John Friday, the Tropical Balladeer, is a Trop Rock singer/songwriter originally from Maryland, now living in Florida. John takes his audience on a musical journey “down to the islands,” with a wide variety of rock, folk, country, reggae, Americana, and island styles.
John Friday covers popular songs from every decade of the pop and rock era. From the crooners of the 40s and rock ‘n’ roll of the 50s, from the British Invasion bands of the 60s to the singer-songwriters of the 70s, and from the “hair pop” of the 80s to the alt-rock legends of today, John plays the songs you know and love, as well as gems from the “ ‘B-side’ of the album” that will bring back memories of the era. John can tailor his show to any audience or venue.
More than just a cover artist, John Friday writes original music in several styles, “some funny, some serious, always entertaining.” His debut CD, Coastal Dreamin’, was released in January 2010 and features nine of John’s original songs. John’s performances garnered a place in the finals of the Landshark Lager Battle of the Bands in 2009, which included a live performance and video shoot in the prestigious 12th And Porter Theater in Nashville. John was the only solo artist, and the only Trop Rock artist, in the finals. His powerful songwriting skills have also earned an Honorable mention in the American Songwriter Lyrics Contest.
Whatever your music needs, whether a party, corporate event, wedding, fundraiser, restaurant, bar or other event, John Friday is the perfect choice for your entertainment.
For an added “island touch,” John is also available as part of the duo, The Caribbean Connection, with the award-winning Dave Lapio on the steel pan. Playing a mix of reggae, soca, calypso, rock, salsa, and even country tunes, The Caribbean Connection is your connection to hot island-style music!
John has built a steadily growing following throughout Florida and the eastern seaboard, playing numerous venues and special events, as well as performng for many of the region's Parrothead clubs. His original songs have charted on several internet radio stations.
John Friday: Chief Troublemaker.....er, Tour Guide
Grace Swinford: Manager
Sandy Kayser: PR & Consultant
Shelly Speckman: Management Assistant
Jeff Alldredge: Photography
Dave Lapio: Steel Pan Wizardry
What to Expect
Typical Gig Duration: 120 - 300 minutes
120-volt A/C power
Cover from the elements (wind/rain)
Available for Your
Anniversary Party, Awards Night, Bachelor Party, Bachelorette Party, Band Member Wanted, Bar/Bat Mitzvah Party, Bar/Lounge, Birthday Party, Club/Nightclub, Concert Venue, Convention, Corporate Event, Cruise, Festival, Fundraiser, Funeral Service, Graduation, Grand Opening, Hotel, Launch Party, Private Party, Restaurant, Sporting Event, Studio Session, Trade Show, Wedding Reception
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