Katastro’s New ‘No Mud No Lotus’ EP

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Based in Tempe, Arizona formed in 2007, Katastro has been playing the Southwest music scene gearing up for their fifth release with their newest 9 track EP titled No Mud No Lotus. The EP is due out, next Tuesday, Nov 4th, 2014.
For this release, Katastro chose to work with producer Curtis Douglas (The Maine, Eagles In Drag, This Century, Austin Gibbs and Sarah Robinson, The Midnight Special) at Red Mountain Studios. Douglas had this to say about Katastro’s new EP: “With this record we set out to produce an album that would take them further (musically) than their previous stuff, while not messing up their sound, making sure we do it justice. They’re an amazing band, and great guys to work with. They should be bigger.”

The album and title are a recreation of Katastro in which singer, Andy Chaves, says: “We’ve been through so much heavy stuff as a band, that we just let that all come out in these songs. The album title gets right to that — the Lotus flower grows in the mud, then turns into something beautiful.”

To follow up the release of their new EP, Katastro is going to be heading out on tour with Santa Cruz reggae rockers The Expendables for the entirety of their nationwide Winter Blackout Tour that you can read about right HERE!

Right now, fans can pre-order the new release on iTunes and will get an early download of the song “Better Half of Los Angeles”. Click HERE to pre-order…

Katastro Tour Dates

Katastro Links:
Katastro Website
Katastro Facebook

Article By: Andrew McClatchy

Watch: Katastro – “Basement Floors”

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Video: Squidly Cole – Black Pain

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Squidly Cole, drumming legend for artists like Stephen Marley Barrington Levy, has released his first collab video with Raised Fist Propaganda. Directed by Jeffro (Jeff Pliskin), the video was shot while on tour with Slightly Stoopid NOFX. Enjoy the video…

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The Expendables Announce New Record and Tour

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After much anticipation, The Expendables have just announced the initial details behind their upcoming record, along with releasing a FREE download of the albums first single a long with their upcoming tour dates details!SandInTheSky

Titled Sand In The Sky, The Expendables’ new record will be the band’s 6th full length studio album. Following 2012′s acoustic hits album, Gone Soft, and 2010′s Prove It, The Expendables will release their latest full-length January 13th, 2015. Along with this announcement, the band has revealed the cover art illustrated by Santa Cruz artist Kevin Walsh as well as an iTunes pre-sale start date on Nov. 13th, 2014

The Expendables have also released a FREE Download and a lyrical video for the first single off the new record. Titled “Starry Night” enjoy the track and video below.

Back in June, the band made posts from the studio officially affirming work on a new album, but has been a while since fans have heard many new tunes. Over the past four years, the band has had plenty of time to write new music. The band has been working out new material, tracks like the mellow “Music Moves Me,” “Black Heart” and the heavier “Antisocial.” Recently, during their live set the band has been adding “Up All Night” and the now released single, Starry Night. Soon, fans will be able to finally hear everything The Expendables have been working towards.

On January 13th fans will be able to hear the full studio record, then starting January 24th, fans will be able to hear these new tracks live when The Expendables take their music around the nation. The Winter Blackout 2015 has been scheduled and it is coming to over 35 cities between the end of January into March. Joining The Expendables this year will be Ballyhoo! on select dates (1/29-3/7) and Fortunate Youth on select dates (1/23-1/28, 3/12-3/15). Katastro will be playing the entire tour! A few more dates will be announced soon and tickets will go on sale November 7th.

For more about these bands their music and information about their tour dates, check out the details below.

The Expendables Tour Dates

The Expendables Links:
The Expendables MP3 Massive (FREE MP3)
The Expendables Website
The Expendables Facebook

Ballyhoo! Links:
Ballyhoo! MP3 Massive (FREE MP3)
Ballyhoo! Website
Ballyhoo! Facebook

Fortunate Youth Links:
Fortunate MP3 Massive (FREE MP3)
Fortunate Youth Website
Fortunate Youth Facebook

Katastro Links:
Katastro Website
Katastro Facebook

Article By: Aaron Solomon

WATCH: The Expendables – Starry Night Lyric Video

WATCH: The Expendables – Starry Night – Audiotree Live

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The Pier: Album & Cover Art History – Volume 2

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The Pier: Album Cover Art History Vol. 2

Welcome to The Pier’s Album Cover Art History – Volume 2 as we take a look at another five iconic album covers releases with their concepts back-story. In case you missed Volume 1, you can read that by clicking HERE!

In this feature, you’ll read how the album’s art has more depth to its meaning than just cool visuals thrown together. They’re cultural statements bringing the visual aesthetics to the music further branding the band. There are great stories to these covers the albums. It pulls the curtain back with how the aligning art plays an integral part to the overall meaning of the album.

Enjoy the read below let us know in the comments which Album Cover Art you’d like us to explore in the future! If you find you’re not familiar with or don’t own any of these albums, then we encourage you to read this feature as a recommendation of what to add to your music collection!

Coming Dec. 2nd, 2014, we will publish Volume 3 – Stay tuned!

Sublime – Robbin’ The Hood

Record Label: Skunk Records
Release Date: March 1st, 1994
Sublime_RobbinTheHood During the early 90’s, taking still shots from video was considered a new technology. Sublime producer, Miguel Happoldt, decided to tap into this new science with the cover of Robbin the Hood. Using a still shot of Opie Ortiz from the group’s music video, Miguel gives inspiration to the idea saying that, “(The artwork) probably had a lot to do with our friend Greg Abramson, because he had made the video for the song ‘Secret Tweaker Pad’. It was at the end, with the still shot Opie Ortiz saying ‘Runs like a beast’. Well, it was new science at the time to make stills from video, so Greg had made a bunch of them and he just brought them over. When we were at Kinko’s, all of us just laughed and put it on the cover.”

Home computers weren’t common in the early 90’s, as Miguel explains “We did everything at Kinko’s back then. Nobody had a computer we didn’t have anything. With ‘Robbin the Hood’, we were homeless, we had nothing, we didn’t have a place to live. Spending the day at Kinko’s was great, it was air-conditioned.”

Opie Ortiz, who painted designed the Sublime 40oz to Freedom sun, would now find his face on the cover. Opie reflects that, “You’re searching for something that you want to be cool and I think that’s where Miguel comes in, where his ideas are different from ours! He wanted Robbin the Hood to be more underground looking.”

In true underground fashion, Robbin the Hood was recorded in living rooms around Long Beach, CA. Of the 22 listed tracks, there were 13 4-track recordings that spotlight the early foundation of Sublime’s music. This includes the song “Lincoln Highway” that would later evolve into “Santeria” a fan favorite from the self-titled album. You will also notice a guest appearance from Gwen Stefani of No Doubt, on the song “Saw Red” in a not so Holler Back fashion. The album was first released independently under Skunk Records and later re-released under Gasoline Alley/MCA Records.

Opie continues, “My favorite Sublime album and not because I’m on the cover, is ‘Robbin the Hood!’ It developed the rawness of what Brad’s ideas were. You can hear him, raw on those 4 track recordings.”

What makes the album unique, contributing to it’s underground appeal, was the mysterious case of Raleigh Theodore Sakers and his psycho semantic rants that make frequent appearances throughout the album. No one really knows who Raleigh was, but he showed up on a random tape that ended up being sampled. Miguel explains, “I don’t really know where the tape came from, it just sort of started circulating and then we just thought it would be funny to put it on the album. I guess for some people, it makes the album even greater, but it’s not exactly a family affair.“

Written by: Mike Patti

Watch: Sublime – “STP”


NOFX – Pump Up The Valuum

Record Label: Epitaph Records
Release Date: June 13th, 2000
The millennium was a good year for Punk-rockers NOFX. That year NOFX booked their 3rd headlining spot on the Warped Tour along with a huge international tour. All in support of the band’s eighth studio album, Pump Up The Valuum, their last release through Epitaph, before signing with Fat Mike’s own Fat Wreck Records.

A play on words, the title altered the spelling of Valium to avoid legal issues. After a long 3 months of recording 22 songs for the album, 8 tracks ended up canned, leaving an album that featured some of NOFX’s more shocking lyrics. Though the title track was cut, blunt drug references and sexual references fill the record’s 14 tracks.

Fat Mike explains “I guess a lot of the songs on this record are about drugs. I guess that’s because we like drugs and like singin’ about them even more.” Musically, the tracks don’t include any Ska, Reggae, or Jazz, just Punk and a bit of Polka. Mixed by Ryan Greene, the man at the helm of many Epitaph and Fat Wreck albums, Pump Up The Valuum has that signature sound Greene was able to boil down to a science.

Released initially as a blue color vinyl, a limited number of clear vinyl was also distributed. The albums cover art was created by Tim Burton’s younger brother, Danny Burton. The meaning behind the art as Fatty describes, “it’s just a pervert nurse handing out drugs. Its the kinda thing I’m into.” No word on whether or not the Red Cross is into it, as the nurse is sporting a Red Cross nurse cap.

Written by: Aaron Solomon

Watch: NOFX- “Dinosaurs Will Die”


Fishbone – Truth Soul

Record Label: Columbia Records
Release Date: September 13th, 1988
Fishbone With humorous yet socially conscious lyrics, and the use of trumpet, saxophone, and heavy bass lines, Fishbone became one of the first profound ska bands of the ‘80s ‘90s. They developed a very strong cult following in the ‘80s and were able to reach some mainstream success with the release of their second studio album in 1988, Truth and Soul, reaching #153 on the Billboard 200 charts. Truth and Soul was critically acclaimed for Fishbone’s ability to add a heavier rock component to their sound, but it became the socially conscious lyrics that made the biggest impact on the band’s direction.

After speaking with bassist John Norwood Fisher, who filled me on the details of the album. The cover which boasts a literal fish bone wrapped in a circle with the colors black, green and red actually “represented our place as American blacks and [black history], who we are, the culture of what it was.” Originally on the vinyl, the logo was actually raised “with the band coming up with the concept of giving the album a ‘spinal tap’ like feel.” The Fishbone logo for Truth and Soul was designed by producer David Kahne, who also worked with the band on EPs Fishbone, It’s a Wonderful Life, and Set the Booty Up Right, and albums In Your Face, and The Reality of My Surroundings. “He designed the logo on one of those old Macintosh computers” says Fisher.

With an overall assumption that the album took on a more serious tone, Norwood comments “The logo came as the symbol of satisfaction, a dinner plate. You ate all the fish and all that was left was the bone. There was definitely a more a serious aspect.” However he filled me in and told me that the album’s title “Truth and Soul” was based on the 1969 movie Putney Swope, written and directed by Robert Downey Sr. Fishbone’s 1988 release was named after the fictional business in the movie, titled: “Truth and Soul, Inc.” Norwood jokes “we couldn’t completely lose our humor and decided to name the album after that movie.”

It seemed to be a new direction for their music, and added a new creativity that fans really latched onto. But it was more then that, in fact Norwood comments “we were super fans of the music our selves. We participated and played, but we also admired a lot of other bands and peers like, Mighty Mighty Bosstones, The Untouchables, and Steel Pulse.” Through their early reign in the late 80s and 90s, Fishbone and their Truth and Soul cover art became more then a an album, it became a symbol, representing a movement, and above all, I think that’s what they really wanted.

Related Fun Fact: The 1989 movie, Say Anything staring John Cusak as “Lloyd Dobler”, holdies a boom-box over his head, blasting Peter Gabriel’s “In Your Eyes” during the movie’s most pivotal scene, professing his love to a girl outside her window. In the movie, everyone hears Peter Gabriel’s “In Your Eyes” but during the filming of the scene, John Cusack is actually blasting Fishbone’s “Bonin’ in the Boneyard”. When the movie was put together, it was decided that Fishbone’s song didn’t make sense for the scene and that Lloyd Dobler just looked like a crazed Fishbone fan outside this girl’s window. So they over-dubbed Peter Gabriel’s “In Your Eyes”, instead.

Written by: Andrew McClatchy

Watch: Fishbone – “Bonin’ In The Boneyard”


Easy Star All-Stars – Dubside of the Moon

Release Date: February 18th, 2003
Record Label: Easy Star Records

Covering one of the most loved albums of all time is a bold and challenging task. But, of all bands to do it, the Easy Star All-Stars dedicated an immense amount of energy for four years to do it right, and it certainly paid off. Their magical reggae twist on Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon brings a new laidback style—bong sound effects and all.

The idea came to the band as co-founder, Lem Oppenheimer, was walking around NYC, bouncing from record store to record store trying to sell one of their first releases. Lem explains: “I was listening to Dark Side of the Moon and it occurred to me that it could make a cool reggae cover album. After discussing it with my partners Eric Smith and Michael Goldwasser, we all thought it could work.”

The process of making this idea a reality involved getting approval from Pink Floyd, fine-tuning the arrangements, recording, and then scraping together enough money to pay for it all. Lem explains the group’s dynamics during this time: “Up to that point, Easy Star All-Stars had always operated more as a collective of musicians who we called on for sessions or for live shows. It was kind of a catchall name for our house band, but it always had Michael on guitar and Victor Axelrod a.k.a. Ticklah on keys. After that record came out, that was when we formalized a touring band version of ESA to support the record, and many of the musicians who played our first gigs in 2003 are still playing with the band today.”

Getting the cover artwork right was crucial for the album because of the fame and recognition the Pink Floyd artwork has gotten all over the world. This popularity also meant that it was impossible for the band to get permission from Pink Floyd’s design team. The band wasn’t going to let that hold them back and Eric Smith and Lem worked with their friend Retsu Takahashi in order to rework the image to capture the essence without infringing on copyright.

“Our concept of the eclipse worked well, as it tied in with the album lyrics, while still giving us the classic, mostly black feel of the original. We kept a beam of light splitting into red, gold, and green to evoke that aspect of the cover. Then we spent a LOT of time figuring out the text/font treatment, like how the color gradient would go across the letters, etc. In the end, we managed to create something that was timeless in its own way.”

This album was a huge success and lasted on Billboard reggae charts for more than 7 years and sold over 85,000 copies. Dub Side of the Moon also spurred several other reggae tribute albums such as Radiodread, Easy Star’s Lonely Hearts Dub Band, and Thrillah. To keep the album alive, Easy Star All Star is releasing a Special Anniversary Edition of the record on July 22, 2014 with bonus tracks and a brand new cover.

Written by: Erin Walsh

Listen: Easy Star All-Stars – “Any Colour You Like”


Operation Ivy – Energy

Record Label: Lookout / Hellcat Records
Release Date: March, 1989
OpIvyEnergy by Operation Ivy is an essential addition to any ska or punk fans collection. Energy’s timeless presence bridges the gap between all sub genres of punk rock while keeping everyone in the scene accountable to the underlying message and lifestyle that seems to diminish with each passing year.

The Berkeley-based ska punk band formed in 1987 and has since gained worldwide notoriety since they disbanded. The album credits the other band members as “Lint” and “Matt McCall”, Tim Armstrong and Matt Freeman from Rancid, and Dave Mello on drums. The name Operation Ivy originated from the series of two 1952 nuclear tests in the Marshall Islands amidst rising tensions with the Soviet Union. The first test was a “Mike” was 10.4 megatons on the surface while “King” was a 500 kiloton free air drop.

Operation Ivy front man Jessie Michaels designed the front and back cover graphics for the pivotal punk album. The piece portrays an almost surrealist dream sequence from a mountainous region to facial sketch with near-tribal elements to it. The work gives off the feel of an artist with a steady hand and knows exactly what he wants out of the finished product. The sketches range from a seemingly peaceful and serene environment and evolve into a chaotically complex atmosphere. His shading and line work is extraordinarily complex that are only accentuated by the lack of color.

Ripping off the solid black cover has exposed the artwork and the iconic operation ivy persona has ripped his way through the sketches. The central figure of Energy became a logo synonymous with Operation Ivy and has dawned the vests and jackets for countless fans on patches and pins. The lettering is that of a sketch artist that has been doodling since he could pick up a pencil, it is unlike any other band logo and will never be re-created. The multiple layers exposed on the cover give a hint into the complex and artistic mind of Jessie Michaels. The album artwork is a great example of the complex legacy Operation Ivy has left on the punk rock scene with only one album to tell their story.

Related Fun-Fact: On September 17th, 1997, a Tribute Compilation was released titled “Take Warning: Songs of Operation Ivy”. The tribute compilation featured an array of artists covering songs from the sole Op Ivy Release with such artists as Long Beach Dub Allstars, Reel Big Fish, The Aquabats more. Long Beach Dub All Stars covered Op Ivy’s “Take Warning” was the band’s first official release recording since forming, following the untimely passing of Sublime’s lead singer vocalist, Brad Nowell.

Written by: Blake Taylor

Listen: Operation Ivy – “Take Warning”


Coming Dec. 2nd, 2014: The Pier Album Cover Art History Volume 3

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2014 Tour Ends in Las Vegas

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Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band ended their 2014 This One’s For You Tour on Thursday night at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, NV.

The set list from the show is now available. Some additions to the set list included the debut of the song “Sailboat For Sail”, and “Tin Cup Chalice”.

On Thursday night Buffett performed at the Greek Theatre in Berkeley CA, the set list from the show is available.

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Buffett politely declines class reunion

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From Gulflive: “Pascagoula native Jimmy Buffett politely declines class reunion invite, but sends video

Jimmy Buffett was born in Pascagoula on Christmas Day 1946, but moved away with his family to Mobile before starting school.

If the world renowned singer/author/entreprenuer/actor would have remained in Jackson County however, he may well have been celebrating his 50th reunion with his former classmates this weekend.

And his relocation at such a young age didn’t stop one member of the Pascagoula High Class of 1964 from reaching out with an invitation.

Danny “Toad” Smith, one of the committee members for the reunion, sent Buffett a message earlier this year through mutual friends to gauge his interest in attending the event, even though Buffett never attended school in Jackson County.

Smith got a bit of a surprise as a response.

“He sent us a 45-second DVD, recorded on his boat while he was tuna-fishing in Nantucket Sound,” Smith, who like Buffett was born in 1946 at the old Jackson County Hospital, said. “I had no illusions about the probability of his attending, but figured, what the heck, what if he happens to be in the area?

“Along with his regrets that he couldn’t attend he sent his best wishes and mused that had his father had not decided to move to Mobile when Jimmy was five, he might well have graduated with us in 1964 at PHS rather than McGill lnstitute in Mobile.”

Smith, through the help of a friend that works behind the scenes at the annual New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, was able to get a Pascagoula High School Class of 1964 T-shirt to Buffett after his show at the Acura Stage in 2012. Normally reluctant to take such gifts from fans, he accepted the shirt since it came from Pascagoula.

Buffett has maintained ties to Pascagoula over the years through relatives including his grandparents, uncles, aunts and cousins. In a short chapter he wrote for the book, “Growing Up In Mississippi,” Buffett describes summer vacations at his grandmother’s house in Pascagoula on Parsley St., “free of the grasp of the Mobile parochial school system.”

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Black Caesar – Pirate

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Black Caesar, according to traditional accounts, was a prominent African tribal war chieftain. Widely known for his “huge size, immense strength, and keen intelligence”, he evaded capture from many different slave traders. Caesar was finally captured when he and twenty of his warriors were lured onto a ship by a slave trader. Showing him a watch, the trader promised to show him and his warriors more objects which were “too heavy and too numerous to bring on shore” if they came aboard his ship. He enticed them to stay with food, musical instruments, silk scarves and jewels, however he had his men raise anchor and slowly sail away. When Caesar discovered what was happening, he and his men attempted to charge their captors but were driven back by the well-armed sailors using swords and pistols. Although it took a considerable length of time for him and his warriors to accept their captivity, he was eventually befriended by a sailor who was the only man Black Caesar would accept food and water from.

As they neared the coast of Florida, the sudden appearance of a hurricane threatened to destroy the ship on the Florida Reefs. Recognizing the ship’s imminent destruction, the sailor snuck below decks and freed Caesar. The two then forced the captain and crew into a corner, most likely at gunpoint, and boarded one of the longboats with ammunition and other supplies. The wind and waves pushed them to shore where they waited out the storm, apparently the only survivors of the doomed ship.

They soon began using the lifeboat to lure passing ships which stopped to give assistance. While posing as shipwrecked sailors, they would sail out to the vessel offering to take them aboard. Once they were close to the vessel, they brought out their guns and demanded supplies and ammunition, threatening to sink the ship if they were refused. He and the sailor continued this ploy for a number of years and amassed a sizable amount of treasure which was buried on Elliott Key. However, he and the sailor had a falling out over a young woman the mate had brought back from one of the ships they had looted. Fighting over her, Caesar killed his longtime friend in a duel and took the woman for his own.

He began taking on more pirates over time and soon was able to attack ships on the open sea. He and his crew were often able to avoid capture by running into Caesar Creek and other inlets between Elliot and Old Rhodes Key and onto the mangrove islands. Using a metal ring embedded in a rock, they ran a strong rope through the ring, heel the boat over, and hide their boat in the water until the patrol ship or some other danger went away. They might also lower the mast and sink the ship in shallow water, later cutting the rope or pumping out the water to raise the boat and continue raiding. It is thought that he and his men buried 26 bars of silver on the island, although no treasure has ever been recovered from the island.

He apparently had a harem on his island, having at least 100 women seized from passing ships, as well as a prison camp which he kept prisoners in stone huts hoping to ransom them. When leaving the island to go on raids, he left no provisions for these prisoners and many eventually starved to death. A few children reportedly escaped captivity, subsisting on berries and shellfish, and formed their own language and customs. This society of lost children give rise to native superstition that the island is haunted.

During the early 18th century, Caesar left Biscayne Bay to join Blackbeard in raiding American shipping in the Mid-Atlantic serving as a lieutenant on his flagship Queen Anne’s Revenge. In 1718, after Blackbeard’s death battling with Lieutenant Robert Maynard at Ocracoke Island, he attempted to set off the powder magazine as per Blackbeard’s instructions. However, Caesar was stopped by one of the captives who tackled him as prepared to light a trail of gunpowder leading to the magazine. He struggled with the man below decks until several of Maynard’s sailors were able to restrain him. Taken prisoner by Virginian colonial authorities, he was convicted of piracy and hanged in Williamsburg, Virginia.

Short and Sweet today

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Sunshine Cindy and I are getting ready for our trip to Key West so this will be short today.

We got out Wednesday evening for a stop at Chan’s Craft Bar. The place was not as busy as we have seen it in the past but they still had a decent crowd with many folks sitting on the outside patio. I had three different craft beers. Each one was good. One was a Founder’s IPA, one was a Cigar City brew and the last one was a Sweat Head Big Nose or something like that. I enjoyed each of them even if I can’t remember their names.

Sunshine Cindy and I also split a burger. Their burgers are fantastic. It’s a half pound of grain fed beef. We asked for it to be cooked “medium” and it came out perfectly cooked. That is unusual for a burger especially one that was as thick as this one was. They have made The Craft Bar a nice relaxing place.

We are close to being ready for the trip. This is always a fun vacation for us. It’s like a giant family reunion when we get to Key West. Once again Crab Island Mambo will be sponsoring a “Welcome to the Island Party” on Wednesday October 29th at Dante’s from 11 am to 3:30 pm. Everyone is welcome to join us for this free Trop Rock party. Here are all the details: http://www.crabislandmambo.com/Crab-Island-Mambo’s-Key-West-4th-Annual-Welcome-to-the-Island-party.html

I will try to send out the next couple of blogs with updates on our adventure but you never know how things will go. Have a great weekend. If you can, get over to KC’s Sandbar in downtown Fort Walton Beach on Sunday. Michael Allman, son of legendary rocker Gregg Allman will be playing with his band. Gunner opens at 1 pm and Michael goes on about 4 pm. I think there is a $5 cover charge. We are sorry we will miss this show.

See ya down the road!

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Video: Kevin Kinsella – Riding Higher Still

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Kevin Kinsella, the founder original singer of both John Brown’s Body 10 Ft. Ganja Plant, released his 4th studio album on Oct 21st 2014. This is the latest music video to his new song “Riding Higher Still” which happens to be the title to his new solo album. Enjoy the song video below pick up the new album on iTunes by clicking HERE!

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Buffett performs at the Moda Center in Portland

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Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band continued their 2014 This One’s For You Tour on Thursday night at the The Moda Center in Portland OR. The set list from the show is now available.

From Oregonlive.com: “Jimmy Buffett entertains the Parrotheads at the Moda Center” (some photos are available)

Curious where the term Parrothead came from?

According to Buffett lore, the term was hatched in 1985 after Buffett compared his followers to the Deadheads — the legendary followers of the Grateful Dead. Buffett recalls the moment (via fan site BuffetNews.com):

“Timothy B. Schmidt (the Eagles bass player) was in the band, and we were playing a venue outside of Cincinnati called King’s Island. People had already started wearing Hawaiian shirts to our shows, but we looked out at this Cincinnati crowd, and they were glaringly brilliant to the point where it got our attention immediately. I said “Look at that!” Then Schmidt says to me, “They look like Deadheads in tropical suits. They’re like Parrot Heads!” He yelled to me in the middle of a song. So I immediately took the term and threw it over the microphone – the people identified themselves with the term from the get-go.”

A couple of things I learned from security folks at the Moda Center on Tuesday:

They had a few people on laser patrol. I guess it’s a thing to bring those small laser pointers to concerts and Jimmy Buffett really hates them. Portland doesn’t seem like a laser town to me, but maybe I’m just getting old.
Jimmy Buffett is cool with beach balls in the crowd, but don’t dare get one near the stage. Security was instructed to pop ‘em if they got too close.

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