Jimmy Buffett tribute ‘Parrots’ gives crowd what they want
By Randall G. Mielke For Sun-Times Media February 14, 2013 12:36PM
Parrots of the Carribbean will be at the Rialto on Feb. 23. | Courtesy of Parrots of the Carribbean
Parrots of the Caribbean — Jimmy Buffett Tribute
♦ Feb. 23
♦ Rialto Square Theatre, 102 N. Chicago St., Joliet
♦ Tickets, $50-$60
♦ (815) 726-6600
Updated: February 15, 2013 3:41AM
Dave Albrecht, the lead singer of Parrots of the Caribbean, a Jimmy Buffett tribute band, wants to do nothing more than to please an audience, even if it means changing costumes several times during a show.
“We do two, one-hour sets,” Albrecht said. “I change costumes at least five times. I have a captain’s outfit. I have a pirate outfit. I have a giant fish head over the top of my head and the mouth is open so I can stick the microphone in there. And I have a giant cheeseburger costume.
“The newest thing is that I resemble Buffett a lot, so we have added his exact outfit,” he continued. “It’s the same color shirt that he wears and a tan hat and aviator glasses. Sometimes I play with the audience and say that Jimmy Buffett has been seen in the area and he might stop by. Then, in the second set, I come out in this outfit.”
The Parrots of the Caribbean will perform Feb. 23 at the Rialto Square Theatre in Joliet.
Based in Dayton, Ohio, the five-piece Parrots of the Caribbean band has been performing a Jimmy Buffett tribute for 13 years.
“I have been an impersonator for 22 years,” said Albrecht, who indicated he used to perform as Elwood with a Blues Brothers group. “I look like Jimmy Buffett and I have practiced doing him for years. I love it when I see people closing their eyes, listening to the songs, and then saying, ‘You sound just like him.’”
Although the band has performed Buffett tunes for more than a dozen years, the group was formerly called the Parrothead Band. That is until Buffet’s lawyers contacted Albrecht.
“Jimmy Buffet’s lawyers called us and said ‘cease and desist’ from using the name,” Albrecht said in a 2011 interview.
Personnel changes have occurred over the years, the but the current group has been together for about five years.
“The bass player and the drummer are the same,” said Albrecht, who also is an original member. “We’ve had different keyboardists and guitar players. But this current group has been together about four or five years now. So this is an all-star band.”
The Parrots of the Caribbean show is part of an all-inclusive party at the Rialto Square Theatre. The pre-show party will begin two hours prior to the performance at 5 p.m. and will transform the inside of the Rialto into a tailgate party complete with DJ music, frozen drinks, a tiki bar and ice-cold Dos Equis beer. The ticket includes the pre-show tailgate party, the concert, drinks throughout the evening and light appetizers. The concert starts at 7 p.m. when the Parrots of the Caribbean take the stage.
Albrecht enjoys the party atmosphere as much as anybody.
“Everyone is looking forward to summer,” he said. “Audience members come to the concert in flip-slops and shorts. The crowd creates the party. That’s the show for me - watching the audience.”