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Sunshine Cindy only has one drink a day Julie is helping her out while Wayne watches
Fun on the kiddie train at Harborwalk Village
Wayne and Joe hitch a ride What are you doing to the Turtle sign?
You broke it! Hold that up all night please! LOL
Jim Asbell and the Tropiholics in Tampa played to a big crowd
Crawdaddy with Mike Mangum Tonya pretty in pink
Belly up to the Bar
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!
Mambo'ians, who is ready to head back down to the end of the road in Key West to visit one of our favorite bars
in the country? Let's head to the Schooner Wharf Bar on the Historic Seaport harbor walk on Key West Bight.
Every year when we are in Key West for Meeting of the Minds, we hit Schooners Wharf almost every day. It might
be for breakfast with a great Bloody Mary or having an afternoon lunch while we listen to Michael McCloud or an
evening concert with some of the best Trop Rock bands in the country including the "No Plane on Sunday" Jim
Morris and the Big Bamboo Band show on Sunday night that closes the week of music for MOTM.
Fun at Schooners Wharf Larry promoting Crab Island Mambo
Schooners Wharf is a unique bar.
It has a big open air section where the band stand sits. You also have a ramshackle building that houses the
main bar and some tables. There is also some steps that will take you up to a deck over the main bar so you can
get a bird’s eye view of the Key West harbor. The kitchen sits right off the open air section adding a unique
feel to entire place. The fact you are only a few steps from the water makes this place one of the best
beach bars in the country. In fact, Schooners Wharf has been voted “Best Locals Bar” six years in a row.
Some pictures of Michael McCloud
like there is always something happening at Schooners Wharf the other 51 weeks of the year the Parrotheads are
not in town. They host numerous special events throughout the year, including the Lighted Boat Parade in
December, the Minimal Regatta over the Memorial Day weekend, Wrecker's Cup Race Series, Barbecue Cook-off, Chili
Cook-off, and one of the Keys' favorite local events, the Battle of the Bars. Music is also a big draw of
Schooners Wharf. They have some big names stop by to play but in our mind the main draw is the day time
entertainer Michael McCloud. Michael looks like he is about 100 years old, smokes while he plays and always
entertains the crowd. He is a great storyteller who has some fantastic original songs. Check him out next time
you are in Key West.
Dennis's badge has made it to Schooners Wharf but he didn't dance like these folks
the neat things about a bar like Schooners Wharf is you never know what might happen while you are there. This
was brought to light a few years back while I was at Schooners for a party being thrown by the Tampa PHC. We had
several members of our ECPHC there including "Long Island” Jim. As the party was in full swing we noticed it
starting to cloud up and get dark. Jim and I walked out on the boardwalk as he proclaimed it would pass us by.
About 10 minutes later it started to rain. And not just a shower but a monsoon that lasted well over one hour.
Duval Street and all the surrounding streets were flooded. Some girls were “swimming” on Greene Street in front
of Capt. Tony’s playing with a plastic shark. Everyone at Schooners huddled in the main bar section trying to
avoid the leaks. From then on, Jim became known as Jim “Cantore!” LOL
More Schooners fun Kelly relaxing in the middle of the day
Doug and his Schooner Wharf Bar Dog
Head on down to Key West when you think you are ready to “Hang with the Big Dogs” at Schooner Wharf. Look for owner Evalena who is always running around helping at the bar. Have a beer with “This Week on the Island” blog writer Doug and his beautiful dogs who spend a lot of time at the bar. Grab some grub and enjoy the atmosphere there. You'll never cease to be amazed by the characters you meet at Schooner Wharf Bar. Hell, you might even meet Crab Island Mambo there “Embracing the Chaos!” Click here for more information: http://schoonerwharf.com/index.htm
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Bartender of the Month
month’s bartender is an old friend, Dominic. We have known Dominic for several years from his time behind the
bar at Fudpuckers. He always took good care of us and all of the parrotheads and he made sure we never had an
empty glass. Dominic is now working at Crab Island Cantina which is where we ran into him a few weeks ago.
Dominic behind the bar at Crab Island Cantina
though he is working at a new location Dominic is still the same good guy. The evening we were at the Cantina we
had a good group of friends show up. This was Joe from Cincinnati’s first day in town. When Dominic saw his
Cincinnati Reds koozie and Cincinnati Bengals tattoo on his arm, the jokes started flying. When Sunshine Cindy
wanted to get a Margarita, Dominic made sure she got a supersized one! This was one of the best Margarita’s
Sunshine Cindy has ever had too. I am not a big Margarita drinker because they are usually too tart but this one
was perfect. Probably because it was mostly Tequila! LOL
Four of us drinking out of the "BIG" Margarita
are so many hardworking bartenders and wait staff in this town. They are right now working their butts off to
keep all of the hundreds of thousands of tourist happy. They have to be a special bred to do this type of work
and I am glad we have gotten to know so many of these fine folks. Dominic fits this profile perfectly. The next
time you are on the Destin harbor, stop in at the Crab Island Cantina and see if Dominic is working behind the
bar. If he is, be sure to take care of him as he will take care of you. BTW…I am sorry we didn’t get a better
picture of Dominic but at the time we were there we had not decided on our bartender of the month. We went back
the next week but he was off. I promise to get some better pictures for the next Mullet Wrapper.
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 we feature a great duo, Latitude.
Latitude in Put-in-Bay
Our featured musical act this month is a husband and wife duo that has been
performing Trop Rock music for many years. Tom and Michelle Becker are the duo "Latitude." You can hear this
outstanding duo as they travel between two home bases in the Myrtle Beach area of South Carolina and Southwest
Florida. Crab Island Mambo has been lucky to hear Latitude on numerous occasions and we always have a great time.
Their music is lively and it never fails to get your toes tapping!
Tom with David having fun
Tom and Michelle have been making music for many years. Tom is a former member of
Legendary Folk Group, The New Christy Minstrels. He decided to pursue a solo career where he opened for musicians
such as Jerry Jeff Walker, Gregg Allman, Willie Nelson, Ray Charles and Jerry Lee Lewis. Michelle’s career started
off more on the country side of music. She has performed with The Coasters, The Drifters, The Platters, Brenda Lee,
Loretta Lynn, Louise Mandrell, Lee Greenwood, Jim Ed Brown and Larry Gatlin among others. Michelle has also
appeared on the Grand Ole Opry many times. In fact it was in Nashville where Tom and Michelle met.
Michele and Wayne
After leaving Nashville, Tom and Michelle embraced Trop Rock music. They not only
embraced it but they are taking it to new heights. In 2005 they founded the organization Margarita M.A.F.I.A. where
M.A.F.I.A. stands for Musicians, Artists and Fans In Alliance. This organization was formed to promote Trop Rock
music. This year they changed the name to “Trop Rock Music Association” but it is the same great group. One of the
biggest things TRMA does is host The Trop Rock Music Awards each year in Key West during Meeting of the Minds. It
was established in 2007 to formally recognize Trop Rock Music artists, songwriters, radio stations,
events and live music venues throughout the country that are helping promote Trop Rock as its own music genre. The
awards program has now grown to include 18 categories.
Tom playing with Corned Beef and Curry
Over the years Latitude has cleaned up at the TRMA awards. In the years 2008,
2009, 2010, 2011 they were voted the Trop Rock Music Awards Duo of the Year. Meanwhile, Michelle has been voted
TRMA Female Vocalist of the year those same years. I am sure they will do just as well this year! On a side note,
Crab Island Mambo is proud to be a sponsor of the awards show this year. It will be held on Saturday November 3,
2012 on the big stage at the Casa Marina from 1-3 pm. Come on out and support Tom, Michelle and all the Trop Rock
artist and fans.
Michele and Tom showed off Dennis's badge too
Be sure to catch a Latitude show when they are in your area. There tag line is,
“Music with a Tan.” That fits them perfectly! They have 5 CD’s of original music as well as other merchandize like
tee’s. Click here http://www.latitudemusic.net/ for all the
information on Latitude. Be sure to tell them Crab Island Mambo sent you!
Join us in Key West
Join Crab Island Mambo and our friends as we "Embrace the Chaos!" in Key West for the start of MOTM. You do not have to be registered for MOTM to attend this event but we recommend you sign up for all the MOTM phun! There is no fee for all the fun we will be having at Dante's. Be sure you are there but if you can't make it, listen to all the Chaos on "IslandDreamzRadio" as they broadcast live.
"Embrace the Chaos!"
Extra Side of
Since the start of the Mullet Wrapper newsletter, I have featured
several party spots in the “Extra Side of Mullet” feature. We have taken you to Key West and the Florida Keys as
well as Put-in-Bay, Ohio. But there is one party town that might hold the crown of best party spot in the
country that I need to give some love to. Of course I am talking about the Big Easy, New Orleans! Outside of
maybe Vegas, there is no town in America that evokes the image of parties more than the home of Mardi Gras. They
might not have invented Mardi Gras but this town has sure perfected it and the art of the party!
Pardi Gras Pub Crawl Jeanie on Bourbon Street
Trop Rock fans flock to New Orleans for Jerry Diaz’s Pardi Gras in
January. They come back in August for Six String Music. You will see Trop Rock fans in town for Jazz Fest, the
two week festival held in May. And of course any trip to the French Quarter would not be complete without
stopping in at one of the Tropical Isle locations. Owners Pam and Earl have been long supporters of Trop Rock
music and the musicians. They open their doors during Pardi Gras and Six String to give the events several
venues for the music. Stop in whenever you are in town for a Hand Grenade and some grub. You will be glad you
Judie at CAT's Sunshine Cindy on a barstool at "The John"
Time for a short history lesson…New Orleans was founded May 7, 1718.
Being on the Mississippi River allowed the city to grow quickly and it became a major port during the American
Revolution as it was used to move weapons up the river. The city itself is mostly below sea level. As everyone
knows, Hurricane Katrina caused immense damage when the levee’s broke. Fast forward to today and the city is
still rebuilding and recovering. But with the help of tourist who have come back in record numbers, the city is
on the road to recovery. Okay, enough history now what about that party scene!
Music at Margaritaville Everyone sing!!!
The French Quarter (known locally as "the Quarter" or Vieux Carré),
which dates from the French and Spanish eras and is bounded by the Mississippi River, Rampart Street, Canal
Street, and Esplanade Avenue. Bourbon Street is the main drag in the middle of the Quarter. The city closes
Bourbon Street to traffic each evening as it becomes a pedestrian walkway. This area contains many popular
hotels, bars, and nightclubs. Notable tourist attractions in the Quarter include Jackson Square, St. Louis
Cathedral, the French Market (including Café du Monde, famous for café au lait and beignets) and Preservation
Timmy playing the washboard Paul at CAT's
There are so many famous bars and restaurants in the area it is
impossible to mention them all. But a trip to NOLA would not be complete without a stop at Margaritaville.
Jimmy’s place is right next to the French Market and is the home to many of the Pardi Gras and Six String Music
festivities. This is a fun place that takes you to the tropics while you are in the Quarter. One of Sunshine
Cindy’s and my favorite places is Yo Mama’s for hamburgers. This is a small place but the burgers are HUGE and
taste great! Of course no trip to NOLA would be complete without a late night Lucky Dog from one of the many hot
dog vendors on Bourbon Street.
Larry and Kelly having fun with plastic boobs
It is always fun in the Quarter. Our first trip to town Wayne took us to a late night breakfast with David, Carolyn, Pam, Gary and Bud before we knew all of them like we do today. Late night breakfast and beer was a good indoctrination to New Orleans. Then there was the pub crawl we did one year with Wayne, Sherrie, Pam and Gary where we ended up visiting something like 17 different pubs including a lesbian bar that the bartenders would not even look at us. lol Or I can’t forget the late night pool party at Six String Music held at the Provincial Hotel where I was surprised no one drowned and Carol showed up with some guy who looked like Jesus. Okay, you get the picture of what the town is like!
This month we put the Island Spotlight on Capt. John!
For the month of June we are shinning the Island Spotlight on the Emerald Coast Parrothead clubs own Capt. John. I
am sure every Parrothead Club has a character or two that just seem to standout from the rest of the crowd. Capt.
John is that person in the ECPHC. With his bright smile, sailors beard and the weathered look of a boat captain,
Capt. John is the real deal.
Cheryl with Capt. John
Yes, John is really a boat captain. He pilots a sailboat that he had to cut several feet off of the mast so he could get under the Destin bridge. Last year he parked the sailboat at the dock of Sunshine Cindy’s parents for the inaugural backyard party. The sailboat became its own party central as Capt. John and First Mate Dave mixed up drinks for anyone that wanted one. The pictures of the stage with the sailboat sitting a few feet away was one of the lasting impressions from last year’s party.
Go, Capt John, Go!
Capt. John is also one of the
first to volunteer for any club activity. He was instrumental in helping build a wheelchair ramp for a local
handicapped lady. Capt. John stepped up to help get the float together for the Mardi Gras parade that was held
on the island. He is a member-at-large for the club this year giving more of his time to make the club
successful. It seems like everytime we turn around Capt. John is leading the way.
Capt. John is ready for Mardi Gras
You will also find Capt. John at
all the local watering holes “Embracing the Chaos!” He is very active at the American Legion lending his support
to the activities there that help active duty and retired military personnel. Sunshine Cindy and I have run into
John at many different spots around town. He will probably be the guy with glow sticks around his neck or a
rotating hand held disco ball waving around as he hits the dance floor. Capt. John can belt out a song for
Karaoke and he gets the crowd going singing with others on stage.
Capt. John blinded by the light! LOL
The Emerald Coast Parrothead Club is lucky to have a person like Capt. John to call on for support. And I have to add Crab Island Mambo is also glad Capt. John is there for us too. Between himself and Dave, they were invaluable in helping get the inaugural backyard party off the ground. Anytime we need something, Capt. John has made it clear to let him know and if he can help, he will be there. It is good friends like Capt. John that makes what we do so rewarding.
The next time you see Capt. John at a function, buy him a drink but be prepared to have one coming back your way too. Give him a pat on the back and thank him for all he does. Then tell him Crab Island Mambo put you up to it! Thanks Captain!!!
Looking for that pot of gold Sunshine Cindy and Stingray
See you next month!!!!!
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