Second CityJam concert of the season scheduled for Thursday

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Members of the Parrots of the Caribbean group include, from left to right, Greg Martin, Kenny Rice, Dave Albrecht, Gary Rigmaiden and Gary Hill. photo SUBMITTED

At each of its shows, Parrots of the Caribbean performs with a motto in mind: “Life is what you make of it… and we make it fun”.

For two decades, the original and energetic live performances of the Ohio-based tribute group have brought rock to tropical rock as they greet singer-songwriter Jimmy Buffett.

As they perform Buffett’s greatest songs and their original Cajun and country-rock hits, participants dressed in their favorite island clothes, from grass skirts to leis to swim shorts to sunglasses, are encouraged. to laugh, sing, dance, conga and do the night away.

The group has performed in the United States and Canada, and on Thursday night they will make their local debut.

While the group has performed throughout Indiana for many years, lead singer Dave Albrecht said it would be Seymour’s first show.

“I can’t wait to play in their venue, meet and have a good time with the crowd. We put on a fun show, ”he said.

Thursday’s Seymour CityJam show begins at 6:30 p.m. at the JCB Pavilion at Crossroads Community Park, 101 E. Tipton St., Seymour. Free entry. The pines will have food and drink available for purchase from 6 p.m.

This is the eighth season of the summer concert series. Seymour Main Street was able to secure all five acts that were due to occur in 2020 but were canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Albrecht said Parrots of the Caribbean was formed in 2000. He is not only a Buffett fan, but he also said he looked and sounded like the singer.

He reunited with Gary Rigmaiden and Greg Martin, and the rest is history.

“The positive vibes and the fun music,” Albrecht said of what led to them being a Buffett tribute act. “The way the crowds react to the whole Buffett experience is so great and engaging.”

Albrecht also plays harmonica and ukulele, while Rigmaiden plays bass and sings, Martin is the drummer and provides vocals, Gary Hill is on guitar and vocals, and Kenny Rice is on keyboards and vocals. All five live in Dayton, Ohio.

Over the years, the group has also performed at events in Mexico and had the honor of performing for US troops in Okinawa, Japan. Albrecht said this last show was the most memorable.

“It was a real honor to entertain for them,” he said.

Among Buffett’s hits, Albrecht said that “Margaritaville”, “Cheeseburger in Paradise” and “Fins” are the songs that resonate the most with audiences.

As seasoned musicians, the band members also write their own songs, so they include them in their shows as well. About a dozen years ago they released a CD, “Cool Bayou”.

“We’ve found that collectively we tend to write together in the same style of music as Buffett, so our originals fit perfectly into the show,” Albrecht said.

Those who attend Thursday’s show will experience “an act of tribute to Jimmy Buffett like no other,” Albrecht said.

“They will hear Jimmy’s hits and more,” he said. “They can expect to dance, conga, sing. It’s a fun family show that we think they’ll enjoy.

If you are going to

Here is the remaining 2021 lineup for the Seymour CityJam Summer Concert Series from Seymour Main Street:

Parrots of the Caribbean, a Jimmy Buffett cover band, Thursday

Naked Karate Girls, a party group, July 15th

Sweet Tea Trio, a recording artist from Nashville, August 19

Nashville Yacht Club Band, a 60s / 70s yacht rock band, September 16

All shows will begin at 6:30 p.m. at the JCB Pavilion at Crossroads Community Park, 101 E. Tipton St., Seymour. Free entry. The pines will have food and drink available for purchase from 6 p.m.

The sponsors are JCB, The Tribune, Voss and Sons Funeral Service, CPR Cell Phone Repair and Schneck Medical Center.

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