Rain Date – June 7th
The Arts Council and McKibbon Robison present A1A:
The Official Jimmy Buffett Tribute Show & Caribbean Dinner
The Arts Council and McKibbon Robison are offering you a chance to find your lost shaker of salt at A1A’s return on Saturday, June 1st at The Arts Council Smithgall Arts Center. Our gates will open at 6:00PM and the concert will start at 8:00PM. It’s almost summer time and nothing describes this season better than the music of Jimmy Buffett. Bring out your Hawaiian shirts, grass skirts, palm tree topped sombreros, and pink flamingoes to join us on our lawn for care-free “Lounge at the Lagoon” atmosphere. The music is guaranteed to be electrifying. Grab your lawn chairs and blankets or reserve a table up front. A Caribbean themed dinner is available for purchase or feel free to bring your own picnic. Your favorite beverages are welcomed.
About the Band
We are thrilled A1A keeps searching for the lost shaker of salt finding Gainesville on its way. A1A brings to life a highly energetic, colorful, family friendly, Parrot Head Extravaganza Jimmy Buffett Tribute Show. The band has performed exclusively for clients such as Ted Turner, Bill Gates and Microsoft, CNN, NASCAR, Hewlett Packard, The Atlanta Braves, The United States Navy, Bellsouth, AT&T, Georgia Pacific, The Maui Ocean Center, The Georgia Aquarium, The Georgia Transplant Association, Angel Flight, Delta Com, Team National, The MGM Grand, and many more. You will also be treated to some classic Reggae as well as some original A1A Trop Rock music, all mixed together in one big Caribbean beach party musical gumbo!
A1A was first formed in 1991 by band member Jeff Pike, who had already developed an enormous following in his hometown of Atlanta, Georgia, with his one man, first of its kind tribute to Jimmy Buffett. In 1992 Jeff and A1A won a Margaritaville Records-sponsored Jimmy Buffett Sound Alike Contest. As the first band ever to showcase a high-energy 4-hour concert composed of nothing except Buffett's best songs spanning every era of his career, A1A became the only Tribute Band personally sanctioned by Jimmy Buffett. While countless other bands have followed in A1A's wake and cited them as their main inspiration, A1A remains the first and foremost Jimmy Buffett Tribute Show. Period!
Jeff Pike has performed with Jimmy Buffett in concert, appeared in Jimmy's MTV Video "Fruitcakes" and was a featured soloist on Jimmy's "Barometer Soup Radio Special CD." A1A's first CD, "A1A - Live" which was produced by Mr. 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. Jeff has also performed with Jimmy's acclaimed guitarist and songwriter Peter Mayer as well as long time Coral Reefer Members Michael Utley and Robert Greenidge. Many members of Jimmy's band, past and present, have sat in with A1A on many an occasion over the years and it has always been a memorable experience. Jeff's first partner in A1A, Scott Nickerson, started the first Parrot Head Club and PHIP (Parrot Heads In Paradise) in Atlanta Georgia in 1988. This helped pave the way for A1A to be the first and only band to headline the annual Jimmy Buffett "Meeting of The Minds" Parrot Head Convention 8 years in a row, as well as the now legendary Parrot Head Phlockings "Stars on the Water," "Stars Fell on Alabama, and, the very first Parrot Head Cruises dating back to 1995.
A1A currently performs as a five to seven piece musical ensemble.
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