Jimmy and the Parrots
Grab your beach chair, your suntan oil, and your favorite drink, and get ready for a trip to the islands with the ultimate tribute to Jimmy Buffett. Steve Tarkanish and STARS Productions came up with the name Jimmy and the Parrots and it was immediate success. Shortly after, Steve referred Lance & Hal to the band, who are the bass player and drummer to this day.
For more than 11 years, Jimmy and the Parrots have been playing to delighted crowds all over the United States as well as the Caribbean. They have been a featured band for the last several Meeting of the Minds Parrot Head conventions in Key West, Florida. Their Key West performances also included well-known venues such as the Rick’s Café, Sloppy Joe’s, Pat Croce’s Rum Barrel, Schooner Wharf, and Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville. In January, 2005, over 80 fans traveled toJamaica with the band for the first-ever “Yea Mon Tour” which included performances at Beaches Boscobel Resort as well as Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville in Ocho Rios. In February 2010, over 100 fans joined the band on their first-ever “Yeamon Cruise” which included performances on board the Carnival Pride as well as at Senor Frog’s in Nassau, Bahamas.
In July 2010, the band was part of the National Flagship Celebration for the SS United States, and plans call for Jimmy Maraventano’s song about the ship—“Symbol of America” – to be included in the upcoming updated documentary “Lady in Waiting.” In April 2011, they performed several times at the Atlantis Resort in Paradise Island, Bahamas. The band has two CDs of original tunes, “Better Than New” and “Back to the Bayou.” In addition, they released (nationwide) a 30-song, three-CD set entitled “Island Jam,” which has sold over 100,000 units to date. A second three-CD set entitled “Sun Jams,” was released as a follow up to “Island Jam” which includes guest appearances by Jimmy Buffett’s Coral Reefer Band member Doyle Grisham, the legendary Gary US Bonds, and other well-know trop-rock musicians. In March 2012, we once again set sail on Yeamon Cruise 2012 with over 100 fans joining the band on the Carnival Freedom where the band performed on board as well as at the Smokin’ Tuna Saloon in Key West, FL. In November of that same year, the band was named "Entertainer of the Year" at the Trop Rock Music Awards held in Key West, FL.
One of the most requested Jimmy Buffett cover bands in the country, Jimmy and the Parrots perform not only all the great Buffett songs you love, they also play new and classic rock ‘n roll, as well as outstanding original songs written by lead singer/guitarist Jimmy Maraventano. Their cover songs include favorites by the Beach Boys, Zac Brown, Jerry Jeff Walker, Harry Belafonte, and Bob Marley, among many others. The band truly appeals to all ages and all musical tastes
The members of Jimmy and the Parrots have performed with many major stars, including Bruce Springsteen, Jon Bon Jovi, Gary US Bonds, Dee Snider, Constantine Maroulis, Mitch Ryder, Joe Piscopo, Southside Johnny, and more.