Updated: January 23, 2014 at 9:21 am
8 p.m. Saturday, Stargazers Theatre and Event Center, 10 S. Parkside Drive, $12-$15; 476-2200, stargazerstheather.com.
Larry Pearson didn't look up to policemen or doctors or famous movie actors as he was growing up. The man he idolized loved flip flops and shorts. A man who loved beaches, the ocean and, most of all, Margaritaville. That's right: Jimmy Buffett.
"I had friends and family that listened to Jimmy Buffett," says Pearson, lead singer of the tribute band Bluffett. "I grew up on it. I listened (to his music) through eight-tracks and records and learned his early songs."
Pearson plays the Stargazers Theatre and Event Center Saturday, and thanks to the intimacy of the setting, the show will be "smaller and be more acoustic. This will be more of a laid back, up-close-and-personal show."
For the past 15 years, Pearson and Bluffett have been emulating not only the sound of the chief Parrothead, but his trademark show and mannerisms as well. And that requires extensive practice.
"I watch live stuff to try and get in part and in character. You've got to focus on the character," says Pearson. "On stage and singing, you've got to look like him and sound like him."
Fan favorites, he says, include "Come Monday," "One Particular Harbor," Elton John's "Captain and the Kid" and "Only Time Will Tell."
Pearson is a fan of Jimmy Buffet, but after 15 years mimicking him, he has yet to meet his idol. "I look forward to meeting him someday. I think it'll happen. It's just a matter of time."
ANGELO STAMBENE, ANGELO.STAMBENE@GAZETTE.COM
"The Story Project" - True stories told by the people that lived them, 1 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 25, Ivywild School, 4604 S. Cascade Ave., $5; 685-9717, smokebrush.org
Old School Sock Hop - 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 29, Ivywild School, 1604 S. Cascade Ave., $20; 685-7621, ivywildschool.com.