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A1A returns to Eatonton

October 08, 2021 - 00:00
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    The Plaza Art Center’s front steps served as a stage and was well-decorated for the occasion. MIYA BANKS/Staff
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    Parrotheads Shirley and John Williams. MIYA BANKS/Staff
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    Background vocalist Aretta Baumgartner (left) and frontman Jeff Pike put on an energetic show for local Parrotheads. MIYA BANKS/Staff
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    Audience members of all ages came out to dance to classic Jimmy Buffett hits. MIYA BANKS/Staff
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    Birds of a feather flock together around tables decorated with flamingos and leis to transform the Plaza’s lawn into a tropical paradise MIYA BANKS/Staff

Parrotheads of all ages enjoyed an evening of food and dancing Sept. 25 as the original Jimmy Buffet tribute band A1A put on a show from the front steps of the Plaza Arts Center.

The Plaza’s lawn transformed into a tropical paradise for the event, which is the first in the “Meet Me at the Plaza” series.

A1A has been coming to Eatonton since “before the ark,” joked founder and frontman Jeff Pike from the stage. To The Messenger, he estimated about 15 years, on and off.

The band has a few regular spots they play across the country, Pike said. Eatonton is one of them, and Pike said returning to a regular spot feels like returning home.

Pike said Eatonton is “a lot of fun,” and thanked the people of Eatonton for always bringing the band back to town and supporting them for all these years.

The two hour set opened with a cover of “Hawaii Five-O” and was packed with fan favorites.

People of all ages came out and filled the Plaza’s parking lot as they danced with their friends, their partners or their children, and beach balls bounced all around the crowd.

The lawn was packed. People arrived as early as 6 p.m. for the 7:30 show to set up their lawn chairs and get ready for the show.

Pike’s favorite memories of Eatonton are the crowd. They’re always fun, and they always come out to dance.

“Eatonton is a great town,” Pike said. “I love small southern towns that are full of nice people, and this one definitely is.”