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Partying with Jimmy Buffett tribute band
A1A to perform Saturday at Smithgall Arts Center
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The official Jimmy Buffet Tribute band A1A will perform at 8 p.m. Saturday, June 1, outside of The Arts Council Smithgall Arts Center. Residents may bring a picnic or purchase a dinner.

Buffett tribute band A1A concert
When: 8 p.m. Saturday, June 1
Where: The Arts Council Smithgall Arts Center
Cost: $18 for adults; $200 for table of eight; $10 for a Caribbean dinner plate
Contact: 770-534-2787 or www.The ArtsCouncil.net

With the official summer season starting last weekend, the Jimmy Buffet tribute band A1A returns to Gainesville to perform at 8 p.m. Saturday, June 1, at The Arts Council Smithgall Arts Center.

Gates will open at 6 p.m. with a Caribbean-themed dinner available for purchase. Or participants may chow down on their own picnic fair. Favorite beverages also are welcomed.

Tickets cost $18 for adults; $200 for a table of eight; or $10 for a Caribbean dinner plate. A 7 percent tax is applicable to all ticket sales. For tickets, call 770-534-2787, visit www.TheArtsCouncil.net or stop by the center at 331 Spring Street SW in Gainesville.

The concert will begin at 8 p.m. Residents may bring their lawn chairs and blankets or reserve a table up front.

A1A has performed exclusively for clients such as Ted Turner, Bill Gates and Microsoft, CNN, NASCAR, Hewlett Packard, the Atlanta Braves, the U.S. Navy, Bellsouth, AT&T, Georgia Pacific, the Maui Ocean Center, the Georgia Aquarium, the Georgia Transplant Foundation, Angel Flight, Delta Com, Team National and the MGM Grand.

Music lovers will also hear some classic reggae and some original A1A Trop Rock music, all mixed together.

A1A formed in 1991 by band member Jeff Pike, who had already developed a following in his hometown of Atlanta with his one-man, first-of-its-kind tribute to Jimmy Buffett. As the first band to showcase a high-energy, four-hour concert composed of nothing except Buffett’s best songs spanning his career, A1A became the only tribute band personally sanctioned by Jimmy Buffett.

A1A’s first CD, “A1A - Live” which was produced by Buffett’s bass player since 1989, Jim Mayer, featured Jimmy’s original harmonica player for 30 years, Greg “Fingers” Taylor, who performed with A1A for several years. The bands second CD featured Jimmy’s saxophone player and horn section leader for 13 years, Amy Lee.

A1A currently performs as a five- to seven-piece musical ensemble.