Buffett Performs in Seattle

Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band performed at the Key Arena in Seattle WA on Tuesday night. The set list from the show is now available.

The Seattle Times has a review of the show: “Jimmy Buffett takes KeyArena fans on a Caribbean musical trip

Thousands of Buffett fans in pirate costumes, parrot hats, shark-fin caps and other Caribbean-themed accessories crammed KeyArena Tuesday night to act out the words to “Growing Older But Not Up,” recorded in 1980 but perhaps even more relevant today.

The 65-year-old star of what was once dubbed “gulf and western” — an irresistible blend of country music and Caribbean vibes — hadn’t performed in the Seattle area in nine years, making his “Lounging at the Lagoon” show one of the season’s hottest tickets. Fans greeted his entrance with a thunderous roar worthy of a shipload of buccaneers.

Buffett (in T-shirt, shorts and bare feet) and his 11-piece Coral Reefer Band filled a sprawling stage decorated to look like a beach-side bar. Behind the stage, a massive screen suitable for a drive-in theater displayed colorful video of Caribbean locales, as well as clips of swimming “mermaids” from a Florida tourist attraction that has been in business since the 1940s.

Before he left the stage, he promised not to wait another nine years to perform in the Northwest. “How about the Gorge next year?” he said to loud applause.


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