Jimmy Buffett made a surprise appearance with Dave Matthews and Tim Reynolds at the New Orleans Jazz Festival on Friday.
From the New Orleans Advocate: The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival is built to run when it rains. But the festival runs a whole lot better when it doesn’t.
The sun was shining as Earth Wind & Fire threw down “Do You Remember and “Let’s Groove Tonight” for a big Congo Square Stage crowd Friday.
It was shining a few minutes earlier when a barefoot Jimmy Buffett ambled onstage with Dave Matthews and Tim Reynolds at the Acura Stage.
The big video screens cast Matthews’ facial expressions in high relief as he and Reynolds played off of, and impressed, each other.
At 6:30, Matthews welcomed Buffett to the stage. Even when he’s not on the schedule, Buffett tends to roam around the Fair Grounds, anonymous in a baseball cap, sunglasses, T-shirt and shorts.
Buffett greeted his buddy with, “Too bad you can’t draw a crowd here, man.” The flag-flying crowd wasn’t Elton John-big, but it may have been the largest Acura Stage crowd of the 2017 festival.
“You’re wearing the same thing you were wearing yesterday,” Matthews observed.
“Yes … I ironed it,” Buffett responded, before noting that he is a “Dave Matthews Band fan, and a fan of the man.”
He recalled how, in late 2005, Matthews quickly volunteered for the post-Hurricane Katrina benefit concert “From the Big Apple to the Big Easy” in New York.
That was it for the serious talk. “If I stand here long enough next to Tim Reynolds, I hope I’ll be able to play like him when I leave,” Buffett cracked.
Earlier, someone told him that he must have brought the good weather. He disagreed: “I know that’s not true, because I know Allen Toussaint brought this weather.”
With that, the trio set sail on “A Pirate Looks at Forty,” Buffett’s bittersweet acknowledgment that the adventure may soon be over. A similarly dark undercurrent also underpins more than a few of Matthews’ songs.