ENTERTAINMENT [subject to change]
Nominated for Entertainer of the Year and Band of the Year at the 2017 Trop Rock Music Awards, Howard’s prolific songwriting is evidenced by the release of seven studio albums and receiving more than 10 TRMA Music Awards.
Donny Brewer, Texas Trop Rock Troubadour, brings his award-winning music to life with his full band, the Dock Rockers. He's kept audiences entertained across the U.S. and beyond on the Winnebago Tour - now see what he can do with an electric guitar and a five piece tropical rockin' band!
Drop Dead Dangerous is a musical force. Two women who met touring independently, teamed up and are ready to take on the world. Since their start in autumn of 2015, they have toured and performed in front of the continental United States and Caribbean islands.
A gifted singer and songwriter, skillful on both guitar and piano, John Frinzi has built an audience through craft and originality.
Doyle Grisham has played on Jimmy Buffett albums for over 30 years, toured with him since 1999 and shows no signs of slowing down anytime soon. Not only has his steel guitar been heard on numerous Buffett tunes, but over the years you have heard his talent shine through on recordings by Randy Travis, Reba McIntire, Tompall & The Glaser Brothers, Kenny Rogers, Mel Tillis, George Jones, and Dr. Hook, just to name a few.
Matt Hoggatt is a Mississippi Gulf Coast native who caught the attention of Jimmy Buffett in 2012 leading to a record deal on Jimmy Buffett’s record label, Mailboat Records.
Trop Rock Music Association Award Winning Captain Josh brings his upbeat, interactive show to Meet Me in The Keys in Key West, Florida.
Captain Josh blends Trop Rock/Beach/Country/Pop and original music with a Gulf Coast songwriter flair into an energetic, ever-changing and always-entertaining show. His extensive music trivia and fun sing-a-longs keep you engaged and delighted.
Don Middlebrook is considered by many to be one of the founding fathers of Trop Rock music. For more than twenty-five years, he has blazed a trail of over 175 tour dates per year all across the United States. Middlebrook’s musical journey has taken him from Michigan to Key West, and from Ocean City, MD to Seattle, WA.
As a solo acoustic performer, Jimi provides a wonderful musical experience, with state of the art equipment and top notch musicianship. As a singer/songwriter his original tunes are a blend of Americana meets Pop and brings out his love of tropical places. His covers and originals are influenced by the early 70’s singer/songwriter movement. Jimi’s live sets bring you from the Beatles to Buffett. Known for his soulful renditions of James Taylor songs, Jimi also picks classic rock gems and gives them his acoustic treatment.
Making his 10th appearance at the BMI Songwriter’s Festival, Aaron Scherz follows in a long line of talented Texans who have made Nashville their adopted home. While Aaron’s work as a songwriter and producer continue to be discovered on a daily basis, it is his knack for discovering and developing young talent that has perhaps proven to be his most valuable asset.
KEY WEST CHRIS REHM is a musician and songwriter originally from New Jersey, coming to Key West by way of Miami. His CD "Shanghai'd and Marooned in Key West: Things Could Be Worse" is a mix of musical genres with the songs all influenced by his experiences in the Keys. Chris has been in the Key West Songwriters Festival six times and is published in Nashville by McClure & Trowbridge.
Once upon a time in the summer of 1967, Keith Sykes hitchhiked to the Newport Folk Festival where he saw Arlo Guthrie perform “Alice’s Restaurant.” He got a copy of the album, learned the whole song and sang it at a Holiday Inn in Charleston, South Carolina where they hired him on the spot for a regular gig playing music in the hotel.