Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Peter Mayer's Morning Star Newsletter - October 2016 Edition

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Good afternoon from Laguna, California. We are on our west coast tour on this beautiful fall day. I hope you are enjoying it wherever you chance to be. We just came from Denver where I got the chance to visit with good friends and play the fabulous Red Rocks Amphitheater again. (first time since 1990). It was unbelievable. It's clear why everyone has that venue on their bucket list.
The last month has seen a LOT of travel. Mayer Kirby Mayer toured the North East in September, then off to Paris with Jimmy Buffett, then on to Basel, Switzerland, for a gig with Brendan and Zeb Briskovich, a few days to sight see in the mountains of beautiful Lenk, Switzerland, then on to Amsterdam for Club Dauphine and to Play Nick Vollebrechts Jazz club with Co Live. Thanks to all who joined us for a show or two. We wouldn't be doing it without you.


It seems strange to be working on Christmas music in October, but then again the Stars and Promises Tour for this year is only six weeks away!! The theme this year is "Wings of Angels". Check out the schedule listed below. We are proud to say we are coming back to New England! Check out the date along with other fabulous stops along the way.
The band this year will be Chris Walters on keyboards, Zeb Briskovich on Bass, Eric Darken (Miles Vandiver) on percussion, Brendan Mayer on vocals and guitar, Alicia Enstrom on violin and Mark Holland on flutes. Don't miss this incredible band!

Please check out our new promotional video by clicking here!

Stars & Promises 2016 – "Wings of Angels" Christmas Tour
Check the website for updates!

December 1 - Southern Illinois University; Meridian Ballroom, Morris University Center, Edwardsville, IL.
Tickets are available online by clicking here.

December 2 - Johnson City, TN - details TBA

December 3 - Barry Robinson Theatre; Virginia Beach, VA
Ticket info coming soon!

December 4 - Smoke Rise Baptist Church; Stone Mountain, GA

December 5 - Barter Theatre; Abingdon, VA
Tickets will be available on October 24  at

December 7 - Erie, PA - details TBA

December 8 - Doubletree; Reading, PA
Tickets are available online by clicking here.

December 9 - United Reformed Church; Somerville, NJ.
Tickets are available online by clicking here.
All proceeds will benefit the Somerville Education Foundation

December 10 - Private Event

December 11 - TBA; Rochester, NH

December 14 - TBA

December 16 – Living Waters Lutheran Church; Crystal Lake, IL
Tickets are available online by clicking here.

December 17 - Alhambra Theatre; Hopkinsville, KY
Tickets will be available on October 24 at itickets.com

Proceeds will  benefit Pennyroyal Hospice and Grace & Mercy.

December 18 - Venue68 -  A Ministry of Asbury United Methodist Church; Tulsa, OK.  An offering will be taken and benefit Goodland Academy.

December 21 - Sheldon Concert Hall; St. Louis, MO
Tickets are available online by clicking here.

If you would like to get more information about hosting a Stars and Promises concert, please contact:  beth.estes@petermayer.com.


A Christmas Carol
Given we are talking a bit about Christmas in this issue of the Morning Star, I thought I'd ask a few experts their thoughts on the Yuletide and all that's involved in the celebration of my favorite holiday.

First from Sammy Mayer, also known as my mom (with help from my sister Vickie).

What memories stand out for you of our Christmases in India?
"I remember the whole thing. Recapturing what it meant to prepare for Christmas. It was very evident in our family. We nurtured a pine tree that was out on the porch in a big pot. We had it brought in each Christmas. I always did a lot of baking of breads, German Stolen and homemade coffeecakes and cookies. Lots of cookies; pfeffernüsse, springele, spritz cookies, and lebkuchen." (One year as a gift my mom gave all of us kids handwritten recipes of all these treats. It's a shame someone in our family didn't go into dentistry.)

One year Mom put together a gingerbread house. It wasn't real sturdy, so she pushed in wire to hold it together. I'll never forget the shock as we bit down on the metal wire hidden in that gingerbread. She would spray pine branches with silver and put them around the room. Mom went on with her account;
"We went to Bangalore to get the Christmas gifts each year. I had a list. Whatever we could purchase we did. It took us all day. Somehow we wanted to do that. It was a good thing to do. We had a service Christmas Eve at church and after was the gift opening. My sister Vickie mentioned how all the Indian boys and girls were dressed in their finest clothes with flower garlands on to celebrate the nativity.

What memories stand out for you of Christmases as a young girl?
"Every Christmas as a girl was really special. There was one Christmas I got a set of dolls from my brother Johnny. Johnny liked to have fun. He enjoyed Christmas in a very childlike way." (Johnny was the family member that liked to laugh, sing, dance, and run away with the circus. I think I got some of my traveling minstrel DNA from him)

What wisdom would you like to pass on for those of this generation?
"Cherish the memories of so many years. You got to live them. As the years went by my feelings about Christmas changed, though they aren't less happy. But it was always a very hopeful time. We depended on you Johnny for your gifts. (Here mom drifted back to when she was a girl and Johnny her older brother was still alive.)

What keeps you hopeful?
"I've always been a very deeply committed Christian. The birth of Jesus and his ministry, that's all a part of my life. Dad and mom were wonderful in terms of celebrating. That was their focus. Faith has been so central. I think each of us matures each year in the way we respond to the Christmas story."
Mom kneading the dough for our special treats.
German Stolen made to feed the big family!
Mom at our house in India.
Our second Christmas memory comes from Virginia Gullickson, Coral Reefer Band singer Tina Gullickson's mom. I have had the pleasure of knowing Virginia for many years, though we see each other only occasionally. She is bright, creative and still living life strong at 93 years old. Here's what she said:
What memories stand out for you about Christmas as a young girl, and beyond to your life as mother, teacher, film maker, etc.?
Christmas to me as a girl (when I was 6yrs old) was a surprise! My younger brothers and I were sitting at top of the stairs waiting to catch a look at Santa Clause (downstairs)! (We all  had sneaked out of bed). My brothers fell asleep again next to me--waiting). I saw my father lighting little candles on the Christmas tree- Thing One: He burnt his hand with the cigarette lighter he was using. Thing Two: I saw him wheeling a doll-buggy in & parking it under the tree! Thing Three: I saw him carry in a heavy red metal fire engine (for my brothers)!  Being 6 in December  (but 7 in January), I instantly realized that Daddy was Santa Claus!  I grew up a lot that night.

What keeps you young at heart?
Confidence that I will be successful, when I plan to work with Planning; Prayer, & Persistence. The Remembering as soon as I am alone, to say "Thank You" to God-- With my lips! (Aloud), if possible. This keeps me young at heart.

What wisdom would you pass on to this age (with so many "weapons of mass distraction" as Mac McAnally puts it) about a life well lived.
When meeting someone new--Ask myself  "Can I help this person to be less worried? -or to expect better days??" "Can I save the life of a helpless animal?  Finally---Tell others (on the subject of Prayer) be specific--give details! Take the time!
Virginia driving her cart with video gear ; ))



We will see many of you in Key West FL in a few weeks. Why?... it's the 25th anniversary of Meeting of the Minds, the annual Parrot Head gathering presented by Parrot Heads in Paradise. There is a whole lot of music going on. I'll be playing with the Peter Mayer Group (PMG) on Thursday and then again with the Coral Reefers and Club Trini on Saturday. It should be an unforgettable weekend. What comes to mind when you think of the songs that have got to be in the PMG set list year? We'd love to hear from you!!!

We're very excited to be a part of the 25th Annual Meeting of the Minds "Here We Are" Convention!  This convention is SOLD OUT, but if you have registered, we're looking forward to rocking out at the Casa Marina Beach stage with all of you!

Thursday, November 3, Peter Mayer Group will perform at 4:00-5:30 pm
* Let us know your wish list for songs you'd like to hear!*

Saturday, November 5, Peter will perform with "Club Trini" from 8:00-9:30 pm

We will have the Mayer Kirby Mayer "La Casa Cayo Hueso" CDs that were recorded on the very same stage at last year's convention, "Live in Amsterdam" LPs (yes, LPs, that also contains a digital download card so you can listen on your favorite device), along with an assortment of other Peter Mayer CDs.

Also, hot off the press for MOTM, the new Mayer Kirby Mayer T-shirts!

Bring your holiday shopping list and we'll help you check it off - and you'll save on shipping costs!

IPM Trip to India

I'm embarking on this trip because I support the work that IPM (International Partners in Mission) does in the world to make a difference! As the years go by, my hope is to be a part of that difference, that two-way street that changes people and the circumstances they live with for the better. The more I travel, the more I see a need to be involved in work that doesn't just target funds for a project, but that works hand-in-hand in partnership to form relationships that build the world from the inside out as a sustainable, peaceful, hopeful and ever better place for our children.

While we will see southern India, the people, the beautiful country, small town and big city, the many varieties of Indian culture, language and cuisine, the purpose of this trip is not simply to sight see but to share a unique window into the lives of people where IPM has project partners and hear the stories - see the lives that are being touched by people working together.

I'm going to bring a guitar, and hope to share some songs along the way, and get a chance to play some music with Indian musicians. You never know what could happen, but I'm confident this will be the trip of a lifetime.  PM

Interested parties  should contact:
Alyssa Bovell    abovell@ipmconnect.org
Tel: 216.932.4082


Brent Burns: Headed to Texas and Key West

Headed to Texas and Key West
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     Brent is headed to Texas this week and then on to Key West.  Here's the important info for Key West:

Sat. Oct. 29th- Pine Island, FL - Acoustic concert-  6:30-9:30 pm
Sun. Oct 30th- Jensen Beach, FL - Cinnamon Tree-  3-6 pm
Mon. Oct 31st- Key West, FL -  Island Dogs Bar  7-9 pm- Brent's Early Phlocking Party (free Koozie's)
Tues. Nov. 1st- Key West, FL - Island Dogs Bar   1-4 pm
Wed. Nov. 2nd- Key West, FL - Island Dogs Bar   1-4 pm
Wed. Nov. 2nd- Key West, FL - Sunset Cruise w/ Jerry Diaz  5-7 pm This is almost sold out.  Book today!!
Thurs. Nov. 3rd- Key West, FL - Island Dogs Bar  1-4 pm
Fri. Nov. 4th- Key West, FL-  Pirates & Poets Songwriter Showcase w/ Jerry Diaz & Jim Hoehn

BTW, Ireland was amazing!  The folks that came along with us was the best part!  We're thinking about another European musical tour next fall. Stay in touch!

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Mark Mulligan: Phoenix "Concert By The Lake" Friday AND Guaymas flight update!

Hi gang! Look forward to seeing my Phoenix friends Fri, Oct 21, lakeside in Ahwatukee! Doors open 5:30PM, w/hosts Rudy and Beth providing food AND Rudy performing with me at 6:30PM. You'll even hear me bang out a few on the piano! Sugg donation $15, space is limited, reserve at rudybruggeman@hotmail.com 
GUAYMAS FLIGHT UPDATE  Three lucky winners at recent shows have each scored pairs of round trip tickets on Paradise Air to Guaymas, 25 minutes from San Carlos! Here's an update from Paradise Air Mexico's Facebook page:We have received authorization to begin regularly scheduled flights on Nov. 17, 2016. Our reservation system, airport gate agreements and operations program are being updated with this initial start date and the reservation system will be ready to launch on or before October 19, 2016. This is the flight date we can take new reservations and does not affect those who have submitted travel requests. If you want to travel prior to the November 17, 2016 date please email paradiseairmx@gmail.com or contact our office at +52-622-226-1717 or US 623-240-9819 or visit our office in San Carlos from Mon-Sat 9 am - 3 pm.
 Aside from Wednesdays in San Carlos at La Palapa Griega (5PM), catch me...
Fri, Oct 28 in Guaymas at the new HOMERO TAVERN (5:30PM)
Fri, Nov 4th in ROCKY POINT (Pink Cadillac, 5PM)
Sat, Nov 19 COUNTRY ON THE BEACH w/ 6 1/2 Mexicans Tickets at Seaside Realty!
Tues, Nov 29  in Kino Bay (Brisa Del Mar, 5:30PM)
Jan 16-18 Return to Banamichi, Sonora Info HERE
Details about all at www.markmulligan.net
SAVE $ w/ the 6 PACK SPECIAL: Any SIX CDS, just $50, shipping included! Bet there are a bunch of songs you still don't have....and the CDs have no repeats!
 PS.  Yep, it's true, Seaside Realty DOES send me over to sing for you when you score that dream vacation home in San Carlos.  They've been here 14 years, and with the largest real estate office in town, they're guaranteed to have something you love.  Visit the link below, you'll be amazed! 

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Thursday, October 13, 2016

Mark Mulligan: Welcome Back San Carlos AND lakeside Phoenix show!

"North, south, east, west...which direction do you think is best?"  Like the song says, I'm wandering everywhere, kicking off another season in San Carlos Friday. then back north  for a fun, open to the public, lakeside show in Phoenix Oct 21!  Here's info:
Enjoy the "Welcome Back" Special of all you can eat baby back ribs and bbq chicken, served w/ baked potato and Greek salad, just 180 pesos! Plus, raffle prizes and a guest artist or two, all starting at 5PM
PHOENIX OCT 21 CONCERT BY THE LAKE  Don't miss this open to the public lakeside show in Ahwatukee! Doors open 5:30PM, w/hosts Rudy and Beth providing food AND Rudy performing with me at 6:30PM. You'll even hear me bang out a few on the piano! Sugg donation $15, space is limited, reserve  at rudybruggeman@hotmail.com 
FUN events coming up in San Carlos, like a  trip a "A BEACH DOWN IN MEXICO"  Nov 11, the return of "Six and a Half Mexicans" at Country on the Beach Nov 19, and more!  Get the complete list of events in Mexico AND the U.S. HERE.   
It goes without saying, there's no better time to be south of the border! Mark  www.markmulligan.net
SAVE $ w/ the 6 PACK SPECIAL: Any SIX CDS, just $50, shipping included! Bet there are a bunch of songs you still don't have....and the CDs have no repeats!
 PS.  Yep, it's true, Seaside Realty DOES send me over to sing for you when you score that dream vacation home in San Carlos.  They've been here 14 years, and with the largest real estate office in town, they're guaranteed to have something you love.  Visit the link below, you'll be amazed! 

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Friday, October 7, 2016

Jerry Diaz: Beach Party at Madison's This Saturday!

Beach Party at Madison's This Saturday!

Hey Golden Triangle Family and Friends! Join us this Saturday (Oct. 8) at Madison's on Dowlen Road, in Beaumont. Madison's has GREAT food, so come out early, enjoy a meal, and get ready to party with us!

It's not very often that we get to bring our "Texas Beach Music" right here to Beaumont on a Saturday night, so we hope to see you there!

For more info, click HERE

Upcoming Events - Open to Public!

Back Porch Bar
Port Aransas, TX.
Friday, Oct. 14

T-Bone Tom's
Kemah, TX.
Saturday, Oct. 22

Neches River Wheelhouse
Port Neches, TX.
Saturday, Oct. 29
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"Fools on Stools" Show Announced!



DATE: Saturday, Nov. 5

TIME: 6:00pm-8:30pm

WHERE: San Carlos Theater, Duval Street, Key West

TICKETS: $35 ($45 VIP)

Your ticket price includes complimentary beer, mixed drinks

 (a limited variety) and appetizers!


For more info, OR to purchase tickets, click HERE

You Don't Want to Miss THIS Show Folks!

LAST CHANCE: KW"Booze"Cruises!

Friday is SOLD OUT. 

Thursday SOLD OUT.
> Around 15 spots left for Wednesday's Cruise

Click HERE for all the info!
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Pardi- Gras 2017 Registration is Open!
Dates are: Jan. 12 -15, 2017
Where: The French Quarter, NOLA
Only the first 500 registrants allowed!
Click HERE for info, and to register!

We are 84% full for registration right now folks!

The Bourbon Orleans is Sold Out! 

Book The Hotel Provincial Now!

The Bourbon Orleans (our Host Hotel) is SOLD OUT of our Pardi-Gras bloc of rooms. 
They DO still have rooms 
AVAILABLE, at their
regular "rack" rate. Call 
504-523-2222 to book there.

We have also arranged a 
second hotel with a 
bloc of rooms. 
The Hotel Provincial (about 4 blocks away) also has a "Pardi-Gras" rate. 
Call 504-
581-4995 to book

*PLEASE NOTE: Reservations in our block at both of these hotels are subject to review, and will be canceled on Dec. 5 if you are not registered for Pardi-Gras! 

Do you have a reservation at the Bourbon Orleans, but are not going to Pardi-Gras? PLEASE contact Mary Diaz

(409-893-8488) or Jerry Diaz (409-728-0033) before you cancel your room!

Here's to You, Here's To Me!
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Cruise the Caribbean With Us in 2017!

Join us in 2017 as we embark on another epic Caribbean Cruise with Windstar Cruises!
We'll be departing San Juan, Puerto Rico on March 25, 2017 and making ports of call in St. Maarten, Jost van Dyke, St. Bart's, Virgin Gorda, Montserratt, and Culebra. We'll be aboard Windstar's newest ALL SUITES ship, the Star Legend. Click HERE for all the details!

There are only a few cabins left on the entire ship, as of Oct. 1, 2016. 
Our award-winning travel agent Martha Green has already booked 44 cabins, on a ship that only has 106. Please call now if you would like to join us! Martha's direct line is 409-718-2143.
A deposit of $450 will secure your spot until the balance is due!

Donny Brewer Joins Our Cruise!

Sail Away Entertainment is excited to announce that talented Trop-Rocker Donny Brewer will be joining us on our Caribbean cruise next March! Donny has been traveling coast to coast for the past year and a half on his self-titled "Winnebago Tour". Donny's acclaimed original songs, and his laid-back personality will be a perfect fit for our "on-island" shows/parties/events! The party is getting bigger folks....don't miss this one!
For more info on Donny, click HERE
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