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‘Margaritaville’ musicians to play benefit concert at SSIR

By Staff | Apr 21, 2011

Michael Utley, longtime keyboardist for Jimmy Buffett’s Coral Reefer Band, will appear during a benefit concert at South Seas Island Resort on May 14 with Club Trini.

Two longtime members of Jimmy Buffett’s Coral Reefer Band and the Danny Morgan Band will headline an outdoor concert at South Seas Island Resort on Saturday, May 14 as a fundraiser for HOPE Clubhouse in Lee County.

Bandmates Michael Utley and Robert Greenidge of Club Trini will be playing their signature Caribbean-rock music that made Buffett a household name among his fans, who are affectionately called “Parrotheads.” Among Buffett’s best known songs are “Margaritaville,” Cheeseburger In Paradise” and “Come Monday,” among many others.

Greenidge has been called one of the most successful steel drum players in the world. He grew up in the heart of the Caribbean on the island of Trinidad. In addition to providing steel drums for Buffett’s band, Greenidge is a longtime musical director of the legendary steel band, “The Desperadoes.

Utley grew up in Arkansas and was heavily influenced musically by the sounds of Memphis soul and New Orleans rhythm and blues. He honed his craft in Miami with the famed Criteria Studio. As an accomplished keyboardist, producer and composer, Utley has produced multiple albums for Buffett.

Other members of the band Club Trini include Ralph MacDonald (percussion), Roger Guth (drums), Nadirah Shakoor (vocals), John Lovell (trumpet and percussion), Tina Gullickson (vocals), Peter Mayer (guitar and vocals) and Jim Mayer (bass guitar and vocals).

Famed steel drum percussionist Robert Greenidge is coming to Captiva with his band, Club Trini.

“We are so excited that there was a break in their touring schedule with Jimmy Buffett that would allow them to come to Captiva for a concert,” said event chairs Andrea Prather of the Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre and Joyce Miller of Punta Gorda, both of whom sit on the HOPE Clubhouse Board of Directors. “What better venue could there be for a Trop Rock concert than right here on the tip of Captiva Island amid the palm trees of South Seas Island Resort?

Sanibel residents Harry Silverglide, John and Mary Jo Boler and South Seas Island Resort are the major sponsors of “Rockin’ In The Tropics,” planned to be staged from 1 to 5 p.m., rain or shine.

In addition to Club Trini, the afternoon concert will include performances by the Danny Morgan Band. A silent auction will help raise money for HOPE Clubhouse, a not-for-profit organization that helps persons living with mental illness.

Tickets, priced at $50 per person (which includes one margarita), are currently on sale at Bank of the Islands, located at 1699 Periwinkle Way on Sanibel (472-7211), or at the HOPE Clubhouse, located at 3602 Broadway in Fort Myers (239-267-1777). No coolers or outside beverages will be allowed. Food and beverages will be available for sale at the concert. Parking is $10 per vehicle.

For more information about “Rockin’ In The Tropics” or HOPE Clubhouse, call 239-267-1777 or visit www.hopeclubhouse.org.