DELPHOS — For baby boomers, Jimmy Buffett was the sound of summer.
AM Radio blasted his songs as people swam at the local pool, and for a moment they could imagine themselves in the Florida Keys with an umbrella drink in their hands, knowing that it’s 5 o’clock somewhere.
Sunday night in Delphos, the Parrots of the Caribbean performed as part of the Delphos Rotary Club’s 13th annual Music in the Park series, presenting the music of Buffett.
“It relaxes you and gets you back to where the times were just listening to good music and talking with friends and music that we grew up with. Fortunately, Jimmy is still alive, but we take advantage of bands like this because they come in and do a great job,” said Rick Miller, member of the Delphos Rotary Club.
Dave Albrecht, lead singer of the Parrots of the Caribbean, keeps Buffett’s music alive through his tribute band. He’s been doing Buffett’s music for the past 18 years. He says it’s hard to pinpoint why the music is so popular.
“I don’t know if it’s just the Calypso or a little bit of everything. It’s a little bit of country, it’s a little bit Calypso. They call it Trop-Rock. That’s the actual name for Buffett music, so it’s a hodgepodge of everything and I guess that’s why they like it, and it’s summertime beach music and people like to come out and drink to it and have a good time,” said Albrecht.
The Parrots of the Caribbean have been to Delphos before and continue to tour to various locations throughout North America.
“Last night we were in Springfield. We played to 6,000. We’ve been to Japan, we went to Okinawa, played there a couple of nights. We played Calgary, Alberta. We played Moose Jaw. We played Regina, Canada, and we leave tomorrow morning for Gulfport, Mississippi, playing a casino there. We’re in Iowa next week, so we’ve got 11 shows this month. Some of them are in West Virginia, Indiana, Michigan so a busy, busy month,” he said.
Albrecht and his four bandmates are based out of Dayton and have the Buffett sound down, with Albrecht himself even looking like Buffett.
To Albrecht’s knowledge, Jimmy Buffett hasn’t seen them perform, but his lawyers are familiar with the band.
“When we were called The Parrothead Band, they came after us as they had the rights to Parrothead. He came after us, or his lawyer did, so we changed it to Parrots of the Caribbean about eight years ago, and then Disney came after us. It’s not even called Pirates of the Caribbean but they said cease and desist and we didn’t want to go up against them with the money so they said, ‘I’ll tell you what, business as usual, you can keep using that name but we own it now,’ and we said, ‘OK.’ They didn’t want me dressing up like Johnny Depp’s Jack Sparrow,” he said.
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