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Trop rockers bring sun and sand to the Chief

Trop Rockers Mark Mulligan and Sunny Jim White bring songs of tropical paradises to the Yampa Valley.
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What: Singer Songwriter Series: Mark Mulligan and Sunny Jim White (and a celebration of Scott Parker's birthday)

When: Doors/bar opens at 6:30 p.m., show starts at 7 p.m., Wednesday, July 20

Where: Chief Theater, 813 Lincoln Ave.

Cost: Tickets are $15 and are available online at chieftheater.com or at All That, 601 Lincoln Ave.

— Steamboat Springs may not have its own island or white sandy beaches, but that won’t stop trop rockers Mark Mulligan and Sunny Jim White from bringing tunes of such a tropical oasis to it.

The artists’ appearance at The Chief on Wednesday is part of the theatre’s Singer Songwriter Series. The event will also serve as a celebration of Chief Executive Director Scott Parker’s birthday, and what could be better than birthday cake and a piña colada?

“He’s the chief of the chief,” said Arty Smith. “It’s an extra special celebration for everything he has done for the Chief this year; he’s our hero.”



“Mark and Jim are trop rockers — they play music in the vein of Jimmy Buffett but all their music is original,” said Smith, primary organizer of the series. “They write all their own music and it’s sunny, summer music — music about beaches, bars, boats, that kind of thing. They create happy music.”

Mulligan relocated to San Carlos, Sonora, Mexico, 23 years ago, and White’s home was the Cayman Islands for 12 years before he relocated to Florida in 2000. The two met shortly thereafter.



“Right when we met, we realized how much we had in common,” Mulligan said, “right down to the names of our wives.” Having discovered that they had many of the same interests, the two started playing annually at an event called “Island Fest,” and over the past couple of years, they have started performing a lot of shows together.

“Living where I do is a big part of my inspiration,” Mulligan said. “The ocean, the people, the lifestyle. It’s got to be something that matters to me, and it takes me a long time to write a song, so it’s going to be meaningful.”

Concertgoers can expect to hear many originals and harmonies, and for those who enjoy Jimmy Buffett and Kenny Chesney, the show is sure to deliver. Songs about sunshine, Mexico, the Caribbean and some acoustic love songs will be a part of the duo’s set list.

”If they are expecting blues or gangsta rap, they will be sorely disappointed,” Mulligan joked. “It’s an intimate enough show that we get to know the people that are there. I think that makes it a little bit more special.”

Not only will the intimacy of the show provide for a special experience, but each musician also brings with him something unique and refreshing.

“Sunny Jim has won so many awards for his musicianship; he is just a fantastic guitar player,” Mulligan said.

Another aspect of their performance will be the inclusion of White’s steel drums.

At Wednesday’s show, Mulligan will also be selling his book, “The Tree Miracles,” with all proceeds donated to charity, including his own charity, Castaway Kids.

“In addition to being a performer and a songwriter, Mark also does a lot of humanitarian projects in Mexico. He’s just a really positive, upbeat guy, as is Sunny Jim,” Smith said. “Between the two of them, it’s what I view as just a pleasant evening of summer music entertainment.”

Tickets are $15 and can be purchased online at chieftheater.com or at All That, 601 Lincoln Ave. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., and the show will begin at 7 p.m.


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