Panama City Parrot Head Club is set to host the 12th annual Parrot Head Rendezvous, a summer music festival for Parrot Heads and Trop Rock music fans on April 21st-23rd. The theme is “Growing Older But Not Up” and it’s hosted directly on Panama City Beach, one of the world’s most beautiful beaches for three days of fun with contests, music and auctions all to raise money for children.
With your 3-day registration you’ll receive a goody bag of sundries including the official event t-shirt, a cheeseburger in paradise meal on Saturday afternoon including a slice of the giant 3 foot cheeseburger cake. The main attraction is the stellar entertainment lineup of Trop Rock artists and bands entertaining all weekend as attendees “party with a purpose” in the sand.
Like many events, Parrot Head Rendezvous started with humble beginnings 11 years ago with just 50 attendees, lasting two nights and raising $3,000 for the local sea turtle rescue organization. Today, Parrot Head Rendezvous hosts 500 attendees over 3 1/2 days and in the last 11 years has raised $233,000 for various charities, mostly focused on children in their community.
This year, Parrot Head Rendezvous boasts 11 Trop Rock acts, all performing on the beach stage with a gorgeous view of the Gulf of Mexico as the backdrop. Parrot Heads, commonly called “angels in tropical shirts,” are raising money for Girls, Inc., an organization to help empower young girls to grow up healthy, educated, and independent.
What used to be a prep night for the event, Thursday evening is now officially on the schedule and the party is out to the beach. Bill Lanier, past club president, “blames” this all on the Kentucky Parrot Head Club for showing up early around the 8th year to help stuff event goody bags. Things started to get a little rowdy when they broke out the Kentucky moonshine and Trop Rock artist Jeff Brewer pulled out his guitar, forever turning this first night into a party.
In honor of empowering girls, the dynamic girl duo Drop Dead Dangerous and their band is scheduled to kick off the event Thursday evening for the first of many beach parties.
Allowing a little time to rest up from the night before, Friday kicks off at 1pm with Jeff and the Camaros, a super fun solo act that tends to have everyone dancing in the sand. Jeff’s personality is perfect for his Emcee role this year, keeping the event on track and making sure everyone is having fun.
Trop Rock Music Association’s 2016 Male Vocalist winner, Donny Brewer follows and the powerful southern rock band Southern Drawl closes out the night. Who knows… attendees might get a special all-star jam, which has been known to happen when Drop Dead Dangerous, Donny Brewer and the Southern Drawl Band cross paths!
Saturday is jam packed with music plus Parrot Head style fundraising activities. Everyone 21 and older is welcome to sign up for a small donation to judge one or both drink tasting contests as a fun way to raise money.
As a judge, you’ll taste your way through the sea of Jell-O shots and Boat Drinks voting for your favorites. Susie Lanier, current club president says “Parrot Heads get serious about their Jell-O shooters and Boat Drink recipes” and Bill cautions “there have been a few judges who didn’t quite make it to the end!”
Along with silent auctions for amazing items, new this year is the Cork Pull fundraiser. Buy a cork for $20 for the luck-of-the-draw possibility of winning an expensive bottle of wine. But there are no losers in this game, everyone is guaranteed to win a bottle of wine worth at least $20 and all the cash is donated to Girls, Inc. That’s a fundraiser where everyone wins!
Taking the center stage on Saturday is the extensive Trop Rock music lineup of solo artists to high energy bands such as Rick Lamb’s group the Phin-Addicts who most recently played the Margaritaville Street Fest in Key West. Perfectly fitting for a beach music festival, attendees will enjoy the sounds of the Beach Boys through the tribute band Sounds of Summer. Concluding this all day beach fest is the talented Jim Asbell & the Tropiholics band showcasing the best of Jimmy Buffett cover songs mixed with their own island style originals.
Sunday attendees will enjoy the sounds of award winning Trop Rock singer/songwriter Don Middlebrook plus The Conch Fritters who’ll perform their unique style of Calypso island tune originals to fun covers songs fitting for the tropical life. And don’t miss out on the daily 5:00 sunset celebration with conch blower, Mary Lou aka “Queen of the Conch” and watch as the Cannoneers shoot their cannons out over the water.
Attendees are welcome to bring their own coolers with food and drinks and if you’ve got a battery powered blender, feel free to whip up your own frozen margaritas. Plus, Sharky’s Beachfront Restaurant will offer food and drink specials to attendees and setup a bar on the beach! If you’d like to bring a pop-up tent for a little beach shade, registrants will have an opportunity to bid on tent spaces soon. Stay tuned!
What are you waiting for? Check out the full lineup and register at Panama City PHC Parrot Head Rendezvous