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Mark James Acoustic Guitarist from Reading, PA

Will travel up to 500 miles

  • Avg 5.0 | 14 Reviews
  • 27 Verified Bookings
  • Member Since 2010
  • 4 Awards & Badges
  • Accepts Online Payment
  • Starting at $500 per event

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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. BIO: 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.


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Review by Thomas M.

Club EventReviewed on May 1, 2023From Newark, DE

I have booked Mark for several gigs over the years for all types of audiences and he never fails to deliver a fantastic show! He has a knack for understanding his audience and giving them what they want to make sure a good time is had by all!

Review by Rachel S.

Birthday Party (Adult)Reviewed on April 17, 2023From Princeton, NJ

We were so luck to find Mark. His music brought our mother's "folk music" themed 80th birthday party to life. He went above and beyond to accommodate our song requests, and added his own favorites to fit the party's mood. We highly recommend him!

Review by Kristian L.

Birthday Party (Adult)Reviewed on July 17, 2022From Douglassville, PA

Mark was a phenomenal performer. He was extremely easy to work with prior to booking, before the event, and during the event itself. He was always available by email, texting, or phone call if I had any questions prior to and after booking. He was kind enough to check in on our schedule, what he should wear, anything he should keep in mind, etc. Everyone enjoyed Mark's performance at our party. The music selection was great, and he even made the birthday guest's day extra special by allowing him to play and sing a song with him. We would highly recommend Mark for your next event, and we will definitely hire him again in the future.

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Upcoming Events

July 27, 2024 • PB GTR - Park Concert
Sat6:00 PM - 9:00 PM Wildwood Crest, NJ
August 3, 2024 • PB GTR
Sat6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
August 6, 2024 • PB GTR
Tue7:00 PM - 10:00 PM Ossining, NY
August 10, 2024 • PB GTR - Glenmora Golf Club - PRIVATE
Sat7:00 PM - 11:00 PM
August 14, 2024 • PB GTR
Wed6:00 PM - 9:00 PM Waterford, CT
August 15, 2024 • PB GTR - Mohegan Sun
Thu8:00 PM - 11:00 PM Wilkes Barre, PA
August 17, 2024 • PB GTR - Park Concert
Sat6:00 PM - 9:00 PM Sea Isle City, NJ
August 24, 2024 • PB GTR - Cornwall on the Hudson
Sat6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
August 31, 2024 • PB GTR - Stone Harbor Yacht Club - PRIVATE
Sat6:00 PM - 10:00 PM Stone Harbor, NJ
September 1, 2024 • PB GTR - Park Concert
Sun7:30 PM - 10:30 PM Bethany Beach, DE
September 2, 2024 • PB GTR - PRIVATE
Mon7:30 PM - 10:30 PM Newtown Square, PA

Past Events

July 23, 2024 • PB GTR
Tue7:00 PM - 10:00 PM

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