Buffett plays free concert in Hollywood FL (video)

Jimmy Buffett played a free get out the vote concert on Thursday, Aug. 23, 2018, at the Hollywood ArtsPark Amphitheater. The set list from the show is now available.

From the Miami Herald: “Coconut bras and politics: Jimmy Buffett hits the campaign trail for Gwen Graham

Parrot Heads flocked to Hollywood Thursday evening to absorb the booze-soaked sounds of Jimmy Buffett as the singer who brought Key West to the world held a free concert to support Gwen Graham’s campaign for Florida governor.

To the extent they were there for a political event, though, is debatable.

“I am an original Parrot Head,” boasted Susan Best, 58, of Hollywood, who was decked out head to toe in green-and-pink flamingo attire. “I couldn’t believe he is playing a free show in my backyard.”

With Graham seeking the Democratic nomination in a five-way race, Buffett’s gratis appearance in a city that boasts a Margaritaville beach resort — and a county with the most Democratic voters in the state — could help her. The 71-year-old singer resonates with an older, whiter crowd, a demographic with whom Graham, 55, should perform well.

Some of the attendees said they’d already made up their mind — to vote for someone other than Graham.

“We came despite the politics,” said Deanna Bloom, 34. “This [Graham] isn’t even who we are for.”

Buffett to host get-out-the-vote concert

Any Parrotheads in South Florida looking for a free Jimmy Buffett concert are in luck – as long as you don’t mind putting up with a little politics.

On Thursday August 23rd, the legendary Florida singer/songwriter will host a get-out-the-vote concert and it’s free and open to the public.

The concert is at the ArtsPark at Young Circle Amphitheater in Hollywood. Doors open at 6 p.m., and the concert starts at 7:30 p.m.

Buffett to perform at rally in St Pete

From FloridaPolitics.com: Jimmy Buffett has a message to Floridians: Get out and vote

Buffett is scheduled to perform at a get-out-the-vote rally for Democrats Hillary Clinton, Patrick Murphy, and Charlie Crist on Monday. The event is meant to urge voters to get to the polls on Election Day.

Buffett is expected to be joined by Murphy and Crist. He’ll also perform a short set of songs with Country Music Musician of the Year Mac McAnally.

Murphy faces Sen. Marco Rubio in the U.S. Senate race, while Crist, the state’s former governor, is hoping to unseat Rep. David Jolly.

Mayor Rick Kriseman will welcome Buffett and the candidates. The event is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. at Albert Whitted Park in downtown St. Petersburg. The event is free and open to the public.

Buffett Weighs in on Florida Ballot Amendments

From Orlando Weekly: Singer and songwriter Jimmy Buffett recently took a break from his idyllic life of sponge cake and frozen concoctions to weigh in on two of Florida’s controversial ballot amendments.

Buffett urged Floridians to vote against utilities-backed solar Amendment 1 and vote in favor of Amendment 2, a medical marijuana initiative.

“This solar power amendment— you’ve heard a lot about it,” Buffett says. “It’s obvious what’s going on there. We’ve been enjoying the sun for most of our lives living in Florida. Now it’s time to use it right and use it for everybody’s benefit.”

A vote in favor of medical marijuana got a big “Duh!” from Buffett.

“All it took for me was to fall off the stage in Australia and have to get serious medical attention afterward,” he says. “I can tell you from first-hand experience that medical-marijuana is a great cure.”

Buffett to host a Clinton fundraiser

From Politico.com: “Clinton readies for Hamptons fundraising blitz

Hillary Clinton is planning to forgo her annual Hamptons vacation and accompanying luxury beach rental this summer – embarking instead on a condensed three-day fundraising blitz in the moneyed East End in late August.

The Democratic nominee, whose campaign is currently focused on recruiting Republicans disgusted with Donald Trump into the fold, is packing in up to nine big-dollar events during a Hamptons fundraising sprint beginning Aug. 28 and ending Aug. 30, according to three sources familiar with the campaign’s fundraising strategy.

Singer Jimmy Buffett, a Montauk resident, is expected to host a Clinton fundraiser at his home, the sources said.

Buffett cuts video supporting two Amendments

From Saint Peters Blog: “Jimmy Buffett cuts video explaining why he supports Amendments 1 & 2

Singer and Florida-lifestyle entrepreneur Jimmy Buffett took to YouTube today to explain why he supports both Amendment 1, the Environmental Land Conservation proposal, and Amendment 2, which seeks to legalize medical marijuana.

In the three-minute video, Buffett points out that election time in Florida means “anything could happen.”

In his support of the two amendments, which he calls “interesting and vital propositions,” he says that both could “affect the quality of life in the Sunshine State.”

Amendment 1 preserves the heart of Florida’s existence, he says, giving voters a “direct opportunity to protect our rivers, springs and beaches,” as well sources of drinking water — without raising taxes.

“We all deserve to live in the best Florida possible,” Buffett says. “And it is the treasure we need to preserve for future generations.”

Quoting Carl Hiaasen’s fictional former Florida Governor Clinton Tyree, he adds: “There’s no better place to be than the middle of nowhere.”

Amendment 1 will ensure there is “a lot of nowhere in Florida,” he says.

As for Amendment 2, Buffett cites the 82 percent of supporters who approve of the legalization of medical marijuana.

“It’s good medicine, and I know,” he says, referring to the time he was severely injured walking offstage in Australia. Medical marijuana played a role in his recovery.

“Proposition 1 is good medicine for Florida. Proposition 2 is just good medicine.”