Buffett Performs at Jazz Fest

Jimmy Buffett and Mac McAnnally performed an acoustic show at the New Orleans Jazz Festival yesterday. The set list from the show is now available. It included the debut of a new song called “Serpentine“.

NOLA.com has a review of the show: “Jimmy Buffett dug his unplugged set at the New Orleans Jazz Fest

At the New Orleans Jazz Fest on Thursday, Jimmy Buffett demonstrated that before “Margaritaville,” “Come Monday” and “Changes In Latitudes, Changes in Attitudes” were singalongs, they were songs. He and a skeleton crew returned those and more to their original, mostly acoustic, form at the Fair Grounds.

His Thursday show was in that spirit. Seated center stage, surrounded by an arsenal of stringed instruments, Buffett showed up for work barefoot, in shorts, a purple polo shirt, sunglasses and a baseball cap. At his side was Mac McAnally, a member of the Coral Reefer Band and an acclaimed country songwriter and instrumentalist. Lafayette’s Sonny Landreth, another frequent collaborator, alternated electric and acoustic slide on some songs; a percussionist also helped out.

With the Coral Reefer Band, he generally closes out a Saturday at Jazz Fest. There was far more available real estate at the Acura Stage for the unplugged, weekday Buffett show than last year’s fully amped, weekend show. He reveled in the change in latitude, if not attitude: “It’s great to be playing ‘locals Thursday’!”

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