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Island Fever Showcase

Island Fever Showcase Where: Clear Lake, IA Date: September, 2020 Organizers: Isle of Iowa PHC< Bart Mason https://www.islandfevershowcase.com/

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Meeting of the Minds

Meeting of the Minds Where: Key West, FL Date: October Organizers: Parrotheads in Paradise Inc. https://www.phip.com/meeting   2019 Meeting of the Minds Dates October 30 – November 3, 2019 in Key West, Florida

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Phins to the West

Phins to the West Where: Mesquite, NV Date: June Organizers: Doug Murray phinstothewest.com

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Pirates and Poets Songwriters Invitational

Pirates and Poets Songwriters Invitational Where: Port Aransas, TX Date: February Organizers: Jon Burns http://www.piratesandpoets.net/porta.html  

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Summer Chi.ll

Summer Chi.ll Where: Chicago, IL Date: August Organizers: Chicago PHC https://www.summerchi-ill.com/  NON-STOP MUSIC & Entertainment OVER 4 AWESOME DAYS The Chicago Parrot Head Club and Cornerstone Services Inc are proud to present Summer CHI.ILL, a Trop-Rock festival that will start Thursday evening and continues until the last song ending on Sunday afternoon. There will be…

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Summer Solstice

Summer Solstice Where: Branson, MO Date: June Organizers: Rick Lamb http://www.phin-addicts.com/   Come join us at Summer Solstice Trop Rock Fest (SSTRF) on beautiful Table Rock Lake in Branson, MO at the Rock Lane Resort.

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Trop Rock River Phlock

Trop Rock River Phlock Where: Tulsa, OK Date: September Organizers: Tulsa Parrot Head Club, Cathy Boley https://www.facebook.com/events/1586330444785713/  

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Parrothead Phrenzy (Tallahassee, FL)

When: August https://www.facebook.com/events/205805633383968/ www.tallahasseeparrotheadclub.com The 15th Annual Parrothead Phrenzy is a concert benefit for Alzheimer’s Project, Inc. Dance to Florida’s Premier Jimmy Buffett Tribute Band, Jason Webb and the Caribbean Chillers, enjoy the Buffett Buffet, win at the Wino and I Know Wine Toss and find great deals at the Seaside Silent Auction. There are…

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Stars Fell on Alabama

Stars Fell on Alabama Where: Orange Beach, AL Date: March Organizers: Mobile & Biloxi PHC starsfellonalabama.org  

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Gulf Coast Days

Gulf Coast Days Where: French Quarter New Orleans Date: August Organizers: Jerry Diaz http://jerrydiaz.com/specialevents/gulfcoastdays.html Join us for the 2nd Annual “Gulf Coast Days” weekend in the French Quarter of New Orleans! Presented by Sail Away Entertainment + Pirates & Poets, Gulf Coast Days promises to be a fun weekend full of music and friends. Most…

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Music on the Bay

Music on the Bay Where: Whiskey Joe’s Barefoot Beach Bar, Tampa, Florida Date: March Organizers: Tampa Bay PHC musiconthebay.org   This is a one of a kind Trop-Rock festival! The event will start Thursday and the music will keep playing until the last note ending just after sunset on Sunday. 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 Trop…

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Phlock to the Falls

Phlock to the Falls Where: Niagara Falls, CA Date: September Organizers: Parrot Head on the St. Clair http://parrotheadsonthestclair.com/phlock-to-the-falls/

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Meet Me in the Keys

Meet me in the Keys Where: Key West Date: June Organizers: Southernmost Coconut Castaways www.southernmostcoconutcastaways.com/mmitk The Southernmost Coconut Castaways is the OFFICIAL fan/friend club of Howard Livingston and the Mile Marker 24 Band. We invite you to “Become another Castaway,” as Howard sings, by joining us and attending the next Meet Me in The Keys…

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Beach Bash

Beach Bash Where: St. Augustine, FL Date: June Organizers: A1A Parrot Head Club a1aparrotheads.org

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Parrothead Rendezvous

Parrothead Rendezvous Where: Panama City, FL Date: April Organizers: Panama City PHC / Jeff Brewer https://rendezvous2019.myevent.com/ Beachoholic@yahoo.com             850 693-0500 Parrothead Rendezvous is one of the largest Parrot Head events, and we have donated more than $300,000 to Bay County charity over the last 13 years. Held on the world’s…

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Lone Star Luau

Lone Star Luau Conroe, Texas Margaritaville Lake Resort Feb 4-7, 2021 Organizers: Thom Shepherd http://www.lonestarluau.com Lone Star Luau is bringing some great singer-songwriters, bands, and music to throw a great trop rock party. “Our goal is to blow people away each year,” Shepherd said. “And we also want them to have some great memories.  

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San Felipe Songwriters Festival

Where: San Felipe Mexico When: November www.sanfelipesongwritersfestival.com melodie@sanfelipesongwritersfestival.com Formerly known as “Meeting of the Mindless” Get up close and hang out with the artists.  We’ll be hanging out at Juanito’s Cantina on El Dorado Beach, where you can meet the talented songwriters, listen up close and escape to a life inspired by the sea, good…

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Pardi Gras

Pardi Gras Where: French Quarter New Orleans Date: January Organizers: Jerry Diaz www.pardi-gras.com About Pardi Gras . . . Pardi-Gras is an annual event presented by Sail Away Promotions and Entertainment. The event takes place in various locations around the French Quarter, in New Orleans, LA. The event showcases live “Trop-Rock” musical entertainment, as well…

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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.

2020 Award Details

The 13th Annual TRMA Trop Rock Music Awards will be in Key West on October 30th. The time and location are not yet determined due to Coronavirus restrictions.

The 2020 nomination round of voting is complete and the final ballot round runs September 1-30, 2020. Current members of the TRMA vote in all categories and choose the winners.

 

2020

It's awards season Trop Rock fans!

The nomination round of the 13th Annual Trop Rock Music Awards is complete, and the final ballot will be emailed to all TRMA members on September 1st. The voting is open until midnight September 30th and the winners will be announced at an awards show in Key West on October 30th. The location and type of show is still pending due to Covid 19 regulations currently in place.
If you are not a current member of the Trop Rock Music Association, you can still join and vote in the 2020 awards up until September 30th. Just go to https://troprock.org/get-involved/#generalmembership.

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.

2020 Annual TRMA Nominees

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
  • Bob Karwin
  • Donny Brewer
  • James "Sunny Jim" White
  • Mike Nash

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
  • Isabella Stefania
  • 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 Dententions
  • Highway 1
  • Thom & Coley
  • Tropicool
  • Latitude

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
  • Donny Brewer & The Dock Rockers
  • Jimmy & The Parrots
  • 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. There are 6 entries this year due to a tie for 5th.

  • Bob Karwin
  • Donny Brewer
  • Erica Sunshine Lee
  • Mike Nash
  • James "Sunny Jim" White
  • Steve Tolliver

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).

  • Ocean Road - Aaron Scherz (Aaron Scherz)
  • Eat, Beach, Sleep, Repeat - Reggie Starrett (Jeremy Scruggs)
  • The Miles Between - Bob Karwin (Donny Brewer)
  • Livin' The Dream - Johnny Russler & The Beach Bum Band (Michael Shehan & Johnny Russler)
  • Stay Thirsty - Mike Nash (Dave Demay)

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. Check them out!

  • "Tacos, Tequila & Trop Rock" - Donny Brewer (Donny Brewer/Johnny Russler)
  • "Professional Drinker" - The Detentions (Dan Sullivan/Donny Brewer)
  • "Beach Town" - Aaron Scherz (Aaron Scherz, Johnny Bulford, Heidi Raye)
  • "Down by the Coastline" - Boomer Blake (Boomer Blake)
  • "Whole Lotta Beaches" - Reggie Starrett (Reggie Starrett)
  • "Will You Be My Shore" - Jack Mosley (Jack Mosley)
  • "Bad Bitch" - Erica Sunshine Lee (Erica Sunshine Lee)
  • "Postcards From The Road" - Mike Nash (Mike Nash/Aaron Scherz)
  • "Hammock in Havana" - Jesse Rice (Jesse Rice)
  • "Somewhere in the Caribbean" - Paul Overstreet (Paul Overstreet)

7b. Single

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. Check them out!

  • "Tacos, Tequila & Trop Rock" - Donny Brewer (Donny Brewer)
  • "Beach Town" - Aaron Scherz (Aaron Scherz)
    "Verona Corona" - Jonas Lorence (Ron Flynt & Jonas Lorence)
  • "Down by the Coastline" - Boomer Blake (Danny Rosado)
  • "Whole Lotta Beaches" - Reggie Starrett (Clay Page)
  • "YOLO" - Joe Downing (Nathan Smith)
  • "When the Aliens Came" - Jack Mosley (Dave Signs/Jack Mosley)
  • "Single for the Summer" - Erica Sunshine Lee (Chip Martin/Erica Sunshine Lee) "Shore Thang" - Thom & Coley (Thom Shepherd & Coley McCabe Shepherd)
  • "Hammock in Havana" - Jesse Rice (Nick Gibbens/Jesse Rice)

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). Check them out!

  • "When They Bring Back Happy Hour" - Don Middlebrook (Don Middlebrook/Sherry Perry) "Verona Corona" - Jonas Lorence (Jonas Lorence)
  • "When the Aliens Came" - Jack Mosley (Jack Mosley)
  • "Nobody Wins in Vegas" - Erica Sunshine Lee (Josh Mendez/Erica Sunshine Lee)
  • "I Know You" - Bob Karwin (Bob Karwin)

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). Check them out!

  • Ocean Road - Aaron Scherz (Aaron Scherz)
  • Eat, Beach, Sleep, Repeat - Reggie Starrett (Reggie Starrett)
  • The Miles Between - Bob Karwin (Bob Karwin/Donny Brewer)
  • Stay Thirsty - Mike Nash (Mike Nash)
  • It's Still Summer Somewhere - James "Sunny Jim" White (Adela White/Hallie C. White

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. There are 6 entries because there was a tie for 5th.

The following previous winners are not eligible: Danny Rosado, Cory Young, Jesse Rice, Donny Brewer, Brittany Kingery, The Southern Drawl Band, John Friday, Jimi Pappas, Capt. Josh, Jimmy Parrish, Troy Allan, PHINS

  • Aubrey Wollett
  • Erica Sunshine Lee
  • Joe Downing
  • Jonas Lorence
  • Paul Overstreet
  • Robin Tricker

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.

  • Alan Jax Bowers (percussion)
  • John Patti (steel pan)
  • Johnny Doolittle (bass guitar)
  • Mark Mireles (steel pan)
  • Steve Way (percussion)

12. Songwriter

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

  • Aaron Scherz
  • Donny Brewer
  • Erica Sunshine Lee
  • Paul Overstreet
  • Jack Mosley

13. Radio Station

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

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

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
  • "Sunday Morning With the Tiki Man" - The Tiki Man & The Original Hippie Chick
  • "Island Time Radio Show" - Dennis King & DKtheDJ

Radio Program - Prerecorded

  • "4 & 4 With Gina" - Gina Babin
  • "Tropical Play with DK" - Dennis King
  • "Beach Bars & Guitars" - Johnny Russler
  • "Happy Hour 2.0" - Greg Dumas
  • "Bayou Troubadour" - Matt Hoggatt

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
  • Tropical Isle - New Orleans, LA
  • 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 Venue - Small

  • Casa Brown - Craig & Jill Brown
  • Isla Bella - Fred & Sara Guererro
  • The Postcard - Dean & Terrie McClain
  • Wester-Rita-Ville - Mike & Becky Carpenter

House Concert Venue - Large

  • Casa Tortooga - Kevin & Tish Disston
  • The Habitat - Ken & Heather Settlemyer
  • Port of Indecision - Dan & Sharon Mueller
  • The Yard - Mark & Sharon Leverett

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 of the Year - Small

  • A1A Beach Bash - St. Augustine Beach, FL
  • Lone Star Luau - Marble Falls, TX
  • Phins to the West - Mesquite, NV
  • Summer ChILL - Schaumburg, IL
  • Trop Rockin' The Ozarks - Lake of the Ozarks, MO

Event of the Year - 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.

The following previous winners are NOT eligible: Diana Christ, Fred Wunder, Colleen Fuchs, Debbie Hess, Marc & Tammy Hollander, Sam & Gina Densler, Steven "Koz" Kozlowski, Tami Tower, Dave & Carolyn McBride, Dale & Peach Hench, Gary & Patti Janco, Shirley Gates

  • Kristen McFadden
  • Linda Robb
  • Roger & Donna Beam Sheila Jorgerson
  • Tom Klinker & Nancy Martin
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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.