fans down in Florida, to kick off the summer, Foundation Presents gets a handful of these bands together for one BIG concert. Said to be simply focused on the music, with this festival organizers have taken aim on moving reggae “from the shadows,” and placing it “front and center, on the block.”

The Line Up:

Playing the second annual Reggae On The Block festival will be a total of 11 bands, all of which are notable representatives from all across the scene. Supporting the night’s headliners is a solid line-up that includes: Southern California’s Stick Figure and Fortunate Youth. The pop-reggae-rock of Ballyhoo! and the dubbed-out reggae funk from Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad. The roots reggae of Jamaica’s Rootz Underground, and Brooklyn, NY’s New Kingston. A hometown set from reggae-punk-rock forerunners, The Supervillians, as well as sets from the city’s local favorites, Kash’d Out and Marley’s Collie.

Also playing this year is Orlando’s own jam-reggae trio, the Savi Fernadez Band. The festival’s only returning act Savi Fernandez, while discussing their upcoming record with The Pier, also explained the band is honored the band asked back and excited to play a few new songs, continuing, Reggae On the Block is such an awesome event to bring culture and a high level of reggae music to our hometown.

The Site and Location:

Kicking off at 2pm with the music playing non-stop till 1:00am, this year’s edition of the single day reggae festival will once again take place at the Social Pavilion and Washington Square in downtown Orlando. Located at the just behind the buildings on the corner of North Orange Avenue and West Washington Street, the stage areas are set-up a block west of North Orange Ave., on two adjacent lots north and south of West Washington Street. A main stage, The Jager Stage, is parked behind the bar Elixir, and the second stage, The Heineken stage, is well placed on the back lot of The Social/Beacham Theater.

A site that’s typically just two parking lots, for several events though out the year ,organizers transform these spaces into a festival area that stretches the length of two football fields. With plenty of space for thousands of fans to dance and sing-along, the grounds are also filled with food and alcohol vendors, and plenty of different merchandise tents. Look for plenty of reggae-themed items and of course be sure to check out all of the bands’ souvenirs and swag.

When all put together the site’s a bit of a honey hole. Most importantly, there is the ample parking, Set up right next to a parking garage the site is also surrounded by tons of street parking and other lots. The area also has great places to check out for lunch. We recommend Planet Pizza or Gringos Locos burritos something quick and delicious before the event.

If traveling to Reggae on the Block from out of town, Downtown Orlando also has plenty of options for lodging. The organizers have also set up Reggae on the Block Discounted Hotel Rates. For more info…
hailey@thesocial.org for a discounted room rate sheet.

Ticket Information:

While the advance purchase of a general admission ticket only cost $35.00, a VIP ticket is also available. For $125.00 the Reggae On The Block VIP pass includes not only access to two air conditioned VIP lounges, with private restrooms, private bars (2 drink tickets included), catered food and exclusive DJ entertainment, there is also.access to reserved VIP area in front of both stages, as well as a goody bag containing ROTB2 VIP Laminate, ROTB2 T-Shirt and more. With the main entrance on the corner of North Orange Avenue and West Washington Street, and the event wisely held just behind the event-promoter’s venues, allows for Elixir and The Social to be used as VIP entrances and hangouts during the event.

Reggae On The Block 2015 Line Up:
Tribal Seeds
Irtaion
Stick Figure
Ballyhoo!
Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad
The Supervillians
Rootz Underground
Fortunate Youth
New Kingston
Savi Fernadez Band
Kash’d Out

Related Links:
Reggae On The Block Website
Reggae On The Block Facebook
Reggae On The Block Facebook Event
Reggae On The Block Tickets

Article By: Aaron Solomon

WATCH: A Reggae On The Block 2014 Recap Video.

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The Pier’s 4/20 Show Locator

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Don’t miss any of this weekend’s shows celebrating Record Store Day on Saturday and 420 on Monday. This edition of The Pier’s Weekend Show Locator is packed with shows for the next 4 days including Yellowman, Jimmy Cliff, Collie Buddz, 311, Gov’t Mule, and a special first-time appearance of Yasiin Bey (aka Mos Def) with Bad Brains backing him up!

Soul'd Out Music Festival LineupThere’s plenty to celebrate this weekend…with Record Store Day tomorrow and 420 celebrations going all weekend leading up to Monday, there’s no excuse not to go out to a local reggae, rock, acoustic, or punk show. The Pier will be in attendance for shows this weekend in Denver with Fortunate Youth, Passafire and Hirie at Cervantes tonight and Barrington Levy at Casselmans tomorrow night.

The Pacific Northwest gets a special treat though this weekend with the annual Soul’d Out Music Festival. Soul’d Out boasts a hefty lineup that spans over a full of week with a particular purpose…”The Soul’d Out Music Festival seeks to bring together people of all generations and backgrounds to celebrate the music that helps to bind our collective culture together.” Performances are held around the Portland area at local venues regularly visited by The Pier and reggae bands like Crystal Ballroom, Alhambra Theatre, Dante’s, Star Theatre, and The Goodfoot. This year’s lineup blends together reggae, dub, rap, and soul with bands and performers like Charles Bradley, Allen Stone, Gramatik, Lyrics Born, California Honeydrops, and many more.

But the big names behind Soul’d Out this year have still yet to perform. On Monday, 4/20, festival-goers can catch some true original roots reggae; Don Carlos performs for 420 at Soul’d Out Music Festival at Wonder Ballroom. But before the weekends over, Yasiin Bey (aka Mos Def) and Bad Brains perform tonight at Roseland Theatre. Don’t miss out on this show! Yasiin Bey starts off the night with his traditional Mos Def set. But then the fun really starts when Bad Brains hits the stage. Tonight’s show marks the first-ever performance of Yasiin Bey lead-singing for Bad Brains. Long-time fans of Bad Brains have dealt with numerous lineup changes and countless lead-singer switches throughout the years so this should be an exciting set that will hopefully be the first of many more to come.

Remember to come by here every single Friday to see what shows are going on for the entire weekend. You may also view our built-in Show Locator, where you can search by artist view all of their upcoming shows, with options to purchase tickets for select shows!

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Friday, April 17th

Against Me! with Roger Harvey and Caves
@ Posthof. Linz, Austria

Austin Reggae Fest featuring Yellowman The Sagitarius Band, Don Chani, Lee Scratch Perry Subatomic Sound System
@ Auditorium Shores at Town Lake Metropolitan Park. Austin, TX (Kingston City Tour)

Bad Religion
@ FONDA THEATRE. Los Angeles, CA (Battle of the Centuries Tour)

Ballyhoo!
@ Point Ybel Brewing Company. Fort Myers, FL (Spring Tour)

Byrdfest Music Festival featuring Josh Heinrichs Skillinjah, Grateful Dead Experience, Allman Brothers Tribute, and more
@ Byrds Adventure Center. Ozark, AR

Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival featuring AC/DC, Brand New, Jack White, Los Rakas, Ryan Adams, Steely Dan and many more
@ Empire Polo Club. Indio, CA

Dabby Hour featuring Valley Green Band and special guest
@ Have a Heart Cafe. Seattle, WA (WA STATE MMJ PATIENTS ONLY!)

Dave Hause
@ Annandale Roadhouse. Annandale, MN

Fayuca
@ Cannery Row Brewing. Monterey, CA (All Access Spring Tour)

Fortunate Youth with PASSAFIRE and Hirie
@ Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom. Denver, CO (Don’t Think Twice Spring Tour)
=The Pier Will Be In Attendance=

Free The Plant featuring The Steppas, House of Shem, For Peace Band, and more
@ The Republik. Honolulu, HI

Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad with Shrub
@ The Mousetrap. Indianapolis, IN (Spring Steady Tour)

Groundation with Nahko and Medicine for the People
@ Halle de la Trocardiere. Reze, France (A Miracle Tour)

Iration with Stick Figure, Hours Eastly, and more
@ House of Blues. Chicago, IL (Tales From The Sea Tour)

Jimmy Cliff
@ Billboard Live. Osaka, Japan

Jon Wayne and The Payne
@ Chopp’s Bar. Mankato, MN

New Kingston with Signal Fire
@ The Palm Room. Wrightsville Beach, NC (Kingston City Tour)

Pure Aloha Concert featuring J Boog, Inna Vision, Micah G, and Ekolu
@ Rio Hotel Casino. Las Vegas, NV

Rocky Votolato
@ Private Local Residence. Los Angeles, CA (Living Room Tour)

Rootz Underground
@ La Belle electrique. Grenoble, France

RX Bandits with A Great Big Pile of Leaves and Cayetana
@ The Trocadero Theatre. Philadelphia, PA (East and West Coast Tour)

SOJA with Dustin Thomas
@ Park City Live. Park City, UT

Soul’d Out Music Festival featuring Yasiin Bey (aka Mos Def) with Bad Brains, Don Carlos, and many more
@ Various Venues. Portland, OR

Spiritual Rez
@ Acoustic Cafe. Bridgeport, CT

Strung Out with Masked Intruder and La Armada
@ The Starlite Room. Edmonton, Canada

Sun-Dried Vibes
@ Boone’s Bar. Charleston, SC

Sweetwater 420 Fest featuring Snoop Dogg, AER Thievery Corporation, Cold War Kids, and many more
@ Centennial Olympic Park. Atlanta, GA

The Expendables with Wheeland Brothers
@ Mateel Community Center. Redway, CA

The Hip Abduction
@ Terra Fermata. Stuart, FL

The Wailers
@ Indian Spring Park. Waco, TX

Tim Barry
@ The Masquerade. Atlanta, GA

Tribal Seeds with The Movement, and Gonzo Beyond I Sight
@ Belly Up. Aspen, CO (Spring Roots Tour)

Wanee Music Festival featuring Gov’t Mule, Dumpstaphunk, Widespread Panic, and more
@ Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park. Live Oak, FL

Saturday, April 18th 

AER with Jez Dior and Packy
@ Cat’s Cradle. Carrboro, NC

Against Me! with Roger Harvey and Caves
@ DYNAMO. Zurich, Switzerland

Austin Reggae Fest featuring Alika with Dub Gideon, The Slackers, and more
@ Auditorium Shores at Town Lake Metropolitan Park. Austin, TX (Kingston City Tour)

Barrington Levy
@ Casselmans. Denver, CO
=The Pier Will Be In Attendance=

Ballyhoo! with Hor!Zen
@ Ocean Deck. Daytona Beach, FL (Spring Tour)

Buzzfest featuring Dirty Heads, Godsmack, Breaking Benjamin, AWOLNATION, New Politics, Buck cherry, and more
@ The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion. Houston, TX

Byrdfest Music Festival featuring Josh Heinrichs Skillinjah, Grateful Dead Experience, Allman Brothers Tribute, and more
@ Byrds Adventure Center. Ozark, AR

Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival featuring AC/DC, Bad Religion, Brand New, Jack White, Los Rakas, OFF!, Ryan Adams, Steely Dan and many more
@ Empire Polo Club. Indio, CA

Dave Hause
@ Badger State Brewing Company. Green Bay, WI

Fayuca
@ B Ryder’s. Bakersfield, CA (All Access Spring Tour)

Fortunate Youth with Tribal Seeds, The Movement, HIRIE, and Leilani Wolfgramm
@ The Depot. Salt Lake City, UT (Don’t Think Twice Spring Tour)

Fyah on the Water featuring Tribal Seeds, Kottonmouth Kings, Marlon Asher, Arden Park Roots, Mystic Roots, Indubious, and many more
@ Camp Pollock. Sacramento, CA

Global Citizen 2015 Earth Day featuring No Doubt, Usher, Fall Out Boy, Mary J Blige, Train, Common, WILL.I.AM, and more
@ Washington Monument Grounds. Washington, DC

Great Southwest Cajun Fest featuring Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, Zach Deputy, Bad Cactus Brass Band, and more
@ Margaret T. Hance Park. Phoenix, AZ

Groundation with Nahko and Medicine for the People
@ L’Autre Canal Nancy. Nancy, France (A Miracle Tour)

Higher Grounds Music Festival featuring Sublime with Rome, Steel Pulse, The Kottonmouth Kings, and TECH N9NE
@ Pozo Saloon. Pozo, CA

Iration with Stick Figure, Hours Eastly, and more
@ House of Blues. Cleveland, OH (Tales From The Sea Tour)

Jimmy Cliff
@ Club Citta. Kawasaki, Japan

Jon Wayne and The Payne with Natty Nation, Kevin Kinsella, Aaron Kamm The One Drops, and more
@ High Noon Saloon. Madison, WI

KFMA Day featuring Pepper, Three Days Grace, Five Finger Death Punch, and more
@ Kino Veterans Memorial Stadium. Tucson, AZ

One Drop
@ Rockbar Inc.. Scottsdale, AZ

PASSAFIRE with Stranger Band
@ Gillies Bar. Kearney, NE (Interval Tour)

Pure Aloha Concert featuring Anyhea, New Age Tribe, and SpawnBreezie
@ Rio Hotel Casino. Las Vegas, NV

Rocky Votolato
@ Private Local Residence. Los Angeles, CA (Living Room Tour)

Rootz Underground
@ La Cave a Musique. Macon, France

SOJA with NAS, J BOOG, and DJ Westafa
@ Red Rocks Amphitheatre. Morrison, CO

Soul’d Out Music Festival featuring Yasiin Bey (aka Mos Def) with Bad Brains, Don Carlos, and more
@ Various Venues. Portland, OR

Strung Out with Masked Intruder and La Armada
@ Louis’ Pub. Saskatoon, Canada

Sun-Dried Vibes
@ The Gin Mill. Charlotte, NC

Sweetwater 420 Fest featuring Gov’t Mule, Primus, Cage The Elephant, and many more
@ Centennial Olympic Park. Atlanta, GA

SweetWater Brewing Record Store Day Party featuring Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad, Elementree Livity Project, Indyca, and more
@ Bogart’s. Cincinnati, OH

The Expendables
@ Domino Room. Bend, OR

Tulane University Crawfest featuring The Wailers, Earphunk, and more
@ LBC Quad. New Orleans, LA

Tim Barry
@ Black Market Bar. Birmingham, AL

Wanee Music Festival The Revivalists, Cheap Trick, Widespread Panic, and more
@ Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park. Live Oak, FL

Sunday, April 19th 

AER with Jez Dior and Packy
@ The Orange Peel. Asheville, NC

Against Me! with Roger Harvey and Caves
@ Live Forum. Assago Mi, Italy

Austin Reggae Fest featuring New Kingston, The Skatalites, Black Slate, and more
@ Auditorium Shores at Town Lake Metropolitan Park. Austin, TX (Kingston City Tour)

Bad Religion with OFF!
@ The Regency Ballroom. San Francisco, CA (Battle of the Centuries Tour)

Ballyhoo!
@ The Boathouse. Myrtle Beach, SC (Spring Tour)

Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival featuring AC/DC, Brand New, Jack White, Los Rakas, Ryan Adams, Steely Dan and many more
@ Empire Polo Club. Indio, CA

Collie Buddz with The Movement
@ Aggie Theatre. Fort Collins, CO

Dave Hause
@ Fizz. Chicago, IL

Fayuca
@ Slidebar. Fullerton, CA (All Access Spring Tour)

Fortunate Youth with Hirie
@ Brooklyn Bowl. Las Vegas, NV (Don’t Think Twice Spring Tour)

Fyah on the Water featuring Tribal Seeds, Kottonmouth Kings, Marlon Asher, Arden Park Roots, Mystic Roots, Indubious, and many more
@ Camp Pollock. Sacramento, CA

Groundation with Nahko and Medicine for the People
@ Ancienne Belgique – AB. Brussels, Belgium (A Miracle Tour)

Iration with Stick Figure, Hours Eastly, and more
@ Mr. Smalls Theatre. Pittsburg, PA (Tales From The Sea Tour)

Jimmy Cliff
@ Convention Center – Exhibit Hall. Okinawa, Japan

Loyolapalooza featuring Radical Something and more
@ Loyola University. Baltimore, MD

Rocky Votolato
@ Private Local Residence. Los Angeles, CA (Living Room Tour)

SOJA with Dustin Thomas
@ Fox Theatre. Boulder, CO

Soul’d Out Music Festival featuring Yasiin Bey (aka Mos Def) with Bad Brains, Don Carlos, and many more
@ Various Venues. Portland, OR

Strung Out with Masked Intruder and La Armada
@ Pyramid Cabaret. Winnipeg, Canada

Sweetwater 420 Fest featuring 311, Slightly Stoopid, The Wailers, MOE., and many more
@ Centennial Olympic Park. Atlanta, GA

The Expanders with Morgan Heritage and Jemere Morgan
@ Belly Up Tavern. Solana Beach, CA

The Expendables Acoustic
@ Altamont Brewery. Livermore, CA

Tim Barry
@ Loosey’s. Gainesville, FL

Monday, April 20th

420 In The Streets featuring Collie Buddz, Tatanka, Cypress Hill, Method Man and Redman, and more
@ Cervantes. Denver, CO

AER with Jez Dior and Packy
@ Bijou Theatre. Knoxville, TN

Bad Religion with OFF!
@ The Regency Ballroom. San Francisco, CA (Battle of the Centuries Tour)

Chico Breaks The Record!! 30 Days of Music featuring Mystic Roots
@ Red Rocks Amphitheatre. Morrison, CO

Collie Buddz with The Movement
@ Green Labs Co-Working. Denver, CO

Dirty Heads
@ Varsity Theatre. Baton Rouge, LA

Fayuca
@ Gallagher’s. Huntington Beach, CA (All Access Spring Tour)

J BOOG with Inna Vision and DJ Westafa
@ House of Blues. Anaheim, CA

John Brown’s Body with The Brooklyn Attractors and DJ Tickklah
@ Brooklyn Bowl. Brooklyn, NY

420 in the Streets with: Methodman, Redman, Cypress Hill, Collie Buddz, Tatanka more
@ Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom. Denver, CO – 12pm

Mike Pinto Acoustic
@ I I Brewery. Chino, CA

PASSAFIRE with Stranger Band
@ Bottleneck. Lawrence, KS (Interval Tour)

SOJA with Dustin Thomas
@ Belly Up. Aspen, CO

Soul’d Out Music Festival featuring Yasiin Bey (aka Mos Def) with Bad Brains, Don Carlos, and many more
@ Various Venues. Portland, OR

Spiritual Rez
@ The Spot. Providence, RI

Sun-Dried Vibes with Oogee Wawa and Bumpin Uglies
@ The Trap. Charlotte, NC

-If you’re a group that would like to be included in The Pier Weekend Show Locator, submit your shows in a direct email request to Eric@ThePier.org before Wednesday of each week to make our weekly Friday publish!

Show Locator Article By: Eric Schoep

Check out the weekend’s posters…

Tulane University Crawfest Tribal Seeds Spring Roots Tour The Expendables SweetWater Brewing Recrod Store Day Party Sweetwater 420 Fest SOJA and NAS RX Bandits East and West Coast Tour Rootz Underground Pure Aloha Festival PASSAFIRE Interval Tour One Drop John Brown's Body J BOOG Keep Di Road Dusty Tour Iration Tales From The Sea Tour Higher Grounds Music Festival Groundation A Miracle Tour Great Southwest Cajun Fest Global Citizen 2015 Earth Day Fyah On The Water Free The Plant Fortunate Youth Don't Think Twice Spring Tour Fayuca All Access Spring Tour Byrdfest Music Festival Buzzfest Ballyhoo! Spring Tour Bad Religion Battle of the Centuries Tour Austin Reggae Festival AER 420 In The Streets

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Buffett performs in Orlando

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Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band played last night at the Amway Arena in Orlando FL. Buffett last performed at the venue back on February 4th 2012.

The set list from the show is now available. Some changes included “Pascagoula Run”, “Only Time Will Tell”, and “Nautical Wheelers” for the final encore.

The next show is on Saturday April 18th at the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre in Tampa Bay, FL.

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Michael Franti’s ‘Once A Day’ Tour

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If there is one thing Michael Frannti is known for, besides his uplifting music, it’s his energetic performances, often jumping out into the crowd for a few songs. During a performance on Rock Boat this past January, Franti injuring himself, left the trip early, and cancelled a February tour of the east coast. Now Michael Franti and Spearhead have recently announced a brand new set of tour dates spanning the US.

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Tearing the meniscus in his left knee, Franti, following a performance on crutches for a show at the Belly Up in Aspen, got knee surgery in early February. After a bit of recovery, Franti was back on his feet a month later, returning to play the Belly Up before touring across Australia and New Zealand through April.

This summer, after sets late in May at California Roots in Monterey, California and then in Napa at the Bottlerock festival, Franti will hit the road in the beginning of June. The Once A Day Tour kicks off in Virgina before playing up the northeast, through the Midwest and down into the southeast. After a few more festival performances mid–summer, in August, the tour picks back up at Wanderlust Whistler in British Columbia before heading down the west coast. Supporting Michael Franti and Spearhead on select dates will be The Soul Rebels, Nattali Rize and Notis.

Recycling old show art, designed by Ryan Dreimiller, explaining why he chose to bring back the image, Franti posted that the “Love Bomber” symbolizes the opportunity that all of us have to share and inspire caring each day we are on the planet, with all the war, social turmoil and environmental destruction we see in the world today, we feel this message is more important than it ever has been.

Last October, Franti announced he was in the studio recording vocals on a new record. The first few tracks are expected out his summer. The title of this tour also coincides with the band’s upcoming new single Once A Day It’s a track Franti says talks about the chaos and uncertainty of life and my belief that we should all take the time to hug, kiss, remember and love somebody “AT LEAST once a day.” It’s all about highlighting positivity, finding ways to give back to the greater good, celebrating the journey and being grateful for the blessings and challenges of life.

For more about Michael Franti, his music, and information about upcoming tour dates, check out the details below:

michael franti and spearhead Tour Dates

Related Links:
Michael Franti Website
Michael Franti Facebook
Michael Franti Twitter

Article By: Aaron Solomon

Watch: Michael Franti and Spearhead – “Say Hey (I Love You)”

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I Bought a Bar In Key West!

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                                                  I BOUGHT A BAR IN KEY WEST!

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Well, the title isn’t entirely correct. What I did was buy into a bar in Key West! Dave and Leslie Bevens, owners of The Cork and Stogie, after six years of ownership, were looking for a partner and it was just a natural fit for us. I’m grateful to both of them for taking me on!

To start with, The Cork’ is our regular local bar. Before Dani and I moved a year ago, it was three blocks away. Now it’s two blocks. We would stop by there several times a week and always felt right at home. It’s a neighborhood bar, which also gets the most interesting visitors from out of town, so there’s always someone interesting to chat with and who knows what might be the subject at hand?

Authors, comedians, actors, locals, and musicians seem to gravitate to the Cork’. It’s that kind of place!  

How this all came about was around the beginning of February Viva Zapata was up for sale. I ran over there when I heard about it and, along with two others made arrangements to buy the place. In the end however, I came to the realization that we really didn’t have enough to do the deal. We’d be able to close on it and keep it alive for a few months, but after that the rent would be going up on a graduated scale and be double what it started, in the height of the slowest part of the year. If we had another $100,000 or so, it could work, but that wasn’t the case. In the end we decided to pass on it. The owner had reserve people and they have since bought it and I wish them the very best!

Shortly after this, I was at the Cork and Stogie and Dave asked me if I’d be interested in joining the fold. For me it was a “no brainer”. Dave and I were friends outside the Cork’ and have known each other for years. He and Leslie are honest as the day is long and they call things as they see them, with no tap dancing involved, so to speak.

So, now I am a bar owner in Key West! What a thrill!

We have some things to accomplish and a few hurdles to crest to do so, however we’re underway!

Me, being a musician, would love to have live music at the Cork! We have the appropriate license from the City of Key West, however we don’t have the licenses from BMI, ASCAP, and SESAC, the companies that pay what’s known in the music business as “the mechanical royalties”, or the royalties that are paid when someone plays your song live at a venue, radio airplay, on a jukebox. So looking into that is on the agenda. The biggest hurdle is will it make money, or lose money? The Cork is extremely small. Without getting into specific numbers, lets just say that for the Cork to invest in paying for the mechanical rights to all three organizations, BMI, ASCAP, and SESAC, will it pay off? So, we’re not sure if having live music is something that will work. It’s ironic that a Nashville published songwriter (me) buys into a bar, but may not be able to have live music. I’m not complainig or groaning mind you. It is what it is. Over the years I’ve seen BMI, ASCAP, and SESAC sue bars and restaurants for not paying the fees and they win every time, rightfully so. What I’ve seen are damages judgements anywhere from $65,000 to close to $200,000. That’s not an option. At the moment live music is on hold and we’re using other sources for atmosphere music, namely Pandora.

We’re also looking at a new A/C system. The old one just won’t cut it when summer hits.

Patio seating is likewise a very large issue we have to look into. We have some homework to tackle concerning the City of Key West.


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The porch of The Cork and Stogie seems to always draw the trade winds that flow through Key West.

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Dani Hoy behind the bar at the Cork’ She doesn’t actually work there, but she looks like she does!

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The Cork and Stogie’s Living Room

So, now I’m an owner of a bar in Key West! I think the funniest thing about it all was, after Dave and I made the final agreement and I bought my share, we went and told bartenders Tiffany and Mark. Tiffany quit on the spot! HA HA! Actually, by coincidence, Tiffany was going to give her notice that day anyway, as it turned out. She’s starting a paddle board yoga business! Tiffany’s been just fantastic over the three years she’s been here. I of course, only saw her as a bartender for those three years and not a co-worker, save for the last two weeks, but The Cork and it’s patrons will all miss Tiffany! Good luck Tiffany!

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As we speak, The Cork has an assortment of over 60 beers, an excellent wine selection, as well as a unique collection of cigars, many of which are not found on the island.

The Cork and Stogie is located at 1218 Duval St., Key West, Fl. Conch Republic U.S.A.

When you’re in town, be sure to stop and check us out!!!!! 


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RIDE AROUND KEY WEST IN AN MGB

Recently Dave Senior and I went for a ride around Key West in an MGB owned by Brian Bradley.

If you’d like to see what Key West looks like from a 45 year old British sports car convertible, here it is! Thanks Dave and Brian!

Part 1

Part 2


Part 3

Thanks everyone!!!

To hear and download my music

http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/keywestchris

Also available on iTunes, and CD Universe! Search:  “Key West Chris” 


 

Article source: http://keywestmusic.blogspot.com/2015/04/i-bought-bar-in-key-west.html

Buffett to add a show in Detroit

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Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefers​ will perform at the Chene Park Riverfront Amphitheater in Detroit MI on Thursday, June 25, 2015. More details will be announced today.

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Buffett to add a show in Detroit

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Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefers​ will perform at the Chene Park Riverfront Amphitheater in Detroit MI on Thursday, June 25, 2015. More details will be announced today.

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Miguel Happoldt Talks Perro Bravo

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During a call that lasted an hour, I was able to catch up with Sublime’s Miguel Happoldt to discuss his band, Perro Bravo, and the 4/20/15 premiere of their new music video on The Pier that also pays homage to the late Ikey and Aaron Owens. Plus, they have a Bay area tour from April 23rd – 25th.
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Perro Bravo, a 3-piece reggae-rock group out of Long Beach, CA that consists of Miguel Happoldt on guitar/vocals, ex-falling idol Greg Lowther on drums and Mike Long on bass.

The group teamed up with The Pier’s own Jeff Pliskin of Raised Fist Propaganda to shoot the music video for their song “4 On The Floor”. The video was shot in Sunset Beach, a neighboring community of Long Beach that Miguel refers to as his second home and a place where his good friend Brad Nowell lived and surfed.

The music video shows the great day and the life of the band starting off with the group rehearsing at the Compound Studio in Long Beach before heading to Mothers Bar in Sunset to shoot the group performing a live gig. Miguel explained: “There’s a little bar down in Sunset called Mothers that we’ve been going to for 30 years and it’s like an old banged up beach-shack. The main part of the video is shot at the Compound Studio in Long Beach, a studio where Ikey Owens use to record a lot, a long with myself and Marshall Goodman.”

[Related: Rest In Peace Isaiah Ikey Owens]

Isaiah ‘Ikey’ Owens was an amazing producer and keyboardist who passed away on Oct. 14th, 2014 while on tour with Jack White. Ikey played with Long Beach Dub All Stars, and contributed music for Sublime, Reel Big Fish, among others. Ikey’s brother and guitarist Aaron Owens, who was in Hepcat and founded the band Pocket Lent with Ikey, would later pass away on March 26th, 2015. Miguel had lasting ties with writing and producing music with both brothers and brought them together last year for the Skunk Records 25th Anniversary shows.

“I’m glad I made those two jam together,” reflects Miguel. “They loved each other as brothers, but it was hard to get them to jam together. They were just both musical forces of nature, you know what I mean? I have a lot of good music from Ikey and a lot of good music from Aaron. Aaron was working on an album, so we’re going to finish that. Everybody wants to pitch in, all the Hepcat guys, just an all-star cast of characters. Ikey’s solo album is coming out on Thirdman Records, Jack White’s label.”

IMG_5160bMiguel went on to explain how he worked with Aaron Owens recently on the forthcoming Slightly Stoopid record with a song that features G. Love which looks to make the new Stoopid record. The song is titled “Everyday Life”.

In addition to projects with finishing Aaron Owens album, producing 3 new Slightly Stoopid songs (one of which expected to make the new album), Miguel is also looking to release a new Perro Bravo album and yes, it will be featured on iTunes. He’s expected to finally put all 3 Perro Bravo albums on iTunes, possibly as soon as this summer.

“I wanted to try and do Vinyl only, but it turns out, and you’re never going to believe this, all of the distributors wont take the vinyl until it’s on iTunes. There’s no distributor that will take my records, so if it’s on iTunes they’ll take it.”

There’s a song on Perro Bravo’s last album titled “The Neighbor Hoods” that he remixed with Slightly Stoopid’s engineer J Wiz. The song features Kyle McDonald of Stoopid with the addition of hip-hop vocalist, Philieano. Jeff, of Raised Fist Propaganda, also shot a music video for that song that includes appearances by Kyle McDonald and Miles Doughty of Slightly Stoopid, in addition to Opie Ortiz. That video will be released following the 4/20/15 video premiere of “4 On The Floor”.

With everything going on, Miguel plans to take his band out of town to the Bay area for an extended weekend, starting Thursday April 23rd, performing the Atrium, which is the front room to The Catalyst. Friday, they’ll be at The Red Hat in Concord before playing the Make-Out room in San Francisco, making this their second trip to the city.

“The Catalyst is my favorite venue in the world, hands down. I wish we were in the big room at the Catalyst, that venue is great! When Sublime first started out, the dream was to play the Catalyst,” Miguel acknowledged. He continued on by saying: “Anytime we play San Francisco, it’s a hard one because of the whole Brad thing, for me,” referring to Brad Nowell’s untimely passing in 1996.

Miguel did gush about the bay area, saying “San Francisco is the music town, it always has been and probably always be. NOFX got big there, plus all the hippy bands. Punk was big there before LA. It’s like people go there to live a nice life around the art and fun shit and that energy comes IMG_5224bthrough.”

When I asked Miguel if there were plans to perform any covers, Miguel immediately started playing on guitar, over the phone, covering “Just Another Crowd” by Operation Ivy. He went on to explain that: “Perro Bravo always cater something in the set to where we are. If we’re going to San Francisco, we’re going to try and play some Grateful Dead or the Dead Kennedys. The covers we do are geographically specific. The people who get it, go crazy because they understand what we’re saying.” Living in Denver, CO I had to ask Miguel what they would play out here and he immediately starts jamming over the phone, covering Bill Walsh‘s “Rocky Mountain Way” which was awesome!

If you’re in the bay area, make a point to get out of your house and into one of the 3 venues to catch Perro Bravo live. Make a point to get there before 8:00pm to reassure you don’t miss their set. Stay tuned for more updates as they’re made and come back on April 20th, 2015 to view the Video Premiere of “4 On The Floor”.

Upcoming Dates:
April 23rd @ The Catalyst. Santa Cruz, CA
April 24th @ Red Hat. Concord, CA
April 25th @ The Make-Out Room. San Francisco, CA

Related Links:
Perro Bravo Website
Perro Bravo Facebook
Perro Bravo Bandcamp

Article By: Mike Patti
Photos By: David Norris

Watch: Perro Bravo – “Ready Fe Rock” (ft. Philieano)

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Live: Strung Out (4/10 & 4/11/15)

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Date: Monday, March 23rd, 2015
Line Up: Strung Out, Masked Intruder, La Armada, Basic
4/10/15 Location: Hawthorne Theatre. Portland, OR
4/11/15 Location: El Corazon. Seattle, WA

Strung Out Live @ Hawthorne Theater. Portland, OR

Five years have passed since Strung Out’s last record and they have just released Transmission. Alpha. Delta and kicked off a nationwide tour to follow. The new album is everything fans would expect and more from the Fat Wreck vets with a perfect blend of their signature punk and metal with beautiful and relevant vocal melodies, rigorous riffs, and inventive beats. On Friday, April 10th fans gathered at the Hawthorne Theatre in Portland for the second show of the tour in order to hear the new sounds first hand.

There was a light drizzle over PDX before our interview with guitarist Rob Ramos and drummer Jordan Burns to talk about long time producer, engineer, and friend Ryan Greene. Rob and I shook hands and he asked if we had met before. I told him I had been going to Strung Out shows for almost 20 years so he probably saw me in the pit or singing up front in San Diego, Los Angeles, Pomona, Anaheim, San Luis Obispo, San Francisco, Petaluma, or Phoenix.

Rob informed me of the addition of Matt Riddle on bass guitar (Face to Face, No Use For A Name) to his side project Implants, adding a completely new, yet familiar, element to their music. He also mentioned collaborating with producer Ryan Greene for Implants new release.

After the interview, photographer Keoki Badiang and I checked out supporting band La Armada from the Dominican Republic. The fast and aggressive quintet relocated to Chicago due to the prominent Latin punk/hardcore scene. Fans of hard-lined, balls-to-the-wall music would do themselves a favor by checking them out. StrungOut4

Next up was Masked Intruder from Madison, Wisconsin. They are fairly new to the Fat family and are known for always sporting their colored ski masks. The group is made up of Intruder Blue, Intruder Green, Intruder Yellow, and Intruder Red. Intruder Purple is no longer with the band and details of his departure could not be confirmed. I could have been talking to one of the guys before the show, but will probably never know.

Going to punk shows nowadays is a very nostalgic experience. Everyone is mostly laughing and telling stories of their recent experience with the bands. People discuss new music being produced by the artists in a scene that is still very much alive. A few things have changed, instead of skating to shows and talking about our stupid teachers, we are drinking beer and discussing our jobs and kids. Everyone is engaged in conversation and not staring at his or her cell phone.

Strung Out began to play and the Hawthorne Theatre went ape shit. So far, this is my favorite venue in Portland. The rustic brick architecture provides pretty clear acoustics for a band any music lover can appreciate with attention to detail. They opened with “Rats In The Walls,” the first track and the first song written for Transmission. Alpha. Delta.

After the first song Jason Cruz said, “Hey Portland, it’s been a few years. We’re back.” Strung Out is fucking back. They played a diverse mix of old and new tunes. Just like the last time I saw them play, the pit immediately formed and people were singing along with passion. Cruz shared the microphone with those in the front row to assist with the lyrics everyone knows and appreciates.

Strung Out’s energy on stage has not wavered over the years. They are all still extremely ardent with each note and it shines through in their stage performance. Just follow bass player Chris Aiken as he traverses the entire stage and you’ll know what I’m talking about.

With Transmission. Alpha. Delta receiving outstanding reviews and hovering at the top of the hard rock charts, take comfort in the fact that Strung Out is not going anywhere as they continue to push the limits with their music.

Strung Out Live @ El Corazon. Seattle, WA

The tour continued to El Corazon in Seattle and we were not far behind. We met up with the guys who were watching the AMA Supercross championship on their bus. The discussion was on Washington’s marijuana laws as we showed them samples from Cultivate Northwest, a premiere provider to medical patients for the last few years. Jordan looked at us like we were crazy for not watching Ryan Dungey clinch his second 450 championship and turned the volume up to drown out our voices.

Jake Kiley described the new record’s producer Kyle Black as being able to put them out of their comfort zones. A typical album took 4-6 weeks, knowing what they wanted to record before going into the studio was essential. This time they laid down tracks and went off with their separate side projects and had time to reflect, over a span of 7 months with additional time for mixing and mastering. The effort that was put into this new album is easily reflected in the sound and songwriting. The band said in a press release, “we feel this is the most complete and intense music we have ever created.”

Ten years ago La Armada invited Strung Out to their little island in the Dominican Republic. Now they are fortunate to be on the entire U.S. and Canada tour to share their unique, fast, hard, loud, creative, and fun blend of music that I can only describe as “Islandcore.”
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Masked Intruder remains on the loose while watched over by an assigned officer for the rest of their trip. I did not hear about any mischief they got into last night. They were probably anxious to get over the Canadian border to wreak some more havoc upon our northern neighbors. We will update you as reports come in.

I was able to snag an interview with Blue Intruder without being stopped by security detail. I said, “nice set.” He replied with, “thanks.”

Strung Out’s road crew is no joke. They are all over the place setting up equipment, selling merchandise, and dealing with us annoying media at every turn. We found out their tour manager Jon Shimer inadvertently threw the social media-sphere into a frenzy with a rumor that Green Day’s Billie Jo Armstrong wears a wig. The post went viral. Look at pictures, you be the judge.

Strung Out’s last tour featured performances of their record’s Suburban Teenage Wasteland Blues and Twisted By Design, back to back, so everyone knew what to expect and loved every second of it. Just listen to both of those albums in a row to understand the feat of that hour and fifty minute set. The last two days were no exception. Again, their set was a blended compilation of Strung Out then and now.

As if the weekend could not get any more educational, Strung Out invited us back on the bus to talk after the set. We had some rare time with Jason Cruz, whose vocals are taken to the next level on this new album. “Nowheresville” is one he prefers to sing and the night’s set also included “Rats In The Walls,” “Rebellion of the Snakes,” “Modern Drugs,” “Tesla,” and “Black Maps.”

I asked Jason if he could give me a Strung Out tattoo after the tour. “I’m not a tattoo artist, I’m an oil painter.” His breathtaking artwork graces the cover of the new album and you can pick up his original art and prints at their merch booth before they’re gone. I believe he still has a poetry book in circulation and is making moves with his other project Jason Cruz Howl.

The humble gentlemen naturally get better with each album and performance. Their songs have been featured in multiple video games including the last Guitar Hero – Rob says he got a high score. Their music has evolved into a nice culmination of the styles each member brings to the table and the sounds they have made so recognizable to all of the grateful fans in attendance in Portland and Seattle.

Word got out they would be on the road with NOFX, Lagwagon, maybe Good Riddance and possibly some other familiar faces in the Fat Wreck Chords family this summer for a Fat Wreck Chords Tour. We will keep you posted as I blow a proverbial load of punk spunk into my hypothetical pants.

Strung Out Set-List:
Set List:
1.) Rats in the Walls
2.) Rebellion of the Snakes
3.) Scarlet
4.) Velvet Alley
5.) Ultimate Devotion
6.) Her Name in Blood
7.) Animal and the Machine
8.) Never Speak Again
9.) Savant
10.) Wrong Side of the Tracks
11.) Modern Drugs
12.) Too Close to See
13.) Novocaine
14.) Nowheresville
15.) Jackie-O
16.) Tesla
17.) Misanthropic
18.) Matchbook
Encore:
19.) Black Maps
20.) Everyday
21.) Firecracker

Related Links:
Strung Out Website
Strung Out Facebook
Masked Intruder Website
La Armada Hardcore Website

Article by: Blake Taylor
Photos by: Keoki Badiang

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