Wash. State Fair turns into Margaritaville this Labor Day at End of Summer Bash

Free concert featuring A1A – Official Jimmy Buffett Tribute Show with Fair gate admission

Puyallup, WA – April 11, 2016 – You’ll be nibblin’ on sponge cake and watchin’ the sun bake this year on Labor Day at the Washington State Fair when you attend the End of Summer Bash. The Monday, Sept. 5th all-day event confirms that it is five o’clock somewhere with A1A, the official and original Jimmy Buffett Tribute Show hitting the grandstand stage at Jimmy Buffett time – five o’clock! The concert is free with Fair gate admission. Enjoy that cheeseburger in paradise as you take in the tropical sounds around the entire Fair all day, complete with tropical drinks and foods. Fitting with a laid back Labor Day, the Fair will offer $2 rides until 2 p.m., BECU Free Kids’ Gate Admission, and Military Appreciation Day. Come Monday, it’s gonna be all right for the first 1,000 paid guests through Fair gates, as they’ll receive a free bobblehead of the infamous Fair mascot, Big Washington.

The Sept. 5th End of Summer Bash Concert featuring A1A-Jimmy Buffett Tribute Show is free in the grandstand upon Fair gate admission, and is part of the Washington State Fair’s 2016 Columbia Bank Concert Series. Advance Fair gate admission discount tickets will be available beginning August 8th at www.thefair.com and Fair ticket outlets, including Safeway and Albertson’s stores, and South Hill Mall. The Fred Meyer Value Pack also includes bundled savings of Fair gate admission, food bucks and rides.  

A1A- The Official and Original Jimmy Buffett Tribute Show:

A1A 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 man tribute to Jimmy Buffett.  In 1992, the band won a Jimmy Buffett Sound Alike Contest for Margaritaville Records and the A1A ball started rolling - a ball that is still rolling 25 years later.

Over the years as the band grew A1A was extremely instrumental in the fundamental building and growth of the International Parrot Head Club community and Trop Rock Music genre as it is today. They were the first band to repeatedly headline the annual Jimmy Buffett "Meeting of The Minds" Parrot Head Convention and many more land mark annual Parrot Head Events.  They have released 3 CD’s of original Trop Rock music, played to countless high profile clients around the world and continue to draw record crowds to their public performances.  Members from Jimmy Buffett’s band, Greg “Fingers” Taylor, Mac McAnally, Michael Utley, Robert Greenidge, Peter Mayer, Nadirah Shakoor and Tina Gullickson have all performed with the band over the years.  In 2009 Nadirah Shakoor chose A1A to be her back up band to help promote her Mailboat Records Release, ‘Nod To The Story Teller.’  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.  Recently in 2016, Jimmy Buffett and Mac McAnally approached A1A with a request that they be Jimmy’s band during a private performance at The Masters Open in Augusta, Georgia.  Not surprisingly, the band was very proud to be Jimmy’s ‘Coral Reefer Band’ for a day.

A1A performs as a seven-piece band, complete with audio and light production, bringing to life a colorful and energetic family friendly Jimmy Buffett Tribute Show. A1A Beachwrecked Pirates will boost the Margaritaville atmosphere at the concert.

Concert guests will enjoy all of their Jimmy Buffett favorites, including 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. Visit: www.A1A-live.com.

The concert is part of the Washington State Fair’s 2016 Columbia Bank Concert Series. Tickets will also go on sale for other artists in the coming months. Visit www.thefair.com to see the updated lineup, or sign up online to receive announcements of pre-sale opportunities BEFORE concert tickets go on sale to the public. The concerts to date are:

DATE PERFORMANCE TIME

PRICES
(incl. Fair gate)

Standard processing fees apply

Sept. 4 (Su) Tim McGraw
(Music Superstar)
7:30 p.m. $350 VIP package, $250 VIP package, $95, $85
Sept. 5 (M)

End of Summer Bash featuring A1A - The Official and Original Jimmy Buffett Tribute Show
(Classic Rock)

5:00 p.m. Free with Fair gate admission
Sept. 9 (F) Rodeo Playoffs - Friday Matinee 1:00 p.m. $18 / $5*
Sept. 9 (F)

Rodeo Playoffs with Thompson Square concert - Friday Evening
(Country)

6:30 p.m.

$40-Golden Saddle, $30
$35-Standing in Dirt Concert

Sept. 10 (Sa) Rodeo Playoffs - Saturday Matinee 1:00 p.m. $30 - Golden Saddle, $25
Sept. 10 (Sa)

Rodeo Playoffs with Chris Janson concert - Saturday Evening
(Country)

6:30 p.m.

$40-Golden Saddle, $30
$35-Standing in Dirt Concert

Sept. 11 (Su) Rodeo - Puyallup Finals 1:00 p.m. $35-Golden Circle, $36, $26
Sept. 12 (M) for King & Country and Matt Maher
(Christian)
7:30 p.m. $46-Golden Circle, $36, $26
Sept. 17 (Sa) Alan Jackson's KEEPIN' IT COUNTRY Tour
(Country)
7:30 p.m. $85-Golden Circle, $65, $50
Sept. 18 (Su) Fiestas Patrias featuring Voz de Mando Proyecto X and Mariachi Divas
(Latino)
5:00 p.m. Advance General Admission: Adults $20
Kids 12 years & under $10
Sept. 19 (M)

Chris Young with special guest Cassadee Pope
(Country)

7:30 p.m. $60-Golden Circle, $50, $40
Sept. 22 (Th) Dierks Bentley
(Country)
7:30 p.m.

$100-Golden Circle, $80, $65
Pre-Show Dinner-$38

Sept. 23 (F) Jeff Foxworthy and Larry the Cable Guy 7:30 p.m. $80-Golden Circle, $70, $55
Sept. 25 (Su) Train, with special guests MAGIC!
(Pop)
7:30 p.m.

$75-Golden Circle, $65, $50

* Friday 1 p.m. rodeo does not include Fair gate admission. Gates are open free from 10 a.m.-noon.

Military Appreciation Day is held all three Mondays of the Washington State Fair, on Sept. 5, 12 and 19. Gate admission is FREE to all active, reserve, and retired military and National Guard and their dependents, plus disabled veterans, when each shows valid military ID at any Fair gate. Media partners for Military Appreciation Day include:  570 KVI, KOMO AM 1000/97.7 FM, KOMO 4 and KOMOnews.com.

The Washington State Fair is one of the biggest fairs in the world, and the largest in the Pacific Northwest. It started in 1900 in Puyallup, and welcomes over one million guests to the single largest attended event in the state. Star-studded entertainment, the PRCA Rodeo, rides, exhibits, food, flowers and animals are mainstays of the 21-day event that kicks off the Friday of Labor Day weekend. For more info about the Sept. 2-25, 2016 Washington State Fair (closed Tuesdays), visit www.thefair.com.

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