Ten Lessons Learned on the Sandy Beaches Cruise

Alisa Beth Cherry
Lee (left) with homeboy hero Raul Malo of the Mavericks
Time seems suspended when you're on a cruise, and like it's zoomed by afterwards. Recently on the Sandy Beaches Cruise, hosted by Atlanta's Sixthman music cruise team, a boat full of music lovers got caught up in that complex forward motion.

On the Norwegian Pearl, the music ploughed ahead at full steam, leaving audiences spellbound. The result was sheer adulation with high velocity performances, to say the very least.

Sandy Beaches began as the brainchild of barrelhouse blues veteran Delbert McClinton who initiated the cruise some 21 years ago as a means of gathering friends and fans for a celebration out at sea. Since then, SBC has attracted a group of steadfast devotees who come annually to bask in music, merriment, friendship and fellowship.

For yours truly, it became a series of teaching moments. Here's what I learned during my recent week at sea.

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Americana Music Festival & Conference 2014: Finest Moments From Nashville

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Lee meets the great Ian McLagan: Bucket List Moment Achieved!

It's the final night of the 2014 Americana Music Festival and Conference, and the final event of a spectacular five day run. Lucinda Williams is about to begin a last minute invitation-only performance at the newly opened City Winery in Nashville. But first, Americana Music Association Executive Director Jed Hilly walks to the microphone. Americana is now a very real, living, and breathing genre that finally found true context, he declares.

It's a statement that's obvious to all who attend, as evidenced through the music, through the bonds of fellowship, through the shared experiences that ebbed and flowed throughout the festivities. Yet, what Hilly doesn't point out, but what is equally true, is that the term Americana may have finally outgrown its initial meaning. For what had begun as a broad patchwork of singer/songwriters with a feel for the heartland and a scrappy roots rock, alt-country sound has now found a larger audience, one that embraces artists from all over the world -- from the U.K. and Europe to the far realms of the Pacific. Indeed, the very term "Americana" seems something of a misnomer now, especially considering the international evocation.

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Green Room Is Now Called Stache, Offers a "Better Experience for Everybody"

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The rumors of Green Room closing have been flying around for months now. News of a mysterious new Fort Lauderdale spot Stache have been surfacing for almost as long. But no one knew what was really up until very recently. We spoke with owner of Green Room, and the whole Revolution complex, Jeff John on what is actually happening at the venue. Turns out, Green Room is getting something akin to a nightlife sex change and rebranding as Stache, a 1920s speakeasy with cocktails of the fancy, artisanal sort.

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Are Music Stores the New Record Shops?

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When I heard Spec's Records was closing down, I couldn't help but feel an era had ended even though the era ended a long time ago. In all honesty, it's amazing a record shop selling mostly CDs and DVDs lasted all the way to January 2013. 

I can't remember the last time I bought an album at an actual store. But I can remember where I bought my first music. It was a cassette of the Beastie Boys' License to Ill that I purchased at Spec's.

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On to the Next: The Reckless Dames Leave Green Room

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The Reckless Dames aren't afraid to play with fire and never get burned.

After a yearlong weekly gig at the Green Room Nightclub, the Reckless Dames have parted ways with their burlesque home-base venue.

According to a Green Room rep, "We [Green Room] decided to stop doing the weekly burlesque because we want to stagger our entertainment." The spokesperson continued by saying, "We love the Reckless Dames... They've helped shape Green Room's identity from the inception of Saturdays, and we will continue to work with them by adding them to selective nights." Essentially, this is just a hiatus so that Green Room can expand its entertainment showcases, including live music. They added that they will host "selective nights that solely feature their burlesque troop."

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Pineapple Groove Under New Ownership

Categories: Change of Venue
Delray Beach music venue Pineapple Groove has already switched ownership under a year after its grand opening.

The 8,000 square foot club opened its doors in December with the backing of brothers Mitch and Richard Clarvit, and launched right into working on connecting with the local music scene with a Best of Homegrown Concert Series featuring Mike Mineo, Rachel Goodrich, Spred the Dub, and Fusik.

Last week, Mitch posted a bulletin on Facebook saying that "with a great deal of sadness, mixed with a pinch of relief," he's passed ownership to Jim Layson of 88's Entertainment.

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Langerado Is Canceled -- Which Bands Will Play South Florida Anyhow?

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Will Donald Glover, AKA Childish Gambino, still hit South Florida?
The aftermath of the canceled Langerado Music Festival is a sad time indeed for music fans, journalists, promoters, and upstart energy-drink producers who were hoping to expand market share. But let's not forget about the several dozen musicians who now are scrambling to fill a performance gap for the second weekend in October.

And maybe that's what some of the cash-strapped local music fans wanted anyhow instead of biting off $150 for the handful of acts that appealed to them.

We announced yesterday that the Arctic Monkeys are on their way to Revolution instead of Markham Park, and it's suspected that several other bands will follow suit with shows at the area clubs in Broward, Palm Beach, and Miami-Dade counties. With the exception of a couple of bands that don't seem to want people to know when and where they perform, we have compiled a list of Langerado artists organized by the likelihood of a local concert.

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Rock Allegiance Tour Moved to Pompano Beach Amphitheatre

The "Loud Riffs, Cheap Tix" credo of the Rock Allegiance Tour will now be available to even more South Florida fist-pumping fans. You see, originally the show was to take place at Florida Atlantic University's Arena, AKA "The Burrow," in Boca Raton. But due to the powers of hungry rockers in our area, the party starring Buckcherry, Papa Roach, Puddle of Mudd, P.O.D., Red, Crossfade, and Drive A is moving to a bigger shed. The Pompano Beach Amphitheatre should prove to be an even larger, riotous spot for these bands to get loud next Wednesday, September 7.

And if you were paying attention, Puddle of Mudd has a new album of covers, Re:(disc)overed, which guitarist Paul Phillips detailed to Jose Flores in this week's print edition.

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