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Featured Artist of the Week – John Frinzi

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New Jersey-born and Florida-based singer/songwriter John Frinzi has steadily gained recognition across the country for his soulful songs, unique voice, and strong live performances. Since the release and airplay success of his first CD, “Into The Dawn,” in 2003, Frinzi has developed a national following through constant touring. He plays well over 200 dates a year.


Frinzi has shared the stage with major performers in Americana, Folk and Roots music. Highlights were shows with Todd Snider, Mac McAnally, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Chuck Pyle, Mark Erelli, Randy Weeks, Slaid Cleaves, Duane Jarvis, Will Kimbrough, Stacey Earle and Mark Stuart, Eilen Jewell, Peter Mayer, Nadirah Shakoor, Michael Utley and Robert Greenidge.


John’s latest release, “Shoreline,” recorded in Nashville in late 2009, includes guest appearances by Keith Sykes, Doyle Grisham and Mike Utley. This CD contains 11 tracks of melodic folk, country and jazz-influenced songs that showcase Frinzi’s versatility as a songwriter and vocalist. Many of the “Shoreline” songs were co-written with Tom Corcoran—author of the Alex Rutledge Mystery Series and co-writer of the Jimmy Buffett classics, “Fins,” and “Cuban Crime of Passion.” The disc receives broad airplay including several songs in regular rotation on Sirius/XM Radio.

Festivals, Clubs, Corporate and Private Events.


·   Shoreline, 2009

·   Suncoast Serenade w/James White, 2005

·   Into The Dawn, 2003



Points of Note:

Recent Performances Include:

Children’s Miracle Network PGA Classic presented by Wal-Mart, Disney’s Magnolia Course, Lake Buena Vista, FL


Musikfest, Bethlehem, PA.

Hooters Casino, Las Vegas, NV.

Meeting Of The Minds Festival, Key West, FL.

Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville, Key West FL.

The Migration Music Fest, Los Angeles, CA.

Six String Music Songwriters Festival, New Orleans, LA.

Before The Storm Hurricane Benefit, Margaritaville, Universal Studios, Orlando, FL.

Margaritaville Street Festival, Key West, FL.

Last Man Standing Event, Las Vegas, NV.

Tommy Rockers, Las Vegas, NV.

Guy Harvey Special Event, Ormond Beach, FL

Hurricane Beach, New England Great Adventure, MA.

Seacrets, Ocean City, MD.

M.R. Ducks, Ocean City, MD.

Hogs Breath Saloon, Key West, FL.

Captain Tony’s Saloon, Key West, FL.

Ricks on Duval, Key West, FL.

Blue Heaven, Key West, FL.

American Jukebox Theatre, Pigeon Forge, TN.

Roberts Western World, Nashville, TN.

Margaritaville, Orlando, FL.

Margaritaville, New Orleans, LA.

Tropical Isle, New Orleans, LA.

Katmandu, Trenton, NJ.

Great Taste of PA Wine Festival, Split Rock Resort, Poconos, PA.

Mid Winter Meltdown Event, Manassas, VA.

Trump Taj Mahal, Casbah Café, Atlatic City, NJ.

Carnival Liberty Cruise, Eastern Caribbean.

Beach Bash, Megans Bay, St Thomas USVI.

Lulu’s, Gulf Shores, AL.

Live Bait, Orange Beach, AL.

The Nav-A-Gator, Lake Suzy, FL.

Rapscallions, Land O’ Lakes, FL.

Da Hukilau, Clearwater, FL.

Sunny Jim’s Skeletons on the Beach, Osprey, FL.

Pirate Palooza, Lehigh Valley, PA.

Cheeseburger in Paradise, NY, NJ, GA, VA, MD & OH locations

John’s original music can be heard on these stations:

Radio Margaritaville Sirius & XM Radio, Armed Forces Network, Iraq. 90.3 WLXV,PA. 90.5 WKHS, MD. 102.5 The Shark, NC. 89.7 WDVR, NJ. 97.5 WRYR, MD. 88.3 WBWC, OH. 103.5 Radio Milo, Belgium. BRTO, Holland.


Until Next Time… Trop On!

TropiGal or Why I Decided to Record a CD – Dani Hoy

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TropiGal or Why I Decided to Record a CD
by Dani Hoy

A little more than three and a half years ago, I hit 40. Since then, I haven’t done much resting. One thought seemed to have popped into my head,”Holy crap, I have sh*t to do!” I started volunteering and performing at my local community theatre, joined singing groups and learning how to write screen plays. Most folks probably think I’ve gone crazy. Luckily for me, my husband, Dan, has the patience of Job and has been encouraging me the whole way. In his words, “I hope some day she’ll support me in the manor to which I’d like to become accustomed.”

After Dan started working second shift and, at the suggestion of Wayne Beck, I started performing at open mics. That’s a much longer story, but, before I knew it, I had been invited to play at Spring Phling in Wildwood, NJ. Ever since then, things have pretty much gotten out of control, but in a fun way. I don’t consider myself much of a guitarist. I’ve always loved music and performing, and having other people love what I do is exciting.

So, when someone at Spring Phling asked me if I had a CD, and I didn’t, I wondered what was involved. “And that’s when all the trouble started.” A friend recommended Kevin Johnston at Orca Sound in Abingdon, MD. I took a field trip, got lots of answers, and, before I knew it, I was recording a CD.

TropiGal, which hopefully will be out in November, is the name of the CD (as well as the title cut) and features ten original songs penned by me. One of the songs is “Tropical Man,” one of the first songs I’ve ever written. Most of the songs are inspired by Key West, the Jersey Shore, and being a Northern Parrot Head. There’s a couple of love songs, and one the Hanover Parrot Heads who rescued me in Key West should laugh at as a true story, “Drunk On Mallory Square.” THPHS has been near and dear to my heart ever since. I’ll be performing songs from my CD in Key West on November 2nd at the Green World Gallery on Duval from 2pm-3pm, and with John Friday from 4pm-7pm at the Rum Barrel on Front Street on November 3rd. Hopefully you can come on down and catch the show! I will probably play more in other places (including around the pool at the Wicker) but that’s all I have scheduled so far.

TropiGal is currently available by pre-order on my website, The price is $15. I’m very excited about the songs and the CD release. I hope you’ll all enjoy it as well.

Featured Artist of the Week – Jeff Pike and A1A

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By 1989 Jeff Pike had developed an enormous following in his hometown of Atlanta, Georgia with his one man, first-of-it’s kind tribute to Jimmy Buffett. In 1991 Jeff formed A1A. In 1992 Jeff and A1A won a Margaritaville Records-sponsored Jimmy Buffett Sound Alike Contest. As the first band ever to showcase a high-energy 4-hour concert composed of nothing except Buffett’s best songs spanning every era of his career, A1A became the only Tribute Band personally sanctioned by Jimmy Buffett. While countless other bands have followed in A1A’s wake and cited them as their main inspiration, A1A remains the first and foremost Jimmy Buffett Tribute Show.

Jeff Pike and A1A bring to life a highly energetic, colorful, family friendly, Parrot Head Extravaganza Jimmy Buffett Tribute Show and have performed exclusively for clients such as Ted Turner, Bill Gates and Microsoft, CNN, NASCAR, Hewlett Packard, The Atlanta Braves, The United States Navy, Bellsouth, AT & T, Georgia Pacific, The Maui Ocean Center, The Georgia Aquarium, The Georgia Transplant Association, Angel Flight, Delta Com, Team National, The MGM Grand, and many more.

Jeff Pike has performed with Jimmy Buffett in concert, appeared in Jimmy’s MTV Video “Fruitcakes” and was a featured soloist on Jimmy’s “Barometer Soup Radio Special CD.” A1A’s first CD, “A1A – Live” which was produced by Mr. Buffett’s bass player since 1989, Jim Mayer, featured Jimmy’s original harmonica player for 30 years, Greg “Fingers” Taylor, who performed with A1A for several years. The bands second CD featured Jimmy’s saxophone player and horn section leader for 13 years, Amy Lee. Jeff has also performed with Jimmy’s acclaimed guitarist and songwriter Peter Mayer as well as long time Coral Reefer Members Michael Utley and Robert Greenidge. Many members of Jimmy’s band, past and present, have sat in with A1A on many an occasion over the years and it has always been a memorable experience.

Jeff’s first partner in A1A, Scott Nickerson, started the first Parrot Head Club and PHIP (Parrot Heads In Paradise) in Atlanta Georgia in 1988. This helped pave the way for A1A to be the first and only band to headline the annual Jimmy Buffett “Meeting of The Minds” Parrot Head Convention 8 years in a row, as well as the now legendary Parrot Head Phlockings “Stars On The Water,” “Stars Fell on Alabama, and, the very first Parrot Head Cruises dating back to 1995. Being the first and only Jimmy Buffett Tribute Show for quite sometime, A1A was extremely instrumental in the building and growth of the international Parrot Head Club community. They have played all over the United States, the Caribbean, Mexico and Japan, spreading their own unique style of trop rock music. Simply put, A1A easily inked their place in Parrot Head and Jimmy Buffett history long ago. Heavily instrumental and crucial in the building and shaping of the Parrot Head phenomena as it is today, A1A’s long lasting influence, importance and career cannot be underestimated.

In 2003 A1A released their first all original CD, “Ship Happens!!” June 2008 saw the release of their second original CD, ” Beachwrecked”, which continues to augment the “tropical rock” island genre with the band’s own unique and original style.

In 2009, A1A were pleased to work with Grammy Award Nomine and MTV Video Award Winner, Miss Nadirah Shakoor. Miss Shakoor has recorded and performed with artist’s such as Paula Abdul, Madonna, Janet Jackson, Al Jarreau, Quincy Jones, Ralph McDonald and Arrested Development, to name just a few. For the past 15 years she has been singing backup and lead with Jimmy Buffett and The Coral Reefer Band. She spent the year on the road with Jimmy Buffett and A1A promoting her latest CD “Nod To The Storyteller,” which is available on Jimmy Buffett’s record label, “Mailboat Records.”

A1A currently perform as a five to seven piece musical ensemble. Upon request the A1A experience can be enhanced by adding our A1A Tropigal Dancers and/or our A1A Beachwrecked Theme Actor Pirates.

A1A’s new all original CD, “The Road To Paradise,” was released on June 11, 2011. Reviews have been astounding and the band is are getting ready to set sail on The 2011 Road To Paradise Tour. Stay afloat and stay tuned for more info!


Featured Artist – Bob Karwin

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Bob Karwin began his music career in Boston, Massachusetts on June 4, 1990, playing to drunken mobs in the Irish pubs and college bars. He quickly made a name for himself in Beantown by being able to tame an unruly crowd fired by Guinness and Jack Daniels using only his guitar and a microphone.

In 1993, Bob packed up his Jeep and moved to sunny San Diego. His blend of humor and thoughtful songwriting struck a chord with Southern Californians and he began to develop a following at his rowdy one man shows.  Bob is now a full fledged Californian, strolling the beaches and vowing to never shovel a driveway ever again.

Bob has played along side of many members of Jimmy Buffett’s band, the Coral Reefers, including Greg “Fingers” Taylor, Amy Lee, Deb McColl, T.C. Mitchell, Doyle Grisham, and Jay Spell.  He has been a featured act at many national “parrothead” events, including Phins to the West (Laughlin, NV), Migration (Las Vegas, NV), Laid Back Attack (Seattle, WA), Six String Music (New Orleans, LA), Atlanta Parrothead Cruise, Angels in Tropical Shirts (Lake Charles, LA) and Meeting of Minds (Key West, FL) to the list. You should also ask him about the time he opened for Barenaked Ladies in Anaheim, CA.  That’s a good story.

The Bob Karwin Report Gets Nominated for a TRMA!

My radio show was nominated for a 2011Trop Rock Music Award for Best Radio Show.  I am so proud of this show and ecstatic that the listeners are rallying behind it.  If you are a Margarita Mafia member, please cast your vote for the BKR when you receive your final ballot.

If you haven’t heard, I am hosting a new, weekly show on the internet radio station Beachfront Radio.  It’s a one hour, trop rock talk show where I report and comment on current on News, Sports, and Entertainment.  I also play a bunch of my favorite trop rock music. Tune in to every Monday at 8:00 p.m. EST/5:00 pm PST.  There is also an encore presentation on Sunday nights at 9:00 pm EST/6:00 pm PST.

This week will be my birthday episode (9/26/11) I’ll tackle the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” and, if I can get it done in time, debut a brand new Bob Karwin song.  Hope you can tune in.

I will soon be adding a “transcripts” page here on the web site with the transcript of each week’s BKR.  Stay tuned for that.

New Dates Added

I have updated the schedule page with new events including a visit to Rocky Point in Mexico on October 14-15 to play with Mark Mulligan, KD Moore, Rob Mehl and Sam Rainwater.

I have also posted the info on my two shows during Meeting of the Minds in Key West, November 5, 2011.

I also added info for my very first show at Trop Rock’s premier house concert venue, The Yard in Tampa, FL on April 21, 2012.

Featured Artist – John Reno

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Who is John Reno, you might ask? John is a singer/songwriter from Fairhope, Alabama. Born in New Orleans, Louisiana, John knew at an early age that music was his passion.

John is not your typical acoustic guitar playing singer songwriter. John’s musical style can be defined as trop rock – a mixture of rock-n-roll and country music with an island theme, and lyrics depicting a laid back lifestyle. John not only defines this musical genre – he lives it!

After getting a degree in accounting from Loyola University and doing a stint as an accountant in Boston, one day John never returned to work after lunch. At lunch, he bought a guitar and by the end of the week, John Reno was born. Within a short time, John Reno was playing at the local clubs and at colleges in the Providence/Boston area. Being a Louisiana boy, and longing for “short-pant” weather, John returned to the Gulf coast area.

John settled in Fairhope, Alabama. Fairhope is the perfect town in the perfect location. Located on the Eastern Shore of Mobile Bay and only two and one half hours from New Orleans, John is at home!

He has, however, done his share of traveling. John has performed from Maine to Mexico and was one of the feature performers on an around the world cruise. Currently, John is touring to promote his new CD – Magic Chair. John is accompanied on this CD by many talented musicians. Magic Chair is the audio definition of trop rock.

John’s Band, the Half-Fast Creekers, consist of a unique combination of instruments and personalities. Dennis Gray, a retired young salt, is the tuba player. (Yes, the band does have a tuba!). Kurt Schneider, a semi-retired architect, plays harmonica and percussion, and Chip Collins, hits the bongo, conga, drums and percussion. John Reno and the Half-Fast Creekers have a diversified song list. In addition to performing the songs written by John, the band’s repertoire has been described as Hoagy Carmichael meets Toby Keith in Margaritaville.

Magic Chair is John’s fourth CD. Magic Chair contains ten tracks that flow nicely from one song to another and demonstrates the magic tone of John’s voice. Each song tells its own story. One song, Heartaches and Hangovers, was co-written by football legend, Kenny “Snake” Stabler. The title track, Magic Chair, puts you right there. This is a song that everyone who listens to it will identify with. Always having a sense of humor, John has included a cover of a song he considers a classic, I Lobster but Never Flounder. To showcase his sense of style, Magic Chair also features an instrumental piece, Mortise and Tenon, as well as a haunting rendition of Drunken Sailor.

John spent ten years touring colleges and universities performing a Caribbean inspired show called “Pirates, Parrots and Margaritas.” This show featured a combination of Jimmy Buffett’s greatest hits along with island Caribbean classics. During this time, John was nominated by Campus Activities Today Magazine as “Best Solo Performer”, “Best Unsigned Artist” and “One of America’s Hottest Acts.”

In addition to the island music, John also performs songs that show his “other side.”
These songs are a masterful blend of musical satire and humor and songs that are just plan funny. These are songs that poke fun at the human condition and highlight John’s

Other John Reno compilations include: John Reno and The Half-Fast Creekers: A Bona Fide Social Club; John Reno – Calypso Joe and John Reno: Total Renovation. John also has a single on the trop rock compilation called Thongs in the Key of Life. John’s CD’s are available on or by visiting John’s website:


Until Next Time…  Trop On!

Featured Artist of the Week – “Jambo” Joe Bones

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“Jambo” Joe Bones Bio – 

A Jambo show is: A bit of laid-back rock, some raunchy country, a blender full of Jimmy Buffett and a handful of my own tunes all washed down with a couple cold beers and a shot of tequila (salt and lime, please)


My friends are calling it “Mustache Rock!””


I performed over 175 shows in 2010, in locations ranging from Detroit Lakes, Minnesota to Austin, Texas to Key West, Florida.


This year’s schedule looks to be even busier, with shows already booked 5 days a week all summer long at various patio bars, restaurants, and waterfront venues – plus a number of Parrot Head Club parties, private parties and another stint at Margaritaville, Key West in November.


I hope to see YOU at a show soon!


My friend Mini gave me the nickname “Jambo.” I later found out that Jambo means “Hello!” in Swahili (for real). That wasn’t my friend’s intention, but it made me like the name even more. So… Hello!


I’ve been playing guitar and singing since I was a kid. My Dad is a musician and he put a guitar in my hands as soon as I could hold one. For this I am forever grateful. My Mom is a musician, too. I remember hearing her play songs from the Sound of Music on the piano when I was just a wee parakeet. My younger brother followed suit and soon we were both playing guitar, piano and drums. Music was all over the house.


My earliest recollection of listening to music (besides hearing my parents), was from their album collection, which included such greats as James Taylor, Neil Diamond, the Carpenters, the Everly Brothers, Elvis Presley, the Beatles, Cat Stevens, America, Gordon Lightfoot, Jim Croce, Jerry Jeff Walker, the Eagles, Neil Young and many other wonderful musicians from the 50s through the 70s. Again, I am grateful that this was my musical base.


Obviously, music became a huge part of my life at a very early age, and soon I was collecting my own albums… including my first Kiss album. 😉 Other albums I bought and loved included Charlie Daniels, Queen, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Boston, Billy Joel, Hank Williams Jr, AC/DC, Van Halen and so on.


Then in the mid-80s, a friend of mine said “I think you’d really like this guy named Jimmy Buffett.” Of course I’d heard the song Margaritaville, but wasn’t really familiar with his other songs. So I bought my first Buffett album, and I was hooked. Jimmy’s music brought back the familiar style of music I heard coming from my parents’ record player in the 70s. Acoustic-based, lyrical music. Plus his songs had a touch of fun, irony and humor I hadn’t heard before in music. I said “Take me to the boat!”


So now, many years and guitar strings later, I have this urge to play fun and familiar music for everyone. Come out and see me sometime. I think you’ll find a song or two you can sing along with.


Your friend through music,


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Until Next Time…  Trop On!


9/11 Message from Peter Mayer

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A “911” message from PETER MAYER:
What Matters

“I was riding up the elevator of a downtown Chicago hotel on the morning of
September 11th, 2001, breakfast in hand, when a woman next to me said; “did
you hear about the plane hitting the world trade center”? Back in my room I
turned on the news. Thoughts in my head of a freak accident or pilot error
quickly gave way to the unfolding calamity of our generation. As I heard Dan
Rather reporting, it became clear that this was not a just an accident or a
mistake, but an intentional act of violence that would, in the coming hours,
end nearly 3000 lives and change all of our lives forever. My wife and I had
planned to have our two young children come to visit me in Chicago while I
was on tour with Jimmy Buffett. They were due to take their first flight
without us that morning. But planes hit the twin towers and all our plans,
routines and expectations for that day were pushed aside while we tried to
take in what had just happened and care in whatever way we could for those
affected by the tragedy and those we loved around us.

This day, 10 years later, I think about and pray for those who lost their
lives, and the families and loved ones that still bear the burden and work
through the difficult questions of that loss. I also hope that we come face
to face with this “today” we have been given with courage, faith, and love
for that which matters most in our lives.

My mom had an old crank flour sifter that she used to make bread. I still
remember the sound of that crank and the soft perfect flour that floated out
of the clumped mess she began with. With the crowded airwaves, violent news,
loud conversations, and chaos of what life can be now, I sometimes wish for
a sifter to take what I’m holding, and refine the mess into my very best. I
try to remember though, the point is not perfection, but to take one more
step toward making something real and essential, like bread for the table,
something useable, and ready for sharing with others again. In remembering
today we can’t wish the world into a perfect place, but we can begin by
meeting fear, hurt and hatred with the best of what we’ve got; Love.”
<Thanks, Terry Lederer>

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Trop On!