While the band’s roots date back to 1989, A1A – The Official and Original Jimmy Buffett Tribute Show was born in 1991. When lead vocalist and guitarist, Jeff Pike asked Atlanta Parrot Head Club Founder, Scott Nickerson, to join him in his already successful one-person tribute to Jimmy Buffett, a historical event in tribute bands was landmarked. In 1992, the band won a Jimmy Buffett Sound Alike Contest for Margaritaville Records, and the A1A ball started rolling.
In 1995, Jeff performed with Jimmy Buffett and The Coral Reefer Band at Lakewood Amphitheater in Atlanta, Georgia. The show was recorded and released as “Jimmy Buffett’s Barometer Soup Radio Special.” A show, which along with Jeff’s performance, still receives regular rotation on Jimmy Buffett’s “Radio Margaritaville” on SiriusXM Radio. A1A has been extremely instrumental in the fundamental building and growth of the International Parrot Head Club community and the Trop Rock and Coastal Americana Music genres as they are today. They were the first band to repeatedly headline the annual Jimmy Buffett ‘Meeting of The Minds’ Parrot Head Convention and many more landmark yearly Parrot Head Events. Including the past four years (2016-2020) as the headline act at “Music On The Bay,” which has been voted the No. 1 Trop Rock Music Festival in America for the past nine years.
The band has released 5 CDs, played to countless high-profile clients around the world, and continues to draw large crowds to their public performances. Members from Jimmy Buffett’s band, Greg “Fingers” Taylor, Mac McAnally, Michael Utley, Robert Greenidge, Peter Mayer, Amy Lee, Nadirah Shakoor, and Tina Gullickson, have all performed with A1A over the years. In 2009, Nadirah Shakoor chose A1A to be her backup band to help promote her Mailboat Records Release, “Nod To The Story Teller.” A1A was a part of Jimmy Buffett’s MTV Video, “Fruitcakes.” In 2012, Jimmy Buffett was instrumental in landing A1A in the Lions Gate Major Motion Picture release, “What to Expect When You’re Expecting.” The band recorded Jimmy’s classic, “Why Don’t We Get Drunk,” which was included in the movie and on the soundtrack released by Capitol Records.
In April of 2016, A1A was honored to be requested to perform with Jimmy Buffett and Mac McAnally as their band in a private performance at The Masters Open in Augusta, Georgia. A1A closed out The Labor Day End of Summer Beach Bash that year at The Washington State Fair with Tim McGraw, Kid Rock, and Uncle Kracker.
When attending an A1A performance, you can expect to hear all of your Jimmy Buffett favorites. You may also be treated to some classic Reggae as well as some original A1A Trop Rock music. The energy, musicianship, originality, and excitement that have always surrounded an A1A performance is an experience and a driving force that has helped the band remain the first and foremost Jimmy Buffett Tribute Show in history.