Top singer songwriters are gathering in our Osprey, FL neighborhood from November 2 - 5, 2023 to chill together after MOTM and create new music, and you can be a part of it! that is the weekend after Meeting of The Minds which is being held in Orange Beach, AL. This means restructuring our event somewhat, but we'll have an update on that as soon as we can.
We hope you can join us for the second annual Suncoast Serenade - the only songwriters event of its kind - on its new date here on the beautiful SW Florida Gulf Coast.
To celebrate the troprock music scene with local talent, and to honor a songwriter who immortalized our Southwest Florida lifestyle with his music, Sunny Jim is hosting Florida-based artists Jimi Pappas, John Patti, Beth Travers and Dave Signs, in his hometown of Osprey, Florida. Also participating is songwriting legend Brent Burns of Orange Beach, AL. With the new schedule we may see some new faces in the lineup.
The idea behind the Suncoast Serenade is to gather our songwriters In Osprey, to experience the “old Florida” feel and give them time to collaborate and write new music together. We hosted our first Suncoast Serenade last year, and it was such a success that we decided to do it again. We look forward to new music from our songwriters, but guests can also submit song ideas and lyrics for consideration (no guarantee that they will be used).
We have also added intimate workshops with the songwriters where guests can join in to discuss the songwriting process, the art of studio production and the artist's own personal experiences in the music industry. Our host hotel is Casey Key Resorts in Osprey, Fl.
LIMITED BEACHFRONT ACCOMMODATIONS are available on Nokomis Beach with our VIP Package.
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Sunny Jim has called Osprey, Florida home since 2001 when he left the Cayman Islands to enjoy paradise in the U.S. A multiple award winner from the Troprock Music Association, he travels the country performing his original music. But James is always happy to come home to Southwest Florida where he has part of the local music scene for many years. Among his favorite memories are performing with his good friend and fellow songwriter, Jim Morris, who lived in Punta Gorda, Florida.
Born in Oklahoma, raised in Arizona, and currently a resident of Gulf Shores, Alabama, Brent Burns is a poet laureate of the beach. A decorated combat veteran, Brent is the first American entertainer to perform for troops overseas after September 11, 2001.
A Trop Rock Music Awards winner, Brent has been named Entertainer of the Year. Songwriter of the Year, and several of his CDs have been named CD of the Year. He has also received a special Wave Award for his charitable work.
As a singer/songwriter Jimi's original tunes are a blend of Americana meets Folk/Rock and they bring out his love of tropical places. His covers and originals are influenced by the early 70’s singer/songwriter movement. Jimi also picks classic rock gems and gives them his acoustic treatment. Jimi Pappas has six CDs of original music, and he as won four TRMA Music Awards: the Horizon Award in 2012, Song of the Year, Musician of the Year in 2013 and 2014.
From Singapore to Key West, Manhattan to the Caribbean, crowds of all ages and nationalities have seen John Patti bring the steel pan to the forefront of musical entertainment. Whether in a solo performance or collaboration with bands, John’s intriguing stories and skillful performance leaves long lasting and memorable impressions with any audience.
Beth grew up sailing on Nantucket Sound and listening to Jimmy Buffett tunes. To pursue her love of music, She moved to Nashville and became a writer and a session musician/singer. Beth toured with Ray Stevens and played with other national acts before opting out of the grind for a few years and joining the American Red Cross where she taught first responder skills and worked at overseas military facilities.
As a sailor, Dave knows the waterways and beaches of the Great Lakes, Chesapeake Bay, New England and the Gulf of Mexico. As a musician, Dave has deep connections to the Nashville music scene. He built his first recording studio there in the 1980"s. He has now built a recording studio in Englewood, where he and Beth Travers have established MFG Records and MFG Tropical Nashville.
Donny Brewer is a Central Texas born and bred multi-instrumentalist with over 30 years experience entertaining crowds in all genres in all parts of the world. He has been writing and recording Trop Rock music all his life and has released five beach and escapism themed albums.
He’s since won 23 Trop Rock Music Association awards for his music including Entertainer Of The Year 5 years running.
Eric Erdman was writing songs at 8 years old as a kid in his home at Mobile Bay , AL. His passion for music grew throughout his high school and college years. As a pro, he fronted a group that recorded four albums and toured worldwide. Smart lyrics, gorgeous melodies, soulful ballads: Eric’s range transcends genre, and he is a master on the guitar. Besides his own singer/songwriter credentials, Eric also produces projects for others.
Singer/Songwriter Carrie Welling embraces the confidence that sometimes alluded her and has won her battle to be good to herself, and to quiet the inner voice nagging her to be “perfect”. Carrie's music reflects her strength and confidence, and she sings in a bold, sultry voice. She shares a genuine love and connection with her fans both on and off stage. An international touring artist, Carrie is based in Nashville, TN.
We have a limited number of beachfront accommodations just for our VIPs, on beautiful Nokomis Beach known for its stunning sunsets. Special events are planned for our VIP guests and artists here.
This VIP package also Includes:
PRICING BASED ON DOUBLE OCCUPANCY - 3 NIGHTS (THURS/FRI/SAT) + TAXES AND FEES*
Pool View Rooms have great views of the Resort Pool and Sundeck from private patios or balconies. Choose from a King bed or two Queen beds. The rooms feature large walk-in showers and mini-fridges.
Mainland Hotel Packages Include:
PRICING BASED ON DOUBLE OCCUPANCY - 3 NIGHTS (THURS/FRI/SAT) + TAXES AND FEES*
If you are lucky enough to live in our area,
you love the lifestyle and Troprock music.
To join all the fun we've got planned this weekend, and still sleep in your own bed, check out our Locals Package.
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Friday night we'll enjoy the individual singer songwriters perform their own music on the poolside stage of the hotel. (This photo is from our 2022 event) Guests will also enjoy a buffet dinner poolside.
Saturday night is the weekend finale where new music is presented by the songwriters as a group in the ballroom of the hotel. There will also be a special tribute to Jim Morris in the final set. (This photo is from our 2020 event). The event includes a buffet dinner.
No celebration of Troprock music in Southwest Florida is complete without honoring the songwriter who immortalized our saltwater lifestyle, Jim Morris, who died almost 7 years ago.
“Jim paved the way for all of us, and helped build this supportive music community that we all now enjoy,” said long-time friend Sunny Jim. “We miss him, but we have vowed to keep his music alive.”
James, Jimi Pappas and John Patti will pay tribute to Jim during the final set of a concert on the final night of the event, and a custom-made Jim Morris Signature guitar will also be auctioned to raise money for Shoes for Kids in Charlotte County. Through the years, Jim and Sharon Morris raised considerable funds for their favorite charity.
Boise, ID luthier Mike Giltzow, who built a custom guitar for Jim Morris in 2008, has built the signature guitar specifically for the auction. The original guitar that Mike built for Jim, was gifted back to Giltzow after Jim died. Connie Morrell, Sharon Morris’s sister now owns Jim’s musical estate. “I thought Mike should have Jim’s guitar back, since he built it for Jim,” she said.
From the Fish-Head Studios in Punta Gorda back to Mike Giltzow’s home in Boise, Jim Morris’s custom-built guitar is back where was made.
The custom signature guitar will be auctioned live during the grand finale.