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Meet Me In The Keys 2014

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Meet me in the Keys 2014 registration is now open!  Read registration instructions first, then Click here to register.

Here is the preliminary daily schedule for the event. Remember that you must be a member of one of the Castaways clubs in order to register and attend.


Wednesday, June 4
Goodie bag stuffing
Pre-event outing at Smokin’ Tuna Saloon
Thursday, June 5
Check in/credential pick up
“P-Jammin’ Pajama Party” at Doubletree Ballroom – music by the John Patti Project, with opening act Roger Jokela
Friday, June 6
Pool party all afternoon – music by John Patti, Jimi Pappas and John Frinzi
Fun, relay-type pool games
You can sign up for Kokomo Joe’s Off Duval Bar Crawl, which involves stops at 5 bars where you will receive a free drink at each. A portion of the proceeds from this outing will be donated to Care Camp. For more details and to sign up for that, please go to It’s a fun night!

Saturday, June 7
Annual Hangover Classic Walk to Hurricane Hole – music by Frankendread, followed by Dennis McCaughey of Tropical Soul
While there, attendees can rent jet skis, paddle boards, kayaks, speed boats and more
Snorkel trips, trips around the reef and other fun available
Food and drink specials
Private, attendees-only concert at the historic San Carlos Theater by Howard Livingston and the Mile Marker 24 Band!

Sunday, June 8
All-day outing to Snipe Point – includes lunch, free beer, wine and rum punch – concert by Howard Livingston’s trio.
The San Carlos and Snipe Point outings are limited seating so register early to assure your spot! Registration is now open.


Frankendread – McConnells Irish Pub – Free Rum – Sponsored by Caribbean Rum

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Frankendread will be playing McConnell’s Irish Pub in Key West, FL, Thursday October 31, 8:00p – 12:00a. Oh, did we mention that it will be sponsored by Caribbean Rum with FREE RUM from 8:00-10:00?

Frankendread is an accomplished Caribbean performer, and his energetic performances puts smiles on everyone’s faces.
Known for his past inexhaustible performance schedule of corporate events, weddings, private parties, pool parties, conventions, clubs, bars, tiki huts, backyards, schoolyards, restaurants, cruises, street performances, resorts, subways, and any other conceivable venue, Frankendread’s mission of presenting island music anytime, anywhere, anyplace has served him well.

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”.



McConnell’s Irish Pub & Grill is the most fun you can have outside Ireland. On the beautiful island of Key West, Florida, McConnell’s is the Southernmost Irish Pub in America!! Located on Duval St., it’s in the heart of the island’s festivities year round! Come join us for lunch with the kids, a dinner date, or with your buddies till the sun comes up!! We have a great late night menu that ends at 4A.M, a patio for sun soaking, a fully stocked bar with imported and domestic beer, and of course an Irish atmosphere that’s family friendly; smoke free environment! Bring the crew and raise your Guinness to a good time at McConnell’s!!



Some Pirates performing at MOTM

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Frankendread 10/29/2013 12:00 PM 2:00 PM Cork & Stogie
Southern Drawl Band 10/29/2013 7:00 PM  12:00 AM Schooner Wharf
Frankendread 10/30/2013 3:00 PM  5:00 PM Cork & Stogie
Jimmy Parrish & The Waves 10/30/2013 8:00 PM  12:00 AM Willie T’s
Southern Drawl Band 10/30/2013 9:00 PM  12:00 AM Margaritaville
Frankendread 10/30/2013 10:00 PM 11:00 PM McConnell’s Irish Bar and Grill
Steve Tolliver with Frankendread 10/31/2013 1:30 PM  2:15 PM Koz’s Green World Gallery
Frankendread 10/31/2013 3:00 PM  5:00 PM Cork & Stogie
Jimmy Parrish & The Waves 10/31/2013 8:00 PM  12:00 AM Willie T’s
Southern Drawl Band 10/31/2013 9:00 PM  12:00 AM Margaritaville
Jerry Diaz 11/1/2013 10:00 AM  12:00 PM Casa Marina Pool Bar
Frankendread 11/1/2013 12:00 PM 2:00 PM Cork & Stogie
Southern Drawl Band 11/1/2013 3:30 PM  5:30 PM Margaritaville Street Fest
Jimmy Parrish & The Waves 11/1/2013 8:00 PM  12:00 AM Willie T’s
Southern Drawl Band 11/1/2013 9:00 PM  12:00 AM Margaritaville
Jerry Diaz 11/2/2013 8:00 AM  10:00 AM Salute Restaurant
Frankendread 11/2/2013 2:00 PM  4:00 PM Cork & Stogie
Jimmy Parrish & The Waves 11/2/2013 8:00 PM  12:00 AM Willie T’s
Southern Drawl Band 11/2/2013 9:00 PM  12:00 AM Margaritaville
Frankendread 11/3/2013 4:00 PM 6:00 PM Cork & Stogie
Jimmy Parrish & The Waves 11/3/2013 8:00 PM  12:00 AM Willie T’s
Southern Drawl Band 11/3/2013 9:00 PM  12:00 AM Margaritaville


The Deck at Perico Island

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The Deck at Perico Island

DSCF4655We had the privilege of sitting down with Trop Rock fans Gary Lindblom and Cathy Pizzo on Saturday. They have transformed their home into a “One of a Kind” house concert venue. It provides a tremendous intimate setting. Basically, the setup is poolside, yet the entire stage and seating is covered. This provides relief from the sun during the hot Florida summers. During the cooler months the stage is to be moved into the open air closer to the pool. In the case of a rain storm like the one that came on Sunday, everything happens acoustically inside.

This a whole new approach to the house concert scene. Their events will be held on Sunday afternoons, in the form a “Jam Session”.

DSCF4657On Sunday, they had the first of these Jam Sessions. Dani Hoy was the featured artist. Allen “Frankendread” Holland not only provided smooth music and vocals, he also provided an amazing lineup of food. Local artists joined the featured artist for an absolutely amazing session.

It appears that Frankendread’s music and cuisine will be an integral part of this. Let’s get back to that food thing. Brace yourself. You’re about to get hungry as I tell you about the menu. There was succulent pork loin with a curry mustard crust and, bacon wrapped peaches with basil, black pepper and a balsamic vinegar drizzle, prosciutto and mozzarella wrappers, marinated mozzarella with sundried tomato topping, a cream cheese sweet jalapeno jam spread, a non-alcoholic ginger punch with agave, plantains, and a special island rum punch that was more of a slap than a punch. It was perfect for the occasion.

DSCF4660Did we mention that Gary and Cathy’s house is the former house of Mitch Miller (Sing-A-Long With Mitch)? Mitchell William “Mitch” Miller was prominent in the American music industry. He was involved in almost all aspects of the industry, working as a musician, singer, conductor, record producer, A&R man and record company executive. This is an amazing house and setup. No wonder the music seems to be the perfect complement to this incredible spot.

For those of you unfamiliar with the area, Perico Island is located on beautiful Anna Maria Island.

DSCF4667During our Saturday visit with Gary, my wife Mary disappeared with Cathy and Allen. We found them playing some classics with Allen on the acoustic guitar and Cathy on the drums and Mary on the camera. We got some behind the scenes footage of Allen teaching Cathy to play a full drum set. On a previous visit, we found out Cathy had learned to play two songs on the steel pan. Gary and I made our way upstairs to the Music Room. We were able to catch the tail end of the Allen & Cathy show. It Seems as though Frankendread has a passion for teaching the music as well.

Be sure to check them out on Facebook.

We will also have their scheduled events in our Trop Rock Calendar.

Perico Island.

It is as nice as it sounds.


Photos from Parrothead Days in Palm Harbor, FL

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Photos from Parrothead Days in Palm Harbor, FL – June 2013

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Photos from Music on the Bay 2013

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Photo Gallery from the 2nd Annual Music on the Bay at Whiskey Joe’s in Tampa, FL – March 2013

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Why should the Trop Rock Community thank Christopher Columbus?

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Why should the Trop Rock Community thank Christopher Columbus?

On July 31, 1498, Christopher Columbus discovered the Island of Trinidad. Why is this important, you ask? Without this discovery, you might not know who Lynley Tolls, Frankendread, John Patti, and many more are. The Steel Pans originated in Trinidad.

Below is a history of the Steel Pan:

For over 50 years the world has enjoyed the scintillating, pulsating music of the steelband. Audiences from London to New York and beyond have been left spellbound, amazed that such rich tonal quality could come from discarded oil drums. The refined sound we now hear is the result of decades of hard work, research and innovations by master tuners such as Ellie Mannette, Neville Jules, Bertie Marshall, Anthony Williams, Rudolph Charles and Lincoln Noel to name a few. But how and where did it all start?

There are varying accounts as to the exact date and location in Trinidad the first steelpan was tuned since no official records were kept by either the pioneers or the British colonial government of the day. This, however, is one popular version. Necessity, it is said, is the mother of all inventions, and the steelpan is sound proof of that maxim. It was born out of deprivation, a desperate need by a people to fill the void that was left when something central to their existence was taken away.

SteelPanSince the 1800s, the inhabitants of Trinidad had been participating in a street carnival brought to the Caribbean island by the French. When the freed slaves (slavery was abolished in the West Indies in 1834) joined in the festivities, they could not afford the conventional instruments, so they used African drums, the instruments of their ancestors, then created percussion bands made up of bamboo joints cut from the bamboo plant. The “Tamboo Bamboo” bands (tamboo is a corruption of the French word tambour which means drum) bands were rhythmic ensembles that provided the accompaniment for the masqueraders in the annual parade.

Throughout the 1920s and 30s these bands flourished, but by 1940 something dreadful was about to plunge the world into perhaps its darkest and most notorious period in the twentieth century. Unwittingly, the events of that dark era would provide the beam that lit the way to the discovery of a new musical instrument.

When Adolf Hitler drew Europe into World War Two, the British colonial government summarily banned the Tamboo Bamboo bands, forcing the people to look for other ways to make merry. Readily available were steel drums discarded by the oil refineries on the island.

As they banged against the flat surface of the drum, the fun seekers accidentally stumbled upon a sound that would lead to further experimentations, and consequently, the birth of steelpan, the only musical invention of the twentieth century.

While death and destruction consumed Europe in the early forties, the lives of the underprivileged, unemployed young men in Trinidad were filled with hope and excitement. They realized that the constant pounding against the flat end of the drum left an indentation, and the sound changed as well. Word would soon spread about the discovery, and the possibility of making music with the drums. Further experiments would follow. To achieve further indentation, they would heat the drums in bonfires. What they discovered too was that by varying the size and depth on the indentation, it was possible to get more notes with different tones. As the creativity of these youths took over, one note led to two, three, then four on a single drum.

When the war ended in 1945, Trinidadians, like most people around the world, took to the streets in celebration, carrying of course, their new instruments. While they made music, there were still limitations. They needed an instrument on which an eight-note scale could be played. Who would be the first to tune such an instrument?

It is said that a young man from a depressed area of east Port of Spain, the capital city, was the first to do so. Legend has it that Winston Spree Simon, tirelessly working to improve on the initial discovery was able, sometime in the early to mid-forties, to tune the ping pong; on which he could play a complete eight-note scale. With rubber wrapped around one end of a piece of stick, Spree played a simple melody to the excitement of those who surrounded him at what would later come to be known as the panyard. News of Spree’s achievement spread like wildfire around Port of Spain and from there on, experimentation with the drums went on apace across the country.

Much like the rapid changes in modern technology, the development of different instruments with their own distinct tone came in quick succession. At the dawn of the fifties names such as Ellie Mannette and Neville Jules emerged as top class tuners. Simultaneously, bands were being formed across the land, some of them adopting names from American movies such as Destination Tokyo, Casablanca, Rising Sun, Invaders, Tripoli, Bar 20, Red Army, Desperadoes.

IMG_2519These bands were made up of instruments such as the ping pong (which by that time had been improved and expanded by the likes of Mannette and renamed the tenor pan), double seconds, guitars, cellos and bass. To further illustrate the rapid development of the instrument, by 1951 Trinidad was invited to send a steelband to the Festival of Britain at the South Bank Exhibition. This led to the formation of the Trinidad All Steel Percussion Orchestra (TASPO) with members drawn from steelbands such as Casablanca, Invaders, Free French, Crossfire, Tokyo, Southern Symphony, North Stars, Rising Sun, Sun Valley and City Syncopators. Among the chosen few were Mannette, Spree and a man who would soon earn his place among the legendary innovators/tuners, Anthony Williams.

By the time the sixties rolled around, the steelband was still a work in progress. The panyards became laboratories, and men like Williams would take the experiments one step further. His contribution was perhaps the most innovative piece of work of that era. He designed a tenor pan known as the “fourths and fifths,” meaning that next to the tonic note were the fourth and fifth notes of that scale. This design is still the standard used in most steelbands to this day. And Bertie Marshall of the Highlanders would soon follow with his creation of the double tenor, a must in every steelband. The seventies belonged to Rudolph Charles, leader of the Desperadoes who took innovations beyond the tuning aspect of the instruments. He introduced the nine and twelve bass, which effectively extended the range and depth of the bass drums by increasing the number of drums from the traditional six to nine and then to twelve.

Charles followed up with the quadrophonic, and improvements on the pitch of the tenor pan to what is now known as the high tenor; He also changed the appearance of the steelband with the silver chroming of instruments replacing the oil paints of the fifties and sixties. For better movement of bands through the streets, and to protect the instruments from the sun during the carnival parades, he put the stands on wheels and covered them with canopies.

These developments were not confined to Trinidad and indeed Tobago, the other half of the twin-island nation. Across the seas on the smaller islands of the eastern Caribbean, in the late fifties and sixties, bands were being formed as well, at first with instruments bought in Trinidad, but later with home-made brands by men who had, over time, learned the art of tuning. For instance in the early fifties, Antigua, to the north, boasted of such bands as Brute Force and Hell’s Gate. In the decades that followed, the steelband would move beyond the shores the Caribbean to North America, England, other parts of Europe such as Holland, Switzerland, Sweden and as far east as China, Japan. Today in Trinidad alone, there are more than 100 steelbands. Across the world, hundreds more.

Back in Trinidad in the late fifties/sixties, the developments in the steelband world were not simply a contribution to the family of musical instruments. The bands, comprised mainly of unemployed young black men, often found themselves in violent confrontation, something akin to the gang warfare that gripped certain cities in North America. As a result, these young men who should have been regarded as pioneers,were reviled by a large portion of the society, regarded as social outcasts, particularly by the middle and upper classes.

After the island became independent from Britain in 1962, the new government moved to change the image of the panmen as they were being called. Official involvement was evident with the hiring of bands to perform at social and state functions. Corporate sponsorship was also encouraged to provide the bands with funds to purchase drums, pay for arrangers, tuners and uniforms. Hence such marriages as Amoco Renegades, Coca Cola Desperadoes, (now West Indian Tobacco Company (WITCO) Desperadoes, Pan Am North Stars (since disbanded), Shell Invaders (now BWIA Invaders), Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (CIBC) Starlift (now Petrotrin Starlift). The involvement of corporate citizens in the affairs of these motley groups slowly helped to erase the stigma and bring about social acceptance by the wider community. Panmen are now regarded as the cultural ambassadors of the land and the steelpan has been officially recognized as the national instrument. In addition, both sponsor and band have grown to respect each other’s role in their mutual existence.

With this new image, the war on the streets soon gave way to another kind of warfare -a musical war on the stage. In 1963, the Carnival Development Committee which was formed to put a sense of organization into the street festival, started the panorama competition with each band vying for recognition as the superior band in the land. In this competition, every band is required to play a 10-minute rendition of a calypso of choice. The winners and other participants are rewarded financially and there are other perks, such as trips overseas and engagements at home.

Over the past three decades, several bands have shot into the national consciousness as they repeatedly claimed the coveted title as panorama champions. Bands such as Desperadoes and Renegades (9 wins each), All Stars (4), Phase Two Pan Groove (2), Exodus (1) are now household names with international followings.

Indeed, over the past four decades, the steelpan has come a long way, moving from the panyards of the most depressed areas of a society to some of the most prestigious concert halls around the world. The Desperadoes, for instance, have performed at the Royal Albert Hall in London, Carnegie Hall, the Apollo and Lincoln Theaters in New York, the United Nations building, and the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. Other bands like Renegades, All Stars, Phase Two, Exodus have wooed audiences from London to Paris to Japan, mesmerizing them with their renditions of some of the most complex works of the classic composers such as Bach, Beethoven, Mozart, Sibelius, Rossini, Borodin.

As the world gets ready to enter the new millennium, the students of Spree, Mannette, Williams, Marshall, Charles who with their genius and creativity gave this century perhaps its sweetest gift, are preparing to take pan to higher heights. No one knows what the final product will be, but we know for sure that it will continue to make a joyful noise unto the world of music.

History can be found HERE.

Computer Rants, Meet Me In The Keys, Gigs and Places to Stay in Key West!

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Computer Rants, Meet Me In The Keys, Gigs and Places to Stay in Key West!

Computer Rants, Meet Me In The Keys, Gigs and Places to Stay in Key West!
Computer Rants
 photoIMG_7929_zpsa087ce05.jpgIt’s good to be back! My old computer fried the motherboard, which destroyed it. I was able to save the documents out of the hard drive to my new computer, thanks to the computer store here in Key West (Office Max) but I’ll be damned if I know where they ended up! I had a blog started when the old computer crapped out, but I haven’t a clue if I know where it is. Adding insult to injury, I now have Windows 8. As I explained to a friend of mine: Going from Windows 6 to Windows 7 was like moving from Alabama to NYC. There are big, but surmountable differences. Going from Windows 7 to Windows 8 is like moving from Wall Street NYC to a brothel in Bangkok. It’s an entirely different language and look indeed. What a pain in the ass. Today I find a file named “Mikel Allen”… hummm what’s that? I open it and it’s a bunch of pictures of men in tight bathing suites. Huh? I guess Mikel Allen is a gay employee of Hewlett Packard? Why is this shit in my brand new (?) computer? I deleted the file, but now, where is the recycle bin?
I also went to buy an iPod. I looked around and found the best price at site called Rakuten. I ordered it second day a week ago Saturday. So I should have gotten it Tuesday, or maybe Wednesday, if it shipped Monday. I keep checking the order and it says “Processing”. Tuesday and Wednesday roll by and no iPod. I sent several e-mail enquiries to them Monday through Wednesday, but no reply. On Thursday I finally get an e-mail from them asking me to contact them, so I called. The representative at their end of the phone was unable to explain anything whatsoever as to why my order wasn’t filled, only that I had to listen to my phone message they left to expedite the order. “Well, I’m on the phone now with you now, Rakuten having suggested me to contact you to expedite the order. What can you tell me?” He goes again “Well you have to check your phone message”. At the moment, I can’t access my phone messages, I explain. He can’t go further than that. “Really? You can’t tell me what’s the issue with my order? Your company asked me to call you to resolve this and you can’t tell me what to do?” This went on for 15 minutes and finally I told the idiot at Rakuten to cancel my order.
Two days later I get an e-mail from them stating that THEY had to cancel my order, due to the fact that they couldn’t verify my address? The address is the exact same as the billing address, what’s the problem? I volunteered that information to their idiot on the phone two days before, suspecting that maybe there was an issue there, but he said nothing. So now I get an e-mail from Rakuten saying they cancelled my order.
Frankly, I suspect that if they say they cancelled the order due to lack of contact from me, it looks much better than me canceling an order because of their sheer ineptitude, bearing in mind I’m talking of a customer satisfaction rating. Let’s make no mistake about it, I cancelled my order with them due to their ineptitude. They didn’t cancel my order, I cancelled my order. Over the years of writing this blog, I’ve never taken the opportunity to rant like this and I’ll try not to do it again! However, I urge everyone to avoid like the plague.
Enough ranting! Got that off my chest!
Meet Me In The Keys!

The annual event that the Southernmost Castaways hold every year, Meet Me In the Keys went off without a hitch! Club President Tammy Hollander and her husband Marc “The Gopher”, put in tireless hours in order to make sure everything goes off without a hitch, in addition to their monthly jump ups and meetings. This year’s event was no exception either. Everything went like clockwork. One doesn’t have to be Einstein to see all of the potential hoops of fire these people and their able assistants must have to jump through. It has to be a full time job!
 photobf5e6d91-72ef-48d5-abc0-2aa326470b66_zpsa8e056c8.jpgI was honored to be in this year’s event and I pulled a surprise in that I dragged Allen “Frankendread” Holland along with me to play steel pans! We played poolside at the Doubletree portion of the event, following Jimi Pappas and John Patti. As I said, I did it as a surprise. When I was asked to play, I was a solo act. Adding Allen was on me, for fun and a good treat for all who attended. Naturally I split my fee with Allen, of course.
A lot of people hadn’t heard Allen before. He uses a different pan than John Patti does, so in addition to being different players with different styles, they are also playing different pans, John with a C pan and Allen with a D pan. The notes are all in different places as well, further changing the overall style. I think everyone enjoyed hearing both players!
The night before was the meet and greet and after that a few of us ended up in room 236 and I had the pleasure of having a great, very long conversation with Jimi Pappas, whom I had never met before. My biggest disappointment was I sent him a message to get together the following week when he was at Margaritaville, only to learn that he had been there the week before! I’m looking forward to his return to the island!
I also had brief conversations with Mike Broward and Paul Roush, who played in the event. In situations like this, schedules often get in the way, so we didn’t get to chat things up as much as we may have liked. Hopefully next time they’re in town we can spend a bit more time together!
Howard Livingston was generous enough to actually cut his gig short at Schooner Whatf, in order to have a songwriter’s showcase of performers in the Meet Me in the Keys event. Had a great time too. What a blast! Thanks Howard! I was on with local performers Ericson Holt and Roger Jokela. Ericson really surprised me. For those of you who are familiar with my song “Island Blue”, which Misty Loggins sang for me, Ericson played keyboards. Ericson is an exquisite piano/keyboard player who made Key West his base about two years ago, by way of Nashville. Imagine my surprise when Ericson arrived with a guitar!
The event closed out on Sunday with a sunset cruise featuring new Keys arrival, Eric Stone. Let me say, if you are ever in Key West, don’t pass a chance to get out on the water! I have several songs about it, as it’s such an inspiring peaceful event. The sunset cruises go for around $35/$40 . There are all sorts of boats that go out, just head down to the waterfront area and do yourself a favor!
A quick shout out to all the readers in Italy! Thank you so much for your interest in this blog! I hope you all head to Key West and when you do, be sure to read below!
Gigs and Places to Go!!!

I’ve been playing Thursday afternoons at the Sunset Tiki Bar, 2 – 5pm. The July schedules have not been posted as of yet, however as soon as I know, I’ll be sure to post it here. What an amazing, laid back place with a true Keys attitude! The Sunset Tiki Bar is privately owned and sits in the back of The Galleon Resort with an incredible view of Westeria Island (nic-name:  Christmas Tree Island) and Tank Island (nic-name: Sunset Key). A great place any time of day! A circular Tiki Bar, right on the water and also chaise lounges you can sun out on, right on the dock! Swing by and check it out!

 If you are planning on coming to Key West, be certain to check out Southernmost on the Beach! It’s a beautiful establishment with several pools and a true joy with a great Keys atmosphere! It’s in the more quiet section of Duval, so it’s great to be close enough for easy access to all of Duval, but far away enough to be able to enjoy a quiet night’s rest!

I’ll be playing there this Friday at their Pineapple Pool on June 28th noon to 3, then in the month of July every Friday at their Pineapple Pool, noon to 3 and every Saturday at their Shore Pool, again noon – 3.
If you’re coming from out of town, be sure to book at Southernmost, the concerts there are exclusive to guests!
To obtain my music, be sure to check my website for downloads and physical CDs!! This site also has material not available on other sites.

Also available on iTunes, CD Baby, CD Universe, Rhapsody, and Beachfront Radio.
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News from The Trop Rock Junkies

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Florida, South Carolina and Indiana Shows Equal Festivals, Fireworks and Fun

The Trop Rock Junkies have a busy schedule coming up in June and July starting off June 1st with the Palm Harbor Parrot Head Party in Palm Harbor, Florida.  This day long street festival takes place in the Old Palm Harbor Main Street Historic District.  Festivities start at 2:00PM and last until10:00PM.  The Trop Rock Junkies will play from 2:30PM until 4:30PM.  Admission is free so come on out and join the fun.  On June 8th we will be at the Nav-a-Gator in Lake Suzy, FL from 2-5PM performing for our Southwest Florida friends and especially our Charlotte Harbor Parrot Head Club friends who have always shown their support.  Admission is just a canned good for charity.  On June 15 we head to Parrish, FL for a fun evening at the Higgins’ (Mostly Bar) & Grill. This is always a fun house concert hosted by one of Trop Rock’s biggest supporters, Terry and Marrianne Higgins.  The following week we are off to Columbia, SC for the annual Fin Fest, put on by the Palmetto Parrot Head Club.  The event is held June 21st and 22nd at the Courtyard Columbia Downtown at USC, 630 Assembly Street, Columbia, South Carolina 29201. You can register for this event at  It’s two days of music and fun with the Tsunami Wave Riders  kicking things off Friday night, entertainment poolside all day Saturday and the Trop Rock Junkies will headlining Saturday nights festivities starting at 7PM. If you are in the Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina area you will want to be a part of this event. After Columbia, SC, it’s off to Indiana for the big Fourth of July Concert and Fireworks Celebration held at Hoosier Park Casino in Anderson, Indiana.  They have a huge, state of the art, outdoor concert venue with seating for over 5,000 and a 10,000 plus capacity. They regularly host acts such as Huey Lewis and the News, B52’s, GoGo’s, Willie Nelson and the Beach Boys.  We are thrilled to be in that mix.  If you are in the Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky or Illinois area, we hope to see you at this event.  Parrot Head Clubs, check with Hoosier Park for group packages and special incentives for your club.  The concert is free and will be followed by a spectacular fireworks show.  Details will soon be available at

We hope to see you at one of these upcoming events.  In the mean time….
Fins Up,


Trop Rock Music AwardsNomination ballots will be sent out to all Trop Rock Music Association members on June 15th.  Last year the Trop Rock Junkies received 4 nominations including “Song of the Year” Steve Tolliver’s song Take Me Back To Havana, “Songwriter of the Year” TRJ’s Steve Tolliver, “Musician of the Year” Colin Ward and the “Horizon Award”.  Colin Ward is probably one of the best musicians in Trop Rock and deserves this nomination again.  Steve Tolliver’s new CD “Ode To The Sun” is eligible and the song (and video) off that album that has been getting a lot of buzz is “Top Down Kind of A Day” If you are a Trop Rock Music Association member please consider the band and it’s members in your voting.  If you are not a member you can join for as little as $10.00 by going to .  We will e-mail you a free MP3 download of the song “Top Down Kind of a Day” just by visiting the website  You can order the full Ode To The Sun CD there as well or download it through I-tunes.

New Backdrop/banner for the Junkies 
This new 8′ wide by 6′ high banner can be seen at most upcoming TRJ shows.  The scene is a typical tropical beach sunset.  In fact those markers and light in the distance kind of reminds me of the Sand Key light in Key West.

New Trop Rock Junkies Merchandise 

Available from the TRJ Trading CompanyNew embroidered high quality “Adams” hats are now available along with men and women’s long and short sleeve Tees.  Check out the full line at

Fin Fest
June 21st & 22nd
Columbia, SC

Two days of music and fun sponsored by the Palmetto Parrot Head Club.  Featuring the Tsunami Wave Riders, Trop Rock Junkies and many more artists.  Details at

Trop Rockin’
4th of July

Hoosier Park Racing and Casino presents their annual 4th of JulyConcert and Fireworks Celebration featuring the Trop Rock Junkies. Concert starts at 7:30. Fireworks at 10PMimmediately following the concert.  Admission is FREE.  Look for additional details soon Hoosier Park’s Music Center is the Indy area’s newest and most thrilling outdoor concert venue. Featuring more than 4,200 seats, giant LCD screens and countless dining and drink outlets, there’s no better place to catch the summer’s hottest shows!
Hoosier Park Racing & Casino
4500 Dan Patch Circle
Anderson, Indiana

Featured Artist of the Week – Frankendread

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Frankendread is an accomplished Caribbean performer, and his energetic performances puts smiles on everyone’s faces.

hoosier27Known for his past inexhaustible performance schedule of corporate events, weddings, private parties, pool parties, conventions, clubs, bars, tiki huts, backyards, schoolyards, restaurants, cruises, street performances, resorts, subways, and any other conceivable venue, Frankendread’s mission of presenting island music anytime, anywhere, anyplace has served him well.

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”.

During the ’96 Olympics, Frankendread performed 39 times in 19 days and wound up on Japanese radio.

To gain “yard” credibility Frankendread performed at the Starfish Trelawny resort in Falmouth, Jamaica in 1999 fronting a Jamaican reggae band. He garnered heavy attention and acclaim by singing Bob Marley, Jacob Miller, and Gregory Isaacs, and Peter Tosh tunes without a flinch.

In 2001, Frankendread added steel pan to his arsenal and in 2002 performed an impressive 403 times in 365 days between Tennessee, Georgia, New York, Canada, New Mexico, Missouri, Indiana, Wisconsin, Michigan and Illinois.

In Chicago, Frankendread has performed solo, duo, and trio and with his band for the likes of Oprah Winfrey, Mancow, Steve Wilkos, and way too many more to list. Add performances inside Soldier Field and outside Wrigley Field as Cubs fans chant “No Woman, No Cry” sometimes as often as “Take Me Out To the Ballgame” and the picture is clear- ‘dis mon bring da island music!

Ford, GM, WGN, Red Stripe, Tommy Bahama, Maui Jim, Landshark Beer, Bahama Breeze(performed in 7 locations), Cheeseburger in Paradise(13 locations), Bridgetown Grille(5 locations), Yokohama Broadcasting Corporation, California Pizza Kitchen, and Warsteiner Beer are just a sampling of some corporate clients.

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.