Dave grew up in a very musical family in St. Petersburg, Florida where bicycle rides to the beach to spend the day fishing were a common occurrence. Dave was drafted at an early age by the St. Petersburg Boy Choir, which began a long history of performing. He picked up the guitar in his teen years, but soon discovered that he was not destined to be the next Eddie Van Halen.
In his college years, he discovered the music of Jimmy Buffett. The songs really spoke to him and the sound and style were fun to sing and fit his voice nicely. When Dave graduated from the University of Florida with a degree in Forestry, he went to work for the Florida Forest Service. His supervisor was also a musician and invited Dave to come sing with him at a little place called The Skunks Nest where he discovered that, much to his surprise, people enjoyed listening to him sing. The owners offered Dave his own night where he became Tuesday Night Dave, playing for free beer and tips. This began a musical adventure that continues to this day.
The origin of the name “Flip Flop Dave”
Dave was entertaining at a little place called Sun Downer's in John’s Pass Village in Madeira Beach, Florida. The owner (Jim) had nicknamed Dave and his previous musical partner "Mud Flap and Flip Flop", and thanks to the Tampa Bay Parrothead Club, the name Flip Flop Dave just kinda of stuck...... Dave retired after 25 years with the Florida Forest Service, and moved to the western suburbs of Chicago, where he resides in Naperville today. If you would like to know why, you’ll just have to ask him in person.
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A Lot to Drink About A Pirate Looks at Forty African Friend Another Saturday Night Bama Breeze Banana Republics Barefoot Children In The Rain Barometer Soup Blue Heaven Rendezvous Boats to Build Boat Drinks Breathe In Breath Out Move On Brown Eyed Girl Changes in Latitudes Changing ChannelsCheeseburger in Paradise Coast of Carolina Coast of Marseille Coconut Telegraph Come Monday Cowboy in the Jungle Cuban Crime of Passion Death of an Unpopular Poet Distantly in Love Door Number Three DreamsicleFar Side of the World FinsFrank and Lola Grape Fruit - Juicyfruit Great Fillin' Station Holdup Growing Older But Not Up Happily Ever After Havana Daydreamin' He Went to Paris Hey Good Lookin’ I Will Play For Gumbo It's My Job I Have Found Me a Home Jimmy Dreams Jolly Mon Sing Last Mango in Paris Livingston Saturday Night Life Is Just a Tire Swing Lone Palm Love & Luck Lovely Cruise Lucky Stars Manana Margaritaville Mexico Migration My Head Hurts, My Feet Stink Nautical Wheelers Nobody Speaks to the Captain One Particular Harbor Pascagoula RunPeanut Butter Conspiracy Pencil Thin Mustache Quietly Making Noise Railroad Lady Ringling, Ringling Savanna, Fare You Well Simply Complicated Smart Woman (In a Real Short Skirt) Souvenirs Son of a Son of a Sailor Stars Fell on AlabamaTampico Trauma Take Another Road That's What Living Is to Me The Captain and the Kid The Night I Painted The Sky The Weather Is Here They Don't Dance like Carmen Tin Cup Chalice Trip Around the Sun Trying to Reason with Hurricane Season Volcano We Are the People West Nashville Grand Ballroom Gown When The Coast Is Clear Why Don't We Get Drunk
A Parrothead Looks at 40 Comin' Home Eat, Drink, & Be Merry His Son I'll Never Be Famous Lifeguard Lucky Enough This Old Saddle I've Fallen The Beach is a State of Mind Tropical Depression She's Out There Somewhere
Boats Beer in Mexico Everybody Wants to Go to Heaven Magic No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problem Nowhere To Go, Nowhere To Be Old Blue Chair Out Last Night The Life You Save Me
Castaway Chicken Fried Island Song Keep Me in Mind Knee Deep Toes Where the Boat Leaves From