Going to see Jimmy Buffett isn’t just a concert but instead a life experience. Tens of thousands of Parrotheads, as his fans are known, will have spent over 10 hours ahead of the concert having fun before Jimmy performs his series. The tailgating will usually happen near the concert or just in the parking lot of the concert venue, read more about that at the end of this article.
“This is an event of a lifetime. It’s really something to behold,” says Reiner Kleuker, of Freeport. “People go out of their way creatively. There’s nothing like it.”
Attendees will encounter an entire carefree culture where Buffett lovers go so far as putting up dip tanks, wrestling rings stuffed with Jell-O, and inflatable pools surrounded by portable palm trees, transplanted sand, and a swim-up bar. But newbies should not be intimidated. All of Jimmy Buffett’s concerts are a lot of fun!
Jimmy Buffett’s Concert Tour For 2023
- Saturday, May 6, 2023, Snapdragon Stadium, San Diego, CA
Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band notified their fans that their rescheduled concert at Snapdragon Stadium with special guest Jason Mraz will be held on Saturday, May 6, 2023.
Jimmy’s Parrothead fans with tickets to the original October 22nd concert date will be honored at the rescheduled show in 2023 and will receive an email from Ticketmaster with information on how to exchange them. New standard tickets and verified resale tickets are for sale at Ticketmaster.
Before The Concert
Following is a listing of what first-timers need to know before entering the Margaritaville state of mind.
1. Arrive Early
Those who want to park at the main lot should line up as the sun rises.
“The last two years, my husband and I arrived at about 4:30 a.m. to get in line to enter the parking lot that opens at 6 a.m.,” says Jennifer Davis, 42, of Bellport. “When we get in, there is a mad dash to find our ideal space and set up our tailgate.”
By 7:30 A.m., the first parking lot is full, and individuals are setting up their own spaces, which are entirely decorated with Caribbean-themed flags, signs, and blossoms.
“It’s always positive, there’s no negativity,” says Kleuker. “It’s almost like a spiritual thing.” Those less hard-core can arrive later, park farther away, and then walk to enjoy parrot paradise.
Some Parrotheads are so devoted to the parking lot ritual that they don’t even go to the concert. Joe”Poppi” Lienau, 69, of Middle Island, has been on the scene for 20 years but has seen just one show.
“If you’ve seen one show, you’ve seen them all,” says Lienau. “Some people who can’t afford the tickets sit on the shore in beach chairs with a picnic and just listen to the show.”
2. Dress Accordingly
Special Clothing from head to toe is necessary to get in parrot mode. “Everyone dresses loud and proud,” says Kleuker. “Light clothing is important.”
Panama hats And Land Shark baseball caps are essential in addition to bathing suits, Hawaiian shirts, tank tops, cargo shorts, sunglasses, crucial, and flip-flops. Die-Hard can be seen wearing Mardi Gras beads, coconut bras, grass skirts, and leis.
3. Tailgate With Style
Regarding beverages and food at Jimmy Buffett’s concerts, the parking lot is an array of seaside snacks, from fresh fruit bowls to barbecued shrimp to concoctions to jambalaya to frozen margaritas. “People even make Hawaiian hamburgers,” says Betty Corwin, 57, of Northport, “which is a burger with a grilled pineapple ring, avocado, and mango chutney.”
4. Know The Moves
Going into the show, it is essential to know when to take part in the action. During Buffett’s song “Fins,” fans tend to dive in headfirst.
“Everyone puts their hands above their head, evoking a fin,” says Kleuker. “When Buffett says ‘fins to the left,’ they turn to the left, and when he says ‘fins to the right,’ they turn to the right.”
During his signature song, “Margaritaville,” when Buffett sings the line “looking for my lost shaker of salt,” the crowd shouts, “SALT! SALT! SALT!”
5. Make Friends
Parrotheads are known to be a friendly and inviting bunch. Do not be afraid to speak with strangers.
“Everyone is a friend that you haven’t met yet,” says Corwin. “The parking lot is filled with happy-go-lucky, loving, caring, open people of all sizes, shapes, colors, races, and backgrounds.”
Davis concurs: “Parrotheads are very accepting of newcomers. There is no club to join to be a Parrothead, it is a state of mind. Some of our best friends are people we met who have tailgated alongside us in the parking lot.” So go enjoy the Jimmy Buffett concert experience!
Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band
Please note that concerts from the Life On The Flip Side Tour 2021 are rescheduled to June 2022
- Friday, April 8, 2022, XPR Augusta, Augusta, GA,
- Thursday, April 21, 2022, Enmarket Arena, Savannah, GA
- Saturday, April 23, 2022, Coastal Credit Union Park, Raleigh, NC (rescheduled one)
- Thursday, April 28, 2022, Veteran’s United Home Loans Amphitheater, Virginia Beach, VA
- Saturday, April 30, 2022, Jazz Fest, New Orleans, LA
- Thursday, June 2, 2022, The Warf Amphitheater, Orange Beach, AL (rescheduled one)
- Saturday, June 4, 2022, The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, Houston, TX
- Tuesday, June 7, 2022, Tuscaloosa Amphitheater, Tuscaloosa, AL, (rescheduled)
- Thursday, June 9, 2022, Walmart AMP, Rogers, AR (rescheduled)
- Saturday, June 11, 2022, Moody Center, Austin, TX
- Saturday, July 16, 2022, The Pavilion At Star Lake, Burgettstown, PA
- Thursday, July 21, 2022, Riverbend Music Center, Cincinnati, OH
- Thursday, August 4, 2022, Bethel Woods Center For The Arts, Bethel, NY
- Tuesday, August 9, 2022, Northwell Health At Jones Beach Theater, Wantagh, NY
- Saturday, October 8, 2022, MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, NV
- Wednesday, October 12, 2022, Arena at Ford Idaho Center, Nampa, ID
- Saturday, October 15, 2022, MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, NV
Jimmy Buffett and The Coral Reefer Band are rescheduling the following concerts on the “Slack Tide Tour” From December 2020 to December 2021:
- Amalie Arena, Tampa, FL, December 4, 2021
- VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena, Jacksonville, FL, December 7, 2021
- iTHINK Financial Amphitheatre, West Palm Beach, FL, December 9, 2021
- Amway Center, Orlando, FL, December 11, 2021
Fans with tickets to the rescheduled dates are strongly encouraged to keep their tickets, as they will be accepted at the rescheduled new dates in 2021.
If you are a ticket holder and cannot make the new date, you will be contacted directly via email with refund options for your show. For more details, please visit www.livenation.com/refund.
(Many 2020 concerts are moved to 2021 or 2022 due to the Covid-19 Pandemic)
Thursday, Apr 15, 2021, North Charleston Coliseum, Charleston, South Carolina
Saturday, Apr 17, 2021 (rescheduled to April 23, 2022), Coastal Credit Union Music Park, Raleigh, NC, Showtime: 8 pm
Thursday, Apr 22, 2021 (postponed), Colonial Life Arena, Columbia, SC
Saturday, Apr 24, 2021 (rescheduled to April 30, 2022), PNC Music Pavilion, Charlotte, NC, Showtime: 8 pm
Wednesday, May 18, 2021, Ascend Amphitheatre, Nashville, TN, Showtime: 8 pm
Saturday, May 16, 2020 (canceled), Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, The Woodlands, TX
Thursday, May 21, 2020 (canceled), AT&T Center, San Antonio, TX
Saturday, May 23, 2020 (canceled), Dos Equis Pavilion, Dallas, TX
Saturday, Jul 10, 2021, Ruoff Music Center, Noblesville, IN, Showtime: 8 pm
Tuesday, Jul 13, 2021, Riverbend Music Center, Cincinnati, OH, Showtime: 8 pm
Thursday, Jul 15, 2021, S & T Bank Music Park, Burgettstown, PA, Showtime: 8 pm
Saturday, Aug 7, 2021, Jiffy Lube Live, Bristow, VA, Showtime: 8 pm
Tuesday, Aug 10, 2021, Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater, Wantagh, NY, Showtime: 8 pm
Thursday, Aug 12, 2021, B B & T Pavilion, Camden, NJ
Saturday, Aug 14, 2021, Xfinity Center, Mansfield, MA, Showtime: 8 pm
Wednesday, Sep 16, 2020 (postponed), London Palladium, London, England, Showtime: 7:45 pm
Saturday, Sep 19, 2020 (postponed), Olympia Theatre, Dublin, Ireland
Thursday, Sep 24, 2020 (postponed), La Cigale, Paris, France
Saturday, Sep 26, 2020 (postponed), La Cigale, Paris, France
Thursday, Oct 15, 2020 (postponed), Chesapeake Energy Arena, Oklahoma City, OK
Saturday, Dec 5, 2020 (remained the same), Amway Center, Orlando, FL, Showtime: 8 pm
Side note: Due to shoulder surgery for Jimmy Buffett, it was necessary to reschedule the December 7, 2019, concert in Orlando to Saturday, December 5, 2020, at the Amway Center. All tickets purchased for the original show will be honored on the new date. Fans who cannot attend the new date can get refunds at the point of purchase.
Tuesday, Dec 8, 2020 (remained the same), VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena, Jacksonville, FL, Showtime: 8 pm
Side note: Due to shoulder surgery for Jimmy Buffett, rescheduled his concert from December 10, 2019, in Jacksonville to December 8, 2020, at the VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena.
Friday, Dec 11, 2020 (remained the same), Amalie Arena, Tampa, FL, Showtime: 8 pm.
Side note: Reschedule from Friday, December 13, 2019, concert in Tampa to Friday, December 11, 2020, at the Amalie Arena.
Jimmy Buffett’s “Son of a Son of a Sailor 2019” Tour Dates:
Wednesday, Jul 10, 2019, MTelus – Montreal, Quebec, Canada, Showtime: 8 pm
Saturday, Jul 13, 2019, Budweiser Stage – Toronto, Ontario, Canada, Showtime: 8 pm
Tuesday, Jul 16, 2019, DTE Energy Music Theatre – Clarkston, MI, Showtime: 8 pm
Thursday, Jul 18, 2019, Riverbend Music Center – Cincinnati, OH, Showtime: 8 pm
Saturday, Aug 3, 2019, Veterans United Home Loans Theater – Virginia Beach, VA, Showtime: 8 pm
Tuesday, Aug 6, 2019, PNC Bank Arts Center – Holmdel, NJ, Showtime: 7:30 pm
Thursday, Aug 8, 2019, Jones Beach – Wantagh, NY, Showtime: 8 pm
Saturday, Aug 10, 2019, Xfinity Center – Mansfield, MA, Showtime: 8 pm
Saturday, Sep 21, 2019, The Olympia – Dublin, Ireland, Doors open at 7 pm.
Monday, Sep 23, 2019, The London Palladium – London, England, Showtime: 7:45 pm
Thursday, Sep 26, 2019, La Cigale – Paris, France, Showtime: 7:30 pm
Saturday, Sep 28, 2019, La Cigale – Paris, France, Showtime: 7:30 pm
Saturday, Oct 12, 2019, Honda Center – Anaheim, CA, Showtime: 8 pm
Wednesday, Oct 16, 2019, Santa Barbara Bowl – Santa Barbara, CA, Showtime: 7 pm
Saturday, Oct 19, 2019, MGM Grand Garden Arena – Las Vegas, NV, Showtime: 8 pm
Saturday, Dec 07, 2019, Amway Center – Orlando, FL, Showtime: 8 pm EST (rescheduled)
Tuesday, Dec 10, 2019, Vystar Veterans Memorial Arena – Jacksonville, FL, Showtime: 8 pm EST (rescheduled)
Friday, Dec 13, 2019, Amelia Arena – Tampa, FL, Showtime: 8 pm EST (rescheduled)