Meet Me In The Keys 2014


Meet me in the Keys 2014 registration is now open!  Read registration instructions first, then Click here to register.

Here is the preliminary daily schedule for the event. Remember that you must be a member of one of the Castaways clubs in order to register and attend.


Wednesday, June 4
Goodie bag stuffing
Pre-event outing at Smokin’ Tuna Saloon
Thursday, June 5
Check in/credential pick up
“P-Jammin’ Pajama Party” at Doubletree Ballroom – music by the John Patti Project, with opening act Roger Jokela
Friday, June 6
Pool party all afternoon – music by John Patti, Jimi Pappas and John Frinzi
Fun, relay-type pool games
You can sign up for Kokomo Joe’s Off Duval Bar Crawl, which involves stops at 5 bars where you will receive a free drink at each. A portion of the proceeds from this outing will be donated to Care Camp. For more details and to sign up for that, please go to It’s a fun night!

Saturday, June 7
Annual Hangover Classic Walk to Hurricane Hole – music by Frankendread, followed by Dennis McCaughey of Tropical Soul
While there, attendees can rent jet skis, paddle boards, kayaks, speed boats and more
Snorkel trips, trips around the reef and other fun available
Food and drink specials
Private, attendees-only concert at the historic San Carlos Theater by Howard Livingston and the Mile Marker 24 Band!

Sunday, June 8
All-day outing to Snipe Point – includes lunch, free beer, wine and rum punch – concert by Howard Livingston’s trio.
The San Carlos and Snipe Point outings are limited seating so register early to assure your spot! Registration is now open.


Pirate Code – Bartholomew Roberts (Black Bart)

    1. Every man shall have an equal vote in affairs of moment. He shall have an equal title to the fresh provisions or strong liquors at any time seized, and shall use them at pleasure unless a scarcity may make it necessary for the common good that a retrenchment may be voted.
    2. Every man shall be called fairly in turn by the list on board of prizes, because over and above their proper share, they are allowed a shift of clothes. But if they defraud the company to the value of even one dollar in plate, jewels or money, they shall be marooned. If any man rob another he shall have his nose and ears slit, and be put ashore where he shall be sure to encounter hardships.
    3. None shall game for money either with dice or cards.
    4. The lights and candles should be put out at eight at night, and if any of the crew desire to drink after that hour they shall sit upon the open deck without lights.
    5. Each man shall keep his piece, cutlass and pistols at all times clean and ready for action.
    6. No boy or woman to be allowed amongst them. If any man shall be found seducing any of the latter sex and carrying her to sea in disguise he shall suffer death.
    7. He that shall desert the ship or his quarters in time of battle shall be punished by death or marooning.
    8. None shall strike another on board the ship, but every man’s quarrel shall be ended on shore by sword or pistol in this manner. At the word of command from the quartermaster, each man being previously placed back to back, shall turn and fire immediately. If any man do not, the quartermaster shall knock the piece out of his hand. If both miss their aim they shall take to their cutlasses, and he that draw the first blood shall be declared the victor.
    9. No man shall talk of breaking up their way of living till each has a share of 1,000. Every man who shall become a cripple or lose a limb in the service shall have 800 pieces of eight from the common stock and for lesser hurts proportionately.
    10. The captain and the quartermaster shall each receive two shares of a prize, the master gunner and boatswain, one and one half shares, all other officers one and one quarter, and private gentlemen of fortune one share each.
    11. The musicians shall have rest on the Sabbath Day only by right. On all other days by favor only.

Sessions: John Friday

- Bonita Springs-based songwriter John Friday

Sessions is a music series that features live performances by some of the best Southwest Florida bands and musicians actively working in the 239.

This week the Sessions team chatted with Bonita Springs-based songwriter John Friday. He also came by the studio to perform “Coastal Dreamin’” and “Beachfront.”

How do you describe your sound?

John Friday: Well, we call the genre trop rock. The easiest way to describe it is to think Jimmy Buffett, Zac Brown, Kenny Chesney, the islandy sort of sound. … My own writing tends to be all over the map. I have stuff that kind of goes into the Waylon Jennings, outlaw country sort of sound and then other stuff that’s very steel drum, palm trees, margaritas on the beach kind of songs.

When did you decide to make music for a living?

Friday: I’ve been playing guitar since I was 13. When I was in high school I played in a few bands. I never really expected to make a career of it. … Back in 2008 I lost my teaching position due to budget cuts. And I talked it over with my girlfriend. We kind of said, let’s give it a try. I said I’ll do it for about a year and see how it goes.

Is it hard to do this full-time?

Friday: That’s a very frustrating aspect of this job. The pay is sporadic. Its erratic. It’s sometimes nonexistent and it’s a constant effort to keep that cash flow going on.  (Read More)

Archaeologists recover 5 cannons from wreck of Blackbeard’s ship


cannonraised.jpgArchaeologists have recovered five more cannons from the wreck Blackbeard’s flagship, the Queen Anne’s Revenge, off the coast of North Carolina.

State underwater archeologists on Monday raised the largest of the guns, weighing in at about 3,000 pounds.The other four weigh about 2,000 pounds, the Carteret County News-Times reported.

Project Director Billy Ray Morris says historians think the largest cannon was made in Sweden, indicating that Blackbeard had guns from different countries. State officials say about 280,000 artifacts have been recovered from the wreck.

“It was just an absolutely fantastic day,” Morris told the Carteret County News-Times. “If we can get this team in the future and weather like we had today, we will have the artifacts up by the end of 2014.”

Blackbeard, the world’s most famous pirate, captured a French slave ship and renamed it Queen Anne’s Revenge in 1717. Volunteers with the Royal Navy killed Blackbeard in Ocracoke Inlet the following year, five months after the ship sank.

The wreck was located in 1996 in Beaufort Inlet. According to the News-Times, archaeologists hope to retrieve all of the artifacts from the site by next year because of deterioration brought about by hurricanes that have hit the coast.

Morris told the News-Times that 30 cannons have been discovered at the site and at least eight remain on the ocean floor. As of Monday, 22 cannons have been raised from the wreckage.

“We know the records state that the Queen Anne’s Revenge had 40 cannons, and I believe we’ll find some more before it’s all over, but I’m not sure if we’ll find all 40,” he said.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Featured Artist – Captn Jac

Welcome to the Tiki Bar“A boy growin’ up in the heartland, surrounded by acres of grain.”  So goes the lyric from one of the songs on Captn Jac’s new album.  As the grandson of a Midwest farmer and son of a small town construction worker, he spent his youth learning how to plant crops and build homes.  By the time he’d turned 18, he decided on a different chosen career.  Music was to be the driving force in his life.  Since those early days, he has performed as a musician and entertainer in many styles of music.  He has played for crowds large and small all over the United States.  He attended the prestigious Berklee College of Music and performed on master recording sessions in New York, Memphis, and Nashville, TN.  The years spent in school and on the road finally lead him to discover his own voice as a songwriter.  In 2006 during a visit to the Caribbean island of St. Lucia, he was inspired to begin writing the songs that would eventually become the ‘Livin On The Hard’ album.  Released in 2010 by Pilothouse Music, it has been well received in concert and is widely available on most all the Internet music outlets. These days, the Captn and his “Crew” are performing in Florida playing music from the album as well as the “Gulf and Western”, “Trop Rock” and “Conch Country” sounds of other artists.  When the Captn is not performing, he loves sailing, diving, and spending time in the Florida Keys. Check out Captn Jac’s Site HERE


Kenny Chesney Helps Build Two Reefs in Jacksonville’s St John River

Kenny Chesney Helps Build Two Reefs in Jacksonville's St John River Kenny Chesney’s love of the ocean, the islands and being out on the water inspired the Luttrell, Tennessean to get involved with the Coastal Conservation Association’s project to place two man-made reefs in the heart of St John’s River, less than half a mile from the downtown I-95 bridge. Teaming with the national Building Conservation Trust, Kenny is matching the funds raised to help CCA complete their project.

“When you can have a hand in stewarding the health of the ocean,” Kenny said, “you’re insuring the survival of something very necessary for all of us, whether you’re a beach person or someone that won’t go near the water. The ecological balance is very delicate, especially in Florida, so I am honored to help them achieve this goal.”

The reefs – which will measure roughly 200 feet by 200 feet – will be composed of more than 30,000 cubic feet of concrete rubble.  Less than a mile from the nearest boat ramp, Jacksonville University will spend the next two years studying the impact of these structures on the surrounding areas.

“The material is going to be carefully arranged so that there will be no issues with clearance from the surface, but there will be areas with three to four feet of relief from the bottom intermixed with open spaces to create an ideal habitat for fish,” said CCA’s local  project spearhead Peyton Scheppe. “The area now is basically just an open sandbar so the transformation is going to be fascinating.”

These reefs are easily accessible by small boats and will provide much needed habitat and improved fishing in this section of the river, which is approximately 20 miles inland from the Atlantic.

“Costa asked me what I wanted to do with the money raised through our sunglasses last year,” said Kenny, “and I told them I’d like what we do to be something that renews the waterways, so people can enjoy them the way so many of my friends and fans do. To protect the oceans, bays and rivers is our responsibility – and I’m glad we can make a difference in the St. John River.”

Drawing inspiration from life on the water, the 8-time Academy of Country Music/Country Music Association Entertainer of the Year hopes to insure the future of the oceans and beaches. Earlier this year, Kenny donated a portion of the sales from Life On A Rock, his 7th Billboard Top 200 Albums No. 1 debut, to the Friends of the Virgin Islands National Park to help defray the costs of nature preservation.

Now that his No Shoes Nation 2013 Tour has played to over 1.25 million fans at 19 stadiums, Kenny is taking a hiatus before releasing his “Spread the Love” video, shot with the Wailers across historic Jamaica. The clip – along with downloads of the single track, unisex and girly t-shirts – support Chesney’s Spread the Love Fund to benefit the amputee victims of the Boston Bombing.

“Just because I’m taking a minute to exhale before getting back to music,” says Kenny, “doesn’t mean I’m any less committed to the world I live in! In some ways, when I pause I feel even more connected – and certainly more able to invest in some of these projects that we might miss in the rush of all the business.”

‘Parrot Heads’ Turn Out for Jimmy Buffett at Belly Up

buffettSAN DIEGO – Thursday evening was a big night at one of San Diego’s oldest and best known clubs. Hundreds of fans packed the Belly Up in Solana Beach to see Jimmy Buffett perform. San Diego 6 went out to talk to some of the “Parrot Heads” who began lining up hours before the concert began.

“We party with a purpose is our motto. It’s just kind of what he stands for, you know helping each other,” said self-described Parrot Head Gail Folsom. Like many of the fans standing in line, Folsom had seen Buffett many times. But never in a place like the Belly Up. Buffett typically sells out stadiums that seat tens of thousands. The Belly Up holds a total of 600 people. “I’m really excited cause this is like the closest I’ll ever be to Jimmy Buffett I think,” Folsom said.

Most of the fans in line already had their tickets to the concert. They were the lucky ones because this concert sold out within a matter of minutes. Still, there were some fans like a couple celebrating their 10th anniversary who were looking for tickets at the last minute. They acknowledged that their chances of getting any were slim. And there were others like David Lippe. He had a ticket, but he gave it to his mother in law, the selfless act of a true Parrot Head. “He got one for me. Is that the kindest thing?” said Karen O’Connor. Lippe laughingly answered saying, “It’s called babysitting for life.”

The Belly Up has been around since 1974 and it’s no stranger to big celebrity appearances. Two years ago, none other than Britain’s Prince Harry stopped in for a drink. But on Thursday night, it was all about Buffett and like other longtime fans who’ve seen him many times, for Joe and Maryann Riccardi, seeing him in a place the size of the Belly Up was a first. “We’ve seen him in a lot of bigger venues, but never in a place this small and this close to our home. So, it’s pretty cool,” said Joe Riccardi.

So, why would Jimmy Buffett play a relatively small venue like the Belly Up? One concert goer told San Diego 6 the answer to that question was simple. He loves his fans.

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Frankendread – McConnells Irish Pub – Free Rum – Sponsored by Caribbean Rum


Frankendread will be playing McConnell’s Irish Pub in Key West, FL, Thursday October 31, 8:00p – 12:00a. Oh, did we mention that it will be sponsored by Caribbean Rum with FREE RUM from 8:00-10:00?

Frankendread is an accomplished Caribbean performer, and his energetic performances puts smiles on everyone’s faces.
Known for his past inexhaustible performance schedule of corporate events, weddings, private parties, pool parties, conventions, clubs, bars, tiki huts, backyards, schoolyards, restaurants, cruises, street performances, resorts, subways, and any other conceivable venue, Frankendread’s mission of presenting island music anytime, anywhere, anyplace has served him well.

Since starting a career in island music in 1989 as a touring reggae drummer, lead vocalist, keyboardist and bandleader in Atlanta, Frankendread’s performances have spanned 17 countries and 43 states. During the years 1992, 1993, and 1994 he was named a “Caribbean Vocalist of the Year”.



McConnell’s Irish Pub & Grill is the most fun you can have outside Ireland. On the beautiful island of Key West, Florida, McConnell’s is the Southernmost Irish Pub in America!! Located on Duval St., it’s in the heart of the island’s festivities year round! Come join us for lunch with the kids, a dinner date, or with your buddies till the sun comes up!! We have a great late night menu that ends at 4A.M, a patio for sun soaking, a fully stocked bar with imported and domestic beer, and of course an Irish atmosphere that’s family friendly; smoke free environment! Bring the crew and raise your Guinness to a good time at McConnell’s!!



Some Pirates performing at MOTM

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Frankendread 10/29/2013 12:00 PM 2:00 PM Cork & Stogie
Southern Drawl Band 10/29/2013 7:00 PM  12:00 AM Schooner Wharf
Frankendread 10/30/2013 3:00 PM  5:00 PM Cork & Stogie
Jimmy Parrish & The Waves 10/30/2013 8:00 PM  12:00 AM Willie T’s
Southern Drawl Band 10/30/2013 9:00 PM  12:00 AM Margaritaville
Frankendread 10/30/2013 10:00 PM 11:00 PM McConnell’s Irish Bar and Grill
Steve Tolliver with Frankendread 10/31/2013 1:30 PM  2:15 PM Koz’s Green World Gallery
Frankendread 10/31/2013 3:00 PM  5:00 PM Cork & Stogie
Jimmy Parrish & The Waves 10/31/2013 8:00 PM  12:00 AM Willie T’s
Southern Drawl Band 10/31/2013 9:00 PM  12:00 AM Margaritaville
Jerry Diaz 11/1/2013 10:00 AM  12:00 PM Casa Marina Pool Bar
Frankendread 11/1/2013 12:00 PM 2:00 PM Cork & Stogie
Southern Drawl Band 11/1/2013 3:30 PM  5:30 PM Margaritaville Street Fest
Jimmy Parrish & The Waves 11/1/2013 8:00 PM  12:00 AM Willie T’s
Southern Drawl Band 11/1/2013 9:00 PM  12:00 AM Margaritaville
Jerry Diaz 11/2/2013 8:00 AM  10:00 AM Salute Restaurant
Frankendread 11/2/2013 2:00 PM  4:00 PM Cork & Stogie
Jimmy Parrish & The Waves 11/2/2013 8:00 PM  12:00 AM Willie T’s
Southern Drawl Band 11/2/2013 9:00 PM  12:00 AM Margaritaville
Frankendread 11/3/2013 4:00 PM 6:00 PM Cork & Stogie
Jimmy Parrish & The Waves 11/3/2013 8:00 PM  12:00 AM Willie T’s
Southern Drawl Band 11/3/2013 9:00 PM  12:00 AM Margaritaville


Book the Trop Rock Junkies for 2014

Dear Booking Agents, Promotors, Event Planners, Friends:

2014 is the year to book the Trop Rock Junkies for your event or at your club.   After being nominated for 4 Trop Rock Music Awards in 2012 and 3 in 2013 by the Trop Rock Music Association, the band has become one of the hottest acts around among Trop Rock fans and Parrot Heads.  From the Southeast to the Midwest they have performed at the Atlanta Jimmy Buffett Concert tailgate party, Music On The Bay in Tampa, Phins Gumbo Festival (2011), in Jacksonville, FL, Fin Fest in Columbia, SC, theTrop Rockin’ 4th of July in Anderson, IN, where they headlined a show to over 10,000 concert goers (see video) and most recently Charlotte Harbor Parrot Head Club’s annual “One Particular Harbor” Birthday Bash and the upcoming Atlanta and Tampa Bay Parrot Head Clubs Christmas Parties. They are already booked in 2014 for Stars Fell On Alabamawhere they are the headline act on Saturday Night, Music On The Bay andSarasota Bay PHC Birthday Bash.

The band is followed by thousands of trop rock fans across the country and they have a large following throughout Florida and the Southeast. Their blend of original high energy tropical themed rock with a mix of Jimmy Buffett, Kenny Chesney and Zac Brown Band, will be sure to please your event goers.

Below you will find additional information about the band.

Please contact me at your earliest convenience at 727-729-1549 or e-mail to book this band for your next event.

Steve Tolliver
Island Man