In our hearts, we're still the Margarita M.A.F.I.A. (Musicians, Artists and Fans In Alliance), but we've changed our name to include "Trop Rock" in the title to make it easier for Trop Rock fans to find us.
AND.... it's time to let the rest of the world know that Trop Rock Music may be FUN, but we are serious about our music!!!
We are now the TROP ROCK MUSIC ASSOCIATION!!!!
Tropical Rock (or Trop-Rock) is a genre of popular music that incorporates elements and influences of Rock and Roll, Country and Caribbean themes with an island style that represents a laid-back way of life.
Instrumentation is usually acoustic guitar based, and often includes steel drum, congas, marimbas, vibes or other percussion instruments to create an "island sound".
While Country and other musical styles focus on Falling in Love/Falling Out of Love themes, Trop Rock's main focus is on "escapism" -- a laid back lifestyle, tropical places, boating, simplifying and having fun.
Jimmy Buffett is often referred to as the "Pop of Trop Rock"
Other Major Label artists include: Kenny Chesney, Zac Brown Band, Bertie Higgins
Independent singer/songwriters are a major force in Trop Rock music.
Popular Independent Trop Rock artists include 2011 Trop Rock Music Award winners: The Boat Drunks, Brent Burns, Rob Mehl, James "Sunny Jim" White, Latitude
Trop Rock fans travel the country attending events featuring their favorite Trop Rock artists. The largest Trop Rock event, "Meeting of the Minds", is held each November in Key West, Florida. This event features dozens of Trop Rock artists and attracts close to 5,000 fans.
Originating in 2005, the Trop Rock Music Association -- formerly known as the Margarita M.A.F.I.A. (Musicians, Artists and Fans In Alliance), is a community of Artists, DJ's, Club Owners and Music Lovers coming together to support and promote Trop Rock music.
By bringing the Trop Rock professional community and listening audience together, we are able to increase awareness of Trop Rock Music, elevate the genre and bring the music to a larger audience.
We've made some MAJOR progress over the past several years, with more Artists, Radio Stations, Venues, House Concerts and Events than ever before!!!
Now, with members in 48 states, Europe, Mexico and the Caribbean, we are taking Trop Rock music worldwide!
Become a member and be part of the Trop Rock movement!
The Trop Rock Music Awards was established in 2007 to formally recognize the hard work, promotion and preservation of Trop Rock Music by the artists, songwriters, radio, events and live music venues through whom the genre continues to evolve. Over the years, the program has grown to include 18 categories.
You must be a member of the Trop Rock Music Association to vote in the Trop Rock Music Awards. Click the trophy to see a list of this year's winners.
7th Annual Trop Rock Music Awards
Thursday, October 30, 2014
Key West, FL
2014 Trop Rock Music Awards Winners
Radio Station- Mid size: Beachfront Radio
Radio Station- Small Market:
House Concert Venue: Mark & Sharon Leverett /The Yard --
Live Music Venue: Smokin’ Tuna – Key West Florida, FL
Event: Music on the Bay –
Musician: Jimi Pappas
Horizon: The Southern Drawl Band
Duo/Trio: Tropical Soul
Band: The Southern Drawl Band
Female Vocalist: Michelle Becker of Latitude
Male Vocalist: James "Sunny Jim" White
Album: -- "Flotsam & Jetsam", James "Sunny Jim" White
Song: "Parrotheads, Together We Fly", Jimi Pappas
Fan of The Year: Sam & Gina Densler
The “I CAN” Award: James "Sunny Jim" White
Songwriter of the Year: Steve Tolliver & James "Sunny Jim" White
Entertainer: Jimmy & The Parrots
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