We have many Rarasfarm fans who are huge Parrotheads. Good news for you, as Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band are headed back to Orlando’s Amway Center on May 13th – Cretin’s birthday. Moredetails in the Amway Center press release below…
Jimmy Buffett Announces Florida Tour Dates
Good news for Orlando’s passionate Jimmy Buffett fan base, as the timeless, barefooted guitarist is headed back to the city for a night of his unique, addictive blend of fun island rock.
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Buffett and his Coral Reefer Band return to the Amway Center on Thursday, April 16th, with tickets going on sale this Friday at 10:00 AM. This year’s This One’s For You Tour celebrates the 40th anniversary of his first Top 40 album, A1A, which includes the classic hit “A Pirate Looks At Forty.” For a fans in West Palm and Tampa, he hits the Gulf Coast on the 9th and 18th respectively.
The shows are always a blast, featuring fun songs, an engaging performer backed by a tight band, and the most entertaining fun crowd you will see all year. If you’ve never been to a Buffett show, there’s almost as much fun outside the arena as inside. For proof, check out Cretin’s Tailgating experience the last time Buffett came through The City Beautiful: An All Day Buffett
More info from the Amway Center press release:
“…Among the 30+ albums Buffett has released, eight are gold albums and nine are platinum or multi-platinum. His latest album, “Songs from St. Somewhere,” was released last August. In 2003, Buffett won his first Country Music Award (CMA) for his song, “It’s 5 O’clock Somewhere,” with Alan Jackson and was nominated again in 2007 for the CMA Event of the Year award for his song, “Hey Good Lookin,” featuring Alan Jackson and George Strait.
This year’s tour celebrates Buffett’s 40th touring season. The popularity of his trademark Key West and laid back atmosphere at his live shows gained a devoted following of fans, called Parrottheads. Buffett consistently earns a spot on Billboard’s highest grossing tours. In 2014, he ranked number 32 as music’s top 40 money makers.
TICKETS: $34, $84, $133.50. Buy tickets at amwaycenter.com, Chase Box Office at Amway Center, Ticketmaster retail locations, charge-by-phone at 800.745.3000 or at Ticketmaster.com. All dates, act(s) and ticket prices are subject to change without notice. All tickets are subject to applicable taxes, service, handling and facility fee charges. For Amway Center box office and ticket information, visit amwaycenter.com (phone purchases are not available through the Amway Center box office). The Amway Center is located at 400 West Church Street and the box office is located on the north side of the Amway Center, near the intersection of Church Street and Hughey Avenue.”
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Lots of good music headed our way as we hit Spring in Central Florida, as March wraps up with a ton of great shows.
Tonight, Friday March 23rd, it’s Ohio’s Lovedrug at Backbooth. They are playing in support of their excellent new album – read our review here: Wild Blood review. Cretin will be there to review the show. You can also check out Cretin’s interview with Lovedrug’s Michael Sheppard here.
For you 70’s Rock And Roll Animals – the Guess Who are at Epcot all weekend. Those shows are typically fun, but do require park admission.
On Saturday, it’s Alternative rockers Blue October at House of Blues, and more interesting to me, Chuck Ragan playing “The Revival Tour” at The Social. We saw Ragan open up for Social Distortion in November, and he put on a great show. His album, Covering Ground was also in our Top albums of 2011. The guys are in Jacksonville at Jack Rabbit’s the following night.
On Monday, it’s Atlanta’s The Black Lips at The Social, and they are supporting their latest album Arabia Mountain, and they are rumored to be fantastic live.
Thursday Hard Rock Live features Snow Patrol, and over at the main Hotel, it’s Hard Rock’s Velvet Sessions with Tonic; then they visit Williams Park in St. Petersburg on Saturday.
Friday 3/30, you HazelNuts can catch Sister Hazel at House of Blues. It’s the perfect-sized venue for the semi-local crew from Gainesville, who usually put on a good show.
Then on Saturday, The Red Hot Chili Peppers close out the month at the big house at Amway Center.
Friday – two different ends of the spectrum, with Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band playing at Tampa Bay Times Forum and the aforementioned Black Lips at Orpheum. We’ve seen Bruce many times, and he’s great live, but I’d be inclined to check out the Black Lips this day.
Sunday you can take a “Slow Ride” with Foghat at Screwy Louie’s Porpoise Pub.
Wednesday 3/28, it’s hot Alt-Rockers The Naked and Famous at State Theater in St. Pete.
Thursday, RHCP hits Tampa at the TImes Forum.
Friday, the 30th, Blue October hits the West Coast with a show at Jannus Live. All of The Parrotheads will be inland at the Ask-Gary Amphitheater in Tampa. Here’s our review of last month’s Buffet Show in Orlando to whet your appetite.
Enjoy the Rcok – Mike G.
Jimmy Buffett brought his party to Orlando on his Welcome To Fin Land tour last night. I’ve seen Buffett a few times in the past, and his shows have become predictable. It’s typically that same laid back, feel good, beach party vibe; a formula that he’s mastered. Realizing that the pre-game festivities are typically as much fun as the show, I decided to focus on that aspect of a Buffett show this year.
For this year’s tailgate, our group ratcheted the experience up a bit by booking a party bus. So, for this review, the beers were flowing almost as quickly as the fingers were hitting the keyboard.
- Eight hours before showtime: My wife and I exit the house with a case of Yuengling, a case of water and a few pounds of marinating garlic shrimp.
- T -7.5 hours to showtime: Arrive at the departure rendezvous point. There are 24 of us on the bus and enough coolers, bags, chairs, grills, etc… for a group 10 times our size. We learn the bus has a blown tire and is on the side of the highway somewhere. Pacing myself, I grab a Diet Coke. Need to stay sober for awhile…
- T-7.25 hours: We take advantage of our unexpected break and we pose for a group photo. I suggest all of the women get on their knees. They refuse…
- T -7 hours: Tire still not changed. Crack the lid on beer number one.
- T -6.5 hours: Tire repairman is on the spot, somewhere on the ludicrously expensive toll roads of Central Florida. Bus will arrive shortly. Party in the driveway begins to pick up. Beer 2.
- T -6 hours: Still waiting. Someone passes around some Cuban sandwiches. Not a fan of mustard nor pickles on my sandwich and our raw shrimp is probably not the best alternative. Stick with my liquid lunch. Beer 3. Flexibility is the key to a happy life.
- T -5.5 hours: We’re enjoying the driveway party so much, we make plans to do it again the next weekend. The neighbors hope we are joking, but look up the phone number for Code Enforcement just in case. Suddenly, the pure white bus appears like a vision. Someone yells out “Looks like a bloodmobile.” It does.
- T -5 hours: It takes us thirty minutes to pack. We really have a lot of stuff, more than we could ever possibly need…
- T -4.5 hours: We arrive at the arena. Our driver parks and rearranges the bus three times, as the clueless lot attendants can’t figure out where to put us. Twenty minutes later, we park right where we started. En route, another beer, two jello shots and dozens of photos. No one tries the stripper pole, but the ride is a blast.
- T -4 hours. My wife hears “Escape (The Pina Colada song) at a neighboring tailgate and confesses it was her first 45. Really? Shouldn’t that be disclosed during the dating process? Where was the responsible parenting? Although I think I need a shot, I grab another beer.
- T -3.5 hours. A confused Parrothead named Bridget/Gretchen adds the name of a Buffett song to everyone’s red Solo cup to keep us from getting confused. By this time there are 40 happy people who already have song names on their cup. I don’t know 40 Buffett songs. I’m okay with drinking out of a bottle the rest of the day.
- T -3 hours. Cruise the tailgates and see a very diverse crowd. We visit the tailgate spot for the split personalitied Bridg-chen. Although confused she’s pretty damn artistic. Here’s her posse doing Margaritaville Tequila shots. Is there anything Buffett doesn’t slap his name on and sell? They are in front of her Cheeseburger in Paradise tribute. I passed on the shot. Tequila is bad bad stuff.
- T -2.5 hours. Damn the food is good. The grill is fired up. Awesome brats, appetizers and Jerk chicken wings. Go to cook the shrimp and realize we need aluminum foil to keep them from falling through the grate. Rest assured, there’s a roll in one of the many crates we spent 30 minutes packing. These folks are like Boy Scouts, we have everything we could ever want (and great company, too). The shrimp is pretty damn good, too.
- T -2 hours. David and I kicking ass at beer pong. Well, mostly David, but I still get to bask in the victories. We go undefeated, but the problem with Beer Pong is that even the winners still drink a bit. Afterwards, sit down in one of the 600 chairs our group packed and sip some water. Good idea…
- T -1.5 hours. Last tour through the lots. Very festive group, but truthfully more subdued from past Buffett shows, either because his fans are getting too old to party, or because the new lot under I-4 just doesn’t have the same ambiance. We notice a huge cross on a nearby building overlooking the crowd as we talk to a nice group winding down their tailgate. They’re all devout Christians. Seems like kismet, or maybe just all of the beer I had consumed?
- T -1 hour. The group packs up and most head to the Amway Center. A few of us stay behind, preferring our $1 beers to the $11 beers inside. We watch three people stop our driver and negotiate to use the bathroom. (Note to self on a future business idea).
- T -15 minutes. We’re in the arena, and the place is alive, a very cool vibe. I make a rest room stop just as a haggard looking Parrothead Redneck stumbles in. Someone yells “We have a leaker.” There’s a small wet spot on the front of his jeans. The Dude turns the corner, stumbles, almost regains his balance then goes down. The stain gets a lot bigger. So much for the cool vibe…
- T -3 minutes. We step into the seating area as “Hot, Hot, Hot” pumps through the P.A. with beach balls flying, happy fans singing and swaying; the festive atmosphere is definitely back.
As for the show itself; the concert was classic Jimmy. Clad in boat shorts and bare feet, he seemed to be having fun, and the sold out crowd had a blast. Buffett and The Coral Reefer Band kicked off the show with “The Wino and I Know” and were sounding great right from the start. Shortly afterwards, Mac McAnally slid into Alan Jackson’s role from “It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere,” and the party kicked up a notch. The show was laid back throughout and generally just a fun time.
The two hour set featured all of the hits and a few nuggets, as well (see the setlist below), before wrapping up with a rousing version of “Fins,” “Brown Eyed Girl” and then Jimmy alone on stage with a nice acoustic version of “Tin Cup Chalice,” a great way to put a wrap on two hours of buffet and eight hours of pre-game festivities.
Rock On! Cretin
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The Wino And I Know
License To Chill
It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere
Pencil Thin Mustache
Life Is Just A Tire Swing
Changes In Latitudes, Changes In Attitudes
Cheeseburger In Paradise
One Particular Harbour
Why Don’t We Get Drunk and Screw
Son Of A Son Of A Sailor
School Boy Heart
Last Mango In Paris
Woman Goin’ Crazy On Caroline Street
A Pirate Looks At Forty
Back Where I Come From
Brown Eyed Girl
Tin Cup Chalice
OK – It’s been a few weeks since I emptied this fragile mind, and there are a slew of little tidbits threatening to drip out and disappear forever. With a full-day Jimmy Buffett tailgate experience looming, I need to free up some room for the insanity I’m sure to witness.
It seems like the rumors of a Queen tour with Adam Lambert on vocals is about to become a reality. TMZ is reporting it, so it has to be legit, right? I love Freddie, and think he’s one of the greatest rock and roll performers ever. His voice was powerful, passionate and unique, and no one will ever be able to replace him. Still, Adam might just be the best choice to follow. I think he’s a better fit than Paul Rodgers who gave it a shot years ago. The greedy folks at MTV have some good video of the new incarnation but it’s a bear to access. Try Youtube for some lower quality snippets.
I recently stumbled across Sleeper Agent’s “Get It Daddy.” They’re a young garage band out of Kentucky with a ton of potential. The sixsome is led by 24 year-old singer-guitarist Tony Smith and features riveting vocals from 18 year-old Alex Kandel. Check out “Get It Daddy and the rest of their album, as our album of the week: Celabrasion – Sleeper Agent. And, here’s a nice bonus find, follow this link to get to know the band a little better: Prison Sessions
The Kaiser Chiefs exploded onto the rock scene at the end of the last decade and then just disappeared. The Brits took a hiatus. Now they’re about to release a new album in March. The first single, On the Run has hit the streets. Good stuff!
Remember The Neon Trees from their gigs opening for The Killers a few years ago? They’re back with the first single Everybody Talks off of their forthcoming album, and it absolutely rocks.
About a month ago, RARA’s Contributor Kari wrote an interesting piece about the Emergence of the Banjo in rock music today. Since then, I seem to hear it everywhere, particularly with music from the Great White North, with bands like The Acorn and Elliott Brood. It’s a welcome addition.
OK, that’s enough for today. Have a great week, and look for my post-Parrothead tailgate experience shortly…