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Under the Big Top, Out of the Rain in Nashville

May 1st, 2010

Severe weather pounded Nashville all day Saturday, flooding streets and causing headaches for parrotheads trying to reach the Bridgestone Arena in downtown Nashville. But at 8 pm Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefers took the stage for the first show in Music City since 2003. Fortunately for the fans the venue was indoors.

Not only did the weather snarl traffic, it also caused problems with the Radio Margaritaville feed, interrupting it at times. On Facebook, Buffett’s crew sent out this message: “thanks for bearing with us… technical difficulties at the venue. Weather is wreaking havoc on the electronics required to broadcast from the big top.”

This was the first show to have live streaming video in full on USTREAM. Commenting on streaming the whole show, Buffett said “Hey it’s a Saturday night. Why not?” The previous three shows have only had portions of the show streamed.

Buffett had a couple of surprises in the set list for Nashville. Marshall Chapman joined Jimmy for “Smart Woman (In A Real Short Skirt)”, which she cowrote with him. A rare appearance of “Landfall” came after “Back Where I Come From” and Jimmy finished the show with a beautiful solo, acoustic version of “He Went To Paris”. View the entire set list for the show here.

If you attended the concert, share your review and experience on our forum.

Tonight’s show concludes the first leg of the Under The Big Top Tour. But it’s only a two week break for Jimmy… he’ll resume in Indianapolis on May 15th, followed by Cincinnati, Houston, and Dallas. View the full tour schedule here and find tickets here.

Update – The Tennessean has a review of the show, plus a photo gallery.

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