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'Pirate' Guitarist Tom Mason Returns to Islands

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'Pirate' Guitarist Tom Mason Returns to Islands
BY SOURCE STAFF — MARCH 16, 2015

Tom Mason and the Blue Bucaneers, a pirate-themed band from Nashville, will return to the territory in March for two weeks of performances beginning Wednesday.

Mason is coming to the Virgin Islands directly from Australia, where he just completed a tour. His latest album, "The World is Ablaze," was released last fall.

Mason and the band have performed in the Virgin Islands every spring for the last five years, drawing crowds with their pirate brand of buccaneer blues and rock. The schedule this year includes his first appearance on Water Island.

His schedule for the visit will be:

– 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 18 at Latitude 18 on St. Thomas;

– 7 p.m. Thursday, March 19, at Iggie's at Bolongo Bay, St. Thomas;

– 7 p.m. Friday, March 20, Hull Bay Hideaway, St. Thomas;

– Saturday, March 21, (time not listed) Shipwreck Landing, St. John;

– Afternoon, Sunday, March 22, Dinghy's Beach Bar and Grill, Water Island;

– Monday, March 23 (No time listed), The Inn at Tamarind Court, St. John;

– Tuesday, March 24 (time not listed,) The Beach Bar, St. John;

– Wednesday, March 25 (time not listed,) The Beach Bar, St. John;

– Friday, March 27 (time not listed,) Cheeseburgers in Paradise, St. Croix;

– Saturday, March 28, two shows, Rhythms at Rainbow Beach, St. Croix;

– 3 to 6 p.m. Sunday, March 29, Eat at Cane Bay, St. Croix;

– 7 p.m. Monday, March 30, The Buccaneer, St. Croix.

Further information is available online at http://tommason.net/.

 
Posted : March 18, 2015 11:24 am
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I thought that these days, impersonating a pirate in VI is considered to be a bad taste at best, and offensive at worst. After all, pirates dem were murderers, thiefs, and slave owners.

 
Posted : March 23, 2015 3:14 am
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Quite s few pirates were ex slaves, because pirating afforded them more freedom and options. Read:

http://www.amazon.com/Villains-All-Nations-Atlantic-Pirates/dp/0807050253

Some people consider pirates rebels, and wish to celebrate and identify with that rebellious spirit.

 
Posted : March 23, 2015 8:32 am
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I thought that these days, impersonating a pirate in VI is considered to be a bad taste at best, and offensive at worst. After all, pirates dem were murderers, thiefs, and slave owners.

From whence did you garner this? But someone believed it ...

 
Posted : March 23, 2015 10:01 am
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Oh lord...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MqkL1AsCHQk

 
Posted : March 23, 2015 10:17 am
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From whence did you garner this?

I got it from the testimony of Gerard M. Emanuel, Delegate to the Fifth Constitutional Convention of the United States Virgin Islands:

"Over the years, the increased presence of persons from the U.S. mainland has brought with them an infusion of questionable cultural practices that are at variance and sometimes disrespectful to the local culture. The pirate festival and contest, is one such practice, which is threatening to become an institution. Pirates were criminals who used these islands to store their booty. There is nothing positive about them that we should be celebrating or commemorating."

Reference:
http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/CHRG-111hhrg55534/html/CHRG-111hhrg55534.htm

 
Posted : March 23, 2015 1:58 pm
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You can't judge the entire U.S. Virgin Islands on the statement of any one individual. There are some who are opposed to pirates, and some who embrace them.

The pirate festivals didn't go over well, so they did not become institutions. It could have been that there were already other pirate festivals, and the pirate promoter here was too late to attract enough of an audience.

Blackbeard's Castle is/was (closing later this year) a very popular tourist attraction, and has/had the world's largest collection of pirate statues (supposedly).

Another book to read is Black Jacks.

http://www.amazon.com/Black-Jacks-African-American-Seamen/dp/0674076273

 
Posted : March 23, 2015 2:37 pm
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You'd have to understand the make-up of many of the participants in the "Constitutional Convention" to know that this faction does not represent the mindset of the majority of Virgin Islanders. Mr Emanuel was expressing his own unique opinion, shared by a mere handful who have little else to occupy them.

 
Posted : March 23, 2015 2:43 pm
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Come on OT. You know you want to call him an old stick in the mud.

 
Posted : March 23, 2015 3:51 pm
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You'd have to understand the make-up of many of the participants in the "Constitutional Convention" to know that this faction does not represent the mindset of the majority of Virgin Islanders. Mr Emanuel was expressing his own unique opinion, shared by a mere handful who have little else to occupy them.

Ain't that the truth!

And we wonder why we've paid these people for the 5th time to create a non divisive constitution. Another wasteful 6th will probably come around again. And, the same people will be selected to waste our time and money, again.

 
Posted : March 23, 2015 3:52 pm
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Come on OT. You know you want to call him an old stick in the mud.

He's probably a very nice chap but I find his perspective very off kilter in several areas. In writing about the (ever-boring and done to death) issue of what the true definition of a Virgin Islander is, he says:

" ... we are not all “merely” or “equally” American. Even if we were to accept this claim, the U.S. Government always does something to illustrate that such is not the case. For example, according to reliable reports, the U.S. military, after hurricane Hugo ravaged the V.I. in 1989, indicated that it was sent here with the express purpose of “securing and saving U.S. Citizens or Americans”? What occurred however, was that the military primarily looked for Caucasians living in the Virgin Islands. If we are all equally American, why were the majority of “U.S. Citizens” living here, who are of African and Hispanic descent, who also lost their homes and required assistance, not sought and treated equally favorably? Apparently in this instance, “U.S. citizens” or “Americans” were simply euphemisms for Caucasians living in the Virgin Islands."

That to me is a bunch of inflammatory poppycock and nowhere in his treatise does he offer any citation(s) for the alleged, "reliable reports" he mentions.

 
Posted : March 23, 2015 4:17 pm
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Pirates must be popular with the locals...they keep electing them!

 
Posted : March 23, 2015 4:17 pm
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Do you realize the phenomenon of the decrease in the number of pirates and the increase of global warming? Aaaaarrr!

 
Posted : March 23, 2015 5:10 pm
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Where's the 'like' button? I love that shirt.

 
Posted : March 24, 2015 12:17 am
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Here's a "Pirate" violinist that I'd love to see live in concert!
https://m.youtube.com/#/watch?v=Kge3xBeuArI

 
Posted : March 24, 2015 5:07 pm
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