Trop Rock Artists
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A1A

Jeff Pike and A1A have released three all original Trop Rock CDs. "Ship Happens!!" in 2003 , " Beachwrecked" in 2008 and "Road To Paradise" in June 2011. All three releases augment the "Jimmy Buffett/Trop Rock" island sound with the band's own unique and original style. A1A are also knows as The Official and Original Jimmy Buffett Tribute Show. Formed In 1991, Jeff Pike and A1A won a Margaritaville Records sponsored Jimmy Buffett Sound Alike Contest. As the first band ever to showcase a high-energy 4-hour concert composed of nothing except Buffett's best songs spanning every era of his career, A1A became the only Tribute Band personally sanctioned by Jimmy Buffett. While countless other bands have followed in A1A's wake and cited them as their main inspiration, A1A remains the first and foremost Jimmy Buffett Tribute Show.

WEBSITE: www.a1a-live.com

Bad Monkeys, The

The Bad Monkeys have performed throughout the DFW area, Galveston, Oklahoma City, Myrtle Beach, North Carolina, Jackson, Mississippi, Phoenix, Arizona and New Orleans, Louisiana over the past five years at bars, parties, corporate gatherings and weddings and did the Jimmy Buffett pre-show in Dallas. The band performs a medley of cover tunes Cajun, Jimmy Buffett, and Texas Music with a few originals thrown in to spice things up! 

WEBSITE:  www.thebadmonkeys.com

Barefoot Man

Born in the shadow of the Bavarian Alps, he loves palm trees, sandy beaches and tropical sun. He doesn't know an E flat from an A minor, but he's composed about 2,000 songs and recorded 500. Although he grew up in German schools and paid little attention as a teenager in U.S. English classes, he's written two books in English.  He's to the Caribbean what Jimmy Buffet is to Key West, but everyone knows him only as "Barefoot." Barefoot is the biggest "B" to hit the island since Blackbeard. No visit to the island is complete without taking in George Nowak and his band (The Barefoot Man and Band). 

WEBSITE:  www.barefootman.com

Boat Drunks, The

We started as a five-piece, Jimmy Buffett tribute act five years ago. We still play plenty of Buffett, but we are now a member of the Trop-Rock genre (bands that fans of Jimmy Buffett like to listen to) via our original music. Our first album, titled "This Ain't Duval Street," sold over 2,500 copies and is still available on our website. Our second album has been released on Little Feat's Hot Tomato Records label and is now available at Hot Tomato's website. Both albums are receiving airplay on Radio Margaritaville (Sirius 31), and various local radio stations throughout the U.S. We are now a seven-piece band, sometimes adding an extra musician or two. We have opened for Jimmy and played with several members of his band. We tour throughout the Mid-West, with some national trips scattered in each year. 

WEBSITE:  www.boatdrunks.com

Bob Karwin

Bob Karwin began his music career in Boston, Massachusetts on June 4, 1990, playing to drunken mobs in the Irish pubs and college bars. He quickly made a name for himself in Beantown by being able to tame an unruly crowd fired by Guinness and Jack Daniels using only his guitar and a microphone.  In 1993, Bob packed up his Jeep and moved to sunny San Diego. His blend of humor and thoughtful songwriting struck a chord with Southern Californians and he began to develop a following at his rowdy one man shows.  Bob is now a full fledged Californian, strolling the beaches and vowing to never shovel a driveway ever again.Bob has played along side of many members of Jimmy Buffett’s band, the Coral Reefers, including Greg “Fingers” Taylor.

WEBSITE:  www.bobkarwin.com

Brent Burns

Brent has the distinction of being the first entertainer to sing for American troops overseas since the tragedy of September 11th, 2001. Besides his busy performance schedule, he continues to perform at benefits around the world, including for the National Underwater Marine Agency (NUMA) of Australia, the Phoenix Suns Night Hoops Program, American Cancer Society, and Habitat for Humanity.  Brent Burns’ impressive CD sales and song writing continue to make him a highly sought after independent artist and performer. His performance schedule includes over 200 dates a year at concerts, festivals and clubs.

WEBSITE:  http://brentburns.com

Brian Roberts

After writing original songs for a few years, Brian took his acoustic guitar, his acoustic bass and headed to the studio. He traveled to Miami in early 2004, recording at Natural Sound Studio. His first cd, entitled At the Time is a collection of all solo acoustic songs which he considers snapshots of his life. They are inspired by his life in the Keys, highlighting a five year period which included a divorce, a second marriage, an adoption, new band members, and the struggle to become a successful solo artist. It also includes cover tributes to two of his four musical idols; Paul McCartney and Greg Lake. John Wetton and Chris Squire will have to wait until next time for their salute.

WEBSITE:  http://www.brianrobertsmusic.com/

Calypso Nuts, The

 Sponsored by Corona Extra, Corona Light, and Kokomo Island Traders, The Calypso Nuts are more than just a steel drum act. The "Entertainment Without a Net" approach guarantees that each show is custom tailored to fit the event. With no shows identical, The CalypsoNuts have the freedom and flexibility to switch gears in the middle of the show and take the audience in a new direction and to a completely different mood.

WEBSITE:  http://www.calypsonuts.com

Capt. Josh Ramsteck

Public, private, bars, restaurants, corporate events, weddings, grand openings, beach and pool parties all qualify for an evening of live acoustic guitar and vocals. Captain Josh specializes in Beach/Country/Pop music along with a few oldies, light rock, Trop-Rock and sing-a-longs. His main focus is on Jimmy Buffett and all of his country recording buddies such as Alan, Toby, Lyle, George, Kenny, Clint, Randy, Garth, Van, J.T. etc.  Captain Josh is a member of, and entertainer for, the Parrotheads of Central Florida www.phcf.com in Orlando, FL, and will travel throughout the U.S., Canada, The Bahamas and The Caribbean to perform for you. CJ will also decorate the stage for a beachy atmosphere and has plenty of music trivia to play if you choose - even extra mics, tambourines, congas and bongos for the hams in your group.  Yes, Captain Josh really is a USCG Licensed Captain too

WEBSITE:  http://www.capt-josh.com

Captain Quint

Established as a three piece band in the fall of 2000, Captain Quint “tested the waters” in and around Maryland, and in just two months had expanded to five pieces, outgrowing the smaller clubs in the area. Quint had expanded its lineup to eight pieces and had become known both regionally and nationally for their entertaining stage show, complete with palm trees, crowd participation, an erupting volcano and lots and lots of bamboo.  The 2003 release of Pineapple Jam helped define the “Quint” sound - a tasty roux of rock, reggae, calypso, Americana, and Latin flavors.  Quint has undoubtedly staked their claim in the growing genre of “trop-rock”. The band continues to promote their music through an ever expanding tour schedule on their quest for… world domination.

WEBSITE:  www.captainquint.com

Caribbean Blue

We welcome you to sit back, grab your favorite beverage and enjoy some island attitude. our songs are about you and the places we travel together. With you we transform any place, anytime, into island time. Join us on our next vacation, check the schedule and we'll see you soon.   We are a three piece band from Sterling Heights/Troy, MI about 30 miles north of Detroit. All are members of the Detroit Parrothead Club and the band has been together about five years. We do the Jimmy Buffett thing along with our originals and mix it up with classic rock. We invite the audience to participate when we play live. So grab a shaky thing and let's rock!   All of our own music is all about the islands and libations. I guess you could say that this is all about escaping, getting away, being on vacation.  

WEBSITE:  http://www.caribbeanblueband.com

Caribbean Cowboys, The

Steve Weams and the CARIBBEAN COWBOYS BAND from Asheville, North Carolina are one of the "most popular" bands...wherever they go! Voted "Most Popular Rock Band" in the Asheville Citizen-Times Poll of 1995, and voted "Best Local Band" in the Western North Carolina Mountain Xpress Readers Survey, Back-To-Back 1999 & 2000! The Caribbean Cowboys placed 2nd in the Earth Day Asheville 2008 Latin/World/Reggae Musical Showcase. In addition to that, they rocked Duval Street at Meeting of the Minds '99 (Jimmy Buffett's Fan Clubs, Parrot Heads in Paradise, National Convention) in Key West, Florida. 

WEBSITE:  http://www.thecaribbeancowboys.com

Cedar Island Band

The Cedar Island Band is a six piece Trop Rock band that started in 2004. We have performed for Parrot Heads in six different states including Key West, Fl! Cedar Island is an imaginary place located just south of any Midwestern Latitude where you can find a tropical attitude right here in the Heartland. The Cedar Island Band is one of the premier Jimmy Buffett cover bands in the Midwest, based out of Cedar Rapids, Iowa. 

WEBSITE:  http://www.cedarislandband.net

Changes in Latitudes

In case you haven't seen them yet, Changes In Latitudes is one of America's premier tribute shows to singer-songwriter Jimmy Buffett, the master of the tropical lifestyle.  They are a nine-piece band with a singular plan, to take you to Margaritaville.  Each show is good clean fun, aiming to offend no one, and entertain everyone.  Every set is a party, with beach balls flying, dancing conga lines, and leis galore.  It's one exciting show.  Oh yes, and the music.  You know more Jimmy Buffett songs than you think you do, and they'll prove it.  Let "Changes In Latitudes" bring their rolling beach party to you.

WEBSITE:  http://www.ChangesInLatitudes.com

Charlie DeCosa

Charlie Imes

Singer/Songwriter who describes his music as laid-back jazzy beach folk rock. People ask me why I don't use more steel drum in my music and I tell them it's because I don't have a steel drum player in my band. Actually, while I like all musical influences, I suppose that my sound is more Pacific Trop-rock than Carribean. I've never been to those lattitudes before. I think this may be the year...

WEBSITE:  www.crimesofmusic.com

Chris Bellamy

Chris Bellamy, born and raised in Raleigh, NC, migrated to Wilmington at the age of 19. Did opening acts for Jimmy Buffett, Waylon Jennings, Willy Nelson, Emmylou Harris and others. Chris plays most of the summer in and around Wilmington, NC, Myrtle Beach, SC and the Sebastian/South Cental area of Florida in the winter. Chris is also a charter captian in Wilmington, NC and South Central Florida, the Indian River lagoon area, Everglades and the upper Florida Keys. His time on the water helps inspire his creativity in music.

WEBSITE:  http://www.ChrisBellamy.com

Chris Sacks

Hailing from Maryland’s Eastern Shore, Chris Sacks has found the warm sands and blue waters of the tropics calling to him and developed an entertaining songwriting style that leaves one to wonder if he has red American blood or blue Caribbean seawater running through his veins. Taking his love of the lower latitudes and his straight-shooting, no-holds-barred style of songwriting, Chris gives you a clear handle on who he is, and what he wants out of life. His musical style, a creative blend of breezy Country Beach Rock, Americana and folk, finds him writing about life experiences as he shares stories that are rich with escapism, life and love.

WEBSITE:
www.ChrisSacksMusic.com

Cindy Walsh

Cindy is one of Southwest Florida’s favorite solo entertainers, combining her high energy acoustic guitar rhythms with passionate vocals. She performs over 100 cover songs ranging from Jimmy Buffett to oldies, classic rock, and modern country tunes. In addition, Cindy writes her own material which includes songs about life in Southwest Florida and she performs many of these favorites as well. Her original music can best be defined as "trop rock" because it mixes rock’n’roll, country, and reggae styles, topped with a tropical, laid back theme.

WEBSITE:  http://www.cindy-walsh.com  

Club Trini

Robert Greenidge is probably the most successful steel drum player in the world. Robert grew up in the heart of the Caribbean, on the island of Trinidad. He, along with Michael Utley, has been a long time veteran of Jimmy Buffett's Coral Reefer Band, giving Mr. Buffett the right amount of steel drum for his Caribbean - Rock mixture. Mr. Greenidge is also a longtime musical director of the legendary steel band, The Desperadoes, with whom he returns home to Trinidad each year to play in the Carnival celebration with.

Michael Utley grew up in Arkansas and was heavily influenced musically by the sounds of Memphis soul and New Orleans rhythm and blues. Michael honed his craft in Miami with the famed Criteria Studio. He was also a member of the Dixie Flyers band and has flexed his musical muscles as an accomplished keyboardist, producer and composer. Mr Utley, along with Robert Greenidge, has been a longtime veteran of Jimmy Buffett's Coral Reefer Band. Even producing 8 successful albums for Mr. Buffett.

WEBSITE:  http://www.clubtrini.com

 

Coconut Radio

Award winning violinist and Trop Rock nominee Sue Kittredge and singer/songwriter Steve Reeths of Coconut Radio have been playing dumps and palaces from Chicago and Nashville down to Tampa and Key West since meeting in 1992. Currently living in the panhandle of Florida, the duo spend their time playing music and living the dream on the Emerald Coast. The music of Coconut Radio is meant to share that feeling, those emotions one feels sharing a cold one with friends at the tiki bar or watching a beautiful sunset.

WEBSITE: http://www.reverbnation.com/coconutradioband

Conch Republic Band

Countless tales abound surrounding the formation of the Trop Rock pirates known as the Conch Republic; tales of treachery, debauchery, mayhem and controlled insanity.  Hailing from the Port of Indecision, just South of Insanity, the Conch Republic turns every event into a little bit o' Margaritaville! But ye be warned, the Conch Republic is not for the timid and faint-of-heart. The Conch Republic is for the young and young-at-heart, wanting to let their inner-Parrothead/Pirate/Landshark, etc... come out to play.  So keep a weather eye open mates, and hold on tight. Thar be squalls ahead and guilty pleasures for all!

WEBSITE: www.conchrepublicband.com

Craig Rayburn

Craig Rayburn is a gifted songwriter, a multi-talented musician, and an incredible heartfelt vocalist. His songs are woven from the rich fabric of the West. His music is an incredible mosaic of California folk, cowboy and 60’s rock.

WEBSITE:  http://www.CraigRayburn.com

Dani Hoy

Dani Hoy, aka "TropiGal" produces music that paints a vulnerable and honest view of life in a beach-oriented spirit of fun and adventure. Dani Hoy’s widely anticipated 2nd full CD, "Songs of Love and the Ocean" is set for release late summer, once again in collaboration with Kevin Johnston. The two teamed up on her first project, “Tropigal”, which facilitated many opportunities in live performances, airplay, and a 2012 TRMA Horizon Award nomination. After recently gaining some freedom from her day job, Dani Hoy's passion for music is on full display as she tackles a full performance schedule in 2013. Her crafty songwriting and stage presence shines through at multiple Trop Rock festivals, house concerts, collaborations, and gatherings.

Website: www.DaniHoy.com

Danny Taddei

Love Trop-Rock?
Then grab a beach chair, kick off your shoes, and click on the Music Player.

My sound is what you’d expect from a guy who learned to sail a boat before learning to ride a bike.

My music is diverse and impassioned with adventure and the feel of the islands. It’s a compilation of my life experiences, rum, love and humor.



Website: www.dannytaddei.com

David Calhoun

I am a singer-songwriter playing what is known as Tropical Rock music in the style of Jimmy Buffett. The music I play portrays an attitude of "toes-in-the-sand-Margarita-in-my-hand" type of subject matter and nautical themes.

I am the only Jimmy Buffett tribute show in Washington State and I perform all over the great Pacific Northwest where I have lived all my life. I spend my spare time fishing for the elusive salmon, photography, sailing on my Catalina 25, gardening and writing music... and of course, performing that music.

WEBSITE: http://www.tropzone.net/

David Hope

Living on the East Cost most of my life, and usually only a few feet or miles from the beach inspired me to write about the “Crazy Going Ons” of coastal life. My CD “Dive In Theater” really sends that message home, as most of the tunes are about real people and real happenings. I write many types of music, however “Beach Music and Trop Rock” are my favorites. In the past I have done a Country Music CD, as well as an Alternative CD.

WEBSITE:  http://www.davidhopemusic.com  

Del Suggs

Del Suggs is a singer/songwriter and guitarist from the beaches of North Florida. He appears in concert at colleges, universities and festivals across the United States and the Caribbean. Del performs nearly 100 times each year, and sings his original songs for over 100,000 people annually.  Del Suggs is an original. His continued success is a reflection of the broad appeal and timelessness of his music. Del is one of those individuals who comes on stage as a stranger, and leaves it as a friend. That is truly a rare gift.

WEBSITE:  http://www.saltwatermusic.com

Dennis Davis

The sign in my office says “Life’s too short not to live it as a Texan”. Growing up in Michigan, it was a long journey until I finally settled south of Houston on the Texas Gulf Coast. After high school, I spent a year backpacking through Europe with a buddy, came back home, went to college, spent some time as an Army officer living in Alabama, North Carolina and in Europe.. had a few adventures... went back home...again... and then I finally settled down here in Texas. I knew I would always end up somewhere near the water. I do have a day job… but music has always been where my heart is.

WEBSITE:  http://www.freewebs.com/ddtxmusic/ 

Don Middlebrook

Starting in 1991, Don Middlebrook and Living Soul began a musical quest up and down the west coast of Michigan with little idea of where it might lead. Always directed by a new song, a new adventure, and an occasional cold beer, what began as fun and frolic has turned into thirteen years of travel and musical bliss. Looking back over those last thirteen years, eight CDs have been recorded and over 150 dates played each year. Airplay has becomecommonplace, like that found at WCSX FM in Detroit, and internet web play has had international activity. Don and the band have performed on national radio with Mitch Albom and G. Gordon Liddy, and the last three years, they have toured and recorded with Greg "Fingers" Taylor, Jimmy Buffett's harmonica player for twenty-six years. In 2004, Don had two compositions in a Showtime original movie. 

WEBSITE:  http://www.DonMiddleBrook.net

Doyle Grisham

In 1986, Doyle was chosen as one of the five finalists for Instrumentalist of the Year at the Country Music Association awards. During the past few years he has divided his time between studio musician and engineer, record producer, and traveling musician, most recently as the steel guitar player with the Coral Reefer Band. He has appeared on several of Jimmy's albums over the last 25 years.

WEBSITE:  http://www.gulfsteelmusic.com 

EC Davis

E.C. Davis was born in San Diego in 1947. He has played all over the United States from California to Florida. His music style is Trop Rock and Folk. Jimmy Buffett has had a heavy influence on his music. E.C. was into folk music in the early 60's with a folk trio called the Castaways. Then he caught the theatre bug. He spent 14 years in Musical Comedy, singing, acting and dancing in over 50 musicals. He starred in many, such as, "Bye Bye Birdie", "Tom Sawyer", "The Fantasticks", "Archy and Mahitabel", and many more. He graduated in 1969 from United States International University School Of Performing Arts, with a BFA degree in Musical Theatre .E.C. was also in the masters degree program at San Diego State University in Television and Film, where he won an Emmy directing a 1/2 hour sitcom for PBS called "Poppy's Place". In 1969 he was hired as a dancer for the original road show "Disney On Parade". During rehearsals he would talk like Donald Duck all the time. In Long Beach during dress rehearsals, they sat him down with Clarence Nash the original Voice of Donald Duck and they quacked for a while. He was given the job of the live voice on Donald Duck. He was known then as Ellard Davis. Mr. Davis has played from California to Florida. In Florida he played in St. Petersberg at The Bilmar Beach Resort and in the Keys, at Gilbert's resort and the Sheraton Key Largo. In Islamorada, at Holiday Isle, The Harbor Bar, and The Safari Lounge in Lower Montecube Key. In Marathon at the Marathon Yacht Club and in Key West at The Reach Hotel. E.C. wrote a good deal of his songs on a houseboat bay side in Lower Montecumbe Key in The Florida Keys. The craziness and the tranquility of the Florida Keys of the 80's gives E.C's music it's texture and style.

Eric Dove

E'do has been an active performer in the central Ohio area and the Midwest for many years as a solo vocalist/guitarist, as front man for the popular Columbus rock band, Gingley JoH, in community theatre, and on the screen. As a solo act, he has performed in numerous clubs and bars in and around Columbus such as The Lodge Bar, Brazenhead, Whiskey Dicks, Gibby's and Tommy Keegans to name a few. He has performed as opening act for a long list of national country acts including Josh Gracin, Buddy Jewell, Sugarland, Steve Azar, Jeff Bates, Jason Aldean, Josh Turner, and Little Big Town. Additionally, Eric has taken the stage at several Nashville establishments during his frequent visits to the Music City, including The French Quarter and the world-famous songwriter mecca, the Bluebird Cafe. 

WEBSITE:  http://www.EricDove.com

Eric Stone

Eric Stone is a Texas Troubador and Caribbean Crooner. His songs are filled with tales based on characters he's met all over the world. A true storyteller, Eric is best known for singing the truth. For a real look at life in the Caribbean just pop in a CD and listen. Sit back, give a listen and drop Eric a line sometime.

WEBSITE:  http://www.boatsongs.com

Gary Philips

Gary began performing at the age of 6, often singing unaccompanied. He played with various rock bands and in the 60's and 70's in Northern New Jersey and Queens, NY. Later in the 70's he ventured out on his own, mixing the folk music of his early youth with the rock playing at area colleges, including Fairfield University, William Paterson College, Wagner College. He also performed with Harry Chapin and Don McLean during that time. Gary took some time off from performing in public but has recently burst back onto the musical scene at the Jersey Shore.

WEBSITE:  http://www.garyphilips.net  

Gary Seiler

Life continues to be good! I’ve sailed throughout Tahiti singing songs to the locals on four islands. I've been interviewed live on Bora Bora Radio which was translated into French… I’ve performed all over Mexico. I even played at the Super Bowl for CBS. I've performed more than a five thousand shows over the past 30 years with great musicians and for wonderful people. None of this could have happened without God’s grace. I feel like the luckiest man alive.

WEBSITE:  http://www.garyseiler.com

Gary Snead and B2B

B2B is a Jimmy Buffett Tribute band located in Richmond, Virginia. Most of the band members are also long standing members of the Parrot Head Club of Richmond. B2B's main musical inspiration, of course, is Jimmy Buffett, but they also play a wide variety of music that ranges from The Beatles to Kenny Chesney. B2B also has a talented pool of song writers and have penned several original tunes that range in subject from spending a little time at the "Rivah" to dealing with such topical items as "Viagra". The main ingredient in any B2B performance is the same laid back, tropical attitude that Jimmy Buffett displays whenever he performs. So pour yourself a margarita or pop the top on a bottle of Corona, kick off your shoes and you will find yourself "wasting away in Margaritaville".

WEBSITE:  http://www.B2Bband.com 

Gene Mitchell

Gene has continued to write since becoming a full time musician and has released nine high quality CDs and his albums feature such artists as John Raymond (guitarist for Kenny G), Amy Lee (saxophonist for Jimmy Buffett) and Troy King (current writer of the music for Temptation Island on Fox) and Rick Cathaway (bassist for the Osmonds).  Two of Gene's CDs feature artwork by world famous Florida artist Paul Brent.   Gene's children's book "Welcome To Florida" with sing-a-long CD is sold throughout Florida.  Gene's songs can be found on several compilation CDs, "Songs For Sailors, Volume One" published by the national boating magazine "Lattitudes and Attitudes (The Cruising Lifestyle)", "Sailing" published by Migration Music, and "Thongs In The Key Of Life, Volume 2" published by Lulu Records, to name a few. 

WEBSITE:  www.genemitchell.com


Gregory B

Gregory B is a one-man band act based in northern Illinois. I have been performing in the area as a single act for more than 8 years. I've been performing in various bands for about 35 years.   Although I am best known for performing trop rock music and Jimmy Buffett material, I also perform classic rock. I play guitar and sing along with backing tracks I recorded myself.

WEBSITE: www.GregoryB-Music.com


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