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Where Parrots Mambo
Conga Line Kathy, Wayne and Jay in Put-in-Bay
Sorry Pat, Wayne found a new friend! David drumming his tie
Bob entertaining the crowd Steve and Mark with plenty of empties
New phriends Char on stage at MOTM with her Emerald Coast sweatshirt
More new phriends Wayne and Steve at The Chart Room
Seablaster in the Gulf Phun on the Seablaster
of the Phaithful" & "Island Time Radio" as they cruise through the islands!
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!
take a road trip this month! The bar we are bellying up to is the Nav-A-Gator in Lake Suzy, FL. The Nav-A-Gator
has become the gold standard for Trop Rock music venues in the country. For the last several years the
Nav-A-Gator has been voted the number one place to catch a Trop Rock show by members of the Trop Rock Music
Association. They have big name Trop Rockers play several days a week. Being in the heart of Southwest Florida
where many Parrotheads clubs and Phlockers reside gives the bar a built in fan base and they play up to
Yep, Wayne's been to the Nav-a-Gator too!
Nav-A-Gator uses a tag line: "A nice place if you can find it." You really have to want to go there as it is way
out in the middle of nowhere. Whatever your thoughts of old time Florida is, this place and area will take you
back to that time. It is housed in an old time wood building right on the Peace River. You can come by boat, car
or even helicopter. Fishing trips and even summer nautical camps are held here.
"You're here or you're lost!
draw of the Nav-A-Gator is obviously the great Trop Rock musicians they have perform there. Just last month they
had Jimi Pappas, Mike Broward, Jim Morris, Jack Mosley, Latitude, Paul Roush, John Friday and Capt. Josh and
Banjody. Another great thing about the music is they never have a cover charge for any of their shows. The only
thing they ask for is non-perishable food items which they donate to a charitable organization. This past season
it went to the Salvation Army.
Jim Morris at the Nav-a-Gator
They also do some special request like when John Frinzi plays they ask that you bring basic school supplies for fifth grade students. His wife is a school teacher who knows our schools are not getting the funding they need to provide even the basics for their students. And finally when Jim Morris performs they hope you bring either the non-perishable food or a pair of shoes. Jim and his wife Sharon have made the Shoes for Kids Project, their number one fundraiser. When Jim sings his "Twenty Dollar Bills" song and people throw the real thing; they use it to buy shoes for the kids in the local Charlotte County school system.
Island Mambo and Mama Mambo have been to the Nav-A-Gator on several occasions. We have always had a great time
and it seems like we run into old and new friends each time. There always seems to be a party going on at the
Nav-A-Gator. We have been there for a Halloween party that was a blast. Jim Morris has turned Thursday nights
when he plays into "No Panties Thursday" party. There always seems to be a party going on at the
That's Wayne's arm too!!! LOL
get down to the Port Charlotte area, make a trip over to the Nav-A-Gator. Grab a signature Nav-A-Gator beer,
enjoy some fresh seafood, try some gator tail and sit back and listen to some great Trop Rock music. Tell owners
Dennis and Nancy, Crab Island Mambo sent you! http://nav-a-gator.com/
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Bartender of the Month
bartender of the month is actually "bartenders" of the month. Good friends of Crab Island Mambo, Justin and
Ryan are brothers who help keep the crowd at Anglers Beachside bar lubricated. The brothers are a
couple of Ohio boys
who made the trip down south and decided to stay. That sounds kind of familiar!
Justin and Ryan
have been many good memories with one or both of the guys behind the bar. Justin took good care of our Crab
Island Mambo Christmas party participants in December. There was the evening last summer when I had
walked over to Anglers...yes, I used to live close enough that I could walk the beach there...and a storm blew
in. I was only going to stay for few brews but as the rain kept coming down, more
beers went down thanks to Ryan. Finally about 10:30 the rain let up enough where I could take off. Ryan gave me
an umbrella someone had given him earlier and off I went. Luckily I didn't
fall into any "drunk holes."
Ryan cutting up
you are wondering what "drunk holes" are? Everyone has seen kids on the beach dig holes and bury themselves.
Well, if they don't fill them back in you can't see the holes at night. I have never fell into one but I
have heard stories of others who were not so lucky. LOL
Justin and Ryan are ready for Mambo'ians
over to Anglers and let the guys take care of you, talk some Ohio State Football with them and watch the world
go by. Make sure you take care of them too as both have families. Better brothers and friends you
won't find anywhere!
Enjoy--as trop-rock, jazz, pop, blues and country all come together as Tropical Country.
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1. Tropical Country
3. Concrete Box (Up In The Sky) aka condos
4. Sweet Alabama Smile
5. My Little Girl (Father to Daughter Wedding Song)
6. In Between
7. A Teacher's Dream (A Tribute to Teachers)
8. Love In The Tropics
9. Hello Sandpiper
10. Happy Tropical Anniversary
11. Sunshine Girl
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 new friend, Mike Broward.
Mike is a talented singer and songwriter who has been
performing Trop Rock music since the 1990's! Mike was also our feature performer in February at our show at
Anglers Beachside Bar. He put on a great show that had the crowd up and dancing to his original songs as well as
the cover songs he did.
Mike and Mama Mambo
For years Mike lived in San Diego and performed with "Stars on
the Water." They released two CD's during the time Mike performed with the group. It was at this time his song,
"What Happens in Key West Never Happened" was released to wide spread acclaim. This song has been released by
many different artist and has even been featured on a couple of MTV Reality TV shows.
Mike at Anglers
Several years ago Mike relocated from San Diego to Nashville
where he is now pursuing a solo career. Since going solo, Mike has released two CD's. “Parrothead Rehab” has
struck a nerve in the Parrothead world that has resulted in Mike gaining notority with the Parrothead's.
His latest release, “Margaritas And Moonshine” explores the collision of troprock and country music. Trop Rock
Music Association (formally the Margarita Mafia) nominated Mike for musician of the year in 2008 and album of
the year in 2009. Folks are taking notice of Mike's talent.
Amy Lee, KD Moore and Mike at Cowboy Bills in Key West
Listening to Mike as he performed for us it was easy to see why
his music is gaining such a following. With songs like "My Retirement Plan," "The Road to Rum," "Southern
Girls," Mr. Right" and many more Mike's music is finding its way onto internet radio stations like Island Time
Radio out of Cleveland, Ohio and over the air stations like Trop Rock 1290 out of Panama City. Mike is also a
regular in Key West during Meeting of the Minds where he has performed with K.D. Moore and Amy Lee at Cowboy
Bills the last few years.
Mike at Anglers for Crab Island Mambo
If Mike is performing in your area, get out and catch his show.
You will be a convert to his music in no time. For more information on where Mike is playing and to buy his
CD's, go to: http://www.musicmike.net/
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Extra Side of
"Pirates Choice Rum"
The Trop Rock world is a mixture of many different people with a
wide range of talents. As we travel the country to events, we are lucky to meet folks who are just like you or
me except they have talents I could only hope to emulate. Of course there are the musicians who are nothing
short of amazing. We have met some artist who I envy since I can't draw a stick figure. There are friends who
sponsor house parties. It seems like the Trop Rock world has it all.
Mama Mambo in heaven with free rum samples! LOL
But one guy who was really special was a fellow who help start a
company that made rum. And it was not just any rum but rum that was Made in America. Pirates Choice Rum was the
brain child of Don Brown who lived down in the Keys. They had two types of rum...a caramel dark rum and a key
lime rum. Both were excellent rums. Unfortunately Don had to shut down production due to the death of his
business partner. He hopes to get the spigots turned back on again this spring.
The Stalker with Steve
But while there is not any more Pirates Choice Rum to be had, we still have the memories of when it was available. A couple of years ago as we were traveling to Key West for MOTM, we stopped in at the Pit Stop Party. Don had set-up samples and we were hooked. I loved the dark rum while Mama Mambo wanted the Key Lime rum. After we got to Key West, Don had another tasting at the Blue Marlin. We keep looking for more free samples after that! LOL
At the Atlanta PHC's 20th anniversary party, Mama Mambo won a giant
Pirates Choice Rum banner. The banner proudly flew from our balcony for each Billy Bowlegs Pirate Festival held
each June in the Sound behind my condo. It was a perfect fit. About as perfect as a phlocking the ECPHC held at
a local liquor store where Pirates Choice Rum as one of the featured drinks. Yes, Parrotheads in a liquor store
was like kids in a candy store. They sold a lot of bottles of booze that day with the Pirates Choice Rum one of
the best sellers.
The banner flew over our Bowlegs party for years
Probably the best memory was the night in Panama City at Rendezvous.
A late night party outside our room turned into party central for all the folks who still wanted to party. Mama
Mambo was making concoctions with the Key Lime Rum while Jeff and I started working on a bottle of the dark rum.
By the time the party ended, we had two friends tied together with twine, a friend falling into the planter with
a palm tree, Bud telling stories that had us all laughing so hard we couldn't catch our breath and it was the
night of a couple of ladies in the bathroom doing something! Meanwhile Jeff and I completely drained
our bottle and most of the Key Lime Rum was gone as well. The next morning was tough on everyone but more so for
Lisa who had to perform! She was a trooper!!!
This was our last bottle....we hope for more!
As you can see, there were a lot of good times with Pirates Choice
Rum. I hope Don can get the taps flowing again so we can continue to make more memories. If I hear it is
available I will pass the word on the best American Made Rum!!!
This month we put the Island Spotlight on Alan and Jackie Jones!
Jackie and Alan
This month we shine our spotlight on some good friends from Marion, Illinois, Alan and Jackie Jones. We have known Alan and Jackie for several years now. We first met them at the old Baby J's bar that used to sit on the Destin harbor. Mama Mambo and I noticed they were wearing Parrothead T-Shirts so we had to find out where they were from. It turns out they visit the Emerald Coast a couple of times a year and a friendship was born.
Debbie with Jackie and Alan
They have been coming down to the Emerald Coast for many years now. I was surprised to see Alan show up in a Joe Mammy video. He was at The Boathouse one evening when Joe Mammy showed up with his video camera and Alan ended up being in the video. I didn't realize Alan was in the video when I received permission from Joe Mammy to post his videos on this site. Imagine my surprise when I spied Alan. Click here to go to my Joe Mammy videos and see it for yourself.
Alan and Jackie are very active in their local Parrothead club, the Southern Illinois Parrothead Club. Alan is well known for being able to sweet talk vendors out of some real nice items for club auctions. They help the club put on several fund raising events each year. One of their daughters, Wendy, is now President of the club. Yes, the family that "Parrotheads" together stays together! lol
Jackie with Chuck Lawson
Alan and Jackie are folks that travel to many out of town events. They have been to Key West several times for "Meeting of the Minds," they love to go to New Orleans for any party that is going on there and they even attended the ECPHC's 10th anniversary "Phall into Phun" party a few years back. In fact, our first meeting with Alan and Jackie happened because of a party in Navarre that they were attending. If you have a party going on, they will be there!
Jackie and Diane
Just like our friend Wayne, who we previously mentioned recently moved here from New Orleans, Alan and Jackie are temporary residents of the Emerald Coast now too. They came down in December and will be heading back to Illinois in March. Okay, they are snowbirds, but not the kind that Brent Burns sings about! They are cool snowbirds that have hit almost every bar and restaurant in town. If you need a recommendation, just ask them!
Alan with a pink animal
The Trop Rock world is full of fantastic folks from all over the country. "A-List" Alan and Jackie "Jackie-O" Jones are two of the best. They are strong supporters of Crab Island Mambo and all Trop Rock musicians and Parrothead events. Stop and chat with them the next time you see them and tell them Crab Island Mambo said "hey."
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See you next month!!!!!
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