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Buffett Plays Snapdragon Stadium in San Diego

May 7th, 2023

Jimmy Buffett was back on stage Saturday night for a show at Snapdragon Stadium in San Diego.

The San Diego Union Tribune has a review of the show: “Review: Jimmy Buffett and Jason Mraz turn Snapdragon Stadium into a giant beach party, 8 miles inland”

Jimmy Buffett and Jason Mraz have each performed numerous times in San Diego over the years — Buffett since the early 1970s and native Virginian-turned-Oceanside resident Mraz since the late 1990s. But Saturday night was the first instance in memory at which either played second fiddle here to a large, new, outdoor concrete edifice.

So, take a bow, Snapdragon Stadium, which opened last September as the home of San Diego State University’s Aztecs football team — and this weekend made its largely promising debut as a concert venue.

Longtime Buffett collaborator Mac McAnally was, in fact, the first artist to perform at Saturday’s concert. The show had been pushed back from its original date last October, after Buffett was hospitalized for undisclosed reasons.

Now 76, the star of the night was in good spirits as he took to the stage at 7 p.m. He warmly greeted the audience, then introduced McAnally, who did an engaging, five-song opening set with percussionist Erik Darken.

“We finally made it!” Buffett, clad in a track warm-up suit, told the cheering audience. “Thank you for waiting.”

Read the full review here.

Photo K.C. Alfred/The San Diego Union-Tribune

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Buffett Performs at New Orleans Jazz Fest

May 10th, 2022

Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefers were back at the New Orleans Jazz Fest for the first time since 2019.

View the set list from the show here.

Photos by Scott Threlkeld, NOLA.com:

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Jimmy Buffett Performs at Aspen Festival

September 6th, 2021

Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band performed at the Jazz Aspen Snowmass Labor Day Experience on Sunday to close out the festival.

The Aspen Times has a great article on Jimmy’s connections to Aspen over the last few decades.

Buffett formed a long-running softball team in the Aspen rec league, called the Downvalley Doughboys, and landed a Corona beer sponsorship for the team. Tim Mooney, a J-Bar bartender at the time, recalled that the Doughboys got a four-case beer allotment per game and that Buffett once flew New York Yankees third baseman Graig Nettles to town to play as a Doughboy for a championship game. Their primary rival was Frey’s team, the Werewolves.

Read more here.

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Buffett Plays First Full-Scale Show Since Start of Pandemic

July 7th, 2021

Jimmy Buffett was in Nashville on Tuesday night for the first of three shows in Music City. It was the first full-scale show for Buffett and the Coral Reefers since the pandemic began.

Buffett encouraged fans to get the vaccine, saying that was the reason that everyone was able to gather last night for the show:

“But we made it here, and I just have to thank people like this band, this crew, first responders, healthcare workers (and) the mRNA researchers who made the vaccine, and made it possible for us to play for you tonight. Get that vaccine. That’s what happened. Fun is back in the world because of that.”

The Tennessean has a review of the show: Jimmy Buffett: ‘Fun is back’ at one of Nashville’s first big post-pandemic concerts

For the last 50 years, a ticket to a Jimmy Buffett concert has served as an invitation to kick back and cut loose. But on Tuesday, the “Parrotheads” of Nashville were ready to do so like never before.

The laidback rocker kicked off his “Life On The Flip Side” tour at Nashville’s Ascend Amphitheater Tuesday night, in the first of three shows he’ll play at the venue this month.

But it was also one of the first large-scale concerts Music City has seen in a year and a half, as the nation bounces back from a pandemic that put the live music business on hold.

“We are back to work!” Buffett exclaimed after opening with the new “Down at the Lah De Dah.”

Jimmy Buffett performs at Ascend Amphitheater in Nashville, Tenn., Tuesday, July 6, 2021.
While always an affable presence on stage, Buffett and his Coral Reefer Band seemed downright giddy to get back to business.

“Walking on this stage — I’ve got to be honest with you. I’ve done this a long time, but that felt as good as anything I’ve ever (expletive) done.”

Read more and see photos from the show at The Tennessean.

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Buffett Plays First of Four Shows in Delray Beach

May 14th, 2021

Jimmy Buffett made his return to live shows on Thursday night with a concert at the Old School Square in Delray Beach, Florida.

The South Florida Sun Sentinel has a review of the show: “Remember fun? Jimmy Buffett’s opening-night concert in Delray Beach offers plenty of reminders”

In a 100-minute, 21-song set leavened by gratitude, Key West stories and tequila, Buffett played benevolent tour guide to nearly 900 pod-enclosed Parrotheads eager to take the trip they clearly spent time dressing for.

“Hopefully, we’re on the other side of this. For the first time in human history, fun was stopped. We’re back,” he said.

To double-down on his good-times-ahead attitude, Buffett confirmed that plans for a “full tour” are in the works.

“I’m hearing August, but we’ll keep you posted,” he said through a wave of applause.

Arriving onstage around 8:30 p.m., to a standing ovation that never fully disappeared, Buffett and the “fully vaccinated old farts” in the Coral Reefer Band hit the ground running with fan favorite “Changes in Latitudes, Changes in Attitudes,” the luscious steel-drum intro from Robert Greenidge flowing over the crowd in a warm wave.

Read the full review here.

photo: Michael Laughlin/Sun Sentinel

photo: Michael Laughlin/Sun Sentinel

photo: Michael Laughlin/Sun Sentinel

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