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House Venue: Cheryl & Norm's Laughing Parrot Oasis

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House Venue: Ray's Happy Island

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House Venue: Casa Brown

We host live music mostly through Tropical Rock and Parrothead networks! Check our Parrot Heads of New Mexico page for events. Musicians hosted and played here include: Bob Karwin, Whale Shark – Eric Pietsch, Scott Kirby, Jerry Gontang, Thom Sheppard, Southern Drawl Band, Melanie Howe with Southern Drawl, Sunny Jim, Jim Morris, Donny Brewer, Mark…

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House Venue: Shake ‘n’ Bake

https://www.facebook.com/mangrovemandy/ We are a small house concert venue in Central Arkansas. It is our mission to provide an island style vibe and great time for traveling independent singer-songwriters sharing their stories and music as they journey across our great land. While we are not rich or fancy, we make up for it with great Southern…

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House Venue: Lakeside Lanai

Lakeside Lanai is a Trop Rock House Concert Venue at the private home of Connie Turner just outside New Braunfels, Texas, overlooking the Guadalupe River. Connie has been a Parrothead and follower of Trop Rock Music for a number of years. She and her partner, Scott Meeks, have decided to share the music and musicians…

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Little Key West

“Little Key West is a Key West inspired themed property built and designed for live music, parties and special events. My vision was not to duplicate Key West but to give you the vibe of Key West by noting popular landmarks and bars, places we all know and love when we visit Key West and…

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House Venue: Pirates Cove Music

Our backyard has been the hangout for local pirates & privateers for many years. In 2012 we discovered TropRock music and have been hosting house (yard) concerts ever since. We both retired in 2017 so we decided to get into hosting with a passion. Knowing many Trop Rockers (& Rockettes) we built a stage and…

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House Venue: Diablo Creek

Find out more at http://www.facebook.com/diablocreek Pablo and Diana Christ have been hosting house concerts since 2012 at The Sandbox on Anna Maria Island.  In 2013, The Sandbox was voted top house concert venue by the listeners of Beachfront Radio.  Three years in a row, they were nominated for top House Concert Venue for the TRMA…

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House Venue: Isla Bella

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House Venue: The Habitat

The Habitat is the private home of Ken and Heather Settlemyer who are passionate about the importance of nurturing both local plant and animal wildlife and independent musicians. The concept of the House Concert is to provide a venue where musicians can come to be heard by those whose primary intention is to listen rather…

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Buddy’s Backyard House Concerts

https://www.facebook.com/groups/623097798402005 If you are a fan of Jimmy Buffett and Key West, you’ve heard of Louie’s Backyard, this is our take on that concept. Enjoy live music in a friendly, laid back, relaxed outdoor venue on the beautiful Amite River Road in Baton Rouge.   There is room for more than 100 people on a 3000…

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House Venue: Casa Tortooga

https://www.facebook.com/CasaTortooga Casa Tortooga is a private home in Bonita, Calif. Our emphasis is on Trop Rock, Blues, Country/Americana and Folk.

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House Venue: Hawks Nest

Hawk’s Nest is a house concert venue located in north central Florida at the home of Robert and Marlo Dubé, just a few miles off the I-75 corridor in Ocala, known as the “Horse Capital of the World.”  Having grown in up south Florida and a Parrot Head before the term was coined, Robert fell…

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TRMA Trop Rock Music Awards

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Why the awards are important...

The Annual TRMA Trop Rock Awards provide an opportunity for our Association and it's members to recognize the outstanding artists, songwriters, fans, radio stations, venues and others who make this genre so great.

2021 Award Details

The 14th Annual TRMA Trop Rock Music Awards will be in Key West on November 5th, 2021 at They Key West Theater.

Final round voting ends September 30th at midnight EST. Individuals can still join the organization during this time and WILL get to vote. Only one vote allowed per TRMA member.

If you are not a current member of the Trop Rock Music Association, you can join and vote in the 2021 awards! https://troprock.org/get-involved/#generalmembership.

Winners will be announced at the awards show in Key West on November 5th.

 

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2021 TRMA Awards Final Ballot

Thank you for being a member of the TRMA and casting your vote for the 2021 Trop Rock Music Awards.

Final round voting ends September 30th at midnight EST. Individuals can still join the organization during this time and WILL get to vote. Only one vote allowed per TRMA member.

If you are not a current member of the Trop Rock Music Association, you can join and vote in the 2021 awards! https://troprock.org/get-involved/#generalmembership.

Winners will be announced at the awards show in Key West on November 5th.

Definition of Trop Rock Music: Tropical Rock (or Trop Rock) is a genre of popular music that incorporates elements of Rock and Roll, Country, Caribbean, Reggae or other musical genres to create a laid-back or “escapist” state of mind. Trop Rock may create its tropical or “island vibe” either with tropical or island-like instrumentation and production, or with beach, tropical or escapist lyrical themes, or both.

 

1. Male Vocalist

Awarded to the top vote getter for excellence in performing and recording by a trop rock male vocalist, including a male vocalist performing in a duo, trio or band, during the eligibility year.

  • Aaron Scherz
  • Donny Brewer
  • Joe Downing
  • Mike Nash
  • Ricky Lamb

2. Female Vocalist

Awarded to the top vote getter for excellence in performing and recording by a trop rock female vocalist, including a female vocalist performing in a duo, trio or band, during the eligibility year.

  • Aubrey Wollett
  • Erica Sunshine Lee
  • Heather Vidal
  • Coley McCabe
  • Robin Tricker

3. Duo/Trio

Awarded to the top vote getter for excellence in performing or recording as a trop rock duo or trio during the eligibility year.

  • The Detentions
  • Highway 1 Band
  • Thom & Coley
  • Tropicool
  • Paul Bobal & Kristie

4. Band
Awarded to the top vote getter for excellence in performing or recording as a trop rock band of four or more members during the eligibility year.

  • The Boat Drunks
  • The Dock Rockers (Donny Brewer)
  • Hannah's Reef (Jerry Diaz)
  • Johnny Russler & The Beach Bum Band
  • Trop Rock Junkies

5. Entertainer of the Year
Awarded to the top vote getting Trop Rock solo, duo, trio or band, for excellence in all aspects of entertaining, including live performance, recording, song writing, video and broadcast, during the eligibility year.

  • John McDonald
  • Donny Brewer
  • Jonas Lorence
  • Mike Nash
  • James "Sunny Jim" White

6. Album
Awarded to the top vote getting qualifying trop rock album, defined as an independent release of eight or more songs or 30 minutes of playing time, released during the eligible year, or in the 12 months preceding the eligibility year if the album was not on the final ballot in the preceding awards period. Awarded to Artist and Producer(s) (if the producer(s) is/are
other than artist).

  • Gulf Coast Happy Hour - Jonas Lorence Band (Jonas Lorence, Tim Casterline & Eric
    McKinney)
  • Islandology - John McDonald & The Mango Men (Rick Beresford & Kevin Kornicki)
  • My Jukebox at the Beach - Brent Burns (Dave Francis)
    Pretty Good, and You? - Ricky Lamb (David Smith & Ricky Lamb)
  • Songs From the Gulf - Joe Downing (Joe Downing & Nathan Smith)

7a. Song

Awarded to the Songwriter (listed in parenthesis). Given to the top vote getting qualifying trop rock song released during the eligible year, or in the 12 months preceding the eligibility year if the song was not on the final ballot in the preceding awards period. The song need not be part of a
qualifying album. This category is open to all artists, not only TRMA Academy members like other categories.

  • "Changed Man" - Ricky Lamb (Ricky Lamb)
  • "Low Key" - Aaron Scherz feat. Mike Nash (Aaron Scherz & Mike Nash)
  • "The Wave" - Donny Brewer (Donny Brewer & Eric Erdman)
  • "Rooftop Island" - John McDonald (John McDonald & Rick Beresford)
  • "The Color of Water" - Jack Mosley (Jack Mosley)

7b. Single
Awarded to artist and producer (listed in parenthesis), if other than the artist. Given to top vote getting qualifying trop rock recording released during the eligible year, or in the 12 months preceding the eligibility year if the recording was not on the final ballot in the preceding awards period. The
recording need not be part of a qualifying album. This category is open to all artists, not only TRMA Academy members like other categories.

  • "Costa Rica" - Jonas Lorence (Jonas Lorence, Tim Casterline & Eric McKinney)
  • "La La La Trop Rock" - Donny Brewer (Donny Brewer)
  • "Low Key" - Aaron Scherz feat. Mike Nash (Aaron Scherz)
  • "Let Your Pirate Out" - Jack Mosley (Dave Signs & Beth Travers)
  • "She Only Came for the Bongos" - John McDonald (Rick Beresford & Kevin Kornicki)

8. Music Video of the Year
Awarded to the top vote getting official artist-sanctioned music video for a qualifying trop rock song, which video was released during the eligible year, or in the 12 months preceding the eligibility year if the video was not on the
final ballot in the preceding awards period. The song need not have been released in the eligibility year. Awarded to Artist(s) and Video producer/director (in parenthesis).

  • "Beach Vibes" - Aubrey Wollett (Jeffrey Singer)
  • "Let Your Pirate Out" - Jack Mosley (Jack Mosley
  • "Single For Summer" - Erica Sunshine Lee (Erica Sunshine Lee & Joshua Mendez)
  • "I Need a Drink" - Jonas Lorence (Jonas Lorence)
  • "Too Much Beer in the Fridge" - Bryton Stoll (Bryton Stoll)
  • "Trop Rock Queen" - John McDonald (Dan Jones - Cocoa Beach Productions)

9. Best Album Art/Packaging
Awarded to the top vote getting trop rock album or EP cover art/design and packaging for an album or EP released during the eligibility year, or in the 12 months preceding the eligibility year for an album was not on the final ballot in the preceding awards year for Album of the Year or Best Art/Packaging. Awarded to artist and designer/artist (in parenthesis).

  • Gulf Coast Happy Hour - Jonas Lorence Band (Jonas Lorence)
  • Pretty Good, and You? - Ricky Lamb (Monica Babin Muil & Rob Davis)
  • Songs From the Gulf - Joe Downing (Jodi Foster)
  • Islandology - John McDonald (Dan Jones - Cocoa Beach Productions)
  • When the Aliens Came - Jack Mosley (Diane Wickes)

10. Horizon Award
Awarded to the top vote-getting Trop Rock solo, duo, trio, or band who shows the most promise for contributing to the Trop Rock genre through performance, songwriting and recording. Previous winners are not eligible.

  • John McDonald
  • Aubrey Wollett
  • Bryton Stoll
  • Jonas Lorence
  • Aaron Scherz
  • Joe Downing

11. Musician
Awarded to the top vote getting trop rock musicians for outstanding musicianship, intended to recognize band members, or musicians for excellence in performing and/or recording in support of trop rock artists during the eligibility year.

  • John Patti (steel pans)
  • Johnny Doolittle (bass guitar)
  • John Beck (steel pans)
  • Mark Mireles (steel pans)
  • Steve Way (percussion)
  • Dale Cinski (guitar)
  • Rob Davis (guitar)

12. Songwriter
Awarded to the top vote getter for excellence in trop rock songwriting.

  • John McDonald
  • Jack Mosley
  • Eric Erdman
  • Donny Brewer
  • Thom Shepherd
  • Aaron Scherz

13. Radio Station
Awarded to a radio station for excellence in trop rock radio broadcasting during the eligibility year.

  • Palapa Mac Radio
  • Shore Life Radio
  • TikiPod Radio
  • Songwriter's Island Radio
  • Radio Trop Rock

14. Radio Program
There are two Radio Program categories on the ballot - "live" and "recorded". Please vote for one show in each category.

Radio Program - Live

  • "Trop Rockin' The USA" - Eric & Gina Babin
  • "Island Time Radio Show" - Dennis King & DKtheDJ
  • "The Beach Bars and Guitars Show" - Johnny Russler
  • "Tropical Play with DK" - Dennis King
  • "Crookid Parrot Island Radio Show" - Eric Babin

Radio Program - Recorded

  • "4 & 4 With Gina" - Gina Babin
  • "The Beach Bar Piano Show" - Dave Feeman & Maria Sunsaet
  • "Happy Hour 2.0" - Greg Dumas
  • "Millie's Beach Brunch Show" - Millie Marie Taylor
  • "Storylines" - Paul Roush

15. Live Music Venue
Awarded to the top vote getting venue for outstanding presentation of live trop rock music during the eligibility year.

  • Nav-A-Gator Bar & Grill - Lake Suzy, FL
  • Smokin' Tuna Saloon - Key West, FL
  • T-Bone Tom's - Kemah, TX
  • Paradise Grille - Pass-A-Grille, FL
  • Whiskey Joe's - Tampa, FL

16. House Concert Venue
Small & Large Awarded to the top vote getter for outstanding house concert venue - small and large, based on annual attendance with the threshold to be determined annually at the discretion of the Awards committee. Awarded to the host/hostesses of non-profit concert-style home-based venues featuring Trop Rock artists.

House Concert - SMALL:

  • Isla Bella - Fred & Sara Guererro
  • Harbour Hill - Glenn & Kellie Atwell
  • Mango Republic - Ron Mead & Carla Hughes
  • The Hangout - Colleen & Mark Fuchs
  • Hi-Lites Tiki Bar - Jason Leichtman & Shana High

House Concert - LARGE:

  • Casa Tortooga - Kevin & Tish Disston
  • The Habitat - Ken & Heather Settlemyer
  • Port of Indecision - Dan & Sharon Mueller
  • The Yard - Mark & Sharon Leverett
  • Buddy's Backyard - Buddy Roussel
  • Little Key West - Nick Cartos

17. Event of the Year
Small & Large Awarded to the top vote getters for outstanding events, small and large, featuring multiple trop rock artists. Meeting of the Minds is excluded from this category because it is a National Convention. Small and
large categories based on total registration, with the threshold to be determined annually at the discretion of the awards committee.

Event - SMALL:

  • A1A Beach Bash - St. Augustine Beach, FL
  • Lone Star Luau - Marble Falls, TX
  • Trop Rockin' The Ozarks - Lake of the Ozarks, MO
  • Karavan to the Keys - TX to FL
  • Riddles in the Sand - Galveston, TX

Event - LARGE:

  • Music on the Bay - Tampa, FL
  • Pardi Gras - New Orleans, LA

18. Music Business Professional of the Year
Awarded to the top vote getter for outstanding performance as a music business professional during the eligibility year. Eligible music business professionals include: operators or executives of independent record companies, music publishing companies and media companies; journalists; booking agents and managers; concert promoters; producers of music, broadcast or film; legal and accounting professionals, etc. Nominees and winners are selected by TRMA academy members and will be announced at
the awards show.

19. Fan of the Year
This award recognizes a Trop Rock "fan" for their support and promotion of Trop Rock music. It is meant for an individual/couple and not a group. Previous winners are NOT eligible.

  • Bob Whiteacre
  • Tom Klinker & Nancy Martin
  • Dave Spenny
  • Glenn & Kellie Atwell
  • Linda Robb
  • Pege Wright
  • Robert & Donna Beem
  • Sheila Jorgerson
  • Trish Carney

 

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All Paths Lead to Trop Rock!

Check Out These Opportunities to Listen to Trop Rock

Radio Stations

The best place to hear a variety of Trop Rock music is to check out many of the wonderful radio stations that play the music and support our genre's artists. Click here to check them out!

 

Music Venues

There are many live music venues across the US that support live Trop Rock music. From house concert venues to bars and restaurants, check out our list of venues that support our artists by clicking here!

Annual Festivals Events

Want to check out many Trop Rock artists in one location? We have you covered. Throughout the year there are numerous Trop Rock music festivals at fabulous locations across the country and abroad. Click here to check some of them out. Don't wait long, they sell out fast!

Corporate Sponsors

The TRMA could not provide the support to the Trop Rock genre without the financial assistance from our membership and sponsors. We have a variety of sponsorship opportunities available. If you have a unique sponsorship need please reach out and discuss what we can do to help you tap into the Trop Rock lifestyle. Click here to learn more.