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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


Tagged in Show Reviews

Buffett Plays Jazz Fest

May 5th, 2019


Jimmy Buffett performed at the New Orleans Jazz Fest on Sunday and caused a stir by walking out onto the stage as a blind ref, paying homage to the New Orleans Saints postseason woes.

From TheAdvocate.com:

Jimmy Buffett, a Gulf Coast native who cut his teeth as a performer in the French Quarter, is a longtime friend of the festival and fan of the New Orleans Saints. He made that point, to comic effect, at the Acura Stage. He made his way onstage costumed as a blind referee complete with white cane, a reference to the blown call in the NFC championship game that cost the Saints a trip to the Super Bowl. He threw off the costume to reveal a Jimmy Buffett that, like Jazz Fest, is still spry.

View the set list from the show here.


Tagged in Show Reviews, Sports

Buffett Plays Fenway Park

August 12th, 2018


Jimmy Buffett performed at Fenway Park in Boston on Thursday for the first time since 2004. The Boston Globe has a review of the show: “Smooth sailing for Jimmy Buffett at Fenway”

At Fenway Park on Thursday, the headline performer noted that the tracking doesn’t stop at water’s edge. “This is a great place to study the land shark population,” Jimmy Buffett said as he surveyed the crowd.

That, of course, cued the floral-printed Buffett faithful to the next song, his band’s 19th or so of the night. It was “Fins,” the one where fans form a triangle with hands above their heads, then follow the instructions: “Fins to the left, fins to the right.”

Buffett, still grinning at 71, has built an empire out of his lifelong fixation on marine life — the boats, the islands, the pirates, the boat drinks. The Fenway Park show was his last of the year, he said: “Who knows what could happen?” In fact, the “Son of a Son of a Sailor” tour-closer featured all the usual menu items — margaritas, cheeseburgers, plenty of corn.

View the set list from the show here.

See more photos from the show here.


Tagged in Show Reviews, Tour Dates

Buffett Kicks Son of a Son of a Sailor Tour Off in KC

May 20th, 2018


Jimmy Buffett kicked off his new 2018 Son of a Son of a Sailor Tour on Saturday night at the Sprint Center in Kansas City. (The previous 2018 shows have been billed as a continuation of 2017’s I Don’t Know Tour.

View the set list from the show here.

The Kansas City Star has a review of the show: Maiden voyage of sailor-themed Jimmy Buffett tour is a pleasure cruise in Kansas City

Jimmy Buffett’s nautical-themed concert at the Sprint Center in Kansas City took about 15,000 giddy passengers on a two-hour pleasure cruise on Saturday.

During the opening night of his Son of a Son of a Sailor tour, Buffett, 71, proudly proclaimed that “it’s actually true- I am the son of a son of a sailor.”

The added assurance wasn’t necessary. The storied singer-songwriter is beloved for his shaggy-dog stories, such as the woozy 1977 smash-hit “Margaritaville.”

His devotees are less like fans than members of a colorful cult of gregarious fun-lovers. Many enthusiasts in Saturday’s audience wore wacky costumes or Hawaiian shirts with leis.

Read the full article here.


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Buffett Performs at New Orleans Jazz Fest

April 29th, 2018


Jimmy Buffett performed at the New Orleans Jazz Festival on Sunday with his Acoustic Airmen and special guest Jake Shimabukuro.

New Orleans Jazz Fest producer Quint Davis introduced Jimmy Buffett’s close-out set on the Acura stage on Sunday (April 29) by saying, “This guy makes the world a little happier.”

For the next hour and a half, Buffett proved his point. Beach balls flew through the air, polka dotting the blue sky with primary colors. Hawaiian shirts clung to sweaty bodies. Parrothead hats bobbed to the beat. Vintage Buffett — and everyone, including the barefoot guy on stage, was eating it up.

For his 12th time at Jazz Fest (not counting his many guest appearances over the years), Buffett performed with the Acoustic Airmen, an all-start group of players that included Country Music Association Musician of the Year Mac McAnally along with Robert Greenidge, Eric Darken, Nadirah Shakoor and Tina Gullickson. Louisiana’s own Sonny Landreth joined on slide guitar, and Jake Shimabukuro stole the show on ukulele.

At one point, Buffett put down his guitar and walked aside, abdicating the stage to Shimabukuro and Greenidge as they performed “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” on ukulele and steel drums.

The Times Picayune has some photos from the show:

(Photos by Chris Granger, NOLA.com)

Buffett’s next show is May 19th in Kansas City. There’s still time to get tickets to see Jimmy during his 2018 tour.


Tagged in Show Reviews, Special Appearances, Touring