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Hughes Entertainment Groups

Weddings, Festivals and Private Parties are our specialty!!!

Tropical Ave Band, since 2007 is SW Florida's premiere variety band. Our 5 piece band plays Top 40 Dance, Latin, R&B, Motown, Island & Rock music!
We make every event we perform at, a celebration!!

We have two distinct lineups-
Nightclubs, Festivals and Private Parties with Jennifer Heredia fronting our band.
Weddings, Country Clubs and Yacht Clubs with Jessica Pignotti on lead vocals.

The band routinely has audience members volunteer on bongos, tambourines etc., and keeps the dance floor full.  Call 941 468-8068 for booking info.

Tropical AVe is on YouTube!


Jennifer Heredia - Our nightclub, festival and party lead vocalist!

Jessica Pignotti- our Wedding, Country Club & Yacht Club specialist!!

Band Members:

Rhonda Brown-Hughes,  Bass                                                                                     
The secret to our sound, there is no other bass player as consistent and groove oriented as Rhonda!
She is like a bass machine which is one of the reasons people love to dance when we play!!
Rhonda also is the leader of Trio De Janeiro and is an integral part of that group as well.

Jennifer Heredia- Lead Vocals- Nightclubs, Festivals and Special Events
Born in New York, Jennifer has spent most of her life in Florida. She sings all styles of music and can sing in both English and Spanish!! Count on her warm vocals and personality to make your next event even more memorable!!

Jessica Pignotti - Lead vocals for Weddings, Country Clubs and Private Parties.
Jessica has a powerful voice and is also bilingual, adding to the authenticity of our Latin tunes. R&B and Gospel are other favorites of Jessica! Outstanding vocal range is another of her strengths. Soulful ballads are a specialty of Jessicas- making her the ultimate Wedding Singer!

Jeff Hughes- Lead Vocals, Guitar & Trumpet
Jeff got his start at age 14 in Chicago with a full time club band that played the top venues in that area.  He really gets the crowd engaged, passing out tambourines or inviting people up to play bongos and with his wireless headset and guitar- can be found out in the audience much of the night.

John Polis -Drums and Vocals
Arguably one of the top drummers in Southwest Florida- John started his career at Society Events in the Washington DC area. He has performed with many notable bands and is an expert at selecting the right tempo and groove for the dancers!


John Hetherington - Piano & Vocals
John is our newest addition to the band bringing a very strong Jazz expertise, along with a lot of vocal experience- especially in ensembles! (His Choir- backed up Josh Groban a while ago)

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Venues performed at:
Van Wezel- Sarasota
Islandwalk at the West Villages- Venice
Gasparilla Inn Beach Club, (Boca Grande)
Manasota Beach Club, Manasota Key
Palm Island Resort (Tropical Nights)
Charlotte Harbor Event and Conference Center
Charlotte Harbor Yacht Club, Port Charlotte
Cypress Falls HOA, North Port
Plantation Golf & Country Club, Venice
Heron Creek Golf & Country Club, North Port
Riverwood Golf & Country Club, Port Charlotte
Venice Yacht Club, Venice
Wobbly Feet Foundation, Sarasota
Dearborn Street Wine Walk, Englewood
Ritz Carlton Beach Club, Lido Beach (Sarasota)
Bent Tree Country Club, Sarasota
Life's A Beach Triathlon, Sarasota
Mote Marine, Crystal Classic Sand Sculpture, Siesta Key Beach
and the area's finest restaurants and nightclubs.

Check out more pics on our Facebook, http://www.facebook.com/tropicalaveband