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First, we are very happy to announce that we now have raised over $10,000 for the various Parrot Head charities through the sales and donations of the book and CDs at the events since the book has been out.

A special thanks to everyone who bought the book and CDs. It is really appreciated!

Our events for this year:

January 25-27, 2014 - Midwinter Meltdown, Manassas, VA
March 7-9, 2014 - Phloc Madness, Ashland Coffee and Tea, Ashland, VA

March 15, 2014 – Sunny Jim House concert, Reisterstown, MD, Dan and Kathleen Garber

March 16, 2014 – John McDonald, CD Release party, Pittsburgh, PA
March 20-23, 2014 - Stars Fell on Alabama, LuLu's, Gulf Shores, Alabama, and Flora-Bama The Island House. Pensacola, Florida

July 10-13, 2014 – Laid Back Attack, Seattle, Washington.

 . . . others yet to be determined . . .

October 29-November 2, 2014 – Meeting of the Minds, Key West, FL

We were all saddened by the passing of Beach Front Radio's DJ Jeff, just before MOTM 2013. He was a great inspiration to us all in the Trop Rock world and we can only hope to do our best to keep the Trop Rock music alive! During Meeting of the Minds this past year, 2013, in Key West there was a special tribute for DJ Jeff during the Beach Front Radio Welcome party on Wednesday at “The Smokin' Tuna”. The place was  packed with tons of BeachFront and DJ Jeff fans. Many of the musicians were there to pay tribute to Jeff and do a few of his favorite songs of theirs. The “Trop Rock Music Showcase” was invited to the event by Jeff to record it for the show. But as it turned out it was a tribute for him. We have put together 4 episodes of the event with each performer doing at least one of their songs. The DJ Jeff tribute is be Episodes 9-12 from Season 2 are were aired  Nov. 16, 23, 30 and Dec 7. See below for the times that they can be seen. Also listen to the interview DJ Jeff did with me in 2011 when the book first came out and also just a month before MOTM in 2013.

 


By now most people know of Hugo Duarte's battle with cancer. Please keep him in your prayers as he goes through his chemo and radiation treatments and healing process. He is a great friend and an extremely talented singer/songwriter. Let's hope his battle is successful and he will continue to inspire and entertain us for many more years. Be strong Hugo and heal fast.

Check out the special Facebook page for Hugo where you can help contribute to the fund to help defray some of his costs or go to the BeachFront Radio web site where you can contribute to the DJ Jeff taking care of our own fund which will also be helping out Hugo.


We have now finished the Second season of the Trop Rock TV show called “The Trop Rock Music Showcase”. The show can be seen on “WEYW TV 19 The Florida Keys”, www.weyw19.com on Sat. 8 PM, then re-broadcast on Sun. 7 PM and Thurs. 7:30 PM. Or if you are in the Keys on ATT U-verse 19 and Comcast 87. Direct TV and DishNet TV are coming soon all the way up to Miami soon. All of Season 1 and Season 2 episodes are now posted to the Trop Rock book's website where they can be seen 24/7. Episode 18 is coming soon. The Trop Rock Music Showcase brings you to the events, house concerts and venues where your favorite Trop Rock singer/songwriters perform across the country. This is a grassroots TV show, nothing fancy, just the musicians and bands doing their songs. So be sure to tune in and listen to and watch some great Trop Rock music. The videos of them at the events are just us at the event video recording the shows. A few of the musicians have sent in their own videos and we have put most of them on the show too. To see the previous episodes that have already aired go to: www.troprocksongs and click on the coconut icon "TV Show".                                                              

Our sponsors for the TV show are “90 For Life”, “Built-to-Last”, “Dockside Tropical Cafe” and “Songwriters Island Radio”.

Be sure to check out our sponsors on our home page and our sponsors page.


We had a great time in Key West in 2013 and it was great catching up with our old friends and making a lot of new friends as well. We hope to be there again  this year also. Here is our schedule so far for this year for where we will be selling the book and all three CDs and filming for the TV Show:

January 25-27, 2014 - Midwinter Meltdown, Manassas, VA
March 7-9, 2014 - Phloc Madness, Ashland Coffee and Tea, Ashland, VA
March 15, 2014 – Sunny Jim House concert, Reisterstown, MD, Dan and Kathleen Garber

March 16, 2014 – John McDonald, CD Release party, Pittsburgh, PA

July 10-13, 2014 – Laid Back Attack, Seattle, Washington.

October 29-November 2, 2014 – Meeting of the Minds, Key West, FL

 

Green World Gallery, Key West carries the book “Trop Rock Songs Stories and Tales” all year long as well as the CDs. You can also order the book from this web site (www.troprocksongs.com), just go to the “Purchase” coconut icon.

The book signing contest is now officially complete. The winner of the contest is Brett Baker who successfully got a signature from each and every singer/songwriter, actor and TV show producer. Congratulations!!! There is an interview with Brett in one of the last episodes of Season 2. He will get a free copy of the second book and his picture in the book with his story on how he got ALL those signatures. Great job!!!

 

We also have a special request for you to help us out. If you have any video of the singer/songwriters that you feel would show well on the show please send it to us so we can see if we will be able to put it on the show. Email us through the “Contact” coconut icon or email us directly at troprocksongs@yahoo.com or troprockmusicshowcase@yahoo.com and we'll let you know how to get it to us.

We hope to see you soon at one of the events we will be attending.
 

Here are a few book reviews by the Singer/Songwriters in the book.

“Trop Rock Stories & Tales is an absolutely fascinating book into the islands of the minds of the songwriters! This full color book gives a fun insight into what the songwriters were actually thinking when they wrote these entertaining island/tropical songs. Whether you are a Parrothead, or just a lover of music, you'll love the stories & tales shared in this book. The accompanying CD is a must to add to your tropical music library.”

- Giddyup Dave


“Trop Rock Songs Stories and Tales, a virtual Trop Rock bible featuring ALL of your favorite artists, their songs and the stories behind them. A first of its kind!”

- Mark Mulligan

“I've looked at the book quite a bit and it looks great!! Also heard raving about it.”

- Scott Kirby


My copy of your book proudly sits on my coffee table. It’s absolutely fantastic, I’ve learned so much about so many artists in Trop Rock… it’s very hard to put down!
- Brian Roberts


The Funk and Wagnells of Trop Rock. Congratulations on the book. Hope it continues to sell well for you. I credit your decision to put me on the front cover as the key factor.

- Bob Karwin


“This book is a good read for those who want to learn more about Trop Rock music. It’s chock full of fascinating stories behind the songs and the songwriters themselves.”

- Tom Becker of Latitude


“Trop Rock Songs Stories and Tales, Im Lovin it!”

- Chris Sacks


“Wow, looks great! I can't wait to give it a good read.”

- Del Suggs


“The book Trop Rock Songs Stories and Tales is a who's who of Trop Rock Music with a great collection of stories - all told by the artists. The color photos really make it a great book to sit and read, or simply browse. It will have an honored place in our home in San Carlos where everyone will have a chance to browse and enjoy the stories behind the songs we all love.
- Sam L Rainwater


“I have spent the last couple of days reading, reviewing and enjoying both the book and CD - wow what a project! You did a great job, and I want you to know how extremely glad and appreciative I am to be included in your work. Can't thank you enough.”

- Kevin Mulvenna


Keep your eyes open for more news about the book.
Thanks, Andy

 

 
     
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