A taste of the Florida Keys is coming to Gadsden with the official Jimmy Buffett tribute band, A1A. The "Parrothead Party" will be held Saturday, May 11, at the AMP Amphitheater in Gadsden.

The party will also showcase Keith Burns and Erica "Sunshine" Lee.

The Parrothead Party gates open at 5 p.m. on May 11 with food options and numerous activities, including a fins-up photo booth and a "Parrothead Elvis Encounter." Tanteo Tequila Island Drinks will be available, and attendees are invited to dress in their “Buffett Best” to compete for cash prizes.

Tickets went on sale on Thursday here.

Ticket options include limited VIP packages, tickets to the Parrothead tier and general admission.

A1A became the official Jimmy Buffet tribute band in 1992 after winning a Buffett impressionist contest for Margaritaville Records.  The band collaborated with Buffett on several projects and has been influential in the parrot head clubs.

Keith Burns is a founding member of the award-winning trio Trick Pony, and half of the 2010 independent Artists of the Year, Burns & Poe.  He co-wrote Trick Pony's popular single "Pour Me."  Burns has had three Top 10 hits and other Top 40 hits for some of country music's top names, such as Hootie and the Blowfish and Joe Diffie.

Award-winning singer-songwriter Erica Sunshine Lee is a versatile singer of multiple genres, ranging from trop rock to pop to outlaw country. Her tropical tunes won her three Trop Rock "Female Vocalist of the Year" awards and four Trop Rock "Music Video of the Year" awards. 

The May 11 venue, the Mort Glasser Amphitheater, is locally called “The AMP.”  It holds 1,600 attendees and is located at 90 Walnut Street in downtown Gadsden.

Gadsden is located on Interstate 59, 56 miles northeast of Birmingham. It is 90 miles southwest of Chattanooga, also by I-59.

Gadsden is becoming a concert destination of choice with previous appearances by The Tams, the Swingin’ Medallions and local favorites, the Tyn Tymes.

Jimmy Buffett grew up and started his stellar musical career in Mobile, near the Gulf Coast. His parents lived and died on the eastern shore of Alabama’s Baldwin County. His sister, Lucy Buffett, owns a tropical-themed restaurant in Gulf Shores, "Lulu’s."  It features a cheeseburger in paradise.

Jim Zeigler is a former Alabama Public Service Commissioner and State Auditor. You can reach him for comments at ZeiglerElderCare@yahoo.com.

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