August 21, 2008

Beach Party Soaks Up Days of Summer

By Jenna Martin

\ High gas prices and a sluggish economy might have kept many from hitting the beach this summer, but on Sunday, a touch of the tropics will arrive at the Columbia County Amphitheater.

The end-of-summer Beach Party begins at 5:30 p.m. and will feature music from the Jimmy Buffett and Bob Marley cover band, Parrothead Paradise, and the North Carolina group, General Johnson and The Chairmen of the Board, whose beach-themed songs include Carolina Girls, Beach Fever and Summer Love.

"It's just kind of like the tropical-island feel," said Kip Jones, guitarist and lead vocalist of Parrothead Paradise. "It's going to be relaxed, but we're going to have a lot of energy and just do our best at interpreting those songs."

Parrothead Paradise was formed in Athens about four years ago, Jones said, but the band also performs rock and dance music at college parties and other events under the name Pseudo.

Though the four-member band occasionally shifts instruments and musicians, organist and pianist Damien Kapcala, drummer William Brumfield and bassist Jay Ring will play at the concert alongside Jones.

Jones said the artists, who are now in their 30s, initially started covering songs when they were 20-somethings because they made more money covering hits than performing their own music.

"The money was the first reason for going into the cover world," he said. "Along the way, we (found) it sort of makes us better musicians to learn all these different songs."

The band will cover songs like Margaritaville and Come Monday by Buffett and One Love, Could You Be Loved and No Woman, No Cry by Marley.

In addition to Marley and Buffett tunes, the band also covers oldies with a beach-like feel, African music from Paul Simon and songs from Steve Miller.

"We kind of pride ourselves on our versatility," Jones said.

The band will take the stage at the Music Evolution Series concert for an hour.

"I know we're going to pack in a nice big show in one hour and just bring our best game," he said, "and we're looking forward to that."

Sean Frantom, a co-founder of For the Fans Entertainment, said the night will provide many opportunities for shagging and a special area to dance.

"As long as the beer is flowing and people have got a drink in their hand, who doesn't want to do that and hear a Buffet song," Jones said. "It's kind of hard not to have a good time."

Tickets cost $25 at the gate, which open at 4:30 p.m., but can be purchased for $20 in advance at Wild Wing Cafe, Columbia County Community Events in Building B of the Government Complex, Merle Norman Studios in Mullins Crossing, and online at and

Originally published by Jenna Martin Staff Writer.

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