JRobert - Marco Music Man
Christmas Island Greetings!
As Marco Island nights dip into the 40's and hover around the 70's all day...ahhhh!
I'll keep this short and sweet - Season's Greetings from Paradise!
2014 has been full of surprises and challenges.
I'm counting my blessings daily while rocketing into the New Year!
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JRobert at Big Cypress National Preserve 40th!
Sometimes called the "Western Everglades" or simply the "Little Sister of the Everglades " - Big Cypress National Preserve celebrates it's 40th year at Swamp Heritage Fest this December 6th.
Representatives of Miccosoukee and Seminole Tribes, National Park Rangers, local tour guides, Marjorie Stoneman Douglas and Everglades restoration promoters, as well as wildlife and conservation foundations are represented this year.
Performing musicians are all Everglades and Big Cypress friends, including Raiford Starke, Boomslang Swamp Singer, Seminole story teller Paul Buster as "Cowbone," Gator Nate ofthe Gladezmen, and JRobert!
The story has been shared by several news agencies, including Laura Tichy-Smith's article for the Coastal Life section of Fort Myers News Press Ft. Myers News-Press and Marco Island's Coastal Breeze wrote great articles!
We're already making plans for the 41st Swamp Fest Celebration December 2015
December Friend - Peter B. Gallagher
The first time I read Peter B. Gallagher's name was on the cover of "Barefoot Man's Typical Tropical Cruisin' Boozin' Songbook!"
Award-winning journalist and freelance writer, Pete was with the St. Petersburg Times Newspaper at the time he wrote the linear notes to Barefoot Man's publication.
Barefoot Man's songs made a big impression on me at the time. 1985 was my first summer playing at Quinn's on the Beach and living in a room at Marriott's Marco Island Resort and Spa, so Pete's narrative gave tons of credibility to the Songbook!
Later that summer, when the Florida Cattlemen's Association gathering took place on Marco Island, Pete showed up at Quinn's as photographer with Native American
Seminole Chief Jim Billie.
Pete has continued working with Chief Jim Bilie all these years, and has collected a fascinating treasure trove of Seminole and Miccosouki photos which he recently presented to the Everglades City Historical Society.
WMNF 88.5 fm - perhaps the nation's strongest public sponsored and independent radio stations - is located in Tampa, Florida, and features Pete Gallagher's "Florida Folk Show" 9 - 10 am every Saturday morning.
The "Florida Folk Show" is the "voice" of every great and up-coming Florida Folk and Americana musician, song writer, and story teller from all around the State.
Along with every show, Peter invites national and international stars to perform live with local artists.
"From his landmark Vanishing Florida column in the St. Petersburg Times to his investigative work that freed migrant farm-worker James Richardson from jail (after being wrongfully convicted for murdering his seven children) to his work exposing the tragedy of Rosewood, the plight of the endangered Florida Panther, and his expose on unethical state government permitting and variance capers that allowed the destruction of the world’s oldest aboriginal canoes (all three nominated for Pultizers; the Richardson expose won the prestigious Robert F. Kennedy Award), he has consistently fought for truth and sanity in Florida environmental and cultural issues."
Florida Folk Show music is alive with the public engagements...tonight in Tampa Bay at Butler's Key West Bar, in the spring at America's oldest running Florida Folk Festival, or occasionally at the Little Bar in Goodland.
Then, Peter is always back at WNNF.org each and every Saturday morning 9 - 10 am!
Peter B. Gallagher is one of my most respected friends...and a mighty Friend of Florida!
Need I say more.
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WMNF 88.5 fm
Ready for Christmas!
A Million Thanks!
I was happy to perform another Golisano Children's Hospital Sunshine Kids Celebration at La Playa Resort of Naples.
Nice looking poster.
Many of my charity performances are to raise money for various foundations and causes...this show however, was for the recipients.
We had 26 cancer victims, all children, playing on the beach with their parents, brothers, and sisters.
We shared many very emotionally touching moments as families from all walks and strata of society gathered to share the sun, sand, and sea together...
Thank you Robert Keane for your brilliant organizational talents and warm heart.
Please contribute to Golisano Children's Hospital !
Dawn and Geno of the Hot Topic Bandinvite me every year to play fiddle for their Country Hoedown at the Port Royal Club...and Zowie!! This band is hot! They are one of the most fun and up-beat contemporary country bands I've played!
Call Hot Topic Bandfor your next country music or dance party!
Meanwhile, the Goodland Arts Association 3rd Annual November 15th & 16th was a hoot!
Great art, great food, great music...and great friends!
Performing musicians at Margood's "Backwater Stage" were all neighborhood friends, including Raiford Starke, Captn Jac, MartinHoughtaling, Ben Olson III, Robert & the Bridge Trolls, Gator Nate ofthe Gladezmen, Tom Porter, Merrill& Jim Allen, Fifty's Fletch and yours truly, JRobert!
The St. John Neumann HS fundraiser at Pelican Bay Club was a roaring success! In less than 3 hour, contributions exceeded $50,000 for a new air-conditioning system ! What put it over the top was all the help from student cheer leaders, sports teams, and musicians.
A giant "thank you" to Ann Renner for inviting me to perform!
November was the month of private parties...Bob Scholle's "Welcome Back" party at South Seas on Marco Island, Marriott's Valvoline reception, New York Life at La Playa, and a Keewayden Island adventure with Sabrina Williams are at the top of my list!
The United Arts Council of Collier County enjoyed JRobert Steel Stylings for their annual fundraising soiree..."Hot Night for Cool Arts."
Here's a surrealistic photo of JRobert by renowned Florida batik artist Muffy Clark Gill...
Get the picture? Visit and give to UACC
Miromar Lakes Beach and Golf Club had a sunny day with JRobert and will have an open house and arts celebration in March. More later...
Special thanks this November to Bonita Bay Club, EDM - Exclusive Destination Management, Kevin Smith and Florida Talent Agency, Miromar Lakes Beach and Golf Club, South Seas, United Arts Council of Collier County, Marriott's Marco Island Resort, Marco Beach Ocean Resort, Coconut Point Hyatt, and Grey Oaks Country Club!
Big Cypress Preserve 40 Year Celebration.
Bonita Stage features the John Denver Tribute Show
featuring JRobert Fiddle & Mandolin
One of my world favorite Christmas Parties!
at Hideaway Beach Club
Marco Island Chamber of Commerce Christmas Gathering at Marco Beach Hilton
3rd Street Shopping
6 - 9 pm
Come early for seating!
Miromar Lakes Beach & Golf Club
Christmas = Family Time
Captiva Yacht & Sailing Club
"I Wish Lunch Could Last Forever!" Show
at Marriott's Crystal Shores Resort
Stilt's Beach Bar
Noon to 3 pm!
JRobert teaches Drum Club each Thursday morning for Tommy Barfield Elementary School.
All other December performances are Corporate, Weddings, or Private...
and will make great stories for my January Newsletter!
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