Parrots and Thieves Band Together to Help Wounded Warriors

By Sandra Zunino

For those who want more St. Patrick’s Day fun, check out the Parrothead St. Paddy’s Day Party on Saturday, March 27 at the Grasonville V.F.W., featuring local band “Bay of Thieves” to benefit veterans and their families.

Living up to their reputation of partying with a purpose, Parrotheads gather to raise money for charities while having a blast at the same time. The Eastern Bay Parrothead Club is one of more than 200 Parrot Head chapters in the United States – all devoted to the same objective.

At $10 per ticket ($8 for Parrothead members), this event will raise needed dollars for Operation Homefront, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that provides emergency assistance for military troops, the families they leave behind and wounded warriors upon returning home. Created in 2001, the organization raises funds to provide emergency financial assistance, food and other essentials, auto repairs, moving expenses, vision care and even computers so military families can easily communicate with loved ones.

Craving island locales, Parrotheads usually hold fundraisers at dock bars and other water-oriented establishments. This is the first time the Eastern Bay Parrotheads have rented a hall for the venue according to “Bay of Thieves” band member and manager Barry Kruemmel.

The fun begins at 6:00 p.m. with silent and live auctions and giveaways. Food and drink will be available for purchase at the Pavilion. Music starts at 7:00 p.m. with the band playing until 11:00 p.m. Tickets will be available at the door.

Collaboration on the event between the band and the Parrotheads started last August when Eastern Bay Parrothead President and club founder Chuck Mounts approached Barry during a performance at The Big Owl Tiki Bar. “He wanted to know if we could play at some of the Parrothead functions,” says Barry who has since joined the Parrothead club.

At that time, the band’s name was “Endless Current”. All seasoned musicians, Barry provides lead vocals and guitar while James Guthrie on bass guitar and Jay Davies on lead guitar sing backup. Newest member, J.D. Johnson plays drums and congas. “We use congas if there is less room in the venue, or we want a more ‘island’ sound,” says Barry.

After adding J.D., the group decided to change the name to incorporate the Chesapeake Bay and pirate theme complete with original logo and new demo CD. “This will be our first year known as ‘Bay of Thieves’,” says Barry.

While the band’s acoustic tropical sound appeals to the Parrotheads’ many Jimmy Buffett fans, “Bay of Thieves” also plays classic rock, modern rock, oldies, country and original compositions. “Bay of Thieves” continues to learn new songs to add to their repertoire. Barry says it’s important to provide a diverse range of music for the audience.

While Barry says he hopes the Parrothead St. Paddy’s Day Party performance brings publicity for the “Bay of Thieves”, he says the band is not about making money. “Music is something we enjoy and we show that when we play,” he says. “We really have a good time, so hopefully that comes across to the audience.”

For more information about “Bay of Thieves” or hear their music samples, visit www.myspace.com/bayofthieves. To contact “Bay of Thieves” for bookings, call 301-775-1029. For more information about the Eastern Bay Parrothead Club, visit www.easternbayphc.com. For more information about Operation Homefront, visit www.operationhomefront.net.

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