Parrots and Buffett songs have fun Seymour CityJam

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Linda Wheeler shows off her one inch long parrot earrings. Lew freedman

Naturally, the one inch long parrot earrings came out for the occasion.

Unless Jimmy Buffet himself came knocking on her Seymour door, there was no better time for Glenda Wheeler to show off some of her favorite jewelry.

If you had parrots, as a decoration, as a pet, on a shirt, whatever, Thursday night was the time to display them at the 80-minute Seymour CityJam concert performed by Parrots of the Caribbean at the JCB Pavilion at Crossroads. Community Park in downtown.

Five-member tribute band Buffett from Dayton, Ohio turned Margaritaville into Seymourville for one night only amid a riot of color in terms of Hawaiian shirts, Hawaiian necklaces, a heavy splash of sunshine and blue skies and of course, parrots.

These parrots, which have been performing since 2000, have probably played more places at “Margaritaville” than those present have drunk margaritas. However, singer and frontman Dave Albrecht said Seymour’s show was only the group’s second live show in eight months due to the nationwide pandemic shutdown.

The parrots were free to flap their wings and exercise their vocal cords, and since there was no mask in sight, residents previously semi-imprisoned in their homes and returning to normal on a large scale were all totally agree with the sentiment.

No American singer has ever been so closely identified with Hawaiian shirts and parrots as Buffett, who must have felt a bit locked in since he began a new tour at age 74 on July 6.

Since the cost of listening to The Parrots of the Caribbean was free, nada, zilch, and maybe 300 Seymour fans took advantage of the opportunity, they got a good deal.

Depending on the state of your bank account and your dedication, on his swing, Buffett will approach Noblesville on July 10 where tickets can still be purchased for $ 108.

Parrots have served as inspiration for many wardrobes. At a formal wedding, you wear a tuxedo. When you go out to listen to Jimmy Buffett tunes, you dress for the beach.

Mayor Matt Nicholson wore a Hawaiian shirt but chose conservatively, as many politicians do, by wearing a blue top rather than screaming like a Crayola box. But before he was elected to take on the serious work of leading the city to its destiny, Nicholson was a connoisseur of Hawaiian shirts.

Although he reduced his wardrobe by around 90%, Nicholson said that at the peak of his collection he owned more than 300 Hawaiian shirts, almost all of which were obtained at a discounted price thanks to Goodwill.

“I had one for each day of the year,” he said. He stopped himself. “I needed some storage space.”

The Pines sold CityJam food and took care of bar service (alas no margaritas) and the team wore matching shirts in many colors. The bar also featured Pete the parrot as a mascot. Pete wasn’t flesh and blood, so he wasn’t croaking, but was generally as colorful and lifelike as one would like in a pseudo parrot.

A waitress in matching outfit, Mary Beth Hamilton, who also owned parrot earrings, tried to pass them off as a group of singers with the hastily named The Singing Parrots. It was a good last minute essay, even though she said their motto was the universal “Eat, Drink, and Be Merry”.

Pete let his masters speak for him.

“We’re not going anywhere without Pete,” Chris Boardman said of her and her friends Rachel Hutchinson and Brandy Becker. “I’m taking care of Pete. He also likes to party.

The idea was for everyone to party, and Susie Bowman, dressed in the most festive way possible while looting her stash of clothes, went out of her way to beautify others by handing out necklaces in different colors.

“Let’s call it decoration,” she said of her role.

Many attendees recalled when they and Buffet were both and were definitely aficionados of the crooner’s work, from “Margaritaville” to “Cheeseburger in Paradise” to “Volcano” to “Fins”.

Randi Pearson, who displayed one of the lei gifts around his neck, said the free concert on a beautiful night was a lure to “get out of the apartment.” She said “Margaritaville” is “the one you always listen to”.

She is always excited when Buffett sings his “long lost salt shaker” and waves a salt shaker. Pearson hoped the parrots would, too, and she got her wish when Albrecht did everything but pour salt over fries.

The most prepared guy on the pitch was Rodney Willman, aka Yendor “Defender of the Useless,” whose longtime Hawaiian shirt featured the word “Margaritaville” in various places. He also wore a single gray fin as if he was about to go scuba diving.

Those in the know, however, recognized that Yendor was ready when Albrecht sang, “You got fins on the left, fins on the right.” Yendor stood up and swung his fin in the right direction, although he was alone in this endeavor except for a few people who substituted their arms. Not quite the same. Yendor got an A-plus, the arm wavers got a C for effort, everyone missed the mark.

Albrecht, keyboardist Kenny Rice, guitarists Gary Hill and Gary Rigmaiden, and drummer Greg Martin all faced the sun in their eyes the entire show, so they may never recognize anyone from Seymour again.

Except maybe they might never forget the herd of up to 15 children who decided the grassy area right in front of the stage was a daycare where they could play with beach balls, perform gymnastic routines and sometimes running to the bottom to organize it.

Albrecht was a man of many suits, debuting in an all-white uniform that made him look like a yacht captain or perhaps the son of a sailor. He swapped it out with short sleeve shirts, shorts, straw hats, and bandanas at different times as he sang, played the harmonica and even the ukulele. How many jobs can you work barefoot?

Oh, yes, he showed a parrot shirt. It was probably written in the contract.

Steve Cox wore one too. His dazzling shirt was bought on vacation in Biloxi, Mississippi. He stared at it for quite a while discussing the prize until his wife finally said, “Get it already.” The parrot on the back was just part of the decor of the worthwhile investment.

Wheeler’s earrings were a giveaway, and she accessorized with a bright Hawaiian shirt. As a huge Buffett fan, that was as far as she was willing to go. Wheeler doesn’t want anyone to surprise her with a gift from a real living parrot.

A parent had one once and healed her of the thought.

“They’re mean,” Wheeler said. “They bite.”

Good thing Pete the parrot didn’t hear her.

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Here’s the rest of the 2021 lineup for the Seymour CityJam Summer Concert Series from Seymour Main Street:

Naked Karate Girls, a party group, July 15th

Sweet Tea Trio, a recording artist from Nashville, August 19

Nashville Yacht Club Band, a 60s / 70s yacht rock band, September 16

All shows will begin at 6:30 p.m. at the JCB Pavilion at Crossroads Community Park, 101 E. Tipton St., Seymour. Free entry. The pines will have food and drink available for purchase from 6 p.m.

The sponsors are JCB, The Tribune, Voss and Sons Funeral Service, CPR Cell Phone Repair and Schneck Medical Center.

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