Mama don’t let your babies grow up to be surfers… Willie Nelson, The Original Outlaw took his biodiesel tour bus all the way out to Montauk and delivered a FREE show to those lucky enough to score entrance inside of The Surf Lodge last night.
It was a “once in a lifetime” experience as a crowd of young and old Montauk locals and hipsters gathered around the Surf Lodge’s deck, sand pit, and even in boats to watch the 80 year old singer belt out songs like “Good hear-ted woman,” and “Mama don’t let your babies grow up to be cowboys.” Then, just when we thought it couldn’t get any better than Willie at sunset, local resident Jimmy Buffett took the stage – barefoot – to end out the show with Nelson, and even through in a “Happy Birthday” song for Willie to honor his recent 80th birthday milestone.
Legendary country singer Willie Nelson drew an appreciative crowd by land and sea—well, pond—to the Surf Lodge in Montauk Sunday evening for a concert in which Jimmy Buffett joined him for a couple of songs.
Mr. Nelson, who recently celebrated a birthday, played straight through, noting at one point that he was “studying being 80” and that it was looking pretty great.
The concert was free, with 100 reserved admission tickets going for $100 and raising money for the Montauk Playhouse Foundation, whose community center, a work in progress as well as already in use, is right down the road. Those who hadn’t snagged a guaranteed spot at the Surf Lodge used their own ingenuity, plying Fort Pond on paddleboards and in kayaks and sailboats and forming a flotilla right next to the restaurant. Mr. Nelson turned and acknowledged them at least once, inspiring toots and the raising of paddles in salute from the pond.