Tibbits invites audiences to dig out their island-wear, dust off your leis and grab their shades to party with the number one Jimmy Buffett tribute act in the country, the Parrots of the Caribbean!
Tibbits Entertainment Series continues with Parrots of the Caribbean on Saturday, January 24 for a 7:30 pm concert. The POTC band performs a high-energy, original stage show featuring a “Salute to Jimmy Buffett”. These seasoned professionals perform Buffett’s biggest songs, their own original Cajun country-rock hits, along with wild and crazy and sometimes outrageous stage show antics. The band has delighted audiences throughout the U.S. and Canada for over a decade. In 2012 they performed for our Troops in Okinawa Japan. Their last Tibbits performance was in 2009.
Tibbits is going all out to break up the winter with a party to remember. There is an “On Your Feet” section for those that prefer their concerts standing, a cash bar featuring margaritas, beer, wine and non-alcoholic beverages, a costume contest, beach balls, giveaways and all kinds of fun. The concert tops off a day of fun in downtown Coldwater during the Caribbean Ice Fest from 10am-4pm. Tibbits will be open until 2 pm during Ice Fest and feature a Caribbean-themed entry in the battle of the bowls.
The five musicians who make up the Parrots of the Caribbean exemplify a wide variety of talent. Dave Albrecht, lead singer began his career impersonating “Elwood Blues,” the Dan Akroyd character for a Blues Brothers Band. After traveling with it for five years he joined “Legends in Concert” a top-ranked show of impersonators in Las Vegas. He eventually transitioned to his Jimmy Buffett act gathering the finest seasoned musicians.
Jeff “Hawaiian Hillbilly” Cline on lead and rhythm guitar and backup vocals is as diverse in his styles of music as his heritage. With his Polynesian mother and Air Force father he grew up in three states and German. On keyboard, Kenny “Tips” Rice, called “The Professor” brings more than 40 years of professional musical performance. A classically trained pianist, Rice has transitioned to all musical genres and an assortment of groups. He has opened for such artists as Edgar Winter, Cheap Trick, Eddie Money, George Carlin, Michael Bolton and Willie Nelson. Greg Martin on percussion and vocals has been performing for nearly 40 years across the country and abroad. Gary “Riptide” Rigmaiden on bass and back-up vocals hails from the Golf Coast of Louisiana and spent part of his youth in Spain and Brazil. For him the island music, songs of the sea, bayou themes and beachcomber blues of Jimmy Buffet’s music are right at home.
According to Christine Delaney, “This show is a great way to shake off the blistery winter, cap off Ice Fest downtown, and have some serious fun.” The Parrots of the Caribbean perform in concert on January 24 at 7:30 pm at the historic Tibbits Opera House at 14 South Hanchett Street, Coldwater. Tickets are $22, $20 for Tibbits members and $17 for students including fees. All tickets are available on line at www.Tibbits.org (On line sales end the night before). They are also available by calling 517-278-6029 or stopping at Tibbits office during business hours at 93 West Chicago Street. For more information about the band and for a preview of their music go to their official website: www.potcband.com.
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