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Ramajay Intercoastal

Ramajay Intercoastal is the musical collaboration between Quincy Yeates and Tall Paul along with a rhythm section that brings huge talent & impressive credentials... and they can REALLY lay down a Groove!!!  After being introduced to each other during the creation of the band St. Somewhere, Paul and Quincy developed a musical and personal friendship that bore fruit with songs like ‘Driftin’ and ‘Deep in my Heart’. With both musicians eager for something new and exciting they have developed Ramajay Intercoastal, a blending of two unlikely but similar worlds. Their Island/Rock approach contains infectious grooves and catchy melodies balanced by intriguing lyrics.Ramajay Intercoastal is the musical collaboration between Quincy Yeates and Tall Paul along with a rhythm section that brings huge talent & impressive credentials... and they can REALLY lay down a Groove!!!

After being introduced to each other during the creation of the band St. Somewhere, Paul and Quincy developed a musical and personal friendship that bore fruit with songs like ‘Driftin’ and ‘Deep in my Heart’. With both musicians eager for something new and exciting they have developed Ramajay Intercoastal, a blending of two unlikely but similar worlds. Their Island/Rock approach contains infectious grooves and catchy melodies balanced by intriguing lyrics.

Website: www.RamajayIntercoastal.com

Rick Steffen

Daytona and Key West veteran singer/songwriter Rick Steffen has treated audiences throughout the Florida Shoreline to his unique blend of island, blues, country, pop sounds spanning a musical career of almost three decades. A Daytona local in the 60’s, Rick took up guitar and vocals imitating the entertainers in his dad’s night club. Later in High School, his band, the Idols, followed the styles of the Ventures, the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, Ten Years After, Rod Stewart, Everly Brothers, Ricky Nelson, the Animals, and their rival band The Allman Joys. Rick was the bass player with Floyd Miles in the Floyd & Tootie band who performed at the Daytona Beach Pier in it’s Casino Ballroom, and with Decembers Children at the original Wreck Bar in Daytona. He also backed up many touring celebrities that passed through including Sam & Dave, and Lou Christie. Steffen spent the late 60’s and 70’s playing show venues in Florida, Georgia, and New Jersey. Rick plays originals pop and island covers on acoustic guitar and with his band “Offshore4”, to a broad spectrum of travelers and locals eager to soak up sun, fun, local live music and spirits every week the very cool locals hangouts.

WEBSITE: www.ricksteffen.com

Rob Mehl

I'm kind of a quiet guy who really loves life for reasons that become quickly obvious as you listen to my music!

I grew up on the beach so I guess you could describe my music as mellow, folk-style beach ballads and stories with little bit of jazz.

I spent most of my youth moving back and forth from Encinitas (North County San Diego) to Waikiki (Hawaii) and back again ... so surfing, traveling to surf, and, maybe especially, surfing really warm waters for most of my life has influenced my music.
I play guitar and ukelele and, as I mentioned, having spent a good deal of my life under the banyan trees in Waikiki, I do tend to "talk story" between songs ... sometimes even between verses!

WEBSITE: www.robmehl.com

Roger Barlett

Roger is well known as the original guitarist in Jimmy Buffett's Coral Reefer band. In the early days it was just Jimmy and Roger. Two acoustic guitars, vocals and all the artificial inspiration they could consume. When Jimmy and Roger could no longer stand on their own, drive, or find their way back to the hotel, Jimmy added Fingers Taylor on harp and keyboard, Harry Dailey on bass and Phillip Fajardo on drums who, in turn, followed suit. Eventually, they had to get a road manager to point them in the right direction and say "Play."

Roger is also infamous as the singer and writer of the song Fool for a Blonde from the classic horror movie "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre," and from the many incarnations of his own bands, including his newest band Scratch 'n' Sniff, the now defunct blues band, Hell's Kitchen, and as lead guitarist for cult favorite David Ippolito - That Guitarman from Central Park.

WEBSITE: www.rogerbartlett.com

Roger Guth

Some of Roger's early influences in music came by listening to great jazz performers such as Elvin Jones and Buddy Rich, and then later by listening to some of the black jazz musicians of the time. Roger was inspired by many people to not only write music, but use his unique vocal ability as well. Over a period of time, Roger began writing music that he knew he would not only record, but sing as well.

Performed with and/or written songs for:
• Mose Allison • Jimmy Buffett
• Herb Ellis • James Moody
• Peter Mayer • Bobby Lyle
• Vanessa Williams • Dave Weckl

WEBSITE: www.rogerguth.com

Ron Bertrand

This has been an exciting year for me in that my new CD, "Tequila Tonight, Tomorrow We Ride!" has become very popular among those who enjoy folk style rock with a tropical theme. The title track has also been selected to be included on a complilation CD being produced by "Meet The Phlockers" and proceeds from the sale of the CD will be donated to MDA. Additionally, I have been selected by "Bookbag Santa, Inc." to be their official musician for 2010. As such I will be accompanying this nonprofit organization to Belize for charitable causes. I consider this an honor and will do my best to help this organization as best I can.

Note: Sadly, we lost calypso Bertrand in May of 2011 but his music lives on at The Beachfront.

WEBSITE: www.swampabbean.com

Sam Rainwater

Sam is a Trop-Rocker in his soul, writing and playing music in Arizona and Sonora Mexico for the past few years. You may have seen Sam sitting in on ukulele with Trop-Rock artists all across the US and Mexico. A "Rocket Scientist" in his day job,Sam is just back from Nashville, where he recorded his first studio album, "Vacation Location". A proud member of the Arizona Parrot Head Club, and nominated for the Trop Rock Horizon Award this year, Sam writes and plays all of his music with a purpose, donating 100% of his music income to charity and then doubling those donated funds through a match by his consulting company!

Website: http://www.samlrainwater.com/music.htm
 

Sauce Boss

The inventor of gastronomical boogie woogie.
Like a cross between Justin Wilson
and Robert Johnson,
He sings the blues
He cooks the gumbo
He plays the guitar
He writes the tunes
He feeds the masses
He makes his very own hot sauce
That’s why they call him …
THE SAUCE BOSS
JIMMY BUFFETT SINGS ABOUT THE SAUCE BOSS in his "I Will Play for Gumbo" song. Parrotheads are now phlocking from all over the country and are also bringing the Sauce Boss to "play' and a' sway' with the gumbo" at their events. Festivals and performing arts centers throughout the US, Canada, and Europe are featuring the Sauce Boss and his gumbo. His songs "Let the Big Dog Eat" and "Great Big Fanny" appeared on the Jimmy Buffett compilation album "Margaritaville Café Late Night Menu". NPR's "All Things Considered" and "Morning Edition" have both covered the Sauce Boss. CNN and EXTRA sent film crews to New York City Sauce Boss extravaganzas in 2000, The Food Network's series "Extreme Cuisine" visited the Sauce Boss on location in New York, and another Food Network series "Keith Famie's Adventures" filmed a Sauce Boss show in Miami. The Sauce Boss is the only personality that’s been featured in “Living Blues”, “GQ”, AND "Gourmet Magazine".

WEBSITE: www.sauceboss.com

Scott Bryan

For R. Scott Bryan, a career in music came into focus early. As a child growing up in the suburbs of St. Louis, Mo, Scott heard the Beatles on the radio. And suddenly everything made sense.
“It was a crazy time to be a kid,” recalls Bryan, “trying to make sense of the Kennedy assassination and all the other things that were happening in the world. But then I heard the Beatles sing ‘I Want To Hold Your Hand’ and all those other great tunes that featured simple, direct lyrics and great vocals. It inspired me then… and it still inspires me now.”

WEBSITE: www.rscottbryan.com

Scott Kirby

As singer songwriter Scott Kirby releases his 6th CD of original material "ROW ME HOME," a project produced in Los Angeles by legendary drummer/songwriter/producer Russ Kunkel, he continues to tour extensively around the country appearing at festivals, clubs and theatres, performing his brand of coastal inspired folk rock sometimes referred to as "beach folk." One of the most requested artists on Sirius XM Radio Margaritaville, Kirby is quickly expanding his east coast fan base across the US and Canada and anyplace else where the increasingly popular satellite radio is within earshot.
Although the comparison to Jimmy Buffett is natural because of Kirby's coastal life ranging from his grandparents' roots in Newfoundland, to his years on the coast of New England, to his current home in Key West, his storytelling style of songwriting and often humorous live performances are also reminiscent of folks like Harry Chapin, Jerry Jeff Walker and Steve Goodman with a dash of James Taylor thrown in.

WEBSITE: www.scottkirby.com

Southern Drawl Band

 Once you see Southern Drawl Band perform, you'll understand why they are fast becoming one of the hottest new acts on the scene.  Southern Drawl brings their own brand of music entertainment and high energy performances to a fast growing fan base; Southern Drawl is proving that the old fashioned way of building success "one fan at a time" has not died. If you're not having fun at a Southern Drawl show, you might need to get to the nearest hospital!!
 
Southern Drawl Band was created by lead vocalist Mike Nash and guitarist Rich Killingsworth in February of 2011 as a duo.  Mike & Rich have been playing on and off together for more than a decade with their previous band Krank and other projects. Playing under the name "Nashville Mike" for several months in early 2011, they added drummer Larry Dunsmore in May of 2011 and changed the name to Southern Drawl Band. Percussionist Melanie Howe (Djembabe) was added in February 2012.  In March 2012 the lineup was completed with bassist Daniel Brown. Having been together for only a short time, Southern Drawl Band has quickly become one of the top drawing acts in music with their fans and venues alike. Leaving many folks asking "where did these guys come from?"  Don't get the wrong idea though, this band is far from an "overnight success". With combined stage and performance experience of close to a century, they credit strong work ethic and their love for the music, as well as a heartfelt appreciation for the fans for this seemingly "fast" rise up the ladder. "If you're doing it for the love of the music, you can't go wrong".

Website: SouthernDrawlBand on Reverbnation

Stars on the Water

Stars On The Water is a Nationally recognized San Diego based band that specializes in Tropical Rock and Roll and cover tunes of Jimmy Buffett. With offices in San Diego and Nashville, this band can augment their lineup with some of the best local musical talents in both cities as well as past and present members of Jimmy Buffett’s Coral Reefer Band.

Jerry Gontang and Stars On The Water are one of the most requested bands within the Parrot Head community. They really know how to get the crowd dancin'. From their own versions of Buffett to the great rock 'n roll of the 70's & 80's, these talented musicians are true entertainment.

WEBSITE: www.starsonthewater.net

Steel Mill with Vini

I, Vini Lopez, have been a musician and singer at the Jersey Shore nearly all of my life. I have been a drummer since 1964 and have performed with many other musicians including, Bruce Springsteen, Bill Chinnock, Paul Whistler, Sonny Kenn, Lance Larson, and John Lurashchi, just to name a few. I have played with and known so many musicians and people, through the years, that I have decided to share some of my true life experiences and fond memories with everyone. For about 20 years now I have wanted to write my book "The First Beat from E Street".
I hope that as time goes on more of you will get to hear our band. We do it like the old days. The music of STEEL MILL, written by Bruce Springsteen, is timeless. It works now just as it worked in the late 60s and early 70s. We have a great time playing this great music and I know that you will have a great time listening and dancing along with our band. We made this band so you could hear a live band play this music the way it was supposed to be played.

WEBSITE: www.steelmillretro.com

Steven Youngblood

Steven Youngblood, trop rock artist from Panama City, Fl. Steven has been playing his music and living near the water his whole life. He lives and plays on the Emerald Coast... born and raised here, it’s home ... Steven has salt in his veins and loves the salt water .. a true to life, real tropical person, Steven also loves to travel to the island’s and blend in.

WEBSITE: www.stevenyoungblood.com

St. Somewhere

With their sun-kissed, tropical rock sound that shines brightly through solid songwriting, superb musicianship, a lighthearted island attitude and on-stage antics, Knoxville, Tennessee's St. Somewhere established themselves as one of the premier purveyors of Caribbean-style rock in the U.S.

The four-piece act rode on the driving rhythms of Trinidad & Tobago native Quincy Yeates' steel drums, complemented by guitarist and high-spirited front man, Matt Hall, working within the framework of the collective groove engineered by drummer Kevin Wiley and bassist Aram Takvoryan; all seamlessly sailing along the shores of Island-infected sounds and a variety of musical genres, including reggae, calypso, pop and rock'n'roll; accentuated by the collective vocal offerings of all four members.

WEBSITE: www.myspace.com/stsforever 

"Sunny Jim" - James White

Sunny Jim enjoys performing for purveyors of the island lifestyle from coast to coast.  A versatile performer and musician, Sunny Jim is available as a solo act or with a full band, for events large and small. From wild Parrot Head parties to intimate backyard concerts, he is "living what he loves and lovin what he lives."

WEBSITE:  www.sunnyjim.com


Swim Skinny

SWIM SKINNY is Trop Rock's fastest rising band of superstars playing a heavy mix of Rock, Blues, and Dance covers with a unique taste of tropical island flavor. SWIM SKINNY is based out of Kokomo, Indiana playing live shows across the midwest as a band. As a solo artist, Chris Baer, aka "Swim Skinny" or "Swimmy", performs live around the country and throughout the tropics. SWIM SKINNY is known to fans as "Indy's favorite pirate rockers" and "Trop Rock's latest greatest band".......

WEBSITE:  www.swimskinny.com 

Tall Paul

Tall Paul (Paul Bobal) was born in Cleveland, Ohio and raised in Virginia Beach, VA, where he played keyboards in "garage bands" from the age of 11. After seeing Doc & Merle Watson perform for freshman orientation at Appalachian State University, he taught himself to play acoustic guitar and started playing the coffeehouse circuit in North Carolina. He then joined Stoney Creek, a band that opened for Hall & Oates, The Doobie Brothers and Jimmy Buffett, before striking out on his own after graduation. Since his move to Nashville, Paul has played most of the clubs in the state as well as developing a southeastern college circuit where he currently performs to enthusiastic crowds, playing almost 200 dates a year!

WEBSITE: www.tallpaul.com

The Mango Men

The Mango Men Band, established in 1995, has risen to become one of the most requested and sought after performing artists in the Greater Philadelphia Region, averaging 80 to 100 shows per year.
Following their success winning Kenny Chesney's "Next Big Star" competition in Philadelphia (opening for Kenny's Poets & Pirates tour stops in Philadelphia & Holmdel, NJ), The Mango Men celebrated the release of their first, all original CD in May, 2009, entitled, Everyday's a Saturday. Songs from the new CD can be heard on several internet radio stations.
The band takes pride in their energetic and interactive shows, appealing to a wide variety of audiences and their loyal fans. The Mango Men's #1 priority is always their audience, for whom they give 200% every single show.

WEBSITE: www.themangomen.com

The Massacoustics

With their unique sound, edgy stage performance, and crafty song-writing, it may surprise you to learn that there are many bands out there getting along just as well, and in some cases, even better than The Massacoustics (see www.themassacoustics.com for a list). Despite this (or because of it), the duo has racked up an impressive resume of "under the radar" song-writing credits, including: the theme-song for NBC's Big Shots (starring a very dreamy Dylan McDermott); a recurring song in Fox's least-viewed-hit-series, The Loop; a tune in a lil' movie called Ace Ventura 3 (yup, you guessed it- straight to video); and the music to which some guy gets it in the crotch on America's Funniest Home Videos.

Their most successful song "Who's The Man?" is about kicking people's asses. Come on! The Massacoustics together hardly break 300 pounds. Unlikely as one would be to catch them, whose asses are they really going to kick?

WEBSITE: www.themassacoustics.com

Tiki Thom Starkey

Fun trop rock music that will keep you smiling to your next vacation. Tiki Thom has entertained audiences from the beaches of Waikiki to the catamarans of Key West. Tiki Thom’s songs are a humorous look at life from an irreverent yet familiar point of view. His lyrics not only capture the island attitude in all of us, but will have you singing the words under your breathe all day long. His latest Trop-Rock CD “Bikinis and Martinis-The Final Shake” has established him as a favorite among Parrotheads and Tropical Minded phriends everywhere.

WEBSITE:  http://www.tikithom.com

Todd Sparks

Todd’s a musician that packs inspiration and a party into everything! He’s been a part of the music scene since being a teenager. Whether teaching his peers guitar lessons, or performing as a solo artist; music’s been his life. As an adult, he’s entertained as a musician and as the comedian, “Party Doctor” entertaining hundreds of thousands! Todd took time off from his entertainment career to raise his son and provide a supportive influence in his life. All the while honing his craft. Now it’s time for Todd to get back out there and do what he loves, ENTERTAIN!!!

Website: www.ToddSparks.com

Tropical Motivation

THE TROPICAL MOTIVATION BAND consists of the finest musicians from New York to Trinidad . The members of this All-Star Band have performed, toured or recorded with Bruce Hornsby, Edgar Winter, Brian Wilson, Aretha Franklin, Natalie Cole, Maynard Ferguson, Buddy Rich, Yanni, Lionel Hampton, Michael Andrew and Swingerhead, Charlie Haden, Hotel, The Hard Rock Live Band, Temptations, Four Tops, Joe Walsh, Rick Wakeman, and many others. You’ll also hear the voices and instruments of the musicians on several Walt Disney Productions including the legendary Main Street Parade.
“Tropical Motivation is more than motivational music, inspirational shows and tropical imagery. It is the sincere belief that you can achieve anything, that you can ACHIEVE YOUR GOALS AND FOLLOW YOUR DREAMS.

WEBSITE: www.tropicalmotivation.com

Tropical Soul

DENNIS MCCAUGHEY, (lead vocals, rhythm guitar and harmonica) is not a stranger to the Central PA music scene. He formed Tropical Soul twelve years ago, and prior to that, has been a member of the duos, Double Play and Jigsaw and his resume also includes a solo career that lasted several years.

They take their fans on a musical journey that sends them south where the palm trees sway and warm ocean breezes blow. This trop rock band's tunes range from covers of acoustic beach and pop music, to island-flavored original songs. Tropical Soul is from Central PA and has been playing their summertime tunes for crowds year-round for almost twelve years. In addition, they frequently travel out of the area to play for their fans from around the Country. Venues played include Margaritaville in Key West, New Orleans and Orlando, Hogs Breath Saloon in Key West, FL, Whitaker Center in Harrisburg, PA, Katmandu in Trenton, NJ, Westy's Irish Pub in Wildwood, NJ and Cabanas in Cape May, NJ.

WEBSITE: www.tropicalsoul.net

Troy Allan

Troy Allan is a singer songwriter and musician from Vidor Texas. Plays rhythm and some lead and does solo shows singing everything from originals to country to classic rock. Troy was influenced as a kid by Willie and Waylon, George Straight all the way to Van Halen...with a side of James Taylor>>>>>ya gotta have James. Troy has released his first TWO CD's in ONE year entitled Troy Allan - One Man One Guitar (an acoustic version of many of the songs now available on the Studio version) and the second called "Just South OF Corpus".... now available at shows his website www.troyallan.net and www.mytexasmusic.com/troyallan Currently, Troy is also the bass player for a Texas Beach music/ Buffett band called Hannas Reef. They tour extensively in Texas and abroad bringing their unique party to parrotheads and party goers alike. This high energy show is a site to see!

Troy left us on November, 11th, 2010 and left a big holein all of our hearts.  His zest for life and his will to keep going while he sturggled with cancer has touched the entire Trop Rock World.  From his website- "It is a great honor for so many of us to call Troy Allan our friend. So it is with great sadness that we bid farewell to our friend in this earthly existence. He touched so many people and his story will always be remembered. He was a truly wonderful and inspiring individual and we are all blessed to have been a part of his journey."  We can't say it any better.  Sail on, Troy.

WEBSITE: www.TroyAllan.com

Tsunami Wave Riders

The Tsunami Wave Riders (TWR) are a very unique and international 6-piece trop-rock band that combines the high energy of rock and reggae rhythms with traditional island instruments - such as the Hawaiian ukulele and Caribbean steel drums.  In addition to playing a fun island dance mix of covers from Jimmy Buffett to Kenny Chesney to Bob Marley to Santana, the Tsunami Wave Riders have popular originals and have recently won several awards including "Single of the Year" for their original song, Island Dreamin', at the 2008 Hawaii Music Awards, "Best Beach Band in North America" at the 2008 Rising Star Awards, and "Best World Music Artist" at the 2009 Charlotte Music Awards.   Their "Rock Around the Islands" show takes audiences from Key West to the Caribbean to Cancun to Hawaii and Tahiti, and the if you catch a live show, you may even get to dance with the TWR Latin and Hawaiian hula dancers! ROCK ON ISLAND STYLE!

WEBSITE:  http://www.tsunamiwaveriders.com

Whaleshark

Erik’s life as he knows it now, started just about nine years ago on a cold December Thursday in Pennsylvania. Fresh out of the Marines and not quite sure where he was headed, he knew that it was just too damn cold up north. So he built an apartment in the back of his van and headed south “ 'till the highway ran out of road”; right smack in the middle of Key West Florida. A week later his life was changed. Erik just couldn’t beat a warm sun, a blue sky, a beautiful woman, and an island life. Long story short, he later landed in Lahaina Maui, with a surfboard, a guitar and $2300 dollars in his back pocket. A lot has happened since then but now you can find him playing for fans throughout the mainland for the warm half of the year, and in Lahaina Maui for the cold parts. So pull up a beach chair and pour yourself another “Three Shot Story” as this is where you can find The Whaleshark, Erik Pietsch, straight out of Lahaina harbor Maui, helping you waste away in your own private Margaritaville.

WEBSITE: www.thewhaleshark.com
 

Will Kimbrough

Will Kimbrough is hungry. The youthful singer, songwriter, award-winning guitarist, multi-instrumentalist, producer, performer and bandleader has a voracious appetite for every aspect of music. Born and raised in the deep south of the Alabama Gulf Coast, he ingested eclectic FM radio sounds and the music of nearby New Orleans. In his quest to develop his musical capacities to their fullest, Will Kimbrough has become a modern-day Renaissance Man.

WEBSITE: www.willkimbrough.com

Young Rebel Goombas

Young Rebel Goombas hail from Long Island, New York. Tropical rockers, their sound is not so easily pigeon-holed. Each member brings a rich and varied musical background to create the luscious Goomba sound.

WEBSITE:  www.youngrebelgoombas.com/   
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