Band: Stars Fell on Alabama
Date: Saturday, March 19, at noon
Venue: Lucy Buffett’s LuLu’s, 200 E. 25th Ave. (Gulf Shores), www.lulubuffett.com
From The Beatles to The Grateful Dead, music has a tendency to grow beyond the album and become a worldwide phenomenon. When Jimmy Buffett laid the roots of trop rock, this iconic Gulf Coast artist probably had no idea his beach-side anthems would give birth to Parrotheads.
Dressed in grass skirts and Hawaiian shirts, these dedicated fans flock to Buffett’s shows whenever they can. Otherwise, conferences such as Stars Fell on Alabama give Parrotheads the chance to gather and celebrate the carefree beach philosophies that fuel their lifestyle.
This year’s Stars Fell on Alabama will feature three great musical acts. The show will be opened by John Reno, best known for his deep love of the music of Jim Croce. This love led him to join with guitarist Brett Gambino and create a tribute band that has performed from the Gulf Coast to Croce’s Park West in San Diego.
Matt Hoggatt will follow. This singer-songwriter’s offbeat acoustic songs attracted Jimmy Buffet himself, who signed him to his Mailboat Records.
Headliner Paul Roush is a familiar face at the trop rock awards. His trop rock legacy should have Parrotheads squawking with delight.