Guitarist Peter Mayer, shown, and his bassist brother, Jim, will perform an Aug. 16 fundraising concert for International Partners in Mission at the Asticou in Northeast Harbor. The brothers, who regularly play with Jimmy Buffet, will be part of Buffet's show in Bangor two days later. PHOTOS COURTESY OF IPM

Buffett band members to perform at Asticou

MOUNT DESERT — Two days before Parrotheads flock to Bangor for Jimmy Buffett’s concert at Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion, two members of his Coral Reefer Band will be in Northeast Harbor for a benefit show at the Asticou Inn.

Guitarist Peter Mayer and his bassist brother, Jim, will perform an Aug. 16 fundraising concert for International Partners in Mission (IPM), a nonprofit group that their father helped found in 1974. Among the goals of IPM is building partnerships with community groups worldwide to assist them in achieving a sustainable livelihood.

The evening begins at 6 p.m. with a Caribbean Party with food, drinks and music by the Phil Kell Trio. At 7 p.m. the Mayer brothers, along with Peter’s guitarist son, Brendan Mayer, take the stage. Tickets are $150 for the Caribbean Party and concert; $50 for the concert only.

The Mayer brothers have been members of the Coral Reefers for 27 years. Buffett invited them to join the band after they played on his album “Off to See the Lizard.” Between recording and touring with the author of hits like “Margaritaville,” “Come Sunday” and “Cheeseburger in Paradise,” the brothers have found time for their own musical careers.

Peter studied theory and composition before going on to teach jazz guitar at Webster University in Missouri. He released his first album under the moniker PM for Warner Brothers in 1988. Sixteen years ago, he founded the Peter Mayer Group, which has released 14 albums, including “Live in Amsterdam,” a double vinyl LP released this year. The Peter Mayer Group often performs at gatherings of Buffett fans, who call themselves Parrotheads.

Jim Mayer writes and performs music for children. Performing as “Uncle Jim,” he has had two songs become number one hits on SiriusXM’s kids radio. He performs and presents workshops for young people and educators on issues facing children.

Brendan Mayer also has his own musical career. He is the guitarist and lead singer in The Turf, a band based in Nashville.

Proceeds from the event will help IPM partner with community-based organizations around the world that serve the needs of children, women and youths.

Tickets for the event are available at the IPM office at 1 Summit Road in Northeast Harbor, by calling 801-1062 or online at



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