Michael Nelson – Entertainment Director, Washington State Fair
The Washington State Fair started a new tradition in 2016 with an “End of Summer Bash” with a desire to create a fun, tropical beach bash event. A1A was the perfect tribute band for us! The crowd loved the Jimmy Buffett and other summer beach songs to dance and sing along to. The pirates added additional fun and amusement to our party. We had contracted them for a 2 hour show , but they blew right past the 2 hours and kept the party going, what a fun group to work with!
A1A has got to be my favorite band in all of Atlanta. Not only are they some of the most talented musicians, but they are just nice guys who will go the distance to satisfy your crowd at your event like they did mine. From Lead Singer Jeff Pike to their amazingly talented lead guitar player, Chris Blackwell, these guys are so good. Hey if they are good enough to play with Buffett himself, then they are good enough for any and all stages.
Mary Beth Bender – Director, Public Works, Utilities & Parks/ACM
“The City of Norcross loves A1A! From the first note to the last blast, 100% professionalism. One of the few bands that has the crowd engaged and up dancing on the very first song. The two hour set is seamless, with no delay in between songs, the crowd doesn’t even have time to sit down before the next song begins. Quality music and production from each member of the band. A1A has met and exceeded all of our expectations and we have always enjoyed our partnership. They are a must-see band and a given for our Summer Concert Series. Can’t wait till next year!”
Carol Thompson – Executive Director, Heritage Sandy Springs
“We were excited to host A1A as part of our 20th anniversary season of Concerts by the Springs and they did not disappoint. This polished act packed the Entertainment Lawn as well as the dance floor and delighted our crowd with a high energy, musically sound and well produced show. We have several fine musicians among our regular table holders, and when they share high praise for a performance, I know it is the real deal – A1A got rave reviews. Their professionalism and hard work obviously pay off resulting in a great concert experience – over the top fun for all ages and musical tastes. Thanks A1A for a terrific evening – we look forward to seeing you again at Concerts by the Springs!”
Sheryl LaBoda – Chairperson for 2016 Concert on the Lawn – University Yacht Club
A1A delivered over and above expectations for our 2016 Concert on the Lawn at University Yacht Club on July 30. The band had great energy and really got the crowd moving! The steel drum was the finishing touch on the Trop Rock sound! The feedback I received afterward from many members included, “Most fun party of the year!” I would highly recommend A1A to my fellow parrot heads! I don’t think I could have found a more authentic Jimmy Buffett tribute band if I’d searched the country over. Thank you A1A for an outstanding performance and for making my event a huge success!
Shelli Siebert, Executive Director – Conyers Rockdale Council for the Arts
Once again a Phenomenal Show on June 25, 2016 – A1A is the Best!
When I say you are rock stars I mean it both literally and figuratively! We couldn’t have been happier and I have to say you are all so talented, professional and oh so fun and as always, a pleasure to work with. Thank you very much for everything that you have done to make this annual event a complete success. You guys raise the bar for live performances. I received so many great compliments and want you to know that I appreciate you guys always go the extra mile for us. So thank you, thank you so very much.
Martha A. Ward Executive Administrative Assistant – The Park Vista a DoubleTree by Hilton
We made the A1A concert the highlight of our 2015 Annual Give Kids the World fundraising event at the ‘Park Vista DoubleTree by Hilton’ in Gatlinburg, Tennessee on August 29, 2015. We could not have had better reviews from the people who attended the “Flip Flops and Pop Tops” event! Everything went smoothly and everyone had a great time. The band was outstanding in their performance AND in their caring attitude for the kids with life-threatening illnesses that the evening was all about. Thanks to A1A for making our own “one night beach paradise” right here in the Great Smoky Mountains!
Donna B. Hall, VP-Market Manager, Cox Media Group – Atlanta Radio
I’d like to thank A1A for putting on a great show for 97.1 The River at Lanier Islands on July 25, 2015. . Their décor and stage setup created the perfect backdrop for our “Monsters of Mock” music festival on July 25 at Sunset Cove. The mix of Jimmy Buffett songs and other tropical-themed music brought people to their feet as they danced and sang the night away. Response from our listeners was energetic and extremely positive. If you want the real Margaritaville experience, look no further than A1A! Thank you for helping to make Monsters of Mock a success!
Nancy Marshall – Chair Person For “Meet Me On The Plaza” Concert Series – Eatonton, Georgia
Great event with A1A at The Plaza Arts Center outdoor concert on July 18th, 2015. Jeff, his band, and the crew were fabulous to work with and drew a huge crowd. The stage decorations and lighting set the tropical mood and we all had a blast dancing to all of our favorites! Jeff kicked off the concert with a beautiful rendition of The National Anthem to honor the memory of a hometown fallen soldier– very touched by his willingness to do that for us. GA Butts BBQ catered cheeseburgers in paradise on site and volunteers sold frozen margaritas! A perfect night for parrot heads to party with A1A!!
Carl Parry – CEO – United Service Alliance, Inc. (USA)
We engaged A1A to play at our conference “farewell dinner & dance” at the Ritz-Carlton Amelia Island Friday night, June 12, 2015. Our event was a “beach party” theme and the band did a great job from start to finish. This was our 21st annual conference and we’ve had 20 different bands play at 20 different venues across the country and A1A was by far the best band we’ve ever had perform. I highly recommend this band for a great attendee experience they won’t forget!. We will be bringing our conference back to the Ritz in June 2017 and I certainly plan to book them if they are available.
Skipper Burns – Development Officer – Gordon State College – Barneseville, Georgia
Everyone from the A1A team went above and beyond our expectations for our annual Scholarship Fund Raiser and Founders Dinner on March 21, 2015. They arrived on time for set-up, having no problems, offering only solutions, and the performance was exactly what we needed! Their positive comments about our students and the scholarship from the stage also had great audience appeal. We had a remarkable evening, and while the show was great, I think I was more impressed in the caring nature of the folks in the band. Everyone seemed to be genuinely glad to be there. I look forward to working with them in the future. Thanks to A1A for a great evening in every way.
St. Somewhere Press – “Jimmy.com – The Evolution of A Phan”
“It is only fitting that we begin with “A1A,” the VERY first of the Jimmy Buffett Tribute Bands. They have appeared at so many Parrothead functions, it’s hard to keep track of. Besides headlining many Phlockings, they have been featured at 8 “Meeting Of The Minds” and been joined on stage at various times by Mike Utley, Robert Greenidge, Amy Lee, Peter Mayer and Fingers Taylor of Jimmy Buffett’s Coral Reefer Band. “A1A” remains one of the Parrothead favorites, and they have truly been an inspiration to all of the bands that have followed in their footsteps. Parrotheads owe a debt of gratitude to these boys for many reasons. They have been one of the main forces in The PH Evolution” “Jimmy.com – The Evolution of A Phan” Published by St. Somewhere Press
Christy Rosell, Dir. of Business Development & Marketing – Earl Strand Theater -Marietta, Georgia
We had to turn people away at the doors for the A1A Jimmy Buffett Tribute Show – if only we had a bigger house! It sold out weeks in advance (531 seats) and the audience couldn’t have been happier. Jeff had the patrons in a conga line in no time. The lights and sounds were hands down kick ass! And the band, don’t get me started on the band. They were all business about having FUN and putting on a great show. Their sound is flawless! We can’t wait to have another “Mariettaville” night at the Earl Smith Strand Theatre in Marietta, GA. Thank you guys! Ya’ll are the best. ——- Christy Rosell, Dir. of Business Development & Marketing – www.EarlSmithStrand.org
Nancy Trujillo, Director of Development – Nancy Trujillo, Director of Development, Annandale at Suwanee, Inc.
A1A performed for our 16th and 17th annual Jazzy Thing and they were fabulous! The guys were wonderful to work with and they â€œgotâ€ our event immediately. Chad went over and above to ensure that we had great sound coverage in our cavernous warehouse (this was a first!) and the pirates were a big hit with all of the ladies. In a tough economic climate, A1A certainly contributed to the success of our event. I feel that having A1A as the highlight of our evening was a â€œdeal makerâ€ when considering attendance to our event. The funds raised through Jazzy have a significant impact on our organizationâ€™s ability to provide services and programs for adults with developmental disabilities. Thanks, guys!
Patricia Sorter, Deputy Director, Georgia Transplant Association
This is the second fundraising event we have done with A1A for the Georgia Transplant Foundation. They are a professional group of entertainers who have never let me (the client) or our guests down. From start to finish they are fist class all the way! They continue to improve their look with new additions to the group in the way of dancing girls and pirates. The pirates were a huge success with the crowd! The stage production is amazing! I look forward to doing many more events with them in the future!
Amanda McBride, Director of Special Events – Georgia Transplant Association
I had the distinct pleasure of working with “A1A” at a fundraising event benefiting Mercy Flight Southeast and the Georgia Transplant Foundation. I can honestly say that none have been friendlier, easier to work with, or more of a crowd pleaser than the guys in “A1A.”
Rosella Reinkemeyer, Meeting Planner – Missouri Automobile Dealers Association
Jeff, from a meeting planner’s point of view, you were great to work with and it made my job extremely easy. We would very highly recommend “AlA” to any of our associates. Thank you, for your part in making our convention an enormous success and on behalf of the attendee’s at the Missouri Automobile Dealers Convention at The Ritz -Carlton, Naples, Naples Florida we want to say “thank you” for a wonderful performance!
Linda Maddox, Special Event Coordinator – Cherry Blossom Festival – Macon, Georgia
A1A performed yet again for The Cherry Blossom Festival on our Coca Cola Entertainment Stage at Central City Park in Macon, GA on Tuesday night and were a huge success! It was the biggest night we had at the Park and a great night of FUN!!! A1A really got the crowd going! Lots of sing-a-Iongs, dancing and partying down to great Jimmy Buffet music! Everybody loved A1A so much that we already have a contract with them to come back next year for Margaritaville in the Park!!! The professionalism with which the band displayed onstage and off was astounding and I would highly recommend them to anyone. They are not just a joy to listen to but also a joy to work with.
Samantha Duthler, Chairperson – Meet Me At The Plaza Concert Series – Eatonton, Georgia
Thanks so much for yet another fabulous event! People here know that they can count on A1A for a great night of entertainment and they have been spreading the word; we had over 900 people come out to see the show on Saturday, July 28th. I still have people stopping me to tell how much fun they had.
Rebekka Siegel, Events Planner – Elk Creek Vineyards – Owenton, Kentucky
You guys were the perfect band to inaugurate the brand new stage at Elk Creek Vineyards this spring. We were so pleased to hear our guests go on and on about how wonderful the band was and it was decided on the spot that we would try to have you back again next year. Thank you for putting your heart and soul into the evening’s performance at Elk Creek and for being so easy to work with.
Barbara S. Witt, Dean – Auburn University and AUM Schools of Nursing
“Awesome” is the word guests used to describe the musical entertainment provided by A1A at The Auburn University and Auburn University Schools of Nursing Seventh Blue Jean Ball Beachside held on September 7th at Pat Dye’s Auburn Oaks in Notasulga, Alabama.
Donna Whitfield – Marketing Director – Country Club Of The South – Atlanta, Georgia
“Wow! “Great!” “Awesome!” “We had such a great time!” “It was sooo much fun!” “They were fabulous!” “This concert was the best ever!” These are just a few of the comments from the residents who attended Country Club of the South’s Annual Concert in the Park and I could not agree more! I can say with all certainty that everyone had a great time! I especially want to thank you for the attention you gave the kids–throwing out the “sharks”,playing the “limbo music” and taking time to sign autographs for your youngest fans. It really made a big impression on them and their parents as well. Your interaction with your audience is wonderful. You guys really made it fun for all ages, and what I think is even more special is that you seemed to be having as much fun yourselves! You now have a few hundred more fans in the residents of Country Club of the South, and we all thank A1A for making this the best concert ever here!
Elaine D. Smith – Club Social Director – Woodmont Golf and Country Club – Atlanta, Georgia
One word: PHENOMENAL!!!! A1A was absolutely fantastic during Woodmont Golf and Country Club’s 3rd Annual “Chastain Night”: Music on the Green. The band was amazing and a great time was had by all. Thank you so much for making our event an evening to remember for a long time to come. We hope to work with you and A1A again in the near future. Thanks again for everything!
Sam Taylor, Recreation Specialist – Sugar Hill, Georgia
On behalf of the City of Sugar Hill, I want to thank you and the rest of the A1A members for performing such a fun, family oriented show at our 2007 Sparks in the Park event. Well over seven thousand people attended the event and we have received only positive feedback on your band. Many people called, wrote, and even came in personally to tell us how much they enjoyed the band. A1A set a positive mood for the entire event and the night ended with a bang!
Nancy Peckham – Rochester, New York – Private Party Client
Thank you so much for a wonderful performance. Everyone at the party is still talking about the music! Its the first time people have said they have danced so much! You added the right “Jimmy Buffet” touch for the “Margaritaville” theme, which helped to create a fun party for everyone. We’ve had 6 parties so far and everyone agrees this is the best one! Everyone we have heard from about the party has had wonderful things to say about you guys and your performance. Your style was just perfect to set the mood we wanted to create for the party and you were all just a pleasure to have in our home.We sincerely hope our paths cross again one of these days! Again, many many thanks, send our regards to all the guys!
Bob Brenner – Atlanta, Georgia – Private Party Client
I wanted to take a moment to THANK you and the band for your performance at Dara’s surprise party! Ya’ll were GREAT!. I have to tell you that after visiting your website, I expected you and the band to be a bit more “high maintenance” than you were. LOTS of demands… NOTHING COULD BE FURTHER FROM THE TRUTH! You guys really helped MAKE the night! I hope your followers (count me in as one now!) know that you can do smaller shows! I am already thinking neighborhood party for next year!
Judy Webb – Atlanta, Georgia – Wedding Client
You played at the wedding reception at Cherokee Town Club in Atlanta, Ga. for my daughter Katie Webb. I just wanted to say THANKS!!!!! You were terrific!! Everyone had such a great time,and the dance floor stayed full because they loved the music! It was a good mix of Jimmy Buffett for Katie, the Parrotheads, and some other familiar songs for those who thought they didn’t know Buffett, but they danced like they did! We’ve heard so many kudos about the band, especially that you played all night without any breaks. Again, I thank you so much for such a wonderful night of music – I’m sorry I didn’t officially meet you that night and say thanks then, but the evening was kind of a blur for the parents of the bride!
Katie Chilivis – Atlanta, Georgia – Wedding Client
A1A was the perfect band for our reception. I absolutely could not have been more pleased with their performance and with all of my contact with Jeff leading up to the big day. Not only did they play a full load of great Buffett classics and my own personal favorites, but they also threw in plenty of other fun tunes to keep fans of all types on the dance floor. They also learned a special song for my husband and his mother to dance to that was not on their playlist â€“ they can do anything! I cannot begin to describe the enormous number of people who told me (either that night or since then) that this was the most fun band that they had ever heard at a wedding â€“ even people who are not necessarily Buffett fans (though I try not to associate with too many of those)! If you want to have a really fun wedding, party, or whatever celebration you may have, hire A1A â€“ you will not regret it!!!
Christie Burbank – Chattanooga, Tennessee – Wedding Client
I just wanted you and the entire A1A band to know that Brice and I have such wonderful happy memories from our wedding reception in Chattanooga! You guys made the event so special, and our guests had a ball! I really appreciated your professionalism and wonderful attitude throughout the entire process! You were the easiest band that I have ever dealt with, and you helped us to pull off our tropical beach theme in style! Thanks for being so much fun for all ages! We would highly recommend your band to anyone we know. Love those Jimmy Buffett tunes! Thanks again!
Scott Prather – Atlanta, Georgia – Wedding Client
A1A played my wedding at the Capital City Country Club in Atlanta, Ga. I can’t thank them enough for the job they did and all the fun they provided for all of our guests. Wedding planning can be very stressful and Jeff Pike and A1A made the band part of the planning very easy. I can’t think of an event where the band was so prepared and professional as A1A was. From the lighting to the sound system to all of the great songs, A1A had all of the bases covered and the wedding went off without a hitch.