Parrotheads rejoice! Calypso is in the air! The stage at Elllington’s Jazz Club has transformed to an idyllic Caribbean Island, with palm trees and parrots. You can almost smell the coconut oil and the salt in the air, hear the gentle lapping of the waves on a golden palm tree lined beach and see the boats bobbing in the crystal clear waters, as the laid back sounds of the tropical rock of legendary singer songwriter Jimmy Buffet are channelled by the Shed’s frontman Bill Chidgzey.
On the opening night, and decked out in the obligatory Hawaiian shirt, teamed with boardshorts, a lei hanging around his neck, Chidgzey takes the audience on a memorable journey through the Islands. With brilliant support vocals from jazz divas Libby Hammer and Ali Bodycoat, and backed by a rocking six-piece band all adorned in tropical style, this is a night to cherish.
Kicking off with a rollicking version of the Jimmy classic Volcano Chidgzey and the band rock on through an hour long set of unforgettable songs that keep your toes tapping and your hands clapping.
The audience, too, take up the cause – with many a Hawaiian shirt brought out on display – happily and loudly joining in on the chorus of Margaritaville and other gems while sipping on those self-same margaritas and knocking a beachball around the room. Encouraged by the band many hop up to the back of the room to bop along with the tunes.
This is all cool breezes, tequila and rum, booze in the blender, brand new tattoos, drums, brass and guitars, and of course songs that stick in your mind– this is a show not to be missed. And now I have to go off and search for my lost shaker of salt….
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