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I have been investigating the Islands for a while now and during my search I've found very little about the live music scene. I'm a rock musician with a fair amount of success in the states but now that I'm getting older doing it full time is not an option but I still supplement my income with part time work.

I've found that a couple of clubs are "flying in" bands from the mainland states to do shows. Would it be accurate to deduce from this that there is a shortage of musicians in that style? Are most of the bands/musicians playing local style or "island" music? Are there clubs offereing live rock?

I also do a fair amount of one or two man acoustic shows (laid back Jimmy Buffet, Eagles, etc). Is there any demand for this? Back in the day I did a lot of those kinds of shows in the carribean but never in VI. The two agents that I've used in my career have never booked in VI and are no help.

Craigslist is usually a good way to gauge the music scene by checking out the messages for an area on that site. But the VI craigslist has NO topics in the musician's category (something I've never seen before).

Maybe there's a local site that musicians use?

Thanks for any advice anyone can offer on how to crack this nut.

Topic starter Posted : August 3, 2010 5:31 pm
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St. Croix has quite a few musicians. These people usually have steady gigs and play around the island. I really love checking out new music. If you're on Facebook, you can see their pages, but there isn't a place they all post on. Some of the ones we have are:

Michael Justis
Kurt Schindler
Matt Vrba
Deanna Brown
Adrian Rogers

We also have bands that come over from STT (usually cover bands) and from the States - Down the Line, Banooba and The Ryan Montbleau Band are my favorites. Joe from Club 54 flys bands in to play there and at Tavern 1844. Obviously, I'm missing people, and others can chime in with their faves - these are just the more rock ones that are always playing and that are my friends on FB and/or in real life 😉

Posted : August 3, 2010 6:34 pm
Exit Zero
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Google Dick Solberg the Sun Mountain Fiddler - Sun Mountain Band - if you get in touch with him he has been coming down for over 30 years and playing all over for months each winter and knows many of the musicians here.

Posted : August 3, 2010 9:46 pm
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Jimmy Buffett? Never heard of him!;) Actually, there are tons of Jimmy and what's-his-name who lives or lived on St John style singers. I'm not sure many of the venues can support paying an entire band, so one man shows are popular. We just lost Mighty Whitey who was a heck of an entertainer. I still miss a guy named Jamie who came down here before/after Marilyn, played the Hokie Pokie at McKenzie's and everyone danced on the bar (to the consternation of the manager!) Ah, yes, I remember it well! 😎

You definitely would want to come and check out the music scene.

Posted : August 3, 2010 10:04 pm
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E.E you are showing your age. I remember Jamie. He really rocked the house. he was pre marilyn

Posted : August 3, 2010 11:22 pm
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Craiglist is not being utilized in the VI like it should be.

Any new act will be welcomed and you can easily gig on St.Croix.


Posted : August 3, 2010 11:43 pm
Ms Information
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Posted : August 4, 2010 12:08 am
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You can see some of the STX musicians' play dates at

Posted : August 4, 2010 2:26 am
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Craiglist is not being utilized in the VI like it should be.

No kidding! I miss Craigslist!

Posted : August 4, 2010 10:21 am
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Jim: I guess I am showing my age... I also remember dancing to the Fiddler at Barnacle Bill's, hanging out at the Mill after Frenchtown closed down. I did get here too late for the Safari Club, but have heard stories...

Posted : August 4, 2010 12:02 pm
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