ENTERTAINMENT [subject to change]

Howard Livingston
& the Mile Marker 24 Band

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.
      In addition to Howard’s music being used in numerous TV and movie productions, he has appeared on The Today Show, Good Morning America, The Early Show, The Travel Channel, The Weather Channel, and on Discovery/Destination America network where he penned the theme song for their series, “Buying The Beach.”
     Howard’s song “Magic In Key West” was also named the official song for the 500th anniversary of Ponce de Leon discovering Florida and his music video was placed in the State Of Florida time capsule to be opened in a future celebration.

Donny Brewer and the
Dock Rockers

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!
     Congratulations DONNY BREWER--2017 Trop Rock Music Awards recipient for Male Vocalist of the Year, Entertainer of the Year, Album of the Year ("Winnebago Tapes, Vol 1"), Song of the Year ("Rum and Somethin'" with Reggie Starrett), Songwriter of the Year and "I Can" Award!

Drop Dead Dangerous

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.
     Vocalist and guitar player, Kitty Steadman, is arguably the most powerful female vocalist the southern rock and country-music landscape has heard. Melanie Howe, commonly known as "The Djembabe," effortlessly fills the pocket with groove. Her wild drum kit and percussion rig leave audiences saying "How in the Hell can she do all of that?!" and garnered Melanie a nomination for Musician of the Year at the 2017 Trop Rock Music Awards.
      Blending with "sister-like" harmonies, Drop Dead Dangerous released their first album, "Drop Dead LIVE" including regular band mates JD Edge and Paul Wray. You can catch them in night clubs, festivals, beach bars, and honky tonks; traveling thousands of miles with their "ready to party" attitude. 


ALLEN "FRANKENDREAD"
HOLLAND

Allen “Frankendread” Holland is an accomplished Caribbean performer, whose energetic performance brings a smile to all those within earshot. Through his inexhaustible performance schedule, Frankendread’s mission of presenting island music anytime, anywhere, to everyone has been well-served.
     Since starting a career in island music in 1989 as a touring reggae drummer, lead vocalist, keyboardist and bandleader in Atlanta, Frankendread’s performances have spanned 17 countries and 43 states. During the years 1992, 1993, and 1994 he was named a “Caribbean Vocalist of the Year.” In 2001, he added steel pan to his arsenal and in 2002 performed an impressive 403 times in 365 days between Memphis, Atlanta, Rochester, Toronto, Albuquerque, St. Louis, Detroit, and Chicago. 
     With Frankendread, vacation comes to you as you’ll enjoy the islands with a stellar mix of calypso, soca, steel pan, and one of the best Bob Marley tributes outside of Jamaica.
     The picture is clear—‘dis mon bring da island music!

John
Frinzi

A gifted singer and songwriter, skillful on both guitar and piano, John Frinzi has built an audience through craft and originality.
     An early demo caught the ear of legendary steel guitarist and longtime Coral Reefer Band member Doyle Grisham, and their working relationship led to John's first CD, “Into the Dawn.” His second album, “Shoreline,” showcases Frinzi's versatility as a songwriter and vocalist with many of the songs co-written by Tom Corcoran, co-writer of the Jimmy Buffett classics, “Fins,” and “Cuban Crime of Passion.”
     Both CDs remain in regular rotation on Sirius/XM’s Radio Margaritaville.
     Most recently, John teamed up with multi-platinum songwriter and producer Aaron Scherz on their song "Summer Sun" which, in addition to being a fan favorite on XM, will be included on his forthcoming album to be released this year.
     A seasoned live performer, Frinzi has toured nationally playing over 250 dates a year and has been featured at major festivals including The Keith Sykes Songwriter’s Celebration, BMI's Key West Songwriter’s Festival, Pensacola Beach Songwriter’s Fest and has shared the stage with acclaimed artists including Jesse Winchester, Mac McAnally, Todd Snider and Will Kimbrough.

 

Doyle
Grisham

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.
     Although noted for his mastery of the steel guitar, Doyle is equally at home with an electric guitar, dobro or bass guitar in his hands, having influenced many up and coming musicians along the way!

Matt
Hoggatt

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
     Matt tours nationally as a performing artist and radio host on Radio Margaritaville Sirius XM.
     Matt refers to his music as “Americana-comedy, trop-rock-country, folk-rap, mainstream-music-protest-songs.”


ROGER
JOKELA

Singer/Songwriter Roger Jokela is a Wisconsin native and a veteran of the Nashville music scene who has made the move to the Florida Keys to continue his musical journey.
     Influenced by songwriters such as John Prine, Jerry Jeff Walker, Todd Snider, Bob Wills, Lyle Lovett and Jimmy Buffett, Roger's music is a blend of country, trop rock and western swing that will keep your foot tapping and your face smiling!


CAPTAIN
JOSH

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.
     Captain Josh is also a licensed boat captain and will amuse you with his colorful lyrics and salty tales of life on the water.
     Originally from Long Island, Captain Josh has lived in Florida for over 41 years and has quickly made a name for himself in The Keys music scene.
     Captain Josh currently has 3 CD's on iTunes including "If I Had a Hammock" and "Whitecaps and Nitecaps."

 

 

Don
Middlebrook

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.
     With more than 16 albums to his credit and a four-year extensive tour with Greg ‘Fingers’ Taylor, Jimmy Buffett’s harmonica player of twenty-six years, Don Middlebrook is a name that is well-recognized in the Trop Rock world.
     Middlebrook’s work has been featured in Showtime movies and on the Discover Channel. He has warmed up the crowd before many nationally-acclaimed acts such as Reba McEntire, The Doobie Brothers, Hall and Oats, Jefferson Starship, Meatloaf, and Lynyrd Skynyrd.
     Middlebrook has been honored to receive three TRMA awards; "Songwriter of the Year," voted by a panel of his peers; the Trop Rock Music Association "Album of the Year" Award for “Songs from Talespin Bay;” and the "I Can" Award for charitable work with Trop Rock music. His latest album, "Guitar Island," was also nominated for Album of the Year at the 2017 Trop Rock Music Awards.

JIMI
PAPPAS

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.
     Jimi has five original music CDs: "New Jersey Pops," "Tropical Salvage," "This Trip," "Hello, Mr. Sunshine," and celebrating his new release, "I like to Dream." His song "Watermelons" and album "Hello, Mr. Sunshine" were voted #1 in the top of the Trop Rock listener polls at beachfront radio.com. Jimi has also been nominated numerous times for various Trop Rock Music Awards.
     Jimi has performed live worldwide spanning all 50 states, Canada, Japan, Australia, Brazil and more, which included solo shows and world tours as drummer for Chubby Checker, portraying John Lennon and Ringo Starr in Beatlemania, and a 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, John Patti, to name just a few.
     Jimi is still active as a drummer, touring with The Big Bamboo Band, for which he was nominated Musician of the Year at the 2017 Trop Rock Music Awards, working in studio sessions and with his Beatle tribute band “BeatleBeat.” He currently enjoys playing solo acoustic shows throughout Florida, including Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville CafĂ© at Universal Studios Orlando, and at music festivals and Parrothead events nationwide.

 

 

Aaron
Scherz

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.
     His most successful example of this is the hot duo, Maddie & Tae on BMLG/Universal/Dot Records. He is the co-writer and co-producer of their platinum selling, Billboard #1 smash, “Girl In A Country Song,” as well as a co-writer on six songs on the duo’s debut album.
     His co-written song, “Boy Gets A Truck,” is featured on Keith Urban’s Grammy nominated and certified platinum album, Ripcord. Other artists such as Reba McEntire, Jennifer Nettles, Jana Kramer, Tracy Lawrence have also recorded his songs.
     A seasoned rum drinker with a music problem, his “spirited” tune, “ItAllStartsToRumTogether,” has received airplay throughout the Florida Keys and the Virgin Islands. For the past few years Aaron has shared the stage with Margaritaville Radio favorite, John Frinzi, as well Jimmy Buffett’s legendary Coral Reefer Band and is a repeat performer at the Meeting Of The Minds in Key West, Florida.
     He currently writes for Liv Write Play Music in Nashville, Tennessee.

THE
SHANTY
HOUNDS

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.
     DANI HOY is originally from Baltimore, MD, and moved from York, PA, to Key West, FL in 2013. She started writing music in 2011 and has put out three CDs of original material, "TropiGal," "Songs of Love & the Ocean," and "At the End of a Long Road." Her unique singing style brought a nomination for Female Vocalist of the Year at the 2017 Trop Rock Music Awards.


Keith
Sykes

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.
     It’s pretty perfect that such a rambling tale should be at the start of Keith’s own rambling tale–in the more than 40 years that followed, he would become a troubadour and storyteller, a massively successful songwriter with more than 100 songs recorded by artists as diverse as Rosanne Cash and George Thorogood, selling more than 25 million copies worldwide
     He would tour every corner of America and play in just about every conceivable kind of venue, appear on Saturday Night Live and Austin City Limits, and host songwriter nights on Memphis’ legendary Beale Street with many of music’s most talented songwriters. He would join Jimmy Buffett’s Coral Reefer Band, tour the country and record the Volcano album–the title track which he co-wrote with Jimmy.
    
His latest album, "Songs from a Little Beach Town," was nominated for Album of the Year at the 2017 Trop Rock Music Awards.
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