The Rum Punch Bandits hit the stage for the first time in November of 2000 as a Jimmy Buffett tribute band and have since expanded their songlist to include a variety of genres such as beach, classic rock, Tex-rock, gulf-n-western, trop-rock and jam-rock. This seven piece party band includes two electric guitars, acoustic guitar, bass guitar, keyboards/pedal steel, congas/bongos, and drums. All totaled, the members of the Rum Punch Bandits have over 125 years of experience and they still have a great time when performing. Check below for their songlist (ever expanding) as well as several references from previous clients. Their dress for shows is smart-tropicasual. Thank you for considering the Rum Punch Bandits and they hope to see you down the road.
Band Members: JT Layton - Keyboards, pedal steel, backing vocals; Scott Dowless - Lead electric guitar, backing vocals; Donny Martin - Bass guitar; Kevin Loop - Lead vocals, acoustic guitar and blues harp; John Griffin - Lead electric guitar, mandolin, lead & backing vocals; Bob Robinson - Percussion, lead & backing vocals; Eddie Pernick - Drums
A Sampling of Past Performances Include: * Congressional Country Club, Bethesda, MD * The 2007 AT&T National PGA Golf Tournament hosted by Tiger Woods * Colonial Center, Columbia, SC, performed prior to Jimmy Buffett in 2003, 2004 & 2005; * 2007 Blue Jean Ball to benefit Camp Greenville, Greenville, SC * The Augusta Civic Center, Augusta, GA, performance for an Augusta Lynx Hockey game; * 8th Annual Stars Fell on Alabama Parrot Head Convention, Orange Beach, AL; * The World Famous Flora-Bama Lounge & Package, Pensacola, FL * La Belle Amie Vineyard, Myrtle Beach, SC; * Wintergreen Resort, Wintergreen, VA * Roanoke Valley Harley-Davidson/Buell, Roanoke, VA * Cox's Harley Davidson Grand Opening, Rock Hill, SC; * 2007 Taste of Tega Cay (YMCA Benefit), Tega Cay, SC * The Windjammer, Isle of Palms, SC; * Cheraw (SC) Spring Festival * Parrotstock Music Festivals, Charlston, SC * NC Zoological Park, Asheboro, NC * 2005 - 2007 Flip-Flop Blowout (Benefit for the Children's Attention Home), Rock Hill, SC * Lucy Buffett's LuLu's at Homeport Marina, Gulf Shores, AL; * Country Club of Asheville, Asheville, NC; * 2005 Tega Cay Concert Series, Tega Cay, SC; * Grand opening for the Settings of Mackay Point (residential development), Beaufort, SC * Cheeseburger in Paradise Restaurant grand openings in Myrtle Beach, SC and Asheville, NC; * Wild Wing Cafes in Charleston, Greenville, Atlanta, Charlotte and Hilton Head; * Countless weddings, private parties, and corporate & special events
The Rum Punch Bandits were great! We had a lot of positive comments about them and everyone enjoyed themselves. They added the finishing touch to our 10th anniversary beach party. They honored several song requests and did a great job. The guys couldn't have been nicer to work with. They helped me with a Hawaiian shirt contest when my other games were a flop because of the bad weather. I will definitely recommend them to anyone looking for a band for any upcoming event. -Brad B.
Everything was great on Saturday night. We had the Rum Punch Bandits as our entertainment for my boyfriend's thirtieth birthday party. This is the second time that we have had the pleasure of having them perform at an event that we were involved with. Not only were they were great and professional to work with in the planning process, but were accommodating with requests and kept the crowd going in an upward swing all night! I had more compliments about the band over the past few days than I can count! If I have another event that needs live entertainment, the Rum Punch Bandits will get the gig. -Megan W.
Bob, you and the Rum Punch Bandits were absolutely awesome! We thoroughly enjoyed having you guys perform and are hoping you might entertain doing it again next year. We always have it on a Tuesday Night and the feeling was unanimous that we would like to have you back. It was also unanimous that we would want you to be the lone act and not share the stage with another performer. The Bandits not only sounded very good, but y’all did things to liven up the crowd and entertain them and everyone seemed to enjoy your show. You had the crowd eating out of the palm of your hand with your fun and entertaining attitudes mixed with a great collection of music. You helped make our event a huge success, the best yet as over 800 people attended. Thank you for a wonderful time and we look forward to having you back next year for an encore performance. -Brian P.
Tonight, The Rum Punch Bandits entertained us with the sounds of not only Jimmy Buffett, but the Grateful Dead, Robert Earl Keen, and even some long lost "The Band" songs. Our fraternity came away from our annual "Margaritaville" party with all smiles and lasting memories. The Rum Punch Bandits knew how to work the crowd at the right times, often chanting back and forth and getting us more and more involved throughout the night. This very laid back and entertaining band made our party come alive, more so than a typical DJ or your average Jimmy Buffett cover band. The Rum Punch Bandits come full circle as one of the most engaging and impressive cover bands in the southeast! -Cameron M.
The Palmetto Parrot Head Club has been fortunate to have the Rum Punch Bandits play for two of our events in 2006 alone. First, as part of our Fin Fest VII party in March and most recently for our Christmas Party. I don't think you can find a better Buffett and all-around band that plays with such enthusiasm, in variable venues, in such a professional manner or generally in the spirit of whatever event that can be found. We look forward to having the band join us again and again in the future. Venning M.