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Calling all Parrot Heads: Ready to waste away in Gainesville?

Buffett tribute band AIA caps Musicfest concert season

POSTED: July 28, 2011 12:30 a.m.
/For The Times

Jeff Pike and AIA are the only Jimmy Buffett tribute band sanctioned by the original Parrot Head himself.

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If you're a "Parrot Head," or just curious about what that means, make plans to attend the last concert of the 2011 Summer Musicfest season.

The Aug. 6 concert will feature a performance by A1A, "the original and official Jimmy Buffett tribute band." For those who don't know, "Parrot Head" is used to describe fans of Buffett's breezy, calypso-style crooning.

The concert is being hosted by The Arts Council on the Smithgall Arts Center lawn, 331 Spring St. SW, Gainesville.

"(A1A founder Jeff Pike) has performed with Jimmy Buffett," said Gladys Wyant, council executive director. "They actually have (Buffett's) blessing to perform. Not many groups have that designation."

Pike formed the band in 1991. In 1992, the group won a Jimmy Buffett Sound Alike Contest that was sponsored by Buffett's label, Margaritaville Records.

According to Musicfest organizers, A1A was the "first band ever to showcase a high-energy, four-hour concert composed of nothing except Buffett's best songs spanning every era of his career."

The connection between Buffett and A1A doesn't end there. Pike appeared in Buffett's "Fruitcakes" music video and was a featured soloist on Buffett's "Barometer Soup Radio Special" CD. Some of Buffett's band members, past and present, also have performed with A1A on occasion.

The band also headlined Buffett's annual Meeting of the Minds Parrot Head Convention for eight years in a row.

The music at the concert will be family friendly and the setting will be conducive to al fresco dining, so don't forget your picnic dinner and lawn chairs.

"I think we have lots of Parrot Heads in Northeast Georgia," Wyant said. "We hope to see them all at the event."

In addition to Buffett hits, attendees will also hear a few, original A1A pieces as well as some classic reggae. Organizers describe the show as "one big Caribbean beach party musical gumbo."

The gates for the concert will open at 6 p.m. and the show will begin at 8 p.m.

Tickets are $18 per person, plus tax or $184 plus tax for a reserved table for eight.



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