Buffett Plays Second Night in Chicago

Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band performed the second of two shows at the Toyota Park in Bridgeview, IL last night.

The Set List along with Comments from the show are now available.

Fingers Taylor and the Juke Joint Duo were again special guests for the show and peformed right after intermission on the song “Piece of Work”, and then they were featured on the songs “Skinny Woman” and “Sweet Home Chicago”. Fingers also joined in on a few other songs as well.

Some changes to the set list included “Last Mango In Paris”, “Another Saturday Night”, and an acoustic version of “Trying To Reason With Hurricane Season” to finish the show.

Buffett’s Year of Still Here Tour Hits Chicago

Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band performed the first of two shows at the Toyota Park in Bridgeview, IL last night.

The Set List along with Comments from the show are now available.

Fingers Taylor and the Juke Joint Duo performed a couple of songs right after intermission: “Skinny Woman” and “Sweet Home Chicago”. Fingers also joined in with his harp on “Son Of A Son Of A Sailor”, and “A Pirate Looks At Forty”.

Some changes to the set list included “Hey Good Lookin’” to open the show, the return of “Scarlet Begonias”, “We Are The People Our Parents Warned Us About” during the first encore, and a cover of John Prine’s “It’s a Big Old Goofy World” to end the show.

The Southtown Star has a tailgate review: “Buffett fans sip margaritas and chill out at Toyota Park

Update: The Chicago Tribune has a review of the show: “Buffett moves smoothly into Toyota Park

Pittsburgh Show Review

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette has a review of Tuesday’s show: “Buffett takes his Parrotheads to the beach

At around 8:10, Buffett entered the impressive stage to booming elation wearing just a loose T-shirt and Hawaiian-print shorts — the ultimate in ready-to-chill attire — and quickly dove into his first set, including consistently rousing versions of his hits “Changes in Latitudes, Changes in Attitudes,” “Fruitcakes” and “It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere.”

His band, the Coral Reefers, were predictably tight — they’ve been doing this rotation of tunes summer after summer — and retained sublime, subdued countenances that, behind any other front man, might’ve seemed out of place. But with Buffett leading the way, and playing to an audience doing quite the same, the sly grins and slowly rocking Coral Reefers were the perfect house band.

Tour Continues in Pittsburgh

Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band performed last night at the Post-Gazette Pavilion in Pittsburgh, PA. Jimmy has performed at the venue 25 times going back to 1990.

The Set List along with Comments are now available.

For the final encore Jimmy did an acoustic version of “Death Of An Unpopular Poet”. The last time he performed the song live was back on March 23rd, 2002 at the Paramount Theatre in Austin, TX.

Alpine Valley Video

A blog by David Hoekstra of the Chicago Sun Times has some clips from the Alpine Valley show on Saturday: Jimmy Buffett Alpine Video

Some highlights from David’s article:

My favorite sight? The group of middle-aged housewives from Sugar Grove, Ill. called “Steel Crazy.” [www.steelcrazyband.com] They actually set up about 10 steel drums under a tent in the parking lot and played beautiful Buffett songs like “One Particular Harbor” and “A Pirate Looks at 40.”

The concert itself was remarkable. Buffett’s fine band was as tight as usual and on stage shennaigans were kept to a minimum. The nice surprise for hard core Buffett fans was the return of blues harmonica player Greg “Fingers” Taylor to the fold. Taylor’s searching riffs are to Buffett what Mickey Raphael’s harp is to Willie Nelson.

Buffett told me that during this years New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival he was out with Quint Davis of the Jazz Fest and some folks from the edgy Cajun/Southern restaurant Cochon when they stumbled across a hard driving Mississippi-based act “The Juke Joint Duo.” Turned out they were drummer Cedric Burnside, the grandson of electric Mississippi blues great R.L. Burnside and his guitar slinging partner in crime Lightin’ Malcom.
Cedric Burnside, who appeared in the film “Black Snake Moan” with Samuel L. Jackson is a fierce spot-on drummer who guided the band through “Hey, Bo Diddley,” a tribute to another one of Mississppi’s favorite sons. The center stage summit between Malcom, Buffett’s guitarist Mac McAnally, Taylor and Buffett was sparked by improvisational energy. They tore the roof off the place—well, if Alpine had a roof.

Year of Still Here Tour Continues at Alpine Valley

Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer band performed last night at the Alpine Valley Music Theatre in East Troy, WI. It was Buffett’s 15th appearance at the venue going back 20 years ago to June 1988.

Greg “Fingers” Taylor was a special guest for the show and he joined in on a few songs including “Son of a Son of a Sailor”, “A Pirate Looks at Forty”, and “Fins”. He also performed right after intermission on the song “Hey, Bo Diddley” (with the Juke Joint Duo).

The Set List from the show had a couple of changes including “Stars On The Water” (last played on Sept 5th, 2007 in Toronto) and “Distantly In Love” was (last played on March 24, 2007 in Anquilla).

Buffett Resumes Tour in Cincinnati

The Year of Still Here tour got back underway last night with a show at the Riverbend Music Center in Cincinnati, OH. Jimmy Buffett has performed at Riverbend forty one times since 1988.

The set list included a number of additions including:

– “Jamaica Farewell” last known live performance was was back on August 12th, 1990 in Wisconsin during the Jump Up Tour.

– “Take Another Road” was last played on February 20th, 2001 in Charlotte

– “The Ass And The Hole” last played on May 4th, 2001 in New Orleans, LA

– “What If The Hokey Pokey Is All It Really Is About?” was last played on October 5th, 2002 in Irvine, CA

Jimmy ended the show with a cover of John Prine’s “Paradise”. The last time Jimmy perfermed the song was back on June 18th, 2002 in Cincinnati, OH.

The Cincinnati Enquirer has a review of the show: “Parrotheads toast Buffett