Your friendly, neighborhood beach bum pirate just wants to be sure you have a good time.
Scott Ramsey, a Palm Harbor-based singer-songwriter who performs under the name "Beach Bum Pirate," will captain the party at the Sunset Grill Tiki Bar in Ruskin this Sunday from 3 to 7 p.m.
Ramsey, 50, says his style of music is similar to that of Jimmy Buffett or Kenny Chesney.
The former graphic designer decided to take the plunge as a professional musician last November after his friends asked him to write a theme song for their cruise group, which calls itself "The Island Hoppers."
"I thought it was funny how easy it was," Ramsey said. "No wonder Jimmy Buffett does this."
Ramsey wrote five songs in one weekend, and when the self-professed pirate buff sat down to compose a song about a likable sea rover he came up with the Beach Bum Pirate, a character he soon adopted as his stage persona.
Ramsey says the audience at Sunset Grill can expect 10 to 15 Jimmy Buffet covers and classic rock and country favorites in addition to songs from his first album, Living on Island Time.
He says the Beach Bum Pirate act distinguishes him from other aspiring musicians and helps him connect with audiences.
"When the Beach Bum Pirate is here, people know we're going to have fun, and, frankly, we're going to drink," Ramsey said. "I want people to feel like they're on vacation."
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