In his first concert in 14 months, trop-rock troubadour Jimmy Buffett on Thursday night led a sold-out Delray Beach audience on a transformative journey back in time. It was Margaritaville, circa 2019. And fun ruled.
In a 100-minute, 21-song set leavened by gratitude, Key West stories and tequila, Buffett played benevolent tour guide to nearly 900 pod-enclosed Parrotheads eager to take the trip they clearly spent time dressing for.
The show was the first of four outdoor concerts on Old School Square, the rest taking place Friday, Monday and Tuesday, May 14, 17-18. All of the more than 3,500 seats for the four shows are sold out.
On a day when the CDC recommended a major rollback on mask-wearing for the vaccinated, Buffett took several opportunities on Thursday for good-natured venting about the pandemic and how much he has missed playing for an audience.
“Hopefully, we’re on the other side of this. For the first time in human history, fun was stopped. We’re back,” he said.
To double-down on his good-times-ahead attitude, Buffett confirmed that plans for a “full tour” are in the works. “I’m hearing August, but we’ll keep you posted,” he said through a wave of applause.
Arriving onstage at around 8:30 p.m., to a standing ovation that never fully disappeared, Buffett and the “fully vaccinated old farts” in the Coral Reefer Band hit the ground running with fan favorite “Changes in Latitudes, Changes in Attitudes,” the luscious steel-drum intro from Robert Greenidge flowing over the crowd in a warm wave.
Buffett’s bag of songs seems bottomless but if his fans were especially eager for the nostalgia of the singalong hits, he seemed to feel the same way.
“I know you’re all penned up out there, but you can still dance,” Buffett said before the band jumped into “Cheeseburger in Paradise.” The result was more enthusiastic arm waving that actual dancing, but we’ll get there someday.
“Son of a Son of a Sailor” was given a poignant reading, with Buffett on 12-string guitar, as did the gentle singalong “A Pirate Looks at 40” and “Come Monday,” a duet with guest country singer Caroline Jones.
Buffett performed a three-song encore, with the upbeat “Fins” sandwiched between the nostalgic regret of “One Particular Harbor” and the more hopeful closer, “Floridays.” On the latter, Buffett ended the night alone onstage, singing “I’m back to livin’ Floridays / Blue skies and ultra-violet rays / Lookin’ for better days.”
If you’re headed to one of Buffett’s next three shows, you’ll find that Delray Beach is firmly in the grip of Jimmy mania, with hundreds of Parrotheads parading through downtown in garish shirts and headwear before the shows.
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