I don't know if you've met me or not, but I am the "Master Gator", and I have been enjoying hosting you and all of my Pardi-Gras (R) friends in the French Quarter for these past 18 years! Of course my real name is not the Master Gator; it's just a nickname I picked up from working at the various clubs here in the Quarter. Let me say that I once again look forward to having you back in the Quarter with me in January, 2016!
Now I don't actually "organize" the events at Pardi-Gras; you might say that I am more of an "idea" gator. I like to leave the boring details up to my friends Jerry & Mary Diaz, and their Pardi-Gras krewe. I met the Diazs years ago, when I was down on my luck, and living in a storm drain beneath Bourbon Street. But that is ancient history! Today, I own several restaurants on wheels that you may see around the French Quarter on a busy night. Life is good!
So I just wanted to let you know that I will be checking in with you from time to time between now and Jan. 14, 2016, when Pardi-Gras begins.
I want to say THANK YOU to everyone who voted in the nomination round of the annual Trop Rock Awards. We sure do appreciate your votes, and we have been nominated for "Event of the Year" once again!
Visit our website for more info about our event, and be sure to check in with me occasionally. I also make announcements on Facebook, and Twitter. Hey, social media is the way to go now baby!
Per tradition, we roll out a little bit of our schedule at a time, so be sure to get on the Pardi-Gras e-mail list.
Hope to see you all in N'awlins!
- Troy Lafitte (aka "The Master Gator")
"Vampires of the Vieux Carre"
Our Theme for 2016!
In case you didn't know, dressing up in costume that fits our theme is a big part of the fun at Pardi-Gras!
This Austin, TX. native has hit the Trop-Rock scene in a big way in 2015! And why not? He's a talented singer / songwriter who also happens to be a top-notch lead guitar player. He's been performing in the Central Texas area for a few years now, but 2015 saw him burst onto the scene at MOTM in Key West, where crowds were impressed not only with his guitar playing with other artists, but also his clever and catchy original songs. We're proud to have him at Pardi-Gras for the first time ever!
A frequent performer at Pardi-Gras, this resident of Houston, TX., is well respected throughout the Trop-Rock world, and the Texas coastal communities for his excellent original songwriting. Dennis has been nominated multiple times for Trop-Rock awards, and has performed from coast to coast in support of his 3 current CDs. Not only is he a great songwriter, but he's a great entertainer too. We're proud to have Dennis Davis back at Pardi-Gras once again!
It's back again! This "event within the event" absolutely captures the spirit of Pardi-Gras. We've been doing this since 1997, when a handful of us started a 4 hour Pub Crawl around the French Quarter. Over the years, we've realized that if we didn't limit it to Bourbon Street, and only two hours, things would definitely get out of hand! Join about 250 of your friends as we descend en massse on a carefully selected cross-section of bars on Bourbon Street. Dress the part...outrageous, ... or come as you are!
"What's My Name?" That is something you'll be asked several times during the Bob Karwin show. This confident entertainer/singer/songwriter from San Diego, CA. is a perfect fit for Bourbon Street on a rowdy Friday afternoon. But don't let the brashness fool you...he's a very talented songwriter who also covers many of your favorite songs. With half a dozen CDs under his belt, he presents a solo show that you do not want to miss!
One of our favorite traditions at Pardi-Gras is naming, then crowning a king and queen. The selection for each year's king and queen is kept secret until the night of the crowning, then revealed in a ceremony on Thursday night, at the upstairs of the Tropical Isle. The king and queen slected then preside over all of the weekend's festivities, in their robes and crowns, if they choose! Don't miss the crowning on Thursday night...it's a blast!
John Reno returns to Pardi-Gras!
From Fairhope, Alabama, and making his 18th consecutive Pardi-Gras appearance, Pardi-Gras is excited to have our friend John Reno perform at our event this year! An extremely talented performer, John can go wherever the crowd wants to go, including great Buffett and Trop-Rock covers, Jim Croce tribute covers, and best of all, some of the best original music you've ever heard. He's toured the country extensively for years, and you've seen him at Pardi-Gras as part of a duo, a trio, and in our favorite configuration, as a solo artist this year. You may have heard that John has performed at Pardi-Gras more than any other entertainer...it's true!
Monte Tolar's Pirate Toast!
We started this tradition back in 2001 (I think) and it holds a lot of emotional significance to many of us. One of the earliest champions of the idea was our good friend, the late Monte Tolar. We decided to name the event after him, and many close friends of Monte's, including Brian Watson, Earl Sanders, Brent Jones, and singer John Reno have continued Monte's tradition. It takes place in the courtyard at arguably one of New Orleans' most spiritual locations, the nearly 300 year old bar "Jean Lafitte's Blacksmith Shoppe". Come in your pirate gear, and join us!
Don Middlebrook returns to Pardi-Gras!
Pardi-Gras 2016 is pleased to announce the return of singer songwriter Don Middlebrook to Pardi-Gras! One of the very first "Trop-Rock" artists to record his own songs, Don Middlebrook has been a popular and respected singer songwriter on the Trop-Rock scene for a very long time. Since the early '90s, Don has been writing, recording and touring in support of some of the best original music in the country. A resident of Michigan, we are lucky and happy to have Don Middlebrook back at Pardi-Gras again!
...to all of you, our friends and fans! We wish you and yours a wonderful holiday and want you to know how thankful we are for each of you; not only at Thanksgiving, but throughout the year. Whether you're heading "over the river and through the woods," down the "Street of Dreams," or to your own "Last Island," we wish you safe travels and appreciate your support of this music and sharing this musical journey with us. Blessings to you all!
Stars & Promises 2015
This year we've named our tour "Stars & Promises 2015 – "A Restless World, A Silent Night." We are fine tuning our songs, setting the stage and rehearsing to bring you our very best. We will be hitting the road next week and hope to see many of you at our upcoming concerts.
This year's musician lineup includes Yours Truly; Chris Walters on piano and keyboards; Zeb Briskovich on bass; Brendan Mayer on guitar and vocals; Melodie Chase on cello; Eric Darken on percussion; and Mark Holland on flutes.
Chad Stewart and his crew from Stewart Sound will be along with us, adding a creative touch to the stage, sound and lighting, as always. Our Road Manager, Beth Estes will be doing her part to keep us on schedule and taking care of the behind the scenes details, as she does so well.
Click on the links below for venue and ticket information for the show(s) nearest you!
All caps are made of high quality cotton with an adjustable leather strap, with "PeterMayer.com" embroidered on the back. One size fits all!
Last Island caps (color: Dusk with off-white stitching)
Blue Guitar caps (color: Stone with blue stitching) Blue Guitar caps (color: Chamois with turquoise stitching)
Peter Mayer Signature Guitar Scribble caps (Espresso with orange stitching)
La Casa Cayo Hueso
In my first years in Key West, I played Jimmy Buffett's Club "Margaritaville" on Duval Street, with our group PM many times. I often noticed a guy sitting at the bar sipping a tequila, listening late into the evening. He introduced himself to us one night as a fellow musician, guitarist, singer and songwriter. Since then Scott Kirby and I have been fast friends through the vagaries of this musical circus. In the fall of 2013, Scott called and asked if I'd be interested in going on the road together for a few weeks. I agreed and mentioned that I had been playing and recording with my son Brendan for a few months since he graduated from Boston University. I told Scott he had written some cool music and was quite a good guitarist. I asked him if he'd like to make the duo a trio and see where it took us. The result has been Mayer/Kirby/Mayer, an acoustic group that we've expanded to include Gary Green on harmonica. In this recording, we include my long time bandmates: Jim Mayer and Roger Guth. We hope you enjoy the songs and stories on this CD as much as we have enjoyed living them. Cheers and welcome to La Casa Cayo Hueso. PM
This concert was recorded live on the beach in Key West, November 7, 2015, during the Meeting of the Minds "A Salty Piece of Land" Convention. The CD is currently in production and will be available for purchase in our webstore on December 22. Order two or more copies and receive a Priority Mail upgrade at no additional charge!
Little Flock Holiday Shop
In addition to the wonderful selection of music we have available for listening and gift giving, we have something for everyone on your list! We also have shirts, caps and artwork to make your holiday shopping super easy! Order early to avoid the delivery crunch! We're also happy to mail your gifts directly to your recipient with a message from you and a festive satin ribbon (just indicate your message in the "customer comments" section of our online order form) at: www.LittleFlockMusic.com.
LIVE IN AMSTERDAM- Double LP coming soon!
We are thrilled to announce that the upcoming LP, "LIVE IN AMSTERDAM," by Peter Mayer, Jim Mayer & Brendan Mayer is in the final production stage and being printed as this message is being read by you! This double LP captures a magical night on stage in Amsterdam, and we can't wait to share it with you all!
Friends and fans, we were humbled and touched to get this letter from a friend who has listened to the group PM for many years. Growing up I listened to the Beatles, Elton John, The Police, Peter Gabriel, and many others. Their songs made my days turn to living color and made life dance even when the world around me was mixed up and chaotic. Here's to you our fans who, along with us, know a song has saved your life. Happy Thanksgiving!!!! Peter
PM's music is wonderful to my ears. There is always a beautiful surreal atmosphere. "If you follow the sunset, will it ever end..." is such a great lyric (to that wonderful song that everybody likes) and with others like "When first we were lovers" it's almost like the scent of trees and the garden on a summer's evening magically creeps out of the speaker right as it starts with the acoustic guitar.
The Street of Dreams album blew my mind in a good way. With "Wind on the Water" it's as if I feel the autumn and then it turns like magic into summer with "Right Time to Tremble" and the unforgettable "River City Sunday," the crushingly happy "Love Blue." I don't think I have ever been excited so much about an album as I was when I discovered Street of Dreams and I still continue to treasure it some seven years after I first heard it. While it would have been a classic if it ended at track 10, it goes beyond a classic to a ridiculously generous masterpiece with those five extra cuts. The title track has really cool tripped out lyrics "The address that you gave is an ancient arcade, an old house full of games..." In fact I think the way you start the album with those seemingly nonsensical couple of lines is very clever as if to immediately throw the listener into a naturally tripped atmosphere. "Kiss and Tell" seriously rocks.I also could never tire of astonishing songs like "Last Train to Eden" with that haunting keyboard melody, "Follow Me" and "India." That said, I love all of that third album with the different approach of raw stripped down guitar rock-it look around those said songs. I'm also looking forward to collecting your vast catalog of solo stuff in the near future.
Anyway, in closing, thanks again very much for the music and memories. I'm now 33 but got into PM in my mid 20's. I am from Ireland but in 2014, I moved with my girlfriend of seven years to Trieste in North Italy (she is Italian). There is a two-mile road here in Trieste that leads to the beach area and on one side of the road at one point there is an abandoned section of Train station with a bridge over it that you can walk over. The first days I walked up that road with my brand new life and across that bridge, I stopped on a perfect summer day and the scene of a huge overgrown garden with train tracks reminded me of the Piece of Paradise video. Admittedly, I was probably playing the song at the time on my mp3 player but still, I suppose to come to Italy from cold and grey Ireland was like getting my Piece of Paradise to an extent.
I also think I associate Italy with PM because my girlfriend is from Lucca, Tuscany (you've probably been) and the countryside around Tuscany very much reminds me of Street of Dreams' surreal feeling. Those landscapes and the magical look of those little houses in the hills with tiny and odd shaped windows, vineyards, etc. (like the Red Wine cover!). I think in the end, despite all this painful word salad you might at least sort of understand what I am getting at when trying to describe what beautiful music I find PM to be. You must have had that widescreen, summer feeling and so many of these feelings in your minds to have made it all.
Thank you very much again both Terry and Peter. I'm honoured to have got such a kind (and humble) email from a musical hero. The reason I love music is cause of artists like you.
All the best wishes always, Dave
Stars & Promises Christmas Concerts: Dec. 3 - Nashville, TN Dec. 4 - Kingsport, TN Dec. 5 - Virginia Beach, VA Dec. 6 - Stone Mountain, GA Dec. 7 - Abingdon, VA Dec. 9 - Reading, PA Dec. 10 - Erie, PA Dec. 11 - Somerville, NJ Dec 13 - Crystal Lake, IL Dec. 14 - Bartlett, IL Dec. 16 - Hopkinsville, KY Dec. 17 - St. Louis, MO Dec. 18 - Tulsa, OK Dec. 19 - Private event
Celebrating 19 Years of Good Times, Good Friends & Good Music!
After 6 weeks on the road, we are happily spending this holiday at home. Which, when you travel as much as we do, is a HUGE blessing.
We hope that wherever you may be, you are surrounded by friends and family, and much love and laughter.
KEY WEST -- We had a GREAT time performing at the Jimmy Buffett National Convention, "Meeting of the Minds"! We love catching up with our friends from across the US, and, as a special treat, Jimmy Buffett surprised the crowd of 3000+ with a private concert! Visit our Facebook page for photos and details of our Key West adventure!
TROP ROCK MUSIC AWARDS -- We didn't take home any trophies this year, (thanks to everyone who voted), but we're happy to see some great new talent coming up the ranks, and we're grateful for our 2 nominations, and the bookcase full of trophies from years past. For a list of this year's winners, click here.
20 YEARS OF LATITUDE -- Above all, the best "award" is your support. 2016 we'll celebrate 20 YEARS of making music TOGETHER as Latitude! And, THAT is priceless!
We will be celebrating Latitude's 20th Anniversary in 2016 in a BIG way. Stay tuned.....
CD's are a gift for your music-loving friends/family.