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Parrot Heads will be in paradise

Jimmy Buffett fans can revel in the sounds of Buffett tribute group A1A this weekend at the annual disaster relief fundraiser at Ramshackle Cafe on the River.

By JORGE SANCHEZ

© St. Petersburg Times, published June 16, 2000


Jimmy Buffett fans will feel like they are wiggling their toes in the sands of the mythical Margaritaville on Saturday, as the Parrot Heads of Citrus host the third annual disaster relief concert.

This year, in addition to performances from several local bands, the benefit will showcase one of the nation's best Jimmy Buffett tribute groups and a Caribbean performer.

The festivities will be held on the outdoor deck of Ramshackle Cafe on the River, 11210 W Halls River Road, Homosassa. Music begins at noon and should last until midnight. Admission is free, but parking costs $2.

A1A, the Buffett tribute group, is the featured artist.

A1A's Jeff Pike and Scott Nickerson perform Buffett's best songs from every era of his career. Though the band is a duo, they use lots of sampling, or pre-recorded tracks, to achieve the full sound provided by Buffett and the Coral Reefers.

A1A performs hundreds of shows a year and specializes in Buffett tribute concerts. Buffett's own Margaritaville Records named them the winner of a Buffett sound-alike contest. Over the years, many members of Buffett's Coral Reefers band, including harmonica player Fingers Taylor and keyboardist Michael Utley, have joined A1A on stage at concerts.

A second featured performer is Sunny Jim White, whose Caribbean music also appeals to Buffett fans, or Parrot Heads, as they are known. Other performers are local bands Snafu, The Chosen and Hit and Run.

Ramshackle will offer barbecue during the event.

The concert is an annual fundraiser for disaster relief sponsored by the Parrot Heads, said Cindy Llewellyn, director of the event. The money comes from half of the parking proceeds and craft show sales.

"We've been lucky that in the past three years, no one has needed the money because there have been no natural disasters," Llewellyn said.

In addition to music and barbecue, the benefit concert also offers auctions, bake sales, contests, a car show and a mini mart of all types of collectibles. There is also a hat-making contest.

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