Where To Attend A Jimmy Buffett Concert This Year

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.

“This is an event of a lifetime. It’s really something to behold,” says Reiner Kleuker, 48, 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.

Jimmy Buffett’s Upcoming “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

credit: KMTV.com

Following is a listing of what first-timers will need to know before entering the Margaritaville state-of-mind.

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 on 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 in later and park farther away, and then walk over 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 in 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 will sit on the shore in beach chairs with a picnic and just listen to the show.”

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, of course, flip-flops.  Die-Hard can be seen wearing Mardi Gras beads, coconut bras, grass skirts,  and leis.

Tailgate With Style

enjoy some margarita drinks

When it comes to beverages and food, 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.”

Eat a cheeseburger while tailgating at a Jimmy buffett concert

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 have a tendency to dive in head first.

“Everyone puts up 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!”

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 to 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.”

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