Donny Brewer is a nine-time Trop Rock Music Association Award winner six of which were won at this year’s ceremony including being named the 2017 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!
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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.
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Led by the lead guitar player for Jimmy Buffett’s Coral Reefer Band, The Peter Mayer Group creates compelling & soulful music in an electrifying live performance. Mayer has toured with the Coral Reefers for the past 30 years and has shared the stage with James Taylor, Mac McAnally, Paul Simon, Ringo Starr, Glenn Fry, & Don Henley among many others. The Peter Mayer Group boasts between them an extensive performing and songwriting portfolio with experience in any number of styles from jazz to country to rock to classical.
With writing credits for over 25 songs that appear on Buffett’s albums & a catalog that includes 13 original albums, any time spent with The Peter Mayer Group is amazing!
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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 five studio albums and many other wide-ranging covers. The Boat Drunks perform at many parrot head festivals across the country and their original music is heard on Jimmy Buffett’s Radio Margaritaville, Sirius/XM Channel 24.
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Drop Dead Dangerous, the collaboration of Kitty Steadman & Melanie Howe (2017 TRMA Musician of the Year nominee) 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 Paul Wray & JD Edge (2017 TRMA Musician of the Year).
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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 song writing 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 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.
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The Southern Drawl Band is a seven-time Trop Rock Music Association (TRMA) award winner along with multiple other recognitions. Touring from coast to coast since 2012, SDB has performed with many major artists including Lynyrd Skynyrd, the Charlie Daniels Band, Jimmy Buffett, Brantley Gilbert, Justin Moore, Blackberry Smoke, & Pure Prairie League among others. Their music can be heard on major radio stations across the country and is part of the regular rotation on syndicated radio broadcasts including OutlawNation.com, Radio Margaritaville & The Highway.
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Brittany Kingery is the three-time Trop Rock Music Association Female Vocalist of the Year (2015, 2016 & 2017). A native of Washington state, she is completing a wildly successful run in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico where she is known as the Darling of Vallarta. Her award winning, original music has made her one of the hottest acts at Vallarta’s famous Act II Entertainment Stage where she regularly plays to sold out crowds. Her latest project – titled Hasten Down the Wind features the music of Linda Ronstadt which became the biggest selling show in Vallarta’s history when it premiered last spring.
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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. Frequently heard on Sirius/XM Radio’s Radio Margaritaville, John rejuvenates rock, jazz, blues, country, funk and even classical when he combines them with the tropical sound.
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Jimi Pappas creates original tunes with a blend of Americana meets pop that brings out his love of tropical places. He has performed live in all 50 states, Canada, Japan, Australia, Brazil & more including solo shows and world tours as drummer for Chubby Checker. He has shared the stage with Coral Reefers, Doyle Grisham, The Lovin Spoonful, Little Richard, Dick Clark, Steppenwolf, Meatloaf, Peter Noone, Jerry Jeff Walker to name just a few.
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Corned Beef & Curry is the outrageous Pub Band from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Known for their high energy and interactive stage shows, they play all genres of music and anchor their shows with Celtic/Irish tunes and Classic Rock. Hand-clapping, foot-stomping, beer-drinking fun! Featuring John McCann on vocals and guitar and Bob Banerjee on fiddle/mandolin/guitar and vocals, this group puts out far greater sound and performance energy than would be ever be expected from such a small group. Each performance is distinctive – each one, not to be missed!
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The Bamboozlers are Iowa’s hottest Trop Rock band! They combine the best of reggae, rock, ska, and more to create an incredible live performance! Founded in 2004, the Bamboozlers started off as the Cedar Island Band. The ten-year run of our first iteration involved playing 200+ gigs all over the country… bars, festivals, corporate luaus, parrot head gatherings, minor league baseball stadiums, & the Alpine Valley VIP club among many others. Their first album of original music – The Other Side of the Island is slated for release this summer.