Freddy & the Fishsticks Recap and Pictures

From “Blacktie-Louisiana ! PREMIERE EVENTS ! Freddy & the Fishsticks LIVE at Margaritaville

Crowds lined up long and early to gain entrance to see Freddy & Fishsticks, aka Jimmy Buffett, perform at a benefit concert for BORN & NOAHH Thursday evening at Margaritaville in New Orleans. Whether attending the private show for 100 people or being one of many in the Block Party, guests came prepared to party. From parrot hats to crazy sunglasses to guys and girls in grass skirts, fans were out in style and ready to support BORN & their cause.

At the start of the event, Councilwoman Jaqueline Clarkson, gave a proclamation from the City of New Orleans to BORN. Tyra Brown graciously accepted the honor and gave thanks for the city’s support of her organization and its mission.

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Article and Photos from the Jazz Fest Show

The Times-Picayune has a good article on Jimmy’s appearance at Jazz Fest: “Jimmy Buffett and NOJO close out Saturday“. Some photos of Jimmy Buffett at Jazz Fest are also available.

In his final 40 minutes, he broke down “Come Monday” to acoustic guitar and steel drums; showcased a singer he met in a bar on an African island; led the most exquisitely un-P.C. sing-a-long “Why Don’t We Get Drunk and Screw?”; and cut loose Lafayette slide guitarist ace and frequent Buffett collaborator Sonny Landreth on “Southern Cross” and a grunged-up version of Landreth’s own “U.S.S. Zydecomobile.”

That’s when the party really got started. Buffett spotted an audience member wearing a T-shirt that read, “Helping Rebuild New Orleans one margarita at a time.” “I will trade you these flip-flops,” Buffett said, pointing at his own feet, “for that T-shirt.” Recognizing a one-of-a-kind Jazzfest souvenir when offered one, the guy accepted. Buffett immediately donned his new, slightly too big, “funky” T-shirt and kicked off the audience participatory “Fins.”

Update: The New York Times Artsbeat section has an article on the show: “Jazzfest: Jimmy Buffett in His Comfort Zone” (thanks to nycfeat for passing that along)

USA Today has an article: “Live from Jazz Fest: Parrotheads pay homage to Jimmy Buffett” (thanks to murPH for passing that along)

Buffett Performs at Jazz Fest

Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band brought the Year of Still Here tour to the New Orleans Jazz Festival on Saturday night. Jimmy last performed at the Jazz Fest back on May 6th, 2006.

The Set List along with comments from those who listened to the show are now available.

Jimmy ended the show with the song “Do You Know What it Means to Miss New Orleans?” joined by the legendary New Orleans R&B musician Allen Toussaint. Jimmy last performed the song in concert back on August 31st, 2005 in Noblesville, Indiana.

This show marks the end of the first leg of the 2008 tour. For those who have been following the Set Lists from the Year of Still Here Tour, Jimmy has ended each of the shows with a different song during the final encore.

The 2008 tour resumes on June 5th, 2008 at the Lakewood Ampitheatre in Atlanta GA.

Buffett Performs in Charlotte NC

Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band continue the 2008 “The Year of Still Here” tour last night at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre in Charlotte NC . The show marked the 12th time that Jimmy has performed at the venue since it opened as the Blockbuster Pavilion in 1991.

The Set List along with comments from those who listened to the show are now available.

The show included a guest appearance by Jake Shimabukuro. Jake and Robert Greenidge did a great rendition of the Beatles classic “While My Guitar Gently Weeps”. Jimmy ended the show with a rare performance of the song “God’s own Drunk“.

If you went to the show and have some photos from the concert, please post them in the Photo Gallery or email them to

Buffett Performs in Frisco Texas

Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band performed last night at the Pizza Hut Park in Frisco, TX. Jimmy last played in Frisco, TX on April 28th, 2007 during the Bama Breeze Tour.

The set list along with comments from those who listed are now available.

Some changes to the set list included Mac McAnally performing “In the City”, Jimmy and the band performed “Piece Of Work”, and Jimmy performed and acoustic version of the song “Stories We Could Tell” to end the show.

Review of the St. Louis Show

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch has a review of Thursday’s show:

In many ways, Jimmy Buffett’s show Thursday night was typical, from the costumed, party-primed, Parrothead crowd to Buffett’s spirited performance of must-play favorites to the contributions of his magnificent, veteran Coral Reefer Band.

But something has happened in the eight years since the mayor of “Margaritaville” — now, unbelievably, 61 years old — last played St. Louis: He seems to have reconnected with the romantic core of his music.

In all, the singer-songwriter, whose career is pushing 40 years, delivered a generous 27-song set over two hours and 40 minutes. It spanned his major-label recording career, from 1973’s comically randy “Why Don’t We Get Drunk” (featuring a cute bit with the sign-language interpreter) and 1974’s bittersweet “Come Monday” to the new “We’re Still Here” (“I didn’t do it for the fame or the fortune/ It was all about the girls”).

It’s also about the music, thanks to the Coral Reefer Band, which is anchored by former St. Louisans Peter Mayer on guitar, brother Jim Mayer on bass and Roger Guth on drums. The band, 11 strong, brought Buffett’s music alive. Every player had a moment or two, from Peter Mayer’s stinging guitar solos and John Lovell’s trumpet runs, to Nadirah Shakoor’s vocals and the entwined playing of pianist Michael Utley and steel drummer Robert Greenidge.

But the best musical moment was supplied by a guest, ukelele wizard Jake Shimabukuro. Accompanied by Greenidge, Shimabukuro mesmerized the crowd with an instrumental take on George Harrison’s “While My Guitar Gently Weeps.”

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Buffett Performs in St Louis

Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band continued “The Year of Still Here” tour last night at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater in St. Louis (previously known as the Riverport Amphitheatre). Buffett last performed in St. Louis on July 18th, 2000 during the “Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays tour”.

The set list has some some changes from the opening night show in Houston including:
– “Pencil Thin Mustache”
– “Cowboy in the Jungle” was last played on October 4th, 2007 in Honolulu, HI)
– “Creola” performed by Nadirah Shakoor
– “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” performed by Jake and Robert Greenidge
– “Why Don’t We Get Drunk” was performed acoustic solo by Jimmy. It was last played back on February 10th, 2007 in Tallahassee FL
– The show ended with “Defying Gravity” which was last played on September 8th, 2007 in Foxboro, MA

The Set List from the show along with comments from those who listened are now available.

If you went to the show and have some photos from the concert, please post them in the Photo Gallery or email them to

The tour continues on Saturday April 26th in Frisco, Texas.