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Cox From page 7 an evening dinner meeting had to be scheduled for the same day. That should carry the day until about 10 p.m.--a protracted end- ing to an even longer day. Does this sound like a day in the life of a record company executive, an artist relations direc- tor at a management firm, or a marketing VP? It very well could be, but it is not. It is a day in the life of entrepreneur and Kick Tommy drummer/co-founder Larry Cox. It is just a mere glimpse into his multifaceted business regi- men that takes him away from his home on Catalina Island, and the two most important women in his life--wife Ana and Rapunzel their Portuguese Water Dog. I catch up with Larry about 45 minutes prior to the band's show rehearsal for their upcoming CD release concert event. The second of only two 45 minute breaks in his day, of which I will take up approximately twenty to thirty of with my interview that he agreed to--regardless of the fact that he has more on his plate than a hun- gry power lifter. As I walk into the band's rehearsal studio I find him sitting on a red leather couch speedily typing away on his laptop com- puter. "Give me one sec please, I'm just finishing up an important email reply to one of our sponsors for the CD release show." No problem. If Ana and Rapunzel have to wait for daddy to come home later in the week, how can I possibly feel inconvenienced 'We have a bunch of nice prizes, but the grand prize is an all-expense paid, three-day two-night getaway for two to the Island.' --Larry Cox of Kick Tommy by the tapping out of a couple harmless sentences? Then the laptop lid closes and I receive a hearty handshake and man hug before I get down to busi- ness-which as I found out, hap- pens to be Larry's favorite topic. Lyle Kennedy: So I am a little jealous (actually a lot jealous), what's it like living on Catalina Island? Larry Cox: Well Lyle, it doesn't suck (laughter). It's peace- ful, tranquil, and provides a feel- ing of safety that you don't get in too many places. And if you are getting ready for dinner and real- ize that you don't have any toma- toes for the salad, you can jump on your golf cart, run tO the grocery store, and be back home in about eight minutes before the lettuce even has a chance to get soggy. LK" Yeah, that's not possible in most places. LC: Correct, and all with- out having someone flip you off because you're not driving fast enough. But, you have to put your blinders on if you are in a hurry, because when you live in the city of Avalon it's like walking into Cheers at any given moment-- everybody knows your name and it's difficult not to stop and chat with six friendly folks during your travels. It's a beautiful thing. LK: Well it's clear that you love the place and I am already dread- ing my commute home from this interview--so not fair! (laughter) LC: Heyyyy, don't hate because I built a better mouse trap! (Laughter.) LK: And so I understand that Kick Tommy is a new project for you and you are promoting the Island at your upcoming CD release concert event. LC: That is correct. This is a big event. We are affiliated with Wounded Warrior Project, NoMore.org and Miller Light, so a lot of planning and expense has gone into this show. Collectively the band members have a lot of followers already from our past endeavors. However, I needed to add as much incentive as possible to get folks to come to the show that are unfamiliar with the band. So, I came up with the idea to raffle off some great prizes at the con- clusion of our concert. We have a bunch of nice prizes, but the grand prize is an all-expense paid, three- day two-night getaway for two to the Island. LK: Wow, great promotion- al idea and fantastic prize. That couldn't have been cheap. And what exactly is included in that grand prize? LC: Well, it didn't cost the band a thing. Wonderful and gen- erous business owners from the Island, that I am proud to also call my friends, made this hap- pen by donating toward the prize package. All I did was walk in and ask them if they would be willing to participate with a donation that they were comfortable with. Not one turned me down. Can I give you the breakdown? LK: Absolutely, go for it. LC: (he takes a deep breath) Round-trip boat tickets for two on the Catalina Express, two night's hotel accommodations at the St. Lauren Hotel, breakfast for two at both Original Jack's Country Kitchen and Pancake Cottage, lunch for two at both Maggies's Blue Rose and Antonio's Pizzeria and Cabaret, dinner for two at both Steve's Steakhouse and the Seaport Bistro, his and hers mas- sage package at the Island Breeze Spa and Salon, underwater sea '1 will promote the Island every chancel get. As for a concert on the Island, l am still trying to hook that up.' adventure for two with Catalina Adventure Tours, and parasail- ing for two with Island Water Charters. LK: Wow, that's fantastic. So, aside" from running your Las Vegas-based company, your product lines and pouring your heart and soul into Kick Tommy, you felt that you needed another challenge in putting together these prize giveaways. When exactly do you sleep? LC: I usually have the ringer on my cell phone off between midnight and 6 a.m. (Laughter.) LK: Well it's great that you were able to coordinate Publicity for the Island into your event. Do you plan to ever do a concert on the Island? LC: I will promote the Island every chance I get. As for a con- cert on the Island, I am still trying to hook that up. The band is willing to do a free concert to benefit the City of Avalon, its residents and of course any tourists that would be there at the time. I've had a couple of meetings, however, beyond the band mem- bers, our crew, and getting our personal equipment over to the Island, we don't seem to be get- ting any cooperation yet regarding anyone else donating, or provid- ing for, the additional resources needed to make the show happen. But, I'll keep working on it, as I would love for all my friends on the Island to see what I do. LK: You look tired, when will you be heading back to the Island for a little R and R? LC: Uhmmm, thanks a lot Lyle! (Laughter). Yeah, I'm defi- nitely due for some rest, but most- ly I am just very anxious to get home to my girls. It won't be much longer--three days, 11 hours and 26 miles left, but who's counting! (Laughter.) You can see the promotional video ad for the upcoming Kick Tommy CD Release Concert that promotes the Catalina prize give- away by going to kicktommy.com. You may also learn more about Larry by visiting LarryCoxDrums. com. 12 Friday, June 19, 2015 THE CATALINA ISLANDER