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.

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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 http://kokomojoeskeywest.com/. 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.

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TOWN, THE KEYS MINDSET, HOW TO TELL A LOCAL SONGWRITER FROM A TOURIST SONGWRITER, OPEN MIC IS BACK, FUNNY TOURIST QUESTION OF THE DAY

Yeah, this really IS a different country alright! HA HA HA!

KEY WEST ARTISAN MARKET!!!


For those in Key West, once a month, be sure to check out the new Key West Artisan Market! This is a fabulous addition to Key West and is getting rave reviews by all that have attended! This month’s is this coming Sunday, February 23, 2014!!! The event is held in the parking lot of The Restaurant Store, on Eaton St. Live music, crafts, fresh produce, and…. BEER!!!! The beer is brewed on premises at the Rastaurant Store, by Bone Island Brewing  and this Sunday’s event will be the official grand opening of the Brewery! 9 am – 2pm.

Here’s their Facebook page, so you can check it out!

https://www.facebook.com/events/394640290672980/

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Article source: http://keywestmusic.blogspot.com/2014/02/town-keys-mindset-how-to-tell-local.html

Beach Bum Update from Beachfront Radio

Let’s go Cruising!!!!! 
SongWaves announces Songwriter Cruisefest 2014 departing on May 8th!!
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This affordable 4 day adventure starts in Miami with stops in Key West and Cozumel. You’ll be entertained with some great artists like Keith Sykes, Dennis McCaughey, Matt Hoggatt, Dave McKenney and Candi Carpenter. All hosted by Radio Margaritaville’s JD Spradlin.
Tons of special events planned for you both onboard and in port. This awesome cruise also benefits Jimmy Buffett’s “Singing for Change” Foundation. 
$150 deposit will hold your spot now to March 1st – with full payment due in March and packages start at just $498/pp. What a great Valentine’s or Mother’s Day gift!  Check out their website for all the details and start packing
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Postcard Perfect Cruises

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Upcoming Trop Rock Events!
Registration is OPEN for these great Summertime events!

May 15-18 – Phins to the West - “Reggae By The River” Laughlin, Nv – John Frinzi, Sunny Jim, Rob Mehl, Bob Karwin, Tall Paul & Kristie Bobal, Crawdaddy, Jerry Gontang, Sam Rainwater, Brittany Kingery, Ramajay Intercoastal (w/Quincy Yeates) – Stars On The Water – The Calypso Nuts!

June 5 – 8 – Meet Me In The KeysKey West, Fl – The John Patti Project, The JP’s (John Patti and Jimi Pappas), John Frinzi, Dennis McCaughey and Howard Livingston and the Mile Marker 24 Band!

July 10-13 – Laid Back Attack Seattle, Wa – Jim Morris & the Big Bamboo Band, Jimi Pappas. John Patti, Don Middlebrook and the Pearl Divers, Brittany Kingery & Game Six, Scott Kirby, Mark Mulligan, Gene Mitchell, Thom Shepherd, Dani Hoy,  Sam Rainwater, Dave Calhoun, Dan Hower, Dave Roberts.

Lots of opportunities to get out an enjoy some great music and Party with a Purpose!

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Don’t forget to visit the Beachfront Radio Music Hut and check out all the COOL new music!

Our awesome sponsors that help us KEEP ON TROCKIN’

Fun News!!! Bar Tending

FUN NEWS!!!!
Fun news for the day! My Facebook page has garnered #5 in the Top Ten Tropical Pages!

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It’s great to have the acknowledgement and know that promoting Key West to the world pays off in appreciation! I run this blog with the same thing in mind. So many people the world over, love Key West and the Florida Keys, I try to help those who love it here to make it a part of their daily lives from afar. Even if it’s just for a few seconds on Facebook, or perhaps a bit longer and more in depth, here on the blog, it’s great to know it’s all worthwhile! Thank you Ed Robinson!!!

Also, check out Ed Robinson’s book, which is inexpensive and available on Amazon as a download “Leap Of Faith”, an autobiography on saying the heck with the rat race and buying a boat and living on it!

http://quityourjobandliveonaboat.wordpress.com/2014/01/14/top-ten-tropical-facebook-pages/


BAR TENDING WITH BORIS

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I started doing the Bar Tending With Boris videos almost two years ago. I started calling myself Boris because it fit with the word Bar Tending and also, it was my nickname in grammar school. In my school, everyone had a nickname. There was Gonzo, Dirk, Gabe, Fudd, Phonzo, Bunk, … the list went on and on! My nickname was “Boris” after Boris Badenov in the Rocky and Bullwinkle cartoons. HA HA!

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So it wasn’t like I just pulled the name out of thin air… I just pulled it out of mothballs!

The fun thing about doing it was that the first take is never right. The drink may sometimes need tweaking, but the video always does. Not being a believer in waste, naturally the drink in the bad take must be consumed. So, you can imagine what it can be like by the third or fourth take! :-O

Over time I’ve also had several assistants who have helped me out on these comic endeavors. Up to this last week, we’ve had Bobby DeVito (a.k.a. Bobby D.), Cindi Hogan, Doug Bittner, and Rick Hogan. The locations have also been in my own kitchen, 90 miles and three blocks from Havana, in Key West, as well as up on Cudjoe Key, twenty-two miles north of here. It’s been quite a laugh!

I say “comic”, as although the drink recipes are quite refined and authentic, the presentation is really, quite off the wall! First of all, there’s a bar tender named Boris and second, after three or four takes, he’s often hammered!


No, these are not bar tending videos that have some guy in a three piece suit, ruffled shirt, and a bow tie, who doesn’t know how to break a smile, being very, very serious in his drink making instruction. No, these are FUN videos and funny at the same time. After all, the ONLY reason people drink is to alter their consciousness, hopefully for the right reasons. What Bar Tending With Boris offers is something that is focused on the fun side of bar tending. If someone wants to see some guy acting like he just ate a lemon and has a stick up his ass, there are hundreds of them on Youtube to be seen. However, if someone wants to have fun and a good laugh, Bar Tending With Boris is for them!


In addition, the recipes we’re doing are actually second to none. I’ll put these recipes up against anything out there that the lemon eating, stick up the ass, bow tie bar tending, Youtube bar tendering brigade can offer. Don’t get me wrong. Their recipes are very good, but ours are on the level with the best of them, just a whole lot more fun to watch! In all the comic mayhem in the videos, if anyone who sees them tries the recipes, they’ll be amazed. They are all great recipes! Try them!


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In the last two editions that have been done, we’ve added my roommate my Dani Hoy, who has contributed immensely! First of all, there’s her marvelous personality and magnetic smile! Second, there are her video editing skills. In the past I’ve always just took a full take. There was no editing. With Dani here we now have intros, intro music, great editing, and the recipe written out for the viewer at the end! The game has stepped up! Here’s the first one we put together, The Mojito, or The Key West Earthquake Mojito, as we had an earthquake about 40 minutes earlier that day.


After that, Dani and I boarded our friends Larry Poff and Michelle Dougan’s boat “Transition”, here in Key West and set sail with our friends from Albuquerque Michelle and Brian Fields, as well as Chris Robinson. This was the first Bar Tending With Boris where our location was on a boat sailing! This time we had Michelle and Brian as guest bar tenders and they made us a marvelous variation of the Margarita from Albuquerque, The Cucumber and Jalapeno Margarita! As I write this on January 25, 2014 this is our latest video installment!

We’re always trying new things, so who knows what will be next? One thing is for sure however, we WILL be doing more on the high seas, celebrating both the cocktails and the waters of Key West. I mean seriously, if the opportunity is there, when in Key West, who in their right mind would not head out on the beautiful water here?

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We made a Facebook Page that have all the Bar Tending With Boris videos and will also have the newest ones as they come out! Please feel free to join the page!!!

https://www.facebook.com/BarTendingWithBoris


Also My CD is available on iTunes, CD Baby, CD Universe, Rhapsody, and Beachfront Radio.
Search: Key West Chris

Thank you everyone!!

Article source: http://keywestmusic.blogspot.com/2014/01/fun-news-and-bar-tending.html

Kenny Chesney to open COTA’s new Austin 360 Tower Amphitheater

Austin’s newest concert venue will open at 8 p.m. on April 5 with an inaugural performance by country superstar Kenny Chesney.

20130316_121611The Austin 360 Tower Amphitheater is located in the center of the Circuit of the Americas (COTA) race track underneath the iconic 220 foot tall observation tower. Show capacity at the theater is about 15,000 with just over 5,000 seats and a large grass berm for general admission. COTA calls it the largest permanent stage in Austin.

The show represents one more step in COTA’s plan to make the circuit a 365 day events destination. Last week COTA made a bid to host the ESPN X Games from 2014 through 2017 and is looking to add tennis to their sports schedule. In addition to sports and concerts, COTA is hosting a number of conventions and last month began hosting gala events.

Chesney, the biggest ticket seller in country music and four time CMA “Entertainer of the Year,” is set to kick off his “No Shoes Nation” American tour March 16. He just added 26 new dates to the tour, expanding to 46 stops including Austin. Kacey Musgraves will open for Chesney.

“We’re thrilled to open our new Tower Amphitheater, which will be the largest outdoor entertainment venue in Central Texas, with the No. 1 ticket seller in country music today,” Circuit President Steve Sexton said in a press release.

“Kenny Chesney is a remarkable and engaging performer, a true fan favorite and one of the elite touring artists in the world. The Tower Amphitheater will showcase the biggest names in music, and for our very first show, it doesn’t get much bigger than Kenny Chesney.”

Tickets for the show start at $45, which does not include parking — and you will need parking — that will cost an additional $12.

A lazy drive through the Florida Keys,

December started off with a bit of a twist for me. For quite some time I’ve been dealing with heart disease and now and then it rears it’s head. My issue is cholesterol which causes blockage in the arteries that are in my heart. The good news is that I have a great cardiologist and his team, here in Key West, Dr. Bruce Boros. I drove up to Miami Beach and was in and out of the hospital in less than 24 hours. The solution is having a stent put in, which opens up the artery and the blood flow returns to normal. The weird thing about this is that there is virtually no recovery period! One minute you’re feeling like you’re ready to check out, the next you’re ready to run around the block! Many thanks to Dr. Boros as well as the team in Miami Beach headed by Dr. Berger.

The great thing here was the fact that it required a drive back through the Keys to get home! I always tell anyone coming to Key West to be sure to take your time driving through the Keys to appreciate them for what they are. In English we have a saying for this that goes “Take time to stop and smell the roses”. I elected to do this as well. Prior to moving to Key West, I lived in the southern area of Miami/Dade County and consequently I’d hop in the car and take a 30 mile drive (49 Km) to Key Largo. What a perfect excuse to head and stop there on my way home! I found myself at one of my favorite haunts which is one of the best bars in the entire world, The Caribbean Club. Some may remember the Caribbean Club from my blog a while back naming the ten best bars in the Florida Keys?

http://keywestmusic.blogspot.com/2013/04/the-absolute-ten-best-bars-in-keys.html

I arrived about an hour before sunset, which is always impeccable, as the back of the Caribbean Club is on Black Water Sound.

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Caribbean Club Dock.


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The Caribbean Club from the dock


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Boat off of the Caribbean Club at sunset

Pelicans

Caribbean Club Panorama

Boat leaving to parts unknown

I made a rendezvous with my dear friend Nina while I was there and we headed over to another place in Key Largo, Sharkey’s (also see ten best bars in the Keys) where our friend Mike was playing. I’ve known Mike for nearly twenty years, from my days in Miami/Dade! What a great thing it was to go as well! I ended up getting to sit in with his band for a couple of songs. Here I was, only hours out of the hospital after a heart procedure and I’m sitting for a couple of songs! Thank God for medical science!


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I stayed overnight in Key Largo and continued my trip in the morning after grabbing a breakfast at a restaurant in Key Largo that I often go to, Mrs. Mack’s.


My next stop was in Islamorada, a town south of Key Largo consisting of about five or six islands. For me, my stop there this time was Robbie’s. Robbie’s is really just a shack. It’s a lot like stepping into a time warp actually. What is so unique about Robbie’s is that off their dock, you can feed the tarpon with buckets of fish that you can buy at the shack. A tarpon is a good sized game fish. They are not edible. Here we’re not fishing for them, but rather feeding them! There are also a lot of pelicans hanging out there as well, who are more than happy to compete with the tarpon for the fish!

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Posing pelican with Tarpon behind him


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“The Keys Rabbler” gets me everywhere!


Leaving there, my next stop was just a pedestrian bridge, built on the old traffic bridge. These are all up and down the Keys, this one being at Lower Matacumbe Key. I was amazed at the strength of the current. Bear in mind that this is that the bridges are where the Atlantic Ocean meets the Flor8ida Bay/Gulf of Mexico. Driving south, you’ll have the Atlantic Ocean on your left and the Gulf of Mexico on your right. The tidal currents were amazingly strong here!

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I’ll continue this trip on the next blog!
I hope everyone had a fantastic holiday season!


CD is available on iTunes, CD Baby, CD Universe, Rhapsody, and Beachfront Radio.
Search: Key West Chris

Thank you everyone!


Happy New Year!!!!

Article source: http://keywestmusic.blogspot.com/2013/12/a-lazy-drive-through-florida-keys.html

A lazy drive through the Florida Keys, Part 1

December started off with a bit of a twist for me. For quite some time I’ve been dealing with heart disease and now and then it rears it’s head. My issue is cholesterol which causes blockage in the arteries that are in my heart. The good news is that I have a great cardiologist and his team, here in Key West, Dr. Bruce Boros. I drove up to Miami Beach and was in and out of the hospital in less than 24 hours. The solution is having a stent put in, which opens up the artery and the blood flow returns to normal. The weird thing about this is that there is virtually no recovery period! One minute you’re feeling like you’re ready to check out, the next you’re ready to run around the block! Many thanks to Dr. Boros as well as the team in Miami Beach headed by Dr. Berger.

While I was away a great deal of thanks must be expressed to Cindi Hogan, Sheri Pogue, and Paddy Lynch who all took turns walking Cajun and Tooloulou!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!   THANK YOU GUYS!!!!!

The great thing here was the fact that it required a drive back through the Keys to get home! I always tell anyone coming to Key West to be sure to take your time driving through the Keys to appreciate them for what they are. In English we have a saying for this that goes “Take time to stop and smell the roses”. I elected to do this as well. Prior to moving to Key West, I lived in the southern area of Miami/Dade County and consequently I’d hop in the car and take a 30 mile drive (49 Km) to Key Largo. What a perfect excuse to head and stop there on my way home! I found myself at one of my favorite haunts which is one of the best bars in the entire world, The Caribbean Club. Some may remember the Caribbean Club from my blog a while back naming the ten best bars in the Florida Keys?


http://keywestmusic.blogspot.com/2013/04/the-absolute-ten-best-bars-in-keys.html

I arrived about an hour before sunset, which is always impeccable, as the back of the Caribbean Club is on Black Water Sound.

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Caribbean Club Dock.


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The Caribbean Club from the dock


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Boat off of the Caribbean Club at sunset

Pelicans

Caribbean Club Panorama

Boat leaving to parts unknown

I made a rendezvous with my dear friend Nina while I was there and we headed over to another place in Key Largo, Sharkey’s (also see ten best bars in the Keys) where our friend Mike was playing. I’ve known Mike for nearly twenty years, from my days in Miami/Dade! What a great thing it was to go as well! I ended up getting to sit in with his band for a couple of songs. Special thanks to his band mate George for allowing me to play his outstanding Jimmy Page Signature Les Paul! So, here I was, only hours out of the hospital after a heart procedure and I’m sitting for a couple of songs! Thank God for medical science!


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I stayed overnight in Key Largo and continued my trip in the morning after grabbing a breakfast at a restaurant in Key Largo that I often go to, Mrs. Mack’s.


My next stop was in Islamorada, a town south of Key Largo consisting of about five or six islands. For me, my stop there this time was Robbie’s. Robbie’s is really just a shack. It’s a lot like stepping into a time warp actually. What is so unique about Robbie’s is that off their dock, you can feed the tarpon with buckets of fish that you can buy at the shack. A tarpon is a good sized game fish. They are not edible. Here we’re not fishing for them, but rather feeding them! There are also a lot of pelicans hanging out there as well, who are more than happy to compete with the tarpon for the fish!

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Posing pelican with Tarpon behind him


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“The Keys Rabbler” gets me everywhere!


Leaving there, my next stop was just a pedestrian bridge, built on the old traffic bridge. These are all up and down the Keys, this one being at Lower Matacumbe Key. I was amazed at the strength of the current. Bear in mind that this is that the bridges are where the Atlantic Ocean meets the Flor8ida Bay/Gulf of Mexico. Driving south, you’ll have the Atlantic Ocean on your left and the Gulf of Mexico on your right. The tidal currents were amazingly strong here!

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I’ll continue this trip on the next blog!
I hope everyone had a fantastic holiday season!


CD is available on iTunes, CD Baby, CD Universe, Rhapsody, and Beachfront Radio.
Search: Key West Chris

Thank you everyone!


Happy New Year!!!!

Article source: http://keywestmusic.blogspot.com/2013/12/a-lazy-drive-through-florida-keys.html

The Best Band In Trop Rock,

The Survivors music is “ALIVE”. It’s a living, breathing
entity. Every time they play a song, it’s a bit different than the last time
they played it. There’s nothing sterile or canned about it and its seat of the
pants the whole way. Improvisation is a main ingredient of their music. This is
a fantastic feature as well, as it’s here that every version is different,
plus, for folks on the dance floor rocking to the Survivors, instead of dancing
to a song for 3:45, they are jamming for maybe 8 minutes into the coolest groove
you can imagine. And these guys are focused on the groove!  Who knows with the Survivors? They may just
get the impulse to sague into another song with no warning, no plan. It always
works too! Additionally, it never gets boring, as some improvisational pieces
are prone to get. They know how to keep it interesting.

Article source: http://keywestmusic.blogspot.com/2013/11/the-best-band-in-trop-rock-none-are.html