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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.

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2017 Tour Kicks Off in Las Vegas

April 2nd, 2017

Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band played the first full show of the 2017 I Don’t Know Tour on Saturday night in Las Vegas, Nevada at the MGM Grand.

You can view the set list from the show. A couple of the rare songs played included Ringling, Ringling and This Hotel Room.

Buffett now heads Down Under for shows in Australia and New Zealand before returning to the United States in May.

You can still get tickets to see Jimmy this summer. Check out all of the tour dates currently scheduled.

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Buffett Performs at Belly Up San Diego

March 30th, 2017

Jimmy Buffett performed on Tuesday night at the Belly Up in Solano Beach outside of San Diego, California. The show served as a warm up for Buffett’s 2017 tour that kicks off on Saturday in Las Vegas.

The San Diego Union Tribune reviewed the show:

n’t know what tour this is,” Jimmy Buffett said after he walked on stage Tuesday night at the Belly Up Tavern with his band, the Coral Reefers. “But we’re starting here.”

Buffett is, of course, no stranger to San Diego or the intimate Belly Up.

He and his seven-man, two-woman group performed at the same Solana Beach nightclub in 2013. And, back in the early 1980s — before he became an American pop-culture institution for a generation that favors tropical cocktails and attire — he sometimes sat in at the Belly Up with the band Billy & The Beaters.

During that same time period back then, Buffett periodically would sing, unannounced, at such North County nightspots as the Albatross and the Triton (now the Beach House). Richard Davis, his audio engineer for the past quarter-century, used to be the sound mixer at the Belly Up.

After performing a tender version of “Son of a Son of a Sailor,” Buffet said: “It’s a big honor to be doing a musical. I had the thought: ‘If you’re going to do a musical, you should probably do songs people know.’ I’m not giving away secrets, but this is in the show.” With that, be broke into the wistful ballad “Come Monday,” adding the line “at the Belly Up.”

Read the full review.

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Jimmy Buffett Plays Irvine for the Last Time

October 23rd, 2016

Jimmy Buffett played one of the final shows at the Irvine Meadows amphitheater on Saturday night.

Such a time was definitely this weekend when Jimmy Buffett and his Coral Reefer Band played their 33rd and final show at Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre.

Buffett and his band have headlined the Orange County venue more often – by far – than anywhere else in Southern California, and the chance to celebrate the singer’s beach-inspired bachanalia brought out a capacity crowd of 16,000. Buffett’s fans, known as Parrotheads, were suitably attired in aloha shirts and other tropical finery.

Near the start of his set, Buffett acknowledged the amphitheater’s impending closure and warned, “We ain’t going quietly.” Throughout the show, which hit staples of his catalog such as “Pencil Thin Mustache,” “Fins,” “Cheeseburger in Paradise” and, of course, “Margaritaville,” old photos and videos of fans partying in the Irvine Meadows parking lot were shown on the high-definition screen behind the band.

View the set list from the show here.

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