What genre of music do you play?

"Reggae rock folk surf music, A.K.A. 'Texas Island Country.'”

Where are you from?

"The New Braunfels (&) Port Aransas area."

How did you get started in music?

"I really dug the Beatles on the Ed Sullivan Show in the early 60s, but I think it was around 1966 that my sister came home from college with many albums like the Doors and Steppenwolf. But the one that really got me was Jimi Hendrix’s 'Are You Experienced.' I know then I had to do this."

How did you get to Port Aransas?

"In 2009 I met Paul Fain at Gruene Hall and I was just resurrecting my music career. Paul had owned the Tarpon Ice House, which is now Treasure Island, and he said that he was having a music bash at his place in Port Aransas, and with the recommendation of my dear friend Al Barlow, Paul put me on the bill."

What made you stay?

"I had lived in Corpus Christi in the late 70s and early 80s so I had a lot of music connections in the area, and getting bit by the surfing bug and my time spent in Hawaii, the island lifestyle just seemed a natural fit for my rejuvenated music career."

How does Port Aransas inspire you?

"The wind, the waves, the palm trees, and the people. I have developed such a strong bond with the people of Port Aransas, especially those who forgive me when I mess up…Lol."

What makes the Port A music scene different?

"I have developed a fan base that spreads around the world because so many people come to visit from the far reaches of our planet. So when I travel to other areas, I have developed a following that was originally generated by my exposure in the Port Aransas music scene."

Do you write your own music?

"Yes, I write about the Texas Gulf Coast; I write about boats, relationships, swimming pools, cookouts, hurricanes, and oh yes, of course the Island Girls. The Hurricane Harvey recovery displayed the fortitude, strength, and resilience of our Island Women."

What is your favorite Port A venue to play?

"There are so many wonderful venues that I play or have played  in Port Aransas and they are all my favorite. Currently my rotation is the VFW, the Gaff, Roosevelt’s, and Red’s @ Palmilla Beach.

What makes a great audience?

"That’s another great thing about performing in Port A, it’s the crowds. What makes a great audience? Port A audiences. They are always there for one thing, and that is to have a good time.

What is your preferred during/after set beverage?

"I usually don’t indulge during…but after, I like to have a margarita on the rocks, or maybe a glass of Pinot Grigio."

What is your favorite song by an artist other than yourself?

"Any answer I would give to that question would simply be my favorite flavor of the moment. Right this moment? Sammy Hagar's 'Bad Motor Scooter.' No, wait. Foo Fighters 'Times Like These.' No, Pearl Jam's 'Black.' ...see what I mean?"

If you were an ice cream flavor, what would you be and why?

"Neopolitan (because) since this is a music interview. My music has a wide variety of flavors."

Where can we find your work?

"Just about every single music streaming service. I have five collections (albums) available to stream everywhere from Spotify, Youtube, Apple, you name it. Heck, I heard Alexa play me just for asking 'Alexa, play Billy Snipes.'"

What else should music fans know?

"I am constantly evolving as a musician, songwriter, and performer. If you saw me six months ago and see me now, there would be some of the same stuff, but a lot of new stuff always like new."

Fun Fact:

"Bill Withers’ version of 'Ain't No Sunshine' has 26 'I knows' and my version has 17."

What is your Band Name?

"Aloha Dave and the Tourists: Mark Maroney on bass and vocals, Bill Purcell on drums and vocals, Rockin' Ray Summy on guitar and vocals, and Dave Maroney on guitar and vocals."

What Genre of Music Do You Play?

"Beach party music and classic rock–trop rock."

Where are you from?

"Corpus Christi."

How did you get started in music?

"My father played guitar and sang so I was always around music."

How did you get to Port Aransas? What made you stay?

"For us Corpus Christi teenage surfers in the 1970s Port Aransas was a bit of a road trip and held a kind of mysterious aura about it. In today’s world, Port Aransas is a gem of friendliness and good vibes. You can feel it when you pull into town. We try to play there as much as we can."

How does Port Aransas inspire you?

"Oh my, I now live near Kerrville, Texas and driving from the hill country to Port Aransas is a special experience. I can literally feel the stress falling off as I smell the salt sea air and catch a glimpse of the waves."

What makes the Port A music scene different?

"It’s hard to put into words. It goes back to the small town nature of the scene and the transient vacationer clientele. The locals are in tune with the good vibes and the vacationers can tap into that if they can slow down enough."

Do you write your own music?

"We released an album of original tunes in 1986 self-titled Aloha Dave and the Tourists (yes, on vinyl). Our original tune "I Want to be a Beach Bum" was a hit on local radio in 1987. In 2011 we released It’s Good to Be, a live album recorded live at The Back Porch Bar right there in Port A!"

What is your favorite Port A venue to play? Why?

"Giggity’s was always a good time. The Back Porch, Shorty’s, and Sunset Sounds are our favorite places to play currently."

What makes a great audience?

"Locals and vacationers that are relaxed enough to enjoy an evening of fun music. Aloha Dave and the Tourists got together in 1982 and are still playing today with the same band members. It’s pretty special to see folks that have been friends of the band throughout our 40 year history."

What is your preferred during/after set beverage?

"Personally I like a nice unsweet iced tea before the show. A margarita after the show can be quite satisfying."

What if your favorite song by an artist other than yourself?

"Into the Mystic by Van Morrison is pretty good."

If you were an ice cream flavor, what would you be and why?

"Vanilla, as a band we don’t usually go out there into no man’s land too much. It has worked for us through the years to play popular fun songs that people can immediately recognize and move their feet to the dance floor."

Where can we find your work?

"You can find Aloha Dave and the Tourists on Facebook."

What else should music fans know?

"In 2022 we celebrate our 40th year together entertaining audiences of all ages."

Fun Fact:

"I knew Ray Summy in High School in the 1970s. When we got together in the band he had only been playing guitar for a couple of months. I had several year’s experience playing in different bands so I was more advanced on the guitar. Well, it didn’t take long for Ray’s guitar skills to surpass mine. Sometimes I referred to him and Edie Van Raylen, Master of the Stratocaster. He is now a celebrated regular in the Port A local scene. The good folks of Port A have lovingly tagged him with the moniker Ray Ray PA. They created a Facebook page for him even though he is not personally on Facebook."

Artist Feature

Meet Ty Dietz

Ty Dietz is the Americana crooner who says Port A venues remind him how much he loves entertaining people.

Black and white photo of a man singing into a microphone.
Do you have a band name?

"Ty Dietz, Ty Dietz Music, Ty Dietz and The Cool Arrows."

What genre of music do you play?

"Americana."

Where are you from? 

"Corpus Christi, TX."

How did you get started in music?  

"I had a friend in middle school (1994) that taught me a few chords. I asked my parents for a guitar and they bought me one from a pawn shop. I learned a few Nirvana songs and never put it down."  

How did you get to Port Aransas? What made you stay?  

"Ronnie Narmour started booking me at Shorty’s and Giggity’s eight or nine years ago. All pandering stage banter aside, Shorty’s is my absolute favorite stage to play. There’s a magic there that can’t be explained."  

How does Port Aransas inspire you?

"The support I get from the locals is unbelievable! I play six nights a week and a lot of them are for the money not the love. Playing to the locals and tourists from all over at Shorty’s, Bron’s, or Back Porch reminds me how much I love entertaining people. My Sunday gigs at Shorty’s is one I anxiously look forward to all week!"

What makes the Port A music scene different?  

"Again, the mix of locals and tourists as and audience is great. I’ve also met some good friends here in Port A. Musicians, fans, bar staff, and patrons. Playing there for almost a decade, my Port A people have become a family."   

Do you write your own music? 

"Yes! I write a lot of my music. I do play covers but most are of friends of mine or songs that just inspire me. I rarely do Top 40 stuff. By rarely I mean never." 

What is your favorite Port A venue to play? Why?  

"Shorty’s hands down but I love them all."  

What makes a great audience? 

"Engaged people that aren’t talking or on their phones the whole time."  

What is your preferred during/after set beverage?

"Water and Red Bull. Not mixed. One of each."  

What if your favorite song by an artist other than yourself?

"Billy Joe Shaver/Live Forever."

If you were an ice cream flavor, what would you be and why?

"Rocky Road because it’s my fav(orit)e."  

Where can we find your work?

"Apple Music, Spotify, YouTube, Amazon, etc."

What else should music fans know?

 My website! tydietzmusic.com

Fun Fact:

"Coca-Cola was originally green."

What are your names?

"Justin Estes and Niki Gil."

Do you have a band name?

"Justin & Niki (or) The Chanklas."

What genre of music do you play?

"Reggae, soul, Americana, country."

Where are you from?  

"Corpus Christi."

How did you get started in music? 

Justin: "I was born into a music-evangelist family, started singing on stage at age four."

Niki: "I've been singing with my dad and family all my life but it wasn't until I reunited with Justin that I started doing it seriously."

How did you get to Port Aransas? What made you stay?

"We drove. 45 mins. 😂 We love the people and the awesome beaches!"

How does Port Aransas inspire you?

"The sense of community and how everyone rallied during and after Hurricane Harvey made us really fall in love with the town and people."

What makes the Port A music scene different?

"It's a more laidback, island vibe, and the people and patrons pay attention to the music more than other places, it seems."

Do you write your own music?

"Yes, a few, but most of our sets consist of either little-known cover songs or our own interpretations of popular songs."

What is your favorite Port A venue to play? Why?

"Very difficult to choose, but Bron's Backyard and Back Porch are a couple of fav(orit)es because they always make us feel so welcome, and everyone always has an awesome time."

What makes a great audience?

"The energy and diversity is what we feed off every time we play a song. It's to different people and it changes that song for that moment for us."

What is your preferred during/after set beverage?

J: "Espolòn and Lone Star."

N: "Fireball and Miller Lite."

What if your favorite song by an artist other than yourself?

"I could no sooner choose a favorite star in the heavens #everafter."

If you were an ice cream flavor, what would you be and why?

"Strawberry for Niki, as she used to eat it all the time with her grandpa as a little girl. Vanilla swirl for Justin, (because) he's white with a swirl of soul (Lol)."

Where can we find your work?

"Some is on YouTube, some on Facebook. We are currently trying to get some more songs recorded soon."

What else should music fans know?

"Just be aware and respect the sacrifices that we musicians make, especially during a pandemic, to provide a temporary distraction from all the madness around us."

Fun Fact:

"We have a little dog named Prudence after the Beatles song 'Dear Prudence.'"

What genre of music do you play?

"Last Call is a Jazz duo-quartet, while John Amundsen and the Padrinos play blues, rock, and reggae."

Where are you from?

"Port Aransas."

How did you get started in music?

"Both my father and brother where musicians. Growing up there was always music around and instruments."

How did you get to Port Aransas? What made you stay?

"My family moved here to open the restaurant Lisabella's when I was young. After high school, I lived and played in DFW for four years and traveled another year. I came back to visit and haven’t wanted to leave since." 

How does Port Aransas inspire you?

"The easy living of a small town in conjunction with the laidback atmosphere of an island town has had an immense impact on how I perform and the music I write. Also, the variety of areas that people are from due to tourism always keeps me on my toes and excited when I perform." 

What makes the Port A music scene different?

"It has a lot of very awesomely-interesting characters. It also has a lot of very awesomely-interesting venues. Also, it can be surprising how talented the pool of working musicians is in the area, considering the small size." 

Do you write your own music?

"Yes. I write and perform mostly originals these days." 

What is your favorite Port A venue to play? Why?

"Shorty’s would have to be my favorite. Always a good crowd with nice people and it has such a long history. It’s a staple to the island. It’s also where I really got my foot in the door in this area after moving back from DFW."

What makes a great audience?

"(I) love to just see people having a good time and enjoying themselves." 

What is your preferred during/after set beverage?

"Anything free."

What if your favorite song by an artist other than yourself?

"It’s too hard to narrow down one. I love all styles of music, from blues to hip hop. Lately, I’ve been on a big Willie Nelson kick and the song 'I’d Have to be Crazy.'"

If you were an ice cream flavor, what would you be and why?

"Strawberry funk. No explanation." 

Where can we find your work?

"Currently just at Johnamundsenmusic.com, however I do have an album in the works to be completed in 2022 and that will be released on all platforms."

What else should music fans know?

"Musicians work hard." 

Fun Fact:

"When Joan Jett came to Port Aransas in the late 80s for a Spring Break concert, the entire island ran out of beer to sell."