HOME BASE: Middletown
STYLE: “Trop rock” – a combination of rock, Southern rock and country with a tropical, summer-y feel. His repertoire covers artists from the ’50s through today.
LINEUP: Gary Philips, guitar, vocals, ukulele, cajon, steel pan
FUN FACTS: In 2012 he was up for two Jersey Acoustic Music Awards in the categories of male vocalist of the year and song of the year with his original song “No More Everyday Blues.” Also, years ago he shared a stage with Harry Chapin and Don McLean.
TWO’S TAKE: Perhaps second only to Jimmy and the Parrots, Gary Philips is the closest approximation to Jimmy Buffett that LBI ever gets.
CHECK OUT: garyphilips.net
BE THE JUDGE: Saturday, Sept. 10, 9 p.m. to 1 a.m., Buckalew’s, Beach Haven. —V.F.