Fact: Randy and his Renee are sweet folks, and we had a great few hours, today…Talking about music, and the water, and manatees and hurricanes. And really…Isn’t that EXACTLY the kind of things you’d talk about, if you were having a great and meaningful day?
Fact: Randy wrote a song, this week, that celebrates OUR waterfront…Our mangrove, estuary, oyster bar, barrier island, stilt house waterfront. That has hardly ever happened, before. Sensing the great things about a place is what feeling people do. Writing it down, bringing it to us, so we can say “Yes! That right there!!” is what poets do.
Fact: Randy was a poet, today.
You can check out Randy’s excellent music by clicking the image below…And you can come down and experience it IN PERSON, Saturday, right here at Gill Dawg. Yes, I am still here at 11:30 at night.
So…Come on out and see Randy perform. Buy his music online. Come out and support him at his upcoming local gigs…Because he is, now, So Local Pasco.|
Randy Knight, the Emcee for Saturday’s MASSIVE Pit Stop One Concert is here early…He brought along a song that mentions Port Richey, and Gill Dawg. I can’t think of a single song that has ever mentioned Port Richey, so I feel like I must share it with my listeners and readers.
In case you missed it, there is a MASSIVE show coming up at Gill Dawg Saturday: Jimmy Buffett fans are called “Parrotheads“, and they are organized into massive clubs. Many of these clubs make an annual ‘pilgrimage’ to Key West, every year, for a fan convention called Meeting of the Minds. On the way, they “phlock” to a few choice spots, as they make their way south to Key West. These stops are called “Pit Stops”.
This year, Pit Stop One is RIGHT HERE, in West Pasco County. It makes me proud…I’ve been listening to Buffett since before there were Parrotheads. I cut my teeth on A1A, Livin’ and Dyin’ in 3/4 Time, Changes in Lattitudes, and Coconut Telegraph. Jimmy wrote songs about places and people I knew! I seem to have come full circle, along with a ton of other folks with a rich sense of romance and a love of Boats, Beaches, Bars and Ballads.
There is a whole genre of music, now, called Trop Rock. If you like the style of Randy’s song, you should definitely check out Trop Rock! A great place to start would be by listening to the Trop Rock Top 40, hosted by Radio A1A…Click the image below to learn more about that (or, just come to the show! Radio A1A will be there!)
This year, Pit Stop One is at Gill Dawg, right here in So Local Pasco country! This is a big deal…Kenny and Lisa Burke, and Colleen and Erik from Gill Dawg should be really proud of this event. A TON of folks are expected, and if you like “Trop Rock”, you should not miss this event!
Randy will join me on the podcast tomorrow to talk more about it…He’s meeting me at Gill Dawg today to record an interview.
So click the file at the top, and check out “Phollow the Phlock” by Randy Knight…Commence day drinking, because it’s Five O Clock Somewhere!
We finally got out to the Tasty Tuesdays Market, in downtown New Port Richey! We’ve wanted to get there for quite awhile, but our commitment to the Westside Deli competes with the time. So, this week, we simply went to the deli after the market, and have no idea why we didn’t think of that sooner!
Ann Scott, the Assistant Director of the New Port Richey Public Library, and Stephanie Sky, the EBT Program Manager for Tasty Tuesdays were excellent hosts, and gave us insight into the meaning and purpose of the market…Ann also gave us electricity, which is important, in our line of work!
I was surprised by the number and variety of vendors! TONS of great stuff…Berries, nuts, vegetables, fruit…Coffees, baked goods. It was an excellent selection, all of it organic and healthy, most of it grown right here in west Pasco County…And some of it grown in downtown New Port Richey.
I make a point of mentioning in the podcast: Through a federal grant program, EBT (Electronic Benefit Transfer) users can get DOUBLE their dollar value at the Tasty Tuesdays Market. This is the most important thing I learned: That low income families who shop at the market can afford to feed their families healthy organic food, for less than they have to spend at the grocery store. Making organic produce available to low income families, especially kids, is an amazing thing, and the market operators and vendors should be very proud of that!
I’d like to encourage all of my listeners to step out of your grocery rut, and go give the Tasty Tuesday Market a shot…Support these awesome local vendors, farmers and gardeners, as they provide a great alternative to the supermarket.
Well, we promised you a massive list of event links and info, today…And Laura Sherrod Pence delivers.
In the nearly 11 months we’ve been on, I am SURE we have not seen a weekend with this much going on…Much of it put on by our friends, partners, and listeners. I feel so connected to the community, this week! Remember, click on posters and green text for more info!
It starts TODAY…
Are you KIDDING? The Pit Stop One gig alone has more bands in one day than any other weekend I can think of. IN.ONE.DAY.
There are a ton MORE things going on, as well…Corey Cottrell and Alex Centeno at Overtime, Friday Night.
Get out there and wear it OUT this weekend…I will surely see some of you along the way to a legendary Halloween Weekend!