Calling all Parrot Heads! Covington is about to experience a little bit of paradise.
The Official and Original Jimmy Buffett Tribute Show, A1A, is the first band to kick off the second Friday Downtown Covington Summer Concert Series.
The tribute band will be performing on June 8, at 7 p.m. in the Covington square. The Atlanta-based band will be performing some of their songs from their 2011 release, "Road to Paradise" which be on sale at the Covington show.
The album was recorded live at the Earl Smith Strand Theatre in 2010 in Marietta.
Jimmy Buffett will coincidentally be playing a show in Atlanta the following day.
"Parrot Heads (Jimmy Buffett fans) are unusual in that they never get enough and love to attend a show with Jimmy Buffett music the night before a show by the man himself," said Chaz McDonald, manager of A1A as well as the guitarist for the band.
A1A has been internationally recognized as the ultimate Jimmy Buffett tribute band since 1992, even Jimmy Buffett himself has approved. They have appeared all over the U.S., the Caribbean, Mexico, Costa Rica, and Japan. The band prides themselves on their high energy and family friendly concert experience. They also say the atmosphere at their concerts is similar to those of Jimmy Buffets.
Like A1A, the other two performers call Georgia home. Corey Crowder will be performing on Friday, August 10 at 7 p.m. Crowder, a country singer, is a Covington native. Ric Chiapetta of the Arts Association in Newton County expects him to draw huge crowds to the square.
The last band in the series, Uptown Entertainment Band, will perform on Friday, September 14 at 7 p.m. UEB is a Motown group that features Eartha Sims and Lutalo Olutosinon on vocals, Deniz Felderon on saxophone, North "Tunes" Woodall on guitar, Wayne "Vincent" Sisco on bass, Morris "Mo D" Drane on drums and Stephen R. Wilson on keyboard.
"Covington has such a diverse population so I like to choose diverse bands to play," said Chiapetta, of the Arts Association in Newton County.
All concerts are free and on the second Friday of June, August and September.