Crab Island Mambo Mullet
Tracking all the Trop Rock Music and Parrothead Happenings on the Emerald
Drink Quote of the Month
“Be not merely
good; be good for something."
(This could have been written
Welcoming Team Drink
Welcome to our February 2011
edition of the Crab Island Mambo Mullet Wrapper. Today I am going to answer the age old question everyone wants
to know. What is Trop Rock? You see it mentioned here many times but I am sure there are some of you who don’t
know what it means. I am here to clear it up for you!
Is it rock and roll? Is it country? Is it the island Caribbean
sound? Is it Jimmy Buffett? The answer is “yes” to all of the above. Trop Rock obviously got its start with
Jimmy Buffett and his legion of Parrothead fans but it is more than just Jimmy, a lot
Nadirah and A1A
Trop Rock artist are a group of musicians and bands that have
tapped into the Parrothead world. These performers not only write their own original music, play Parrothead
events across the country and help support the numerous charities the various clubs raise money for but they
also get right out there and party with all the fans.
Jim Asbell at the Bull in Key
Jim Morris at Dante's in Key West
It can be Eric Stone hanging out
at the Pointe in Destin with the Pointe Bums. It is Jim Morris taking a group to Belize in past years or Costa
Rica like he is doing this year. It is Jim Asbell and the Tropiholics downing tequila with their fans. It is the
Godfather of Parrothead events Jerry Diaz having a drink before and after his shows with us. And it is Flipper
from PHIN’s being Flipper. (Those who know Flipper know what I am talking about!
Jerry and Mark at Lulu's
The diverse nature of the musicians and bands that blend
together is one of the big draws of Trop Rock. Bob Banerjee from Corned Beef and Curry is a classically trained
violinist but in the Trop Rock world he is known as a fiddle player extraordinar. The Sauce Boss Bill Wharton
plays his own style of blues and jazz while cooking gumbo on stage. Thom Sheppard is a well known Nashville song
writer as well as a Trop Rock musician. The Calypso Nuts are steel drum magicians. The list can go on and
Another great aspect of the Trop Rock world is the musicians come from the four corners of the US and beyond. They
are from not just the sunshine state but places you would not associate with the tropics. Places like New Jersey,
Illinois, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Missouri…you get the idea!
John Patti with Capt's Josh and Nick at Trop Stock NYE
As you can see, Trop Rock can’t be described in a simple “this
or that” kind of way and that makes it perfect for the Parrothead world. No matter what you like in music, you
will find Trop Rock musicians who will satisfy your desire. Each month in the Crab Island Mambo Mullet Wrapper I
will be spotlighting a Trop Rock performer or band as I try to get these talented people some
To quote a Brent Burns song, we are “Living the life Jimmy Buffett wrote about.” So grab a boat drink, slip off the
flip flops, park yourself in a beach chair and support Trop Rockers by getting some of their CD’s as you kick back
and escape for a while.
Trop Rock Party
Meeting of the Minds (MOTM)
Ask a Parrothead what the biggest party and the best
Trop Rock event is and you will most likely hear them say it’s “Meeting of the Minds” or as its better known as
MOTM! Held every year in Key West, FL the first week of November, this giant party takes over the island with
over 3500 parrotheads having phun and donating a lot to charity.
Street Party Phun
Meeting of the Minds was held in December 1992 in New Orleans. The Godfather of Trop Rock events, Jerry Diaz
organized this first gathering that took place at the new (at the time) Margaritaville Café. 80 folks attended
and $200 was raised to donate to a local charity.
The second MOTM was again held
in New Orleans in October 1993 with over 165 Parrotheads in attendance. The event continued to grow. The planning
was eventually taken over by the national Parrotheads in Paradise (PHIP) organization and was moved to Key West for
the 7th annual event in 1998.
Panama City Parrotheads at The Bull
grown where thousands of dollars are raised for various charities. Each year toys are donated and the largest
blood drive in the Keys is held. Parrotheads also fill the streets for the Zonta walk against breast
The big draw of MOTM is of
course the Trop Rock music. Musicians start to get into town on Monday. The actual event runs from Thursday to
Sunday but you can hear great Trop Rock music early if are lucky enough to get there.
Nav-a-Gator beer for Jim Morris
from not only the host hotel, the Casa Marina, but also from bars and clubs across the island. You can hear Jim
Morris and the Big Bamboo Band at Hogs Breath playing in the parking lot on Wednesday for a welcome to the
island party. Hugo Duarte plays Hogs late each night. Jim Asbell and the Tropiholics is a mainstay each night at
The Bull. The Rum Barrel has musicians playing inside and on the roof. Conch Republic Seafood Company has music
every day and night. Schooners Wharf always has big names each night. Dante’s, Island Dog Bar, Margaritaville
Café, The Southernmost Beach Café, The Bottle Cap, Lazy Gecko and other spots all bring out the welcome mat for
the musicians and the Parrotheads.
With over 3500 Parrotheads
attending each year, it is a perfect place to catch up with old friends and where to make new friends. It is hard
to describe the size and the scope of the party MOTM has become.
Brian was right, the worlds best MOTM photo
There is a
street-fest party on Fridays where they close down a few blocks of Duval, set up a stage and the music and
beverages flow. Margarita Mafia has started holding their yearly awards show during MOTM honoring all the Trop
Rock winners. Private parties abound all across the island. We can’t forget about the sunset celebration at
Mallory Square even if it is not a Parrothead function. There is so much to do, so much great Trop Rock music to
hear…the time flies by.
Don't ask what Jeff had to do for that dollar!
This year is
the 20th anniversary MOTM. The dates are November 3rd to the 6th. Get your
registrations in and make your reservations now. This is going to be the best party yet. Details
Candid Camera Pictures!
Pool party phun on the
Cindy with Jackie and Alan in Key West
Martha and Sharon from Pensacola in New Orleans
Connie at Margaritaville New Orleans
Debbie and Steve at Margaritaville Panama City Beach
Bud at Put-in-Bay,
Keith and Cindy at Tropical Isle New Orleans
Belly up to the
The Crab Island Mambo Mullet
Wrapper would not be complete if we didn’t spend time giving everyone the low down on drinking
establishments near and far. We always take suggestions on new places to visit too!
This month we plan to explore the
Emerald Coast Parrotheads home roost, Fudpuckers Bar and Grill. This bar and restaurant with the funky name has
been home to the Parrotheads from almost the start of the club.
Charlene and Capt. Ron
(as it is affectionately known to locals) has two locations. There is one in Fort Walton Beach but the Destin
location is the Parrothead spot for phun and music. The second Friday of each month (except July….too many
tourist in town) you will find the ECPHC partying away either in the upstairs open air Key West bar or if it is
cold they are downstairs.
we best describe Fud’s? It is a bar, it is a restaurant, it is a teen club but it is more than all that. They
have a famous line of t-shirts that have been spotted around the world. They have a live alligator exhibit.
There is a playground for the kids and a game room with video games. Add the Parrotheads to that mix and you
never know what you might see.
Barger making some important announcements
During the Parrothead Phlockings there is live music from local or touring Trop Rock artist, a raffle with the
proceeds going to a pre-determined charity, discounted adult beverages for members, free food for members, dancing
and just a general good time. Tourists who happen to be there during the Phlocking don’t usually know what to make
of it all!
Phun at Fud's
his staff never fail to take care of the Parrotheads. They know how to throw a party. And if there is any group
that knows how to party, it is Parrotheads. Fud's has also announced they will give a discount to any
Parrothead with a valid club badge this year. It will be half off Landshark draft and one dollar off all other
drinks. A great deal so stop in with your badge especially if you are from out of town.
popular place especially during tourist season. But with so much to do, even a wait for a table can go by
quickly. In the summer there is live music playing at the Key West bar. Catch some Trop Rock music with a cold
beverage. Take one of their menu’s to read as it is really a newspaper in disguise…Just another unique feature
Kelly telling stories
on down to Fudpuckers, party with the Parrotheads and remember as they like to say, “Ya ain’t been pucked, till ya been fudpucked”
Trop Rock Musician Spotlight
A monthly feature you
will see in the Crab Island
Mambo Mullet Wrapper is a spotlight on a Trop Rock musician. There are outstanding Trop Rock
artists that many parrotheads have never heard about. We want to change that. This month’s artist is a good
friend who used to call Destin home.
Trop Rock musicians as a whole are great people.
They are like you and me, only a lot more talented! Eric Stone is no exception.
Those of us in the Destin area of the Emerald Coast were lucky to have Eric as one of our own as he lived here for
several years. We were able to hear him regularly. Eric would even come out to our Sunday gatherings at The Pointe
whenever he was in town and not out on the road.
Eric with Kyle
Eric is a great songwriter.
He has 12 CD’s out. Eric is also well known in the sailing and boating world. He wrote the theme song for
Latitudes and Attitudes TV show. You can also catch Eric performing at all of Latitudes and Attitudes Cruisers
parties and rallies as well as some of the big boat shows across the country.
Originally from Texas, Eric moved to Florida for work. It was here his music career took off. A couple of years
ago, Eric followed his dream and moved to the Virgin Islands. He used that as his home base and the inspiration for
many of his latest songs. This year Eric and his long time girl friend Kim moved to Tortola to continue his
Eric with Wayne and Kelly at Tropical Isle in New
But despite living on an
island (wouldn’t we all like to say that), Eric still performs for many parrothead clubs on the mainland. He is
a regular at Meeting of the Minds in Key West. He performs either as a solo act or with a band. His schedule
keeps him very busy.
Eric writes songs about his surroundings and what he sees. One of our favorite Eric Stone songs is, “Crab Island
Rendezvous.” It is a great song about our favorite party spot. Eric also has the distinction of selling over
100,000 copies of his CD “Songs for Sail” making it a certified Gold album. Wow!
We asked Eric what his most memorable moment on stage was and he replied the first time he heard the audience
singing the words to his song. At this point he knew he was making it. We also had to ask him about his most
embarrassing moment on stage and he answered it was the time he fell off because of too many Red Bulls and
Vodka. But he was quick to point out he does not do that anymore.
Continued success Eric!
A great philosophy in life
is Eric’s tag line, “Don’t dream your life, live your dreams!” That is definitely a great way to look at life!
Visit Eric’s web site to see where he is performing and to purchase some of his CD’s. You will be glad you
Extra Side of
The Coast is Clear
Is the above statement:
A Jimmy Buffett
The title of the Panama City PHC’s
Rendezvous for 2011?
What the Emerald Coast beaches from Destin
to Panama City have been for over 6 months now?
No oil on our beaches
The answer is all the above! Jimmy sang about a clear coast many
years ago and then redid the song during his free concert on the beach at Gulf Shores, AL last year. Panama City
PHC adopted the statement as their title this year for their Trop Rock event Parrothead Rendezvous in honor of
the beaches being clear.
I want to expand on that theme. As everyone who was not living under a rock is aware, there was a major BP oil rig
blow out in the Gulf of Mexico last spring. The national news media pounced on the story and made it sound like our
beaches were covered in thick gooey oil. Pictures from Louisiana, where they did get hit hard, were broadcast
mentioning towns all along the coast. They did not spell out who was getting hit hard. People stayed away fearing
Destin and Panama City were hit like Louisiana.
Seablaster trip last summer
The beaches here in Destin
received some tar balls starting in June. By the time the well was capped in July, we had about another month of
a few tar balls here and there. Since then, the Coast is Clear! (All the photo's here are from last
Recent news reports say there is public perception oil is still washing up on our shores. There are even some local
residents, who must be some type of closet ecological experts, saying oil is lurking under the surface just waiting
to strike when the time is right! I wonder how long it is going to “lurk” before they realize the gulf is very good
at cleansing itself.
Phun at Crab Island last summer
Our local seafood has been
tested for oil and dispersants more than Lance Armstrong has been tested for steroids. Yet some people still
claim it is tainted. I wonder where they get their information from. These are the same folks who probably see
black helicopters in their sleep!
More Crab Island phun last summer
I am no expert either and I
did not sleep in a Holiday Inn Express last night but I do walk the beaches on a regular basis. I have boated in
the bay and gulf. I eat all the local seafood I can get my hands on. I have not developed some strange oil
intestinal disease. I have not seen or stepped on a tar ball since last summer. The Emerald Coast beaches from
Destin to Panama City have been free and clear of oil and tar balls for over 6 months now! I can say that
because I have seen it myself.
Pass the word; The Coast is Clear! Say it loud. I want to share our Emerald Coastal State of
Mind with everyone once again.
Our spotlight this
month focuses on Parrotheads Judie and Kelly!
can’t Explain” Judie and “Semi-normal Person” Kelly are Parrotheads who are well recognized at Trop Rock events
around the country. They are members of the Emerald Coast PHC having moved to the Gulf Coast from Missouri. From
Meeting of the Minds in Key West to Flipperstock in St. Louis to Pardi Gras in New Orleans, you can find Judie and
Kelly having a good time.
Never at a loss for either watercrafts or vehicles, on most weekends you will find
Judie and Kelly in their sailboat with Consuela on the bow, or maybe on their jet skies or even paddling around
Crab Island in their kayaks. They are easy to spot because they are always in the middle of the
Judie and Kelly having Phun at Cat's in New Orleans
We have attended Trop Rock events with them all over the country. Judie is a natural talker who easily makes
friends. Kelly is a little more subdued until you put a bourbon and coke in front of him. After a couple of those
drinks he starts to do the “Kelly Dance.” This is a dance that is taking the Parrothead world by
Anyone can do it; you just have to be able
to snap your fingers.
Doing the "Kelly" dance
Judie is a female version of "MacGyver." She can make more useful items out of next
to nothing better than any person we have run across. Whether it is a portable potty for the beach, an anchor made
out of an old milk jug, carriers for cell phones or camera’s from baggies…Judie is your
Judie can make anything
We would be remiss if we did not mention the fact Judie and Kelly march to the beat of their own
drummers…and we mean this in a good way! The year they drove two cars to Key West for MOTM is a perfect example.
They do what’s right for them and if it’s not Politically Correct, well so be it. We would not want them to be any
Most Trop Rock musicians recognize Judie and Kelly from their travels even if they
don’t know their name. You will find them up front at Margaritaville in Key West listening to Jim Morris and the
BBB, on the dance floor at “Stars Fell on Alabama” moving to the sounds of PHINS, in the sand at KC's Sandbar and
Grill in Ft. Walton Beach dancing to the music of Brent Burns and at dozens of other venues and
Judie and Kelly
Good friends are hard to find. Judie and Kelly are some of the best friends you will find. We are lucky our paths
cross often here on the Emerald Coast. Till the next event….
Looking for that pot of gold
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