October 9th, 2007
Parrot Heads to Roost In Key West
ARTICLE IN UNITED KINGDOM NEWSPAPER:
When internationally acclaimed singer/songwriter Jimmy
Buffett wrote "I Have Found Me a Home" about Key West,
he described riding his old red bike to "the bars and
the beaches of my town."
Thursday through Sunday, November 1 - 4, the island
popularly credited as the inspiration for his hit
party anthem "Margaritaville" is to host as many as
3,500 of the entertainer' s Parrot Head fans for their
16th annual Meeting of the Minds convention.
The 2007 convention is themed "Barefootin' Key West,"
commemorating Buffett's rendition of "Barefootin' " on
the soundtrack to the 2006 film "Hoot." Scheduled
events include concerts by Buffett's musical cohorts
and friends, beachside parties and performances,
charity auctions and raffles, a street festival with
live music and an all-day oceanfront "Beach Bash" at
the Casa Marina Resort, 1500 Reynolds St.
Buffett, who peppers his lyrics with references to Key
West locales, established his Margaritaville Store in
the island's Lands End Village in 1985. A mecca for
his fans, the store is now located beside his
Margaritaville Cafe on Key West's historic Duval
Street. He also maintains a recording studio, Shrimp
Boat Sound, overlooking the former shrimp docks.
While Buffett occasionally makes a surprise visit to
Key West for the convention, Parrot Head audiences
will have plenty of opportunity to enjoy the laidback
"island rock" musical style he pioneered. The packed
lineup of performers includes regional and Parrot Head
favorites Howard Livingston and Mile Marker 24, Scott
Kirby, Jim Morris & The Big Bamboo Band, Tropical Soul
and the John Frinzi Band - as well as Buffett tribute
bands such as Gary Roland and the Landsharks.
Most convention activities are open only to registered
members of Parrot Head clubs, but the public is
invited to attend the Margaritaville Street Fest
sponsored by the Paradise Charitable Foundation
planned for 1-6 p.m. Friday, November 2, adjacent to
Margaritaville at Duval and Fleming streets.
Street Fest entertainment is to be provided by
Tropical Soul with Scott Bryan, Howard Livingston and
Mile Marker 24 and the Jonathan Birchfield Band.
As well as sharing an appreciation for Buffett's music
and the Caribbean atmosphere it promotes, Parrot Head
club members focus on charitable, environmental,
educational and humanitarian activities. Since 2002,
members of the more than 200 national and
international Parrot Head chapters have contributed
more than $10.5 million and nearly 1.8 million
volunteer hours to local and national charities.
For more information about the Parrot Heads convention
in Key West, visit the Meeting of the Minds section of
the Parrot Head clubs' official Web site at Phip.com.
For information about lodging in Key West, visit the
Keys Web site at Fla-keys.com