Cafe Cubano/Cuban Coffee

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Cafe Cubano/Cuban Coffee

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Cuban Coffee/Cafe Cubano is a staple throughout south Florida. Key West, Miami, Ft. Lauderdale, Tampa, you name it!


My friend from Louisiana, Cajun Gus Gravot, who moved to Virginia in the last year (I bet he gets a lot of comments on that Cajun accent there! HA HA! Go Gus!) sent me this piece in the New York Times from February 6, 2015 entitled “In Key West, a Taste of Cuban Coffee Culture”, written by  Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan.

This set the stage and was the incentive for me to write this piece. I’d thought about it before, but put it aside. However, when I saw this in print, with the New York Times no less, I knew it was time to set the record straight as to what is Cuban Coffee/Cafe Cubano, and what is coffee from Cuba. While it is a fantastic subject and I thank Ms. Tan for writing it, Ms.Tan no doubt got her information from people in Key West who are not that well educated in Cafe Cubano. Here I’ll try to make things clear regarding the coffees from Cuba that we throughout south Florida imbibe.

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/02/08/travel/in-key-west-a-taste-of-cuban-coffee-culture.html?partner=rssemc=rsssmid=fb-nytimesbicmst=1409232722000bicmet=1419773522000smtyp=autbicmp=ADbicmlukp=WT.mc_id_r=0

First, to set the stage from where I’m basing what I’m saying, I lived in Miami, the largest Cuban enclave outside of Cuba, for over twenty five years. While there, I was also married to my first wife, a wonderful Cuban girl named Mercy (formal – Mercedes), who brought me into her wonderful family long before we were married. I’ve been living in Key West seven years this May.

In Miami, as well as being part of the Eguizabal family, I was immersed into Cuban culture. When I moved to Key West, almost seven years ago, I found the Cuban culture to be interesting. Some things were different here than in Miami culturally.

One thing that’s different is that Key West has a constant flow of people moving in and out of town, from all over the globe, the majority from the U.S., however many from eastern Europe as well.  Miami has a constant flow of people moving in from Latin America, as well as the English and Creole speaking Caribbean. In Key West, population flows like the tides. People come and go. In Miami it’s a lake that continues filling up. People come and they stay. Key West is much more of a transient town.

With the scenario set, lets move on to Cuban coffee, or Cafe Cubano.

What is Cafe Cubano, or Cuban Coffee? For starters, Cafe Cubano and Cuban Coffee are correct terms for the brew, just in different languages. Either can be used.

All professional establishments that serve all types of Cuban Coffee use Italian espresso makers.  Cafe Cubano, of course, is a style, or type of espresso.


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In the home, often you will often find these little “Cafetera” brewers, also from Italy. For less than $10, they do surprisingly well, though they are not set up for scalding milk, obviously. Cuban homes with these usually scald their milk, when needed, via stove top.

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Cuban Coffee/Cafe Cubano

1)

Cuban Coffee is one thing and one thing only. Cuban Coffee is espresso made with a good sized helping of sugar. Done the proper way, three or four tbs of sugar are placed in the brewing carafe prior to brewing, in a proper espresso machine. As the espresso brews and flows into the carafe, the brewer stirs the mix creating a medium-brown head on the coffee called “espumita”.

This is Cuban coffee.

Here in Key West when someone orders Cuban coffee, often the person taking the order will ask “With or without sugar?”. The only reason they do this is because a lot of visitors don’t want it with sugar. the key word here is visitors. The question would never arise in a place such as Little Havana, Miami.

The reality of it is, those people ordering “Cuban Coffee” without sugar, are not ordering Cuban Coffee at all. They are ordering espresso. Cafe Cubano is full of body. Espresso is much thinner.
The aforementioned formula of making Cafe Cubano/Cuban Coffee with the sugar, is what makes it Cuban Coffee!


When one takes into consideration that sugar is the number one crop in Cuba, it’s easy to see how Cafe Cubano came into existence!

                                                    Types of Cuban Coffee
Cuban Coffee is all the exact same thing, the differences is the quantity in how it’s dispensed.
A) Colada – The colada is the largest serving. It’s purpose is to be shared with others. It’s served in a small styrophoam cup and it contains several ounces of coffee, around 4 or so. It is also served with several thimble cups for sharing.

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Colada

B) Cafecito/Buchi – This is an individual serving the size of one of the thimble cups that the colada is served with, a slight bit larger when served in a restaurant in a cup. Depending on where you are, determines the name. In Miami/Ft. Lauderdale/Tampa/St. Petersburg it’s called a Cafecito. Translated it means “little coffee”. In Key West it’s called a Buchi, which is short for Buchito, or “a small sip”.


* = For reasons unknown, many people spell buchi in what they think is Italian, bucci. You’ll see this in the article that Gus sent me in one of the pictures. Fact is, there is no Italian word bucci. The Ch sound, as in the English word “Crunch”, in Spanish is spelled “ch”. There is no such spelling in Spanish that has “cc”. The word is spelled “Buchi”

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Cafecito, or a buchi

2)

Not that we have established what a Coban Coffee/Cafe Cubano is, lets look at two other coffees that originate from Cuba.

A) Cafe Con Leche – Cafe Con Leche is the Cuban version of an Italian “Late” or a French “Cafe Au Lait” or “Creme”. The coffee and scalded milk parts are exactly the same. With the Cafe Con Leche, often called “Con Leche”, Cafe Cubano is mixed on around a 2 to 1 mix with scalded milk holding the 2 side of things.

Cafe Con Leche is not Cuban Coffee!

Many who come to Key West from parts where Cuban culture doesn’t exist, just toss cafe con leche into the whole Cuban Coffee mix. They developed this idea that there is Cuban Coffee with milk and without. This is incorrect. Cafe Con Leche is from Cuba, however it is not Cuban Coffee, though it uses Cuban Coffee in the process of making it. Cafe Con Leche, is Cafe Con Leche. Period.

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B) Cortadito – The Cortadito is quite similar to the Cafe Con Leche, with the exception that the Cortadito is 1/2 coffee and one half scalded milk. It’s often referred  to as a “Half and Half” or a “media y media”

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Cortadito

So there’s a brief explanation of the coffees of Cuba that contributes to the whole Florida coffee culture.

Big thanks to Mercy Irene Eguizabal and Gloria Nunez Turkel for helping with some of the translations!!!! Gracias damas!!!

Article source: http://keywestmusic.blogspot.com/2015/02/cafe-cubanocuban-coffee.html

Cafe Cubano/Cuban Coffee

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Cafe Cubano/Cuban Coffee

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Cuban Coffee/Cafe Cubano is a staple throughout south Florida. Key West, Miami, Ft. Lauderdale, Tampa, you name it!


My friend from Louisiana, Cajun Gus Gravot, who moved to Virginia in the last year (I bet he gets a lot of comments on that Cajun accent there! HA HA! Go Gus!) sent me this piece in the New York Times from February 6, 2015 entitled “In Key West, a Taste of Cuban Coffee Culture”, written by  Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan.

This set the stage and was the incentive for me to write this piece. I’d thought about it before, but put it aside. However, when I saw this in print, with the New York Times no less, I knew it was time to set the record straight as to what is Cuban Coffee/Cafe Cubano, and what is coffee from Cuba. While it is a fantastic subject and I thank Ms. Tan for writing it, Ms.Tan no doubt got her information from people in Key West who are not that well educated in Cafe Cubano. Here I’ll try to make things clear regarding the coffees from Cuba that we throughout south Florida imbibe.

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/02/08/travel/in-key-west-a-taste-of-cuban-coffee-culture.html?partner=rssemc=rsssmid=fb-nytimesbicmst=1409232722000bicmet=1419773522000smtyp=autbicmp=ADbicmlukp=WT.mc_id_r=0

First, to set the stage from where I’m basing what I’m saying, I lived in Miami, the largest Cuban enclave outside of Cuba, for over twenty five years. While there, I was also married to my first wife, a wonderful Cuban girl named Mercy (formal – Mercedes), who brought me into her wonderful family long before we were married. I’ve been living in Key West seven years this May.

In Miami, as well as being part of the Eguizabal family, I was immersed into Cuban culture. When I moved to Key West, almost seven years ago, I found the Cuban culture to be interesting. Some things were different here than in Miami culturally.

One thing that’s different is that Key West has a constant flow of people moving in and out of town, from all over the globe, the majority from the U.S., however many from eastern Europe as well.  Miami has a constant flow of people moving in from Latin America, as well as the English and Creole speaking Caribbean. In Key West, population flows like the tides. People come and go. In Miami it’s a lake that continues filling up. People come and they stay. Key West is much more of a transient town.

With the scenario set, lets move on to Cuban coffee, or Cafe Cubano.

What is Cafe Cubano, or Cuban Coffee? For starters, Cafe Cubano and Cuban Coffee are correct terms for the brew, just in different languages. Either can be used.

All professional establishments that serve all types of Cuban Coffee use Italian espresso makers.  Cafe Cubano, of course, is a style, or type of espresso.


 photo CubanEspresso_zps7ff07ad0.jpg

In the home, often you will often find these little “Cafetera” brewers, also from Italy. For less than $10, they do surprisingly well, though they are not set up for scalding milk, obviously. Cuban homes with these usually scald their milk, when needed, via stove top.

Cuban Coffee/Cafe Cubano

1)

Cuban Coffee is one thing and one thing only. Cuban Coffee is espresso made with a good sized helping of sugar. Done the proper way, three or four tbs of sugar are placed in the brewing carafe prior to brewing, in a proper espresso machine. As the espresso brews and flows into the carafe, the brewer stirs the mix creating a medium-brown head on the coffee called “espumita”.

This is Cuban coffee.

Here in Key West when someone orders Cuban coffee, often the person taking the order will ask “With or without sugar?”. The only reason they do this is because a lot of visitors don’t want it with sugar. the key word here is visitors. The question would never arise in a place such as Little Havana, Miami.

The reality of it is, those people ordering “Cuban Coffee” without sugar, are not ordering Cuban Coffee at all. They are ordering espresso. Cafe Cubano is full of body. Espresso is much thinner.
The aforementioned formula of making Cafe Cubano/Cuban Coffee with the sugar, is what makes it Cuban Coffee!


When one takes into consideration that sugar is the number one crop in Cuba, it’s easy to see how Cafe Cubano came into existence!

                                                    Types of Cuban Coffee
Cuban Coffee is all the exact same thing, the differences is the quantity in how it’s dispensed.
A) Colada – The colada is the largest serving. It’s purpose is to be shared with others. It’s served in a small styrophoam cup and it contains several ounces of coffee, around 4 or so. It is also served with several thimble cups for sharing.


Colada

B) Cafecito/Buchi – This is an individual serving the size of one of the thimble cups that the colada is served with, a slight bit larger when served in a restaurant in a cup. Depending on where you are, determines the name. In Miami/Ft. Lauderdale/Tampa/St. Petersburg it’s called a Cafecito. Translated it means “little coffee”. In Key West it’s called a Buchi, which is short for Buchito, or “a small sip”.


* = For reasons unknown, many people spell buchi in what they think is Italian, bucci. You’ll see this in the article that Gus sent me in one of the pictures. Fact is, there is no Italian word bucci. The Ch sound, as in the English word “Crunch”, in Spanish is spelled “ch”. There is no such spelling in Spanish that has “cc”. The word is spelled “Buchi”

 photo 8cae30f8-27b8-44c0-8b53-481c34eb8a16_zpsad69e108.jpg
Cafecito, or a buchi

2)

Not that we have established what a Coban Coffee/Cafe Cubano is, lets look at two other coffees that originate from Cuba.

A) Cafe Con Leche – Cafe Con Leche is the Cuban version of an Italian “Late” or a French “Cafe Au Lait” or “Creme”. The coffee and scalded milk parts are exactly the same. With the Cafe Con Leche, often called “Con Leche”, Cafe Cubano is mixed on around a 2 to 1 mix with scalded milk holding the 2 side of things.

Cafe Con Leche is not Cuban Coffee!

Many who come to Key West from parts where Cuban culture doesn’t exist, just toss cafe con leche into the whole Cuban Coffee mix. They developed this idea that there is Cuban Coffee with milk and without. This is incorrect. Cafe Con Leche is from Cuba, however it is not Cuban Coffee, though it uses Cuban Coffee in the process of making it. Cafe Con Leche, is Cafe Con Leche. Period.

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B) Cortadito – The Cortadito is quite similar to the Cafe Con Leche, with the exception that the Cortadito is 1/2 coffee and one half scalded milk. It’s often referred  to as a “Half and Half” or a “media y media”

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Cortadito

So there’s a brief explanation of the coffees of Cuba that contributes to the whole Florida coffee culture.

Big thanks to Mercy Irene Eguizabal and Gloria Nunez Turkel for helping with some of the translations!!!! Gracias damas!!!

Article source: http://keywestmusic.blogspot.com/2015/02/cafe-cubanocuban-coffee.html

The Key West Open Mic Closes

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Thanks to all who supported the open mic and to McConnell’s for giving us the venue. We also had so many come in from all over the United States and Canada to play at the open mic! Where do I start? New Hampshire, North Dakota, Arkansas, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, New Jersey, New York, Alberta, Ontario, Oregon, California, Florida, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Missouri, Tennessee, Kentucky, Nevada, New Mexico, Arizona… the list goes on and on. and all of these people found out about the Key West Open Mic through here… The Blog! 

Article source: http://keywestmusic.blogspot.com/2015/02/the-ney-west-open-mic-closes.html

Bob Marley’s 70th Birthday Celebration

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In 2015, February, 6th to be exact, one of the most renowned musical artists of the last fifty years, revolutionary Reggae icon Bob Marley would have been 70 years old. To commemorate the legacy of the Legend and his importance in the history of global music there will be a variety of special releases and events this year. A celebration that will last through out 2015, Bob Marley’s legacy will continue on with new releases of rare and unreleased material as well as deluxe editions of his most memorable work.

To musically mark this milestone, for the first time, the Marley family has allowed unprecedented access for UMe a division of the Universal Music Group to cherry pick from their personal and private collections of unreleased material. The label has been able to work closely with the Marley family, ensuring the highest possible quality, integrity and detail to honor the Marley legacy.

Together with Tuff Gong International and UMG, a new offering of Marley material will hit the market including a stock of Marley material composed of new unreleased material, both audio and video formats, reissued albums, interviews, and long awaited live sets. Universal intends to announce more new releases throughout the year and have been said that they “are sure to please longtime fans and collectors with rare and unearthed treasures, as well as deluxe editions of key albums with bonus material.” Read into the details below to find out more about whats in store.

Easy Skanking In Boston ’78
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The first music to be released is available on February 17th as a Blu-ray-or-DVD/ CD paring. Containing the first set from two historic live shows at Boston’s Music Hall on June 8, 1978, Bob Marley The Wailers: Easy Skanking In Boston ’78, features a new and unreleased performance a handful of Marley’s most infamous songs. Amoung the 13 tracks highlights of the performance include an energetic “Jammin’” and “The Heathen.” Check out the full track list below.

Read more about this release here.

So Much Things to Say Interview
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Tuff Gong International has just released a reissue of a rare thirty-five minute interview with Bob Marley. Originally released on their record label in 1982, only RAS Records has reissued album, as a CD in 1995. Now Tuff Gong International will digitally release So Much Things to Say, from 1973’s interview by legendary Jamaican DJ and Journalist Neville Willoughby. The recording, combined with background tracks, has been digitally remastered and re-edited by Marley’s wife, Rita, and their daughter, Cedella Marley. So Much Things to Say, is available on iTunes in commemoration of Bob Marley’s 70th birthday on February 6th, and on cd and vinyl later this year.

Read more about this release here.

Photography Exhibits
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Those in New York or LA have a unique chance to view new photography collections of Marley. Amoung the three exhibits one featurs shots by a collection of photographers while two displays feature work by individual photojournalist who had the opportunity to work with the artist between 1975-76.

Read more about these events here.

Other Events
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The Grammy Museum has also recongnized the artist, declaring February 6 to be Bob Marley Day at the museum. A said in a recent Jamaica Gleaner interview with the Grammy Museum’s director, Bob Santelli, “The Grammy Museum will mark the 70th anniversary of Bob Marley’s birth by proclaiming February 6 ‘Bob Marley Day’ at the Grammy Museum.” Also revealed was word that the museum is planning a new Bob Marley exhibit set to tour around the United States and into Brazil.

The Grammy Museum’s first affiliate the Bob Marley Museum will also host its own event. Many other events will take place the weekend of the 6th, as well as through the month and into in the near future.

Read more about these monemtus events here.

Additionally in honor of the celebration we’ll see many other means of acknoledgements. Island Records UK on their Facebook page has taken a look back through the Island archive and picked out key fragments to share with fans over the week of Marley’s Birthday. Over on BobMarley.com monthly episodes of a superfan-curated blog will feature stories and photos from Marley’s history, read episode 2 here.

Related Links:
Bob Marley Website
Bob Marley Facebook
Tuff Gong Website
Tuff Gong Facebook

Article By: Aaron Solomon

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Rumor: Buffett to perform in Mansfield MA in August

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An unconfirmed rumor: Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band at the Xfinity Center in Mansfield, MA on Saturday August 15th, 2015. More details coming soon.

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Artist Radar: Andy Palmer

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At The Pier we love discovering new artists and music. And, we love sharing these discoveries with fellow music lovers and fans. So, as we continue in our never ending search of good music—not just rock-reggae music—but, good music, we’re going outside the boundaries of the genre.

We feel this is important for lots of reasons. First, going outside the genre is like cleansing your pallet, but for your ears. And, with a lot of the rock-reggae genre becoming increasingly watered down and sadly repetitious, the time couldn’t be better to find some new sounds. Second, pushing the boundaries of our coverage helps us be better listeners and music consumers. Lastly, there is a whole musical world out there and we can all benefit from exploring it. Okay—enough with the soapbox and on with the music.

For this round of Artist Radar we decided to jump into the world of folk-rock. Now, we’re not talking about your parent’s folk music, like Leonard Cohen or Dave Von Ronk. We’re talking about folk-rock with an edge, with grit and a little New York City swagger. We are talking about Andy Palmer’s version of folk-rock. Palmer is a former New York City public defender whose work in the trenches of Brooklyn’s criminal justice system provides inspiration for his songwriting and gritty sound. Palmer has one of music’s most unique voices. It’s deep, scratchy, and authentic and has been compared to Tom Waits. In fact, it’s his voice that sets him apart. Fans will have to listen for themselves to truly understanding what we are talking about. And, we’re confident you won’t be disappointed!

Artist Radar: Andy Palmer

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New Releases:
The Denver, CO based singer songwriter has released two studio albums, a live album and most recently a single and b-side. Palmer’s studio albums include 2011’s Sometime Around and 2013’s Hazard of the Die. Both releases were met with glowing reviews from Denver media and national music bloggers. In late 2014 Palmer released the single “Storm’s Not Coming”, including b-side “The Hill” via Immersive Records.

“’Storm’s Not Coming’ and ‘The Hill’ really capture the direction I’ve been seeking for a while. Storm is just kind of nasty and driving—kind of reminds me of some of Steve Earl’s stuff — but grittier,” explains Palmer. “Storm’s Not Coming” is a bird’s eye view of events around our nation and the world beyond. The song drifts into environmental concerns and even power differentials between the haves and the have nots. “’The Hill’, for me, is new and exciting because it’s all me—totally exposed, singing a cappella. And the tune is fairly emotional for me. It’s really an ode to our parents, who cared for us through thick and thin, as best they could. And I rely on the spiritual tradition in this tune, which adds a certain weight to it and a well of intensity from which I try to draw when I’m singing it,” continues Palmer.

Influences:
Like many musicians, Palmer’s influences come from a variety of places. “When I was younger, I listened non-stop to reggae and jam. That lasted for years until I discovered Tom Waits,” reflects Palmer. As a music listener, he tends to fully immerse himself into one band or genre for an extended time, “almost to the point of overkill,” laughs Palmer. Following the reggae and jam immersion, folk and rock became Palmer’s sounds of choice. “I listened to almost nothing but Waits for over a year. Other artists trickled in, of course, and there was always an undercurrent of Dylan and more folky guys like Greg Brown.” he says. Palmer is currently on an all locals kick via Open Air and Colorado Public Radio so he can learn about what’s going on in the local scene. “Oh, and I’m always up for a good Beck album,” adds Palmer.

Palmer doesn’t attempt to spoon feed his listeners with messages. His songs are often filled with metaphors, imagery and purposeful abstractness. “I hope that listeners discern messages for themselves. I try to write songs that contain a few different messages, which can be interpreted different ways,” Palmer explains. His songs often include some type of social commentary, whether its social injustice or environmental issues, Palmer tends to identify with the human struggle.

Andy-Palmer---alley-resoSongwriting Process:
Palmer’s songwriting process has evolved and shifted over the years. He’s progressed from “whenever-the-muse-comes-calling to sit-your-ass-down-and-write a few times a week,” says Palmer. He starts by writing down phrases that pop into his head. When Palmer sits down to write he starts by flipping through a notebook to see if any grab him. “Or, I’ll just let a phrase germinate in my head for a few months until its importance or usage reveals itself.” Palmer adds, “And nine times out of ten, I write my lyrics and melody and most the guitar parts somewhat simultaneously.”

Palmer finds that most people initially gravitate towards songs that have a certain instrumentation or vocal quality that is appealing to them. Only later do most listeners really “listen” to the lyrics and decipher their meaning. “Lyrics are hugely important to me. I’ve had ‘favorite’ songs in my lifetime, only to later discover that I never really understood what the singer was saying or what he or she intended. So I operate from that starting point—find an interesting sound and unique vocal quality first,” shares Palmer.

Music Video Premiere for “The Storm’s Not Coming”:
The Pier is excited to Premiere Andy Palmer’s music video for his new single, “Storm’s Not Coming” on February 12, 2015. The video was directed by The Pier’s own Tage Plantell and features killer visual effects, several interesting characters, along with a 6,000 gallon water truck to make it rain—literally. Come by next Thursday to view the Video Premiere!

Download a FREE MP3 by Andy Palmer with the song “Grrr” that’s available inside our MP3 Massive section by clicking HERE!

Related Links:
Andy Palmer MP3 Massive (FREE MP3)
Andy Palmer Website
Andy Palmer Facebook
Andy Palmer Youtube
Immersive Records Website

Article Photos By: Kit Chalberg

Watch: Andy Palmer – “The Monk” (Directed by Tage Plantell)

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Mystic Revealers New Single (ft. Chronixx)

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After a 15 year hiatus, Jamaica’s Mystic Revealers came back with the release of Crucial Cuts on January 13th via VP Records newly cemented Dub Rockers label. Now, the group has a new single as of Feb 3rd, titled “Herb Must Legalize Now” that features Jamaica’s up coming reggae-star, Chronixx!

With the return of Mystic Revealers, they’re excited to introduce their music to a new generation of Reggae fans with the formidable release of Crucial Cuts. The album gathers key tracks from the groups 20-year catalog, including songs such as “Young Revolutionaries”, “Rasta Man”, “I’m Gonna Tell Ya” featuring Anthony B and “Tell Them” featuring Sizzla.
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Just a couple weeks after Crucial Cuts is released, Mystic Revealers has released a brand new single, “Herb Must Legalize Now” that features Chronixx. The song was produced by Mikey Bennett out of Music Works Studio in Jamaica. The song has been made available for digital purchase and on 7″ vinyl as of Tuesday, Feb 3rd, 2015.

The Pier was able to catch up with guitarist/vocalist Billy Wilmot of Mystic Revealers as we asked him how the collaboration with Chronixx came about. Billy explained that: “We have watched with admiration, and a small bit of pride, as Chronixx has developed from the days of his earliest performances at Jamnesia into the top caliber artist he is today. This is something that we knew would happen… His talent is undeniable.”

The one-of-a-kind hub known as Jamnesia is one of the most unique and eclectic outposts on an island that’s world renowned for such places. It is also the home-base of guitarist, vocalist, surf legend and soap opera star Billy Wilmot and the famed Mystic Revealers.

Billy continues on by telling The Pier: “We are pushing out now to re-establish our place as one of Jamaica’s top international touring Bands. We see the recently coined ‘Reggae Revival’ as a part of what we have been doing for Jamaican music. Such a collaboration with Chronixx, one of the leading ‘Graduates’ of, as he himself terms it, “Jamnesia Music College”, is only natural. We hope to do more collaborative work with other members of the Roots Revival Movement in the near future.”

It’s no mystery as to what the song is about given the title of “Herb Must Legalize Now” and when I asked for a bit more background to the song, Billy told me that: “That we have been calling for this for a long time and with the proliferation of countries, states, provinces, districts, and cities that are legalizing the herb, we want to reiterate the need to get our ass in gear where the whole marijuana industry is concerned (industrial, medical, etc) for the benefit of our country of Jamaica, before we miss the bumbo-claat boat! (Pardon my Jamaican).”

Mystic Revealers have a new album worth of unrecorded material that they plan to take into the studio for a new album release before 2015 ends and this single may see itself attached to that new record. In the meantime, you can pick up the new single on iTunes by clicking HERE! Preview the song by streaming it below.

Related Links:
Mystic Revealers Website
Mystic Revealers Facebook
Mystic Revealers Twitter
Chronixx Website
Chronixx Facebook

Article By: Mike Patti

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Video: Seedless – Heart of a Warrior

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We’ve been expecting a new album from Seedless for quite some time. For the interim, they have released a new single titled “Heart of a Warrior” that we previously featured for our MP3 Leak of the Week. Now, the group is celebrating the release of a music video for the new song. Here’s what Seedless’ guitarist/vocalist, Casey Sullivan told The Pier with regards to the new single: “’Heart of a Warrior’ is a new take on Seedless’ original sound, by bringing in a new hip hop twist. Politically driven and motivating for the listener, the song was written to be an inspiring, eye opening anthem for our fans in 2015. The song was co-written by Seedless and Lewis Richards of 17th Street Studios with the help of Josh from Stoney Eye Studios.” You can pick up the single on iTunes by clicking HERE! Enjoy the song video…

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Changes to my blog schedule

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Nothing ever stays the same and it is true with my blog. As of today, I will be posting the blog once a week. My work load has increased with Crab Island Mambo and the time to put the blog together is one place I am cutting back I’m sorry to say. I will be making some other changes in my Mambo writings too but that will be talked about at a different time.

I will still focus on the things that make Destin a fun place to live and vacation in. I will still give a brief account of some of the activities Sunshine Cindy and I engaged in during the week too. And of course as local places open and close I will mention them too.

My hope is you will still enjoy my once a week musings about Destin. This past weekend we had some folks over to the house and that was fun. Sunday was the Super Bowl at Landshark Pizza. They were selling wings and pizza’s like they were going out of style. Good for them. It rained almost all day Sunday but even with the bad weather they had a good crowd.

Everyone have a great week. See ya next Monday!

Article source: http://destinsteve.blogspot.com/2015/02/changes-to-my-blog-schedule.html

Enter Set List Contest to see Jimmy Buffett in Key West

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From Margaritaville.com: Jimmy is performing an intimate show in Key West on April 1st at the historic San Carlos Theater and he wants you to pick the songs!

Simply select the songs you want to hear and you will be entered to win a pair of tickets to the show. You can’t buy tickets to this show – we are giving them ALL away right here.

Plus, one lucky winner will get an all-expense paid trip to Key West!

Submit your set list before March 2, 2015!

Jimmy and the Coral Reefer Band first performed here in the 70’s and they’re returning to play a special show where YOU pick the set list. Simply choose your favorite songs from the lists and submit them. The 27 songs with the most votes make the show! (Don’t worry – Jimmy will arrange the order of the songs to make a fun show.)

Enter Here

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Article source: http://www.buffettnews.com/2015/02/02/14256/

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