As a professional musician and entertainer for over 30 years, Mark James is most known for his ever present smile, warm personable rapport with any size audience and his versatility in adjusting the mood of the event to the crowd and setting. A wide songlist of over 750 songs and a unique sense of humor can take the evening down unexpected paths as the situation requires. Mark loves what he does and the audience can feel that.
With the addition of a steel drummer, the act becomes "Caribbean Sunset" available from a duo and trio up to a 6pc Band. This combination becomes the perfect musical backdrop to summertime events featuring authentic caribbean music for listening and dancing.
Summertime work is concentrated on (but not limited to) the Jimmy Buffett Parrothead community featuring select JB covers, singer/songwriter material and tropical flavored country/rock. Specific songlists covering different music styles can be assembled as required.
As a solo entertainer, Mark James has performed in various settings across the country from intimate parties to corporate events, the college circuit and many park concerts over his 30+ year career.
As a lead guitarist, Mark James had been performing with John Frinzi, including several dates with different members of Jimmy Buffett's Coral Reefer Band: Doyle Grisham, Michael Utley, Robert Greenidge, Mac McAnally, Nadirah Shakoor and Peter & Jim Mayer. This personal accomplishment and experience has had a great effect on how he relates to and performs this style of music; as an ensemble player, solo performer and songwriter. Mark continues to perform with John on select dates when John is in the Northeast and various dates in Key West during Meeting Of The Minds.
He has also been collaborating with Dennis McCaughey of Tropical Soul around Southeast PA and Yankee Jack when in Key West, FL.
Mark James was lead guitarist for the premier JB tribute band Parrotbeach from 2006 to 2009, performing extensively throughout the US and Caribbean. Mark still performs on select dates with PB as required.
When not touring with other artists, Mark is available for solo, duo, trio and band dates performing select covers and original music.
Career experience has been in all styles of music and ensembles from show bands to music in the schools assemblies. Performing from NY to LA and Toronto to Key West to audiences from 15 to 15,000.
Gig of choice is outdoor events - someplace warm.
Near water, if possible.
Mark's featured instruments:
Acoustic and electric guitar, bass guitar, vocals.
Available in solo, duo, trio and band configurations as budget and event require, additional musicians play percussion, drums, bass, electric & steel guitar, steel drum, piano, saxophone. Additional lead time may be required for specific instrumentation desired.
Final price is driven by sound, production, lodging and transportation expenses.
Cinco De Mayo Parties
July 4th Parties
Mardi Gras Party
New Year's Eve Parties
Valentine's Day Parties
70's Hits Acoustic Guitar
Beach Music Acoustic Guitar
Beach Music Guitar
Beach Music Singer
Country Acoustic Guitar
Folk Acoustic Guitar
Rock Acoustic Guitar
$350 - $2500
Jimmy Buffett, James Taylor, Harry Chapin, Kenny Chesney, Alan Jackson, Doyle Grisham, Peter Mayer
"It was extremely easy to work with Mark. He was very flexable with the potential lightning storm situation that we were dealing with on the day of the concert. He is very personable and had a good rapport with the audience."
- Suzanne G.
Birthday Party (Adults) in Reading, PA on 04/22/2012
"The performance was increditble and more than I had even dreamed it ould be. Everything was perfect"
- Barb H.
Private Party in Harrison, NY on 03/22/2012
"I need more stars for Mark James! He has a beautiful combination of being both tremendously professional and incredibly personable. And then when he started to sing, we never wanted him to stop! People are still talking about our event and it is all due to Mark James and his amazing performance. In addition to being a great singer and player, he is also a super performer - he did a great job engaging and interacting with the audience as well. His drummer was super, too! I cannot wait to bring him back to NY! Can't rate him high enough. It was a true pleasure working with Mark James."
- Leigh Ann P.
High School Reunion in Perkasie, PA on 10/22/2011
"Mark has a natural gift for interacting with the audience. His humor and sponteneity at our Class Reunion made the event flow smoothly and professionally. His acoustic set during dinner was well received.
We al enjoyed his talent and his special attention to all the requests that were made.
Thank you Mark, for helping to make this Reunion our best ever!
- Barbara S.
Fundraiser in Harwood, MD on 08/06/2011
- Willaim Thomas P.
Club Event in Wellsville, PA on 07/28/2011
"Mark covered a huge selection of music from classic folk rock, rock country, and the Jimmy Buffett sound. He is a walking jukebox! He took requests and did an excellent job on whatever we wanted to hear. Mark has an upbeat personality and plenty of talent to make your event a total success. Our overall experience was A1!!"
- Sharon S.
Birthday Party (Adults) in Orefield, PA on 06/18/2011
"Mark, thank you making my wife's recent birthday party be a great surprise
Prior to the event, I did not know of Mark and discovered him during an internet search on gigmasters.com. Since the point of contact, Mark was a true professional who made every effort in making it truly be a "special event" for the entire age group that was present.
Mark played and sang a wide variety of music that was appreciated by all, including all of those special requests that we wanted to hear.
On behalf of the Howanitz Family and Friends, we would like to thank you for being a part of our recent family event, we truly appreciated your entertainment for the day."
In addition to Macungie, Mark James will also travel to East Texas, Allentown, Emmaus, Old Zionsville, Trexlertown, Hereford, Zionsville, Alburtis, Palm, Breinigsville, Limeport, Maxatawny, Bally, Center Valley, Fogelsville, Lehigh Valley, Mertztown, Orefield, Topton, Barto, East Greenville, Spinnerstown, Bowers, Coopersburg, Pennsburg, Bechtelsville, Bethlehem, Catasauqua, Coplay, Milford Square
and many other locations in and around the Macungie area.
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