Academy Member: Jimi Pappas

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 troprock listener polls at beachfront Jimi has also been nominated numerous times for various troprock 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 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 Jim Morris and The Big Bamboo Band, 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 Café at Universal Studios Orlando, and at music festivals and Parrothead events nationwide.

With over 30 years experience, and now focused on his solo acoustic shows, Jimi is perfect for wine events, corporate events, festivals, art shows, fairs and house concerts.

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