Frequently asked Questions

Call or TEXT Greg 425-679-1178 or email (

Q) How much do the TROPICS cost?
That depends upon the type of event, number of hours, time of year, day of the week and travel expenses. Unlike most groups, our price is negotiable. We’ll quote a price for a given location, number of hours and date. It’s okay to make us a counter-offer. We can usually perform for a price that will fit your budget.

How can I get the best Price?
Consider hiring the TROPICS DUO instead of the TRIO. You’ll get the same great music with 2 lead singers, Guitar, Saxophone and Flute. The main difference will be less emphasis on harder “guitar solo” oriented Rock.

When you “book a date” we are reserving it for your exclusive use. 
In essence you are “buying”the date” as much as the musical performance. 
That’s why we usually require a DEPOSIT in which you promise to pay us for the use of a specific date. 
As a courtesy, we agree to refund a deposit with 30 days of a “contract date” if you should need to cancel.
If the cancellation is within 6 months of the event we expect to be PAID IN FULL.
That’s because we have made that date unavailable to others.  
In 20 years The TROPICS have never cancelled a date for any reason. If we ever do we will refund any compensation already received.

Q) Do you require a DEPOSIT?
Yes. A deposit of 50% is usually requested to reserve a date.

Q) Will you reserve a date for me after I contact you?
A) A date is “reserved” when a deposit of 50% is received. If there is a delay in receiving a deposit we will contact you before giving the date to another party.

Q) Do you use a contract?
A) Yes. We’ll email a simple one-page contract in the form of a PDF (or send it via U.S mail)  stating the date, time and place of the event and the agreed price and details. After we receive a signed copy of the contract and a deposit check the date will be officially “reserved”.

Q) How are payments made to The TROPICS?
A Check or VENMO can be use for npayment. The balance will be due on the date of the performance.  
All checks should be payable to “Greg Boehme”. Not “The TROPICS”.

Q) What if I need to POSTPONE an event? (this stuff happens sometimes
If you ever need to Postpone your event we’re willing to reschedule on a MUTUALLY ACCEPTABLE date within 6 months at no extra charge. 

Q) What is you RAIN POLICY?.
We can’t expose electronics, instruments and computers to water of any kind. Clients must pay attention to the forecast and secure complete protection (overhead and 3 sides) for our equipment ahead of time. We reserve the right to suspend our performance in the event of inadequate protection and expect to be paid in full.

Q) What kind of music do you play?
We perform a HUGE VARIETY of music that includes the most crowd-pleasing songs from the last 60 years to the present. This includes Background, Light Jazz, Classic Rock, R & B, Country, Pop and current hits! Our music is age appropriate and never too loud, although we like to “rock pretty hard” given the chance. 
We get many compliments on our song selection and are happy to play requests. We will learn a “special” song or two given at least a 1 month advance notice. 
Visit our SONGLIST page and  hear us on our DEMO page.      
If you’d like request a complimentary CD of DEMOS from greg at:
I’s “Old School”

Q) Are you available for for my event?
Check our CALENDAR page or email  me ( 
Contact us even if your date appears to be taken. Sometimes our schedule changes before the calendar page is updated....

Q) Where have you played? Who has hired you?
 To see a list of places and clients visit our  “VENUES” page.

How much floor space do you need? How long does it take to set up?
We prefer a space at least 20 by 10 feet that is smooth and level. Setup takes about 90 minutes.
We can play in a smaller space if necessary.

Q) Will you perform “MC” functions? Can we use your microphone?
Yes. We’re always happy to perform as “MC” and be of assistance to you, even during breaks. We’ll have a wireless microphone available for your use when requested ahead of time.

Q) Can you provide music for our Wedding Ceremony?
We provide many options which include an array of Ceremony music which can include vocals, saxophone, flute, keyboard and guitar for Procession and Recession. 

Q) How about Background Music?
We can perform a great variety of light jazz and ballads, both vocal and instrumental. We also provide appropriate recorded background music before we play and during breaks in the “live” music. 

Q) How many ‘breaks” do you take?
For a 3 hour event we typically play a long first set of 70 minutes (which keeps the party going) followed by a 15 minute break.  A 4 hour event would have 2-3 short breaks.

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