Jimmy Buffett tribute band rocks Tropical Tuesday crowd

emoody@beaufortgazette.comJuly 23, 2013 

  • All events are at the Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park unless otherwise noted. Season Pass tickets, $85, provide access to all night events.

    WEDNESDAY, JULY 24

    • 9 a.m.: Croquet tournament.

    • 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.: Festival arts and crafts market on the promenade.

    • 7 to 11 p.m.: Talent Show. Gates open at 6 p.m. Tickets: $10.

There's Parrotheads.

Then there are Parrotheads who name a grandchild after Jimmy Buffett.

"He's almost 15," Jim Rowe, of Lady's Island, said of his grandson Jimmy. "He's almost over the embarrassment."

Rowe and wife, Allison Davidow, sorted through dozens of Buffett T-shirts from more than 40 concerts before choosing matching blue ones for the 58th Annual Beaufort Water Festival's Tropical Tuesday tribute band concert in the Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park.

They joined thousands of audience members on the lawn wearing bright combinations of Hawaiian shirts, leis, summer dresses and straw hats for the official Buffett tribute show by A1A Band. Small kids to great-grandparents danced and knocked beach balls back and forth during the concert by the band from Atlanta.

"This is a way, for a couple of hours, to let time slip away," Rowe said. Lifting his glass, he added "Sometimes, with a Corona or two to help."

Hope you didn't miss: Dancers from GG's Ballroom & Entertainment, including a few locals, who moved and strutted in neon go-go outfits complete with knee-high white boots, to songs including "Cheeseburger in Paradise." For the first time since the 10-day festival began Friday, it didn't rain on the party.

Better not miss: The whole country knows Beaufort breeds talent after Candice Glover of St. Helena won on American Idol. Other talented locals will step into the spotlight during the annual talent show tonight. The show starts at 7 p.m., an hour earlier than most of the nightly events, so plan to arrive early to get a seat.

Volunteer of the day: Marine Corps Sgt. Shane Tovrea, 22, Port Royal.

Stationed at Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort for the past three years, this is Tovrea's first year volunteering for the Water Festival. When he decided to give his time, he decided to give as much of it as possible. Tovrea has been at Waterfront Park to help every day except Sunday. He'll continue helping until Thursday or Friday.

"Before joining the Marine Corps, I was in ROTC, and from my first year I was involved in all sorts of community activities," said Tovrea, who added that he didn't have much growing up and wants to give back now.

He's done everything from stage and fence set up to security to scraping the seawall -- from which he still had blisters on Wednesday.

"I go to work all day, go home and rest up for an hour, hug my wife and come here to work all night," Tovrea said.

Socially speaking:

@SSandifer803, Spencer Sandifer: "Ready to be in Beaufort this weekend. #ooohgirl #waterfest2013"

The competitive edge: Tony Cuculic and Don Burrell won and Donna Campagnola and Bill Escher were runners up in the gold croquet tournment that ended Tuesday. The nine-wicket croquet tournament begins 9 a.m. Wednesday in Waterfront Park and continues through Thursday.

Follow reporter Erin Moody at twitter.com/IPBG_Erin.

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