Frequently asked Questions

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

What is your CANCELLATION POLICY (non-weather related)?
A) When a client signs a contract the date is “taken off the market”. It’s “unavailability” is published on multiple sites including GigMasters, ReverbNation and on The TROPICS website. Generally we won’t get further inquires for a “reserved date”. Most dates are booked 6-8 months in advance and lose their value for other events with each passing day.

The DEPOSIT functions to protect us from financial harm in the case of a cancellation. For that reason DEPOSITS are not refundable after 30 days.

The TROPICS have NEVER cancelled a performance. If we ever need to, we’ll refund your deposit immediately. 

If a client “Cancels” an event within 6 months of the date, we ask that the balance to be paid in full. 
That’s because we make our living performing in multiple groups and will have likely turned down other opportunities in order to be available on a particular date.

Cancellations are rare and have happened only a few times in our 20 years of performing. If it should, we’ll offer the client an to opportunity to reschedule the event for a subsequent, mutually acceptable, date (within 6 months of the original date) at no extra charge.

Q How do you handle weather related cancellations, typically storms or snow?
RAIN at OUTDOOR PERFORMANCES . We can’t expose $50,000 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.
Regarding SNOW or other Storms: WE HAVE NEVER missed a performance because of weather. If we ever do, The TROPICS will refund the deposit (with apologies) at no charge. 
If a CLIENT cancels a performance in the event of weather we will give them the option to reschedule within 6 months: otherwise we 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 almost always play 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 90 minutes (which keeps the party going) followed by a 15-20 minute break.  A 4 hour event would have 2... (or 3) short breaks.


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