John Friday

Why book John Friday?

John Friday is a Trop Rock singer/songwriter, performing a wide variety of rock, folk, country, reggae, and island styles as well as original music. Much more than just a cover artist, John takes audiences on a musical journey down to the little latitudes. With songs ranging from soulful ballads to "rock the house" dance tunes, and styles ranging from Jimmy Buffett and the Eagles to Kenny Chesney and CCR, John provides just the right mix for your event, party, corporate get-together, wedding, bar, or dining venue.




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Booking Info

  • Typical Gig: 120 - 300 minutes
  • Fee: $200 and up

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John Friday

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.

The team providing the talent:

John Friday

Chief, Tour Guide

Grace Swinford


Sandy Kayser

PR & Consultant

Shelly Speckman

Management Assistant

Jeff Alldredge


Dave Lapio

Steel Pan Wizardry

Setup Requirements

120-volt A/C power

Cover from the elements (wind/rain)