Musicians and Entertainment

Jesse Rice

Nashville Singer-Songwriter & Producer from Conway, South Carolina. Pirate Sessions.

David Doolittle

Dave Doolittle is a versatile drummer and performer who has worked in and around Austin, Texas, for more than 30 years. Recently, he has performed, recorded and composed for several national trop rock, alt-country and hip hop projects.

Dave is currently the full-time drummer for Donny Brewer and the Dock Rockers and the Presley Project. He also regularly performs with Thom Shepherd and Coley McCabeJerry Diaz, and Mike Nash. He is available as a fill-in drummer for multiple projects and performances.

The Blooze Brothers

For three decades, the Blooze Brothers has been one of Chicagoland’s most in-demand show bands.  We not only honor the music made by the original Blues Brothers in movies, TV, and recordings, but the spirit in which they played – from Dan Aykroyd’s love of traditional blues and soul to John Belushi’s love of classic rock.  Like Aykroyd and Belushi, we fuse those great musical traditions into a stage show that energizes and delights hundreds of thousands of music fans across the greater Chicago area and beyond every year. 

We’ve got gas in the Blooze Mobile, a briefcase full of rhythm and blues, and are headed toward the on ramp for the expressway to your heart.

We hope to see you very, very soon.

– Jake, Elwood, Sheila, and the boys

Jimi Pappas



Jimi performs as a solo artist, and with many full band shows, He provides a wonderful musical experience, with state of the art equipment and top notch musicianship. With a live set mix of Classic Acoustic cover tunes, including James Taylor, Tom Petty, Marley, Buffet, The Beatles, Zac Brown, Dylan, Rock, Folk and many more. He connects with the audience! 

As a singer/songwriter his original tunes are a blend of Americana meets Folk/Rock and brings out his love of tropical places. His covers and originals are influenced by the early 70’s singer/songwriter movement. Jimi also picks classic rock gems and gives them his acoustic treatment.

Jimi has six original music CDs: New Jersey Pops, Tropical Salvage, This Trip, Hello, Mr. Sunshine, I Like to Dream and celebrating his newest release – Acoustic Waves. His song Watermelons, and album Hello, Mr. Sunshine were voted #1 in the troprock listener polls at Beachfront His four TRMA Music Awards include -Horizon Award 2012,- Song of the Year in ” Parrotheads Together We Fly” in 2014 and also Musician of the Year awards 2013 and 2014.

Jimi has performed live worldwide, spanning all 50 states, Canada, Japan, Australia, Brazil and more. They included solo shows and world tours as drummer for Chubby Checker, portraying John Lennon and Ringo in Beatlemania, and an over 10 year run at Walt Disney World’s EPCOT. He has worked and shared the stage with Coral Reefers, Doyle Grisham, The Lovin Spoonful, Little Richard, Dick Clark, Steppenwolf, Meatloaf, Peter Noone, Jerry Jeff Walker, John Frinzi, and John Patti, to name just a few.

Jimi leads his Beatles Tribute Show BeatleBeat, working in studio sessions and live with many acts! He currently enjoys performing over 200 dates a year, including solo acoustic shows throughout Florida, at venues like Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville Café at Universal Studios Orlando, and at music festivals and Parrothead events nationwide.

He also performs as a duo “The JPs” with Steelpan artist John Patti, touring as lead guitarist in Tom Becker’s John Denver Tribute and his latest Dueling Pianos Extravaganza show.

Johnny Doo

Reggie Starrett

Singer/song writer/ musician, Reggie Starrett a 2019 Peoples Choice Award winner, 2019 TRMA Male Vocalist of the year nominee and a 2017 and 2018 TRMA Song of the Year Award writer. Reggie is flying, solo or with his band, nationally and internationally. Relentlessly touring. Reggie rounded out 2021 performing over 180 shows all over the US, and 2022 looks to be even bigger.

Reggie performs an incredibly wide variety of music, from classic rock , to today’s hit country, reggae, to his National and Globally acclaimed original songs.

The 2022 “Coming in Hot” tour kicks off on Bourbon Street in New Orleans January 15th, at the world famous Tropical Isle , and continues through December. Covering the US once again. From the Florida Keys, to the mid-west, South Carolina to California. Be sure to check the tour schedule page for complete and up to the minute, tour dates and information.

Reggie has opened for a diverse group of nationally known artists.
From, The Spin Doctor’s , Alan Jackson, Travis Tritt , Vern Gosdin, The Bellamy Brothers, Chairmen of the Board, Chuck Berry, Indigo Girls, Buckwheat Zydeco, Black Crows, The Tams, Fog Hat, The Drifters, Carolina Soul Band, T. Graham Brown , to, Little Texas, Ty Herndon , David Allen Coe and Shenandoah .

Coming from a , wide range musical influences, and a solid back-ground of performing to thousands all over the world., there is truly plenty to enjoy at all his shows.

Tall Paul and Kristie

Paul & Kristie call Nashville home. in fact, Kristie is a 6th generation Nashvillian.
Onstage they are an engaging and passionate duo. Having the ability to completely Rock in their back pocket allows these two to deliver a poignant ballad just before raising the roof. Paul’s guitar style compliments Kristie’s sultry vocals while their harmony blend conveys their years of performing together.

Bryton Stoll

The Landlocked Sailor

Some of my favorite memories are of sitting around a campfire on a beach in Kansas while my dad played the guitar and sang. The moonlight, the stars, and the fire all danced together on the water, while the rest of us danced on the sand.

There was some country, a little classic rock, and a whole lot of Jimmy Buffett. Years later, when I picked up my own guitar, I could feel all those influences come through me in the music I played and the stories I told.

Whether it’s a song about life, love, or the lack of, I want to take listeners to their own place where worries fade and solutions become more clear. I may not be able to make problems disappear, but as the Landlocked Sailor I do know how to find a beach, even in the middle of Kansas!

Mark Mireles

Trop Rockin’ Magazines 2019 People’s Choice Award – Musician Of The Year!

Heather Vidal

Heather Vidal has evolved into a singer/songwriter who has spent the past 25 years performing with an acoustic duo called Copper Sky.  At the same time she has been a collaborator with several musicians in the TropRock genre including Dennis McCaughey, who opened doors to the Parrot Head community fundraisers and house concerts which are held all over the country.

With these wonderful connections, she is now branching out on her own at the ripe old age of… She writes her own music as well as interprets almost any genre of song.  Heather’s keen sense of melody and timing allows her to share a unique interpretation of a writer’s material while honoring the artist’s message.

Heather travels extensively during the year performing throughout the mid-Atlantic region, Ireland, Colorado, and Key West. She connects with people everywhere she goes with the help of her soulful voice and legitimate guitar playing.  She has become a regular “house concert” performer throughout the U.S. which allows her to share her time and music with friends in a more personal and meaningful setting.

Heather’s latest album entitled “Back Home” is dedicated to her cousin Jackie Elliott who lost her battle with breast cancer in May 2019.  Jackie, a hospice nurse,  became an inspiration to many because of her bravery and willingness to write about her experiences while living and dying with the disease.   Jackie was an advocate for change, particularly in our medical community, which struggles to grasp a healthy perspective of the part of life we call death.  

Being said, the album is intended to be upbeat yet address personal stories that confront adversity and angst.  The music is soulful, thought provoking, and clever.

Christopher Dale

Singer/Songwriter – Americana/Pop/Rock

“Christopher Dale writes convincing lyrics that are then sung in one of music’s most beautiful voices. This man’s got acoustic soul.” 
– Caley Cook, City Beat 

When you’ve pulled a Playboy magazine out of your backpack for kindergarten “show & tell” and spent many a high school weekend partying south of the border, in the bars of Tijuana, you have stories to tell. Christopher Dale is an older, bigger kid now who just finished a show with his mom and aunt next to him on stage, making free pancakes for everyone on a flat iron grill. His songs make you sing, dance, laugh, cry – remember, and his shows are all over the place.

Spawned from San Diego’s premier singer/songwriter venue Java Joe’s with the likes of Jewel and Jason Mraz. Described as McCartney & John Mayer meet Neil Young & Tom Petty at a Jimmy Buffet concert, Christopher Dale mixes his many influences together to form one uniquely engaging artist. The consummate traveling troubadour, he captures your attention with his honesty, heart, and fun-loving energy. Catchy songwriting and a remarkable vocal range coupled with candid storytelling and an unparalleled devotion to entertain the audience makes each C. Dale live performance a memory that sticks to you like Super Glue!

“Christopher Dale, is an enormously gifted songwriter who has the ability to translate something profound while singing about ordinary stuff. And, often with a sense of humor and fun.” – Chuck Schiele, Table Hopping CNY

Several early-career venue residencies, critically acclaimed CD releases, 11-career San Diego Music Award nominations, and the desire to support his community’s needs, have made him a local favorite. Movie/TV placements and relentless touring have pushed him beyond his homegrown boundaries and into the hearts of music lovers worldwide. One female fan from Ohio who went as far as riding a unicycle two miles, in rush hour traffic, to the station of the #1 morning radio show San Diego and hijacked an hour of live airtime plugging the music of her favorite singer/songwriter made him infamous!

Realizing the important role music played in his own childhood, Dale strives to reach children and share with them the same gift. At home, and on the road, he periodically visits local elementary schools to play his acoustic guitar and sing in the classroom. The desire to help kids and to support his community also keeps him involved with various charitable events, as well as a dedicated fundraiser/ambassador for Smile Train, a global organization that provides 100%-Free, cleft surgeries to children in need

Bob Banerjee

A native of Calcutta, India, Bob came to the US at a young age. He chose to learn violin in 5th grade because it was the lightest instrument to carry – and he could annoy almost anyone when he played it. His musical legend grew as he outgrew 20 years of classical violin to go to the “dark side” of playing improvisational performances in country, bluegrass, folk, reggae, jazz, rock, and Celtic

Jim Asbell & the Tropiholics

Atlanta-based Jim Asbell & The Tropiholics are a national band ready for any show-big or small.

John Patti

From Singapore to Key West, Manhattan to the Caribbean, crowds of all ages and nationalities have seen John Patti bring the steel pan to the forefront of musical entertainment. Whether in a solo performance or collaboration with bands, John’s intriguing stories and skillful performance leaves long lasting and memorable impressions with any audience.

With a true artist like John tapping the mallets, the pans take on a new life of melodies and styles. His ability to blend Latin percussion and steel drums into various genres creates a refreshing twist on popular hit songs and an exhilarating performance guaranteed to get anyone dancing in their seat.

Originating from Baltimore, Patti ‘s musical journey started early on as he played his first set of drums at age three and continued to learn drums and percussion through elementary and middle school music programs. By ten, he came across his first set of steel pans and quickly started experimenting with the instrument and teaching himself by ear.  By age 11, John was publicly performing across the state of Maryland and into the Mid-Atlantic region for special events.

John initially studied music at West Virginia University before pursuing business at the University of Maryland, where he graduated with two degrees in marketing and logistics. He continued to pursue his musical passion and after graduation, performed across the world on luxury cruise ships where he learned the art of production, entertainment and how to craft a captivating show.

In 2005, John entered the studio to start his first solo album Above the Fold, which was released in 2006 as his first take on island jazz. John’s latest releases Cabana Breeze (2010) and A Calyp-Soul Christmas (2012) are classic examples of John’s  “Island infused jazz and blues” sound.  Many songs from both albums can be heard daily on Sirius/XM Radio’s “Radio Margaritaville”.

Over the years, John’s popularity has grown across the nation for his unique take on the steel pan. John’s expressively smooth sound elevates the steel pan from its perceived impression as just an island instrument to one of versatility across many musical genres.  Rock, jazz, blues, country, funk and even classical are all rejuvenated when John combines them with the tropical sound.

Throughout his career, John has had the privilege to collaborate, record and share stages with artists such as steel drum masters Robert Greenidge, Ray Holman and Andy Narell, guitar innovator and legend Les Paul, country star Jerry Jeff Walker, Grammy nominated singer Nadirah Shakoor, Michael Utley and CMA finalist for “Instrumentalist of the Year” Doyle Grisham.

In the coming years, John looks to continue his success in expanding his “island infused jazz and blues” sound into theaters, festivals and concert venues across the country and eventually throughout the world.

Brad Brewer

Brad Brewer- Musical Mercenary, sax-toting hitman!

Rebel Railroad

Jim Hoehn

Jim Hoehn is a career journalist/author/songwriter who has carved out a surprisingly successful niche as a performing songwriter since first stumbling out of the pressbox with a guitar.

JH-JBurns_resized.jpgDuring his journalism career – much of it spent as a sportswriter – Hoehn has covered everything from plane crashes to murder trials to the Super Bowl and the Hong Kong 7s rugby tournament.

As a source of family editorial pride, he’s also the guy who broke the Jeffrey Dahmer story for the National Enquirer.

He has taught sports journalism at the university level and also teaches Rock Music-Roots and History at Carroll University.

His latest release is the aptly titled “Collection Notice,” a selection of 15 original songs from his four previous recordings, “Silhouette of a Fool,” “Royalty Check Hotel,” “Deadline Penitentiary,” and “Playa del Pressbox.”

Cuts off each of the records received considerable airplay on Americana, folk and alt-country shows in the U.S., Europe and Australia. “Silhouette of a Fool” earned a spot on the Freeform Americana chart.

Since winning a songwriting contest and making his first public appearance at Milwaukee’s Summerfest – the world’s largest music festival – Hoehn has maintained a time-available selection of club dates, house concerts, theater shows and festivals across the country.

KF_2685_resized.jpgHoehn has opened for a veritable who’s who of American songwriters, including Rodney Crowell, Jerry Jeff Walker, Robert Earl Keen, Roger McGuinn, Todd Snider, Sonny Landreth, Don Williams, Phil Vassar, Reckless Kelly, Nicki Bluhm and the Gramblers, Mac McAnally, James McMurtry and many others – including a couple memorable nights with Kinky Friedman.

His songwriting has led to performances at prestigious music festivals in Texas and Oklahoma hosted by the likes of Gary P. Nunn and Larry Joe Taylor, and an appearance on the Mitch Albom national TV show.

He has appeared at numerous Trop-Rock music events such as the annual Meeting of the Minds in Key West, Fla.; Pardi-Gras in New Orleans; and Phins to the West in Laughlin, Nev.

Two of his recordings, “Royalty Check Hotel” and “Deadline Penitentiary” were recorded in Texas with the help of some of Austin’s finest musicians, including guitarist/producer John Inmon, who for many years was the lead guitarist for Jerry Jeff Walker as a member of the Lost Gonzo Band.

“Silhouette of a Fool” was recorded in Milwaukee under the guidance of John Sieger, founder of Semi-Twang and co-founder of the iconic R&B Cadets (with Paul Cebar).

JH_Alpine_Valley_2011_resized.jpgHis ode to escaping cubicle life, “Callin’ In Gone,” was a finalist for Trop Rock song of the Year; has been recorded by beach circuit favorites, The Boat Drunks, and is a setlist staple for several bands and performers across the country.

For six years, Hoehn also the script for and hosted the Trop-Rock Music Association awards show in Key West, Fla.

Hoehn also is the author of the award-winning book, “The Father’s Guide to Birth, Babies and Loud Children,” and a book on the history of the WNBA, released in 2020.

As time allows, he can still be found in the pressbox and on the sidelines covering professional and major college sports for the likes of AP,, and many other newspapers, magazines and websites.

Paul Roush

Isabella Stefania

In the life of country singer/songwriter, Isabella Stefania there is never a dull moment and that’s just the way she likes it. Though she’s grown up on the outskirts of the “Windy City”, Chicago, Illinois, Isabella is a country girl at heart. She’s got a taste for adventure that draws her to the great outdoors but, whether she’s riding ATV’s with family and friends, scuba diving the beautiful green waters of the Caribbean or watching a beautiful sunset the one constant is her music.​​​​
Her sound, an original blend she’s dubbed “Island-Country”, not only conveys her music style but exemplifies the natural beauty and easy going spirit that is Isabella. Though she’s just getting started, her rapidly growing fan base indicates great promise for the future. Her original song, co-written and produce by Doug Kahan, “Love’s Not Like That” is receiving great reviews and leaving her fans begging for more. 
Isabella’s love for performance began as a toddler. As a dancer, she felt at home on stage and also experienced the joy and excitement of pleasing her audience. Isabella worked diligently and became very accomplished as a dancer and later as a volleyball player. Sadly, an injury all but ended her days of dancing and volleyball but, her love of music was there to fill the void. 
Isabella focused her attention on learning guitar, writing and improving her vocals. Her hard work paid off when a family friend referred her to Bernard Porter, Founder and President of PCG Universal in Nashville, Tennessee. Porter invited her to attend PCG’s annual summer bootcamp so she and her biggest fans, her parents, made the trip to Nashville. Porter witnessed Isabella’s talent firsthand and was eager to begin molding this incredible piece of clay. Isabella was invited to attend the elite development program at PCG as an emerging artist and so began the process of uncovering her underlying potential. “She’s exactly what we look for in an artist, the whole package, truly talented. Her sound is really refreshing and new. She’s got a great voice, strong writing potential, a hard worker and she’s beautiful inside and out. Isabella is a pleasure to work with and I know she’s got what it takes to achieve great success in this industry,” comments Porter. Isabella began working with Porter and his team of coaches and providers in 2016 and her progress has been remarkable. Having earned the privilege, she recorded her first single, as well as, her first music video, directed by award-winning film directors, Michael Stryker and Josh Stever for “Love’s Not Like That” and continues to develop her skills as a singer/songwriter with monthly trips to Nashville and performing every chance she gets.
No one knows what the future holds but, one thing is certain, Isabella’s love and skill for making music will continue growing With that, her desire for more adventures and the ability to help make the world a better place will be fulfilled. As she likes to say, “Life is not meant to be lived in one spot. Ships in the harbor are safe but, that isn’t what ships are made for.” With her undeniable talent, strong work ethic, natural beauty, unwavering passion and a fresh, new sound all her own, Isabella Stefania is sailing for uncharted territory…wind in her hair, sun on her face, songs dancing in her head like stars on the water. 
Isabella would like her music to influence all ages whether it’s a feel-good sing-along tune or one that speaks to the heart of her beliefs. Her devotion is to being authentic and true to herself and being a positive role model for young women. 
Whether she’s deep beneath the waters of the Caribbean or riding  cross-country on a Harley one thing is for certain, there’ll be a song taking shape in her head and we’ll soon be singing along to another easy-going country classic.

Pirates, Guitars and Beachfront Bars

Inspired by  the beaches of the Caribbean Sea, Pirates, Guitars & Beachfront Bars is the brainchild of singer songwriter James Edward Johnson.  The self proclaimed “Island Addict” set out to write a 3 song tribute to the islands way of life.  It quickly grew to 12 and a full-on album project was born. 

After enlisting the help of long time friends Dave, Mark and Jack,  the PGBB band set out to create a rock sound that incorporated the classic rock elements of artists like The Stones, The Police and Huey Lewis with the tropical colorings of artists like Bob Marley, Shaggy, Jimmy Buffett and Kenny Chesney.  The result is a fun, energetic and world themed party album from head to tail.  A perfect addition to any  “Fun In The Sun”  playlist.

Since the albums release,  Pirates, Guitars & Beachfront Bars has receive airplay all over the world and has been a strong seller on iTunes.  Approximately 10,000 physical copies were distributed throughout the US, Canada and Australia.  Several songs from the album can be heard on terrestrial and internet stations.  

In the spring of 2015, Jim brought the sound of Pirates, Guitars & Beachfront Bars to the live venue stage with Peter Stork on Bass, Steve Haglund on Drums and Chris Frankman on Lead Guitar.  One of the highlights of a PGBB show is the famous PGBB Shot Ski.  Members of the audience are invited to be a part of the show by enlisting 4 friends to enjoy a group shot right up on the pirate stage.   Also, look for the second CD titled “In Deep” in late 2018.

Donny Brewer

Donny Brewer is a 13-time Trop Rock Music Association Award winner including the 2018 TRMA Entertainer of the Year. He is one of the most in-demand solo artists in the genre and delights audiences with his musical talents.  A multi-instrumentalist (guitar, bass, keyboard, percussion), he has 30 years of experience as a musician, songwriter & engineer.  Audiences love Donny Brewer & Donny loves them right back!

Sunny Jim

Sunny Jim is a 16-time Trop Rock Music Association Award-winner who has a loyal following across the U.S. and the Caribbean with his original music and laidback style. His original songs are about love, life and the people who embrace both.  He has been a regular on Jimmy Buffett’s Radio Margaritaville since 1998.  Sunny Jim’s music is distributed by his own publishing company Laidback Lane Productions, Inc.

Thom & Coley Shepherd

Thom Shepherd is the writer of two number one country songs Riding with Private Malone & Redneck Yacht Club.  A previous Trop Rock Music Association Award winner, he is deeply respected in the genre for his incredible songwriting talent.  Thom has performed 9 different tours (performing in 19 countries) for our military personnel.  Coley McCabe is a platinum-selling songwriter who hails from West Virginia.  She has performed numerous times on the Grand Ole Opry.  Her writing credits include the award-winning group SheDaisy and the legendary Loretta Lynn.   Thom & Coley and their dog Odie the Roadie travel the world telling their stories and singing their songs that make people laugh and cry.      

Click on the audio bar to hear a music clip from Thom & Coley!  

Boat Drunks

From Champaign, Illinois and now entering their eighteenth year as a group, The Boat Drunks are the 2017 Trop Rock Music Association Band of the Year.  They have performed from coast to coast with nearly every member of Jimmy Buffett’s Coral Reefer Band and have opened shows for Jimmy Buffett, The Beach Boys, and Little Feat.  Their set includes many fan-favorite Buffett hits, original music from their six studio albums and many other wide-ranging covers. The Boat Drunks perform at parrot head festivals across the country and their original music is heard on Jimmy Buffett’s Radio Margaritaville, Sirius/XM Channel 24.

Click on the audio bar to hear a music clip from The Boat Drunks!  

Drop Dead Dangerous

Drop Dead Dangerous, the collaboration of Kitty Steadman & Melanie Howe (2018 TRMA Musician of the Year) is an emerging musical force.  They have toured & performed across the continental United States, Mexico & the Caribbean Islands since 2015.  Their first album – Drop Dead Live is one of the fastest-selling albums in trop rock history.  Currently, they are working on their much anticipated second album release.  They will perform at the Surf in a full band arrangement which also features JD Edge (2017 TRMA Musician of the Year), Paul Wray & Larry Dunsmore.     

Click on the audio bar to hear a music clip from Drop Dead Dangerous!  

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