Meeting of the Minds 2013

Well another MOTM came and went… and they seem to go by faster and faster every year! This year was particularly special for me for multiple reasons. First and foremost, it was the first time my wife accompanied me to MOTM, and yes, that’s right I said Wife. I was recently married (Oct. 19th) and this was the first big trip as husband and wife (besides the honeymoon of course). No, Key West was NOT the honeymoon, however it was somewhat of an extension since we were only able to take a short 4-day “mini-moon” due to work schedules.

This year was also the first year that I headlined a show and presented Key West with “The John Patti Project” at the Casa Marina. The “island infused Jazz and Blues” sound filled the pool and courtyard area of the Casa Marina. The lovely Ms. Nadirah Shakoor was kind enough to lend her vocal talents for a few numbers, taking the excitement of the music to a whole new level. With the crowd on their feet and wanting more, we closed our time slot with a few island style Motown tunes because no one sings Mo-town hits better than Nadirah, and she certainly let everyone there know it that day!

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It was a tremendous show and the support from fans was fantastic. Thanks to all who came out and enjoyed the sites and sounds of The John Patti Project. Hopefully, this will open a few doors that will bring the JPP to your town!

The week was full of performances with various groups and friends all over the island. It’s always a blast to start the week off with a night at the Hog with Tropical Soul and company! Nights found me with the main group I perform with, Jim Morris and the Big Bamboo Band rockin’ out every stage we stepped on that week. Afternoons were fun this year, ranging from small intimate crowds with Kelly McGuire at The Lighthouse Court (one of my favorite locations on the island) to main stage shows with The Boat Drunks at the Street Festival on Duval St in front of a few thousand of our closest friends on the island.

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Another highlight was the show with the never before seen/heard “Shrimper Dan Band”- which consisted of John Frinzi’s band and two of the original Coral Reefers (Mike Utley on Keys and Doyle Grisham on Pedal Steel Guitar) performing one of Buffett’s earliest albums in its entirety just as it was on the album. Not many people expected it, but it seemed to be a pretty big hit among the fans.

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All in all a tremendous week of music and friends with absolutely PERFECT weather conditions in the keys! Thanks to all who came out to the shows in person, as well as those who chimed in over web cams and via Facebook pictures and videos. It’s always a blast to do what you love, where you love, and for the fans you love!

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