Buffett’s first comeback concert in Delray Beach

From the Sun Sentinel: “Why is Jimmy Buffett playing his first comeback concerts in Delray Beach, Fla.?

When sun-baked rock star Jimmy Buffett announced his first live performances in more than a year would take place next week on Delray Beach’s Old School Square, the Jimmy-sphere went coconuts.

The full allotment of 3,552 seats for his four outdoor concerts on May 13-14, 17-18, sold in four-person pods that started at $450 each, were gone in 10 minutes. Soon, a handful of tickets were ricocheting around internet resale sites, including a pod reportedly priced at more than $10,000.

The buzz quickly went nationwide — one pod will reunite four Parrotheads from Idaho, Indiana, Ohio and New York, who have combined to see more than 500 Buffet concerts — and then global, with media requests from as far away as Australia. The local effect will be obvious at nearby Atlantic Avenue hot spots gearing up with Jimmy-themed parties and shows.

The explantion for why Buffett’s comeback shows are happening in Delray Beach is not something the singer was willing to discuss directly, and his management team declined requests for a statement. But in many ways it’s no mystery at all.

What Sinatra is to New York and the Eagles are to California, Buffett is to Florida, the embodiment of an attitude and a lifestyle reflected in his accessible lyrics and an unending parade of turquoise beaches, surf breaks, bars and bonefishing on his Instagram.

And as a longtime resident of Palm Beach, it’s an easy commute.

Old School Square’s Brinkman says the venue and Buffett were disappointed to see some tickets turn up on online reselling sites, including industry powerhouse Vivid Seats. She notes that they comprised less than one-half of 1 percent of tickets sold.

“We knew the demand would be overwhelming and that people would be attempting to do this. We were certainly proactive,” Brinkman says. “From Jimmy’s perspective, it was important that this show be affordable and accessible.”

Preventative measures were in place to discourage brokers from grabbing blocks of seats: Tickets could be purchased only through a single vendor (Eventbrite); each purchase was limited to a single, entire four-person pod; and the tickets were nontransferable, with guests admitted only with an ID associated with the purchase.

“It’s important to Jimmy Buffett, too, that people aren’t getting scammed and ripped off. He wants to make sure that we are doing our best to help and to mitigate it,” Brinkman says.

According to Florida law, ticket resellers must provide a full refund if a ticket buyer is denied admission to an event. That’s a small consolation, which Old School Square is trying to avoid, Brinkman says.

Guitar Talk interview with Buffett, “Boat Shows” tour in 2021

Guitar Talk: “Jimmy Buffett on His Evolving Collection of Golden-Era Instruments“. The article mentions that Buffett is planning a series of socially distanced “boat shows” across the Southern U.S. coast in 2021.

“I’ve been spending a lot of time catching up with all my guitars down here in Pandemic-ville,” quips Jimmy Buffett, relaxing at his home studio in Palm Beach, Florida. “Y’know, if you’re lucky enough to get to that point where you’re on the road and you’ve got a little money, in any town you pull into you’re looking at and probably buying guitars. The thing is, I buy them when I’m on the road, and then I send them back home. Now, since I probably only bring five or six of my real workhorses with me on the road, these other great guitars sort of sit at home. Well, suddenly I find myself with the time to really enjoy playing and caring for these great instruments. That’s been a silver lining in this whole damn thing.”

Other gems from Buffett’s evolving collection include a 1951 Martin D-18 that he picked up in Paris and immortalized on his song “Rue de la Guitare”; a ca. 1887 Martin 0-28 that he played on “Tonight I Just Need My Guitar”; a cutaway Benedetto Andy 3/4-scale archtop that he likes to play through a Henriksen combo amp; an “incredibly loud-sounding” 1949 Epiphone Emperor that was a birthday gift from McAnally; and newer Martins, including a clutch of his own signature D-18s, the LX Jimmy Buffett “Little Marlin” Special Edition, and a “sweet” 000-28 with a built-in L.R. Baggs pickup system and tuner that Buffett plans to use for a series of socially distanced “boat shows” across the Southern U.S. coast in 2021.

Virtual Action to include autographed Buffett Guitar

Looking for extraordinary one-of-a-kind items this holiday season? Bay Street Theater & Sag Harbor Center for the Arts is hosting a Virtual Holiday Silent Auction that will encompass a variety of incredible collectible items and experience packages.

There will be a VIP presale with buy-it-now items that is open to Bay Street Theater Patrons and Subscribers starting Thursday, November 19, through Saturday, November 21. The Virtual Holiday Silent Auction will open to the public on Sunday, November 22 and bidding will culminate on Tuesday, December 1, or Giving Tuesday, a day held in support of a global generosity movement.

“This year’s silent auction features so many exciting items and experiences for people to bid on!” relayed Bay Street Executive Director, Tracy Mitchell. “Items such as a Vespa scooter, tickets to see Billy Joel in concert, a signed guitar from Jimmy Buffett, yachting excursions, travel packages, local tours, and so much more!”

Songs You Don’t Know By Heart available for Pre-Order

Jimmy Buffett is releasing a new acoustic album called “Songs You Don’t Know By Heart” on November 20, 2020. The album is now available for pre-order at Amazon.com and Mailboat Records.

Track listing:
I Have Found Me a Home
Woman Goin’ Crazy on Caroline Street
The Captain and the Kid
Delaney Talks to Statues
Twelve Volt Man
Peanut Butter Conspiracy
Something So Feminine About a Mandolin
Love in the Library
Chanson Pour Les Petits Enfants
The Night I Painted the Sky
Cowboy in the Jungle
Little Miss Magic
Tin Cup Chalice
Tonight I Just Need My Guitar
Death of an Unpopular Poet