Miranda Lambert in Paradise

Margaritaville has a blog up with a recent special guest at the St. Louis show: “Miranda Lambert in Paradise

We were unloading trucks at 8 a.m. in St. Louis, getting ready to kick off the July leg of the tour, when our production office got a phone call. Miranda Lambert was on her way from Nashville to see her very first Jimmy Buffett show. I immediately sent word to Jimmy, and he texted back a few minutes later with a request to meet her before the show. Before I even ate breakfast, the St. Louis show had already promised to reach a new level.

A few hours later I brought Miranda and her crew to meet Jimmy. Miranda was wearing a flower lei as a headband, feeling the vibe of the day and explained to Jimmy this was her first Buffett show. The dressing room was full of smiles and chatter as Jimmy asked Miranda to be a guest on The Bing and Bong Show and then join him on stage to sing Margaritaville. She looked a little surprised, this was after all a little vacation for her, but how can you say no to the king of good times?

The Bing and Bong Show was its usual organized chaos and Miranda went with the flow with ease. You never know what Bing and Bong will bring you live and you have to roll with it depending on the day’s topic and viewer mail. During the broadcast Miranda mentioned that Son of a Sailor was one of her favorite Buffett songs and with that, she instantly became one of the best Bing and Bong guests of the year.

Read the complete post by Heikki Larsen at Margaritaville.com.

Buffett performs at Wrigley Field

Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band performed last night at Wrigley Field in Chicago IL. Buffett last performed at Wrigley on September 4th and 5th in 2005.

Ryan Sandburg and Rick Sutcliffe from the Chicago Cubs brought in the World Series trophy from 2016 (photo courtesy the Margarillas).

The set list from the show is now available. Some of the highlights from the show included “Fins” (featuring Huey Lewis on harmonica), “Margaritaville” (featuring Frank Marshall on guitar), “This Hotel Room”, and “Tin Cup Chalice”.

Buffett performs in Detroit

Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band performed on Tuesday night at the DTE Energy Music Theatre in Detroit. The set list from the show is now available.

A review of the show from the Oakland Press: “Review: Jimmy Buffett starts the weekend early at DTE”

“Starting the weekend early” is how Jimmy Buffett described his annual visit to the metro area on Tuesday night, July 11, at the DTE Energy Music Theatre. And the Parrotheads certainly proved him correct throughout the two-hour show — and even before.

Buffett and his 11-member Coral Reefer Band provided more than just a soundtrack to the festivities, though the two-hour, 24-song show gave the Parrotheads the desired combination of party songs and sea chanteys. But chilling the theatrics and scripted elements of previous summer outings, it was also a testament to the depth of the singer’s 47-year catalog, a combination of his own rich songwriting — never better than on ballads such as “Son Of A Son Of A Sailor,” “A Pirate Looks At 40” and “Come Monday” — and smartly chosen covers.

Buffett pandered unapologetically to the home crowd all night, from a “Hello, Pine Knob!” at the start of the show to several lyrical alterations nodding to Detroit and Michigan in general. And for the group’s rendition of McAnally’s “Back Where I Come From,” the rear-stage video screen showed images of the Detroit skyline as well as images of area icons from Bob Seger and Aretha Franklin to Glenn Frey, Mike Ilitch, Gordie Howe and Michigan and Michigan State football.

Buffett performs in St Louis with Miranda Lambert

Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band performed last night at the Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre in St Louis, MO. The set list from the show is now available. Some of the highlights included “The Great Filling Station Holdup”, “Only Time Will Tell”, and “Tin Cup Chalice”.

Miranda Lambert was a special guest for the show and she joined Buffett and the Coral Reefers for the song “Margaritaville”.

Miranda Lambert Jimmy Buffett

Buffett performs in Houston

Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band performed on Thursday night at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion in The Woodlands TX. The set list from the show is now available. Some of the highlights included “Take Another Road”, “Tin Cup Chalice”, and a medley of “Landfall”, “Miss You So Badly”, “Tampico Trauma”.

The Houston Press has a review of the show “Escaping With Jimmy Buffett Is Never a Bad Idea

Were I a musician, it would not be Taylor Swift or Drake or Adele or Kanye West that I secretly wished to be; it would be Jimmy Buffett. Onstage, in beachwear and shoeless, he looks like the most comfortable man alive, a guy who gets to sing about near-universally beloved subjects and only has to play three shows a week, when he wants to tour, of course. As long as his wristbands match his beach shorts and he can crack a smile, the battle is already won.

If you’re a stranger to the Jimmy Buffett experience, seeing him live won’t necessarily turn you into a full-blown Parrothead overnight, but when it comes to meeting new fanbases, they might just be the nicest bunch I’ve come across. Seeing Jimmy Buffett is not a passive experience, and you will talk to strangers, and you will form alliances in the great beach-ball wars that break out in the crowd, and you will be pressured to dance and celebrate.