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In his popular 1973 song “Grapefruit-Juicy Fruit,” legendary trop rock troubadour Jimmy Buffett tells the story of the old Islander Drive-In in Key West, Florida; all the tourist girls he used to take on dates there; and the jugs of a sweet concoction he liked to call “Purple Passion” that they’d share to feel good in front of the big screen.

And while those wild and sultry nights happened over 30 long years ago, and that Jimmy may not get down to Key West or guzzle gin quite as often as he used to, on Thursday, June 19, he’ll be making a triumphant return to the classic American drive-in theater.

On that evening, he and his Coral Reefer Band will play a very special show at the Sundance Kid Drive-In at 4500 Navarre Ave. in Oregon…sort of. Sundance will participate in an unprecedented, much-anticipated simulcast of Buffett’s live performance at the Coyote Drive-In in Fort Worth, Texas that same night, which will be shared with 80-plus “big screens” from coast-to-coast.

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“This is the first time I’ll have ever seen a simulcast concert at a drive-in theater, and I don't really know why they didn't think of it before,” said Northwest Ohio Parrothead Club President Don Dauer.

“I'm super-excited about going to it, since I'll be out of town when Jimmy plays live up at Comerica Park,” said “Double-D” who has attended upwards of 24 Buffett concerts since first becoming a Parrothead in the mid-to-late 1970s.

“I can listen to all of Jimmy's concerts at home on Radio Margaritaville, but really, a Jimmy Buffett show is supposed to be a communal thing. What makes it so special is sharing it with other Parrotheads – both those you know, and those you'll meet,” he said.

“I hope this (simulcast) turns into a great club event (for the NWO Parrotheads),” adds Dauer. “The invites are out, and I’m just waiting on the numbers. I'm talking with the drive-in owner, and I'm hoping we can all park our cars in the back over a few centrally-located parking spaces, and then set up our camp there.”

“If we can all corral our chairs together, that'd be great,” he says. “It's a drive-in, but I can't imagine anyone really wanting to watch from their cars.”

As Parrotheads worldwide are traditionally wont to do, “phlocks” of local Buffett fans are likely to show up at the Sundance decked out in crazy Hawaiian shirts, parrot hats with flapping wings, foam shark fins, Mardi Gras beads, coconut bras, leis and the like, and dance across the drive-in’s gravel parking lot in their flip-flops and grass skirts, as they sing such classics as “Fins,” “Boat Drinks,” “Cheeseburger In Paradise” and “Margaritaville” at the top of their lungs.

Unlike a traditional Buffett concert at an amphitheater or at a Major League ballpark Parrotheads won’t be able to party too hard at the Sundance Drive-In as bringing grills and cheeseburgers, portable blenders, margaritas and coolers full of beer will be strictly prohibited.

Instead, grub, libations, and other goodies will be sold by the theater that night, in an effort to make the big screen experience as much like a traditional Buffett concert as possible.

“At $20 a head, this Buffett concert (at the drive-in) is about 15 percent of the cost of a live show,” Dauer said, “and, it would be great if he'd do this once a concert season.

“I love a night at the drive-in, but, I confess, I don't go as often as I once did,” he said. “Drive-Ins are pure Americana though, as is, in a way, Jimmy Buffett.

“It’s just not summer without a Buffett concert,” he adds, “and I think anyone with just a passing knowledge of Jimmy's music, should come out and be a part of the full-on Jimmy Buffett experience. Parrotheads are an amazing group of folks. We're incredibly diverse, yet we all get together under the common umbrella of Buffett. I think this could be the key to world peace!”

Log onto, or call the Sundance Kid Drive-In at 419-691-9668 for more details.

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