Monday, August 20, 2012

Parrotheads Jimmy Buffett Fans

Parrotheads Jimmy Buffett Fans - Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefers are scheduled to play their first ever show in downtown Detroit’s Comerica Park Saturday. Doors are scheduled to open at 6 p.m. But well before Buffett and opening act Lionel Richie take the stage, a Beach Bash is set to begin at 10 a.m. and is likely to attract a good number of Buffet faithful, often referred to as “parrotheads.”

“Jimmy Buffett fans are invited to soak in the full Margaritaville tailgating experience, starting Saturday at 10 a.m., with a FREE downtown beach party for all to enjoy,” says the website for Olympia Entertainment, which is hosting the event. “Lounging At The Lagoon Tour Party, located on the grounds surrounding Comerica Park, will feature a LandShark Lounge, margarita tasting, hula hooping, a variety of midway games, live entertainment and much, much more.”

Buffett fans, known for their beach-themed, liquor-soaked tailgate parties, are more than just casual concertgoers.

View full sizeMike Glinski | MLive DetroitJimmy Buffett has taken over the tiger in front of Comerica Park in downtown Detroit. Parrotheads are community of fans with Jimmy Buffett at the epicenter, but the term, they say, refers more to the laid-back lifestyle than their love for the musician — although they also love the musician.

And they’re organized. Groups of like-minded fans have formed Parrothead groups in cities across the U.S., including Detroit.

The Detroit Parrothead Club formed in 1992 and boasts more than 200 “fun-loving” members, its website claims.

Another fan website describes a parrothead like this:

Simply put, Parrotheads are fans of singer–songwriter Jimmy Buffett’s tropically influenced beach/rock/folk music. They know the words to all of his songs and the punch lines to all of his jokes. When Jimmy and the Coral Reefer Band come to town, parking lots are turned into beaches and cars become tiki bars. The yearly concert tour is a rite of summer passage for Parrotheads that combines the best of Mardi Gras, Carnival, the Fourth of July, and a beach party.

Being a Parrothead is also much more. For most Parrotheads, there is a specific state of mind that comes with their condition… Through his music and writings, Parrotheads vicariously experience Jimmy’s lifestyle: the party, the ocean, the sunshine, and a relaxed sense of freedom are a part of it. And that freedom is most appealing; it allows us to express our feelings and creativity in whatever manner we choose and allows us to escape from the rat race to our own little tropical paradise, if only for a little while.

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