Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Dianne Garrett: Parrots of the Caribbean coming to central Ohio.

Dust off those grass skirts, leis and silly hats for an escape to island time in Central Ohio. Parrots of the Caribbean Band will provide the music. All you need is your beachcomber style. The popular band, based in Dayton, is known as the No. 1 Jimmy Buffett tribute band in the country, and has delighted audiences for the past eight years in the United States and Canada.

Dave Albrecht, lead singer of the Parrots of the Caribbean, brings much color and many surprises with every performance. The Dayton based band is known as the No. 1 Jimmy Buffett tribute band in the country.

Lead singer, Dave Albrecht, has an uncanny likeness to Buffett in looks and sound. He also does a mean Blues Brother Dan Akroyd impersonation. About 20 years ago he and a nine piece band were signed with "Legends In Concert", a top ranked show of impersonators based at the Imperial Palace Casino in Las Vegas. He fashioned his harmonica style by listening to Greg "Fingers" Taylor from Buffett's Coral Reefer Band.

Jeff Cline, also known as "Hawaiian Hillbilly", is lead and rhythm guitar, as well as lead and backing vocals. Jeff was in his first band at 16 years old. He can play it all...rock, blues, fusion, funk, country and pop.

Keyboard player, Kenny Rice, also known as "The Professor", has been playing since he was eight years old, and is trained classically. He was a member of "Up With People" and founding member of progressive rock band, "Flyweil", and played with "The Hathaways". He has performed on "The Tonight Show", HBO, and has opened for such artists as Edgar Winter, Cheap Trick, Tower of Power, Eddie Money, Rich Little, George Carlin, Michael Bolton and Willie Nelson.

Gary Rigmaiden is a seasoned bass guitar player and songwriter. He was born in Lake Charles, Louisiana, and lived in Spain and Brazil as a child. He says that it made it easy to understand the philosophy and musical approach of Buffett. "The island songs of the sea, bayou themes and beachcomber blues are right at home", says Gary.

Greg Martin, drums and vocals, has been playing professionally for 34 years. He and Gary also were members of progressive rock band, Arch Rival. The group had a reunion show last November after about 20 years since they disbanded. They have five albums.

Dave Albrecht as a pirate. Also in the foreground are Gary Rigmaiden, bass and vocals on the left, and Kenny Rice on the keyboard. The Dayton band will be appearing at Gahanna Creekside May 23 and Sycamore Park in Pickerington on June 21.

Parrots will appear at Gahanna Creekside, 123 Mill Street on Saturday, May 23 from 8-10 p.m. They will return to Sycamore Park in Pickerington on June 21 at 7 p.m. That park is located on Lockville Road south of the covered bridge near the Historic District.

They also sing originals, which they will have available for sale on their first CD. To see more about the band, log on to www.potcband.com. As all parrot heads say, 'PHINS UP!"


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