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7/19/06, 10:44 AM - While I am doing my time serving
my country in Iraq, I am enjoying the music on the Tampa
Bay Rock, Back Stage Pass on line Radio. I am from Pinellas Park and
your station makes me feel closer to home. Charlie Souza you rock bud.
I listened to your music hour. You're Awesome!
DC From: Iraq Email: classified
Souza and The New Tropics As seen
St. Pete Times article click here
have seen Charlie Souza and the New Tropics live and not only are they
having a great time, the
audience has fun too! It's hard to tell who's having a better time!! They
sound amazing . The new songs and their classics are true crowd pleasers.
Charlie Souza is music! Let the man play!!"
22 2006 ~ Robinson High School Class of '66 Reunion
Trade Winds Beach Resort ~ St. Pete Beach
Charlie, Everyone commented how much
they enjoyed listening to the "New Tropics" while experiencing
some of the nostalgia of having you play for us. You carry-on the legend
of the Tropics as being the best group to come from our area. Your mix
of oldies and contemporary music was great. You made our reunion a truly
memorable experience. We'll certainly be in touch for our 45th as I'm
sure you'll still be "rockin". Thanks again.
Jerry Denney - Robinson High School Class of 66.
Sand and Symphony 2006
beach in Treasure Island, Florida
"You guys were great! Everybody loved you!" Rick
Taylor, Owner Ricky T's Beach Bars
20, 2006 - The
Tropics Reunion Party! Live
Charlie, GREAT SHOW !! It was really good to see all the
original Tropics back on stage again after all these years, ( way too
many!!) Seems just like yesterday we were watching you guys at the old
Surfer's Club and National Guard Armory. You were GREAT then, and your
GREAT NOW!! Tom
M. #1 Grouper.
22, 2006 - Mainsail
Arts Festival with
Peter Tork of The Monkees!
Vinoy Park, on the waterfront
Downtown St. Petersburg, Florida
Charlie: Thanks for the great, high energy show. The crowd loved
it, you had them up and dancing in the park. From my end, you were professional
and easy to work with. We'll definitely have you back at Mainsail. Thanks
Greg Fisher Entertainment Director Mainsail Arts Festival, Inc
18, 2006 -
Festival ~ The
New Tropics were a treat to have perform at the 2006 Seminole Pow Wow
Festival. Charlie and his crew were easy to work with and they brought
a very professional performance for our festival attendees. A good mix
of new, old, and original.
Jim Sheets Recreation Director City of Seminole,
4th 2006 -
- Cross X-treme Events
Break Gone Wild "Muddy Gras" Concert
band,excellent music and show!
Tillman,soundman L-Cross Okeechobee Florida
Really good rock band,will definitly have them back!"
Pearce,owner L-Cross Okeechobee Florida
17th 2006 -
St. Petersburg Sailboat & Yacht Regatta Celebration &
Composer's Forum "Xtreme
Classical Concert" THE
may have been cold outside, but when Charlie Souza and his band the New
Tropics took the stage at the Palladium Theatre for their first Xtreme
Classical concert they sizzled. The audience was treated to a marriage
of two distinctive genres: rock and roll with its drums, electric guitar,
keyboard and bass guitar and classical music with its viola, violin, cello,
the trademark of Extreme Classical. If the ticket holders
weren't sure what to expect when they walked in the door, it wasn't long
before they were clapping, whooping and hollering in appreciation. Charlie
and his band were joined onstage by several musicians from the Florida
Composers Forum who not only performed in the concert, but wrote their
own arrangements of Charlie's music for their particular instruments.
Favorites of the audience were "Carry Me Back to St. Petersburg",
"I'm Flying" and "Live Your Dream". It was invigorating
to be in the presence of such talent and energy and I for one can't wait
until the next concert! Carol Ann Johnson, The Florida
7, 2006 - Gibtown
"Charlie Souza Kicks Ass !!! "
Ron Galletti -
Born To Ride TV & Magazine
& The New Tropics are fantastic and have a great sound! Everybody
at the event loved them! They are definitely a band that I would highly
reccomend and would have them at any of my events in the future!
Lane - Bikefest Chairman
31st '05 & '06 Hunter's Green C.C. was
proud to have Charlie Souza and his band "The
New Tropics" to entertain the membership at our "Cruisin
to the Tropics" New Years Eve Bash. By far, this band
has been the best to perform at Hunter's Green. This ensemble of very
professional and accomplished musicians, high energy and fun atmoshphere
helped to create the perfect party for all the Members who attended. Thank
you Charlie, for your professionalism, courtesy and willingness to make
this party the best ever. We look forward to more great performances by
you and your band. Thanks!
Ashley Nelson, Member Relations Director Hunter's
Green Country Club
Charlie - as always, it was a pleasure. From the looks of
it, our members had a ball! Thank you for your kindness in playing our
NYE party two years in a row!
~ Dec. 16
The State Theater
Hey! We had a good time at the concert/party listening to you guys!!!
You entertained everybody! The music was super! We'll have to figure out
when we can do it again!
Dan Harvey, Owner, State Theater/Jannus Landing
20th - Florida Wing Fest '05
Bros. Band Shell Pinellas
The Florida Wing Fest was proud to have Charlie
Souza and The New Tropics as part of our entertainment lineup, they brought
great energy and fantastic music (both covers and originals) to our event.
We'll have them back! Larry
Lockhart, Organizer Florida Wing
19th - The
Museum of Fine Arts St.
"Love to the Max"
and Band were absolutely perfect for our event Love to the Max for
Imagine for Kids, a fundraiser at the Museum of Fine Arts. We had
a very 60's inspired event and as Peter Max told me the following
week, "Everything about it was perfect, the vibe, the dancers, the
outfits and the music", couldn't have said it better. Thanks Charlie
and The New Tropics for a memorable evening. Wendy
Jane Park.... On
- Tom James wowed the crowd with vocals on Johnny Be Goode joining
The New Tropics on stage at the event.
Pages S.P. Times November 27, 2005..
& The New Tropics, you rocked the house at
of Fine Arts /Peter Max Event!
Thomas Theriaque wwww.kozmosentertainment2.com
Vinoy Park - St.
rock god Charlie Souza
a thing or two about immortality. The leader of legendary Tampa faves
the Tropics (now the New Tropics), Souza has worked as a session player
with some of the greatest rock 'n' rollers in history, including Gregg
Allman and Tom Petty. Let your hometown love shine at Souza's Friday show".
DALY St. Pete Times Published November 10, 2005
the entire article, click here)
20, 2005 - Junior
League of Tampa Holiday Gala ~ Tampa
I received THE BEST feedback from the event that you
guys were just fantastic!" Cheryl Chester
Thanks again for a great performance. Here is a quote for your website.We
hope to see you again soon! The Junior League
of Tampa's annual Gala was a great success
due in part to the wonderful performance of the
Charlie Souza Band. They played great music all night and did a great
job of getting people to dance!
They were also fantastic to work with. From the first contact they were
there to help make our event as special as possible. We could not have
asked for a more agreeable group of people to work with. Thank you so
much for the fantastic job and for helping make us shine.
Wendy Brill Junior League of Tampa Gala Chairman
24th - St Pete Times Forum
guys are tight and the musicianship was excellent. I enjoyed it."
Jane McKee, Jane's World Entertainment
20th - The Largo Cultural Center
The Tropics Farewell Concert ~ "A Tribute to The Chief"
"I still get a chill thinking about those days."
The song sums it up beautifully and hundreds of fans came to the Largo
Cultural Center to reminisce and enjoy the sounds of the Fabulous Tropics.
After a set by the Tropics, Charlie Souza's latest band, the New Tropics
performed and demonstrated that they are more than worthy of carrying
the Tropics torch into the new millennium. The concert was dedicated to
Buddy Pendergrass, "The Chief" and founder of the Tropics, who
died prematurely of cancer a few years ago. I was delighted to accept
a check donated to the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute
in memory of Buddy that will aid scientists in the Drug Discovery Program
at Moffitt in the battle against cancer. Yes, I really do still get a
chill thinking about those days. Thanks, Tropics and New Tropics for the
check and the memories."
Wayne C. Guida, former trumpet player with the
original Tropics and Member, Drug Discovery Program, H.
Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute;
Professor, Interdisciplinary Oncology, College of Medicine, University
of South Florida
Charlie and both the Fabulous Tropics as
well as the New Tropics are nothing short of remarkable. When the Fabulous
Tropics were onstage you could see the years literally melt from everyone's
faces, and watch us all become the teenagers we all were, all those years
ago. It was absolutely nothing short of magical. Everyone in the audience
remembered each and every lyric as well as seeing in our minds eye all
of the old costumes and even the dance steps.
The New Tropics were a delightful mix of old memories and wonderful new
songs as well as remarkably entertaining. I can't believe how good the
new band is. Congratulations Charlie and both the Fabulous Tropics and
the New Tropics for a time travel experience.
With all good wishes to you all, Bonnie-jean Creais
19th Music Fest
St. Petersburg Pier ~
reviews received from visiting guests and from our staff on hand Sunday,
June 19th, as The New Tropics performed at the historic St. Petersburg
Pier. Even positive feedback was received by our shop owners! We look
forward to having you back for our Music Fest on the Water, held every
Sunday from 1-4PM with a different live band each week."
Susan Robertson Marketing Manager, The Pier
- Private Party for Electric Supply Company at Al La Cart Pavillion, Tampa
feedback from our guests regarding last Saturday's party featuring The
New Tropics indicates that this party was our "best yet." Our
guests enjoyed the mix of music and your sound. It
is very important to me that Electric Supply's parties are very appealing
to our team members and their guests. Thank you for The New Tropics' contribution
to the success of our party. If given the opportunity, I will gladly recommend
the New Tropics to anyone who needs to hire a band. I look forward to
hearing you play in the near future. Best regards, George Adams Jr.
June 4th - Swan House ~ Tallahassee, Florida
Dear Charlie and Band, Thank you for
the great music you played at our June 4th event in Tallahassee. Everyone
had a great time dancing and singing along to so many great tunes. You
and your band were very professional and did a super job!
Thanks, Alisa Davidson
New Tropics open
& The Sunshine Band
Taste of Pinellas, Vinoy
Park ~ St. Petersburg Florida
the show for Lisa
29th ~ Sunfest
West Palm Beach, Florida
Thank you for performing during Sunfest 2005. We had a very successful
year ~ thanks to incredible musicians like you! I, unfortunately, didn't
get to watch your whole set, but I did hear a couple of songs. Each of
you seemed to enjoy being on stage and the crowd definitley enjoyed everything
you played. The music was upbeat and fun and kept people moving around
in their seats. Thanks again, Kara Turley Vice-Chair Entertainment Sunfest
2, 2005 @
1:pm ~ BBQFEST
Pinellas Park, Florida
Opening for WAR , NIGHT RANGER & GRAND FUNK RAILROAD
Just a note to let you know the great audience reviews we have received
from your act Charlie Souza & The New Tropics at BBQfest on
Sat. April 2nd. Your act was such a tremendous lead in to WAR, we love
you guys and hope to see you again next year.!!!!!!
Thanks, your friends at BBQfest 2005
The New Tropics really ROCKED!!! at last Saturday's opening show for War,
Night Ranger and Grand Funk!!!! As you know, I've been a fan since the
60's and you continue to get better through the years! I especially liked
your original songs - they all have a positive message and the beat gets
people on their feet to dance. You guys put on great, dynamic performance
and I hope to see you again real soon. Continued success to you, Cary,
Cat and Doyle!!!! All my best - Tony Noriega
31 - Tampa
Palms Golf & C.C.s New Years Eve Gala "Winter
in the Tropics"
Palms Golf and Country Club
had the good fortune of having The
NewTropics play on New Years Eve. The event was sold out
and attended by members and their guests who were looking for that exceptional
evening. Charlie Souza and The New Tropics exceeded their expectations!
The dance floor stayed full the entire evening and everyone was truly
impressed by the sounds, song selections, and quality of the music. To
quote one couple who came to me the following day, " the evening
was over the top due to our selection of entertainment and the high quality
of the event."
Thank you Charlie for having such an impact on the success of our event!
Bill Crusselle - General Manager Tampa Palms Golf &C.C.
18th - Private Party - Laurel Wood Gardens ~ Dade
City ~ Charlie,
As always it was great to hear you all play! Everyone commented on our
choice of the band! They all enjoyed the array of music you selected and
your stage presence during your performance. If someone wants a band that's
not too loud -- plays music you can dance to - has stage presence -- works
the crowd and can rock the house too!!-- then go no further, this is the
band for ANY party!! We are already thinking about a party with the band
next year!Thanks again for a great time!--THE PARTY WAS GOOD--AND YOU
MADE IT FOR US! PEACE, Leon
and Peggy Seese
6th - 6pm - The
Tampa Club - Bank
of America Building ~
for a great performance! Many members made many compliments on the band.
It was just a wonderful experience. Your guys were all so very professional,
on time, neat in appearance, just first rate! Best of all was the quality
sound produced. I knew from the first song that I had made a great find
New Tropics. We will most definitely be doing business again
in the future. Looking forward to the next time we have you in the club.
Barry Shields, CCM General Manager, The
21st ~ Junior League of Tampa
~ Tampa Cruise
Terminal, ~ Tampa, Florida
I wanted to take this opportunity to express our sincere thanks on behalf
of the Junior League of Tampa for a fabulous show at our Holiday
Gift Market Gala. With a diverse age group of about 850 people, it can
be difficult to satisfy everyone but you and the New Tropics were able
to keep them entertained throughout the evening. Your flexibility from
setting up early to your professional nature from the contract till the
event concluded exceeded our expectations. Thank you again. Kindest Regards,
Michelle Hogan Junior League of Tampa Gala Chair
Riverfest ~ Clarksville, Tennessee
Souza and The New Tropics Heat Up Riverfest
with Rockin' Performance!
TN ~ September 2004
13th Annual Riverfest kicked off with it's first Thursday night venue
and music lovers were treated to a great evening of talent...most notably,
Charlie Souza and the New Tropics. Visitors coming out to catch a lineup
of "new" and "rising" bands were definitely caught
off guard by possibly the most experienced group of musicians on any stage.
Think you haven't heard Charlie Souza and the New Tropics? Think again.
If you listened to Tom Petty, Rick Derringer, Johnny Winter, The Tropics,
Bacchus, White Witch or Captain Beyond, you have heard these guys.The
New Tropics prove that rock and roll will never die. These guys write
and perform music that excites both young listeners and the die-hard rock
and roll purists. Both talented and personable, this band enjoys what
they are doing and audiences are quick to pick up on this rare quality.
You don't just listen to the New Tropics, you become a part of the party.
Sutton, Riverfest Committee Clarksville, TN ~
Gallery by Larry Safko
4th ~The Tampa Tribune Friday Extra
Series and The Hillsborough County Arts Council present
Charlie Souza and The New Tropics LIVE
at The Lowry Park Band Shell ~ Tampa, Florida...
Filmed for Public Television "Dear
Members of the Charlie Souza and The Tropics Band,
of the entire Friday Extra Committee I would like to thank you for performing
at the 2004 Friday Extra Concert Series. We've been presenting these free
concerts to the community for 18 years now. Each year they just seem to
get better and better. We're thrilled that you were able to be a part
of this years series. More than 13,500 people attended the 8-week series.
You helped make it a success. THANKS
FOR BEING THERE AND MAKING IT HAPPEN. You really had the audience dancing!!
Thanks for a fun evening. Sincerely", Jody Wren Operations Coordinator,
Friday Extra Concerts
on how to order a tape (for $10) by phone or e-mail at
Those not on the internet, can call
CTTV (813) 274-8217 or 274-7031 - weekdays, and give the time it was telecast
(June 4th, 7 pm)
18th Tuesday 7:30 pm St. Pete Times Forum
. "You guys are tight and the musicianship was excellent.
I enjoyed it." Jane McKee,
Jane's World Entertainment
2nd , 2004 ~ The New Tropics at "Island
and The New Tropics rocked 'em and socked 'em for us from The Skipperdome
to Honeymoon Island to The Friday Extra Series at Lowry Park! They had
both the old Tropics fans and New Tropics fans dancin' in the streets!
Extremely tight band with a huge repertoire guaranteed to please any crowd!
Call us here at Skippers to book Charlie at your next event!"
.Tom White, Talent Agent &
Owner of the best live music venue in Tampa Bay, Skippers Smokehouse
5th & 6th Treasure Island Rock n' Roll
at Mr. B's
Mr.B's ~ 145 107th Ave, St Petersburg, FL
were extremely pleased with the performance given by Charlie Souza and
the New Tropics. The group packed the house with friends and fans, and
they held the crowd all night long. The quality of the music was excellent,
and the professionalism with which the band carried themselves was refreshing.
These guys know how to entertain!"
Noel Bisesti, Entertainment
Director for Mr. B's
9th, 2004 - Skippers Smokehouse ~
Tampa Tribune Article
15th 2003 "The
New Tropics" at Ribfest
opening for Mountain and
Credence Clearwater Revisited - Vinoy Park,
downtown St. Petersburg, Florida
Hello Charlie, I want to thank you and the New Tropics for performing
at Ribfest 2003. The band was great.
The audience really liked your music. As you know
I grew up in St. Petersburg and the Tropics were "the band"
while I was in high school. The band was a pleasure to work with before
and after the show! Warmest
Tom Whiteman, Chairman Ribfest