Frequently asked Questions

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When you book a “date” we are reserving it for your exclusive use. In essence you are “buying” the much as the musical performance. That’s why we usually require a contract 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.

The TROPICS have never cancelled a date for any reason. If we ever do we will refund any compensation already received. 

If a client “Cancels” FOR ANY REASON we expect to be PAID IN FULL. Many of us make our living performing in multiple groups and will often have turned down other opportunities in order to be available for a date. When a date is “taken off the market” it loses value as It’s “unavailability” is published on multiple websites.

The DEPOSIT functions to protect us from financial harm in the case of a cancellation. It also protects the client. 

Q How do you handle weather related cancellations, typically snow?
The TROPICS have never failed to show up because of cold or snowy weather. If we ever do we will refund any compensation already received. 

If a CLIENT needs to cancel because of snow,  we will, as a courtesy, offer the option to reschedule a mutually acceptable date within 6 months (at no extra charge). 
However we expect to be PAID IN FULL regardless of whether or not an alternate date can be agreed upon.

RAIN at OUTDOOR PERFORMANCES . We can’t expose $30,000 plus of 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?
A) 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 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) How much do the TROPICS cost?
A) 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. 

Q) Are you available for for my event?
A)  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?
A) To see a list of places and clients visit our  “VENUES” page.

Q) Will you reserve a date for me after I contact you?
A) A date is “reserved” when a deposit of about 30% 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 PDF (or send via U.S mail) a simple one-page contract  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 “reserved”.

Q) How are payments made to The TROPICS?
A) A deposit of 30% will be requested to hold the date. The balance will be due on the date of the performance.  All checks should be payable to “Greg Boehme”. Not “The TROPICS”.

Q) 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?
A) 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?
 A) 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?
A) For a 3 hour event we typically play a long first set of 80 minutes (which keeps the party going) followed by a 15-20 minute break.  A 4 hour event would have 2-3 short breaks.


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