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SIMPSON BAY, ST. MAARTEN, DUTCH WEST INDIES – 18 APRIL 2011 – Island 92 FM Radio, St. Maarten’s home of Rock, Blues and Good Time is pleased to invite you to the continuation of its 2011 FREE concert series. The concert series continues on Easter Sunday, April 24, 2011, at one of our other favorite locations, Mary’s Boon Beach Resort with grammy-nominated singer, songwriter and musician John Ford Coley. The Easter Extravaganza begins at 12 PM with the Traditional Mary’s Boon Easter Beach Barbeque, games for kids, prizes and some fun contests for the adults as well.

Soc of Island 92 said, “We are pleased to continue our tradition of hosting great concerts on St. Maarten and even more pleased to be part of the Mary’s Boon Beach Resort Easter Celebration”. Soc continued, “This show, as well as our longstanding concert series, would not be possible without the support of our concert sponsors – Coors Light and Caribbean Liquors and Tobacco, UTS and CHIPPIE, Mary’s Boon Beach Resort, Corona Extra, The Simpson Bay Resort, U-SAVE Car Rental, Century 21 Island Realty, and The 3 Palms Restaurant and Lounge. To each of our sponsors, on behalf of the Island 92 Team, we continue to simply say, thank you.” Raul Max Brown of Mary’s Boon Beach Resort continued, “We are excited to be the host venue with what will certainly be another great beach party and concert. This is our fourth year as a flagship sponsor of the Island 92 concert series, so come prepared to have an awesome time”.

JOHN FORD COLEY, singer, musician, actor and author, continues to play for a worldwide audience. Most famous for his work as half of the grammy-nominated duo “England Dan and John Ford Coley”, where he’s received multiple double platinum, platinum, and gold records, John also did teen films and a few TV roles in the 1980s. He has written songs for films, and continues to produce other artists.

John Ford Coley is most famous for the top 10 classic hit songs such as: “Love Is The Answer”, “Gone Too Far”, “I’d Really Love To See You Tonight”, “Nights Are Forever”, “We’ll Never Have To Say Goodbye Again”, and “Sad To Belong”, which came to prominence during an impressive chart run in the late 70’s and early 80’s. Famous hit makers that John’s performed alongside include: Elton John, Heart, Fleetwood Mac, Chicago, Carole King, Bread, Loggins and Messina, Led Zepplin, Carly Simon, Bill Cosby, Dave Mason, Steve Miller Band, Randy Bachman, Jesse Colin Young, Air Supply, and Gordon Lightfoot, to name a few.

John’s television exposure crosses all demographic boundaries. He’s hosted “The Midnight Special” and co-hosted “The Mike Douglas Show”. He’s appeared on “The Tonight Show”, “Merv Griffin”, “David Soul and Friends”, “Dinah”, “American Bandstand”, “Hollywood Squares” (A Special Rock Edition), “Make Me Laugh”, “Don Kirshner’s Rock Concert”, “Prime Time Country”, and the “Trinity Broadcasting Network.”

In the mid-1980s, John entered acting. In “Dream A Little Dream”, Coley performed as the boyfriend of actress Susan Blakely. Previously, in his first acting role in “Scenes From The Gold Mine”, Coley played a drummer alongside Eagles Timothy B. Schmidt. The film also featured Joe Pantoliano (The Sopranos). In another film “Aces and Eights”, John played in a deadly 1800s poker game against Steve Railsback and Doug McClure. Most rewarding though was an episode of “America’s Most Wanted”. Here, John played a drug dealer who was killed by his partner. In this re-enactment, the capture of John’s character’s real-life killer was among the fastest captured in the show’s history. In between the extensive road duty, John lives in the Nashville area with his family of wife, kids, and quarter horse, where he’s penned a book on his years in the music industry, and is writing another book about his spiritual journey back from a cult to Christianity.

Opening for and backing John Ford Coley will be Ronny Santana and his Beach Band. Truly renowned and talented musicians in their own right, each member of Ronny Santana’s Beach Band helps to brings an international flavor to our Easter celebration.

Meet Bea Lavocat on the keyboards and vocals. Born in France she’s mostly known for her voice but she’s also an accomplished pianist, guitarist and flutist. She’s been on the island for over 10 years now and you can find her every Wednesday and Saturday at Pineapple Pete. Amin Bouabdelli, also born in France. Amin is one of the new generation guitar players on the island and most definitely one of the BEST. Although still young, he already has proven himself to be a very talented musician. You can find him every Tuesday with The House of Blues ‘n’ more at Pineapple Pete and also on Monday’s at the same location.

Our Drummer, Bruce Jackson is from the USofA. Drums. Bruce is one of those musicians you don’t meet too often. He’s a very groovy and funky drummer, who also knows his Rock ‘n’ Roll classics.

And of course, Dr. Ronny “Santana, the Band Leader. Ronny was born in Indonesia and is one of the best bass guitarists you will ever see. And he can sing too! Ronny performs 5 nights a week at Pineapple and has been a fixture on the island for over 17 years.

Together with Bea, Amin, Bruce and Ronny, have all worked with backed up Jimi Jamison of Survivor, Wayne Nelson of the Little River Band and Bertie Higgins.


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