Jimmy Buffett West Palm Beach Concert Review

Thousands of parrotheads pulled into West Palm Beach Saturday, all looking for that “One Particular Harbor”. They gathered in the parking lots hours before showtime, building make shift tiki bars and sharing “Boat Drinks”. Not a stranger in sight. It was as hot as a “Volcano”, the sky was blue and I remember thinking, man I love these “Floridays”, now someone fix this pirate a “Cheeseburger in Paradise” before I grow a “Pencil Thin Mustache”!

In short, the Buffett “Welcome to Fin Land” concert in West Palm was outstanding. Jimmy was clicking on all cylinders with topical adlibs, funny stories and he even cracked on himself for the now famous faceplant off the stage in Australia. My favorite adlib was when singing Fruitcakes, Buffett tossed in the lyric, “Fruitcakes getting f**ked by the oil tycoons”. Yes, Jimmy dropped the F-bomb and it sent the flocks of parrotheads into a roar.

The tailgating scene did not disappoint. We pulled through the gates a little after noon, and started setting up our plot of paradise. We met up with Carl from Conch Republic Bikinis before hitting the lots so we could waste away in Margaritaville together.


Carl was the proud owner of a huge luxurious tent. Yes past tense. This thing was huge, it was the Ritz-Carlton of tents . It had a cupola on top and extendable wings on two sides for additional shade. Wings indeed.  Not long after we set it up a moderate wind gust picked the tent up and tossed it on to the car and parrotheads behind us. Sorry guys! Bent and broken, the tent was no more. Sorry to pour salt on the wound Carl, makes for a good story though!

The colorful and creative people in the lots were great as they always are. Everyone was extremely friendly, sharing food, rum, beer and games. Here are some photos of the fun.

Jimmy Buffett Tailgating

Friendly Pirates

Jimmy Buffett Tailgating

Umm, Nice Bird?

Jimmy Buffett Tailgating

Shot Ski

Click here to see the rest of the photos on the RSR Facbook page.

As you can see by the photos, good times were had by the masses. One little thing that added a dash of spice to the tailgating was that Carl had a model show up to sport some of his bikinis and take photos with some of the interesting people and creative tailgate setups. You think that might have generated just a smidge of attention…umm, yeah. I even played flash blub carrying dude for a little bit, but was quickly distracted by a competitive game of corn hole and beers with two guys from Miami.

While I was walking into the concert fellow Castaway Craig S. recognized my ugly mug. Craig is an active commenter on the RSR Facebook page and as soon as he introduced himself I knew exactly who he was, even in my pineapple and rum state of mind. It was great to meet you and your friends/family Craig, enjoy the koozie mate.

I get through the gate of the Cruzan Amphitheater and find the closest beer vendor. I quickly grab two 24oz. Bud Lights and try to find my buddy JR who came in earlier. Difficult to do when carrying two jumbo beers and a paper ticket.

Jimmy was phenomenal, plain and simple. He sounded great, joked with the crowd and played some great great songs. Here is a clip of Buffett performing “Fins”.

Here is the set list from the concert. (Thank you BuffettWorld.com)

01 The Wino and I Know
02 Fruitcakes
03 Off to See the Lizard
04 Havana Daydreamin’
05 It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere (w/Mac)
06 Changes in Latitudes, Changes in Attitudes
07 Life is Just a Tire Swing
08 Come Monday
09 Boat Drinks
10 Son of a Son of a Sailor
11 Pencil Thin Mustache
12 Cheeseburger in Paradise
13 One Particular Harbour
14 Use Me (Bill Withers Cover, Nadirah Sings, Jimmy takes a break)
15 Stranded on a Sandbar
16 Volcano
17 Treat Her Like a Lady
18 Margaritaville
19 The Great Filling Station Holdup
20 A Pirate Looks at Forty (Acoustic w/Jimmy and Mac)
21 The City (Jimmy and Mac trade verses)
22 School Boy Heart
23 Fins
24 Southern Cross
First Encore:
25 Brown Eyed Girl
26 Floridays
Second Encore:
27 Tin Cup Chalice (Solo Acoustic)


As you can see he played many of the classic greats. Then ending with two of my all-time favorites, Floridays and an acoustic Tin Cup Chalice, you just can’t ask for anything better.

Barefoot and bald, Jimmy held us in his hand for over two hours and sent us home feeling high as a kite, minus the illegal drugs. I hope Jimmy never finds that salt shaker he misplaced many years ago, because as long as he keeps searching for it, we will keep helping him find it, and find ourselves along the way. Cheers to you Jimmy, the original Castaway.

If you were at the West Palm show we would love to hear what you thought.

Fins Up,

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By |2016-12-31T11:58:09+00:00April 25th, 2011|Jimmy Buffett, Salt Life Sound (Music)|13 Comments

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  1. Josh @ BuffettWorld April 25, 2011 at 11:27 am

    Great review! Can’t wait for Saturday in KC

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    RumShopRyan April 25, 2011 at 11:31 am

    Enjoy the show Josh. Wish I could be there to welcome him back to KC! Cheers!

  3. SOonthebeach April 25, 2011 at 12:18 pm

    Sounds like a great show! We’ll see him 5-21 in Dallas!

  4. Johnny Ocean April 25, 2011 at 11:48 pm

    Thanks for the review. We can’t wait until July in Detroit! Margaritas anyone?

  5. The Shell Princess April 26, 2011 at 6:45 am

    You captured the free-floating, sway with your neighbor, sublime essence that is only found at JB shows. Sounds like a blast.

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    RumShopRyan April 26, 2011 at 8:40 am

    My pleasure Johnny, I could make the Detrioit show I would. Have a margarita for me buddy!

    Shell Princess, I’m not sure the free-floating sway was on purpose. I’m pretty sure that was the rum and pineapple from earlier. 🙂 Cheers!

  7. kathy April 26, 2011 at 2:32 pm

    great review. it was a great day. especially for me and my husband being our first buffett concert. i could not believe the tailgaters and all they bought with them. cant wait till the next one.

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    RumShopRyan April 27, 2011 at 8:46 am

    First timers! Thanks for the comment Kathy. Yeah, Buffett tailgaters really go all out, it part of the experience. I hope you guys had a blast and get to see Jimmy again. Cheers!

  9. Damon @ Let's Tiki April 30, 2011 at 1:34 pm

    Sounds like a great time! I’m looking forward to seeing him in June at Alpine Valley.

  10. Bryan May 5, 2011 at 11:52 am

    Great column about the Buffett concert. It was an unbelievable time. The second picture you have here with the couple and the bird, has our van to the left. Any chance you could see if you have any other pictures from that show floating around? We didn’t take nearly enough of them. And I am still looking for some with the Conch Republic Bikini girl on top of our van with the JB sail on top.

    Thanks again.

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    RumShopRyan May 6, 2011 at 9:01 am

    Hi Bryan, thanks for the comment. Let me look through the rest of my photos. I know for sure that Carl with Conch Republic Bikini will be posting his bikini photos soon. Loved your van! Cheers!

  12. Better late than never May 19, 2011 at 7:37 pm

    What a way to celebrate 30 year anniversary seeing Jimmy for the FIRST TIME!!! Amazing experience & all things were aligned properly…Sat concert, able to get tickets, BIG reason to celebrate! THE BEST CONCERT I HAVE EVER SEEN!!!
    The Band is amazing as well! I did not want the night nor music to end!
    Loved ur comments & pics as well!
    I’m left wanting more……..

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    RumShopRyan May 19, 2011 at 9:23 pm

    Sounds like you had a great time! I see more Jimmy shows in your future. Fins up!

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