Buffett’s “This One’s For You” Tour Is Another Crowd Pleaser -MA

Photos by: Greg Walkowiak
Review by: Cheryl
Show Photos: HERE
After an incredible first time experience at the Jimmy Buffett concert last year, I jumped at the opportunity to see him again. The setting was the same-but far from redundant. We arrived at the Xfinity Center on Saturday, July 19th around 5:00. The festivities were well underway and the atmosphere celebratory. It simply amazes me that people from all walks and ages make this pilgrimage every year to see “Jimmy”. And “Jimmy” is how he’s known amongst the fans-a long-time friend who just happens to be a remarkable musician.
The show opened with Jimmy’s rendition of “Brown Eyed Girl” along with montages of the crowd and their tail-gating shenanigans throughout the afternoon. He kept the atmosphere in full throttle with songs like “Bama Breeze” and “Jolly Mon” as beach balls sailed through the air and the stranger standing next to you became someone you’ve known a lifetime. Buffett simply has that effect on people. He segued into “Come Monday”, but not without taking the time to look into the crowd and offer his thanks to the fans for their support and for bringing their children up on his music. And children did grace the crowd that night; singing along word for word.
In recognition of his Coral Reefer Band’s guitarist, Mac McAnally’s sixth CMA award, Jimmy let him take the stage and entertain us with a solo acoustic version of “Little Martha”. Like I said-it was a celebration all the way around.
Yes we heard all our Buffett favorites-”Changes in Latitude”, “Cheeseburger in Paradise” and “Margaritaville” and the evening was completely entertaining. But the charming paradox is that Buffett seems to be more bemused by what unfolds before him-in the essence of his faithful fans. Leis, parrot hats, coconut bras, and grass skirts-experiencing a light heartedness that puts the hassles of everyday life on the back burner, is his objective and the music is an added plus.
If you have the opportunity to catch a show, definitely do it-you’re in for an impressive experience. Relax, raise your Solo cup, and exhale…this one’s for you.

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