The first concert of the Summer Music Series featured the Leaky Tikis, a Jimmy Buffet tribute Band. Unfortunately, the weather did not cooperate and the “beach party” was moved indoors.
The decision to have the concert at Liberty School auditorium was made rather late and the announcement was further delayed by technical problems. In spite of communication issues, about sixty people found their way to the modified venue and were glad they did.
The Leaky Tikis consisted of front man Roger Dresden who sang and played rhythm guitar, Mark Stewart who played both base and harmonica and added vocals, Dan Glynn who played keyboard and vocals and Ron Gosselin handled the percussion. The guys wore bright colored tropical Hawaiian shirts. To add to the tropical ambiance, Glynn could make his keyboard sound just like kettle drums.
The band’s name seems to be a reference to the schooner Tiki III sailed by Gardner McKay in the 1959 TV series “Adventures in Paradise.” Buffett refers to it as the “Leaky Tiki” in his song, “We Are the People Our Parents Warned Us About.” Of course what mattered was not appearances but the music, and the group did not disappoint. They played many Jimmy Buffett hits and tropical rock hits by other artists. Among their covers were Zac Brown’s, “Toes,” Neil Young’s, “Harvest Moon,” Blake Shelton’s “Some Beach,” Kenny Chesney’s, “No Shirt, No Shoes, No Problem” and Van Morrison’s, “Brown-eyed Girl.” Jimmy Buffet hits included: “Grapefruit-Juicy Fruit,” “Door Number three,” “Cheeseburger in Paradise,” “We Are the People Our Parents Warned Us About” and “Ragtop Day.”
The final two numbers were “Fins” and “Margaritaville.” “Fins” is a Buffett song about a girl who is pursued by shark-like men in bars. “You got fins to the left, fins to the right and you’re the only girl in town,” the lyrics say.
As the band prepared for their finale, Dresden asked the audience to stand for the national anthem of Margaritaville. They responded with enthusiasm as the band played Buffett’s signature song.
The Summer Music Series returns to downtown Saline, if weather cooperates, Thursday night when the ABC Sisters and the Saline Big Band Perform.